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High water

The five high-altitude lakes of Gokyo lie at an altitude of around 4,750m in north-eastern Nepal.

The walk to Gokyo includes rich bird life, rhododendrons in bloom through the summer, sherpa villages and heritage monasteries. Fast-flowing rivers slice their way through steep gorges backed by stupendous snow peaks piercing the heavens. The peak of Gokyo Ri, a 2-hour climb from Gokyo, offers a view of four 8,000m giants—Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.



There are daily flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (around $330, or 20,130, return). Gokyo is a seven-day walk from Lukla, including two acclimatization rest days. You can join an organized trek to Gokyo ($1,600-1,800 from Kathmandu).


There are lodges providing basic meals and a room—toilets often have to be shared.


Visit the monasteries at Thyangboche and Khumjung, and the Sherpa Museum at Namche Bazaar.

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