Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri
The walk to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo takes you to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Lying in the Gokyo Valley, these are Everest Region’s least visited places.
Sparkling lakes that change color from green to blue as the day progresses, jagged white peaks soaring up in the sky and frozen glacier stretching as long as the eyes can see – Gokyo Valley is a piece of heaven.
Located to the west of Everest Base Camp, near the Tibetan plateau, Gokyo Valley has the highest freshwater system in the world. The six Gokyo Lakes (Thonak Tsho, Ngozumpa Tsho, Gokyo Tsho, Taujung Tsho, Laupongpo Tsho, and Gyazumba Tsho) are a series of interconnected lakes fed by the waters of the surrounding glaciers.
Lying at an altitude of 4,700 to 5000 meters these high altitude lakes are sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites. There are small teahouses built on the sandy shores of the Gokyo Lake or Dudh Pokhari which provide accommodation to trekkers.
Looming above the Gokyo Lake is the brown hill known as Gokyo Ri. One of the most popular viewpoints in the Everest Region, Gokyo Ri rises to a height of 5,360 meters. The sunrise view from the top is the hill is breathtaking. One can see the summits of the four highest mountains in the world from the top – Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. The jade-green Gokyo Lake looks enchanting from the lookout point.
Less crowded than the busy Everest Base Camp trail, the route to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri has its fair share of challenges. The trail is challenging as one has to cross the longest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier, as well as high mountain passes to reach the valley. But the spectacular views are worth it.