Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek is the second most popular trek after Everest Base Camp in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Heavily crowded Everest Base Camp trail can be avoided by heading up through a remote trail to the summit of Gokyo Ri mountain and enjoy some of the best views in Nepal.
Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri trek in Nepal begins with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla and followed by a short hike to Phakding. Trek to Gokyo involves walking through the Sherpa homeland of Namche, ethnic villages of Khumjung, Phortse Thanga and Machhermo. On your adventurous trekking trails, walk through beautiful rhododendron forests, suspension bridges draped with Buddhist flags and yak trains. Discover the largest Tengboche monastery amidst Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Breathtaking views of emerald Gokyo lakes are the major highlights of the Gokyo lake trekking. As a regular climbing trend, summit day on Gokyo Ri starts early in the morning before the sun rises after turning on headlamps and getting out from teahouse into the darkness. Once we cross the frozen lake inlet to the base of the mountain, the trail starts to be zigzag ascents to the cold slopes. If weather is clear, the view from the summit is once in a lifetime glimpse with Ngozumpa Glacier its way through the valley below, Cho Oyu stands nearby and endless lines of mountains stretch away to the horizon. Mount Everest as Viewed from here is fairly tall, rising another 3.5km above the point on which you stand.
From here you may do wonderful day hikes along the string of 'sacred' lakes and enjoy fantastic views (in particular at sunset) of Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, etc., from Gokyo Ri (5360m) and Ngozumba Tse (aka Knobby View, 5550m) just north of the 5th lake.