Gokyo Lake Trek is less crowded, Scenic, slightly easier alternative route to Everest Base Camp trek and It offers magnificent view of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest one in the Nepal Himalayas. It includes most popular mountains views of the northwest face of Mt. Everest (8848m), set amongst other giants like Mt. Cho-Oyo (8201m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) etc. which are clearly visible in a panorama from Gokyo Ri (5483m) above Gokyo Lake.
Gokyo Lake trek or Gokyo Valley Trek is certainly one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. This short route is designe for those who have a limited time to discover the most famous beauties of Khumbhu region. Set amongst breath-taking high mountain scenery, the route leads through the Sherpa community. Gokyo Lake can be done in two different routes that is Renjo Pass trek or an alternative itinerary with out high pass. The trail to Gokyo is a gradual ascent up the valley passing through patches of birch and rhododendron forest where the elusive musk deer can sometimes be seen. Through small yak-grazing settlements, we reach the Gokyo lakes.
The Gokyo Peak (5480m) ascent is the one of the highlights of this circuit. We stay here to savor the incredible scenery, including magnificent views of Everest (8848m), Makalu, Cho Oyo (8153m) and Lhotse (8511m), to name but a few. But on the other hand , the Renjo Pass route is off the usual beaten track. At the pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the RermoPokhari lakes on the other side, and a myriad of snowy peaks in the background provides this incredible atmosphere. The alternative route is much easier. From Gokyo, the trail descends along the opposite bank of the Dudh Kosi.
After a 35min short Mountain flight to Lukla, follow the Everest Base Camp trail for two days to Namche Bazaar, a rest and acclimatization day. Walk to the friendly Sherpa village of Khumjung to explore their lifestyle, culture and beliefs.
Difficulties of Gokyo Lake Trek
It is a physically challenging task to ascend Gokyo Ri. Trekking in Everest region is awe-inspiring and Gokyo lake trek in the region is full of excitement and thrill. Besides mountain peaks and narrow trekking trail, the view of Ngozumpa Glacier, World's highest lake- Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri is the major attraction of Gokyo valley trek. We hike to Gokyo Ri to see the spectacular views.
Best Time to trek Gokyo Lake Trek
The best time duration for Gokyo Lake trek is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November) when the climate is warm and sunny. for more details visit Best time to Travel
Food and accommodation during Gokyo Lake Trek
Regarding the foods, all kinds of meals will be provided to you on time during the trek. The major and somehow best foods provided are toast or chapati, eggs, potatoes, porridge, fried Mars Bars, and tea or coffee for breakfast; and rice, lentil soup, curried potatoes with vegetables, greens and papad for lunch. Light foods will be provided for dinner which will help maintain the balance of food and will not affect the health condition. The western meals like a burger, pizza, and oily foods, tobacco and alcohols should be avoided as far as possible. Accommodation will be on twin sharing local moutnain lodage. Bathroom is ourtside.
Permits and regulations of Gokyo Valley Trek
For Everest Three Pass Trek, you will need TIMS permit and a Sagarmatha National Park permit. If you are going via trekking companies, those permits will be arranged by those companies. But if you are planning to go on your own, you will need to take your TIMS permit from Kathmandu, and a Sagarmatha National park permits from Monjo. Monjo is a village checkpoint that you will pass on the first day of your trek.
Highlights of Gokyo Lake Trek
- Scenic flight to Lukla the gateway to any trek to Everest Region
- Experience Sherpa Culture and tradition
- Tibetan Buddhism and practice, high suspension hanging bridges
- Breathtaking view of Mount Everest and Himalayan wide range
- Comfortable Accommodation and hygiene meals everyday during the trekking