Gokyo is a small Sherpa settlement in the base of Gokyo Ri(5357m) in the Khumbu Region. Gokyo Ri is a peak very close to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, 8848.86m. It lies in the world's highest national park listed under the UNESCO World Heritage site Sagarmatha National Park at an altitude of 5000m above sea level where you can see some of the rare species of flora and fauna, including the national treasures, Rhododendron and Lophoporous, being national treasures. The Gokyo Lake itself holds a significant trait that falls under the Ramsar sight and harbors both natural and cultural significance to Buddhists and Hindus.
A shimmering glacier lake guarded by the giant Himalayas and Sherpa community, Gokyo Lake, is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth, overlooked by many travelers while trekking to Everest Base Camp and only discovered once they land on the trail.
The Gokyo Lake Trek 12 Days is a famous and alternative trek route designed for enthusiastic travelers who wish to explore in World's highest freshwater lake Gokyo Lake. This oligotrophic lake system is a system of six lakes and compounds called Gokyo Lake.
There are a few hotels, Lodges, and Restaurants near the lake for a close view of the lake from your coffee table. It has an area of 485 acres and was officially designated in 2007.
This lake system is essential for its permanent fresh water, and different glaciers combine to form Gokyo Lake. The trek to this World's highest freshwater lake is one of the excellent travel options for tourists as they can witness the front face of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many highest peaks in the Khumbu Region.
The journey to the world’s highest freshwater lake starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla. The trail takes you through the winding path and into the Sherpa Civilization, their ancient monasteries, lush rhododendron forests, and breathtaking views of the high Himalayas. The trekking route separates from the regular Everest Trail from Namche and takes you through a lesser crowded path awaiting you to be astounded by the captivating Glacier Lake.
Similarly, Gokyo Valley under Gokyo Ri Peak is another major highlight of the Gokyo Lake Trek. Ngozompa Glacier is the largest Ice body at the base of Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain. This 36km long glacier is a persistent mass of Ice flowing slowly due to its weight.
Similarly, another beautiful village that falls on the way to 12 Days Gokyo Lake Trek is a Machermo, a small peak just above the village. There are many guest houses and lodges in Machermo.
Gokyo Lake Trek Or Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking is the best option besides Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Circuit Trek. In 12 days, you get to experience:
- splendid mountain view
- Sherpa lifestyle
- tradition and history
- different monasteries
- different endangered species of birds, animals, plants, and flowers are found in the World's Highest Regions.
And more! Furthermore, if you want to, you can also turn this into a tea house trek. You complete your day hike and rest in different tea houses along the routes. Besides this, you can visit Namche Bazaar and have an acclimatization day here. While this will add some more time, when it comes to Everest Base Camp Trekking and Everest circuit Trekking routes, taking an acclimatization day is a must - unless you are a professional mountaineer.