Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek
Overview The Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is an enchanting and off-the-beaten-path adventure that takes trekkers deep into the heart of the rugged and remote Dolpo region of Nepal. Known for its breathtaking landscapes, unique culture, and pristine wilderness, this trek offers a truly immersive experience for nature enthusiasts and intrepid travelers alike. The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Juphal, the gateway to the Dolpo region. From there, trekkers traverse through remote villages, ancient monasteries, and lush forests, all while being surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks. The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo…
The Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is an enchanting and off-the-beaten-path adventure that takes trekkers deep into the heart of the rugged and remote Dolpo region of Nepal. Known for its breathtaking landscapes, unique culture, and pristine wilderness, this trek offers a truly immersive experience for nature enthusiasts and intrepid travelers alike.
The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Juphal, the gateway to the Dolpo region. From there, trekkers traverse through remote villages, ancient monasteries, and lush forests, all while being surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks.
The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake, a sparkling turquoise jewel nestled amidst soaring mountains. This sacred lake is the deepest in Nepal and holds great significance for the local Buddhist and Bon communities. Its tranquil shores offer a serene setting for reflection and relaxation.
As the trek continues, adventurers venture into the Shey Phoksundo National Park, a protected area renowned for its diverse flora and fauna. The elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, and a myriad of bird species are some of the wildlife that trekkers might encounter on their journey.
The unique culture of the Dolpo region adds an extra layer of richness to the trek. Trekkers have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals, experience traditional life, and witness age-old customs that have remained unchanged for centuries.
Though rewarding, the Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is not without its challenges. The rugged terrain and high-altitude crossings demand a good level of physical fitness and acclimatization. However, the sense of accomplishment and the unforgettable memories of the stunning landscapes make it all worthwhile.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, the Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is a soul-stirring adventure that unveils the raw beauty of Nepal’s Dolpo region. With its pristine lake, ancient monasteries, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path journey into the heart of the Himalayas.
Explore the most iconic Phoksundo Lake and the holiest land of Bonpo.
Take part in the culture of Tibetan in the Ringmo village.
The witness of the crystal clear Jarana waterfall.
Explore the 800-year old monastery of Tshowa Gompa.
Phoksundo National Park Trek at Glance
Duration Nine days
Max. Altitude 3660 meters
Trek starts/ends Juphal
Trek to Phoksundo Lake Brief Itinerary
Days Itinerary Overnights Trekking Distance
- Fly to Nepalgunj, a doorway to the Far West Nepalgunj 055
- Fly to Juphal then trek to Dunai Dunai 3h00
- Trek to Chhepka Chhepka 6h00
- Tsepka to Jharana Hotel Chunuwar 7h00
- Trek to Ringmo Ringmo village 4h00
- Explore sacred Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa Ringmo
- Trek to Tsepka Chhepka village 6h00
- Ysepka to Jufal Jufal 5h30
9. Fly to Nepalgunj, then a connecting flight to KTM.
When you fly into Kathmandu, you’ll welcome the views of snow-capped mountain peaks. Upon arrival, you’ll be driven to your hotel. If you still have time, then visit Thamel, Nepal’s tourist city, or shop for rare trinkets and sightseeing around Boudhanath Stupa and Basantapur Durbar Square in the afternoon.
You may wander Thamel’s streets in the morning or visit Dreams Garden, a lush and serene oasis in busy Kathmandu. Today you’ll be heading to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai close to the Indian border and doorway to the Western region of Nepal.
Today, at 2500 meters, you’ll fly to Juphal, the starting point for the trek to Phoksundo Lake. The trail goes southeast up the valley of Thulo Bheri and winds to the village of Kalagaunda through the maize fields. Follow the South Bank of the Bheri River and pass Roop Ghar, a traditional water mill, before reaching Dunai at 2145 meters.
Trek Duration: 3h00
Go down Dunai’s streets and cross the Bheri River Bridge. Follow the northern riverbank towards Sulighat before heading north to the check-out point for Shey Phoksundo National Park. The rocky trail goes up the Serpentine River Suli Ghad to Kageni through hemp trees and then to the tropical forest of walnuts and maples, where you begin to see insights into the culture of Tibet. Take on the way to Shyanth village, 8268 feet in the view from fluttering prayer flags, waterfalls, and lush greenery. A further hour and a half climb up the narrow way lead you to Chhepka, a village 2660 meters.
