Gokyo Lake Trek Highlights
- You get to walk through the peaceful, off-the-beaten-paths of the Everest region to reach Gokyo valley.
- You will have a memorable time when viewing the sunrise/sunset view at Mount Everest and other neighboring peaks from Gokyo Ri (5357 meters).
- You can click awesome photographs of the unspoiled and crisp Gokyo valley.
- You can delve into the serenity of the dazzling glacial lakes, especially during the afternoon.
- You will explore one of the biggest glaciers in the Khumbu region- Ngozumpa glacier.
|Durations days||13 days|
|Max. elevation||5,357 m/ 1632 ft |
Gokyo Lake Trek Map
Gokyo Lake Trek Video
The Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek while still providing the trekker with plenty of stunning views of Everest as well as overnight stays in the iconic town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region.
The route to the Gokyo Lakes is less busy but still affords the trekker with an insight into local village life, impressive views of icy rivers and stony, glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course the dazzling turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes themselves.
The Gokyo Lakes are actually made up of six bodies of water, or lakes, located at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000m in the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Valley falls within the Sagarmatha National Park area.
The lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system and have been designated as a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) as well as being sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. And if you need any more testaments to the beauty and importance of this area, the Lonely Planet states, “for our money the Gokyo Valley is the most spectacular in the Khumbu”.
By spending an extra day in the Gokyo Valley, you can visit the 5th and 6th lakes which sit in a high alpine bowl at the foot of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain.
You should expect to walk around 5 hours a day, with one of the highlights being a steep climb up Gokyo RI (5,357m) to view Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Also on display is the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa, and ice ridges.
In order to acclimatize before setting off for the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, time spent in Namche Bazaar offers trekkers the opportunity to trek to nearby Khumjung Village to visit the school set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was the first person to successfully summit Mount Everest.
Since that time dozens of climbing expeditions and thousands of trekkers have made Namche Bazaar a vibrant, bustling market town where it is possible to swap trekking stories with members of other groups.
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I am a former Lonely Planet author and professional adventure writer with the great fortune of having traveled to more than 130 countries. I’ve hired tour operators and guides for forays up Panamanian rivers into narco held Colombian borderland, treks deep into the Argentine Patagonia, tiger photo hunts alone and unarmed in Indonesia jungle, on camelback with nomads in Jordanian desert, scuba diving with hundreds of Earth’s largest hammerhead sharks off Mexico, following the wildebeest from one side of the Serengeti to the other enough stuff for a bunch of books. Read Scott Full Review
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu||1400 m / 4593 ft|
|Day 2||Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding||2651 m / 8697 ft||3 - 4 hr|
|Day 3||Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3438 m / 11279 ft||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 4||Acclimatization day||3700 m / 12139 ft||5 hr|
|Day 5||Namche Bazaar to Dole||3680 m / 12073 ft||5 - 6 hr|
|Day 6||Dole to Machhermo||4470 m / 14665 ft||4 hr|
|Day 7||Machhermo to Gokyo||4800 m / 15748 ft||4 hr|
|Day 8||Morning trip to Gokyo Ri||5,357 m / 17575 ft||4 hr|
|Day 9||Gokyo to Dole||4110 m / 13484 ft||6 - 7 hr|
|Day 10||Dole to Namche Bazaar||3438 m / 11279 ft||5 - 6hr|
|Day 11||Namche Bazaar to Lukla||2860 m / 9383 ft||7 - 8 hr|
|Day 12||Lukla to Kathmandu||1380 m / 4527 ft||40 min|