Shey-Phoksundo Lake Trek

All about the Shey-Phoksundo Lake Trek.

Phoksundo Lake Trek Highlights

  • Serene view of Phoksundo Lake
  • Glimpse of Tibetan culture and tradition
  • Enticing view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Kugung La, and Mount Khyung La
  • Exotic Plants and Animals

 Phoksundo Lake Trek

Nepal is rich in both natural and cultural Attraction. Among such attraction, Phoksundo Lake (4.94km2) is lying at the hidden Dolpo region of Nepal at the altitude of 3611.5m from sea level. It is an exotic destination pampers you with its alluring view. The journey to this graceful lake is short and easy which saves your time and energy. The lake lies at the midwestern part of Nepal just behind the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau. Phoksundo Lake’s ravishing view of aquamarine greenish blue color is worth of this trek. Phoksundo Lake Trek takes you to the astonishing journey into the souful journey of mountains, forest, waterfalls and lake. Stupefying view of Phoksundo Lake with an equally mesmerizing view of Kanjirowa Himal (6612m) topped with the monasteries is marvellous.

The lakes falls under the Dolpo region, one of the most isolated and restricted regions of Nepal. The Phoksundo Lake is protected under Shey Phosundo National Park (1984 AD) to preserve the authenticity of flora and fauna.

About Lake

Shey-Phoksundo Lake is a sacred lake for Buddhist and Bon religion followers. You can observe the best blend of nature and culture as this lake is the combination of both natural magnificence and religious importance. Phoksundo Lake trek takes you deep into a dense forest filled with pines, oaks and fir trees. For your soothing experience, there also lies several waterfalls with the height of up to 330m along the trekking trail. Shey-Phoksundo Lake trek is the beautiful mixture of both natural and human masterpieces. So,you are in luck as you will be setting your foot in quaint villages like Dunai, Jharana, Chhepka, and Shyanta.

Flora and Fauna

Diverse Flora and Fauna is something that Nepal is rich and popular for. So, to render that extra pleasure to your eyes and camera, this trekking offers the animals like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Sheep, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan Thar and other animals. The most popular flora of the region is “Yarshagumba”, a medicinal herb that has significant importance for human health.

Accommodation

If you are wondering about the accommodation facilities, then the region has very less teahouse and lodges. So, all the foods and materials have to be carried throughout the trekking.

More Information

Other attraction that will definitely allure you is the Tshowa monastery, lying at the east shore of the Lake. In this trekking journey, you will dot the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri, Kugung La, and Mount Khyung La once your reach Numla Pass.

The Phoksundo lake is complete by all means, but if you are craving for more, then there lies the Ringmo on the southern bank of the valley, offering you the view of traditional Bonpo culture.

The trek to this paradise starts from Nepalgunj or Surkhet, a 55-minute flight from Kathmandu. Pamper yourself with the mesmerizing view of the pinnacle mountains, satisfy your soul and mind with the breathtaking view of the greenish blue lake, take the best photographs of wild animals or enjoy the livelihood of the native Tibetan villagers. whatever you may wish to do, Duke Nepal Treks and Expedition will offer you all these things with our very best Phoksundo Lake Trek.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by our car, van and bus
  • Accommodation as required by you or as specified in the appropriate itinerary
  • City tour with our guides in private car, van or bus if appropriate
  • All typical Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners)
  • 3 Cup of teas during the trek
  • English speaking Guide depending on the place
  • Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Airfares including taxes as appropriate for internal flight transfer which is a part of trekking itinerary
  • All our government taxes
  • Official expense
  • First aid kits
  • Map
  • Availability of Duke Nepal Personnel in emergency
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Certain lunches and dinners as explained in the trekking itinerary
  • Your travel insurance which is compulsory
  • Your International Plane fare and airport taxes
  • Appropriate visa fees
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
  • Personal trekking equipment and gear
  • Certain sightseeing entrance fees
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, porters, drivers, etc. (not compulsory)
  1. Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at International Airport, our representative will greet you and you will be transferred to hotel. In the daylight you can grab some rest and at the evening, you can walk in mini tourism capital of Nepal, the Thamel. Coloful bazaar, plethora of food, and amazing night life is what Thamel will serve you. You can even do the sightseeing of Bouddha and Basantapur.

  2. Day 2 Fly to Nepalgunj

    In this second day, you of course can do some sightseeing Pashupati, Swoyambhu or explore Kathmandu Newar Food and streets. Then you will be flying to Nepalgunj, the gateway to Far West of Nepal.

