Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake
11 Days 10 Nights
Kathmandu Nepalgunj Shey Phoksundo
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
ACCOMODATIONTea houses, Lodge, Non Star Hotels
BEST TIMESpring Autumn
Dolpo Shey Phoksundo or in the more typical term ‘Phoksundo’ is a majestic lake beneath Kanjiralwa Himalayan and lies in the western part of Nepal, Dolpa district. The whole region of Dolpa district is filled with magical landscapes and scattered pieces of beautiful lands, people, and elements (mountains, lakes, hills) are enough to astonish any visitor who embarks on a journey to this mystical land.
Shey Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake of Nepal standing at 3900 m above sea level which is 4.8 km wide with a depth of145m. It is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Shey Phoksundo National Park located at an elevation of 3611.5 m in the Dolpa District. It is 1.91 sq. Meter in size with a water volume of 409000000 cube meters.
You can also find a traditional village of Dolpa called Ringmo in the southern end. The village lies on the 30,000 to 40,000-year-old landslide dam that formed the lake. While you pass the dam, you will see the waterfall over 167 meters/ 548 ft. tall.
Major attractions of Shey Phoksundo
Shey Phoksundo National Park
Shey Phoksundo Lake
Tibetan culture in the village of Ringmo
The mesmerizing view of the Jharana waterfall
Ancient Tshowa Gompa, an old Bon monastery
Best time to travel Shey Phoksundo Lake
The favorable time to visit Shey Phoksundo Lake is during the Spring and Autumn season. It is better to travel to the lake during this period rather than during the winter and monsoon season. During this time, the weather is clear and you’ll get to experience the clear view of the lake with blue water and mesmerizing view of Dhaulagiri and other mountains at the same time.
We'll arrive in Kathmandu and conduct some sightseeing, as well as some shopping if you need anything for the trip.
During the morning, go for a little sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and later fly to Nepalgunj which is a gateway to the Far West.
From Nepalgunj again take a flight to Juphal (2475m), the point from where our trek to Shey Phoksundo starts. Then walk for 3 hours from Juphal to Dunai.
Our trek officially starts from today, so having early morning breakfast, we will start heading towards Chhepka (2780m) from Dunai which will take approximately 6 to 7 hours of walking.
After having an early morning breakfast in Chhepka, we will start heading towards Jharana waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal. So today’s walk will be 4-5 hours.
Today we will be heading towards Phoksundo Lake (3640m) from Jharana waterfall which will be 2-3 hours of walking through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo river.
So the final destination of our trek is Shey Phoksundo lake. Today we will be exploring the sacred Shey Phoksundo lake and at the same time will explore Ringmo village before visiting Tshowa Gompa which is a 900 years old Bon monastery on a ridge above the lake.
Today we will be heading back to Chhekpa after an early morning breakfast through the village of Renji and fir and larch forests along the Silighat river before reaching Chhepka Village. We will reach Chhepka walking for 6 to 7 hours.
After having early morning breakfast we will be heading towards the Jupahl from Chhepka through beautiful forests, fields, and villages and walking for approximately 6 to 7 hours.
So on the final day, we will be first flying from Juphal to Nepalgunj and back to Kathmandu by flight.
After having breakfast we will transfer you to International Airport for final departure
- First aid
- Sharing twin/double bedrooms in 3-star hotels or tea house lodges
- Necessary insurance for a guide
- Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porters
- All necessary trekking permits and governmental documents
- All applicable tax, vat and office service charge
- 3 meals during a trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Local licensed friendly trekking guide if necessary
- Tips for guide and porters
- Laundry, phone calls, internet charges
- Travel insurance, Nepal tourist visa fees, personal items, and expenses
- Personal trekking equipment
- Fees and entrance during sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Bar drinks and beverages including mineral water
- Airport shuttles, lodging, and meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast
The difficulty level of Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is moderate. Since the trail isn’t so hard in comparison to other high-altitude places, less experienced people can also go for a Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek.
Yes, there is electricity in the region and wifi in most of the tea houses but the speed of wifi is not so good but is okay to stay connected with friends and family.
We can get water in every tea hoses, natural stream water but if you are willing to drink mineral water then it is also available through the price is quite high and the plastic bottles can be a real threat to the mountains so we suggest you rather use the water purifier or water purification tablet and become a responsible traveler.
So most of the accommodations are tree houses, some of the tea houses have attached bathrooms which are not available in every tea house.
To book a trek, you can kindly either contact us directly or email us at email@example.com.
You may choose according to your convenience, you may either bank transfer, credit card, western union, or other options.
There are no banks or atm or money exchange to the higher points of the trek. If you want to carry extra cash for extra expenses then you can either withdraw or change from Kathmandu or Nepalgunj.
The tickets for a flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu and from Pokhara to Kathmandu can be booked by us at the same price if you book through us or directly. If we arrange your flight it will be easy to rearrange your flight if the flight gets canceled.