Renjo Gokyo Kora Trek

     Renjo Gokyo Kora Trek takes you to the best routes and a much more tranquil trail. The Renjo Gokyo Kora trek is a popular trek in the Everest region of Nepal. The journey offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the stunning Gokyo Valley and the pristine high-altitude freshwater lakes.

     The trek typically takes around 12-14 days to complete, starting and ending in the village of Lukla. The maximum altitude trekkers are above sea level is 5,360 meters(17,585 ft) the difficulty of the trek is graded as challenging. The trekkers are recommended to have some prior trekking experience. The best month for trekking in Renjo Gokyo Kora Trek is from September to November and from March to May.

     It is an alternative, less crowded route to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek and offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The trek begins in Lukla and takes you through the beautiful Gokyo Valley, where you will visit the Gokyo Lakes and have the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of the region. From Renjo, you will continue to the Gokyo village which is one of the three pass trekkers go through on the Three Pass Trek, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, and then descend to the village of Gokyo which sits on the lap of Gokyo lake.

     The trek then returns back to Namche Bazaar, and then to Lukla to end the trek. Along the way, trekkers will pass through traditional Sherpa villages and have the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life. Similarly, trekkers come across Buddhist heritages like monasteries, hermitages, prayer wheels, mani, kanni, etc.  

     The walk entails trekking through mountains, green forests, hills, and an alpine landscape. As a result, a diverse topography is covered. In addition, there are several opportunities to see Himalayan wildlife, such as musk deer, jharal, barbary partridge, danphe, etc. The walk-and-talk of the Renjo Gokyo Kora Trek is "Yeti," an ape-like intelligent creature that is said to have wandered the snowy Himalayas of this region.


It is a great option for those looking for a more off-the-beaten-path, authentic, and cultural experience in the Everest region.




Max Altitude

Lukla & Lukla



5,360 meters/17,585 feet



Group Size


Everest Region

14 Days, 13 Nights


September-November, March-May



What a magical trip - what a special experience!

When I decided to travel to Nepal for a trekking tour to Gokyo Ry, I wanted to have a great nature experience in the mountains, visit Kathmandu and also learn something about people and culture. And the trek with Gita and his team really exceeded my expectations!

We started with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Then when the hike started, we entered a very magical world were there was no car to be seen, and we shared the trails with the Yaks who are still used to carry good from one valley to the other. With every day and with every step that we came closer to our goal (Gokyo at 5300m), I felt more at peace with my life and the world.

Gita and his team did an amazing job due to their great organising and navigation skills. What I found particularly interesting is that Gita happily shared his knowledge about culture and religion with us, and was never tired to answer any question. He speaks English very well, but also German, which was great for the German speaking lads in our group.

Gita took great care of our group, and I could also observe that he showed care and respect also for the young locas who were carrying our luckage and equipment. I truly appreciated that! And if I will come to Nepal next time, I will bring my mountain equipment that I no longer need at home - as someone in Nepal may still be happy about it (e.g. good hiking shoes, warm sweaters and jackets, rain gear). After dinner, we were playing Uno with the entire trekking team, and it was really a fun time and a great way to connect with locals without sharing the same language!

Last thing - crucial topic: Health. I was a bit afraid as it was the first time that I was going to reach such a high altitude (5300 m), but Gita told us what to do to stay hydrated, stay healthy and not get the altitude sickness. I felt in very good hands and can strongly recommend Gita as a nice, competent, patient, fun, and well-educated tour guide.

I am already looking forward to a new adventure in Nepal and I would definitely book with Gita again!

Silvia (Austria/Europe)

What a magical trip - what a special experience!


  • A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the Solu-Khumbu region.
  • The quiet environment of Gokyo Valley, with its stunning glacier lakes, is loved by Buddhists and Hindus.
  •  Enjoy a challenging climb to the local Gokyo Ri (5,360 m).
  • Explore Gokyo lake, considered a sacred lake by the Sherpa community and worshipped as a guardian of the Khumbu family
  • Get a glimpse of the majestic peaks of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.
  • Renjo La Pass a high-altitude pass located on the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek. From the pass, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Mt. Everest and Lhotse.

