Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek offers the real thrill of adventure throughout the majestic Dolpo region of Nepal. This isolated vicinity, made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book 'The Snow Leopard,' and first Nepali Oscar Awards nominated film 'Caravan' shot exclusively on the rough mountain terrains of Dolpa. Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek has only been open to trekkers in 1989.
Shey Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic Lake situated at 3,612 m above sea level. The pristine lake has been designated a Ramsar site in 2007 and falls within Shey Phoksumdo National Park. The lake is believed to have been formed some 30,000 to 40,000 year ago. Ringmo village with as many as 20 stupas and a Bön Gompa (temple) also named Ringmo is accumulated on the southern end of the Lake over the landslide dam that formed Phoksundo Lake. The heart-melting ethereal sight of the lake brings a sense of tranquillity and peace to any trekkers passing hemmed by high and rugged mountains on three sides and the lake plunge into an impressive 167 m waterfall on its south side. The lake is regarded by Dolpo people, who practise Tibetan Buddhism, sacred and offer their worship annually to the lake.
Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek takes you on a journey to see and experience Phoksundo, a natural miracle in the heart of Himalayas. You will require a special permit to enter this region. The trail starts from Juphal, which is just a half an hour flight away from Nepalgunj and follows the ancient trade route used primarily to transport salt and wool from Tibet to this region.
Phoksundo Lake Trek is the most appealing but relatively easy and short attraction excluding high-passes of Nepal Himalaya, stroll through alpine forests and traditional Tibetan villages.