Sitting at an elevation of 2 130 m (6 988 ft) above sea level, Hokatsho Lake is approximately 9 km (5.5 mi) from Punakha Valley. Drive through bustling villages before reaching the 15th century temple, Chorten Nyeabu. This is where the hike (approximately two to three hours) to Hokatsho Lake begins. From here, the path follows a man-made irrigation channel almost all the way to the beautiful lake tucked between dense jungle vegetation. As you proceed upwards, the jungle around you comes to life with the sounds of insects and birds.
Upon reaching the lake, a small path leads down to the water, offering magnificent views of the peaceful and untouched surrounds. Legend has it, the Hokatsho Lake never overflows owing to the continuous drainage through an opening believed to have been created by the lake’s deity. The opening was formed after a demon threatened to flood the area. ‘Hokatsho’ directly translates to “lake with a hole or opening”.