Conquer grandeur Gokyo and ancient Pass
Our last frontiers team is very excited to present you with the Gokyo Ri / Renjo La Pass trek. This trek goes to Gokyo valley over the one of the Everest high passes trek in the Khumbu region. This trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations foreign tourists as well as Nepalese! The trek that starts from the airport Lukla, Tenzing Hillary Airport at 2,845 m (9,334 ft), will continue through many popular locations like Namche Bazar, and leading up to Gokyo, the Gokyo lakes, and Renjo Ri.
Here you will also be able to see the highest freshwater lake system in the world, among the mountains of Nepal, The Gokyo lakes. In 2020, the world’s highest freshwater lake system ice skating and ice hockey matches were also conducted here, where athletes from many countries Canada, Russia, and the US were taking part.
Explore the culture and the tradition of the Sherpa people here. Sherpa’s have been known to be good climbers and have been taking part in many expeditions since the beginning. The history of Last frontiers trekking is also rooted in the mountains, and this is why we are excited to present you with this trip.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying “Last Frontiers Trekking” signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Rest of the afternoon or evening is free on your own to relax or wonder. In the evening, we meet up again as a group, and we will go outside for a welcome dinner.Overnight at a Hotel. Welcome Dinner included.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Patan Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath)
In the evening, we will go through your equipment check and a briefing about the trek up to Gokyo.Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast included
For Manthali – Lukla flight: Wake up around 2:30 am, drive to Manthali by private tourist vehicle for about 4 to 6 hours, and fly to Lukla (20 minutes), updates will be provided about this situation in timely fashion.
For Kathmandu – Lukla flight: Wake up around 5 to 6 am and drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu for about 30 minutes and fly to Lukla (35 minutes).
Flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport usually takes place early in the morning. We suggest you to make all the sorting and packing the day before, so there is no rush on Day 3. Once you reach Lukla, have your breakfast while our guide will make an arrangement of porters. We assign one porter to every two clients.
Begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where you join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic rivers many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Some peaks you will see are Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Chola Tse, Tawache.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
After the breakfast, we start walking on the same route to the Everest Base Camp until a place called Sanasa. From there, the trail ascends towards Mongla (4000 m). The outstanding views of the mountains keeps accompanying throughout the trail. Passing through the beautiful rhododendron forests, we descend towards Phortse Tenga and steeply climb to reach Dole. The total walk will be of 6 hours from Namche Bazaar.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
The early morning, we continue to climb along the sides of the beautiful valley and walk through small thorny bushes that takes us to the scrub juniper. As the altitude increases, we can see the summer settlement areas where during the summer time, yaks are taken to pastures for grazing. As we walk up these areas, we can witness the beautiful Cho Oyu Mountain. After walking for 5 hours we finally reach Machhermo.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
The trek today takes us to one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). Following the scenic path to Pangka and descending slightly, we follow one of the melt-water River which flows down the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier. The trail leads us to staircases and atop of the stairs arrives the first lake called as Longponga at the elevation of 4,650 m. The trail then follows the valley and past the valley is the second lake at an elevation of 4,710 m also known as Taujun Lake. After walking for some more time comes the beautiful Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a collection of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of a large lake known as Dudh Pokhari.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip. You get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants; Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
The early morning trek of 3 hours takes us to a truly amazing high pass of Everest Region; Renjo la Pass. The views of Mount Everest, Cholatse and Taboche will be more than exhilarating. Continuing on with the trek we walk down the trail heading to the destination for the day, Lungden. While on the trail we can see the amazing snow peaks. The total trek for the day will be of 7 hours.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
After breakfast, we head back to the trail which mostly descends down to the village of Thame. While on the trail we can see amazing snow peaks. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It resides on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
On the following day, we will pass through the scenic & peaceful valley endowed with rich biodiversity and culture. We come across Sherpa settlements and interact with the friendly Sherpa people. Enroute you can admire the pristine beauty of Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Pharchamo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kang. Upon arrival at Monjo, we get into one of the best lodges of the area.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Finally, we return back to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like ages ago. It will give you time to reflect on the trek also giving you time to explore the town.Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Lukla to Manthli flight – 20 minutes and same day drive to Kathmandu by shared tourist vehicle for 4 to 6 hours (Applicable for the peak trekking month of March, April, May, October and November) updates will be provided about this situation in timely fashion.
