Gokyo Valley Via Renjo Pass Trek is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. This short route enables trekkers who have a limited time to discover the most famous beauties of Nepal. Set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, the route leads through the Khumbu - Sherpa country. 2 routes are possible: Renjo Pass trek or an alternative itinerary. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo lakes.
The Gokyo Peak (5480m) ascent is the one of the highlights of this circuit. We stay here to savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyo (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few. The Renjo Pass route is off the usual beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provides this incredible atmosphere. The alternative route is much easier. From Gokyo, the trail descends along the opposite bank of the Dudh Kosi.
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), we then take an easy walk to Phakding (2610m).
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m).
Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places.
Day 4: Trek to Phunki Tenga (3250m).
Day 5: Trek to Machherma (4470m).
Day 6: Trek to Gokyo (4790m).
Day 7: This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nutse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp.
Day 8: Renjo Pass (5345m) – Rermo Pokhari (4875m). Gentle slope up over grassy areas. The gradient becomes steeper as we go and we end by walking over scree and rocks. 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. We camp beside the lakes.
Day 9: Trek to Thame (3800m). 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 Namche market.
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazar.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla.
Day 12: Flight back to Kathmandu.
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