Trip Facts

  • Duration:11 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Profile:Phoksundo Lake Trek
  • Geography:Himalayas/Hills/Forests
  • Location:Dolpa
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge/Camp
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Religious:Buddhism
  • Ethnic People:Tibetan
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist Bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:01-10 Pax


  • Visit Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest and one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal
  • Discover the unique cultures and traditions of the Dolpo region
  • Visit various monasteries like the Tshowa Gompa among others
  • Relish the biodiversity in the Shey Phoksundo National Park


An alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake- Phoksundo attracts you with his deep blue silent nature. Surrounded by greenish nature all around the green-blue mixture of earth with reflected clouds don’t let you out from capturing your heart. Shey Phoksundo lake is regarded as a gem of nature. Located in the Dolpa district of western Nepal Shey Phoksundo is regarded as the deepest lake of Nepal. It is situated at an elevation of 3611.5 m and has a depth of 136.20m. 

The word Phoksundo was derived from a Tibetan word, where “Phok” means “expand”, “Sung” means “three” and “Du” means “stone”. Phoksundo means a lake expanded on three sides and surrounded by stones. The mythical story behind the formation of Phoksundo says that a long time ago a demon troubled a lot to the people of the Tibetan region, then one day a sacred monk chased down the demon. The demon carried a bowl of water in one hand and a bowl of oil in the next hand and started to run from Tibet. The monk kept on chasing the demon. While reaching the site, the demon dropped that bowl of water, which led to the formation of a lake and the monk got trapped there.

The culture of this region is highly influenced by the neighbouring Tibetan culture and the region is also considered a sacred place for Buddhists and Bön religion followers. Due to the amalgamation of pristine natural environments and unique cultures, it is quickly becoming a desired destination for many people. Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek heads to the deepest lake of Nepal, Phoksundo Lake in the Dolpo region which is one of the most remote areas in Nepal.

What are the major attraction of the Shey Phoksundo Lake trek?

Shey Phoksundo National park

Shey Phoksundo is the largest national park of Nepal and the only national park located in the Trans Himalayan region. The national park elevates from an altitude of 2,130m to 6,885m. This largest national park was established in 1984 and covers a total area of 3,555 Km2.  This region is blessed with a diverged species of flora and fauna and has protected biodiversity. Along with this, Phoksundo national park is also home to a lot of endangered species including the snow leopard, musk deer, grey wolf, blue sheep, Goral, Himalayan Thar, Himalayan black bear, great Tibetan sheep, and yellow-throated marten. Valuable bird species like wood snipe, white-throated tit, wood accentor, Tibetan partridge,crimson-eared rosefinch are also found in this national park.

The cultural diversity of the Dolpo region

The Dolpo region is very rich in cultural ethnicity. The region is also blessed with many ancient Gumbas and monasteries. The Shey Gompa built in the 11th century and the Thashung Gompa built about 900 years ago are the major attraction of this region. The people living in this region follows the typical Tibetan lifestyle. You get to discover more about the Bön religion and its relation to Buddhism. You can also experience what it is like to live with the monks of the high Himalayas and get an in-depth understanding of Buddhism. You pass through a lot of villages and you get to experience cultural diversity as you proceed downward. Beautiful hamlets like Rechi, Chunuwar, Shyanta, Dunai, Jhupal etc. welcomes you with a great smile. The warm gesture of local people on the way garnishes your journey with more beauty.

What is the best time to do Shey Phoksundo lake trek?

Trekking of Shey Phoksundo Lake welcomes you all year-round, but if you want the weather to be in your favour, then the spring (March-may) and autumn (September- November) seasons are the best. The trek is also relatively easier than other treks of Nepal so you can complete this trek even if this is your first time trekking. 

What might be the alternative packages of Shey Phoksundo lake trek?

Besides Shey Phoksundo Lake trek package if you want to explore the different remote areas of Nepal then you can simply check into the following links Rara Lake trek, Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek, Everest Base camp trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trek and Langtang Gosainkunda trek. If you are an experienced trekking lover then visit trekking in Nepal packages for a more advanced trekking journey in Nepal.
Himalayan Land Treks offers you the best services of transportation and accommodation with a prompt response to your requests. To make your trip more meaningful, we provide you with professional and friendly guides as well. Join us for a wonderful trekking adventure!

