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Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La Pass

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Duration: 13 Days
location : Khumbu
Fly in fly out: Lukla
Seasons: Spring/Autumn
Accomodation: Lodge
Max Altitude: 5400m
Health: Fit
Group Size: 12PAX
Trip Code: 70
Trek Type: Lodge Trek
Route: Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Dole-Machhermo-GokyoLakes-GokyoRi-RenjoLaPass-Lungden-Thamevalley-Namche-Lukla
Tour Details

We fly to Lukla, the gateway to Everest region and start our hike through the scenic land of the legendary Sherpas in to the Sagarmatha National park. From Namche Bazaar, the trading capital and main town of the Khumbu region we start our climb to the breathtaking Gokyo valley which is located adjacent of the Khumbu. We enter the land of the green high altitude lakes. From Gokyo Ri you have magnificent views of the highest peaks of the world, Cho Oyo (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest (8, 848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu. After crossing Renjo La Pass we descent to Thame Valley (Valley of snowleopards) and return to Namche Bazar and Lukla.


An impression from Sally O. on our Gokyo Lakes Tour:


“The Gokyo route fulfilled its promise in every way imaginable. Many visitors-including those who have also been to Everest base camp-call the 360-degree panorama at the summit of Gokyo Ri (ri is the Tibetan for mountain) the finest mountain vista in Nepal. The view from peak is spectacular. There is the vast Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Beginning in ice and snow, it grinds down to an immense moraine of rubbly rocks, dotted with small pools-some as bright green as the lakes just below us, some still iced over and glassily reflecting the clear blue sky and long streaming clouded. Then of course, there’s Everest’ and the fluted ridge of the vast ice wall anchored at either end by the high peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse; the jutting spires of Makalu; and, showiest of all, the crenellated contours of Cho Oyo, the world’s ninth highest peak, as it dominates the landscape with its massive bright white, glacier-accented bulk.”


Short Itenary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1 350 m)

Day 02: Flight to Lukla & Trek Phakding (2 600 m)

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3 440 m)

Day 04: Rest Day in Namche Bazar

Day 05: Trek to Dhole (4 110 m)

Day 06: Trek to Machhermo village (4 470 m)

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4 790 m)

Day 08: Climb Gokyo Ri 5 360 meter

Day 09: Trek to Lungden village via Renjo La Pass 5 415 meter

Day 10: Trek to Thame village (3 760 m)

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazar (3 440 m)

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2 840 m)

Day 13: Fly Back to Kathmandu


Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We bring you to our office and Thamel – the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and outdoor shops. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner, check formalities and equipment and discuss your itinerary.


We drive to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport to connect our flight to Everest region. After breakfast in Lukla (2 850 m) we start trekking through beautiful settlements to join soon the main trail in Churi Kharka. We follow the east bank of the Dudh Koshi- the River of Milk- where you witness the typical Nepal terrace culture, slate roofed houses and views on Kusum Kangaru (5 579 m). We reach Phakding (2 640 m) after 3 – 4 h gentle walking.


Today we make a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated at 6-7 hours walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok. We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6 608 m) and reach Benkar (2 710 m). The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2 840 m). After Jorsale we follow the riverbank over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi by a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests. In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, on of the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district.


Rest day in Namche. Optional walk to the Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Culture Museum or dayhike to Thame (3 800 m) or Thamo (3 440 m).


A short day to aid in acclimatization. Climb steeply out of the valley through a rhododendron forest. The route passes through several kharkas (high altitude summer yak grazing primitive settlements) as well several more substantial settlements until reaching a lodge the few houses of Dole (4 110 m). The views of Khumbila and Tawachee (both 6 000 m peaks) are tremendous throughout the day.


From Dole the trail climbs along the side of the valley high above the river. The rhododendrons give way to scrub juniper. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and hint of water. After crossing a sandy spur, our lodge is reached at the few houses of Maccherma (4 470 m).


Beyond Maccherma the trail climbs a ridge for a great view of Cho Oyo. The valley widens as the trail descends to the Dudh Khosi river and climbs onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. After a steep switchbacked climb the first smally Gokyo Lake is reached. A second larger lake is past and the trail becomes almost level as the large third Gokyo Lake (4 750 m) is reached with its several houses and lodges. This will be our highest lodge in the Gokyo region.


