Shey Phosundo Lake trek

Duration: 17 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Tented Camp
  • Max Elevation: 5115m

Phoksundo (Phoksumdo) Lake is a Himalayan freshwater located in the district of Dolpo, in northwestern Nepal. Lying at an altitude of 3612m from sea level, the pristine lake has been designated a Ramsar wetland and falls within Shey Phoksumdo National Park.

The lake is believed to have been formed some 30000 years ago. The heart melting ethereal sight of the lake brings a sense of tranquility and peace to any trekkers passing. Hemmed in by high and rugged mountains on three sides, the lake plunge into an impressive 167m waterfall from its south side. The lake is regarded by Dolpo people, who practice Tibetan Buddhism, sacred and offer their worship annually to the lake. There are as many as 20 stupas and one Gompa to the south of lake along with Ringmo village.

Phoksundo Lake Trek takes you on a journey to see and experience Phoksundo, a natural miracle in the heart of Himalayas. You will require special permit to enter this region. The trail start from Juphal, which is just a flight away from Nepalgunj, and follows the ancient trade route used primarily to transport salt and wool from Tibet to this region. Be prepared to cross the two highest Himalayan passes Bagar La (5182m) and Numa La (5190m) on your return route. There many gompas along the route you can visit such as Napukhona Gompa, Guru, Shipcha, Tshowa and Tsering monastery.


  • Trek through trans Himalayan region of Dolpo
  • Observe Tibetan culture, lifestyle and learn about Tibetan Buddhism
  • Visit Shey Gompa Monastery and Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Cross Bagar La and Numa La
  • Capture amazing views of Kanjiroba, Kagamara, Api, Matathumba, Ghyutumba etc.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal
Day 04 Trek from Juphal to Chepka via Dunai
Day 05 Trek from Dunai to Chekpa (2670m)
Day 06 Trek from Chekpa to Renje (3010m)
Day 07 Trek from Renje to Phoksundo lake (3620m)
Day 08 Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Samduwa
Day 09 Trek from Samduwa to Lasa
Day 10 Trek from Lasa to Kagmara Phedi (4000m)
Day 11 Trek from Kagmara Phedi to Toijem (2920m)
Day 12 Trek from Toijem to Kaigaon.
Day 13 Trek from Kaigaon to Forest camp
Day 14 Trek from Forest camp to Tabrikot
Day 15 Trek from Tabrikot to Juphal via Dunai
Day 16 Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 17 Final Departure