• Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate

    The moderate grade includes a one-week to fifteen-day itinerary. It can reach up to 5000 meter altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (neither easy nor tough). High altitude may affect walking speed and distance. You need to have acclimatization over 3000 meters.

  • Country Nepal

Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La pass trekking adventure offers a fresh option for high pass trekking in the Everest region. This trek is not too demanding like the Three High Passes, but it definitely tests your limits. On this epic trek in Nepal, you will explore the lovely Sherpa villages and the stunning Gokyo Lakes.

Packed with adventure, lifetime experience, and intimate encounters with the locals, the Renjo La pass trek is a fantastic two-week trekking program!

While traversing the lush rhododendron forests and winding hillsides, see the rich biodiversity of the region. Share trails with mules and locals frequently. In April and May, the trekking route is most beautiful. During this time, flowers bloom throughout the lower part of the route. Likewise, you will also enjoy the Renjo La pass trek in March, late September, October, November, and December.

Trekkers who are looking for a less crowded, pristine trail in the Everest region will love the Renjola pass trek. The views along this trek route are phenomenal. You will see many mountains including Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Island Peak (6,165 m/20,226 ft), Makalu (8,463 m/27,766 ft), Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), etc.

Highlights

  • A fresh high pass trekking program in the Everest region
  • Perfect for trekkers who want to experience an advanced trekking route
  • A two-week trip full of adventure, memorable encounters with locals, and ample peaceful time
  • Enjoy nature, tranquil trails, and wonderful landscapes
  • Spend nights in picturesque Sherpa villages while trekking
  • Visit ancient monasteries on the way and get to see the lifestyle of the locals
  • Walk across the biggest glacier in Nepal, Nogzumpa glacier
  • Explore the beautiful Gokto village, stunning Gokyo Lakes, and the Gokyo Ri viewpoint
  • Witness stunning sunrises and sunsets along with mesmerizing mountain panoramas
  • Cross the Renjo La pass and get to see a breathtaking landscape from its top

What is it like doing the Renjo La pass trek 14 days?

You will start the Renjo La pass trek 14 days, with a thrilling Lukla flight. A short 30-minute flight will bring you to the gateway of the Everest region. From here, start trekking to Phakding village for your first-night stay in the mountain. You will cross many suspension bridges on the way. The trail then ascends to Namche Bazaar.

The last few hundred meters of the route is steep. You will take an acclimatization break in Namche Bazaar before continuing the trek to Dole. This is where you will leave the mainstream EBC trail and follow an offbeat route to Gokyo Valley. From Dole, trek past Machhermo village and go through the Ngozumpa Glacier moraine.

Ngozumpa is the biggest glacier in Nepal. Further, you will come across the first two Gokyo Lakes and ascend to the Gokyo village, situated near the third Gokyo Lake. Spend the next day in Gokyo village as well and explore Gokyo Ri and the upper reaches of the valley where the fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes are situated.

After your time in Gokoy village, you will ascend to Renjo La pass. This pass connects Gokyo Valley and Nagpala. The Nagpa La pass is a trading route that Tibetan merchants use to this date with their yak caravan. Crossing the Renjo La pass is considerably easier than Cho La and Kongma La because there is no glacier walking.

However, it has its own set of challenges. Once you climb the top of the Renjo La pass, you will get to witness a heavenly view of Mt. Everest and the Gokyo Lakes. This is the most challenging part of the Gokyo Renjo La pass trek. From here onwards, it is time to descend to Lukla.

You will spend a night in Lungden village and follow a tranquil route to Namche Bazaar via villages like Thame, Marlung, and Taranga. Visit an ancient monastery in Thame village. You will leave the Namche Bazaar on your 11th day of trekking and descend steeply via dense forests to Phakding.

The trail then ascends along the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla, recrossing it several times. To travel back to Kathmandu, you will take another short flight from Lukla. It will be quite a dramatic flight experience. You can check our Renjo La pass trek map below for a pictorial route representation.

How to train for the Renjo La pass trek?

The Renjola pass trek difficulty is high, so the trekkers have to be in good shape physically and mentally to complete it. Previous trekking and hiking experience will help you a lot to get used to the elevation rise and adapt to the terrain.

