The Gokyo Valley trek is one of the most famous trekking trails in the Everest area of Nepal.
Why is the Gokyo Valley Trail Popular?
The trail is popular due to the fact that you have the opportunity to visit the mountain valley called the Gokyo and the lake situated at 4,750 m altitude.
Peaks to Be Seen on the Trek
You will also have the opportunity to view the extensive variety of landscapes of the superb Himalayas and bond with nature. The grand perspectives of the glorious ranges including the peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Amadablam and Mt. Thamserku will astound you.
View up close the way of life and customs of the Sherpa- an indigenous group living in the highlands.
Geography of Gokyo Valley
Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Valley lie to the east of the Everest base camp. The trek in this region offers a brilliant perspective of mountains lying in the Everest Himalayan range.
Gokyo Valley Trail vs Everest Base Camp
The Gokyo Valley Trek is a contrasting option to the Everest Base Camp Trek. In the former trek you will climb the valley towards the west of Everest, to the town of Gokyo and come across five sacrosanct lakes on the moraine alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier.
This two week fantastic climb, practically as high as the Everest Base Camp Trek, offers stunning Everest views, yet the trails are less crowded with Sherpa towns serving traditional dinners to armies of hungry trekkers.
The trail takes the Dudhkoshi River to its source - a progression of emerald green lakes. Gokyo is a Sherpa town. From Gokyo you will move to Gokyo Ri (5360m) for a heart stopping view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche.
The Trekking Route
The trekking to the Gokyo valley is perhaps the most astonishing trekking course. Gokyo valley trekking is an alternative course to customary trails to the Everest base camp. Gokyo Ri has one of the most astounding perspectives in the Everest district. The trekking to the Gokyo Lake begins with entry to Lukla, then the trail follows along the banks of the Dudhkoshi River. After two nights of acclimatization at Namche, alovely Sherpa town, it continues to Gokyo lake with perspectives of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Makalu, and others, before looping back to Lukla and finally Kathmandu.