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Gokyo Lake and Renjo la Pass

Gokyo Lake gives an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp. Gokyo lake (4800m/15748 feet) Renjo la pass (5360m/17585feet) trek is no doubt one of the most spectacular route in the Everest region. This trek starts at Lukla (2828m/9278 feet) and follows the Dudh Koshi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche.

Gokyo Lake Trek also starts from Lukla after a 40 minute mountain flight from Kathmandu following the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche, the gateway of Khumbu region. After Namche you branch off from the main busy trail towards the sleepy village of Phortse Tenga and finally reach our ultimate destination, Gokyo Lake, passing through the villages of Dole and Machhermo. Climbing Gokyo Ri (5357m) close to Gokyo Lake offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest and another three 8000 metre peaks (Mt. Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu). From here you can also see the largest glacier in Nepal called Ngozumpa and the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m). This is one of the most dramatic panoramas of Gokyo Lake Trek.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel.  Included meals:  


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of the landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath).  In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buy of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. Included meals:B  


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2828 m. 30 minutes)

We trek to Phakding (2610 meters, 3 hours walking) and overnight at a Lodge. Included meals:BLD  


Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m. 5/6 hours walking) Today we trek to Namche Bazaar and overnight at a Lodge. Included meals:BLD  


Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day 

Stay in Namche and overnight at same Lodge. Today we hike up to Syangboche, Everest View Hotel and Khumjung village. From the Everest View Hotel we have fantastic views of Thamserku, Mt.Everest (world highest peak), Mt. Lhotse, Konde, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Tawoche. Included meals:BLD  


Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazar to Dole (4200m, 6/7 hours walking) and overnight at Lodge.

Our trek via Khumjung  takes about six hours. From Namche this course leads us to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have great views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then the trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can  see magnificent views of mountains. This trek steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and from there the trail climbs steeply to Dole. Included meals:BLD  


Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470 m, 5/6 hours walking) and overnight at Lodge.

From Dole to Machhermo (4150m) we trek for about five hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these places to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are magnificent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley there are peak views of Kantega and Thamserku. Included meals:BLD  


Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m, 4/5 hours walking) and overnight at Lodge.

Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about four and half hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You take a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), your route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Included meals:BLD  


Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5330 m)

The Gokyo Ri is a small hill rising from the North of a glacier and requires a 3 hour ascend. Once atop the Gokyo Ri, we can see more of Everest magnificently framed by Makalu, Nuptse and Changtse. Overnight at a Lodge. Included meals:BLD  


Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5360m) – Lungdeng (4600m 7/8 hours walking) and overnight at Lodge 

A gentle slope up over grassy areas. The gradient becomes steeper as we go and we end by walking over the top. The access to the pass is tricky and quite steep. At the top, a stunning panorama unfolds: Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal and the small Rermo Pokhari Lake to the west and Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the Gokyo lakes to the east.Via the Dudh Pokhari lakes; we descend pleasantly through meadows towards the Bhote Khosi valley to continue along the river. We will probably meet some of the picturesque yak caravans coming down from Tibet and heading to the Lungdeng. Included meals:BLD  


Day 11: Trek from Lungdeng to Thame (3800m) and overnight at Lodge.

From Lungdeng we trek to Thame which is situated at a distance of about 6 hours walk. En route, one can observe varieties of plants and animals, Sherpa culture and unique settlement of Sherpa people. Overnight stay at Lungdeng. Included meals:BLD  


Day 12: Trek from Thame to Jorsalle and overnight at Lodge. Included meals:BLD  


Day 13: Trek from Jorsalle to Lukla and overnight at Lodge. Included meals:BLD  


Day 14: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning (35 minutes) overnight at selected Hotel. 

To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Epic Adventures . Overnight in Kathmandu Included meals:B D  


Day 15: Farewell Friend

We are saying good bye to the mountains as our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Epic Adventures will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals:B  


Important Note : Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.


Trip Includes


• All accommodation in 3 star ( By Nepalese standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms

• All Ground transportation

• Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide

• Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking and 3 cups of tea / Coffee

• Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals

• One cultural show and dinner

• National park entry fees and TIMS permit card

• All Domestic Flight according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft


Trip Excludes


• International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee

• Major meals in Cities

• Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour

• All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge,  laundry charge etc.

• Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek

• Tips for guide and porter

• Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not within our control

Trip Fact
Activity : Trekking
Trip Length : 15 Days
Difficulty : Medium
Start - End : KTM-KTM
Highest Altitude : 5357m