Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek are among the adventurous treks in the Everest region of Nepal. Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake trek route take you to the less explored, yet most beautiful part of the Everest region.
The wonderful trekking journey begins with an exciting flight to the beautiful Lukla airport. Then following the mighty Dudh Koshi river you’ll pass through several settlements including Jorsalle, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Phortse, Dole, Macchermo, and finally Gokyo Valley. Passing through these villages, you’ll get a chance to observe the culture and lifestyle of high-altitude Sherpa people.
This amazing trek takes you a wonderful journey to view the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Lakes are a series of six spectacular glacial lakes. The lakes are at altitudes of between 4,700 m and 5,000 m, making them some of the world’s highest freshwater lakes.
Gokyo Ri is one of the best vantage points for the wonderful panorama of snow-capped mountains. You’ll see the world’s four highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu in one glimpse. Besides the fantastic mountain views, you’ll also enjoy the breathtaking view of Ngozumpa Glacier.
Most of the trekkers prefer to visit Gokyo Lakes as a side trip on the popular Everest Base Camp Trek.
Highlights of Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek
- Experience an adventurous flight to Lukla
- Explore Gokyo Valley- one of the highest settlements in the world
- Hike to Gokyo Ri, jaw-dropping view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu
- Ngozumpa Glacier- one of the largest glaciers in Nepal
- Explore Gokyo 5th lake and close up view of Mt. Cho Oyu
- Encounter highland Sherpa people’s culture and lifestyle
Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trekking Difficulty
Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake trek is a moderate trek. In average, you need to walk around 5-6 hours every day with a light bag pack. This trek is somewhat simpler for individuals who’ve done several higher elevations trek.
Further, this Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek’s difficult sections lie between Gokyo Lake and Peak. Because the trail is a little bit narrow, rocky, icy, and slippery from the Gokyo village. So, this trek demands a regular exercise at least one or two months before the trek.
Best Time for Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek
Although Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek is doable all year around, the best time is in autumn season (Sep-Nov) and spring (March-May). During these seasons, the weather is usually stable and the visibility is excellent. Plus, you get to trek in the moderate temperatures with the most pleasant weather conditions and the scenic views.
Related Trip: Everest – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek
Gokyo Ri Trek Map
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and drive to your hotel (1300 m/4264 ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft) (3 – 4 hours)
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar trek (3,440 m/11,283 ft) (5 – 6 hours)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization
Day 05: Trek to Phorse (3810 m/ 12,496 ft) (5 – 6 hours)
Day 06: Phorse Village to Machhermo Trek (4,470 m/ 14,663 ft) (5 – 6 hours)
Day 07: Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft) (5 – 6 hours)
Day 08: Gokyo Valley, Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours
Day 09: Trek to Dole trek (3 – 4 hours)
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (4 – 5 hours)
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (6 – 8 hours)
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 13: Final departure from Tribhuvan International Airport