The diverse landscape, rich culture, and natural beauty along giant snow-capped mountains make Nepal a paradise and adventurous destination in the world. Nepal is the home of the world’s highest mountain (Everest- 8,848.86m) along with seven other peaks above eight-thousanders meters in the world. The virgin natural beauty, unique Sherpa culture, and traditional lifestyles are the major attractions of the Himalayan land of Nepal. Trekking in Nepal offers you an unforgettable lifetime experience. The trekking trail and the final destinations offer you magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys, lakes, Glaciers, and amazing landscapes.
Gokyo valley is one of the most picturesque Himalayan destinations with the major highlights of Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri, which lies in the west of the famous Khumbu region, which is abundantly famous for the Everest Base Camp trek. Everest regions lead you through Sagarmatha National Park and offer different trekking trails and trekking destinations. People normally choose Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek in their Everest Region trekking. Exploring the most admired mountain, Everest, and its surrounding areas very closely is the dream of many peoples. The Trek to Gokyo Ri in Everest Region is full of adventurous and memorable moments for a lifetime.
How to get to Gokyo Lake from Kathmandu?
Normally, we get a 30min thrilling flight from Kathmandu to the world’s most extreme airport - Lukla Airport and hike to Namche Bazaar via Phakding. From Namche, take a different route than the normal Everest Base Camp trek and hike towards the northern side, which takes you to the beautiful village Dole and Machhermo. From Machhermo, a scenic and adventurous hike on the base of the Ngozumpa glacier, Gokyo first and the second lake takes you to the most beautiful glacier lake in the world. You can directly book a helicopter from Kathmandu/ Lukla to the Gokyo valley and explore it.
Gokyo Valley lies on the western side of Mt.Everest. It is the home of Gokyo Lakes, the combination of five lakes in Sagarmatha National Park. Walking in the wilderness consisting of beautiful mountain settlements, rivers, falls, bridges, forests, monasteries, and colorful prayer flags, the journey from Lukla to Gokyo offers you an amazing experience. The trekking trail in this region offers you the amazing unspoiled beauty of nature. Gokyo, the small village in the Khumbu Region, has a lot to offer for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Major Highlights of Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Valley
Special About Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo lakes inside the Sagarmatha National Park are a unique and amazing place to explore during the Everest Region Trek. Gokyo lakes and the associated wetlands of the area 7,770 Hectares were designated as the Ramsar Site in 2007. They are also renowned as the world’s highest freshwater lakes system, located at an altitude between 4,700m to 5,000m above sea level. Gokyo lakes are the combination of five oligotrophic freshwater lakes from where the Dudhkoshi river originates. The rapidly flowing Dudh Koshi river looks like milk in color which gives the amazing look. The wonderful five lakes comprise Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari, the main lake with an area of 42.9ha), Thonak Cho (Largest among 5 Gokyo lakes, 65.07ha), Gyazumpa Cho ( 28ha), Tanjung Cho ( 16.95ha), Ngozumpa Cho (14.39ha). Besides these, many other lakes in this region are also part of the Gokyo lake system. Gokyo lake is also a sacred lake for many Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims. Lake regions are filled with the connection of Buddhist culture in different forms of stone walls, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags, and many more. You can explore the small temple on the side of Gokyo lake dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. You can see many prayer flags in the Gokyo valley. Gokyo lake is filled with amazing weather and views, the perfect place to have an amazing photoshoot and unforgettable lifetime experience.
Where is Gokyo Ri/Gokyo Peak?
Gokyo Ri/Gokyo Peak, located at an elevation of 5,357m, is the highest point in Gokyo Valley Trek, Khumbu region. On the way to Gokyo Ri, you can explore the splendid views of 2 streams that lie at the North End of Gokyo Village. You have to ascend for about 2 hours to reach the Gokyo hilltop from Gokyo village. Gokyo Ri is located on the western side of the Largest Glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo Ri is one of the perfect viewpoints in the Khumbu region to see stunning 360-degree views of many high mountains, including the 4 highest mountains above 8000m, namely: Mt.Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu in Nepal. The amazing views of the Gokyo Lake system, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the surrounding hills. Both sunrise and sunset time, the Gokyo Ri rewards you with astonishing views.
Explore UNESCO Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is named after the top of the World, Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali. The wandering national park is the only national park in the world located at the highest altitude. Gokyo lakes lie in the Sagarmatha National Park, where you can explore the rich floral and faunal species, lakes, rivers, falls, mountains, and many more. You can explore the Himalayan Thar, red panda, Ghoral, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan wolves, langur monkeys, leopards, and many more animal species. Bird species like Blood Pheasant, yellow-billed chough, Himalayan Monal, etc., can be seen inside the Sagarmatha National Park. The park occupies various species of plants like dwarf shrubs, lichens, and mosses.
Gokyo Cho Village: The Highest settlement in the world
During the Gokyo Ri trek, Everest Trek, you will have an amazing tour through the Gokyo Cho Village, the Sherpa Settlement. Gokyo Cho village lies at an altitude of 4,750m, and is the highest-altitude settlement in the world. There are many guest houses with amazing ambiance and accommodations that also offer amazing Gokyo valley views. The people of Gokyo Cho Village travel to lower regions like Namche Bazaar during winter. You will have a precious time exploring the diverse culture, religious harmony, and amazing hospitality of the people of the Gokyo Cho village.
Everest Base Camp from Gokyo Lakes
After an amazing tour and acclimatizing in Gokyo, you will walk for a couple of days and reach Everest Base Camp. On the way to Everest Base Camp trek from Gokyo, you can explore the Yak Grazing Land, the highest pass in the Khumbu region- Chola pass as you will take a walk through the glaciers and melted ice, trails filled with prayers flags, and you will walk through the beautiful Himalayan settlements. The more you ascend to Everest, the more you will see stunning and pleasant views of mountains and landscapes. The Everest trek is the dream of many travel enthusiasts and adventure lovers.
More Highlights of Gokyo lakes, the Highest Freshwater Lake System in The World
- One of the most picturesque Himalayan spot - Gokyo Valley
- Observe a series of six turquoises and glacier-fed lakes from the coast.
- The largest glacier in the Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier, is accessible by hiking.
- The highest point of Gokyo valley - Gokyo Ri/Gokyo peak
- The Sagarmatha National Park
- Avoid the Everest crowds, but take in the variety of stunning vistas.
- To see breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m).
- Explore the Khumjung, a Sherpa hamlet that is home to a "genuine" yeti skull.
- View the massive Ngozumpa Glacier from "Scoundrel's viewpoint," which is located close to the fifth lake. It is a wasteland of rock and ice.
Everest Region offers many exciting trekking and travel packages like Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lake, Gokyo Lakes, and Gokyo Ri Trek, and many more amazing trails.
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