Similarly, before the trek begins, you should strengthen your legs and core. Improve your stamina and endurance as well by doing cardio activities like swimming, day hiking, cycling, running, strength training, etc. Get physically active.

Who can do the Renjo La pass trek? Are you ready for the journey?

The Renjola pass trek is for experienced trekkers or individuals who have good fitness. It is a challenging trek given long hours of walking, offbeat terrain, and Renjo La pass crossing. So, we only recommend this trek to those who can bear the challenges and push themselves.

Whether you are ready for the Renjo La pass trek or not entirely depends on your fitness. If you are fit, then no need to think twice about joining the trek. If you are not fit, then train yourself for 2 to 3 months before the trek starts. Improve your strength, stamina, and endurance.

Customize your Renjo La pass trek itinerary and other similar challenging treks in Nepal

Our Renjo La pass trek itinerary is flexible. You can customize the itinerary and services included in the package as per your requirements and budget. For instance, if your fitness and time allow, you can combine the Cho La pass and Kongma La pass into the itinerary and make it the Everest Three Passes trek.

These are some of the other challenging yet extremely adventurous trekking programs in Nepal: Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, and Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek.

Renjo La pass trek packing list

You will need to pack the following things for the Renjo La pass trek in Nepal:

  • Comfortable, light-weight underwear
  • Base and thermal layers
  • Trekking t-shirts and pants
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and pant
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Gloves, socks, scarf, beanie, sun hat, etc
  • Trekking boots and a casual pair of shoes/slippers
  • Duffel bag and daypack
  • Trekking pole, map, reusable water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries, first aid, snacks (SPF, lip balm, wet tissues, toilet paper, deodorant, moisturizer, crack bandage, insect repellent, muscle cramp spray, nuts, bars, etc)
  • Camera, adapter, charger, power bank
  • Journal/pen and traveler games (optional)
  • Cash, documents

Renjo La pass trek with Adventure Treks Nepal

Get the best Renjo La pass trek cost and service with us. Trek with a reliable and professional crew. We guarantee a 100% safe trek. Our treks are eco-friendly and sustainable. The guide and porter will help you be mindful during trekking.

You will get the following benefits by doing the Renjo La pass and Gokyo Lakes 14 days with us:

  • Free airport pick up and drop off service
  • Native guide and porter
  • 24/7 support
  • Free duffel bag to use during the trek
  • Company's t-shirt and trek certificate as a souvenir
  • Transparent pricing and policy: no hidden cost
  • International stander service
Itinerary
Trip Plan
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This will be your arrival and preparation day in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our team will pick you up from the international airport timely and escort you to the hotel. Rest for a bit, and later, meet us for a trek briefing. After that, buy any last-minute trekking gear and pack your duffle bags.

  • Accommodation: Hotel

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight will be short and offer beautiful mountain views. The Lukla flights are operated from the Ramechhap Airport in October, November, March, April, and May. If you are trekking in these months, you will drive from your hotel to the Ramechhap Airport around 1:00 AM. The drive is around 4 to 5 hours long.

In other months, you can fly to Lukla from Kathmandu Airport. Once you land in Lukla, your journey in the mountains starts. Today, you will descend to Phakding village to spend the night. The trail goes through rhododendron forests and small villages, crossing several suspension bridges on the way.

  • Max Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
  • Distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles

From Phakding, follow the lush forested route to Namche Bazaar. You will cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge before reaching Monjo. The permits are registered in Monjo. From here, the region is protected under the Sagarmatha National Park. The last few hundred meters of the trail steeply ascends to Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles

Acclimatization days are needed so that you can get used to the elevation and avoid altitude sickness. The morning is spent hiking to the Hotel Everest View. The views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, etc, are excellent during the hike. Later, return to Namche Bazaar. Visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

  • Max Altitude: 3,962 m/13,000 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 4 hours

The trail from Namche Bazaar gets off of the mainstream EBC route and follows a less crowded, offbeat path to Dole. You will see stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Thamserku during trekking. The route goes via rhododendron forests and a few small villages.

  • Max Altitude: 4,038 m/13,248 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: 12 km/7.4 miles

Leaving Dole, you will follow a steep, rugged route. The trail goes past stupas and shrines. Enjoy tranquil walking, admiring breathtaking views of Kangtega Peak, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Cho Oyu. Before reaching Macchermo, you will trek past the Lapahra and Luja settlements.

