Embark on a 13-day adventurous venture in the Everest region. Trek to the alpine Gokyo Lakes, exploring the Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests. Follow a less crowded trekking route and explore the gorgeous Gokyo valley on our Gokyo Lake trek. The tail is a little offbeat and remote than the Everest base camp trek, so perfect for travelers who love challenges.
Gokyo Lakes trek is a high-altitude trek that ascends up to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), the highest point of the trek. You can make the itinerary even more adventurous by combining the Cho La pass or Renjo La pass in the itinerary. The Gokyo lake trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla (2,860 m) and goes through the Sagarmatha National Park.
The Gokyo lake trekking lets you experience the lifestyle of Sherpas and their cultural heritage. You will discover several alpine vegetation and fauna on the way. The Gokyo lake trek route follows the famous trail up to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) and cuts off to Phortse village (3,810 m). We have our first acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Hike to Hotel Everest (3,962 m) View and Khumjung Monastery.
From Phortse village, follow a steep uphill track to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. You will reach Machhermo village (4,470 m) and ascend to Gokyo village (4,800 m), on the way enjoying a glistening view of Ngozumpa glacier and alpine lakes. The Gokyo village is situated at the shore of Dudh Pokhari. There are six Gokyo Lakes ranging from 4,700 meters to 5,000 meters.
We take another rest day in Gokyo village and use the opportunity to hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) and explore the lakes. Tucked away from the mainstream Everest trail, the Gokyo lake trekking allows travelers to enjoy a tranquil trek. You will not be disturbed by other fellow trekkers. At most yaks and mules may bypass you on the trail.
Mountains like Everest (8,849 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), and Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) are seen during the Gokyo lake trek 13 days. These are the eight-thousands. Apart from these mountains, you will see Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Chamlang (7,319 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), etc, are also seen. And how can we forget about diverse landscapes?
The Gokyo Lakes Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It is recommended for those who are physically fit and have some experience with high-altitude treks. The trek involves several days of hiking at altitudes ranging from 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) to 5,483 meters (17,999 feet) at the Gokyo Ri peak.
The trek involves several long days of hiking, some of which may be strenuous, especially at higher altitudes. The terrain can be challenging, with rocky and uneven trails and some steep inclines. You will also need to be prepared for the possibility of cold and wet weather, as well as the thin air at high altitudes.
That being said, the Gokyo Lakes Trek is a very rewarding experience, and it is suitable for those who are prepared for the physical demands of the trek. It is important to train and build up your endurance before the trek and to listen to your body and acclimatize properly to the altitude.
The chances of experiencing altitude sickness during the Gokyo Lakes Trek will depend on a variety of factors, including your age, physical fitness, and previous experience with high-altitude environments. Anyone can be affected by altitude sickness, and it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms and to take steps to prevent them.
To reduce the chances of altitude sickness on the Gokyo Lakes Trek, it is important to acclimatize properly by gradually increasing your altitude. This means taking it easy on the first few days of the trek, allowing your body to adjust to the lower levels of oxygen.
It is also important to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and other dehydrating beverages. If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it is important to stop ascending and allow your body to acclimatize. Inform your guide and follow his guidance.
Booking for 2023 Departure
The Gokyo Lakes Trek can be done in both the spring and autumn seasons. Both seasons offer their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and the best time for you will depend on your personal preferences and travel style. Our bookings are open for the Gokyo Lakes trek 2023. You can get in touch with us anytime for more information.
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