About Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

Shey Phoksundo Lake, is sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion. This relatively easy trek involves no high passes, and winds through Himalayan forests and traditional Tibetan villages.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is a short and relatively easy trek. It is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake, which is located at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters/11,849 ft. in the Dolpa District. Our trek start from kathmandu and end in kathmandu. Normally it is 9 days trek from Kathmandu to kathmandu, but it could be longer or shorter depending on the number of hours you choose to walk a day. Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the most iconic and exotic tourist destinations in the Dolpo region. It is the most significant territorial district, among other many beautiful places in Nepal. We can experience the privilege of traditional Tibetan culture in upper Dolpa and in lower Dolpa, there are Buddhism and Bon including the Ringmo Village.

The adherents of Bon-Po religious sects also know the Phoksundo Lake as sacred. It thus makes the trek into a beautiful blend of nature and culture. Phoksundo Lake is splendid due to the reflecting backdrop of the Kanjirowa massif. Besides, it offers a wide range of spectacular and beautiful landscapes. Phoksundo Lake is the most important place of nature and lies within the Shey Phoksundo national park. The park is also a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. Thus, Shey Phoksundo National Park is also famous for its medicinal herbs. As a result, the Phoksundo Lake Trek is ideal for those who study botanical science.

Best season to trek Phoksundo Lake 

Spring (March-May)
As per the trekkers, Spring is the best season to choose for trekking in Shey Phuksundo. Apart from the best climates, this season also offers some best sightseeing of beautiful and colorful rhododendrons blossoming. During this season, the temperature is moderate, and the weather is perfect. You will get to witness the mesmerizing view of Dhaulagiri and other mountains.

Summer (June-August)
It is the rainy season of Nepal. The season starts with scorching sun and gradually monsoon takes over. With the arrival of monsoon, heavy rainfall comes making it very difficult for going on trekking. The path becomes muddy and slippery making it more challenging and unfavorable to trek. So, trekking during this season of Nepal isn’t very wise.

Autumn (September-November)
Autumn is another best season for trekking. In Autumn, the temperature is moderate, the weather is nice and days are usually clear which gives you an opportunity of look at the excellent mountain view and the delightful forest of pine, rhododendrons and other floras.

Winter (December–February)
Winter is always harsh in Nepal, and especially in the higher altitude regions, it becomes even more bitter. Shey Phuksundo is at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters/11,849 ft, so it won’t be harsh as the trek isn’t in higher altitude region. Winter is the ideal season for trekking in lower elevation regions.

Highlights of Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

  • Discover Phoksundo Lake, sacred in the Bonpo religion
  • Experience the Tibetan culture in the village of Ringmo
  • See the spectacular Jharana Waterfall 
  • Explore the ancient Tshowa Gompa, a 900-year-old Bon monastery

Outline Itinerary

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  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [ 1350M/ 4428Ft ]
  • Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj, gateway to the far west region of Nepal
  • Day 03: Fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj and Trek to Dunai
  • Day 04: Trek to Chhepka Village
  • Day 05: Trek to Jharana Waterfall
  • Day 06: Trek to Ringmo - Tibetan village
  • Day 07: Explore Sacred Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa
  • Day 08: Trek to Chhepka Village
  • Day 09: Trek back to Juphal
  • Day 10: Juphal to Nepalgunj and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: Final departure of join other trek or village tour
  • All airport pick up and drop off.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (Lower Dolpa Restricted Area Permit )
  • Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Juphal to Nepalgunj and back to kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj as per itinerary.
  • All meals (breakfast,lunch and dinner with tea / coffee) during the trek.
  • All mountain accommodation in local tea house / tented camp.
  • An experienced english-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide
  • Sherpa porters to carry luggage (1 porter between two trekkers). 
  • Guide and support staff salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Trekking equipment such as sleeping bag, walking poles, trekking map and duffel bag.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepal visa and International flight
  • Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast at hotel.
  • Guided sightseeing and monuments entrance fees while on sightseeing.
  • Alcoholic drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Personal expenses such as toiletries,laundry bar bills during the trek
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Tips and gratitude for guide and porters.
  • All other extra expenses which is not mentioned on cost include section.

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