Hike Around Gokyo Lake

Gokyo, Khumjung, Nepal

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    2.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    100 Feet

Beach
Lake

Enjoy a rest day by hiking around Gokyo Lake (4,750 m / 15,580 ft) as part of the Everest Three Passes Trek. 

The Gokyo Valley lies just to the east of Renjo La Pass – the final obstacle to those completing the epic 3 Passes Trek in Nepal. Before embarking on this last challenge, and especially after making it over Cho La Pass, you deserve a rest day.

The emerald-green lake at the banks of the village of Gokyo is just one of six in the area which make up the highest-altitude freshwater lake system in the world. While the others are a few more kilometers away, the one right outside the doorstep of your lodge is a great starting point to exploring the area.

Begin your hike by going either clockwise or counterclockwise and enjoying a leisurely hour of snapping photos, playing in the sand, and jumping around rocks underneath the towering razor-like Himalayan mountains.

You should be acutely aware of the altitude here, even walking on flat ground. The elevation of this village and lake is 100 ft. higher than the tallest peak in the lower 48 United States.

Pro Tip: Visit the local bakery for breathtaking views of the lake and the best damn banana bread you’ve ever tasted.

Some trekkers will choose the Gokyo Valley as their final destination and make one final push up Gokyo Ri (5,357 m / 17,570 ft) before returning to the city. This itinerary typically takes 6-7 days one direction. 

Pack List

  • One liter of water, light snacks
  • Warm layers
  • Sun protection
  • Comfortable walking shoes – leave your boots in the lodge
  • Swim outfit if you’re brave enough to bare all in Gokyo’s icy waters
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I think this was my favorite part of my trek from Lukla to the EBC, so serene and dramatically beautiful up there! Your details really hit the nail on the head and inspired some nostalgia from me, nice work!

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Mountain climbing, trail running, and writing all about it. New to Seattle! Hit me up to show me around or go on an adventure.

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