Gokyo Valley Trek is a splendid journey on the outskirts of the beautiful Gokyo Ri Peak (5357 m), shimmering sapphire lakes, and the magnanimous Sherpas. An ascent to Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5340 m stands as the highest point in this trek which comes with a spectacular view of Everest, Gokyo Valley, Gokyo lake, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and the beautiful lush green vegetation accompanied by wildlife and seasonal flora. As a result, popular among environmental scientist, ecologists, photographers, trekkers along with the pilgrims.
Generally, Gokyo valley trek comes with a package of sightseeing the beautiful architecturally rich Kathmandu valley with ancient Pagoda temple and the spirited local people which continues with a morning flight to Lukla.
The trek begins with a descend to Phakding and ascent to Namche Bazaar passing across beautiful pine and rhododendron forest along the banks of Dudh Koshi river leading to the gateway of Everest - Namche Bazaar. For the purpose of acclimatization, we take a day break over there which comes very handy as you can enjoy the beautiful suburb enriching you spiritually as well as gather more information on mountaineering and climate. We also explore the market, visit monasteries and take a short tour of the museum and schools.
After taking needed rest, we head to Dole via Khumjung exploring the Himalayan lifestyle, people, and the landscape. As you climb to Dole you can see the sudden change in the surrounding, vegetation and civilization although some small tea houses keep you company at every step. From Dole - crossing the shepherds herding ground and following steep rugged trails, we reach Macchermo which leads us to Gokyo where you get a pool of opportunity to explore numerous glacier lakes such as Ngzommpa, Cho La, Dudh Pokhari and Gokyo lake itself.
Lakes in the Gokyo Valley is well known as the freshwater lakes in the highest altitudes which have garnered it an honor to be enlisted on Ramsar site since 2007. It constitutes of five major lakes among which Thonak Cho (160.8 acres) is the largest followed by Gokyo Cho (160 acres). These lakes are the source of life for many including the wildlife, peoples, and vegetation which states its importance in every way whether religiously, culturally and environmentally becoming shrine (festival at August) and mode of survival. The lush green vegetation, pristine sapphire water, icy cold glaciers, gleaming snowcapped mountains, warm-hearted peoples - this trek has it all.
At GHHT, we highly recommend this trip for you all - a veteran, nature lover, environmentalist, researcher, photographer, trekker or pilgrims. This trek to Gokyo Valley is definitely a journey of a lifetime which will linger the best memories of life. Moreover, owing to lush green vegetation, seasonal flora, landscape, wildlife, and glaciers this site is gaining admiration from researchers, environmental scientist, ecologists, and photographers apart from the pilgrims and trekkers.