Nepal has been an aspiration for a lot of climbers and adventure seekers throughout the world. The majestic mountain region of Nepal consists of number of mountain vistas including the Gokyo Valley. Everest Gokyo Ri trek is comparatively the less travelled trekking trails in the Everest Region but has a marvelous view and less travelled majestic places to offer to its trekkers. The trek to Everest Gokyo Ri takes us to the remote valley of Gokyo and its beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and breathtaking mountain views including Mt. Everest , Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu; four of the eight highest peaks in the world! Gokyo Ri is truly one of the most memorable trips in the region as it offers a splendid 360 degree view of the lofty mountains which is undoubtedly the best view in the Khumbu Region.
The best season to trek towards the Gokyo region would be spring and autumn, when the nature showers its love to the place. During that favorable season, the trek features an outstanding view of the shining peaks, white glaciers and the sprinkling blend of blue and green water of the lakes which is simply breathtaking. The mountains that you see along the way is Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Makalu (8481 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m), Mt. Nuptse (7879 m), Mt. Pumori (7161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Kantega (6,809 m) and Mt. Kwangde (6, 194 m). Everest Gokyo Ri trek is a passionate and strenuous trek that requires good physical fitness and the initial trail towards Gokyo Ri is almost same as in the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Everest Gokyo Ri trek begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is the gateway to the Everest Region. After a half an hour flight to Lukla, we head towards Namche Bazaar passing through the beautiful Dudh Koshi River. Namche Bazaar is a popular trading center in the Khumbu region and people walk from Tibet every Saturday to sell their homemade products here. The town is also the hub onto which each trail converges, so exotic trekkers, yaks, mules and local Sherpa people compete for space in this amphitheater style town. After two proper days of acclimatization, we embark to the main busy trail of the region that leads us towards PhortseTenga, Dole and Machhermo. We will head up towards the valley leaving the usual Everest trail and following the river's runoff from the Ngozumpa glacier. We encounter another stopover at a village of Machhermo after two days of the heavy walk after which we rest for the day. We might want to take this chance to hike up to MachhermoRi for an outstanding view of the mountains. Our next stop from here will be the ever mesmerizing, Gokyo Lake.
Everest Gokyo Lake highlights the mesmerizing turquoise lakes that follow us every day for three days as we walk towards the Gokyo village. It sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (5480 m), a huge black mound or rock and dirt. Gokyo Lakes are located in the Khumjung Village of Solukhumbu district in the north-eastern Nepal. The beauty of the Gokyo village is a blend of moonscape-like glaciers and most importantly the magical holy lakes which is incredible and simply awe-inspiring. The next morning, we hike up towards the summit of the Gokyo Ri which takes us about 3 hours to reach. We witness a dramatic panoramic view of the gigantic Himalayas from the vintage point of this area. The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border to Tibet. After exploring the Gokyo Ri we descend directly towards Machhermo, Namche, Lukla and then take a flight back to Kathmandu. Everest Gokyo Ri trek is a trek worth trying as the breathtaking sight of the 360 panoramic view of the mountain vistas along with the shiny turquoise blue water between them is truly astonishing.