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This photo revisits the Gokyo Valley, a side valley off the side of the main Khumbu Valley in the Everest region of Nepal. These lakes have a surreal colour formed from a combination of very clear ice melt water, suspended solids from glacial action and a lack of loose soil to tarnish. The sky up here, at elevations above 5,000m really was a deep blue like this, and often appeared almost black overhead during the day (similar to that seen above during a jet airliner flight). In the background is a towering ‘eight-thousander’ called Cho Oyu. It forms the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). This peak happens to be the sixth tallest mountain on the entire planet at 8,201m (26,906 ft). Visiting Gokyo probably was the pinnacle of the sightseeing in Nepal, better than the main Base Camp Trek I consider.

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