Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek
Phoksundo Lake Trek lies in Dolpo, the largest territorial district in Nepal.Among many beautiful places in Nepal, Phoksundo Lake is considered one of the most beautiful .
Phoksundo Lake Trek is a short and easy journey to one of the most beautiful and deepest lakes of Nepal. Phoksundo is an alpine freshwater lake which is also considered sacred by the followers of Buddhist and Bon-po religions, making the trek an amazing mix of nature and culture.Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is Dolpo’s one and only teahouse/home-stay trek. Trek to Phoksundo Lake is fairly easy as no high passes are involved. Phoksundo Lake Trekking starts from Juphal, where the only airstrip in Dolpo is located. The trail passes through wonderful Himalayan forests and picturesque traditional villages. The rivers and waterfalls on the trail are some of Nepal’s most magnificent. In addition to natural beauty, the trekking area also is rich in wildlife. One may get to see some endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr etc. Within the Shey Phoksundo National Park lies our destination Phoksundo Lake. Now, your trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake won’t be limited to the lake only; you will also get to discover and explore the different variety of flora and fauna in the Shey Phoksundo National Park. As the lake itself lies in the area of the park, you will enjoy the magnificent views along with discovering the wilderness in the park.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you to check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Day 2: Kathmandu — Nepalgunj by flight)
From Kathmandu we take a flight on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai , is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai (2150m)
Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and winds through local villages. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai(2150m).Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. It is also the administrative capital of Dolpo. We stay overnight in Dunai at Pala Guest House.
Day 4: Dunai- Chhepka (2670m)
From Dunai we trek to Chhepka , which has few houses and a lodge.We will stay overnight at the local lodge.
Day 5: Chhepka — Jharana Hotel
We rise early in the morning and after breakfast make our way towards Jharana hotel. The trail climbs through a forest of big cedars and on a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route climbs steadily through open country to an elevation of 3370m. We get a close view of a spectacular 330-metre —high waterfall, the highest in Nepal and a faraway view of Phoksundo lake. We stop for the night at Jharana (waterfall) Hotel.
Day 6: Jharana Hotel — Phoksundo Lake
Today as we make our way to Phoksundo Lake, we make a steep descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola. We cross a bridge and follow a trail north to the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. We continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo Khola(river) flows out of the lake. Phoksundo Lake is 4.8 km long, 1.8 km wide and is said to be 650 metres deep.
Day 7: Phoksundo- Rest day
Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which is a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of them. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.
Day 8: Phoksundo — Sangta
After an enjoyable and insightful visit we trek to Sangta. We stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Sangta — Juphal
We trek through Sangta to Juphal. Overnight at a hotel or lodge.
Day 10: Juphal — Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
We take a flight from Juphal to Nepalganj and from Nepalgunj we fly to Kathmandu overnight at Hotel
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will drive you after breakfast or at your desired time to the airport for your flight home.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
- 3 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and standard Hotel in Nepalgunj.
- Basic Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee, hot/cold filter water during the trek.
- Accommodation in basic home-stay or simple lodge during the trek
- 1 experienced, helpful and friendly Guide & porters (1 porter per 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments and their insurance.
- Round Trip flight from KTM/Nepalgunj/Juphal/Nepalgunj/KTM.
- Shey Phoksundo National Park permit
- Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit.
- Government taxes.
- Office Service charge.
- Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
- Travel insurance .
- International air fare to Nepal
- Nepal Tourist Visa fee. You may easily get the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
- Items and expenses of personal nature
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Personal Trekking Equipments
- Tips for guide, porters, driver...