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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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