Gokyo Lake Trek – 12 days
Gokyo Lake Trek is a great alternative to Everest Base Camp. It begins with a half an hour flight from Kathmandu, over the mountains to Lukla 2840m in the Solukhumbu district. We follow the trails to Phakding village 2610m by descending to the Dudh Kosi River and pass many stone, boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions.
The Sagarmatha National Park entry points are at Manju, North of Dudh Kosi valley. This is where you can get a first glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Then there is a steep down climb to Namche 3440m. A two nights at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization offers an opportunity to know the local people, place and culture. This stay follows with a short hike up to Everest View Hotel 3880m, Khumjung (Hillary school and monastery), Khunde villages etc and again a decent to Namche.
On leaving Namche you can take an easy way to Kyangjungma which has a fabulous view of Khumbu valley, Mt. Ama Dablam 6812m, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Peak 38 etc. This is where you come across Mong La 4000m, the birth place of Lama Sange Dorje (who introduced Tibetan Buddhism in Khumbu valley) and finally to Dole 4200m.
A next day includes a hike to Lapharma, a steep climb of about 45 minutes. Following this adventurous hike is an easy way to Luza and Mechhermo, where you can get an amazing view of Mt. Cho Oyu 8210m, Tauche, Kangtenga and Thamserku etc. Sherpas believe that Yeti still lives hiding somewhere around Machhermo. The famous story in the locality is that a yak and girl was killed by Yeti some 40 years ago.
Two nights at Machhermo 4410m for acclimatization gives you ample time to know the place and people living there. After your two days stay in Machhermo, the early morning calls for a short hike up to the Everest view point. Here you attend for the ‘Altitude Talk’ at Machhermo rescue post in the afternoon at 3 P.M. The volunteering Doctors talk about High Altitude Sickness, its symptoms and the prevention. The doctors ares available from October-November and April-May.
The next day is a hike to Gokyo Lake side 4800m, which is around 5 hours walk. You walk along side the famous Dudh Kosi river that originates from Gokyo Lakes and Nagazumba glacier. The continuous journey takes us to witness the beautiful Gokyo Lake. The Gokyo valley is dominated by Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m. The Nagazumba glacier (the biggest glacier in Nepal Himalaya) originates from Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. This is where you are done for the day.
The next day is even more adventurous! The worth 3 hours steep steep climbing of Gokyo Ri 5357m will land you at the Ri (panoramic view point). You can witness dramatic views of mountains that are all above 8000m like Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and the heavenly Gokyo Lakes and glaciers. All this fun ends with a decent to Lukla via Machhermo, Dole, Namche and a flight back to Kathmandu in the next morning.
Gokyo Lakes is the oligotrophic lakes located at an altitude of 4700 – 5000 meters above sea level in Sagarmatha National Park. This is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. It is located in Gokyo Valley in Khumbu District of the Mt. Everest zone. Gokyo is the main Lake in his region covering an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres). This lake is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus take a holy bath in the lake every year, during the Janai Purnima festival in Nepal, in the month of August. Gokyo Valley is one of the most scenic trekking destinations in the Everest region. There are six Lakes in the valley, north along the Nagozumba glacier to Mt. Cho Oyo Base Camp. There are teahouses at Gokyo Lakeside (third Lake) end of the village. There comes fourth Lake – Thonak Tsho, gradually climbing up in the valley. You will reach the fifth Lake an hour walk from fourth Lake with views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Gechung Kang and Nagozumba glacier etc. There is a view point on top of the some moraines right above the Gokyo fifth Lake that gives splendid views of the biggest mountains in the world including Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyo. Our guide can lead you till fifth or sixth Lakes into the Gokyo Valley. It is long day walk round trip 5 – 6hrs from Gokyo Lakeside but doable someone who has average fitness level in high altitude.