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Dolpa - Mugu:Shey Phoksundo
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Shey Phoksundo
Dolpa Mugu Shey Phoksundo ist the largest National Park in Nepal, covering an area of 3,555 sq km. The Shey Phoksundo Tal (Shey Phoksundo lake) inside the Shey Phoksundo National Park area is the country's second largest one. Shey Phoksundo takes its name from the famous Shey Gompa. The Park includes the Kanjiroba Himal range with numerous peaks above 6000 m. Its northeastern areas share the arid mountainous topography of neighbouring Mustang District.
This is a remote and rugged area, which resembles the high plateau of Tibet with typical flora and fauna and arid landscape. The area has been declared a national park namely Shey-Phoksundo National Park (the biggest national park of Nepal) that covers an area of 3555 square kilometers. In this national park, blue sheep, musk deer, ghoral, thar, and snow leopards and many other floras and fauna have been sighted. Visiting of Phoksundo Lake - one of the deepest lakes in the world and experience of crossing high passes thrill you throughout the trek.

Valleys contain luxuriant vegetation including blue pine, spruce and cypress and there are good views of the Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri peaks.

Trekking to Shey Phosundo National Park
Dolpa Mugu
The trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake starts from Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa district and takes a little over 20 hours spread over three days to reach there. It is a tiring walk: first, all along the Bheri river and then the Phoksundo Khola from Suligad all the way to the top.

The trail from the gateway of the Park to the lake is striking. The lake's surface is azure and pure on clear days. In addition, the lush green surroundings, the mountains, the cool breeze all combined to reach us to the height of 3660 m.

Before the lake you will have a glimpse of the breathtaking waterfall, just 10 minutes from the turquoise lake.

The lake is surrounded by hills on all sides. You will feel in the pristine and unspoilt beauty of the lake which is the highest and deepest and second largest (after Rara Lake) lake of he country. On clear sky it is possible to see the three glaciers .

The sight is really breathtaking. You can sit there for hours, gazing at the lake and enjoying the serene surroundings. The good part about the lake is that it is still free from any pollution and any filth. There is no ugly littering around.

The lamas of the Shey Monastery have forbidden anyone from having any bath (holy or otherwise) or washing their clothes.

On the way back you will have a view of the big waterfall.

Upper Dolpa Circuit Trekking
Former Maoist area

Dolpa was one of the districts most affected by maoist activities during the civil war which ended 2006. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) was collecting "taxes" and issuing trade "guidelines". The rebels had colleceted "taxes" and "trade license fees" in the areas falling outside the district headquarters at this time. The rebels had imposed a "tax" on Yarsagomba (Cordyceps sinensis) - the "Himalayan Viagra"-, which has a big market in Tibet, India and in South East Asia for its use as an aphrodisiac, among other uses. It is found in the Shey Phoksundo National Park area and outside.

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