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Suggested Itinerary

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Arrival in Kathmandu
1,380 meters
flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
2,652 meters/8,698 feet
4 hours
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
3,440 meters/11,286 feet
6-7 hours
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame
3,800 meters/12,467 feet
6-7 hours
Trek from Thame to Lungden
4,400 meters/14,435 feet
6-7 hours
Trek from Lungden to Renjo La Pass
5,360 meters/17,585 feet
7-8 hours
Trek from Gokyo Lake to Machermo
4,410 meters/14,468 feet
5-6 hours
Trek to Namche Bazaar
3,440 meters/11,286 feet
6-7 hours
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
2,840 meters/9,317feet
7-8 hours
Flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.
1,380 meters
Sightseeing Kathmandu
Departure to airport

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Practical Information

Food options range from the typical Nepalese Dal Bhat to Chinese and international cuisine. Nepalese Dal Bhat is a rice, lentils, and vegetable dish. With free refill options, you can eat as much as you like. Especially in Lukla and Namche, you can choose from a wide variety. Fruits of the Season are offered to you. The lodging is often twin-based. Most single rooms have a small table and chairs and two single beds. A cushion and sheet are typically found in beds. In most cases, a blanket is provided in the tea room.

The most incredible times for this hike are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). In autumn, you can see sunny days, and you can still see the snow-capped mountains. The best mountain views and most colorful scenery are in the spring. Hiking in winter (December-February) and monsoon season (June-August) is not recommended. There is a lot of snow and fog in winter, but it rains during the monsoon season. Flights to and from Lukla are frequently canceled and delayed at this time of the year.

Trekkers need to be in good shape to complete it, as it is classified as a medium to challenging trek with some sharp accents on the marked trails. The trekker needs to walk for 3-9 hours daily. Trekking in these highlands can cause altitude sickness, so allowing enough time to acclimate is crucial.

The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a clinic at a permanent facility in the village of Pheriche. The Helicopter Charter is provided for emergencies to rescue individuals on excursions. During the peak climbing season in April/May, the Himalayan Rescue Association station is operated by volunteer medics at the base camp. Altitude sickness can occur because this is a high-altitude hike. Therefore, it is necessary to limit alcohol consumption and give sufficient time to adapt. Water for personal hygiene is easily accessible on the go. Squat-type toilets are available during the hike. Water and a ladle can be used for flushing.


Renjo Gokyo Kora Trek duration can vary depending on the route and the pace of the trekker, but it typically takes around 7-9 days to complete.

The best time to do the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek is during the peak trekking seasons of Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November), when the weather is clear and the skies are generally free of clouds, offering excellent views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

The Renjo Gokyo Kora trek is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek, with some steep and strenuous sections. It is suitable for trekkers with good physical fitness and some prior trekking experience.

The maximum altitude reached during the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek is around 5,550 meters at the Renjo La Pass.

While it is not required to have a guide for the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek, it is highly recommended for several reasons. A guide is familiar with the route, can provide valuable information about the local culture and history of the region, and can help you to prepare for any unexpected challenges that may arise during the trek.

Yes, it is possible to do the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek independently, but it is recommended to hire a guide or join a trekking group for safety and logistical reasons.

Accommodation during the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek is generally in basic teahouses or lodges, which offer shared facilities and simple rooms with beds and blankets. Some teahouses may offer hot showers for an additional fee.

Some essential items to bring on the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek include warm and waterproof clothing, good quality hiking boots, a day pack, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, a flashlight, and any personal medications. It is also a good idea to bring some snacks, such as energy bars or nuts, to sustain you during the trek.

Electricity is generally available in the teahouses and lodges along the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek, but it is recommended to bring a portable charger or power bank as a backup. It is also a good idea to bring a charging cable for your device.

To prepare for the Renjo Gokyo Kora trek, it is important to have a good level of physical fitness. This can be achieved through regular exercise, such as running, cycling, or hiking, and building up endurance over time. It is also helpful to acclimatize to the altitude before the trek by spending a few days in the Kathmandu valley or at a lower altitude. It is important to also pack appropriately and to be familiar with the itinerary and route of the trek. Finally, it is recommended to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover any unexpected emergencies or cancellations.

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