Salpa Pokhari: The Holy Lake of High Nepal
I once heard a story, of a time long ago….
The lake, at the top of the Bhanjyang Pass into the Solu Khumbu region, is still a pilgrimage site for several of the religions that inhabit the Nepalese hills. The Rai people, whose history defines the legend of the lake, even claim that to bathe in Salpa Pokhari is so holy that it obviates the need to make a pilgrimage to India’s Ganges River. Powerful water.
When I visited this area (late 2011, I believe), there were only the most basic guesthouses and noodle stalls in the area. If you intend to come here independently, make sure to pack some spare food and be prepared to have a bit of an adventure!
Hiking to Salpa Pokhari is one of the many trekking options on offer in Nepal. I visited independently, but seemed to be in the minority in doing so. If you’d rather take a guide, you can either arrange it in Kathmandu before your hike or online at sites like GetYourGuide.