  • Max Altitude: 4,470 m/14,450 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 7 km/4.3 miles

The trail from Machhermo first goes via a landslide area called Phanga. Crossing a suspension bridge, you will ascend to Longpongo Lake (4,690 m). Further, you will walk through the Ngozumpa Glacier moraine and pass by the first and second Gokyo Lakes to reach Gokyo village. The Machhermo to Gokyo village trek duration is short, so you can spend the remaining day hiking to the isolated fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes.

  • Max Altitude: 4,790 m/15,584 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Distance: 5.7 km/3.5 miles

You will spend one more day in Gokyo village. In the morning, hike to Gokyo Ri. The route is steep and rocky, however you will get to witness a jaw-dropping view of Mt. Everest from here, along with many other mountains like Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Island Peak, etc.

  • Max Altitude: 5,400 m/17,814 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

Today, you will be crossing the Renjo La pass. From Gokyo village, gradually ascend following steep, rocky tracks to the top of the pass. It will be a tough climb, however you will witness a spectacular mountain panorama upon reaching the top. Further, the trail descends to Lungden, where you will spend the night.

  • Max Altitude: 5,360 m/17,585 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Distance: 12 km/7.4 miles

From Lungden, you will begin trekking back to Namche Bazaar. On the way, trek past Thame, Marlung, and Taranga villages. These are beautiful villages. The trail gradually descends and also goes through lush forests.

  • Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 15 km/9.3 miles

Leaving Namche Bazaar, retrace the trail back to Lukla. First, the trail descends steeply and goes through forests to Parking. From here, you will ascend to Lukla, crossing numerous suspension bridges and trekking via lush forests.

  • Max Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Distance: 13.6 km/8.3 miles

A morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the final mountain views during the flight. The guide will drop you at the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

  • Max Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight

You have a full day free in Kathmandu. Spend as you wish. Visit famous tourist sites and get to know Nepali culture, art, and architecture closely. Do not forget to buy souvenirs as today is your last day in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

You will depart from Kathmandu today. Our team will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbyes.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
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Cost Details
Included
  • All Transport (Private).
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Domestic Flight with Airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for two trekkers)
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking Guide and Porters food and accommodation, wages etc.
  • Everest Base Camp Trekking Region map.
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National park permits fee.
  • Khumbu pasang lhamu rural municipality entry permit fee.
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS).
  • All Government taxes Income tax plus VAT 13%.
  • Office services charge.
  • Water purification tablets.
Excluded
  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days) (US$ 30 for 15 days) you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower, Wi-Fi etc during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.
Essential Information

Renjola pass trek permits

The Renjola pass trek requires two permits. We will help you obtain the permits smoothly. Both permits are available at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. You do not have to present at the office to get the permits issued. So, our team will obtain them in advance for you. Likewise, our Renjola pass trek cost covers the permit fee, so you do not have to pay extra.

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit: USD 20 per person
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit: USD 30 per person

The Renjola pass trek difficulty

The Renjo La pass trek is fairly difficult. It is not the toughest trek in the Everest region but has a fair share of hurdles. The trekking route to the Gokyo Valley and Renjo La pass is offbeat and steep. You will cross landslide debris and a glacier moraine.

Likewise, the high altitude affects your walking pace and may frequently exhaust you. So, we highly suggest anyone who wants to do a high pass trek in Nepal have decent fitness and some sort of previous trekking expertise.

Prevent altitude sickness

With high altitude come risks of altitude sickness. Its symptoms are persistent headache, vomiting, nausea, difficulty in breathing, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc. These symptoms indicate that you may be suffering from altitude sickness.

Trekkers with previous high altitude experience have a low risk of getting altitude sickness during the Renjo La pass trek. Does who are new must follow the below preventive measures:

  • Try ascending less than 500 meters below. Even if you are gaining more altitude than this, sleep at a low altitude.
  • Do not drink alcohol, high quantities of caffeine, or smoke while trekking. These things will dehydrate your body and make you prone to altitude sickness.
  • Listen to your body and maintain your pace. Push yourself only when needed. Otherwise, enjoy the journey at a slow pace.
  • If you feel any discomfort, inform your guide and get first aid. Do not hide any problem from your guide or have any medicine without his knowledge.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids like ORS, soups, etc, during trekking.

