Gokyo to EBC (via Cho La and Renjo La Pass) Trek - 20 Days

Our Gokyo to EBC (via Cho La and Renjo La Pass) Trek is the most challenging that we currently offer. With that being said, the trek offers the most incredible views. The Khumbu region is famed for it's out of this world scenery.  At various points along the trail, we find ourselves in this uninhabitable land, characterized by rugged, snow-covered mountains, turquoise glacial lakes, and desolate valleys.  All throughout the journey, you are reminded by the terrain that you are truly near the top of the world.

The trek is an epic adventure that involves ascending and descending some of the highest mountain passes in the world, namely the Renjo La (5360m) and Cho La (5420m).  These passes are not on the busy Everest Base Camp Trek, So during these parts, we feel a closer connection to the mountains. The solitude is deeply cherished.  In addition to traversing these two high passes, we also get to climb three peaks: Gokyo Ri (5360m) Kala Pattar (5550m), and Chukkung Ri (5550m).  Each gives an entirely different perspective of the world-famous Everest region.

The trek starts with a shaky, but memorable flight to Lukla, from where we head through verdant forests towards Namche Bazaar.  We weave in and out of agricultural fields, looking down at the Dudh Koshi River below us.  After checking in at Jorsalle, we reach Namche Bazaar, a trade and tourism center of the region.  After Thame, a village known for its centuries-old monastery, we are lead to the first Himalayan pass of the trek – Renjo La (5360m).  Upon descending, we land in the mesmerizing Gokyo Valley.To acclimatize, we hike to Gokyo Ri.  Feast your eyes onthe lakes, glaciers, icefalls and majestic peaks – Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and others. Next up, the Cho La Pass (5420m), known as the most technical among the two passes. After crossing it, we head to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and then to Kala Patthar.  Both are spectacular places with some of the best views in the world. After, we trek down, making our descent to Lukla.  Catch a flight back to Kathmandu and tell your family about the incredible journey you’ve just completed.

The Gokyo to EBC (via Cho La and Renjo La Pass) Trek can be done throughout the year, but the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best weather.  During the spring, the flowers are blooming, adding color to the trail.  In the fall, the skies are usually clearer. The trek requires moderate fitness. Junket Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code
  • Duration20 Days
  • GradeModerate to Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax02
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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Day 03: Fly to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla (2840 Meters) and trek to Phakding.
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 Meters) about 5 hours.
  • Day 05: Acclimatization hike and exploration Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Thame (3800m) ,5-6 hours.
  • Day 07: Trek from Thame to Lumde (4370m), 4-5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek from Lumde to Gokyo (4790m) via Renjo La (5360m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 09: Acclimatization day
  • Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5360m) to Thangnak (4700m), 2-3 hours
  • Day 11: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La Pass (5420m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Gorak Shep (5140m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 13: Hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m), back to Gorak Shep.
  • Day 14: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m), then to Lobuche (4910m), 2-3 hours
  • Day 15: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4730m) via Khongma-La (5535m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 16: Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3930m), 4-5 hours.
  • Day 17: Trek from Pangboche to Namche (3440m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 18: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2840m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 19: Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 20: Final Departure

Cost Includes:

  1. Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  2. Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  3. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  4. All transportation for the trek, including flights to and from Lukla.
  5. Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  6. Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters.
  7. Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters.
  8. Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  9. All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  10. First Aid Kit.
  11. Maps.
  12. Service charge and government taxes.
  13. Sagarmatha National Park entry fee.
  14. TIMS Card.
  15. Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes:

  1. International airfare.
  2. Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast).
  3. Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  4. Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek.
  5. Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee.
  6. Tips for guide and porter.
  7. Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary.
  8. Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Outline Itinerary

01 Days Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

You will be picked up from Tribhuvan Airport by a member of Junket Nepaland taken to your hotel. We give you all the necessary information about your trek and clear up any questions you might have.Overnight at hotel.

Usefull Info

Usefull Info

Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:

Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.

Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.

Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.

Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.

High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.

The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.

In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.

Best Season for Trekking:

Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.

Types of Trekking:

Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;

I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.

II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.

Trekking Permits:
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered.  Types of trekking permits are as follows:

I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)

II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.

III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration.  Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.

Trekking Safety and Security:

Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.





Trip Note

Junket Nepal is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise.  Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days.  It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.  If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days.  In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost. 

Certificate & Parthers

Nepal GovernmentNepal Tourism BoardTAANNepal Mounataineering Association Himalayan Resue Association Lovely Planet Trip Advisor