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Observing Everest from the Gokyo Lakes in Nepal

Nepal's largest glaciers with pristine turquoise water are a perfect spot to observe snowy mountains

Best time: mid-September–mid-December | March–May

Observing Everest from the Gokyo Lakes
Observing Everest from the Gokyo Lakes
Observing Everest from the Gokyo Lakes

When you reach Gokyo you will be stunned by the natural beauty of the area. The Everest range is visible from the Gokyo Lakes, which surround you with snow capped mountains. Just imagine yourself standing at the foot of the highest mountains on Earth enjoying the wonderful colours of green turquoise and white, so rich that you will not believe your own eyes.

The trek to the Lakes may be a bit busy during autumn and spring, but taking it at this time will give you the best weather conditions, since it will get extremely cold in winter, and the monsoon season might shower you with downpours. However, keep in mind that the area is getting really cold at nights at any time of the year, so be sure to prepare everything you need properly.

Practical info

What is the best time of year to visit Gokyo Lakes in Nepal?

The most appropriate time to make the trip to the high-altitude Gokyo Lakes in Nepal is either between March and May or mid-September and mid-December. You will encounter more storms, snowfall, and shorter days between mid-December and February. The weather, especially during the mentioned timeframes, is dry, accommodating, and provides excellent visibility. Remember to pack warm clothes and gear since the area remains considerably chilly at nights throughout the year. Show more

What should I pack for a visit to Gokyo Lakes?

You will need several warm clothes and gear for your Gokyo Lakes excursion, especially if you intend to tour during the colder months. Thermal underwear, warm coats, gloves, hats, trekking boots, sleeping bags, and backpacks are items you should consider carrying. Remember to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to protect against sunshine. Show more

Where are the Gokyo Lakes located in Nepal?

Situated at over an altitude of 4,700 meters above sea level, the Gokyo Lakes are part of the Himalayas and are situated in the Sagarmatha National Park, northeast of Nepal. Visitors will find that the lakes are surrounded by snow-capped peaks, which make a picturesque scene. These are some of the highest freshwater lakes globally and are a must-visit when touring Nepal. Show more

How difficult is the trek to Gokyo Lakes?

The trek to Gokyo Lakes is a moderately difficult one and should only be attempted by experienced trekkers. Good physical fitness is a prerequisite since the trail is steep in many places. Altitude sickness is also a concern, and acclimatizing for a few days at Namche Bazaar before heading to the lakes is highly recommended. Show more

What other treks or attractions are nearby Gokyo Lakes?

Aside from the Gokyo Lakes, trekkers to the Sagarmatha National Park can visit many other nearby attractions. For instance, Mount Everest is visible from different parts of the park and is a top-rated magnet for tourists worldwide. The Cho La Pass, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the Khumbu Glacier are also famous. Culture-oriented tourists can visit Namche Bazaar and Tengboche, among other nearby villages, and learn more about the Sherpa lifestyle and practices. Show more

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