Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is a sacred lake offering stunning natural beauty. Considered sacrosanct by the Dolpa 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 travelers as the jewel of Dolpo, Shey 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 is situated in the mountain region of the Western Nepal near the Phoksundo Lake covering parts of Dolpa 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.
Dolpo, a remote area, is located in the Mid-Western part of Nepal. The timeworn place has had close relations with Tibet. Trekkers were allowed to visit Dolpo as late as 1990 as it was a restricted area until then. 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 interrupted by the Dhaulagiri range. This means that trekking can only be done in summer season. 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.