The Renjo-La pass is the least visited of the three classic passes that link the Khumbu valleys. Therefore, this route is one of the least crowded and most peaceful in the whole Khumbu area. Climbing up through the beautiful Gokyo Valley and descending through the Thame Valley, we are in the heart of Sherpa land, surrounded by high mountains and overwhelming scenery.
15 days / 14 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
12 days’ trek
Medium. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude 5360m
Highest altitude overnight 4750m
Local mountain guide English-speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
Transfers in private vehicle, shuttle and Lukla flights
The Gokyo Valley is known to be one of the most beautiful in Khumbu. With green pastures, groups of yaks up and down, and crystal clear lakes on the way to Cho-Oyu. Renjo-La, above 5000m, is the most isolated of the three passes of the Sagarmatha 3 Passes Trek. It joins Gokyo with the Thame Valley in the middle of a wild landscape, with the Rolwaling Mountains right in front of us. It does not involve any technical skill, although it is naturally demanding and some sections are quite steep.
The Thame Valley on the way down to Namche and Lukla is also a fairly quiet valley, with the important Thame Monastery worth a visit.
Both Gokyo, Thame, and especially RenjoLa, are much less crowded than the Everest Base Camp Trek, so they are a good alternative for those who prefer quieter routes without giving up an exceptional trek. What’s more, you won’t miss Everest, as its pyramid is clearly visible from both the Gokyo-Ri summit and the Renjo-La pass itself.
Khumbu treks usually start with a flight to the small Lukla airport with its sloping runway and a first two days’ walk common to all routes to Namche Bazar, the small amphitheatre-shaped village that stands as the commercial and administrative centre of the whole area, dominated by the Sherpa community. The Sherpas moved to these valleys from Tibet about 500 years ago in search of a friendlier land to live in compared to the frozen Tibetan steppes from which they came.
The stages are not too long, as the difference in altitude between overnight stays must be kept in mind to have good and safe acclimatisation to the altitude, but this allows you to freely explore adjacent valleys and discover new landscapes and hidden corners.
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