About Gokyo Lake Trekking
Gokyo Lake Trekking is the second most popular trek in the region and for a very good reason...it offers the alluring attractions of the Everest Region with outstanding views of the highest peaks on the planet. This route is an exciting alternate choice to the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Although this journey doesn't' include a trip to Everest Base Camp it makes up for it with several lakes of jaw-dropping beauty along the trailside.
Gokyo Lake Trekking has breathtaking scenery and peak views that include Everest and many other peaks soaring into the skies. The highlight of the Gokyo Lake trekking journey is a ridge top known as Gokyo Ri (5340 m, 17,519 ft). This viewpoint has a staggering panorama of Everest and surrounding mountain peaks as well as the beautiful lakes below alongside Ngozumpa Glacier.
Gokyo Lake Trekking passes through the homeland of the famed Sherpa ethnicity. The Sherpa are especially renowned for their mountain skills. The Gokyo Lake Trekking gives us a chance to observe the Sherpa lifestyle with wondrous Buddhist monasteries. Wildlife in this area includes exotic alpine animals including the elusive snow leopard and some people even think the yeti lives in the Himalaya here.
Our Gokyo Lake Trekking starts after a short, scenic flight over terraced farmland to the mountain airport of Lukla. We then take our time as we allow adequate time to adjust to the high elevation. We trek north up the Dudh Kosi Valley to the destination known as Namche Bazaar, a town at the gateway to the higher Himalaya. After visiting the famous Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung we continue up the Dudh Kosi River as the trail and landscape become more desolate as we move higher and closer to the highest peaks on earth.
The collection of lodges at Gokyo is set near a mesmerizing lake shimmering in the sunlight with the peaks towering above. We enjoy the unforgettable setting and the surrounding natural splendor along with views from nearby Gokyo Ri. Then we make a pleasant return journey to Namche Bazaar and a finally a scenic flight from the mountain airport at Lukla.
Recommended: Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Kathmandu to Lukla is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In the event of prolonged delays, one option is to arrange a helicopter evacuation at your request. The additional cost of a helicopter flight would be between 500 to 1000 USD per traveler, exact cost dependent on demand and capacity. That said, we would also like to mention that it is also likely that there will be no delays whatsoever. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Please Note: Our Gokyo Lake Trekking has set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable.