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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.

The vibrant colour of each lake is dictated by a balance of rainfall and draught. With rain, minerals run off the surrounding landscape into each lake. Draught then increases the concentration of these minerals in the water causing its dense opacity.

Consequently this colour change can be tracked seasonally, and is most vibrant in Nepal’s dry season; winter.

Nestled among the lakes 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 the peak of Gokyo Ri and the Ngozumpa glacier which is the longest glacier in all the Himalayas.

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.
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