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.
Gokyo Lake Trek 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 comprising 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.
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 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 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 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 take 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.