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Gokyo Lake

Subash Shrestha May 21, 2020

Gokyo lake is one of the highest and largest freshwater reservoirs and sacred for both Hindus and Budhhists. It fascinates as it’s a miraculous glacier lake.

It is located in Sagarmatha National Park at an altitude of 4700-5000 mtrs.

It’s an alternative to traditional Everest Base Camp trek. It is a glacial lake and has fresh turquoise watercolor with 6 water bodies. It has breathtaking views with high mountains of Everest region. And by being within the area of the national park it’s an awesome trip.

gokyo lake

Culture:

People there follow Sherpa culture and have monasteries there. Local people there are friendly and provide good hospitality.

Climate:

Obviously, the climate there is extreme cold. The existing Tundra climate ( very low temperature even in the warmest month).

The average temperature is -0.5 °c .

Staggering of High Mountains:

  • Mt. Everest – (World’s highest peak)
  • Mt. Ama Dablam
  • Mt. Cho-Oyu
  • Mt. Lhotse
  • Mt. Makalu
  • Mt. Cholatse

Facts:

  • Area with the highest mountain in the world ( My. Everest)
  • Lukla Airport (World’s 2nd most dangerous airport)

Trail:

  • The trek is around 16 – 18 days.
  • The trip starts from Kathmandu.
  • A flight to be taken to Lukla airport.
  • Then the trek starts from there.
  • From airport to Namche bazar.
  • From Namche bazar is to be headed towards Khumjung.
  • And to Dole where after we reach Machhermo.
  • Lastly we head towards our final destination, Gokyo lake.
  • Gokyo Ri has got some excellent viewpoints i.e. above Gokyo ( Early morning hike).

Preferable time:

  • Autumn and Spring season where it’s a peak time.

Difficult??

  • Got tough terrains.
  • Unlike other trek routes like Annapurna or others, it’s not difficult but slippery occasionally.

Note:

  • Full trekking gears required
  • Altitude sickness may affect.
  • Highest Elevation: 4831m

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