Gokyo Ri, Khumbu

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Gokyo Peak (Nepali: Gokyo Ri) is a 5,357 m (17,575 ft)-high peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. Gokyo (4,750 m, 15,583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. From the summit of Gokyo Ri it is possible to see four 8,000-metre peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. The Gokyo Lakes are in the area.

The Gokyo trek is a fairly popular trekking route. The route itself ends at Gokyo Ri, and trekkers typically turn around at this point and retrace their steps back to the trailhead. There is an alternative mountaineering route that begins near the southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier and just south of Taujun Lake. This alternative route leads east over the Cho La, a pass at 5,420 m (17,782 ft), where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp trek.

It is usually visited during the circuit trek of Everest Base Camp with 3 Passes trek. It is slightly off route while visiting Everest base camps (Nepal side) but thousands of backpackers still visit it for the Gokyo Lakes beauty.

There is another higher summit just north of where the main Gokyo trek route ends. It stands at an altitude of 5,483 m (17,989 ft) above sea level.
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  • Its a nice hike up the mountain, to a beautiful 360 degree panaroma of the entire everest region, Highly recommend this! Take lot of water and layers and some snacks, it is fun to spend a few hours...  more »
  • The last 2200 feet of the trek and how hard it is. It is described as a near vertical climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri. Then add to that the affects of altitude and it is like climbing with only one....  more »
  • Sunset is insane. It really is worth going up twice.
  • Reach there before sunrise....

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