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Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Sagarmatha National Park of  Nepal, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,000 ft) above sea level. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. In September 2007, Gokyo and associated wetlands of 7,770 ha (30.0 sq mi) have been designated a Ramsar site.

Gokyo lakes are located in Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbu District in Sagarmatha Zone in north-eastern Nepal. Gokyo Cho, also called Dudh Pokhari, is the main lake with an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres), and the village of Gokyo lies on its eastern shore. Thonak Cho is the largest lake with an area of 65.07 ha (160.8 acres). Gyazumpa Cho is 29 ha (72 acres) in size, followed by Tanjung Cho with an area of 16.95 ha (41.9 acres), and Ngojumba Cho with an area of 14.39 ha (35.6 acres). As sources of permanent fresh water they have high hydrologicalvalue. They feed on waters from various sources, such as seepage from the Ngozumpa glacier, a stream coming from the Renjo La pass from north-west and another stream originating from the Ngozumpa glacier in the east. These are glacier-fed freshwater wetlands and discharge water to the Dudh Kosi headway via the Taujon Lake and the Longabanga Lake. These lakes are deeper than previously assumed by the researchers. Fourth Lake (Thonak Cho) is the deepest lake (62.4m) followed by the Gokyo Lake which is 43 m. A direct connection between the Gokyo Lake and the upper Thonak Cho and the Ngozumpa Cho has not been observed, but these lakes may be connected via underground seepage water. The Gokyo lake system is naturally vulnerable, as it is lying in an ecologically fragile and unstable zone. The outburst of Ngozumpa glacier is always a threat to the existence of the lakes.

The Gokyo lake system of 19 lakes is spread over an area of 196.2 ha (485 acres) lying between 4,600 and 5,100 m (15,100 and 16,700 ft). The wetland lies on the head of the Dudh Kosi, which descends from Cho Oyu.

 

 

 

Available Itineraries for Gokyo Lake

Gokyo- Renjo La Pass Trek

Gokyo- Renjo La Pass Trek

Gokyo Renjo La pass is one of the most stunning mountain areas on earth. The Renjo Pass route is off the usual beaten track with great views of the Gokyo lake system. This trek is also linked with the Everest base camp trek. The trek route passes through Lukla, Namche and Thame - the heart land of the Sherpa ethnic community. One of the attractions of the Gokyo Renjo La trek is that tourists can explore the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the world known Sherpa ethnic community. Together with breath taking views of several mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Amadablam and views of the lakes you will be discovering the most famous beauties of Nepal.

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Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes Trek

The trek to Gokyo Lakes gives you the opportunity to view many of the major peaks in the Himalaya range. Walking through Sherpa villages we climb to the major town in the district Namche Bazaar. It is above this town we catch our first views of Everest as we meander through the pine and rhododendron forest. Each night we will camp in lodges. The walk takes you near the border of Tibet near Cho Oyu, where you can explore the Gokyo lakes and climb Gokyo Ri. This region offers a memorable experience with incredible scenery all around us. We would be pleased to have you along on this adventure and to introduce you to our country and way of life while you travel as part of my extended family.

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