Gokyo Via Cho La Pass & Renjo La Pass Trek

21 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal.
  • Spectacular view of the six Gokyo Lakes.
  • Ascend the marvelous Gokyo Ri (5357m) to catch the extraordinary sights of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Lhotse.
  • Cross three thrilling passes- Renjo La Pass (5360m), Kongma La Pass (5530m), and Cho La Pass (5420m).


Gokyo Via Cho La Pass and Renjo La Pass Trek is a trip with dazzling views of the Great Himalayas along with the idyllic Gokyo valley with its six picturesque placid lakes. The views along the trek accommodate those of Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Mt. Pumo Ri, and many more. Likewise, the trek combines trips to Gokyo Ri (5357m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Renjo La Pass (5360m) in addition to the Everest Base Camp. The trekkers will get to observe the exclusive Sherpa settlements and distinctive traditions of Buddhists.


Before the Lukla flight from Kathmandu, you will have a short trip exploring the world heritage sites in the valley. The trek begins from Lukla as you head to Phakding following the trail through the rhododendron forest and enters the Sagarmatha National park, which is one of the UNESCO listed world heritage sites. The next destination on the trip is Namche Bazaar, which is a trading hub in the Khumbu Valley. Next, you spend a day here before heading out on the classic trail to the Everest Base Camp. After that, you will climb Kala Patthar to witness a surreal view of mountains, including Mt. Everest, and catch the captivating view of the world’s highest glacier in the Khumbu region. You will pass through Cho La Pass and Renjo La pass, which are known to be the beautiful passes of Nepal for the sublime views of mountains and peripheral valleys. In the idyllic valley of Gokyo, you will rejoice the relishing Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the world. Heroic alpine valleys, along with the rare species and quaint Sherpas settlement and their gracious hospitality, will embrace the delightful memories for the trekkers. Given that the Khumbu Region is mostly dry and cold, the best season to trek in this region is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September – November).


Brown Bear Trails is a fully licensed and authentic travel operator in Nepal. We are known for our best service in travel and accommodations. Do grant us an opportunity to facilitate you with all your trekking queries and requirements to pursue a successful trek.

Our staff will pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to the designated hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Our team will explain to you about the trek programs in detail. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, our staff will drive you around the Kathmandu valley in a private vehicle. Some of the popular destinations to tour are Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All these locations are UNESCO world heritage sites and offer a brief introduction to the cultural and historical lineage of the entire valley. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the trek and shop for the essentials as well. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Leaving the capital behind, you’ll catch a morning flight to Lukla with the picturesque Himalayas to gaze. You’ll be thrilled to land in the most exhilarating airport in the world, Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. The first part of the trek begins from Lukla towards Phakding following an easy trail with a clear view of Mt. Kusum Khangkaru (6369m). You will reach Phakding in 2-3 hours of a gradual walk. Overnight stay at a tea house in Phakding.

From Phakding, you will have a pleasant trek accompanied by an impressive view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) to reach Monjo village. After that, you'll approach the entrance point of Sagarmatha National Park, and then you will follow the descending trail towards Jorsalle. Walking further on riverbeds, crossing the last bridge over the Imjaste River, and taking the uphill path, you will reach Namche Bazaar. You can remark colorful houses with beautiful landscapes in the background once you reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar

You will have a rest day in Namche with a brief walk for acclimatization to the high altitude of Namche Bazaar. You can visit the Sherpa museum in Namche to gain information about the history of mountaineering, geography, culture, and traditions. As you acclimatize, you can also hike to the Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde villages for the entire day. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

After breakfast, you will begin the trek towards Tengboche. The trails follow the astonishing view of mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Thamserku (6608m). Walking through the lush forest trails, you will reach the Tengboche monastery, which is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. You will stay the night in Tengboche and prepare for the next day.

After breakfast in Tengboche, you will prepare to trek towards Dingboche. The trail includes walking through the rhododendron forests and grass-covered bushes with varieties of floras and faunas. The trail leaves Tengboche and follows the Imja River as you head to Pangboche. Further, you go past Shomare and Orsho to reach Dingboche village. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Today is the rewarding day of acclimatization, having gone through the strenuous journey. After refreshments, you take a rest or take an optional hike around the valley of Chhukung and Imja. The valleys connect with the Island peak, the longest passes of Amphu Laptsa and Makalu Barun National Park. You will get to see the glorious views of mountains from Chukkung. Additionally, you can also climb the Nangkar Tshang Peak (5616m), which is located north of the village. Overnight stay at lodge in Dingboche.

