How hard is Gokyo Lake Trek?
Gokyo Lake Trek is graded as an average adventure trek in the Everest region. This moderate trek begins from Lukla( 2860m) and takes us to the highest point Gokyo RI (5357m) or Gokyo Lake or Gokyo Village (5000m). On the way, you will pass Namche, Machhermo, and Dole Village. Actually, there are no technical trekking trails while traveling from Lukla to Gokyo Lake. It means those who possess basic skills of trekking, a moderate level of physical fitness, and can walk 5-7 hours in a day at higher elevations above 4000m can do this trek. However, the trek, sometimes, turns out to be more challenging than it is anticipated due to bad weather conditions. So, you should have prepared very well before you venture on the trail.
How many lakes are there in Gokyolake?
19 lakes jointly make a huge Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are situated at the beginning point of the Dudh Koshi River. Actually, the lakes are fed by Mount. Cho Yu. The elevation of these lakes ranges from 4700-to 5000m. They cover a total of 485 acres of land in the Khumbu region.
What is the best time to do Gokyo Lake Trek?
You can pick up Autumn ( Sep-Nov) as the best time of the year to do your Gokyo Lake Trek. Since we have no weather challenges on the way, the climate, and the weather completely turn out to be friendlier to us to make our Gokyo Lake Trek memorable and successful. If you cannot do it in Autumn/Fall, you can alternatively pick up Spring ( Mar-May) which will equally mesmerize you with incredible climate, mountain views, and flowering rhododendron in Sagarmatha National Park.
What kind of meal do I get during the trek?
In Lukla, Namche, and Gokyo Village, you will get the meals you want to have but in other tiny local villages like Dole and Machhermo, don’t expect to enjoy the meals of your choice because they lack the skilled manpower and the necessary stuff. However, the food items will be locally made, fresh, and hygienic. Normally, you will enjoy the food items like bread items, noodles, chicken curry, Nepali Daal Bhat, dumplings, Pizza, vegetable curries, and the like.
How can I prevent altitude sickness?
Having plenty of warm soups and water, avoiding smoking and too much drinking, keeping your body warm with the right trekking gears, avoiding drinking water from local taps and rivers/rivulets, having sound sleep, and immediate reporting to the leader, if anything unusual occurs in the health and using basic medicines on time to prevent anything serious, are the best ways of preventing altitude sickness. If you have some symptoms related to altitude sickness, then, report it to your trekking leader and descend to the lower elevation and ask for rescue if it is necessary.
What if I get altitude sickness?
Actually, altitude sickness is always unpredictable so we must be well prepared for it in case we get it. If you realize you have altitude sickness, use basic medicines to prevent severe consequences. Drink enough hot soups and water. Walk down to a lower elevation and if the problems still persist, then, ask your leader to evacuate you.
I don’t have trekking skills; can I still do this trek?
You just need to have very basic skills of trekking for your Gokyo Lake Trek. Although some people do not have any trekking skills, they dare to do this trek and celebrate the victory. However, we suggest you learn or do some short treks/hikes before you go for Gokyo Lake Trek.
How is the weather in the Everest Region?
The weather in the Everest region is always unpredictable. It means you may have a very bright morning and cloudy afternoon and snowy evening and night. However, the weather condition in the two seasons, autumn and spring are fine except for some exceptional cases. But, you have to prepare very well to defend against the weather challenges while trekking in the Everest region.
Will I need oxygen on this trek?
No, nobody carries oxygen and they never need it on this trek. The Gokyo Lake Trekking trail is very similar to Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail and both trails demand no oxygen. However, some serious cases of altitude sickness require oxygen during the evacuation. But, don’t go negative.
Will there be electricity and Wi-Fi services in the tea house?
Yes, the teahouses on the trail will provide you a facility of electricity, charging, and Wi-Fi facilities. But to purchase these facilities, you are charged a certain amount like Rs. 100-200. Even from Gokyo Valley, you can talk to your family and relatives these days and can update the things that are taking place in your day-to-day life.
Can I do this trek with children below 20 aged?
Yes, you can but below 14 are not recommended. You are going above 5000m and their body may not be able to adjust to the new elevation they get during this trek. So, it is not better to put your life at risk. Yes, teenagers between the ages of 14/and 15-20 can do this trek if they have prior trekking experience.
Are tips mandatory for guides and porters?
Tips are always voluntary. The satisfaction and the service delivered determine the conditions of giving the tips. However, the guide and the porters expect some tips at the end of the trip whatever will be the amount. For this, you can just follow some basic guidelines or even can talk to your guide about how much is given as tips.