About Gokyo Valley Trekking
The Gokyo Renjo La Pass circuit offers the most stunning views in the entire Everest Region, even surpassing the spectacular view from Kala Patthar on the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. For trekkers who prefer fewer crowds and more adventure, this trek is top choice.
The trek begins with a full day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize and explore nearby Sherpa villages and monasteries before heading off into the Gokyo Valley. West of Everest Base Camp is the clear blue glacial Gokyo Lakes. Standing on the summit of Gokyo Ri, 5360m, you get a thrilling view of world's highest peak, Mt. Everest, 8848m, and the sixth highest peak, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m.After the strenuous climb to reach Gokyo Peak, the two day gradual descent down to Namche Bazaar is a pleasant breather.
Annapurna Foothills Treks also recommends an alternative route from Gokyo Valley, for clients who have sufficient stamina to aim for the even finer view point you get from Renjo La pass, 5345m. To reach Renjo La, we can follow the north side of Dudh Pokhari, one of the five Gokyo Lakes, and head westward. At first, the trail leads along a blunt ridge, but to reach the top of the pass there are rocks to clamber over.
From here we get magnificent views: below us, are the Gokyo Lakes on one side, the Ringmo Pokhari Lakes on the other, and surrounding us on every side are a myriad of snowy peaks including Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Lhotse, 5816m, Mt. Makalu, 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m, Nuptse, 7855m, Mt. Pumori, 7145m, Mt. Ama Dablam, 6856m, and Mt. Thamserku, 6723m. One good thing is that since both options take the same amount of time, two days, you can make your decision depending on how you feel at Gokyo Peak. The straightforward descent from Gokyo Peak to Namche takes two days. The more strenuous option also takes two days: one day to make the steep climb up to Renjo La and a steep descent to Lungden, and another day to make the gradual descent to Namche.
Trekking in the Gokyo Valley is possible throughout the year; however the best time to visit is from the beginning of March to mid-May and from the beginning of September to mid-November. The winters are very cold and the summers are rainy. The rhododendron trees and wild flowers burst into bloom April and early May, adding spectacular splashes of color to the Himalayan landscape; whereas, the clearest skies are later in the year, after the summer monsoon rains have settled the dust and everything is lush and green.
Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.