The geography and nature of the Gokyo Valley and Renjo La Pass
What makes this one of the best trekking experiences in the world? The steep, rocky terrain of the Gokyo Valley shows the Everest foothills at their finest, but also holds beautiful glacial lakes and hypnotic glaciers. The light quality here is magical and counterbalances glistening ice and snow with lush alpine greenery on the lower slopes.
The Gokyo Peak (known as Gokyo Ri) stands nobly at 5357m (Coordinates: 27°57?40?N 86°41?00?E). It is carved from the Ngozumpa glacier, believed to be the largest glacier in the Himalayas. As you ascend, the vista becomes different at every rest point. On reaching the Ngozumpa View Point, you will be rewarded with incredible views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho You, as well as other iconic mountains of the Khumbu region.
We make it possible to expand your Himalayan expedition by adding in the Renjo La Pass, a more remote but highly advantageous trekking or mountaineering destination. One of the three highest passes of the Everest region, Renjo La Pass puts you amongst the unmissable Gokyo lakes (all lakes).
The region’s prolific culture and adventure benefits
Any trekking or hiking trip to Nepal offers the chance to sample the beguiling culture of this warm and welcoming nation. This trip provides access to unspoiled mountain villages, important Buddhist Monasteries and shrines, and other heritage sites.
Flying into Lukla is an adventure in itself and the only way to explore the Sagarmatha National Park. The park is a Natural World Heritage Site and home to some of the most important birds on the planet. It is packed with indigenous vegetation and wildlife, including edibles that influence Nepalese cultural dishes.
Activities and acclimatization
The best time for hiking and walking in the Gokyo Valley (taking in the Renjo La Pass) is September to November, and March to April. It is generally a 12-day trip beginning and ending in the fascinating Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.
Not only do we put together accommodation, equipment, and other supplies for expeditions, but we also make sure even your downtime and days to acclimatize have bountiful opportunities for adventure. This includes putting you in the best places to see breath-taking sunrises and sunsets from Gokyo Ri.
Risk factors for expeditions to Gokyo Valley and Renjo La Pass
Nepal Mountain Trekkers work to high standards, in partnership with teams of experienced local Sherpas. We deeply respect both the region and climate and make sure all equipment, preparation and support are beyond mandatory levels.
Taking part in a Gokyo Valley and Renjo La Pass expedition requires that you have a good level of fitness. Please contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers to discuss what this means for you, and details of all other health and safety factors we strictly adhere to.