EBC Gokyo Lake Trek Anticlockwise Trip Overview
EBC Gokyo Lake Trek Anti Clockwise is certainly one of the most beautiful expeditions. It takes you to the base of the world’s highest mountain and to the stunning turquoise lake of Gokyo. The region of Everest has always lured millions of travelers from around the world with its fascinating history and grandiose setting.
1953, the breakthrough in the history of mountaineering by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay literally changed the notion of adventure seekers going the extra mile and challenging their physical competencies. Everest being conquered by these two legends instigated the desire for the Himalayan quest into the minds of millions. Eventually, Everest became the ultimate goal for mountaineers and adventure seekers.
This beautiful 18-day EBC Gokyo Lake Trek takes you into the mystical land of the SHERPAS. Flying into the most thrilling airport in Lukla is simply incredible. The legendary trials take you to Namche, the Capital City of the Khumbu region. Namche is indeed a dreamland. Eventually, you get to the base of the world's highest mountain at 5360m. Here you get closer to the incredible Khumbu ice-fall with the 360° view of the mountains which is phenomenal.
Everest Base Camp:
Everest Base Camp is the starting point for climbers who want to climb Mount Everest.
The importance of Everest Base Camp lies in the fact that it serves as a crucial staging area for climbers who are attempting to summit Mount Everest.
It is a place of extraordinary beauty and profound significance. Surrounded by an amphitheater of towering peaks, this remote enclave is a natural wonderland, adorned with pristine glaciers, rocky moraines, and the striking Khumbu Icefall. The silence is only occasionally broken by the gentle creaking of prayer flags fluttering in the Himalayan breeze.
Trekkers who arrive here are greeted with an otherworldly vista of the legendary mountain itself, its majestic presence touching the heavens. The intense colorful glow of sunrise and sunset bathes the slopes in a golden hue, casting a spell that deepens the spiritual connection to the Everest region.
As the heart of high-altitude adventure, Everest Base Camp is not only a destination but an aspiration for those seeking the pinnacle of natural beauty and human endeavor.
Cho La Pass (5,420 m / 17,782 feet)
After you are done with Everest Base Camp you will enter a different imperial valley of the Khumbu region. Shortly you go over Chola Pass and get into the different valleys of mysticism and fascination.
Cho La Pass is a high mountain pass at an altitude of 5,420 meters (17,782 ft) above sea level. It is one of the three passes that connect the Gokyo Valley and the Khumbu Valley. Cho La Pass is also an important route for mountaineers who want to climb some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest.
The Chol La Pass is a key link between the Gokyo Valley and the Everest Base Camp. Climbers and Mountaineers often use it to acclimatize before attempting any peaks in the region including Everest.
The beauty of Cho La Pass lies in its stunning scenery and the dramatic landscape that surrounds it. The pass offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, and glaciers, making it a popular destination among trekkers and mountaineers.
The popularity of Cho La Pass as a trekking and mountaineering destination has led to the development of a thriving adventure tourism industry in the region. This has provided economic opportunities for local communities and contributed to the development of infrastructure and services in the area.
The journey to Cho La Pass is challenging, and it requires a certain level of physical fitness and trekking experience. However, the reward of reaching the top and witnessing the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas is truly unforgettable. It literally makes it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many who venture there.
One of the highlights of this trek is going through the iconic Ngozumpa Glacier. This glacier between the Gokyo valley and the Cho La Pass valley is one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas. This beautiful glacier stretches to a length of approximately 36 km / 22 miles and is almost 3 km / 2 miles wide in breadth.
The meltwater from the Ngozumpa glacier forms a Gokyo River which is the main source of the famous Dudh Koshi River that eventually joins the Ganges in India. However, the sad part is, due to recent climate change this glacier is experiencing significant melting and retreat and has been shrinking in recent years. This has led to serious concerns as this glacier is crucial for the local ecosystems and communities that depend on it.
In 2007 for the research and knowing the region’s climate history purpose, Scientists drilled ice cores in Ngozumpa Glacier. This drill is considered the highest high-altitude drilling ever done. However, on this trip, you have the opportunity to walk across such an important and iconic glacier as you walk from Thaknak to Gokyo Town. This thrilling walk through the glacier with a view and occasional sighting of small glacial lakes on the way is magical.
Gokyo Lake (4790 m/15,715 ft):
After an enchanting trek through the Himalayan meadow valley, we reach the remote Himalayan gem of Gokyo Lake. Stepping foot on the shores of Gokyo Lake at 4,700 m / 15,400 feet it feels almost dreamlike where your effort instantly feels worth it.
- Crystal Clear Water: You're greeted first by crystal-clear waters - still as glass and reflecting the surrounding majestic mountains like a flawless mirror. Dipping your hand in, it's freezing cold from the glacial melt that feeds the lake yet so pleasantly refreshing.
- Panoramic Mountain Views: As you stroll the perimeter, the views steal your attention at every turn. Along the sight of rugged landscapes around you will witness heavenly peaks projecting into the vivid blue sky. The mightiest sight of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world stands solid and dominates the entire valley. It almost doesn't look real from this divine vantage point.
- Serenity and Tranquility: Find a place to sit for a while and let the serenity wash over you as all the tension built up from weeks of travel melts away. Up here, above the clouds, a sense of peaceful solitude prevails.
The silence is broken only by the gentle lapping of the water and the occasional cry of a high-flying bird. Everything unnecessary fades until it's just you and the natural majesty of these godly surroundings, unspoiled and perfect in every way.
Moments come along rarely in life that feel truly holy. Gokyo Lake brings an abundance of them, from its first breathtaking glimpse to the last orange rays of sunset kissing the Himalayan giants goodbye at day's end. This place stays with you long after your return to normalcy, holding space for that divine energy in your memory.
Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 meters / 26,864 feet):
Rising 8,188 meters tall, Cho Oyu sits between the China-Nepal border in the towering heights of the Himalayas. Translated as "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan, this relatively "easy" 8000er has an interesting history since becoming one of the world's ultimate mountaineering challenges.
The first-ever attempt on Cho Oyu came in 1952 by an expedition organized by the British. However, they did not successfully reach the summit. The following year, another Austrian Expedition returned with Sherpa Pasang Dawa Lama and was the first team to stand atop Cho Oyu's lofty peak on October 19, 1954.
In the decades since, Cho Oyu has built a reputation as the most accessible of the 8,000-meter peaks, owing to a gentler standard climbing route compared to its technical neighbors.
While by no means an easy hike. Still, the extreme altitude brings all the risks of thin air, rapid weather changes, and deathly cold. Nearly 40 climbers have lost their lives on the "Goddess" over the years. But its relatively high summit success rate continues to attract enthusiasts hoping to conquer this peak. Many mountaineers attempt Cho Oyu as valuable acclimatization before attempting the mighty Everest.
Due to all these reasons EBC Gokyo Lake Trek Anti Clockwise makes a marvelous trip. The deep valleys, the lively hills, Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, Sherpa culture, and the towering snow-capped mountains are something this trip has to offer. It’s always a sigh of relief to get to your destination and spend your time in the beautiful Nepalese tea house. Give yourself a chance to reach the historic Everest Base Camp 5,365 m / 17,601 feet and challenge yourself.
Also, check the significance of Doing the Everest High Passes.