After breakfast, you will leave Dingboche for the challenging trek towards Lobuche, passing through the epic Kongma La Pass (5530m). The trail includes continuous ascending towards the sloppy path and once you reach the top of Kongma La Pass. From the top, you can enjoy appealing views of the majestic Himalayas like Cholatse (6335m), Pokalde (5806m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). Next, you will gradually decline and proceed through icy cold Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

After Lobuche, you will trek towards Gorakshep. Next, you will trek to the Everest Base Camp across the trail that includes a sharp climb over moraine ridges. You can enjoy the views of the Mt. Everest (8848m) as you continue on the arid trails to the EBC. Everest Base Camp offers an extensive view of mountains such as Nuptse (7861m), Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6636m), and several other peaks. After exploring the base camp, you will reach back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at Gorakshep.

From Gorakshep, you will trek towards Kalapatthar before sunrise. The trek ascends gradually and reaches the top where you will witness the captivating sunrise falling upon the mountains. The vantage point offers the phenomenal view of Mt. Everest(8848m) along with other mountains such as Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Khumbutse (6636m), and other peaks of the region. From Kalapatthar, you will follow the descending trails, and after walking for a couple of hours, you will reach Dzongla. Overnight stay at Dzongla.

After breakfast, you will leave Dzongla behind to head towards Thangnag via Cho La Pass (5368m). The trail includes gradual walking of around two hours across sparse vegetation. Then, you will trek on tough rocky trails followed by ascending uphill’s to approach Cho La Pass. The top offers a grand view of the mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8188m), and Lobuche range. Crossing over the Cho La Pass, you will take a descending trail and reach Thangnag. Overnight stay at Thangnag.

After breakfast, you will leave Thangnag and trek towards Gokyo. Walking from Thangnag, you will pass through the beautiful Ngozumpa Glacier. Then, heading forward, you will approach a steep trail. On the way forward, you can enjoy the views of Gokyo Lake in the company of Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m). Next, you descend and reach the Gokyo village in the Gokyo Valley. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

You will have a rest day at Gokyo. After refreshing breakfast, you may take an optional hike around Gokyo valley and visit the Gokyo Lakes situated to the south of the village. With the extensive view of Mr. Pharilapche (6017m). You can also hike to other lakes, including Thonak Tsho, Taujung Tsho, and Ngozumpa Tsho. Alternatively, you can also choose to take a short hike to the top of Gokyo Ri (5367m). At the top, you will be accompanied by the spectacular view of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) along with many other mountains in the Everest range. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Leaving Gokyo Valley behind, you will trek towards Lunde village crossing over the Renjo La Pass (5360m). Then, you will follow the gradual walking trail and approach the ascending route. You will climb uphill which is a difficult part of the trail as you reach Renjo La. Having reached the top of Renjo La Pass, you can enjoy a mesmerizing view of Ngozumpa Glacier and mountains such as Mt. Everest (8848m), Cholatse (6335m), and Taboche (6367m). After that, the trail starts descends to reach Lumde. Overnight stay at lodge in Lumde.

In the morning, after breakfast, you will leave Lunde to trek towards Thame village. The trail requires a gentle, declining pathway and moving forward to reach Marulung. From Marulung, you will follow a gentle uphill to reach Nangpa La. In about four hours, following the descending trail through the moraines, you will reach Thame. Here, you can also visit the Thame Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest region. Overnight stay at lodge in Thame.

From the Thame village, you will trek towards Namche. The trekking includes descending trail and continuing forward until you reach the monastery in Namche. You can take a lunch break at the monastery where you may visit the monastery. Continuing the journey for around three hours and passing through many Stupas, Mani walls, Chortens, you will reach Namche. Overnight stay at Namche.

After exploring Namche, you will proceed for the last trek from Namche to Lukla. The trail follows the declining routes, and you will traverse through the dense pine trees and rhododendron forests. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you will reach Jorsalle village. Continuing the trek towards Phakding, you will cross several bridges, and you will reach Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.

You will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, which is about 45 minutes. Our staff will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel in Kathmandu. For the rest of the day, you can explore the city and visit some of the cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

After the successful trekking and exhausting travels and flights, you will have a leisure day in Kathmandu to rest and relax. After lunch, you may take sightseeing to closer places around Kathmandu Valley. Our driver will drive you around through the street of Kathmandu, and you will get to visit some UNESCO world heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath Stupa. After that, you will return to the hotel joining the cultural shows in the hotel and have a pleasant dinner. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21 :

Cherishing beautiful memories with the travel and trekking crews, our staff will bid you a warm goodbye. Our driver will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport before the scheduled time. Warm wishes. Namaste!

