Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, offers stunning beauty. Considered
sacrosanct by the Dopla locals, it is praised for its aquamarine greenish
blue color. No aquatic life in the lake pronounces that the water is crystal
clear. Called by the seasoned travellers the jewel of Dolpo, Phoksundo Lake
gives refreshing experience to the eyes. Ringed by tall snow-capped
mountains, view of Phoksundo Lake is an extremely satisfying experience.
Shey Phoksundo National Park
||Lower Dopla Region
||Deepest Lake in the Himalayan Region
||Aquamarine greenish colour
Shey-Phoksundo National Park is situated in the mountain region of Western
Nepal near the Phokshundo Lake covering parts of Dopla and Mugu Districts.
Gazetted in 1984, it is the largest national park in the country with an
area of 3,555 sq. km. The main objectives of the park are to preserve the
unique Himalayan ecosystem with its typical Tibetan type of flora and fauna,
and to protect endangered species such as the snow leopard and musk deer.
The holy Phoksundo Lake flows with full vigour amidst the Himalayan
mountains. The view of Himlayas add to the beauty of the lake. Cited below
are some of the highlights of Phoksundo Lake and its adjoining areas.
» Magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks
» Breathtaking landscapes
» Large numbers of ancient monasteries
» Different communities like Bon and Buddhists
» The crystal clear Phoksundo Lake
» Sparkling Waterfalls
Dolpo, a remote area, is located in the north east part of Nepal. The
timeworn place has had close relations with Tibet. Trekkers were allowed to
Dolpo as late as 1990. However, to remain far from the limelight has its own
benefits. Dolpo has been able to preserve its wonderful beauty. Trekkers can
soak in the wonderful scenic view of Phoksundo Lake, and, at the same time,
enjoy the intriguing culture of Ringmo village which is a mix of Nepalese
and Tibetan influences. Monsoon in Dolpo region is interuppted by the
Dhaulagiri range. This means that trekking can only be done in summer
» It is a lake with a Buddhist legend and therefore swimming and
bathing is prohibited.
» The water of the lake is devoid of any aquatic life and so the lake
is absolutely pure.
» Only a few migrating birds visit the lake.