Gokyo Lakes Trek is the trekkers’ alternative choice to Everest Base Camp Trek for the tantalizing view around Mount Everest. Trekking to Gokyo Lakes bestows you a lifetime opportunity to visit the six freshwater lakes’ group all above 4,700m. You can find hundreds of Gokyo Lakes trek reviews with the captivating landscapes and mesmerizing mountain peaks view description. Trekking to Gokyo Lakes is full of beautiful knowledge of spending night at the altitude above 4,700m in Gokyo Village. Gokyo Valley Trekking is a moderate trekking comparing with the Everest region’s other trekking trails. Gokyo Ri top view of Mount Everest is even better than from Kala Patthar.
The major attractions of Gokyo Lakes Trekking are six lakes, Renjo La View, Syangboche View, Gokyo Ri View and Fifth Lake View. Gokyo Ri trek difficulty is not as strenuous as trekking to Everest Base Camp as its elevation is just 5,357m. From Gokyo Ri altitude, you see a 360-degree panoramic view of Mount Everest and peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Similarly, you can sight Ngozumpa Glacier, the world’s largest glacier and marvelous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyanchung. Ngozumpa Glacier has been a major attraction not only to the trekkers but for scientific study in the high Himalayas about the global warming.
Gokyo Lakes trek best time of the year is spring (March, April and May) and autumn (September, October and November). Other seasons are not as good as these seasons for Gokyo Lakes trekking because there is poor visibility around the Everest Region. Gokyo Lakes trekking starts from a beguiling scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trekking to Phakding. Spending a night there, your team will move ahead to Namche where you can visit Namche monastery. You can see the typical culture, tradition, lifestyle and hospitality in the Sherpa settlement areas in the high Himalayan region. Trekking to Gokyo Lakes is totally teahouse trekking that from normal to quality resorts serve you delicious local and continental cuisines.
1. Where is Gokyo Lakes trek?
Gokyo Lakes trek takes you around the group of six glacial lakes, Gokyo Lakes located in Everest region. It lies in the eastern Himalayan ranges bordering Tibet and Nepal and gives you the rarest opportunity to reach nearby Mount Everest. It begins from Lukla and ends at Lukla after showing you all the lifelong memories of the combination of nature and culture. It follows the different route from Namche Bazaar than that of Everest Base Camp trek.
2. What is Gokyo Lakes trek?
Gokyo Lakes trek is a moderate type of trekking in Everest region, which is the blend of nature and culture. It rewards you with the wonderful natural gifts like snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, icefalls, lush valleys and dense forests. You can have the glimpse of endangered species of flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park, one of the highest altitude conservation areas. You can enjoy the occasional sight of Himalayan thar, blue sheep, musk deer and snow leopard in the park. The rich Sherpa cultural villages reflecting their unique rites and rituals make this trek more notable.
3. What are the major attractions of Gokyo Lakes trek?
Gokyo Lakes trek rewards you with a full package of attractions from the Himalayas to ethnic Sherpa cultural villages. First, you can walk along the tranquil trail to reach the heavenly Gokyo Lakes vicinity. The 360-degree panoramic view of the three eight-thousanders from Gokyo Ri (5,357m) is the most fascinating experience you can ever have. For the magnificent sunrise view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Cho Oyu, you can hike to Gokyo Ri. Similarly, the group of six glacial lakes, Gokyo Lakes is also another remarkable beauty of this trek. You can also taste the organic Sherpa cuisines served at the best hospitality and interact with the friendly Sherpa people. Talking with the local Sherpa people gives you an opportunity to know more about their typical culture, tradition plus rites and rituals.
4. What about altitude sickness during trekking to Gokyo Lakes?
As soon as you reach the place higher than 3,000m altitude, there is always possibility for altitude sickness. However, slow but steady ascent is always helpful to avoid this Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You must have acclimatization time during the journey; should drink enough pure water and have hygienic food. As far as possible, you must avoid eating non-veg items while in the Himalayas as they may not be fresh all the times. You can pack some medicines like Diamox Oral to protect or cure yourself from such unwanted hurdles. More importantly, the trekking guide of Orbit Alpine Adventure suggests you to take the necessary precautions to make your Gokyo Lakes trek dream come true!
5. How difficult is Gokyo Lakes trek?
Talking about Gokyo Lakes trek difficulty, it is a moderate type of trekking in Everest region. You don’t need any previous trekking experience to do this trek and walk not more than seven hours a day. Although much of the time is spent above 4,000m, the highest elevation to reach is Gokyo Ri (5,357m) for panoramic view.
6. Which is the best season for Gokyo Lakes trek?
You can do Everest region trekking all times of the year. Nonetheless, the best seasons for Gokyo Lakes trek are spring and autumn as the weather remains clear and supportive.
7. Is the cost of Gokyo Lakes trek?
Nepal trekking cost is determined by the trekking duration, the facilities and means of transportation you want to have during the journey. Gokyo Lakes trek cost is very reasonable that you can get the joy of every cent you pay for it. For more details about Gokyo Lakes trek customized package and the cost, contact: www.orbitalpineadventure.com.
8. What are the permits required for Gokyo Lakes trek?
The following are Gokyo Lakes trek permits you need have:
- TIMS Card
- Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
9. Can I do Gokyo Lakes trek solo?
Yes, besides an organized trek, you can do Gokyo Lakes trek solo as there is not any restricted zones en route. However, we highly recommend you to consult with a registered trekking agency that provides you all the necessary information. If you have a professional guide and porter to accompany you, you won’t have to worry about any unexpected circumstances. The guide helps you to find out the right trekking trail and gives information about the natural and cultural sites.
10. What type of accommodation is available during Gokyo Lakes trek?
Gokyo Lakes trek is completely a teahouse trekking because you can find a lot of teahouses on the route. Some of the stopovers also have quality hotels like Everest View Hotel, a five star hotel nearby Namche Bazaar.