Gokyo valley a small village in Solukhumbu District located at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft), making it one of the highest settlements in Nepal. Not permanently inhabited all year around the village consist handful numbers of houses all acting as a catering hut for trekkers and hikers.
Stituted at the foothill of Gokyo Ri/Gokyo Peak, Gokyo Valley is one of the most popular destinations leading to Everest Base Camp. Calming to be the largest glacier in Nepal and presumed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas, Gokyo Ri stands 5,357 meters, (17,575 ft) above sea level.
It is possible to see four 8,000 Metre peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu & the Gokyo Lakes area from Gokyo Ri summit. [2-3 hrs trek/hike]
Talking about Gokyo lakes, it is an oligotrophic lakes in the Everest Region of Nepal comprising six different lakes. Located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 meters (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level, these lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system.
You can literally walk in the lake when it is Frozen. If you visit in winter (Dec/Jan) they are likely to be deeply frozen.
Gokyo Valley Trek
In the shadows of four 8000ers Gokyo Valley is one of the most popular offbeat trekking regions of Nepal. Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek highlights less known landmarks of the Everest Region. This amazingly fun-walking trail that goes up and down the rolling hills so many times like the waves in an ocean begins at Lukla like most of the treks in Everest Region.
This moderate trek in Everest Region best suits to those trekkers who prefer relatively quiet trails with less fellow trekkers.
With the incredible floral and faunal diversities of Sagarmatha National Park, highland monasteries, Himalayan panorama & authentic Sherpa culture Gokyo Valley lets you see Everest and its surrounding from the different perspective.