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Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternative route to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. This route is less busy and less crowded. Despite the fact, trekkers can enjoy the sights of local Sherpa villages, snow-capped mountains, glacier debris and the sparkling turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes.
Gokyo Lake is located at an altitude between 4,700–5,000 m above sea level. These lakes are considered the world’s highest freshwater lake encompass six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. Gokyo Lakes and its associated wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) have been designated a Ramsar sites. The Lakes are sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists from a religious point of view. The Lonely Planet Guide Book quotes, “ the Gokyo Valley is the most spectacular and important in the Khumbu area. Spending one additional day in the Gokyo Valley, trekkers can visit the 5th and 6th lakes. Both these lakes are carved as a bowl-shaped , high up on the mountain at the foot of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain.
Trekkers must walk around 5 hours a day, with a steep climb up Gokyo RI (5,357m) to enjoy the view of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Also, one can explore the largest glacier in Nepal called Ngozumpa and ice ridges. At the foot of Gokyo Ri, we explore a small hamlet made up of a few stone houses which are considered one of the highest settlements in the world. Taking photographs from Gokyo RI of the unspoiled Gokyo valley and the soaring views of Mt Everest Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu and other peaks would be an extra attraction of the trekking.
Trekking journey to Goyko Lake begins from the Lukla after 35min. mountain flight. Then we follow the route that brings us to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar which is full of striking views of Amadablam and the Cholatse- Nuptse face. The trek takes you through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park with pine and rhododendron blooms observing diverse wildlife making your journey a worthwhile experience.