Gokyo, Tokyo, Wokyo

Gokyo Lake

Us on Gokyo Lake

View of Gokyo Lake from the top of Gokyo Ri

(The above small prints hardly do the lake justice, double click the photo for a better quality print.)

I realize that a lot of people don’t know much about this region (besides that Gokyo sounds very similar to Tokyo) so here is a bit more information appreciated by one of my readers. “Gokyo Ri, aka Gokyo Peak (5357 m, 17 575 ft above sea level) is a peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal, and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas. Gokyo (4750 m, 15 583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. From Gokyo Ri it is possible to see five 8,000 metre peaks – Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and Cho Oyu. The Gokyo Lakes are in the area” (Wikipedia). Gokyo Ri is one of the only vista points where Mount Everest looks like the tallest mountain. From almost all other spots, including Kala Patar, possibly the most popular viewing spot located near Everest Base Camp, Nupste with it’s pointed peak appears taller than Sagarmatha (Nepal’s word for Everest).

The above stunning panoramas were taken by a friend and fellow trekmate, Tom. Check out his blog which contains badass videos, photos, and other tidbits from our trip in the Khumbu.

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