Phoksundo (Phoksumdo) Lake is a Himalayan freshwater located in the district of Dolpo, in northwestern Nepal. Lying at an altitude of 3612m from sea level, the pristine lake has been designated a Ramsar wetland and falls within Shey Phoksumdo National Park.
The lake is believed to have been formed some 30000 years ago. The heart melting ethereal sight of the lake brings a sense of tranquility and peace to any trekkers passing. Hemmed in by high and rugged mountains on three sides, the lake plunge into an impressive 167m waterfall from its south side. The lake is regarded by Dolpo people, who practice Tibetan Buddhism, sacred and offer their worship annually to the lake. There are as many as 20 stupas and one Gompa to the south of lake along with Ringmo village.
Phoksundo Lake Trek takes you on a journey to see and experience Phoksundo, a natural miracle in the heart of Himalayas. You will require special permit to enter this region. The trail start from Juphal, which is just a flight away from Nepalgunj, and follows the ancient trade route used primarily to transport salt and wool from Tibet to this region. Be prepared to cross the two highest Himalayan passes Bagar La (5182m) and Numa La (5190m) on your return route. There many gompas along the route you can visit such as Napukhona Gompa, Guru, Shipcha, Tshowa and Tsering monastery.