The Gokyo Lake trek leads you right into Gokyo Valley, one of the highest settlements in Nepal. It is an adventurous journey through, the pristine Khumbu region. The flora and fauna in the Sagarmatha National Park provide a memorable path to Gokyo Valley. The hike to Gokyo Ri (5340m), or Gokyo Peak, is the most exciting part of the trek, where you will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan mountain, lake, and glacier scenery. We can see a couple of the marvelous blue-green, glacier-fed Gokyo Lakes, including Thonak Lake, the largest of the bunch.
Gokyo Lake Trek is an extraordinary hike on a rugged trail that allows you to explore unbelievable Everest alpine sceneries. Because the trek does not include a visit to Everest Base Camp, it is a little more peaceful. The Gokyo Lake Trek begins from Lukla, which is considered the gateway to Everest region trekking. The trail passes through Phakding, and Namche Bazaar, and continues to the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes. The emerald-green lakes along the route to Ngozumpa Glacier are truly unique. Ngozumpa Glacier is the longest glacier in Nepal.
Throughout the trek, you will be able to see the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle of the local people. Buddhist monasteries, Chhortens, and Sherpa culture, and traditions are visible along the trek. The views when you arrive in Gokyo Valley show the massive snowy peaks of the Everest Region, including some of the world-renowned 8000-meter peaks. The hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) offers an even more stunning panorama of the Everest Himalayan range and a breathtaking sunrise view. The picturesque view when you arrive at Gokyo Ri is one that will stick with you forever. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding peaks can be seen. Finally, the trail descends all the way down to Lukla and we will fly back to Kathmandu.
Best Time for Gokyo Lake Trek
The best time for the Gokyo Lakes Trek is September-December and March-May. September marks the end of the monsoon season, so all the mountains look beautiful with their colorful rare Himalayan flowers. The mixed view of colorful landscapes, white mountains, and a bit of cloud looks great. October and November are perfect for trekking. Also, these months offer super clear skies. The Spring starts in March when beautiful flowers pop up along the trail. Also, bright red Rhododendrons bloom in March. We see lots of beautiful Rhododendron trees along the way to Namche and beyond. April and May are the best months for climbers because of the great weather and clear skies. The Gokyo Lakes Trek can be done any time throughout the year, but in the rainy season, you do run the risk of having flights to and from Lukla canceled.
Gokyo Lake Trek Difficulty
This trek is not a difficult one. This trek can be done by those who have regular walking skills. We don’t spend nights at a very high altitude, so the average hiking experience will take you to the Gokyo Lakes. This trip is led by a guide who handles everything during the trek and will do anything to help you if you are struggling. Also, this trek can be done by people of all ages. However, very young kids are not recommended to be taken into the Himalayas. Kids aged 5 or 5+, as well as 80+-year-old people, have done this trek successfully. There are some uphill climbs on the trek, but our guide sets the pace very gently so you won't feel that you are climbing a hill.
Our well-trained guides will make your Gokyo Lakes Trek simple and easy. Day 6 is the most difficult day of the trek, as we’ll be climbing Gokyo Ri, but it’s well worth it! Waking up early in the morning and walking to 5320m is challenging, but once you reach the top and see the magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Amadablam, etc., you will forget all the difficulties you went through. The combined view of the crystal blue and the white Himalayas will take you to heaven. Obviously walking uphill is not easy, but the slow pace and the views we see on the way make it a lot easier. While you enjoy the Himalayas, you forget all the aches, pains, and fatigue you might have!