Trekking in Nepal’s far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya. Expeditions into Dolpo can be challenging as the tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent, and organized tours are essential. But the rewards are worth it—Tibetan Buddhist culture, some of the oldest monasteries in the country, the spectacular Lake Phoksundo, rare wildlife and a real sense of being in the wilderness.
Phoksundo Lake is the best part of the entire Upper Dolpo trek which is more than 1500 feet deep. Its water is of greenish blue color surrounded by dense forest and snow-capped Himalayas. The path passes through a cedar forest and finally to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The houses here are almost buried in the sandy soil. From here our route heads up to open country, at an altitude of around 3,350m. From the ridge one can see the distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular 300m high waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Likewise, a large fraction of Dolpo has been set sideways as Shey Phoksundo National Park at 3,555 square kilometer. It has been home for blue sheep, Himalayan Black bear, leopards, wolves and the exceptional snow leopards.