Shey Phosundo Lake Trek

Duration: 12 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House
  • Group Size: 1-16
  • Max Elevation: 3650 m

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek offers the real thrill of adventure throughout the majestic Dolpo region of Nepal. This isolated vicinity, made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book 'The Snow Leopard,' and first Nepali Oscar Awards nominated film 'Caravan' shot exclusively on the rough mountain terrains of Dolpa. Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek has only been open to trekkers in 1989.

Shey Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic Lake situated at 3,612 m above sea level. The pristine lake has been designated a Ramsar site in 2007 and falls within Shey Phoksumdo National Park. The lake is believed to have been formed some 30,000 to 40,000 year ago. Ringmo village with as many as 20 stupas and a Bön Gompa (temple) also named Ringmo is accumulated on the southern end of the Lake over the landslide dam that formed Phoksundo Lake. The heart-melting ethereal sight of the lake brings a sense of tranquillity and peace to any trekkers passing hemmed by high and rugged mountains on three sides and the lake plunge into an impressive 167 m waterfall on its south side. The lake is regarded by Dolpo people, who practise Tibetan Buddhism, sacred and offer their worship annually to the lake.

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek takes you on a journey to see and experience Phoksundo, a natural miracle in the heart of Himalayas. You will require a special permit to enter this region. The trail starts from Juphal, which is just a half an hour flight away from Nepalgunj and follows the ancient trade route used primarily to transport salt and wool from Tibet to this region.

Phoksundo Lake Trek is the most appealing but relatively easy and short attraction excluding high-passes of Nepal Himalaya, stroll through alpine forests and traditional Tibetan villages.


  • Trek through trans Himalayan region of Dolpo
  • Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture, lifestyle and Buddhism in Ringmo Village
  • Visit 900 years old Bon Monastery - Tshowa Gompa along with numbers of Stupas
  • Walkthrough Shey Phoksundo National Park, rich of flora and fauna
  • Discover sacred (in the Bonpo religion) Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Admire the beautiful Mountain view along with Mount Kanjirowa (6612m) surrounding the lake
  • Enjoy the spectacular Waterfalls

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 02 Kathmandu Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m)
Day 03 Nepalgunj fly to Juphal (2,500 m) and trek to Dunai (2,150 m)
Day 04 Dunai Trek to Chhepka Village (2,800 m)
Day 05 Chhepka Trek to Jharana (Waterfall) (3,150 m)
Day 06 Jharana Trek to Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake) (3,650 m)
Day 07 Hike around divine Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa
Day 08 Phoksundo Lake Trek back to Shyanta Village (2,300 m)
Day 09 Shyanta Trek back to Jhupal
Day 10 Jhupal fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
Day 11 Buffer day in Kathmandu
Day 12 Final Departure

What's included

  • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle
  • Three Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • One Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • 15 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag allowance with all domestic flight 
  • An Experienced English Speaking Trekking Guide with equipment
  • One porter per two trekkers
  • Food, accommodation, Insurance, Transportation and salary of Guide and Porter
  • Rara National park Entry Permit
  • 7 Nights mountain accommodation with full board meals
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • All Government and Local Tax and VAT
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 25 USD, 40 USD, 100 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
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