Gokyo Village: The Gem of Everest

Gokyo village at Khumbu region is small hamlet consisting of only few huts. You can choose to visit the village while trekking towards the Everest Base Camp.

It is one of the highest settlements on Earth, but likely not permanently inhabited throughout the year. The Sherpa inhabitants of the village migrate to lower warmer lands during harsh winter and monsoon. It remains open during Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) seasons.


Overview

Gokyo or Gokyo village is located to the west of the Khumbu region. Separated from the usual Everest trek trail, Gokyo remains completely discreet from the foreign tourists. Except for few huts and handful of Sherpa inhabitants, this region has only natural riches to boast about.

The village is situated just below the local peak, Gokyo Ri 5,357 m. Ama Dablam and Cholatse are other peaks fairly visible from the village. You can even get to see the greater Ngozumpa glacier just beside the village.

Gokyo Ri Panorama
Gokyo Ri Panorama

Gokyo Lakes

It is also home to the highest fresh water lakes on Earth. Gokyo lakes consists of six major oligotrophic lakes, and all of them situated above 4,700 meters. Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Cho is the major lake among the six, while Thonak Cho remains the largest lake with an area of 65.07 ha (160.8). The other lakes are Gyazumpa cho, Ngojumba Cho and Tanjung Cho.

The lakes hold an important religious place among the  Hindus and Buddhists alike. The pilgrims visit the lake every year to take a holy dip during the auspicious month of August (Janai Purnima). In September 2007, Gokyo and associated wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) were designated a Ramsar site.


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