Trek Duration: 6-7h00
Taking the Jharana waterfall early in the morning. The trail goes up to a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village through a cedar forest. The route then continues through open fields at Jharana hotel, an altitude of 3370 meters, whereas our stop for the night. A close-up view of the 330 meters stunning Jharana Waterfall–one of the highest in Nepal–will pay you off your efforts with the farthest view of Phoksundo Lake.
Trek Duration: 6h00
You’ll walk up to the top of the Phoksundo River through birch trees as you reach Ringmo at 3460 meters. Follow the trail north towards the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. You will push toward the yak-filled meadows of Ringmo, a Tibetan Bons town, where you will stay overnight.
Trek Duration: 4h00
Today you’re going to explore the area around the splendid Phoksundo Lake. Visit the village of Ringmo before heading to Tshowa Gompa, a 900-year-old monastery in Bon on a slope above the lake. Phoksundo Lake is considered sacred by Buddhists and adherents of Bonpo religion, who believe the lake comprises an underwater palace and a tantric spirit mandala. The lake is famous for its iconic turquoise color and spectacular scenery. There are many beautiful glaciers located near and above the lake area.
Today, head back to Chhepka. Follow a river from the lake towards Sulighad. You cross the village of Renji and the forests of fires and larches along the Sulighat River before you reach Chhepka at 2600 meters.
Trek Duration: 7h00
Follow the path to Juphal after breakfast through splendid forest, fields, and villages.
Trek Duration: 6h00
You will fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj early in the morning and then to Kathmandu, where you will take your way to the hotel. In the evening there is free to enjoy a sightseeing tour or rest in the hotel.
- Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
- Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed & Breakfast) on Twin Sharing Basis.
6. All accommodation during the trek on sharing Basis.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head by Private and Sharing Transport from Kathmandu to Ramechap to Kathmandu to Ramechap)
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
- Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
- Trekking staffs wages etc.
- Welcome dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
- Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
- Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
- All Government and local Taxes
- International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
- Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
- Domestic Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
- Domestic Flights for Trekking Guide.
- Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu
- Extra Domestic Ticket of Jomsom, Pokhara etc.
- Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Best time to visit Shey Phoksundo National Park
Spring (Mar to May): According to the trekkers, spring is the best season for the Shey Phuksundo Lake Trek. In addition to the best climatic conditions, the best views of spectacular and colorful rhododendrons bloom in this season. The temperature is moderate during this season, and the weather is perfect. The fascinating aspect of Dhaulagiri and other mountains are visible during this period.
Autumn (September to November): Because of the lovely weather and moderate temperatures, autumn is the best trekking season. So, days are usually sunny, which allows you to look at the superb view of the mountains and the beautiful landscapes. The autumn season is also perfect for the Phoksundo lakes trek too.
Winter (December to February): Winter is always hard in Nepal, and especially in the higher altitudes, it gets even harder. Shey Phuksundo Lake is 3,600 meters high, and so it’s not going to get challenging since the trek isn’t at higher altitudes. It will even be cold, but Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is still feasible.
Summer (June to August): Summer is the rainy season since it brings hot, humid weather, with most trekking areas seeing cloudy skies and rain. At this time of year, choose a trek in the “rain shadow” such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, or Nar Phu. The Yarthung Horse Festival takes place either in Manang or Mustang in June.
As a result, the best seasons for a trek to Phoksundo Lake are in spring and autumn.
If you seek less crowded yet exciting spots, the Dolpo region trekking is ideal to avoid the most popular trekking trails such as Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang.
Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek Permit Cost
Like all other restricted Area treks in Nepal, exploring the Shey Phoksundo National Park is also required specific entry permits such as Lower Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park. Remember that Shey Phoksundo National Park covers Upper Dolpo Trek too. The Lower Dolpo Permit cost is US$ 20 per person per week, whereas the Shey Phoksundo National Park entry fee is US$30 per person.
So, are you set for this magical Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek with Himalayan Exploration Treks? A short trek to Phoksundo Lake is suitable for visiting the Dolpo region with a few time limits. Your travel begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, one of the warmest towns near the Indian border. After the trip, you get to Juphal by another plane, where your real journey begins. The trail goes through the places such as Suligad, Chhepka, Amchi hospital to Shey Phoksundo Lake. You wander not only around the lake and spend your time but also applaud the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and Mount Kanjirowa. After all, you trace back to Kathmandu via the same route after having enough appreciation.
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