Shey Phoksundo Trek for Nepali
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Shey Phoksundo Trek Package for Nepali

Phoksundo is a kept secret of nature. Trekking to this incredible place rejuvenates your soul, challenges your body and soothes your mind.

Deepak Raj Bhatta
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Shey Phoksundo Trek Package for Nepali

Shey Phoksundo Trek is perhaps an experience that takes you to the pristine landscape in western Nepal. The turquoise-hued crystal clear water of the oligotrophic Phoksundo and the surrounding atmosphere provides an amazing experience to the visitors. The Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek for Nepali is curated to provide the Nepalese trekking community with arrangements that are efficient in terms of time and cost and boasts a wide range of nature-based experiences. 

The Shey Phoksundo Lake is located in the Dolpa district of Nepal. Often referred to as Dolpo, the Dolpa of Nepal is one of the most remote places that is still inaccessible to motor vehicles and is in a shadowed state of modernity. Though the attempts to enhance the economic susceptibility and lifestyle of people are being made, exploring this incredible beauty will not only be an experience that you take along with, it’s also a contribution to mankind in the isolated landmass of Nepal. Trekking in this northwestern part of the country will reward you with mind-blowing natural vistas, flora and faunas, river streams, lakes and unspoiled cultural attributes of the mountains.

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    Shey Phoksundo Trek Facts

    Shey Phoksundo is home to a wide range of natural resources. Trekking in this area is considered offbeat as it is yet to be explored by many people. Not-so-commercialized trekking routes and indescribably amazing natural landscapes are some other things that make the trek unique from other trekking trails in Nepal. 

    Most importantly, trekking in the Shey Phoksundo lake area allows you to witness nature that is best preserved in its original form. Besides that, the cultural and traditional dimensions of local people are something to admire. The isolated life in the remote settlement not only provides you with an insightful learning opportunity about human habitats but also opens up the opportunity to understand the best-kept secret of west Nepal.

    Trek Name

    Phoksundo Lake Trek Package for Nepali

    Major Attraction

    • Phoksundo Lake

    • Local Culture

    • Natural Beauty

    Location

    Dolpa, Nepal

    Trek Duration

    8 Days from Kathmandu

    Trekking area

    Lower Dolpo
    Shey Phoksundo National Park

    Altitude

    3,611 m

    Site

    Ramsar

    Trek Difficulty

    Moderate

    Trek Starting/Ending Point

    Kathmandu

    Best time to visit

    April and May
    October and November

    Where is Shey Phoksundo Lake?

    Shey Phoksundo Lake is situated in the Dolpa district of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 3611 m. above sea level, the lake offers pristine freshwater and incredible natural reflection. The lake is one of the popular high-elevation oligotrophic lakes in Nepal and is known for its pristine origin. The Shey Phoksundo National Park is the major protected area that houses a wide range of biodiversity and wildlife including the Phoksundo Lake. 

    The lake area also acts as a transition zone from the arid climate in the upper parts to the monsoon-dominated area on the southern side. The northern part of the protected area is mostly barren due to the trans-Himalayan geography created by Kanjiroba and Dhaulagiri Peaks, whereas the southern part of the national park has a wide range of vegetation. The caragana shrubs, rhododendron, juniper, salix, occasional silver fir and white Himalayan birch are mostly seen around the forest areas. The national park is home to some wildlife that includes various species of birds and butterflies, mammals and reptiles. 

    It is believed that the lake was formed about 35,000 years ago due to a landslide that formed a dam on the southern side. Modern-day Ringmo resides in the dam area which is purportedly a village built on a dam. The lake is 495 Ha in size and 5.64 KM in length. It has a maximum depth of over 136 m. 

    Lower Dolpa

    The Dolpa district of Nepal is the largest of all, nonetheless, the smallest in terms of human habitation. It covers 5.36% of the total landmass of Nepal and is regarded as one of the most beautiful places to visit. Though it is a large area of the country, the place is mostly rural and isolated, and even the road accessibility is very less. In terms of development, the Dolpa is yet to witness even basic infrastructures. 

