Gokyo Valley: Way To Magical Lakes, Glaciers and Himalayas
Gokyo valley or Gokyo village is among the few places on earth that lets you amazing views of magical turquoise lakes, glaciers and highest Himalayas all at once. It is absolutely once in a lifetime of opportunity to be there at Gokyo. It lies in Solukhumbu district in the Everest region of northern Nepal. Small village is blessed by Mother Nature which is also the highest settlement in Nepal and probably in the world where it is not quite possible to live all year round specially in winter due to extreme weather conditions.
Inciting inspirational views of five beautiful lakes, longest Ngozumpa glacier, with arc of snow capped Himalayas are the major highlight at this magical Gokyo valley. Being there at top of Gokyo ri gives you the feeling like you are above the sky with Cho Oyu being visible at straight above us which is grand mountain at Tibetan Nepal border. We can see the clusters of ice which is this longest glacier spawning from Cho Oyo Mountain. To the south is glacial Nup La, which was first successfully, stepped by Hillaey and Lowe along with local brave Sherpas. Measuring our scale further towards southeast another beautiful snow capped mountain, Pumori is visible along with top of the world Everest. On the other hand, the ridge separates from Gokyo’s eastern side compacted by equally impressive Cholatse and Taboche.
Western side of this magical valley may not be as tall as its eastern angle; however there are beautiful rocky spires of Khumbila which are quite similar and quite often compared to Chamunix aiguilles at Alps. Stepping down from the centre of Gokyo Valley is Ngozumpa glacier covered with many lakes and overlooking the Dudh Pokhari, of course, an amazing views from Gokyo Ri viewpoint is often considered as the best site to view four eight thousanders in same horizon. This is not like anywhere else. Originating through the glacier, Dudh Kosi River makes its way before getting mixed at Imja River below Thyanboche. Walking through this site, we can see terraced valley on both sides hundreds of meters above the river.
During the major trekking season at autumn and spring, we can see tea houses and lodges offering their lodging and fooding services to hikers along with yak pasture lands. Whereas on the eastern side,of Gokyo, there are couple of off the beaten path villages far away from modern world, still untouched by tourism.
Trekking at Gokyo valley requires proper acclimatization along with fitness preparations that involves cardio vascular exercises. It is very easy to get affected by AMS, therefore, your body needs to adapt the changing variation in altitude slowly and steadily. Do not rush while trekking in Nepal especially at higher altitudes. Therefore, trek wisely and enjoy responsibly. Get the best of Himalayan trekking adventures.