Gokyo trek is for you if you want to trek. Well, there are no special requirements needed for you to be able to enjoy this trek. Well, let’s talk about your specific reason to trek. I bet there is more walking to have fun. The world is vast; there are many things that you haven’t seen. Many things filled with the magic of awesomeness, and mysteries. Well, Gokyo region has a lot of them, and today we talk about the Gokyo Valley trek.
The starting point of Gokyo trek is Lukla, which is the same place for commencing of an Everest Base Camp Trek. And hold on, well, it is actually that Gokyo trek and Everest Base Camp trek are different treks, but if you want, then you could also elongate your Gokyo trek for some days to reach to Everest and come back, so even after you step in the trek itself, this trekking gives you a lot of options. The maximum altitude that you could reach in this particular trek is Gokyo valley Trek, 4800m and this trek could last for 14 days. Notice that I said valley, at such an altitude.
From the views of the mountains, glaciers and the water of the Gokyo lake, there are more than many things that will keep you busy. Also, you will get to learn about the mighty Sherpa culture, from where the best mountaineers in the world are from. Also, some trekking agencies could let you pick your own itinerary, but still, it will be better if you let them lead the best way for you, from where you will get the best views. And have an eye out for some species like the red panda, you are walking in a region with national parks, but have appropriate safety measures so that you will have time to witness the beauty of some animals like the snow leopards after you see them.
A Himalayan native bird seen in Gokyo valley, Everest region, Nepal.
There are two high passes leading out of the Gokyo Valley, with the Cho La Pass being the furthest traveled and connecting to the Khumbu Valley near Lobuche, while the other is the Renjo La Pass, which connects the road between Thame and Nangpa La. After the Everest trek route take the alternative exit to Phortse.
From here you hike along the eastern side of the valley through the village of Konar. There are no facilities on this side of the valley to the small teahouses in Nah, a six-hour hike from Phortse. Nah is a good place to camp, but for the right accommodation you have to walk four hours to reach Pangkha. From here follow the route described above.