    There are two sides to the same coin. On one hand, Dolpo is very isolated and remote and on the other hand, it is very rich in natural resources. The best thing to explore in the Lower Dolpa is the natural beauty of Nepal. The authentic exploration of pristine landscapes that are completely virgin in terms of human interference is the best part of trekking in this area. 

    Trekking to Fantastic Phoksundo Lake provides a peek into this remote beauty. Exploring the entire Dolpo is a mere wish if you are thinking of visiting most areas in Dolpa. However, this trek allows you to explore the most beautiful wonder of Dolpo - The Phoksundo Lake. 

    There are many memoirs sculpted, written and visualized about the Dolpo of Nepal. ‘The Snow Leopard’, ‘Dolpo Girl’, ‘Caravan’ etc. are some of the noteworthy creation that provides a wonderful literary image of Dolpa. 

    While trekking in Phoksundo Lake is widely admired for its natural beauty, it has brought up forth issues of pollution, waste and garbages in pristine nature

    Shey Phoksundo Trek Outline Itinerary

    Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

    Day 2: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal, Trek to Raktan 

    Day 3: Trek from Raktan to Rechi 

    Day 4: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo 

    Day 5: Ringmo exploration 

    Day 6: Trek from Ringmo to Chhepka 

    Day 7: Trek from Chhepka to Juphal 

    Day 8: Fly back to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu.

    Detailed Itinerary of Shey Phoksundo Trek Package for Nepali

    The detailed itinerary for the Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek for Nepali is provided here. It is designed keeping in mind the Nepali trekker's trekking preferences and other necessities during the trek. If you need more information regarding the trip, you can directly contact us through the details provided on our website. 

    Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 

    At 08:00 AM: Trek Preparation, gathering and preparing the backpack. 

    At 12:00 PM: Drive to Airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. After 40-45 min flying time, you will reach Nepalgunj. 

    At 01:00 PM: Drive to your hotel. Check-In at the hotel. In the evening, you can explore the surrounding areas of Nepalgunj city in the lowlands of Nepal. 

    Flight

    KTM-KEP (Domestic Carrier)

    Flight time

    45 minutes. 

    Starting point

    Kathmandu (1350 m.)

    Ending Point

    Nepalgunj (150 m.)

    Maximum Elevation

    1350 m. in Kathmandu

    Accommodation

    Hotel

     

    Overview: Before starting your trip to the Upper Dolpo area, you will fly to Nepalgunj. The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes 40 to 45 minutes. You'll be staying in Nepalgunj today to take in the surroundings. The following day, when you arrive in the outlying districts where even locating a nice restaurant is impossible, nature will be the only luxury you will experience. 

    Kathmandu

    Day 2: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal, Trek to Raktan 

    At 07:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for the flight to Juphal. 

    At 08:30 AM: Fly to Juphal. It takes about 30 min. of flight time to reach Juphal from Nepalgunj Airport. Upon landing, you can explore the local tea shops. Explore the surrounding areas. 

    At 12:00 PM: Have your lunch in Suligad. Begin trekking towards Raktan. 

    At 05:00 PM: You will reach Raktan from Suligad where you will have an overnight stay. 

    Flight

    KEP-DOP (Domestic Carrier)

    Flight time

    30 minutes. 

    Flight Starting point

    Nepalgunj (150 m.)

    Flight Ending Point

    Juphal (2475 m.)

    Trek Starting Point

    Juphal (2475 m.)

    Trek Ending Point

    Raktan (2250 m.)

