About Gokyo Lake: – Gokyo is a tiny village which lies in Solukhumbu District in the lap of Himalayas of Nepal, at the foot of Gokyo RI and located on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari.
Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari). This small village is situated at an elevation of about 4,750 meters (15,580 ft), making it one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world. Almost all the buildings are guest houses for trekkers.
All those peoples who live in this village leave their house in the time of winter season and they shift to other villages in lower altitudes such as Namche Bazaar. In the Google earth, this small village can be best viewed at 27°57′16″N 86°41′43″E.
To the southeast is the village of Chharchung. In the year 1995, a huge avalanche killed exactly 42 peoples including 17 foreign nationals. From 17 foreign nationals, 13 were Japanese, two were Canadians, and one was an Irish woman as well as a German citizen.
Gokyo is best place to enjoy an amazing view of world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other mountain panoramas. Everest is more pilgrimage then just a trek, it is a milestone on anyone’s life; and some have described the experience as most thrilling, exciting and most adventurous hike that goes beyond the horizons into a natural paradise of unparalleled beauty.
Along with the view of Everest, you’ll also come face-to-face with the jewels of the Gokyo Lakes: Gokyo RI, and the Fifth Lake – the splendor of which overlooks a stunning view. This trek will certainly give you thrills and memories that will last a lifetime.
From Gokyo valley trek we experience astounding mountain views, enter Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site and tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries, besides the glorious grimace one can get glimpses of the life of the world-famous mountain climbers (the Sherpa’s).
Gokyo is one of a travel adventure trekking in Khumbu Himalaya of Nepal which is a known to be the home of the highest hill of the world Gokyo RI as well as various mountains along with lake, generally known as Gokyo Lake. Hundreds of local adventurer’s even tourists gather together to spend heavenly moment and to explore this natural land.
Gokyo Lake is one of the usual paths for enjoying which also provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekker can observe stunning scenery of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8,000m such as Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,201m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m) and Cho Oyo (8,201m) which are visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake.
The main attraction of Gokyo valley trek is turquoise lakes, glaciers, Sherpa villages, viewpoints, monasteries and trek to Phakding, Namche, Portse Tenga, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo, Thyangboche, Monjo, and Lukla which make every moment interesting.
Here I have explained 10 reasons why you should visit to Gokyo.
- Gokyo trek is a great trek for those looking for something a little more challenging. Hike to Everest Base Camp along with Gokyo Lakes and try to avoid the crowds seen on the main Classic route to Everest Base Camp. As wellinclude the ascent of Gokyo RI and the crossing of the Cho La pass, both of which are really fantastic.
- These landmarks are equally fascinating natural wonders in the Khumbu region with turquoise glacial lakes. From the Renjo La pass provide us a great view of the stunning greenish-blue Gokyo Lake on one side and the Remo Pokhari on the other side and may snowy peaks could see in the background. It provides us the implausible air which certainly integrates our feelings with harmony and magnificence.
- There are five lakes here, all of which are iridescent turquoise. The main highlight of Gokyo is the ascent of Gokyo RI, just behind the village, which provides unbelievable views of Cho Oyu and Everest.
- The trail is tough but you get the stunning view of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest with Gokyo lakes in a Single frame.
- Trekking in Gokyo valley provides you an opportunity to observe magnificent views of mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa glacier- the largest in Nepal’s Himalayan.
- Trek to Gokyo Lake is natural incredible adventure experience over high passes on the snow path. Explore the glistening ice trail of the Cho La pass over a glacier before hiking to Kala Patthar, the famed Black Rock, as you savor the incredible views of peaks.
- From Syangboche one can get wonderful panoramic 360 degree view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (5816m), Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyo (8201m), Nuptse (7855m), Pumori (7145m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Taw ache, Khumbila, Thamserku, and many other Khumbu Himalayan ranges.
- From Ranjo la pass, you can get the wonderful view of Mount Everest and then you retrace down to Thame valley and finally return back to Lukla.
- The route passes through the Tongba as well as Gyele to the Dole. The trails pass many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpa brings herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. You have an outstanding view of Khumbila and Taw ache, Buddhist colorful prayer flags are incredible throughout the day!
- The Gokyo valley remains closed in winter on average due to the extreme cold and due to the snow falls. But in the early autumn and late spring the flowers on the portion of the trek it a really beautiful walk which we will not forget in a hurry.
The Gokyo trek to the foot of Everest base camp crosses high passes – Ranjo La pass, Cho La Pass and Kong ma-la, with climbing of three peaks Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri and Chukung linking the four district valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo Khumbu and Imjatse.
The Gokyo trek is a dream venture for many people in the world to accomplish once in a lifetime. Since the trail passes through the diverse landscapes and vegetation Gokyo Valley trek is the best choice for adventurers as well as natural beauty lovers.
By Saugat Thapa