Different Renjola pass trekking seasons

The best times to do the Renjo La pass trekking in Nepal are these months- March, April, May, September, October, and November. Similarly, this trek can also be done in December if the participants can tolerate the cold. June, July, August, January, and February are off time for this trek because of unfavorable weather and climate conditions.

Trekking in the best months allows you to experience Lukla flights on time. Likewise, you will get to witness stunning mountain panoramas because the sky mostly remains clear. The stable weather, long daylight hours, and moderate climate make trekking fantastic. Nature is also thriving in these months.

Ensure your safety with travel insurance: helicopter evacuation coverage is mandatory

Travel insurance covering helicopter evacuation is important if you want to join the Renjo La pass trek with us. Foreigners cannot purchase well-covered travel insurance in Nepal, so please get it in your country. Make sure to check if the helicopter rescue is available in the Himalayas in your insurance and bring the documents with you.

Before the trek starts, trekkers have to submit their travel insurance to us. In case of emergency, we contact your travel insurance and arrange a quick evacuation. You can also include medical bills and other coverages like trip cancellation, flight cancellation, etc, in your travel insurance.

Lodge accommodation and fantastic food options along the Renjola pass trek route

Trekkers sleep in lodges during Renjo La pass trekking. The lodges are basic accommodations in the Everest region. Luxury lodges are available in some villages at the lower elevation, but once you are above Dole, only basic lodges are found. You can upgrade the accommodation to luxury lodges at an additional cost.

The Renjo La pass trek package has twin-shared rooms. Single rooms are booked on request. You will use shared washrooms. Toilets can be Western-style or squat. Trekkers are requested to carry all toiletries for the trek, including toilet paper. The sleeping rooms are small but clean and cozy.

You will get a blanket, but for extra comfort, we recommend carrying a sleeping bag. Services like hot showers, charging, and WiFi cost extra money. Similarly, for food, many options are available throughout the trek. Dal bhat, thukpa, momo, noodles, chapati, fried rice, porridge, soups, stew, and pancakes will be some of the common foods.

In villages like Namche Bazaar, you will get pizza, burgers, biryani, etc. Lodge offers boiled water for drinking at a very affordable rate. The water is safe to drink. For additional safety, you can use water purification tablets.

Travel visa to enter Nepal for the trek

A travel visa is necessary for foreigners to enter Nepal. Travelers from most countries can obtain an on-arrival visa upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Syria or hold a refugee travel document, you have to obtain the travel visa from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate Office in your country. The travel visa fee is not included in our Renjo pass trek cost.

FAQs

Renjo La Pass trek is a difficult trek in the Everest region. This trek requires good fitness and previous trekking experience. On the Renjo La Pass trek, you will walk on offbeat terrain and cross a high mountain pass, so the trip is challenging.

The Renjo La Pass is situated 5,360 meters (17,585 ft) above sea level. It is the second highest point you will touch during the Renjo La Pass trekking.

No, the Renjo La Pass trek is not that expensive. This trek starts at USD 1,650 per person. You can combine luxury lodges, helicopter flights, etc, in your package by paying extra money.

No, you do not need special permission to trek to Gokyo Lakes. You have to get the usual two permits required for Everest region trekking.

Yes, clean drinking water is available throughout the Renjo La Pass trail. You will get both boiled water and bottled water along the way. Boiled water is an inexpensive option compared to bottled water.

For beginner trekkers, the Renjo La Pass trek can get very challenging because of the off-the-beaten terrain and the high mountain pass. We only recommend this trek to beginner trekkers if they are physically active and can walk 6 hours a day.

Solo trekkers can do a private Renjo La Pass trek or join our fixed departure. If you join the fixed departure, you will trek in a group of 6 to 8 trekkers. The private trek allows you to travel with a guide and porter only.

Yes, a high-quality sleeping bag is required for the Renjo La Pass trek. You can purchase or rent as you wish. Many renting options are available in Kathmandu for sleeping bags.

Yes, you can extend your Renjo La Pass trek to Everest Base Camp. You will need around 5 to 7 extra days.