Gokyo Valley: Spectacular And Spiritual

8, Sep 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Explore serene pastures for yaks and the highest freshwater lakes in the world  

Nepal Traveller

Among the most picturesque valleys in Nepal, Gokyo is a small valley that lies in Solukhumbu district. Nestled at an altitude of 4,750 meters, the valley is known to be the highest settlement in the world. The valley is situated at the foot of Gokyo Ri and on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo lake, Dudh Pokhari.


The valley will not disappoint visitors who are looking for a unique experience with nature and unforgettable spectacular views.The serene valley boasts extensive pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoises lakes are simply breathtaking.

The valley is also home to Gokyo Lakes, oligotrophic lakesthat are a Ramsar site, which hold the title of being among the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The lake is deemed as a holy site by Hindus and Buddhists.


Highlights of the Gokyo


Renjo la and Gokyo Ri provide some of the best and broadest views of 8000m peaks in the Himalayas.


Mesmerizing panoramic view extending from Cho Oyu and Everest, to Lhotse all the way to Makalu.

The six sacred lakes surrounding Gokyo.

Pastures land for yaks and mountain goats over the hills and mountains.

The Sagarmatha National Park Visitors Center offers information on the wildlife of the area with some interesting photographs.

Enchanting Rhododendron and Oak forests trial along with hidden waterfalls.

Experience a breathtaking Himalayan mountain flight to Lukla.


Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas.

Famous homemade yak cheese and butter.

Gokyo Tengboche Monastery; a beautiful gumba with the backdrop of Mt. Ama Dablam.


Trek through Sherpa village and warm community stay enjoying local cuisines.


Getting there

The nearest airport to Gokyo is Lukla Airport which is located in Namche Bazar and flights are available from Kathmandu. Tara Airlines and others offer flights to Lukla. The flight is short and can take about 25-30 minutes, overseeing the beautiful and majestic mountain range.

Upon reaching the Namche Bazar one take the less crowded route towards Dole. One can trek to the valley or use local available transportation. The route will take one to the various settlements like Thame, Monjo and Machhermo and finally to Gokyo which will welcome you with its shimmering lakes.



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