    Trek Distance

    13 KM

    Maximum Elevation

    2475 m. in Juphal

    Accommodation

    Teahouse

     

    Overview: You can get a flight early from Nepalgunj to Juphal. Juphal itself is where the amazing splendor of Dolpa starts. Juphal is accessible via flight as it is in a remote region. However, you may get food and drink from a few hotels and stores. The breathtaking Sunrise above the mountains is the best sight to behold because the flight is early. After reaching Juphal, you will trek towards Suligad. You will have some lunch in this beautiful place. From Suligad, you will trek to Rakten for your overnight stay. The total trek distance this day is about 13 Km. 

    Day 3: Trek from Raktan to Rechi 

    At 07:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare to trek towards Rechi. 

    At 08:00 AM: Begin trekking to Rechi. It takes about 7 hours of trekking to reach Rechi from Raktan. On the way, you can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and juniper forests and rivers alongside the trail. 

    At 12:30 PM: Have your lunch along the trail. Begin trekking towards Rechi. 

    At 05:00 PM: You will reach Rechi from Raktan where you will have an overnight stay. You can explore the surrounding and beautiful greenery around Raktan. There are several teahouses that offer accommodation facilities. 

    Trek Starting Point

    Raktan (2250 m.)

    Trek Ending Point

    Rechi (3100 m.)

    Trek Distance

    15 KM

    Maximum Elevation

    3100 m. in Rechi

    Accommodation

    Teahouse

     

    Overview: The total trek distance this day is about 15 Km. At the end of the trek, you will reach an elevation of 3100 m. in Rechi. You can explore the surroundings and greenery of Shey Phoksundo National Park around the area. Also, you can witness a wide range of flora and fauna during the trek. The river banks playing hide and seek alongside the trail make the experience magnificent and it is also a very enjoyable part of the trek. 

    Jharna hotel

    Day 4: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo 

    At 07:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will be trekking towards Ringmo. 

    At 08:00 AM: Begin trekking to Ringmo. It takes about 6 hours of trekking to reach Ringmo from Rechi. During the trek, you can explore a wide range of flora and fauna. Beautiful waterfalls and vegetation are the major attractions of the trek. 

    At 12:30 PM: Have your lunch along the trail. Then continue trekking towards the beautiful Ringmo village. 

    At 03:00 PM: You will reach Ringmo from Rechi after walking for about 6 hours. The total trek distance of the day is about 11 KM. 

    Trek Starting Point

    Rechi (3100 m.)

    Trek Ending Point

    Ringmo (3640 m.)

    Trek Distance

    11 KM

    Maximum Elevation

    3640 m. in Ringmo

    Accommodation

    Teahouse

     

    Overview: Today, you will be trekking from Rechi to Ringmo. You will be covering a distance of 11 Km and reach an elevation of 3640 m. above sea level. Ringmo village is the dam side of the Phoksundo lake. So, you can enjoy the natural scenery and explore the lake area in the evening. Overnight stay in Ringmo Village. 

    Suligad

    Day 5: Ringmo exploration

    At 08:00 AM: Have your breakfast in the naturally rich Ringmo village. 

    At 09:00 AM: You will be exploring Phoksundo lake and the surrounding areas on this day. Enjoy the natural scenery and explore the stupas around Phoksundo Lake. 

    At 12:30 PM: Have your lunch in Ringmo. Enjoy nature. 

    At 07:00 PM: Dinner and prepare for the trek tomorrow. 

    Maximum Elevation

    3640 m. in Ringmo

    Accommodation

    Teahouse

     

    Overview: On this day, you will be exploring the Ringmo village and the surrounding areas. Ringmo is one of the most beautiful villages in the Phoksundo Lake trek. You can enjoy the surrounding vistas, the lake itself and the vegetation of Shey Phoksundo National Park. 

    Phoksundo Lake

    Day 6: Trek from Ringmo to Chhepka. 

    At 07:00 AM: Breakfast at the teahouse. Prepare to trek towards Chhepka. 

    At 08:00 AM: You will begin trekking towards Chhepka village. Today, the trek will be mostly downhill and you can witness a wide range of vegetation, flora and fauna, wildlife and natural waterfalls along the way. 

