Phoksundo Lake Trek


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Phoksundo lake trek

Phoksundo Lake Trip Summary

    1. Phoksundo Trek Duration: 11 Days
    2. Phoksundo Lake Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate grade
    3. Phoksundo Lake Height: 3,6115m / 11,847 feet
    4. Trekking Hours: 6 hours daily
    5. Hiking Group-Size: 2-15 People
    6. Best Time to Visit: April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meals on Trek routes: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car / Plane/ Bus


The Phoksundo Lake trek is located in an isolated area of Dolpo and opened to foreign visitors in 1992. The splendid Phoksundo Lake is a very popular trek in terms to research snow leopards, amazing culture, and flora and fauna.

Furthermore, the culture of Dolpa is typical and mystical. Convention looks like Tibetans and they speak ‘Khaam’ fundamentally the same as the Tibetan language but not the equivalent. It is the best nature trek in terms of scenery, exotic areas have been captured beautifully on film by the renowned director Eric Valli in his movie “Caravan”.

Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake in Nepal which is situated in this region. Phoksundo trek is magical and it offers endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr, etc. Moreover, mirroring the snowy Kanjiroba Mountain massif, the turquoise lake waters look heavenly.

Beautiful forest, rivers, and waterfalls are amazing components on this path makes Nepal’s most magnificent nature trail. Basic lodges are available en route so tourists can trek to Phoksundo lake in all months except winter. No wonder this lake is regarded as sacred by Buddhists and followers of the Bon-Po religion, thus it’s getting very popular for a couple of years.

Besides that, the Shey Phoksundo Trek is Dolpo’s one and only lodge-style trek, fairly easy as no high passes are involved. You hike through the wonderful mixed forests and picturesque traditional tiny villages under the Phoksundo National park.

How much does Phoksundo Lake Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of the Shey Phoksundo Lake trek package with a local agency Gokyo Treks Nepal ranges between US$ 1325 to US$ 1898. Despite that, the Phoksundo lake trek cost is totally depending upon the group size you are traveling to and the service you choose. However, the given package price includes transportation, a guide, porters, hotels and food accommodation and hiking permits, facilities.

It’s a standard trip package price for 11 days hike to Phoksundo Lake. If you are 2 tourists Phoksundo Lake Trek cost US$ 1490 for 11 days trek as per the given plan. We can modify the trek route and price according to your wish also. Here is the price list for Phoksundo national park treks.

Price Per Person for 11 days Phoksundo Lake trek.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1898
2 PersonUS$ 1490
3 PersonUS$ 1490
4 to 6 personUS$ 1450
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1398
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1325

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.


Amazing Dolpo’s Phoksundo lake trek itinerary details

Amazing Shey Phoksundo is a classical lodge trek with 9 days itinerary compared to most walks in the Dolpo region. The particular route is designed for World Adventurers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner as a basic lodge trek, take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do it quickly but are walking with limited time-wise? email us for a custom itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you and transfer to your hotel. Our representative will brief you on Phoksundo lake hiking – trekking programs.

2 DayKathmandu to Nepalganj city flight. Transfer to your hotel.

In the morning you can stroll in the streets of Thamel while we make Lower dolpa trek permits. Immigration of Nepal will have the authority to issue Dolpa restricted area permit. You collect all the necessary traveling documents from our representative and drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we fly on any domestic airline to Nepalgunj city. The town is in the western Terai, which is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park.

3 Day Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal airstrips. Trek to Dunai (2,150m/7,054 feet), 3 hours

We take an early flight to Juphal, which takes about a 35-minute flight. Juphal is a gateway to exploring Phoksundo Lake. As we begin the trek, the trail ascends southeast high above Thulo Bheri valley followed by an hour-long walk through maize fields to reach Kalagaunda village. We trek by the southern bank of a river to pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach Dunai village. Dunai is quite a big mountainous area with schools, health posts, government offices, police stations, and tourist-class guesthouses.

