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Renjo Pass Trek

Abhishek Subedi June 8, 2020

Renjo pass trek is an amazing trek in the mountain region which takes you to one of the high mountain passes of the Khumbu. This trekking lies close to Tibet. You can enjoy the beauty of the Everest region in its most refined form. The Renjo pass trek lets you immerse yourself in the many features of the  Khumbu including ethnic Sherpa villages of the region. It is as much a naturally beautiful trek as it is culturally rich. This has many highlights like the famous mountain villages of Namche Bazaar and Thame. Other features include visiting Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri.

Renjo Pass Trek

The Renjo Pass Trek lets you enjoy the sights and views of the Everest Himalayas in spectacular manner. Rich Sherpa traditions and culture is present at every location. The travellers can enjoy the walk through the colourful prayer flags and circumambulate small stupas and chortens. This trip lets you enjoy the natural alpine woods of the Khumbu. The Renjo Pass trail moves through the peaceful environment of Khumbu region allowing you to experience various sceneries changing into pastures, ridges, narrow clefts and steep climbing trails. The most desirable time for this trek is at the end of the monsoon season, when flowers blooming throughout Nagpala give trekkers the illusion of walking across a textured, riotously colourful carpet.

Day 1 Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

The trekking will start with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Lukla airport offers you with lifetime experience as it is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway of the airport lies between the two hills which is the difficult runaway for the experienced pilot also. Its airfield is at high elevation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 metres. From here trekkers will begin their trek to the Phakding with green landscape and view of Kusum Kangaru. The trekkers will stay at the guesthouse here and enjoy the evening and night time with the local cuisine and dinner.

Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

From Phakding trekkers have to cross the river to reach the valley. The trail is near to the river valley with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest. After crossing the Dudh Koshi at Benkar , trekkers can get the sight of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku. It is only the short walk to Monjo where trekkers gather around to have lunch. From Monjo , National Park is about a short distance. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and is an uphill way to Namche bazaar. The trail now goes to the generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi Rivers.  The trekkers have to walk through the large suspension bridge.  

Renjo Pass Trek

Day 3 Namche bazaar to Everest View Hotel

This is the day for acclimatization to the trekkers. The trekkers will hike to Syangboche Airport 3700 metres, the highest airport in the world. Then continue to climb to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Tawache. On the way back you can visit Sherpa culture museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

Day 4 Namche to Dole

The trail is easy at the beginning up to Kyangjuma and climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is amazing and especially beautiful during the spring season as the flowers of rhododendrons are in full bloom. Travellers have to walk through Chakras, summers settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlement of Tongba and Gyele. The views of Khumbila and Tawache are incredible throughout the day.

Day 5 Dole to Machhermo

The trails continue the climb to lambara at 4220 m above sea level and Luza at 4369 metre. It is the tiring and strenuous route as the trail is steep in most places as it climbs through brush junipers. There are Kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4410 metres. The Machhermo is the same place where yeti killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa Woman. This is the most credible yeti incident ever reported.

Renjo Pass Trek

Day 6 Machhermo to Gokyo Lake

The trekkers have to climb a ridge to get an excellent view of both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho- Oyu. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390 metres then descends to the riverbank before beginning to climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The trail steeply climbs up the moraine, switching back alongside the stream to the first small Lake at 4650 metres where a family of green Brainy ducks resides.

Day 7 Hike to Gokyo Ri

The trekkers have to start their day early and climb upto the Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. The hike takes about approximately 2 hours to climb the top of the peak from where the trekkers can immerse themselves with the views of Cho Oyu, the Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache. It also offers a great view of Ngozumpa glacier- the largest glacier in Nepal.

Day 8 Trek to Lunden via Renjo La Pass

This is the main highlight of the trip as the trekkers will descend into a remote northern valley where access is restricted and the landscapes progressively resemble that of the Tibetan valleys beyond the border. There is a chance that trekkers will encounter Tibetan traders descending from the Nangpa La Pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.

Day 9 Trek to Thame

This trial will take you down to Thame where you can see more amazing snow peaks. About 150 metres above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among many homes of monks and Lay people. It is perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year.

Day 10 Thame to Namche Bazaar

The trail follows the flat land and descends to the first resting place Thamo after heading towards Namche Bazaar. The trek back is very beautiful.

Day 11 Namche Bazaar to Lukla

This trekking trail follows a sandy path with strenuous walk. The trail is full of views of landscape and some mountain scenarios. The trekkers can explore Lukla bazaar and local shops. You can also celebrate your successful trekking with special brands of drinks.

Day 12 Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu Airport and enjoy the panoramic views of snowy mountains from the window of the plane. 

This is the best trekking experience for the trekkers who want to enjoy all the aspects of the Everest Region in one trekking pack. 

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