Itinerary of Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, a Himalaya Land Treks’ representative, and staffs will welcome you warmly. After introductions, you head to your hotel and refresh. At dinner, you join the representative and guides who will accompany you on this trip.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight (150m/492ft)/ 1 hrs.

1 hrs
Lodge/tea house

After breakfast, you depart to Nepalgunj via a flight. Once you reach there, you go to your hotel and refresh. After having lunch, you visit some of the famous sites of Nepalgunj like the Bageshwori Temple, the Glass Cutters Lane, and the market areas bordering India. If there is time left before dinner, a short visit to the Bardia National Park can also be arranged. Overnight stay at Nepalgunj.

Day 3: Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal /35 mins. and trek from Juphal to Dunai (2150m/7054ft)/ 3 hrs.

3 hrs
Lodge/tea house

After breakfast, you will go to the airport to catch an early flight to Juphal, a small village that is often the starting point of Phoksundo Trekking. At the airport, you will meet your local guide and rest for a while. Then, you will start your trek and head to Dunai. The trail leads you to the banks of the Bheri River, passing by Roop Ghar, which is famous for its watermill.

Day 4: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka (2670m/8760ft)/ 6-7 hrs.

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house

After breakfast, you will start your trek and walk once again along the banks of the Bheri River. After you leaving Dunai, you will cross the river and head north of the river to reach the first village of the trek- Sulighat. From there, the check post of Shey Phoksundo National Park is located near. From here, you will walk through walnut and maple forests, and come across Shyanta before finally reaching Chhepka.

Day 5: Trek from Chhepka to Jharana Hotel (3038m/9967ft)| 5-6 hrs.

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house

You will have an early breakfast and follow the trail leading to Jharana. You will walk along with cedar forests and see amazing views of the Bheri Valley. The trail goes uphill and you can see Phoksundo Lake’s gorge as well. Once you view Jharana- one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls of Nepal, you will then head to the Jharana village.

Day 6: Trek from Jharana Hotel to Phoksundo Lake (3,612 m/11850ft)| 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

Today, you will trek to the main destination- the Phoksundo Lake. You will have an early breakfast and follow the trail that goes through birch forests. Then the trail goes along the Phoksundo River; after crossing the river, you will reach Ringmo, a rustic Tibetan village. You will have your lunch there and rest for a while, after which you will continue along the banks of the river and reach the lake.

Day 7: Explore Shey Phoksundo Lake- Rest day

Lodge/tea house

Today, you will explore the surroundings of the turquoise-colored lake. From here, you can see amazing views of Mt. Kanjirowa and other peaks from many different points; you can also enjoy the serenity of the lake and its surrounding as well. You can explore the Tshowa Gompa, located at the ridge of the lake, which is an important site for Buddhists. You can also visit the monasteries and religious sites of the neighboring villages like Ringmo.

Day 8: Trek from Phoksundo to Shyanta (2520m/8268ft)/ 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house

You will have an early breakfast and leave the beautiful lake behind to follow the trail that first ascends to a hill where you can see the entire lake for the last time. From there, you will start to descend to the banks of the Phoksundo River. Along the way, you will pass by villages like Chunuwar and Rechi. After crossing these places, you will then descend to Chhepka and finally reach Shyanta.

Day 9: Trek from Shyanta to Juphal (2475m/8120ft)| 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house

After breakfast, you will hit the trail again, going alongside the Phoksundo River. Crossing the river, you will enter the Bheri Valley. You can enjoy the rocky and picturesque views of the landscape here. You will trek along the banks of the Bheri River and enter maple and walnut forests, walking eastwards. Along the way, you will pass by villages like Dunai and Kalagauda to reach Juphal.

Day 10: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu | Farewell Dinner (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

From Juphal, you will catch the first flight back to Nepalgunj, where you will have your breakfast. Then, you will catch the flight back to Kathmandu. From the airport, our staffs will transfer you to the hotel. You can choose to relax or go shopping for souvenirs before ending the day with a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Today is the last day of the trip. Make sure that you have all your belongings with you. Our staffs will drop you off at the airport as per your flight schedule. Thank you for choosing Himalaya Land Treks and have a safe flight!

What is included in Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal.
  • Flight tickets from Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. 
  • All necessary paperwork and permits 
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled a sleeping bag, walking poles and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.    
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet). 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map. 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What is excluded in Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 

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