Phoksundo Lake Trek

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Phoksundo Lake Trek - Days

Trip Route

KTM - Nepalgunj - Phoksundo Lake - Shey Phoksundo Lake View Point - Chhepka - Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

Trip Facts

Group Size
1+ PAX
Trip Grade
Max. Elevation
3,660 M/12,400 FT
Full Boards Meal On The Trek
Private Car/Flight
Best Season
Throughout Year

Phoksundo lake trek stunning hike on the remote mountain of western Nepal with conquering the most beautiful turquoise lake of Nepal in the reasonable trip cost. Phoksundo Lake trek, the scenic green-blue color lake laying at large Dolpa district of Nepal in western Nepal. The Phoksundo Lake covered 1.87 sq miles in the Buddhist land also uncountable Buddhist stupa established around the freshwater pond by the pilgrimages. Both Buddhist and Bon-Po devotees take a loop around a sacred lake and also flapping the five-color Buddhist flags. It is located in a secluded area where the motor road does not connect and must walk from the nearest airport Jhupal. The exotic lake luring the visitor and a few hundred people walk to this serenity yearly.

The lake hugely identifies in the world after French movie maker Eric Valli shoot his dream project Himalaya movies in 1999. Picturesque Phoksundo Lake is the ultimate destination of this voyage and also ascending to Shey Phoksundo Lake viewpoint point west side of the lake to capture the best sights of the emerald lake and Himalayas. From Phoksundo lake, a trek can continue to Upper Dolpo region or lower Dolpo trek on your favorite. Phoksundo lake trek has a stunning hiking trail in the remote mountain, the trail bestriding from subtropical to alpine climate zone. The visitor walking through different altitude vegetation of the pristine mountain forest where common to rare animal's species residence. Alongside the trail scatter charming Nepalese villages and the local entrepreneur running lodges with basic accommodation for the traveler's needs. Phoksundo lake trek approaching vivid sceneries of the diverse landscapes, the culture of different indigenous people, and a number of the snow-capped mountains. Phoksundo Lake trek cost is reasonable either full package that includes meals or hiring guides. We operate both camping and tea house trek, so lodge trek is inexpensive than organize because of the less trekking crew requires. Along the tea house trek eating all the meals at the local restaurant. You will be eating freshly cooked foods, most of the time the kitchen staff use seasonal gardening vegetables in the meals.

Phoksundo Lake trek starts from Kathmandu with an hour's scenic flight to Nepalgunj airport. Nepalgunj is a hugely commercial town in Nepal where most of the western region people come down for shopping. About 30-minute scenic mountain flight drop us Dolpa/Juphal airport then an excellent mountain trek starts. The next few days our mountain hike follows aside from the wild river with enjoying a fantastic mountain lifestyle. This is completely off the beaten trekking route in Nepal hardly crossing other foreigners on the path. Then our trek continuous into the Shey Phoksundo national park where randomly encounter wild animals including vanishing snow leopard and musk deer, as well as common animals, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Mountain goat, Himalayan tahr monkey and different species of the birds especially Himalayan Monal, etc. Extra night at Ringmu village next to the Shey Phoksundo lake gives us enough time to admire and explore the heavenly place of Nepal. 

We organize a trek with our adventure passion with delicate our client preference, also our experience and fluent communication licensed guide give full effort to achieve your goal and make a memorable trip of your life. 

Daily itinerary

Our airport representative will be waiting for you, the arrival gate of the Tribhuvan international with your name on the signboard. Then transfer to your hotel, it about 20-30 minutes' drive to your hotel. After room check-in then have leisure time.

After collecting all trekking documents/permits follow our flight scheduled to Nepalgunj about an hour flight. Nepalgunj is a commercial city and discovers a mixed culture. Also can travel to the border of Nepal and India.

After breakfast, we drive to the domestic airport as per flight scheduled then our journey commences to the mountain flight. Half hour flight offers close-up aerial Mountain View and diverse landscapes. Upon arrival, Dolpo airport begins the hike with ascending on the agriculture farm and villages. Then, we follow trail south bank of the Thulo Bheri with passing through several mountain villages and meeting Nepalese faces. We have a pretty short hike to the camp and spending night at Dunai village, Dunai is headquartered of the Dolpa district where has a hospital, school, administration, and police station. After room check-in one of the guesthouse and lunch cultural excursion at Dunai Bazar.