    At 12:30 PM: Have your lunch along the trail. And continue trekking towards Chhepka. 

    At 05:00 PM: You will reach Chhepka after walking for about 19 KM from Ringmo village. You can enjoy the village life and explore the culture of the locals in the evening. 

    At 07:00 PM: Dinner and prepare for the trek tomorrow. 

    Trek Starting Point

    Ringmo (3640 m.)

    Trek Ending Point

    Chhepka (2665 m.)

    Trek Distance

    19 KM

    Maximum Elevation

    3640 m. in Ringmo

    Accommodation

    Teahouse

     

    Overview: The trek today is mostly downhill and you will lose elevation to reach 2665 m above sea level from 3640 m. at Phoksundo Lake. After exploring the beautiful Phoksundo lake, you will begin your trek towards Chhepka village. It is a small village at an elevation of 3640 m. Along the trail, explore the vegetation of the protected area and enjoy the natural beauty. Overnight stay in a teahouse in Chhepka. 

    Dolpa

    Day 7: Trek from Chhepka to Juphal 

    At 07:00 AM: Have your breakfast in Chhepka. Today is the last day of trekking in the Dolpa region. You will be trekking to Juphal today. 

    At 08:00 AM: Begin trekking towards Juphal. It is about 19 Km away from Chhepka. Since most of the trekking part is downhill, you can easily reach there from Chhepka.  

    At 12:30 PM: Have your lunch along the trail. And continue trekking towards Juphal. 

    At 03:00 PM: You will reach Juphal after walking for about 6 hours from Chhepka. Explore the surroundings in Juphal. 

    At 07:00 PM: Have your Dinner and prepare for the flight back tomorrow. 

    Trek Starting Point

    Chhepka (2665 m.)

    Trek Ending Point

    Juphal (2475 m.)

    Trek Distance

    19 KM

    Maximum Elevation

    2665 m. in Chhepka

    Accommodation

    Teahouse

     

    Overview: This is the last day of trekking. You will begin trekking from Chhepka in the early morning and have your lunch somewhere along the trail. It takes about 6-7 hours of trek to reach Juphal from Chhepka. Explore the natural atmosphere, rivers and waterfalls alongside the trails. In the evening, you can interact with locals and explore the amazing natural beauty of the village settlement in Juphal. 

    Dunai

    Day 8: Fly back to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu.

    At 07:30 AM: After having breakfast in Juphal, you will fly to Nepalgunj by taking an early flight. 

    At 08:20 AM: After reaching Nepalgunj, you will prepare for a connecting flight that will take you back to Kathmandu. 

    At 11:30 AM: Have your lunch in Nepalgunj. 

    At 12:30 PM: Take a returning flight back to Kathmandu. It ends our trek and in the evening, you can depart to your home destination.

    First Flight

    DOP-KEP (Domestic Carrier)

    First Flight time

    30 minutes. 

    First Flight Starting point

    Juphal (2475 m.)

    First Flight Ending Point

    Nepalgunj (150 m.)

    Second Flight

    KEP-KTM (Domestic Carrier)

    Second Flight Time

    45 min.

    Second Flight Starting Point

    Nepalgunj (150 m.)

    Second Flight Ending Point

    Kathmandu (1350 m.)

    Maximum Elevation

    2475 m. in Juphal

     

    Overview: Today, you will be returning to Kathmandu valley after exploring the mind blowing natural beauty of Phoksundo Lake in the Dolpa district of Nepal. You will take a flight to Nepalgunj from Juphal and another connecting flight from Nepalgunj will take you back to the Kathmandu valley. This ends our trek. 

    Kathmandu

    Shey Phoksundo Trek Package Cost for Nepali

    No. of People (Nepali Nationality)

    Package Cost (Per Person)

    2 PAX

    NPR 60,000

    4 PAX

    NPR 56,000

    6 PAX

    NPR 53,000

    The cost mentioned here is subject to change with rising airfares and hotel charges. 

