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Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lakes
Location Solukhumbu District
Coordinates 27°58′49″N 86°40′07″ECoordinates: 27°58′49″N 86°40′07″E
Basin countries
Nepal

Surface area 196.2 hectares (485 acres)
Surface elevation 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,000 ft)
Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, 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.

Lake system
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.

Religious significance
The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. About 500 Hindus take a holy bath in the lakes during the Janai Purnima festival, which usually occurs in the month of August. On an average 7,000 tourists annually visit the Gokyo Lakes.The site is worshipped as the residing place of ‘Nag Devata’ (Snake God); a temple of the Hindu deities Lords Vishnu andShiva is situated at the western corner of the lake. The belief that birds and wildlife in the area should not be harmed has traditionally protected fauna.

Tourism
Gokyo is among the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha base camp and other areas. Gokyo village at 4,790 metres (15,720 ft) elevation is a major centre in the area. The site is two days walk uphill from Namche Bazaar. A visit to the area often includes climbing Gokyo Ri.

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Day 01 Arrival and transfer to hotel/welcome dinner
Day 02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Kathmandu Flight to Lukla Trek to Phakding (2600m)
Day 04 Phakding Trekking to Namche Bazar (3440m)
Day 05 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
Day 06 Namche Bazaar trekking to Khumjung (3780m)
Day 07 Khumjung trekking to Dole (4200m)
Day 08 Dole trekking to Machhermo (4480m)
Day 09 Machhermo trekking to Gokyo (4790m)
Day 10 Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) Excursion return Gokyo
Day 11 Gokyo trekking to Thagna (Dragnag) (4700m)
Day 12 Cross to Cho la (5330m) trek to Dzonglha (4830m)
Day 13 Dzongla trekking to Lobuche (4920m)
Day 14 Lobuche trekking to Gorak Shep visit Everest Base camp
Day 15 Gorak Shep trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) & return Lobuche
Day 16 Lobuche trekking to Dingboche (4410m)
Day 17 Dingboche trekking to Tengboche (3870m)
Day 18 Tengboche trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 19 Namche trekking to Lukla (2840m)
Day 20 Lukla flight to Kathmandu transfer to Hotel
Day 21 Free day for shopping or relax
Day 22 Drive to Airport for return flight

• Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.
• One Porter for two person and An experienced Government licensed holder guide.
• Food, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
• All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
• TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
• All government taxes.
• Including Flight ticket.
• Insurance for guide and porter.
• All Entrance Fees
• Airport Pick up and drop.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

• Accomodation in Kathmandu at star Hotel in BB Plan.

• Accomodation in Twin sharing basis.

• All kind of drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic).
• Personal shopping and laundry etc.
• Personal trekking Equipments.
• Your Travel insurance.

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