Today you can make a spectacular 2 h long hike to Gokyo Ri, a 5 360 m high hill on the north side of the Dudh Pokhari. From the summit you have a 360 degree panaroma over Cho Oyo, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche and the Ngozumpa Glacier. Another option is an awesome hike up the Gokyo valley past two or three more glacial lakes towards Cho Oyu.


We start early heading for the upper trail west of Gokyo Lake towards Renjo La pass (5 415 m). After climbing a steep sandy ridge for about 1,5 hours we gain the top of the Renjo La where you have fabulous views on 7000 and 8000 m high peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Chalotse and Taboche. Continuing the pass the trail winds down a stone staircase and leads to the south bank of a small serene lake the Angladumba Tsho. After another 2 hours we reach Lungden (4 380 m), our campsite for the day.

After late breakfast we hike together with Tibetan yak caravan throwgh medeival villages and seasonal settlements to Thame, a traditional village with slat-roofed Sherpa houses. Only 3 hours we hike today.


We head back to the headquarters of Khumbu, the lively village Namche Bazar. We return via the village of Thamo, the hometown of many famous Sherpa climbers. On the way, after crossing the Dud Khosi River, you enjoy close magnificent views of Kongde (6 806 m), Tartikha (6 186 m), Nupla (5 885 m).


We start our 6 hours trek with a streneous descent from Namche Bazar to the Dud Kosi (hard work for the knees), after the path climbs up to Monjo and then runs easily to Bankar, Phakding (lunch break!) and Lukla.

Early flight to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy leisure and shopping time in the heart of Thamel.

Trip Format

Nepal is not like home. It is exotic, it is wonderful but also very different. Great elevation changes, differences in customs and language, menu variations, lodge limitations, ant the many other mysteries and wonders of travel in Nepal are all conditions you must be physically and mentally prepared for. The itinerary may change. We may meet unknown hardships as well as unexpected pleasures. Come with an open mind and positive spirit.


The trek is non-technical and suitable for everyone in good shape who likes to hike over mountain trails and stay at rustic lodges. You should be in good physical shape for this trip and feel comfortable hiking 11 to 20 km a day on a trail while carrying a day pack of about 5 kilo. In general this is a moderate trek but with this several strenuous days at high altitude. While the trip has been designed to gradually acclimatize you to altitude, several lodges will be above 3 600 m and our highest lodge will be at 4 900 m. On some days altitude gains and losses of up to 1 800 m can be expected. At least 2 rest days are planned. Strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents of anywhere up to 1 800 m.


A program of cardiovascular conditioning such as running, swimming, biking or aerobics is essential, but try to supplement your exercise with hiking on steep hills or running up and down steps. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be. While the trip is rated as moderate overall, several days will be strenuous, and good conditioning is essential to your enjoyment of the trek.


Remember that Nepal has the 2 926 km latitude so it will be warm at the lower elevations (short and T-shirt) while nights will be cool to depending on the elevation and season. For fall trips day trips will be between 20?C and 25?C at the lower elevations. In the higher elevations expect day temperatures to be 10 degrees cooler. Temperatures at night will be cool being mostly between 10? C and 15 ?C except at 4 790 m where temperatures at or below freezing are likely at night. The weather in fall is generally sunny, although an occasional storm could occur.


The pace will be unregimented. You are encouraged to walk by yourself or in small groups. Take time to visit local houses and temples, share a cup of tea or rakshi with our porters and the locals in the many chiyaa houses. Pursue interest in photography bird watching and botany and sample the culture of the area you are travelling in.


Personal gear will be carried by porters. Porters can carry two members’ duffel bags. Since their load is 25 kg, this means that your duffel cannot exceed twelve kilos. We stay in locally owned lodges and will receive an insight into family living. All the guest houses have toilets and cold showers. Some of the guesthouses have hot showers available and every lodge is equipped with solar power systems for lightning. The main common room has a heater, nice in the cold nights.