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    Package Cost Includes

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    • Air transfer from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Juphal and return. 
    • All Meals are included as mentioned in the trip itinerary. 
    • Standard hotel/tea house accommodation in Nepalgunj and during the trek. 
    • Professional and experienced local trekking guide during the trek. 
    • Availability of first aid kit. 
    • National park entrance fee.
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    Package Cost Excludes

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    • Personal expenses. 
    • Energy drinks, bar, chocolates and beverages. 
    • Arrangement of a mule to carry trekkers' baggage with additional surcharges. 
    • Services that are not mentioned in the includes section.
    • The amount incurred due to additional stay in unforeseen circumstances.
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    Terms and Conditions

    •  We do not bear responsibility in case of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control.
    • Natural calamities, cancellation or delaying of flights and weather issues are beyond our control. In such cases, if the stay gets elongated, the amount raised thereof shall be borne by the trekkers themselves. 
    • The cost mentioned here is subject to change, having the determinant factors the hotels and airfares. 
    • We only provide the trekkers with the amenities and services that are mentioned in the itinerary. Services beyond that may produce extra costs. 
    • To confirm the booking, we need at least 10,000 rupees in advance to ensure the trip. 
    • This is an all-inclusive trip where your stay, food and guide charges during the trek time are included. 
    • You may obtain insurance on your own. The company holds no responsibility for the nature of situations such as personal issues, health issues and unpredictable situations.

    Trek Difficulty

    The trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake is moderately difficult. There is enough time that you can utilize for photography and leisure around the mountains. The trek will not be extremely rushed, however, managing time to reach the predetermined destination is important. You will be reaching elevations that are below 4000 m above sea level. So, the chances of high altitude sickness are low. However, having a first aid kit and basic knowledge about altitude sickness can be helpful. 

    If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor before planning a trip to Shey Phoksundo. Consider obtaining insurance for the uncertainties. 

    Best time to visit

    The best months to go trekking in the Dolpo region are March, April and May as well as September, October and November. There are fewer chances of snowfall and rainfall during these months. The temperature is moderate and the weather is quite dry. Therefore, the months of March, April, May, September, October and November are ideal for exploring the Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek. 

    Dolpa However, planning the trek in other months of the year will not deter you from the enjoyment of a less crowded trek. You can instead enjoy a peaceful and amazing natural beauty in your off time as well. The trek is a short one. So, there’s no bar to planning a trek to Shey Phoksundo at any time of the year. 

    Trekking Checklist

    Having good trekking gear helps you attain the ultimate trekking goal. It is important that your basic trekking gears are along with you. Carrying a backpack with necessary items is important as it will be helpful during the trek. However, we suggest you travel light as it is a short trek and you will not be in need of huge gear and clothes during the trek. For more information on Trekking Checklist, Visit Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How to reach Phoksundo Lake?

      You can reach Phoksundo lake via trekking after taking a flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. To reach Nepalgunj, you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. There are several domestic flight carriers that provide flight facilities to these places. 

    • What is the best time to visit Phoksundo Lake?

      The best time to visit Phoksundo Lake is during the autumn and spring season. During this time of the year, the weather is calm and the temperature is moderate. Also, the sky is clear, rewarding you with amazing views of the valleys and mountains. 

    • Why is Shey Phoksundo Lake so blue?

      The deep aquamarine blue colour of Phoksundo changes its colour as the sunlight changes its direction in the lake. It is one of the most beautiful attributes of visiting oligotrophic lakes. 

    • Are there any water species in Shey Phoksundo Lake?

      Phoksundo lake is an oligotrophic high-elevation lake. There are no aquatic species recorded in this lake due to its oligotrophic properties. So, no, there are not any aquatic species in Shey Phoksundo Lake. 

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