Gokyo Lake Trek, also known as Cho La Pass Trek or Gokyo Valley Trek, is an excellent trekking route in the Sagarmatha National Park. It is certainly one of the most challenging and adventurous treks that you can do in the Himalayas.
For the most part, it follows the popular Everest Base Camp Trek. We pass through the colorful Namche Bazaar and the monastery of Tyangboche. Moreover, we will also witness a spectacular view from Kaala Patthar. After leaving behind the base camp, we then head out to the Cho La Pass. The pass itself is at a stunning 5330 meters. Then, after walking through some rocky trails and steep inclines, we reach the sacred fresh-water system of lakes dubbed as Gokyo Lake.
The Grandeur of Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo Lake is not a single lake but a collection of lakes that are situated between the heights of 4700 meters to 5000 meters. There are six major lakes comprising the Gokyo Lake. These include are Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Ngojumba Cho, Tanjung Cho, Longbanga Cho, and Gyazumpa Cho. These lakes have high hydrological value as they are permanent sources of fresh water. Gokyo lakes mostly feed on the waters from glaciers nearby such as Ngozumpa glacier.
Among these lakes, Gokyo Cho is arguably the most significant one. Not merely a heavenly destination for trekkers, it also has considerable religious significance among Hindus and Buddhists as well. On the occasion of Janai Purnima, Hindus take a holy bath in the lake. Also, the place is worshipped and revered as the residing place of Naag Devata (Snake God). Moreover, there is also a temple of Lord Vishnu and Shiva near the lake. Religious traditions also stop anyone from harming the wildlife that exists here.
A Distinctively Adventurous Trail
Fewer tourists go on the Gokyo Valley Trek compared to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. However, this is arguably a better choice for a number of reasons:
- The trail has more variation as you traverse through different landscapes.
- The lakes of Gokyo are astoundingly beautiful to see.
- You can see a stunning view of Ngozumpa glacier; the longest glacier in the Himalayas.
- You will witness the more spectacular and grander sight of Everest.
The best time to do the Gokyo Lake Trek is during autumn and spring. We make sure that your trek will be adventurous as well as fulfilling. Moreover, we also ensure that you get high-quality service at the best price.