This is not a tour where everything can be planned in advance to run like clockwork. You probably won’t experience exactly what is written in the daily itinerary. Often adjustment must be made in the field. We want you to participate in the trip with the clear understanding that things can go wrong. Adventure travel does involve certain risks both emotional and physical. One has to be flexible when traveling in Nepal and have a cheerful attitude.

Price Included

In Kathmandu


  • Two nights in Hotel Potala deluxe room (without breakfast)
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali Chulo (Authentic Newari food and cultural dance party)
  • All airport transfers.



In Everest


  • Return ticket for Everest.
  • Accommodation and 3 times meals every day during trek (daily we discuss a few items for meals and give the tour leader of your company the decision for the meal of the group = one meal per person, bar bill not included).
  • During the meals we provide coffee and tea.
  • Traveltimes Treks will provide water for purification after breakfast, lunch and dinner at the participants needs.
  • Iodine is sold everywhere at cheap price in Thamel and Everest Region
  • Assistance trekking guide, one porter for two members as well as their expenses including insurance.
  • Entry fee for the Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System), domestic airport tax, all ground transportations and governmental taxes.


In case of delay of flights due to weather conditions


In case of delay because of weather conditions Traveltimes Treks is prepared to cover unusually for the members the costs for one night lodging in Lukla and one night in Hotel Potala. All further costs will be on personal charge of the travelers.



Price Does Not Included

  • World Heritage entry fees in Kathmandu while sightseeing
  • Personal expenses like laundry, Communication, Personal shopping
  • Meals in Kathmandu except welcome dinner
  • Tips for guides and porters or staffs
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (required)

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9 Reviews

Fantastic trustworthy company, hassle free. highly recommend traveltime treks!

These guys are amazing. So easy and efficient to deal with and looked after us so well. (So patient as I plod along stopping for photo after photo) and they point out interesting bits and pieces too to add value. My hubby had used them in the past (3 passes/EBC)(group of 5) and they were so good we booked with them for a trek nov 2022 for gokyo lakes/renjo la circuit (customised the route to meet our requests too). Spoilt us and gave us individual attention (group of 10). So easy to organise with all transport, permits, checkpoints and accommodation arranged by traveltime treks. We just had to turn up at the kathmandu airport. We are booking them again in 2024 for a Nepal sampler trip, Annapurna/Chitwan/Rowaling valley combo. We just told Dawa what we wanted to see and he conjures up a itinerary for us to review. It can be unnerving booking a guide from the otherside of the world but you can trust these guys. Cant recommend them highly enough!
Diane Thomas
Palmerston North, New Zealand

September 18, 2023

Gokyo Ri and Buddhist Masters Trail

Our trek with Traveltimes Treks was great! Our trip started with Dawa customizing an itinerary that fit our schedule and showcased what we were interested in. All arrangements were made including flights, lodging on our Gokyo trek, and a tour along part of the Buddhist Masters Trail.

Rakchya, our guide on the Gokyo portion of our trek, arranged everything including changing our itinerary for weather delays and managing our flights to and from Lukla. He knew all the tea house owners, greatly enhancing our stays.

Dawa led us on the Buddhist Master Trail and has in-depth knowledge of the cultural highlights, Buddhist pilgrimage sites, and wonderful stories for each of the sites – and finished our trip with lunch at a great dahl bhat shop!

I would highly recommend arranging your trip and traveling with Traveltimes Treks. They are knowledgeable and helpful and will happily work with you to provide the experience you are looking for.


July 27, 2023

Gnarly trek to the Gokyo lakes

Had an amazing trek with the legendary Dawa lama Tamang. We Flew In through lukla which had amazing views then trekked up to namche bazar and towards the Gokyo lakes. The scenery was breathtaking and changed as each day passed from humid rainforests with clear waterfalls to frosty lakes where some dare to swim. Dawa is an incredibly knowledgable man of the mountains knowing every answer to related questions. He is also one of the friendliest, funny people I have other met and I’m glad we are now good friends where we can meet up in Kathmandu to share a meal and chat. Will definitely be back for another adventure including great views, cultural food and superb company.
Horace M & James, UK.

