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Gokyo Valley Alpine conservation and restoration field assessment Sagarmatha National Park Buffer Zone

The Gokyo valley is uninhabited except for the summer transhumance grazing and is noted for its religious significance and sacred pilgrimage sites for centuries. The holy lake known as Gokyo Lake is located in Khumjung VDC-2 of Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone to the north west of Everest. Surveys and reports of occasional trekkers and park people revealed that over the years the Gokyo valley has become a popular destination amongst trekkers seeking adventure, challenges and solitude at its best. Nepal is a land of mountains, with over 150 towering peaks above 6000m. Some of the mountain regions such as the Everest and Annapurna have changed much during the past few decades. Nevertheless, there are still few areas such as the Gokyo valley, which have remained impervious than other popular destinations. Located in North West of Everest base camp and Imja valley, the Gokyo valley forms the core area of the Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer zone.

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    Report submitted to The Mountain Institute, September 2007: http://www.mountain.org