  3. Day 3 Fly to Jhupal and Trek to Dunai

    In the third day, we will be flying to Juphal(2502.40m) from Nepalgunj airport. Juphal is starting point of our trek. After landing at Juphal, we will start the trek to Dunai. We will take southeast trail, high above Thulo Bheri Valley, then we will reach Kalagaunda through amazing maize fields. After that, we will follow southern bank of Bheri river. We will pass Roop Ghar and we will finally reach our destination Dunai. (2144m)

    Trekking Time- 3 Hours

  4. Day 4 Trek to Chhepka Village

    After having breakfast at one of the local tea houses, we will start our descend passing through streets of Dunai. We will cross Bheri River. Then will follow the northern bank of river Sulighat before heading to Shey Phoksundo National Park check-post. Then  we will slowly make our way to rock covered trail above Suli Ghad River, then to the route full of hemp trees to Kageni. Then our trail will take us to tropical walnut and maple thin forest. In this point you will see glimpses of tibetan culture. The amazing view of flickering prayer flags, flowing waterfalls, and tropical vegetation on the way to Shyanta village(2530m) is moment to savour. After reaching Shyanta village, we will do about 1.5 hour  uphill walk to reach Chhepka village(2670m)

    Trekking Time- 6-7 Hours

  5. Day 5 Trek to Jharna

    We will start our trekking to Jharana to in the early morning. The trail to Jharana waterfall takes you to amazing cedar forest, to winter settlement used by people of Ringmo village. Then we wil ascend through open coutry side to the height of 3370m. Then will reach the destination of the day, the Jharana Waterfall. Upon reaching Jharana we will awarded with the mesmerizing view of 1083-foot, waterfall and also the far view of Phoksundo lake.

    Trekking Time- 5-6 Hours

  6. Day 6 Trek to Ringmo

    On this day, trekking trail will take us to amazing birch forest and to the timberline of the Phoksundo River. We will cross the bridge and will follow the north trail to ranger station of Phoksundo Lake. After leaving Phoksundo river trench, we will reach yak-filled pasture of Ringmo, a Bon Tibetan village. We will rest at Ringmo village.

    Trekking Time- 5-6 Hours

  7. Day 7 Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa Exploration

    This day is the exploration day. You can explore amazing serene Shey Phoksundo lake.  You can descend along steep cliffs to the lake. This amazing Lake is sacred among Buddhist and Bonpo religion. Phoksundo lake is popular for its torquoise color and amazing scenery it offers. You can explore Tshowa Gompa, a 900 old monastery at the ridge of the lake.

  8. Day 8 Trek to Chhepka Village

    We will trek back to Chhepka village on this day. We will head towards Sulighad, following the stream of Phoksundo Lake. Then, we will pass through Renje village, and will set our foot in amazing fir and larch forest along Sulighat river and reach Chhepka at 2520m.

    Trekking Time- 6-7 Hours

  9. Day 9 Trek to Jhupal

    After having breakfast, we will retrace the trail to Juphal. We will reach Jhupal village through amazing forests and villages.

    Trekking Time- 6-7 Hours

  10. Day 10 FLy to Kathmandu(via Nepalgunj)

    We will fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj in the early morning and we will fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. You will be transferred to hotel. Then you can grab some rest or do some more sightseeing.

Accomodation

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is off the beaten path trek in Nepal. It was a camping type trek but nowadays some tea houses are made. If you expects more luxury accommodation, then you may be unsatisfied. You must carry your own water bottle for drinking water. Moreover,you also have to carry some dry foods or snacks to eat on the way. It is because there is no shops on the trail. In tea houses, you should not expects hot sour.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Cost Inclusions
  • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by our car, van and bus
  • Accommodation as required by you or as specified in the appropriate itinerary
  • City tour with our guides in private car, van or bus if appropriate
  • All typical Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners)
  • 3 Cup of teas during the trek
  • English speaking Guide depending on the place
  • Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Airfares including taxes as appropriate for internal flight transfer which is a part of trekking itinerary
  • All our government taxes
  • Official expense
  • First aid kits
  • Map
  • Availability of Duke Nepal Personnel in emergency
Cost Exclusions
  • Certain lunches and dinners as explained in the trekking itinerary
  • Your travel insurance which is compulsory
  • Your International Plane fare and airport taxes
  • Appropriate visa fees
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
  • Personal trekking equipment and gear
  • Certain sightseeing entrance fees
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, porters, drivers, etc. (not compulsory)