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The Gokyo Lakes are a series of alpine lakes at an altitude between about 4,600 and 5,000m not far from Mt. Everest, in Nepal. These lakes were considered sacred by the mountain peoples of Nepal and Tibet (a few kilometres away) for their great beauty, and to swim in them is considered very inappropriate (if one was tempted to swim here in the subzero temperatures that is). In the very height of winter these lakes partially freeze over. This is lake 3 in the series of 5 lakes in a chain of semi-connected lakes in the region and the water is the result of snowfalls off the surrounding peaks. The stone piles are found here in their thousands, and serve as memorials to the ancestors of locals and foreign visitors alike. Nearby is a small mountain called Gokyo Ri (around 5,350m) which gives superb views of the lakes, and four 8,000+ metre tall mountains.

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