Phoksundo Lake, the Jewel of Dolpa
Phoksundo Lake or Shey Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake in Nepal. It is located in the Lower Dolpa Region. With a length of 4.8 km and a depth of 600 m, the Phoksundo Lake is surrounded by snow capped-mountains in all directions.
There are more than 20 stupas in the southern belt of the lake. There is a gompa in the eastern side of the lake, where annual prayers are carried out. On the lake’ southern end, the village of Ringmo sits on the 30,000-40,000 year old landslide dam that formed the lake. Past the dam, the waters of the lake plunge over a 167 meter tall waterfall, called Phoksundo Waterfall. One can observe the traditional Tibetan culture in Upper Manang and the Buddhism and Bon-Po in Lower Dolpa, including the Ringmo village.
Shey Phoksundo is considered to be a holy place by the Buddhists living in Dolpa region and around. Hence, one is not allowed to soak in the aquamarine water of the lake. Even then, the lake is worth a watch.
Shey Phoksundo National Park just nearby is another reason to visit this lake. The national park is the largest national park with an area of 3555 sq km. The park has several varieties of flora and fauna. It also protects several endangered animals like the musk deer and the snow leopards.
How to Reach
There are regular flights from Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj. The trek from Juphal airport to the lake is an experience of a lifetime. Magnificent views, stunning rivers and roaring waterfalls accompany trekkers all along the way.
The Phoksundo Lake takes you a step closer to nature. Every year, nature-lovers from all around the world make plans to visit this wonderful place. When are you making yours?