Gokyo Lakes Trek, the trekking around Gokyo valley is one of the best treks in Everest region of Nepal that unveils exclusive beauty of Mother Nature. The famous author Jules Renard said, “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” Gokyo valley is definitely one of those pieces. Gokyo valley is a picturesque valley famous for its crystal clear turquoise lakes called Gokyo Lakes. Trek through highs and lows, enjoy the outstanding view of Himalayan peaks including mighty Everest and explore naturally gifted Gokyo valley along its beautiful lakes with Gokyo valley Trek. With Gokyo trek, adventure lovers get the chance to pass through stunning Himalayan landscapes through forests and to be at the top of Gokyo peak exploring the pristine turquoise lakes in the valley.
Gokyo trek starts after our arrival at the Lukla airport from Kathmandu. The trekking initiates from Phakding and continues to Namche, Phortse Tenga, Machhermo and finally at Gokyo where the world’s highest fresh water lake system (comprising six main lakes) is situated. Also considered the famous pilgrimage site in Everest region, Gokyo lakes carry religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Further exploring the Gokyo valley, Gokyo Ri peak nearby Himalaya’s longest Ngozumpa glacier exhibits outstanding views of Everest and Lhotse. Gokyo Ri trek further lets us visit ancient monasteries on Tengboche which gives an insight to local arts, culture and tradition. Tracing our steps back towards Namche and Lukla, we board a flight back to Kathmandu which concludes our Gokyo trek of 13 days in Everest region.
Like with most of the other treks in Nepal, the best seasons for Gokyo Lakes Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) considering weather, temperature and unobstructed views. During those times, sky is clear and daytime temperature is warm. However, you can do this trek in the summer (monsoon) and winter seasons too if you prepared well for difficult conditions and some extreme temperatures.
Gokyo Lake Trek is graded as a ‘moderate’ trek with maximum altitude of 5,360m at the summit of Gokyo Ri. Although the summit of Gokyo Ri is at around the same altitude as Everest Base Camp (EBC), it is considered less problematic than EBC as you won’t sleep at the maximum height of the trek (only fewer nights spent above 4000m). The trek is not very demanding as it does not require technical skills. However, a good cardiovascular fitness is required and one should be able to walk for around 5-6 hrs each day.