Dhumba Lake, located in Samle village of Gharapjhong Govt. Most of the tourists who come to visit Muktinath of Mustang visit Dhumba Lake. Dhumba Lake, located 5 km east of Mustang’s headquarters Jomsom, has been in the news for the past two years due to the attraction of tourists. In recent times, even in some Nepali films, the beautiful scenery of Lake has been filmed.
Dhumba Lake, located at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level, is 150 meters long and 100 meters wide. Nilgiri in the east and Dhaulagiri in the west are visible from this place under the Kaligand Corridor. Dhumbatal can be reached from Jomsom to Thini or from Jomsom to Sang.
This lake, which looks like a blue eucalyptus, is frozen today. Young people are taking pictures in the frozen lake.
Dhumba Lake in Mustang, a beautiful and tourist district across the Himalayas, has been becoming a tourist attraction in recent times. Most of the tourists who come to visit Muktinath of Mustang visit Lake. With the increase in tourist arrivals, even local businessmen are getting excited.
Dhumba Lake, located 5 km east of Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, has been in the news for the past two years due to the attraction of tourists. In recent times, even in some Nepali films, the beautiful scenery of Lake has been filmed.
Dhumba Lake, located at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level, is 150 meters long and 100 meters wide. Nilgiri in the east and Dhaulagiri in the west are visible from this place under the Kaligand Corridor.
Movies and media reports about the lake have helped attract tourists. Restaurant operator Ajit Pun says that 100 to 400 domestic and foreign tourists visit the lake daily.
Dhumbatal can be reached from Jomsom to Thini or from Jomsom to Sang. The road leading to the lake, which has potential as a tourist destination, needs to be further upgraded. The filming of Nepali films in Dhumbatal can also be expected to spread the word about this place.
“The tourist attraction of Dhumba Lake has increased only after the filming of ‘Jerry’,” said Shyamlal Gurung, a member of the Dhumba Lake Conservation Committee and a local. The scenic lake in Dhumba village of Gharavjong village municipality-5 of Mustang district in the Trans-Himalayan region has become an attraction for internal and external tourists at this time. The lake is a 45-minute walk from the district headquarters Jomsom, close to the historic village of Thini in Mustang.
Gurung says that the depth of Dhumba Lake, which is about 400 meters long and 100 meters wide, is about 10 meters. The locals, who were worried after the water of the lake started drying up due to the earthquake of 2072 BS, are happy that the water level has returned to normal.
After the earthquake, the spring dried up and the water in the lake dried up. It became popular in the world market with the filming of ‘Jerry’, has been brought into the limelight in the tourism market with the videos of various films and songs filmed since then. The shadow of the surrounding mountains as well as the view of fish and aquatic animals have fascinated any tourist who comes here.
According to Gurung, the lake has religious significance as it offers water to the historic Kuchap Terenga Gumba near the lake. Some of the items used by Guru Padmasambhava are still preserved in the monastery above Dhumba Lake. Her clothes, shoes and hair are still here. Buddhists consider themselves very lucky to visit this monastery.
The shadow of Nilgiri Himal seen in the lake has fascinated the tourists. Even the shadows of the surrounding mountain scenery can be seen inside the lake. Devotees have been worshiping snakes here from time to time based on the belief that the rock on the banks of the lake is the abode of snakes.
There is a belief that worshiping the snake will bring happiness and peace to the family. Rajendra Gurung, a teacher at Dhumba Basic School, said that the lake in the lap of the mountains has recently become a center of attraction for both internal and external tourists.
“Apart from visiting Muktinath, tourists come to Mustang for sightseeing and trekking,” he said.
Locals say that the state level should take care of the declining water level in the lake due to the rising impact of climate change and other humanitarian reasons. Located at an altitude of about 3,500 meters above sea level, Dhumba Lake is in the news due to filming and documentary production. It is necessary to plant trees around the lake for conservation.
Vasant Gurung, a teacher at Dhumba Basic School, says that the area including Lake is becoming an attractive tourist destination due to the ancient Gumba, Namkhu Lake and Thini village full of Thakali culture. There is a problem due to lack of bridge on Thini river. He said that even though the wooden bridge was operated during the rainy season, there was a problem of flooding the bridge due to the steep river.
“A concrete bridge should be built to facilitate tourists,” he said.
It is easy for tourists to reach the lake as there are alternative footpaths from Muktinath Temple to Lumbra and Dhumba Lake to Marfa. Tourists who come to Dhumba Lake through alternative routes stay in the historic village of Thini. A housing program is also being run in Thini village with the active participation of locals targeting tourists.
You can reach Thini village from the lake after a half hour walk. With the increase in tourist arrivals, the Dhumba Lake Conservation Committee, chaired by Kazi Lama, has become active in building the necessary infrastructure. A fence has been laid around the lake for the protection of the lake. The entrance fee is Rs 10 for domestic tourists and Rs 20 for foreign tourists.
The committee is going to construct toilets in the premises for the protection and sanitation of the lake.
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