About Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek is the second most famous Everest Region Trek. Similar to all other treks in the Everest region, Gokyo Lake Trek offers outstanding views of Himalayas, gives an opportunity to explore the culture of people residing there, fills your trek with feelings of a great adventure. Additionally, it also offers the awe-inspiring beauty of turquoise green lakes. The five lakes, collectively known as Gokyo Lakes, are the part of the highest freshwater lake system in the world.
Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek, this trail takes only 13 days to complete and is less crowded, even in peak seasons. However, the unique trail through Gokyo valley is no less impressive. One of the major attractions of this trek is Gokyo Ri, the highest place you will get during the Gokyo Lakes Trek. Climbing up to its top to witness the beaming sunrise is truly unforgettable. Gokyo Ri also serves as a viewpoint to get clearer views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.
Apart from the adventure and beautiful sights, this trek is also an amazing opportunity to learn about the beautifully preserved culture of Sherpas residing within the area of Sagarmatha National Park.
Gokyo Lakes Trek Route
Starting the trek from Lukla, you will reach Namche taking the same route as Everest Base Camp and spend a day acclimatizing there. Then you will head towards Dhole, Machhermo and finally Gokyo. On the 8th day, you will visit Gokyo's fifth lake and ascend Gokyo Ri. Taking the same route, you will return to Dole the next day and then to Namche. After trekking to Lukla, you will catch a flight to Kathmandu.
The difficulty of this trek is similar to Everest Base Camp and you have to be physically prepared for some steep uphill climbing, long walks, and cold weather. You will walk an average of 6 hours a day for 8 days and spend two days acclimatizing. The altitude gain increases rapidly as you move towards Gokyo keeping you at the risk of Altitude Motion Sickness. But with proper acclimatization and technique, the risk decreases rapidly. Some prior experience in trekking in the mountainous region and/or physical training at least one month prior to the trek can help a lot.
Weather and Temperature
Trekking in the Everest region during off-seasons can create hassles, discomfort, and injuries. Especially rainfall and snow can make it harder for you to complete the trek by blocking the trail and making it slippery. However, it can still be done. In higher altitudes, the temperatures can drop rapidly. With an experienced guide, proper packing and persistence, these problems can be overcome. But if you want your trek to be smooth with less interruption, you should trek during spring and autumn. During these times, the daytime temperature is pleasant with colder nights.
After your arrival in Kathmandu and upon returning from your trek, you will stay at a 3-star hotel.
During the trek, you will stay at small lodges known as tea houses. The services and facilities they provide will be more minimal as you trek higher. You can get hot water and wifi on demand while they have heaters on their dining halls. Staying at tea houses also allows you to observe the day-to-day lives of local people and bond with them.
Food and Water
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided by these tea houses which may include fried rice, pasta, noodles, soup, Dal Bhat, eggs, potatoes, vegetables, cheese, etc. For snacks, you may have to carry a few things with yourself as it is very expensive in the mountains. Also, there are very fewer options you can choose from. Chocolates, energy bars, and other dry food which are easy to carry and do not spoil can be brought with you. Mineral water is expensive there, so you can either fill your bottles with boiled water while you are in tea houses or you can use tap water with water purification pills.