Matt Jones’ LAKES OF GOKYO is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Title: Lakes of Gokyo

Photographer: Matt Jones

Date of publication:  2013

Place of publication: Melbourne

Language: English

Dimensions of book: 160mm x 220mm

Number of pages: 15

Summary of Project:

The Gokyo Lakes in the Khumbu region of Nepal sit in the high altitudes of the Himalayas, varying from 4,700-5,000 meters above sea level making them the highest lake system in the world.

Nestled among them sits one of the world’s highest settlements: the small village of Gokyo.

Its inhabitants live on the eastern shore of the main lake Dudh Pokhari, pressed between Gokyo Ri which towers 600 metres above and the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in all the Himalayas, at a length of 36 kilometres.

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.