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure from the airport to hotel and back on private cars, coach or buses as per the group size.
  • Accommodation in tourist standard or 2-3 star class hotels on bed and breakfast basis as well in twin sharing basis rooms.
  • Tour and sightseeing around Kathmandu as per the itinerary chosen with city guides includes all entrance fees at places of interest.
  • Domestic air flights Kathmandu –lukla-kathmandu .
  • Full board on trekking with breakfast-lunch-afternoon refreshment with dinner includes twin sharing rooms in lodge on route treks and long tours.
  • Applicable Trekking Information Management Systems permits (TIMS) with Conservation or National Park permits.
  • All tour and treks accompanied by guides-staff and porters, all wages, meals, accommodation, transportation facilities with Insurance against medical and accidents.
  • In some high altitude treks we provide sleeping bags and down jackets also with comprehensive medical kits carried by our guides and staff.Sleeping bags, and down jackets might include depending upon trip cost.
  • First Aid and Comprehensive Medical Kit carried by our guides on all treks and climb.

Cost Excludes

  • International air-fare, Personal medical / travel insurance and Nepal visa fees.
  • Expenses of individual nature drinks, laundry, telephone bills, gratitude and meals in city areas Kathmandu.
  • On treks, laundry, recharge of electronic items and hot-showers.
  • Personal Trekking-Climbing gear and equipment’s including down jackets-sleeping bags if not provided by the company as per the trip cost.
  • Single Supplement on hotel rooms as well on trek in lodge where clients should inform ahead on booking with extra charge on booking single private rooms where available.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportations including immediate Helicopter services if required on accidents, sickness and personal problems.
  • Early return from the tour or treks will not be entertainment with refund, where client should borne all the expenses incurred including accompany guide-porters services.
  • Gratitude / Tipping at the end of treks and climbs.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

01: How long is Gokyo Chola and Renjo-La Passes Trek?

This wonderful adventure of more than two weeks trek walk and climbing above 5,420 m passes. The trek takes you to cross Renjo-la and Cho-La. As well as visiting Gokyo Lake and Everest Base camp with a climb on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 m high. In the end, flying out from Lukla to Ramechap and drive back to Kathmandu.

02: When is the best time for this wonderful Trek?

The best time is spring from March to May, and autumn/fall begins from September to early November. These are the best times for pleasant walks and views but could get snowfall sometimes. Much colder morning and evening, nighttime, but with clear sunny most of the days.

03: What do we expect on these treks?

Walking ups and down with few flat sections, walk into lovely woods of rhododendron and pines. The trek leads to several nice villages adorned with ancient culture and heritage of Buddhism, visiting monasteries of great religious interest. Encountering friendly and cheerful villagers, cold morning and night time but with sunny clear days for excellent views of snow-capped peaks.
Crossing above 5,420 m passes from one beautiful valley to other scenic areas, truly an extreme adventure to experience. A complete wilderness trekking for hardy and tough trekkers and adventurers.

04: How high do we trek on this Trek?

The trek starts from Lukla at 2,820 m and crosses Renjo and Cho-la all above 5,420 m. A side trip to Gokyo-Ri at 5,357 m and Kalapathar Hilltop at 5,545 m the highest point of the adventure with the closest views of Mt. Everest.

05: How are the foods, accommodation on this 4 passes Trek?

Accommodation in local lodges is simple but nice, clean and cozy but smaller rooms on leaving Namche Bazaar at Lobuche, Gorakshep, Lungden, and Thame villages. But at Lukla and Namche Bazaar, the hotels and lodges are of a high standard with attached bathrooms. Having large warm dining rooms serves a comprehensive food menu from Continental, Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan to Nepal meals. Some lodges also provide fresh bakery item also. The main preferred meal is Nepali Dal Bhat (boiled rice and lentil soup with seasonal vegetables and homemade hot sauce or mild pickle. The large group provides set meal to make it easier as well as to save time and fuel energy.

06: Is there hot showers and electricity to charge our electronic items?

Every village has hydroelectricity and solar, where trekkers can charge their electronic items paying a fee per hour per item charged to the lodge owner.
Yes, nearly all villages provide hot or cold showers and bathe with hot water in a large bucket. Extra charge for using hot shower and bathing.

07: Do we get internet services and Wi-Fi on these treks?

Nearly all main villages as far as Thame, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar as well higher to Lobuche and Gorakshep. But sometimes due to landscapes wise entering deep valleys and gorges where internet services could be obstructed.
But do not expect much while crossing Amphu Labtsa in the total wilderness where internet services are not available till Lukla town is reached.

08: When do we book for this trek to Gokyo, Cho-la via Renjo-La?

To book with “Brown Bear Trails” a minimum of one month or earlier is the best. Sending your passport details, and advance payment with the photocopy of Travel / Medical Insurance. The rest of the trip balance is to be paid on arrival in Kathmandu before trek departures.

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