The Gokyo Lake Trek, also known as the Five Lakes Trek, is one of the best trekking routes beyond the Everest region and an alternative – uncrowded and more serene – route to get to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo. On the way to Gokyo Lake while walking 6 – 7 hours every day, you will see magnificent views of icy rivers and stony glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course the dazzling turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes itself. Located at an altitude of 4,700 – 5,000 m (15,400 – 16, 400 ft) in the Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo Lakes are actually made up of six bodies of water, of which Thonak Lake is the largest, and are considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Upon leaving Kathmandu and landing in the Lukla airport, the brisk mountain air will caress your skin and fill you with anticipation. Your Gokyo Trek guide will start off leading you through Sagarmatha National Park. In order to acclimatize before setting off for Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, time spent in Namche Bazaar offers trekkers a trip to the National Park Museum where you can learn about the local Sherpa culture, geology, and history of the Everest region. From here, you can see the first breathtaking glimpse of Lhostse and Everest (8848 m / 29,029 ft). Then you will hike to the Everest Viewpoint Hotel and Khumjung Village to visit the school set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was the first person to successfully summit Mount Everest in 1953.
After Namche Bazaar, you will continue trekking a couple more days until you reach the Gokyo Valley area. Upon entering the valley, you will see a spectacular view of Cho Oyu, one of the border peaks between Tibet and Nepal. As well as a beautiful view of a Sherpa village. By far, the highlight of the trek is a steep climb up Gokyo Ri (5,357 m / 17,575 ft), the highest point of the trek and one of the best viewpoint destinations in the Everest region. From there, watching the sun rise over Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu, and the way it glints off the ice ridges of Ngozumpa, the largest glacier in Nepal, will have you questioning whether you’ve simply climbed your way to heaven.
Gokyo Ri viewpoint, the highest point on the trek, is one of the best viewpoint destinations in the Everest region.