Measurement of Phoksundo Lake fails


18th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


DOLPA, Mar 18: Phokshundo Lake is considered to be the deepest lake of Nepal. The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology tried to measure the depth of the lake but due to the failure of machinery, the actual depth of the lake couldn’t be measured. The Department has declared declared the lake's depth to be 670 m on the basis of general knowledge. The locals revolted against this, so a 25 member committee was formed on the leadership of the Managing Director of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

The Ecosounder machine was later repaired and was tested by measuring the depth of Taudaha. It was used again to measure the depth of Phoksundo Lake. This time however there was no technician. The machinery couldn’t measure the depth of the pond and it stopped functioning again. The team tried other techniques too but all of them failed. Hence, again on the basis of general knowledge, the depth of lake was published as 145m.

The Phoksundo Lake is V shaped so according to the scientist the depth of the lake should be more than 400 m. It is suggested that next time the explorer team should go with good machinery that can measure upto 1,000 m with skilled manpower and they should guarantee the actual depth on the basis of weeks of study.