Marulung to Gokyo via the Renjo La Pass

A big day! Adventurous trekking at its best, with huge views across the Everest range, this is one of the highlights of the Khumbu.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
13 km
Ascent
1.3 km
Descent
663 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
4.1 km
High Point
5.4 km
Gradient
19˚
Marulung to Gokyo via the Renjo La Pass Map

One of the highlights of any trip into the Khumbu, the crossing of the Renjo La is the first big challenge of the 3 cols expedition. An early start is required because there is a lot of ground to cover in order to reach Gokyo so aim to leave Marulung at daybreak.

Description

Begin by climbing gradually up to the village of Lungdhen and then continue ascending up to 2 lakes beneath the Renjo La. From the lakes the path is well maintained and is mainly on stone steps. Although these make the final ascent easy to follow, they give your thighs a real work out and you may be cursing them by the time you get close to the col!

Upon arriving at the col the view is utterly breathtaking and any memory of the effort required to get here will quickly disappear. Everest and Lhotse dominate the view but Kantega and Makalu also look particularly impressive. There are few better views of Everest than the one from the Renjo La so snap as many photos as possible if the weather is clear.

The initial descent from the col is quite steep but it quickly mellows and descends past 2 lakes before arriving at Dudh Pokhari (the third lake), on the shore of which is Gokyo village. Gokyo has grown over recent years and is now quite a busy, fun little place.

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, October, November, December

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque

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