Dhumba Lake Trek: Exploring the Hidden Gem in the Lower Mustang

Mustang is a wonderland for travel lovers and adventure seekers in the mountain region of Nepal. Mustang trek is the best choice for those who want to explore the mountains, desert nature, and Tibetan culture from a single trek. The Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang offer numerous trekking options, such as Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Jomsom Trek, Muktinath Trek, and this is the trail of renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Kagbeni, Jomsoom, Jharkot:Red gumpa, Muktinath, Dhumpa Lake are the important parts of the Lower Mustang Trek.Dhumba Lake is an iconic lake in the lower part of the Mustang district, just about 5 Km away from Jomsom. The serene beauties of this iconic lake have made it the unmissable parts of the Mustang region. Dhumba Lake Trek is the best short trek option in Nepal. It lies beyond Annapurna Himalayan Range, which offers a mixed experience about Himalayan life, desert lands, spiritual prosperity, scenic nature, and rich culture that every adventure seeker could ask. The beautiful views of the sky-dominating mountains, the walk through the high altitude passes, Tibetan Culture, lakes, temples, and monasteries of the surrounding areas add more spice to this trek. 

Facts of Dhumba Lake Trek 

Final Destination: Dhumba Lake/ Dhumba Lake/Turquoise Lake 

Maximum Elevation: 3,000m above from sea level (Gompa), Dhuma Lake height (2810m)

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate 

Accommodation: Lodges & Tea House 

Duration: 9 Days (Depends from starting location of the trek) 

How to Get to Dhumba Lake?  

Dhuma Lake lies in the Mustang district, in Gandaki Province of Western Nepal. You can directly reach Jomsom via vehicles or flight and begin the trek. Generally, many people start this trek from Nayapul (a 1-hour drive from Pokhara). From Nayapul you will trek to Dhumba lake via Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha, Kagbeni, and Muktinath. 

Transportation to Jomsom: 

Flight, Local or Tourist Bus, Car, Van, Jeep, or Hiace

By Flight

Kathmandu - Pokhara, 25 minutes flight

Pokhara- Jomsom, 20 minutes duration

You can get to Jomsom from the flight. Jomsom village is just 10 minutes away from Jomsom airport. 

By Bus

Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom, around 15 hours duration

Best Time to Trek Dhumba Lake

Autumn and Spring are considered the best trekking and hiking season in Nepal. Spring and autumn offer a warm temperature, clear views, and colorful trails. Mustang receives very few rainfalls, so Monsoon trekking is possible in this region. The winter is cold but not severe. Winter is perfect for those who want to see the stunning and clear views of the surrounding hills and mountains. Besides this, the Winter season is worth playing with the snow and enjoying the mesmerizing frozen Dumba Lake. 

Highlights of The Dhumba Lake Trek

Jomsom Valley

Jomsom valley is a beautiful town in the Mustang district. It is a district headquarter of the Mustang district and is a popular gateway to the Lo Manthang Upper Mustang. The valley looks pristine that tends to be windy in the afternoon and evening. The unique culture, traditions, and incredible nature of the Jomsom valley is the marvelous sight of the Mustang region trek. You can explore the unique layout of the houses in Jomsom, a monastery, mini walls, chortens, and gompas. Bon Monastery is a beautifully designed structure located in the Northeast town of Jomsom, which you can visit during your trek to Dhumba Lake. This valley is one of the beautiful picturesque spots on this trek. Jomsom is a popular stop point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Dhumba Lake trek, Muktinath trek, and Upper Mustang Trek.   

Dumba Lake

Dhumba lake is a fresh and clear water lake in the Himalayan region, Mustang, Nepal. The lake is a Sacred Buddhist lake, where you can explore the fence filled with prayer flags. Besides this, you can explore mani walls, chortens on the lake. The pristine lake looks so beautiful, which reflects the splendid views of the surrounding hills and trees. The lake is so pleasant and calm that the lake is just a perfect place to relax physically and mentally after walking and exploring the spectacular Jomsom valley. This incredible natural lake is 150 meters long and 100 meters in width. 

