Trekking in Dolpa is a unique experience. The trails pass through beautiful landscapes, thick pine forests and along wild rivers all the while with spectacular views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. The highlight of the trek is the mesmerizing deep-blue and emerald hues of the deepest lake in Nepal, Phoksundo Lake. This is truly one of the most beautiful natural tourist destinations in Nepal. There are more than 20 stupas in the southern belt, and one gompa in the eastern side of the lake, where annual prayers and worship are carried out. Traditional Tibetan culture prevails in upper Dolpo; Buddhism and Bon are prevalent in lower Dolpo, including Ringmo village.
Shey Phoksundo lake is 494 ha (1.91 sq mi) in size with a water volume of 409,000,000 m3 and a discharge of 3.715 m3/s. In 2004, a survey by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology measured the maximum depth of the lake at 145 m. In September 2007, Shey Phoksundo Lake has been designated a Ramsar site. On the lake’ southern end, the village of Ringmo sits on the 30,000 – 40,000 year-old landslide dam that formed the lake. Past the dam, the waters of the lake plunge over a 167 m tall waterfall and Ringmo where you can get a rare close look into traditional Bonpo culture.