Gokyo Lake Trek is the second most famous Everest Region treks. 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. 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 trek takes only 13 days to complete is less crowded even in peak seasons. 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. However, the unique trail in this region that takes you Gokyo valley providing gorgeous views of majestic lakes and mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m) Mt, Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7145m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), etc.which makes this trek rewarding and once in a lifetime experience.
One of the major attractions of this trek is Gokyo Ri, the highest place you will get to during the Gokyo Lakes trek. Climbing up to its top chasing sunrise is truly an adventure. This also serves as a viewpoint to get clearer views of the Everest and surrounding peaks.
Apart from the adventure and beautiful sights, this trek is also an amazing opportunity to learn about and emerge in the beautifully preserved culture of Sherpas. Sherpas have been residing within the area of Sagarmatha National Park and are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Our team will help you communicate with them.
GOKYO LAKE TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- A 35-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Trek inside the natural heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
- Explore the tradition and culture of Tibetan Buddhism
- Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
- Breathtaking views of mountains like Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku
- Visit Gokyo village and turquoise colored Gokyo lakes with major religious significance and awe-inspiring beauty
- Hike up to Gokyo Ri to get an amazing view of sunrise over the Himalayas
- Get the splendid views of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas
What to Expect:
1. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
To start the journey towards the Gokyo lakes, trekkers must first get to Lukla. While reaching Lukla airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary airport by a flight, you get to enjoy an aerial view of Kathmandu valley in the beginning. By the time you've reached Lukla, you will have seen the outstanding beauty of Himalayas. This though depends on how clear the weather is. This is a 35 minutes domestic flight.
2. Food and accommodation:
After your arrival in Kathmandu and after returning from your trek, you will stay at a 3-star hotel providing bed and breakfast. Other meals are not included in the package as you might want to try the variety of food you can find in different styles of restaurants and cafes.
During the trek, you will stay at tea houses run by Sherpas. This is also a good moment to learn about their ways and lifestyle. These tea houses provide basic but clean and sufficient services. You can get hot water and wifi on demand while they have heaters on their dining halls. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided which may include fried rice, pasta, noodles, soup, Dal Bhat, eggs, potatoes, vegetables, cheese, etc.
3. The Sherpas, tradition, and culture
Isolated from the rest of the world are Sherpas, enjoying their Himalayan lives and following their traditions with great enthusiasm. During the days you spend in the Everest region, you will encounter these amazing people in the form of tea house owners, guides or villagers busy on their day to day lives. Monasteries, Gompas and Kanis are also places you can visit to learn about their traditions, different festivals, rituals or their architecture.
4. Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is an amazing place to be in as it is home to the highest peak Mt. Everest as well as other high peaks, Gokyo lakes and other visually stunning sites providing great trekking adventures. You will enter this region with a permit and have the chance to see various animals like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda along the way. During the trek, forests, rivers, vegetation and settlements can be seen. Our trail showcases some amazing Sherpa villages, pine, rhododendron and juniper forests eventually leading to the stunning Gokyo lakes.
5. Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri
Gokyo lakes are some of the most beautiful lakes in the high altitude regions of Everest. The turquoise blue waters of these lakes are mesmerizing. In addition, the views of the surrounding mountains including Everest from 5th lake are awesome. Gokyo lakes also have high religious significance to both Hindu and Buddhist. Pilgrims visit there at Janai Purnima to worship Nag Devata. Gokyo Ri is as high as Everest Base Camp and is an amazing viewpoint. Ascending its peak, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the lakes can be seen.
6. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes
During the trek, views of mountains like Makalu, Everest, Choyou, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Makalu, Amadablam, Cholatse, and Kwangde can be seen. The landscape is full of these mountains, forests and settlements. Though settlements and forests start to thin as you get close to the destination, views of mountains get closer and clearer. The picturesque sights of sunrises and sunsets are what keeps you motivated throughout the trek. Another breathtaking view you can get is of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the world.
If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.