Kuchup Terenga Gompa is the famous and beautiful Gompa in this region, just 15 minutes uphill from Dumba lake. The water from the Dhumba Lake offers to the god of Kunchup Gompa before starting regular rituals. The Dhumba lake and Kuchup Terenda Gompa areas are perfect places to take photographs and enjoy the sunrise and sunsets. Dhumba lake treks can play a crucial role in the journey of your salvation. 

Tibetan Buddhist Culture 

The trek to the Dhumba lake trek takes you through the chortens, gompas, mini walls, temples, and monasteries. The whole trekking trails reward you with the colorful prayer flags, which give you a positive vibe. Gurung and Magaras in the lower trekking areas and Thakalis around Jomsom, Thini, and Lopa around the upper Mustang. The Dhumba lake is itself holy, where Buddhist pray for good health and prosperous life. Jomsom and other village areas in this trek are specific places to explore the unique Tibetan culture and traditions.

Muktinath Trek from Dumba Lake 

Muktinath is the highest altitude temple in the World (3800m), sacred for Buddhists and Hindus. The trekking towards the Muktinath is the best way to explore the incredible nature and views of the Mustang region. According to Hindu mythology, all our sins will be washed away if we take a bath from the spouts at Muktinath. So, many Hindu devotees from Nepal and India visit this place. 

You can take a walk to Muktinath during Dhumba Lake Trek. Many people add Dhumba lake as a sightseeing part during Muktinath. For people who would love to explore the closest views of the snow-capped mountains, valleys, glaciers and want to connect spiritually, the Muktinath trek would be the best option. 

Splendid views of the Mountains

Dumba lake lies on the lap of the Nilgiri mountain, on the Northern side, which seems majestic from the Dumba lake. Dhumba lake trek lies in the Annapurna region that offers breathtaking views of some mountains of Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri (8,167m). Besides this, the Dumba Lake trek rewards you with a great view of Tilicho Peak (7139m). 

Upper Mustang Trek from Jomsom/Dhumba Lake

You can extend your trek to the Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang lies in the Tibetan region, is the most dried region of Nepal, which is also called the desert of Nepal. Upper Mustang called the forbidden valley because the foreigners were forbidden to visit this area until 1992. Upper Mustang provides an adventure and thrilling experience of the high blowing winds, dried and rugged trails. Besides this, you can explore the unique lifestyles of the peoples in this region, which is very close to Tibet. 

Other Attractions:

The path takes you through the oak, rhododendrons, and pine forests along with the cascades waterfalls, rivers, valleys, rocky trails, and grasslands that lead you to the beautiful village: Jomsom. You can encounter Musk Deer, rabbit, musk deer, and forest birds. You can hear the beautiful songs of nature: birds, winds, forest, rivers, and cascades. You can enjoy the various festivals hosted in Jomsom like Toren Lha in February/March, in Thini like Thini Bhadra festivals in August/September. You could explore singing, dancing, and archery at this festival. The villages in this region, such as Marpha and Jomsom, are famous places in Nepal for juicy and tasty apples. You can observe apple gardens and buy apples from markets. You can also enjoy the liquors made up from the apples in Jomsom. 

Dhumba Lake trek is a short trek option in Mustang district, Nepal. This is the best trekking option for those who want to explore the Himalayan culture, giant views of the snow-capped mountains, get to see the pristine freshwater lakes, and explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture followed by peoples in the Mountain region of Nepal. The beautiful nature and scenic views have made the Mustang district a beautiful trekking, movie, and music shooting destination. You can extend your trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek, the world’s most popular and famous trekking trails and top 10 places on the planet to travel as per the Lonely Planet.

Luxury Holidays Nepal also offers various trekking packages in the Mustang district, such as Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, and Jomsom Muktinath Trek.  Contact us for any kind of customized trekking trip in Nepal.




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