After breakfast at the lodge, trek set-off with descending on the direction of Sulighat. A short downhill trek let us cross the suspension bridge over the confluence river of Thulo Bheri and Suligat Khola. From here a trek continuous along the north bank of the Suligat Khola. We also checking Shey Phoksundo national park permits at Sulighat village then gradually climbing on a rugged trail. During the autumn season, a trail is filling by a hemp plant also possible to collect the bean/fruit for the pickle. We keep ascending above the valley into the forest of rhododendron, magnolia, and bamboo. Beyond Kageni village starts to view flapping Tibetan Buddhist flags against the wind as well as Tibetan word scripted mani wall and series of stone cairns. Endlessly climbing-up on the grassy pasture and the grit trail to Chhepka village.

Our trek onward to Phoksundo Lake Direction with huge switch-back climbing on the grassy meadow as well as winter settlement of Ringmo villager. At the beginning, our trek continues along the west bank of the river with a gorgeous view of the bright green color wild river also encounter different species of the birds on the pine and rhododendron forest. On the way to Jharana hotel also passing the school and the Amchi hospital where the local ayurvedic doctor gives a mountain herbal as the medicine. As our trail moved towards getting close-up with Suligad waterfall which is pretties and dramatic with 330 meters long. We spend night quite nearby the waterfall, the room offers a stunning view of waterfall entire stay.

After breakfast at Jharana hotel, set-off from the lodge then follow a short uphill path to the ridge that provides the best view of the Suligad waterfall, it looks the milk pouring on the mountains. From the edge gently walking down along the birch tree line on the west bank of the Phoksundo River. After few hours hiking on alpine forest reaching a human settlement, first crossing national park check-point that guard by Nepal army and then get into the Ringmogaon which laying south side of the turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake. The number of basic accommodation is available here, must of them are home-stay or house-cum-lodge tea house. Possible sights yak caravan here that carrying the load here and there. The people here practice the Bon-Po region which is older than Tibetan Buddhism. The devotees and villagers constructed numerous beautiful Buddhist stupa with white and red paint.

Ringmo village has Tibetan flavor, the houses are different than Dunai that built with stone, big plank, and soil and it has an open roof. An extra day at Ringmogaon, allow us to discover the hidden beauty of the Lower Dolpo. There is an option roaming around the Phoksundo lake or ascend to the Shey Phoksundo Lake viewpoint. A beautiful Bon-Po monastery, Tshowa laying onshore of the large Phoksundo Lake which believed to be 900 years old. A number of the old-style fascinate Buddhist stupa can discover aside of the turquoise lake. On the other hand, can do a half-day tour to the nearest viewpoint that widely known as Shey Phoksundo Lake viewpoint. The trail to the vantage-point leading above the bridge blue color lake where often meet with yak caravan that transferring the goods from Tibetan plateau to Nepal. The entire trip offers dramatic sceneries of the lake, Ringmo village, and mountain as well as glacier.

After delightful breakfast at the lodge, leaving Ringmo village behind and gentle climbing up into the pine forest and farmland to the small ridge. Get a stunning view of the waterfall which falls down from the mountain to the river. Now steeply descending on the pebble trail and then follow a wider stony trail along the river to Chhepka.

Our last day hike of the lower Dolpo trek commences on the gorge above the thrilling milky river, rapidly passing the tranquility mountain village till Juphal. We also crossing long suspension bridges on the Phoksundo Khola and Thulo Bheri River.

After breakfast short walk to Juphal airport, from here we fly to Nepalgunj on southern Nepal. A 30-minute flight offers a magnificent view of the mountain and meandering Thulo Bheri River. We might need to hold while for Kathmandu flight. Then boarding for an hour Kathmandu flight, upon arrive Kathmandu airport transferring to your hotel. In the evening hosting authentic Nepalese dinner at the traditional restaurant and enjoy the live event of Nepalese dance.

The fascinating adventure and cultural exploration Phoksundo Lake Trek end here by today. We hope you had a memorial and fantastic adventure with us in the Himalayas. As per your international flight scheduled transfer to Kathmandu airport 4 hours before the flight time

What's included?

  • International and Domestic airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • All the required ground transportation as mention in the Itineraries
  • Shey Phoksundo national park fees
  • Trekking information management system cards
  • Three meals a day during the trek (breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)
  • Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Juphal - Nepalganj - Kathmandu by flight with together your guide
  • Trekking gear on returning basic (sleeping bag, Down Jacket, trekking pole) etc
  • Experienced licensed trekking guide with his salary, equipment, insurance, lodging and fooding
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Normal lodge/guesthouse base accommodation during trek in the mountain
  • Farewell dinner at authentic Nepalese restaurant with live cultural dance

What's not included?

  • Medical and travel insurance which should cover emergency rescue
  • Personal expenses laundry, phone call, battery charge etc
  • All the drinks (soft and hard)
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip