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Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

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10 Days

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English, Nepali


Shey Phoksundo Lake trek is located in Lower Dolpo in the same way it is one of the most popular treks among adventure seekers. The main attraction of this trek is the freshwater lake, which is above an elevation of 3,612 m (11,850 ft) from sea level. It is Nepal’s most profound and second-largest lake. The turquoise blue lake is also considered a sacred lake. However, it lacks aquatic life. Therefore, the lake’s deep blue colour, with Ringmo village on its southern coast with snow-capped mountains in the background, is heaven on earth.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is short and sweet, one of the best treks in Nepal. It includes a beautiful forest section, on the other hand, a picturesque lake. In addition, an insight into Tibetan Buddhism culture is the main attraction of this trek. This trek takes you through pasturelands, rocky uphill trails, and also to the drylands. On the whole, you can experience typical the tremendous trans-Himalayan landscape. The remote location does not promise satisfying amenities, but also the hospitality they provide with a welcoming heart is a memorable memory.


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On the Tibetan Plateau’s southern edge, Shey Phoksundo National Park is in Nepal’s northwestern region. This Himalayan region has a Tibetan-influenced of Bonpo culture. Because of its proximity to the Tibetan border. However, this remote national park was established in 1984. It is home to a diverse flora and fauna ecosystem. It is Nepal’s most profound and second-largest freshwater lake . On the other hand, it also has the highest waterfall. The park’s unique Trans-Himalayan ecosystem is justified by its climatic variation, altitude difference, and also with geographical diversity. Therefore, it is the largest national park covering an area of 3555 sq. km.

The elevation ranges from southeast Ankhe (2,130 m /6,990 ft) to the highest point of Mt. Kanjiroba (6,883 m, 22,582 ft). The region receives less rainfall as it is overshadowed by Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba massifs. These mountains act as a barrier to prevent rain.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek Highlights

  • You will witness the rare Bonpo culture and lifestyle of Tibetan Himalayan society.
  • Exploration of the lovely Ringmo village. It is located right next to Phoksundo Lake.
  • On this trail, you’ll see one of Nepal’s tallest waterfalls (167m), which flows down from Phoksundo Lake.
  • Walk through the dramatic trans-Himalayan landscape for the feel of an outdoor adventure trek.
  • You will learn about the various flora and fauna in Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • You will be immersed in the Tibetan weaving culture, where carpets and scarves are woven from wool.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.

When you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by views of snow-capped mountain peaks. We will drive you to your hotel upon arrival. In the afternoon you can walk around Thamel. If you are interested in seeing a little more of Kathmandu then you can also go to the Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Swyambunath. In fact, there are many heritage sites which Kathmandu offered and all of them have their own significant values. At the night you can enjoy the authentic Nepali and finally go to bed.

Day 2: Fly to Nepalgunj

In the morning, you can stroll through Thamel’s streets or visit the Garden of Dreams. In fact, the Garden of Dreams outside the Thamel can be the best place to lie down for a while if you are looking for peace. It is the lush and serene oasis in the heart of Kathmandu. In the afternoon you will fly to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai near the Indian border that serves as a gateway to Nepal’s western region.

Day 3: Fly to Juphal, then trek to Dunai

Today, you’ll fly to Juphal, the starting point for the trek to Phoksundo Lake, at 2500 meters. The trail winds through the maize fields as it climbs the valley of Thulo Bheri to the village of Kalagaunda. Follow the Bheri River’s south bank and pass Roop Ghar, a traditional water mill, before arriving at Dunai at 2145 meters.

Day 4: Trek to Chhepka

Today you walk through the streets of Dunai and across the Bheri River Bridge. Follow the northern riverbank to Sulighat before heading north to the Shey Phoksundo National Park check-in point. The rocky trail ascends the Serpentine River Suli Ghad to Kageni, passing through hemp trees and then into a tropical forest of walnuts and maples. You can gain insights into Tibetan culture. Take the road to Shyanth village, 8268 feet above sea level, with views of fluttering prayer flags, waterfalls, and lush greenery. After another hour and a half of climbing up the narrow path, you’ll arrive at Chhepka, a village at 2660 meters.

Day 5: Trek to Jarana Hotel

You are visiting the Jharana waterfall which will be the first thing in the morning. Through a cedar forest, the trail ascends to a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route then continues through open fields to the Jharana hotel, where you will spend the night at an elevation of 3370 meters. Therefore, a close-up view of the 330-meter-high Jharana Waterfall–one of the highest in Nepal–will reward you with the most general idea of Phoksundo Lake.

Day 6: Trek to Ringmo Phoksundo Lake

You’ll walk through birch trees to the top of the Phoksundo River, reaching Ringmo at 3460 meters. Continue north on the trail towards the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. You’ll make your way to the yak-filled meadows of Ringmo, a Tibetan Bons town, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 7: Explore Sacred Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa

Today you’ll be exploring the area surrounding the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The best is visiting a 900-year-old monastery in Bon perched on a cliff above the lake. Buddhists and Bonpo adherents regard Phoksundo Lake as sacred, believing it contains an underwater palace and a tantric spirit mandala. In addition, the lake is well-known for its iconic turquoise colour and breathtaking scenery. There are numerous beautiful glaciers near and above the lake area.


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Day 8: Trek back to Chhepka

Return to Chhepka today. From the lake, take a river that leads to Sulighad. Before reaching Chhepka at 2600 meters, you pass through the village of Renji and the forests of fires and larches along the Sulighat River.

Day 9: Trek to Juphal

After breakfast, we will take the path to Juphal, where the airport lies through beautiful forests, fields, and villages.

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

You will fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj early in the morning, then to Kathmandu, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Therefore, In the evening, you are free to go on a sightseeing tour or relax in the hotel.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek Package Includes

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek in the mountains.
  • All ground transportation, including airport transfers.
  • Tripura Travelcations personnel throughout the activity.
  • Airport Pickup and drop on car, bus, or van.
  • Star category Hotels in city areas on a BB basis.
  • Licensed Trekking Guide with Porter
  • Domestic airfares
  • 3 Cups of tea during the trek
  • All trekking permits and all government taxes
  • Official expenses
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek Package Excludes

  • Mandatory travel insurance with medical assurance.
  • Personal expenses include a hot shower, device charging, internet, and water in the mountains.
  • Lunch and Dinner are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal gears and equipment
  • Tips and Gratitudes
  • VISA Fees

Have a look at our Khaptad National Park Trek Itinerary… 



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