Matt Jones. Lakes of Gokio.
The Gokyo Lakes in the Khumbu region of Nepal sit in the high altitudes of the Himalayas, varying from 4,700-5,000 metres above sea level, making them the highest lake system in the world.
Nestled among them sits one of the world’s highest settlements: the small village of Gokyo at 4,750 metres. Its inhabitants live on the eastern shore of the main lake Dudh Pokhari, pressed between Gokyo Ri which towers 600 metres above and the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in all the Himalayas, at a length of 36 kilometres.
The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists and the belief that wildlife in the area should not be harmed has protected local fauna, which have managed to thrive despite their harsh surroundings.