Gokyo Lake Trek is for those who are aspiring for adventure in high altitude Himalayas. The trek offers a magnificent panorama of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) Peak 38, Cholatse, Lobuche and Island Peak. The shining, pristine blue and green fresh waters lake of the Gokyo is one of Nepal’s most memorable sights in the Khumbu region.
Gokyo Lake trek route
Follow the Classical Everest Base camp trail until Namche Bazar. The entire trail starting from Lukla to Gokyo lake and back takes around 8-10 days and covers a distance of 60Km. The major highlights of this trek include a visit to five beautiful Gokyo Lakes including Gokyo Tsho and Angladumba Tsho (4,500m). You will also climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri set an altitude of 5,315 m, which apparently is also the highest point of Gokyo Lake Trekking. From a top of Gokyo Ri, one can wonderfully set eyes on Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse, Cho Oyu (8,201 m) and Makalu. Another great extravagance of this trek is the exploration of Ngozumba glacier which is the largest glacier in the Nepal Himalayas.
Along the Gokyo lake trail, you will stop at Namche to experience Sherpa culture and hospitality visiting Khumjung Monastery to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. The trail is part of Sagarmatha National Park and makes a rare sighting of wildlife. Your trek leader guide is very familiar with the Gokyo Lake trails and its environment.
The fitness level and the best time to visit Gokyo Lake trek
Gokyo lake trek is the most well-known trekking destination in Everest region trekking. The trek involves 5 hrs walking in a day so travelers need to be moderately fit. Planing a trek to Gokyo lake! Start your morning jogging with a 5 kg backpack and run about one hour daily. This will help you a lot to accomplish your Gokyo lake trek. People do this throughout the year. However, March to May and September to November are the best time to trek for Gokyo Lake.
How difficult is Gokyo Lake trek?
Gokyo Lake treks is fairly a moderate trek however you will come across rugged terrains, uninhabited areas. Particularly the ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung in Everest region makes for an enduring run. Your experienced leaders and Sherpa porters who hold decades of experience in the mountains will help you for making your trip more safe and pleasurable.