Nepal, 10th FEB, 2017 - The sparkling, pristine blue and green waters of the Gokyo Lakes are one of Nepal’s most memorable sights. They comprise the highest freshwater lake system in the world, at around 5,000 meters. The Gokyo Lakes trek is ideal for people who want to trek in the Everest region, but who want more variety of views and fewer nights spent at very high altitude.
As well as trekking to the six glacial-fed Gokyo Lakes, trekkers can include a climb to the top of Gokyo Ri, which is at the same altitude as Everest Base Camp. From the summit you will enjoy spectacular views of Everest and other very high mountains and glaciers.
Trekking this route provides a lot of variety: views of the bright turquoise high-altitude lakes, Ngozumpa glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas), and views across to Everest as well as other 8000 metre-plus mountains from the top of Gokyo Ri (Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu).
“As with most other treks in Nepal, the best times to do it are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). In these months the weather is likely to be clear, and daytime temperatures warm. The Khumbu region, however, is known to be particularly cold and dry, and many trekkers develop the ‘Khumbu cough’ due to the dry dust” said a spokesperson of Himalayan Eco-Trekking & Expeditions.
It is usually possible to trek in the summer/monsoon and winter seasons, but greater preparation for difficult conditions is required, and you may not get clear views.
Like elsewhere in the Khumbu region, lodges on the Gokyo Lakes trek are well-developed and relatively comfortable. There is a lot of variety in this region, from ultra-budget to hotels of a quality that you could find in Nepal’s cities, with hot showers and electric blankets on the beds. However, not all grades of accommodation may be available in all settlements, particularly the smaller ones.
This trek is generally considered ‘moderate’ for a trek of this length at high altitude. If trekking a route that ascends Gokyo Ri, the highest altitude that will be reached is the summit, at around 5,400 meters. The summit of Gokyo Ri is itself at around the same altitude as Everest Base Camp, making this trek generally easier in terms of altitude.
About Himalayan Eco-Trekking & Expeditions:
Established in 1993, Himalayan Eco-Trekking & Expeditions has acquired a special place in the Nepal tourism industry. The trekking agency is also recognized by The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation in Nepal, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).From classic Upper Mustang trek to vintage Gokyo Lake trek they offer everything. For more info about their services, visit http://www.trekking-in-nepal.com.