July 27, 2023

Absolutely Amazing

Dawa and his assistant Pemba guided us through the most breathtaking landscape I have seen in my life.

Dawa was the key to this country and it’s culture. Not to mention breezing through crowded chaotic airports and ques that would’ve overwhelmed me if I had tried to go it alone.

We all had an amazing time. The valley after Renjo La Pass will stay with me forever. Thanks Dawa and Pemba!

Mike P (GeoAble team UK).

July 27, 2023

Europe to Gokyo Lakes

After having had Traveltimes recommended to me by my sister, I finally got around to heading to Nepal and having Dawa as my guide (almost a decade later – better late than never).

Aside from being simply a fantastic trip – as I’m writing a review, it would be prudent for me to mention things that perhaps didn’t go to plan.

Travelling is travelling and as always, there were changes to the itinerary. From flight time changes to Lukla to changes in meal availability due to a country wide shortage after their national holiday. Dawa and the Traveltimes team were onto every change and kept us well informed of what was going on. We were never left without and where things did change we had an equally rewarding alternative to look forward to.

Dawa kept us entertained and educated us on his country. He looked after all us “low altitude people” and kept us safe when needed.

Traveltimes is very well connected and almost appears to get a royal welcome wherever we were associated with Dawa. Traveltimes is built on the foundations of business integrated with community altruism – He is a true ambassador for his beautiful Nepal and we were made to feel like honored guests.

Thanks all at Traveltimes, thanks Dawa.
Georg and the GeoAble team

July 27, 2023

Once in a lifetime

Although initially a little reluctant to sign up for this trip due to the high altitudes, from the moment I met Dawa in Kathmandu I knew it was the right decision! In advance he assisted with equipment lists, and sent a detailed itinerary of the walks and our time in Kathmandu. As a sign of his preparedness whenever changes needed to be made to our trip this was seemingly done effortlessly by Dawa; for example when our flight to Lukla was delayed he took us on a tour of the city. We thought delaying a 10+ day trek for this reason might lead to issues with accommodation, but seemingly everywhere we went we could use the code “we’re with Dawa” and issues would be solved! Undertaking this trek with a clearly liked and well respected guide allowed us to focus our energy on why we came; to enjoy the walks, see the views and experience the Himalayas. He provided clear plans for the days and regular breaks, meaning we knew what to expect and were prepared for it. Thank you Dawa for a fantastic trip to Nepal and the Himalayas! I would highly recommend undertaking this experience with Dawa and Traveltimes.
Aaron M (Geo team UK).

July 27, 2023

Gokyo Ri – Renjo La Pass

First time hikers in Nepal? I recommend Traveltimes Treks. Travel times treks takes the stressful parts out of your hands and allows you to just enjoy your break! Give it a go!
Geo Team UK.

July 27, 2023

Amazing Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass trek experience

We had the trip of a lifetime trekking in the mountains of Nepal. Ten of us from New Zealand arrived in Kathmandu to start our adventure with our guides Dawa and RD from Traveltimes Treks. Everything was well organised from our arrival, stay in Kathmandu, transportation, flights, food, drink and accommodation on our 16-day trek. Safety was paramount and Dawa and RD kept a check on all of us monitoring any signs of altitude sickness. No pressure was put on you to go faster than you were able, and you always felt safe and well looked after with one guide at the front and one at the back. With our great guides we got to enjoy the beauty and culture of Nepal and the people. Dawa is a man of great integrity, very knowledgeable and passionate, and we had complete trust in him. We arrived as strangers and left as friends. We would definitely recommend Dawa and RD from Traveltimes Treks.

July 9, 2023

Gokyo Lakes Trek

Oct 2022
Thank you RD and Dawa for an adventure of a lifetime! RD was an amazing guide on the beautiful, challenging trek through the Gokyo Lakes over the Chola Pass to EBC. He took care of us like family and ran back and forth between our group that was moving all at a different pace. I feel privileged to have completed this journey with him. We experienced this trek with amazing weather and majestic views. My heart feels full and a tear comes to my eyes every time I think of this life changing trek through the beautiful Himalayas! Namaste RD and Dawa! 🙏🏼


Cheryl V, San Clemente, CA

February 17, 2023