Photographer's Note

A beautiful clear morning with Gokyo village on the shores of the third Gokyo lake...and although it looks as a perfect mountain heaven, I did have problems with breathing at this altitude (4800 metres)...

Another clear morning view from the beautiful village Gokyo of the third of sacred Gokyo lakes, Dudh Pokhari.

Gokyo is a small hamlet of stone houses and stone walled pastures which nestles on the lateral morraine of the Ngozumba Glacier. Almost all buildings are guest houses for trekkers. The people who live here in the season are leaving to other (lower) villages like Namche Bazar in the off season. Gokyo village is lying on an altitude of roughly 4800 meter, located on the banks of the third Gokyo Lake (Dudh Pokhari).

A while ago I presented you with the view of the first Gokyo lake in the Gokyo valley.

On the trail from Machhermo to Gokyo we passed the first three lakes of the Gokyo valley. This one, the third, is very quite large. It lies in the altitude 4800 metres above sea level and is called Dudh Pokhari. The Gokyo village actually lies on the shore of this lake.

All the lakes have amazing turquoise colour. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, but there are more of them in total. The Gokyo lake system is spread over an area of 196.2 ha lying between 4,600 and 5,100 m. The wetland lies on the head of the Dudh Kosi river, which descends from Cho Oyu.

The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.

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  • Copyright: Ivana Krekanova (Elaine_Blath) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 31 N: 1541] (8509)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-10-08
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 6:15
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