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This is Fourth Lake, so called because it is the fourth lake one reaches as one treks up alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier in the Gokyo valley, in the Solo-Khumbu region of Nepal. The lakes were formed by the damming of meltwater by the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier, which accumulates in the shadow of the world's sixth highest mountain, Cho Oyu (8201m) and which with a length of 25 miles is the longest glacier in Nepal.

Many villages in Nepal are threatened by the slow retreat of glaciers in the Himalayas; as the glaciers retreat, the lateral moraines remain, temporarily holding the lake waters but lacking the mechanical strength to do so for more than a few years or perhaps decades. Eventually these natural dams will burst, flooding the valleys and villages which lie beneath them.

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