Lukla to Kathmandu flight – 35 minutes and transfer to hotel by shared tourist vehicle which takes about 30 min (Applicable for the remaining months, except peak trekking months).
Flying back to Kathmandu, you will rest/relax for the day.Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
Today, we drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You may opt out for this tour, after an exhausting trekking. Get your body massaged, leisurely stroll around Thamel and buy souvenirs, visit Garden of Dreams for some relaxing time. This is also a spare day to use for flight back to Kathmandu in case there wasn’t a flight the day before due to bad weather.
And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).Overnight at a Hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.Breakfast included.
- Last deposit payment to book is 40 days prior to arrival date
- Final Payment to be made 30 days prior to arrival date
- 50% cancellation charge, if cancelled 20 days prior to arrival date
- 100% cancellation charge, if cancelled 10 days prior to arrival date
- 4 nights at Hotel Marshyangdi Deluxe Room with breakfast
- Transfer within the country on private vehicle
- Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinner with drinks
- Domestic Internal flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
- Entrance Fee & Guide Fee for Tours in the city
- Good Condition Tea Houses/Lodges for accommodation on trek
- Guest orders all 3 meals from lodge menu (no restrictions)
- Lunch from Day 03 – until Day 14 Breakfast
- Boiled Water, Tea, Coffee, Hot Lemon, Ginger Tea included
- Trekking Guide and Porters fee, accommodation and meals
- Last Frontiers duffel bag for trek portion & give away as well
- Trekking Permit and National Park Fee
- Trekking Guide/Porter insurance covered
- Free 1 night Hotel Marshyangdi, if your flight does not match the arrival date
- International Airfare
- Visa Fees
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a Personal Nature
- Tips to city Guide & Drivers
- Emergency Evacuation
- Bottled liquid like water, Juice,
- Any soda or alcoholic drinks
- Any Meals not mentioned
- Gifts, Souvenirs, Donations
- Gratitude to trek guide & porter
Why take this trip with us?
Gokyo has the Highest freshwater lake system in the world
Besides the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest being in the world. Nepal is also the location of the highest freshwater lake systems in the world. Located in the northernmost part of the country, at the base of the himalayas; this hightest freshwater lake system consists of six lakes each with their own name. These lakes of Gokyo have been a major attraction to foreign tourists and Nepelese people. In 2020, Nepal has also conducted the highest freshwater lake system ice skating and hockey friendly matches among various countries.
Untouched Beauty of the Mountains, Rivers, and Lakes
Many of Nepal’s areas are yet in developing states or are underdeveloped. Many see this as a drawback, however, because of this the natural beauty of nature is preserved. During this trip you will be trekking through many of the places that are protected under the Sagarmatha National Park. You will be able to see the natural beauty of the clear lakes to the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas: Everest high pass, Everest, Amadablam, Gokyo Ri, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many more… including the Gokyo Lakes.
Sherpa people and sherpa culture and traditions
Every location has their own people, culture and tradition; Sherpas are the major inhabitants of this location. Sherpas have been residing in the foot of the Himalayas since long. Because of this Sherpas are very adept in this cold and high altitude location. Explore and get involved with the people of the Himalayas and experience their culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
What To Expect
Note on Itinerary
Although we generally stick to the schedule date, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, lodging availability, and the group’s general timing.
Everest High Passes Trek is a difficult and Strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk 8 to 9 hours. Walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Past hiking experience is preferred but no technical skill is required. It is important that you consult with your doctor before booking this trek.
Please check with your travel agent for a better route to fly into the arriving destination. We advise you to check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
Lukla Flight Note
Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients.
The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Last Frontiers upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.
In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla.
However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
Frequently asked questions
1. What travel insurance do I require?
– You will require Travel Insurance. If you need any clarification, do not hesitate to contact us.
2. I am traveling alone, can I still book the trip?
– For any single travelers, we suggest you to email us, and provide us your request. If you wish to room single, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary.