|The Rhenjo Pass as seen from the third lake of Gokyo|
|The trail to the top of Rhenjo La|
Rhenjo La - The crossing of the pass from Gokyo to Thami
The Rhenjo La is one of the three high passes on the Everest trek the other two being Kongma La and the most popular one is the Cho La. The Rhenjo La can be crossed from the Gokyo side as well as from the Thami - Lungden side. However it is advisable to cross the pass from the Gokyo side as the climb from the Lungden side is extremely long and tiring.
Gokyo 4750 metres to Rhenjo La 5357 metres
We left Gokyo at around 6 15 am and headed out towards the pass on a trail that skirted the third lake and climbed gently for an hour. The trail then began to climb steeply following a series of switchbacks for another 45 minutes to one hour until it reached a flattish plateau from where there was an excellent view of Everest and the other peaks including Makalu which started peeping over a rock face. This plateau can get snowed under and there are cairns to show the way. From the plateau the trail swung to the right and began climbing again through rocks and moraine. The pass can be seen from here with a row of prayer flags strung across the rocks. The climb from the meadow to the top of the pass would be another hour.
Gokyo to the top of the pass 3 to 4 hours
|View from just below the pass looking down on the plateau|
|Looking towards the Lungden side of the pass - the trail below can be seen|
The pass has an excellent view both to the north and to the south. From the pass a very steep stone staircase leads down to an emerald lake which can be seen from the top. Pass the lake and the trail swings left following the natural contour of the valley. In about an hour or so there is a large lake on the left side - the trail passes this lake and climbs gently until it reaches some yak herders settlements made of stone. This part of the walk can be extremely cold and windy especially if it is foggy and cloudy. From here the path heads downwards and the lodges of Lungden can be seen in the valley below around 30 to 45 minutes away. Lungden has four or five lodges now so accommodation is not usually a problem.
Rhenjo La to Lungden 2 to 3 hours
|Looking back at the pass from about 20 minutes below on the trail to Lungden|
|The trail down past the first lake to Lungden - the second lake below on the left|
|The last portion of the trail down to Lungden|
Lungden 4400 metres to Thami 3800 metres
It is now a pleasant stroll down the valley following the Bhote Kosi river. In around 40 minutes you reach the village of Maralung which has a couple of lodges. The trail continues to lose altitude and reaches the village of Taranga in another half hour. From here it is about 60 to 90 minutes pleasant walking to the lodges of Thami.
Lungden. To Thami 2.5 hours to 3 hours
|The village of Thami|
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