The Gokyo Lake trek involves a 115 km’s up and down and is considered as an alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC). The view of Everest from Gokyo Lakes is distant as compared to the EBC trek but is a lot more grander. The six lakes around Gokyo greatly enhance the beauty of the region and the third lake which is adjacent to Gokyo town is the largest lake of the six lakes. The Gokyo trail is not as crowded as the EBC route and the lodges too in multiple locations are very well developed. In all our group was convinced that
Gokyo was a most interesting objective.
Cross the Renjo La
Gokyo Lakes is a quieter alternative to the busy EBC trail
Dominating view of Mt. Everest from the 5th Gokyo lake
Wide view of the Khumbu region from Gokyo Ri
Stunning walk through multiple Gokyo lakes
Gokyo Lakes Gallery
On the trail between Monjo and Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar 3440m stay is 2 nights to assist in getting acclimitised
The Everest View Hotel 3880m which is a couple of hours walk from Namche offers a most spectacular view of Everest
Valley heading to Gokyo lakes runs parallel to the valley heading up to EBC
The first significant stop on the Gokyo trail is Dole at 4040m
Thamserku 6618m and Kangtega 6783m dominate the background on the trail to Gokyo lakes
The last prominent stop before Gokyo is Machhermo 4410m
On the trail to Gokyo 5th lake with dominating view of Cho Oyu 8201m
The 5th Lake view of Mt. Everest. Also visible are three prominent routes used to climb Mt. Everest, the common South East ridge route, the North East ridge route and the tough West ridge route.
The descent down to Namche in overcast conditions
Final views towards Ama Dablam with Thyangboche monastery coming in the same frame.