The Everest base camp trek is one of the greatest trekking adventures in the world. The most known trails to the Everest base camp passes through the well-traveled and much-loved route of Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep.
However, a little detour from Namche will lead us to the off the beaten treks of Gokyo lakes
Trekking in the quiet, peaceful trails is an incredible experience. Sure, the lodges and settlements are scarce along with the facilities but the trail adds the value of adventure to the trek.
Moreover, you can explore the Sherpas culture and lifestyles. The beautiful village's settlements rich in Buddhist heritage are incredible. The authentic lifestyles, heritage and warm hospitality of the local people will melt your heart.
The Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lakes Route is a scenic diversion a tough from the regular Route. While both the treks use the same route till Namche. The trail then diverts from Day 4 through Day 9 the Gokyo Route follows a trail along the scenic Gokyo lakes and passing by the tough Chola pass. We also climb the Gokyo Ri peak along the way. The trail again converges to the regular Route at Lobuche crossing the dzong la and Chola pass.
This trek is perfect if you love to trail alone lost in the enchanting world of Himalayas. You will also get to experience the spectacular sunrise Kala Patthar near Base Camp, serene Gokyo lakes, and several hidden viewpoints along the trail.
The Difficulty Level of Gokyo Lake Trekking
The trek moves along the altitude of more than 4000m at all times. The oxygen levels and air pressure decrease rapid;y as you move up in the attitude. The Khumbu region is dry and icy and the “Khumbu cough” affects hundreds of tourists every year along with altitude sickness.
Besides that Walking, every day for 6-7 hours on the rough terrain is not a walk in the park. These trails move up and down and you need to have a great deal of stamina as well as physical fitness to complete the trek. Moreover, you will be trekking with your stuff and heavy mountain gears and clothing. The trek demands immense physical strain.
Climbing Gokyo Ri is another challenge during this particular trek. It does not require any technical climbing but the trekkers must be in the proper physical condition and have great fitness levels. Overall, the difficulty level of the Everest base camp trek via Gokyo lakes is extremely challenging.
• Spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Thamserku, Nuptse, among others all along the trail
• Exploring the beautiful turquoise Gokyo lakes
• Beautiful sunrise overlooking the entire Himalayan vista from KalaPathar
• Exploring the longest glacier in the Himalayas ngozumpa glacier
• Climbing the Gokyo Ri trekking peak
• Spotting rare wildlife like a snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, among others
• Exploring the Sherpa culture and traditions
• Incredible hospitality of the Nepalese people
Best Time for Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake
The best time for Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake is the Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) season. The perfect trekking conditions, moderate temperatures, and soothing climate are the primary reason for trekking the Everest base camp during these months. The clear, cloudless skies and the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains is another attraction of the trek during these months.
The spring season is when the Everest region looks most beautiful with rhododendron flowers painting the hills pink and red. The unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains and the clear blue skies make for a great trekking experience. Similarly, the weather is also soothing and there are fewer chances of precipitation which makes spring favorable for trekking.
The monsoon season brings many avalanches and landslides in the region which increases the risk factor for trekkers. Besides, the trail also becomes quite slippery and the skies are covered in thick clouds. The summer season brings a lot of precipitation in the region as well.
The winters are obviously extremely cold and frigid, and the risk of frostbite is always present, even for the most experienced of trekkers. Hence, you should avoid this time of the year for your safety.