Gokyo reanjo la pass trekRecommended Equipment
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
Day 01 – Kathmandu: Arrival Day
Welcome to Nepal! One of our representatives will be waiting to pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. It’s very likely been a long flight, so rest up: tomorrow is an action-packed day of fun and adventure, and you won’t want to miss a minute!
Day 02 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing Day
We’ll meet up today bright and early after breakfast for a full morning of sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. The capital and surrounding geographical area contain more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else on Earth, and we’ll be visiting some of the highlights. Bring your camera as we tour Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (the ‘monkey temple’), and Durbar Square. Afternoon and early evening bring a final briefing and preparations for trekking.
Day 03 – Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Phakding
We’ll be up with the sun today as we board a domestic plane to Lukla. The flight is only 35 minutes, but it is full of stunning mountain vistas. After landing in Lukla, you’ll meet up with your guide and porters, and then it’s off to the trekking path! We’ll start out easy with a 3 or 4 hour walk, with the path to Phakding wide and clear. The peak of Kusum Kangaru is visible as we head north beneath a kani arch and slope downhill through agricultural lowlands. We’ll glimpse cozy teahouses, Buddhist gompas (monasteries), prayer wheels, and enormous boulders painted with sacred mantras. As soon as we cross the Dudh Koshi river, we’ll be in Phakding.
Day 04 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar
We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the 5-6 hours trek to Namche Bazaar, the unofficial capital of Sherpa culture and gateway to Everest. Our trail takes us first over the Dudh Koshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones and fields of giant cabbage along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
Day 05 – Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
The ever-increasing altitude demands that we spend an extra day in Namche for acclimatization. You will hardly mind, however! You’ll have the chance to speed our adjustment to the higher altitude with a bracing 3-4 hour hike through the nearby Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, or you can choose to sit back, relax, and enjoy the bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. The National Park office and close-by monasteries are also worth a visit!
Day 06 – Namche Bazaar to Dole
We’ll take one final loop of Namche before heading up a nice, easy trail that overlooks the snow-capped peaks of Shanasa – the small settlement of Mong. We’ll ascend Mongla Hill on its left side and then head downward to Phortse Thanga, and lunch. We’ll follow the path upwards through woods of flowering rhododendron, and emerge to a perfect view of Cho Oyu. It’s a relatively simple afternoon walk to Dole – our stopping point – a small village adorned with a handful of teahouses, which use to be a yak pasture.
Day 07 – Dole to Machhermo
Today’s hike is short and pleasant, one that we can savor and enjoy. We’re trying to take our acclimatization easily, so we don’t overtax ourselves with really pushing it at this point. The day starts with a climb over Dole via a scenic ridge. Crossing yak pastures and tiny villages of stones huts, we’ll reach Luza. We’ll follow our trail along a valley high over the river, crossing sandy spurs and pastures bordered with a chorten and prayer flags to gain Machhermo by midday with enough time to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and get some well-needed rest.
Day 08 – Machhermo to Gokyo
Over the ridge we go, starting our day with fantastic views of the valley to Kangtega and the northern part of Cho Oyu. It’s another relatively short climbing day, with steep trails making up for fewer hours. We’ll descend towards the river bank and then begin the climb towards the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier through an ablation valley formed by melting ice. A succession of cairns now marks the route through a stony landscape, with a small tarn – Mountain Lake – on the left. The valley now broadens and the trail reaches a second larger tarn Taboche Tsho. Beyond this point the trail passes through a narrower section of the ablation valley and comes to a third tarn Dudh Pokhari, with prayer flags on its eastern shore. We’ll pause to appreciate the view before trekking another hour to the village of Gokyo, located on the edge of the third lake.
Day 09 – Gokyo: Acclimatization Day with option to hike to Gokyo Ri
We spend two nights in Gokyo to help with altitude acclimatization. In the morning, if weather permits, we climb the hill that rises above the northern shore of Lake Dudh Pokhari, called Gokyo Ri. The summit is marked by large cairns and prayer flags. Also from the top, Gokyo’s turquoise lake, far below has a picturesque view. An excursion to fourth and fifth lake is recommended for passionate trekkers.
Day 10 – Gokyo to Maruleng (via Renjo La Pass)
Our trek kicks off at dawn today as we attain Maruleng via the Renjo La Pass. It is a long hike, but a necessary one – there is no other place to stop along our trail! We follow Gokyo Valley downward, departing the main trail and turning towards the pass. We’ll reach the top of Renjo La in about three hours, being rewarded for our perseverance with unforgettable views of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche are unforgettable from the top. After that, we follow the east bank of the Bhote Koshi to Maruleng.
Day 11 – Maruleng to Thame
The trail from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We’ll cross the Bhote Koshi down from Maruleng, and then descend to Taranga. Our trail then winds through the valley of the Langmuche Khola River, ending in the village of Thame. This large settlement contains a famous monastery, along with stunning views of several mountains.
Day 12 – Thame to Namche Bazaar
We’ll pass through a check post today before arriving at the worldís loftiest hydroelectric power station, which provides electricity for most of the upper Khumbu region. We’ll pass gompas, prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens en route to Namche Bazaar, where weíll again stop for an overnight rest.
Day 13 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla
After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages, one of which is Phakding. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.
Day 14 – Lukla to Kathmandu
In the morning, you’ll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.
Inclusive of costs
- Airport pick up and drop
- Sightseening in Kathmandu valley (by car or jeep)
- 12 days adventure, 12 days include 3 meals a day
- 3 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
- Round trip flight fare Kathmandu to Lukla
- Domastic airport taxes
- Accommodation while trekking
- National park permit
- TIMS (traveler security) Card
- Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter service (if needed)
- Local and government taxes
- Office expenses
- Farewell dinner
Exclusive of costs
- Your insurance (compulsary for your safty)
- International air fare
- Beverages, water, beer, chocolates
- Shower, charge for your equipements, laundry
- Personal gears and clothing (aviable on hire)
- Tip for guide porter
- Incurred in emergancy evacuation/road block due to any reason
- Drinks and snacks while walking
Why you should book the tours with Pinnacle Trek?
- Best price with better hospitality
- You have a big group? We can help!
- Local experienced guide and porters
- Top-notch customer service
- Depature date is guaranteed
- We can help you to make it fits for your budget
- We can customize the trip for your need
- 15 years of experiences of trekking field
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $170 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.