4 Day Trek from Dunai to Chhepka village (2,670m/8,760 feet), 6 hours.

We trek descend downhill through Dunai to cross the Bheri River bridge. Walk the northern bank of the river to Sunlight. Furthermore, we head north to reach the Shey Phoksundo National Park Check Post office. At this place, we manage second nature park permit called Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit.

Beyond the check post, we gradually climb up along the rock-strewn, of serpentine Suli Ghad Khola. Trek goes further with a gorgeous tropical forest dominated by walnut and maple trees, we begin to see the first glimpses of Tibetan culture. Savoring the views of fluttering prayer flags, floral and faunal biodiversity, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation we arrive at Chhepka village. Stay overnight at the lodge.

5 DayTrek from Chhepka to Jharana Hotel (3,370m/11,057 feet), 6 hours.

The trail ascends through a forest of big cedars and on a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route climbs steadily through open countryside and we get a close view of a spectacular 330-meter-high waterfall, the highest in Nepal, and a faraway view of Phoksundo lake. We stay overnight here in a lodge.

6 Day Jharana Hotel to Ringmo village (3,460m/11,352 feet), 5 hours.

Today we make a steep descent trail through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo River (Khola in Nepali). We cross a bridge and follow a trail north to the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. Continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo river flows out of the lake. With the final push through the Phoksundo River gully, we emerge into the yak-filled meadows of Ringmo village. Ringmo village is popular with the Bon Po religion.

7 Day Explore around Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo lake day trip.

Today we explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature trip. We explore Ringmo Village and head to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery). The Gompa nestling on a ridge top above Phoksundo Lake (3,611.5m /11,849 feet) was built about 900 years earlier. Exploring this culturally rich Bon Monastery is fascinating to experience. We drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo is a typical Tibetan village and is a scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. There are many monasteries (Gompas)and Bon-to religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of them.

8 Day Descend from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka (2,520m/8,268 feet), 7 hours

After an enjoyable journey of Phoksundo Lake we descend along the retracing trail to Chhepka. We stay overnight at the hotel there.

9 Day Trek from Chhepka to Juphal Town, 7 hours

After breakfast, we continuously retracing the trail that brings us to Juphal Bazaar. After about seven hours of pleasant walks through culturally and naturally diverse trails, we arrive at Juphal bazaar. Reconfirm the return flight and stay overnight at a hotel in Juphal near airport airstrips.

10 Day Juphal to Nepalgunj and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu

Early morning, we walk to the airport in Juphal from where we fly to the airport in Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj, we board a plane that directly connects us to Kathmandu. On arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time is open for shopping and walking.

11 DayFinal departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward to your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you a wonderful journey.

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How much does the Phoksundo lake trek package price?

It’s a 11 Days Classic Phoksundo Lake Trek price start at US$ 1325 and might reach up to US$ 1898 per person on double occupancy basis. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express Phoksundo Trek Package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu and a 3-star category hotel in Nepalgunj airport. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Phoksundo lake trek package price includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private vehicle Car /Van.
  • 2 nights in double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night in double bedroom accommodation in tourist standard hotel in Nepalgunj town.
  • Available nice lodge accommodation during the trekking days on the mountain trail.
  • 10 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, and 7 Dinner while on a trek at Dolpo Phoksundo Lake.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round trip with departure tax.
  • Professional experienced English-speaking license holder and local trekking guide for trekking.
  • An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourists.
  • Required porters as per trekking group. (1 porter = two guest basis luggage) because each of our porters can carry a maximum of 24 kilograms of your bag pack.
  • Lower Dolpo Special trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration of Nepal.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance permit fee.
  • TIMS permit for trekking in Phorkundo nature park.
  • Food / Salary/accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trekking guide and porter.
  • Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
  • All the required airport and hotel transfers according to the described travel plan.
  • Trek certificate and updated Phoksundo lake trek map – keep them as a souvenir.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity), and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Phoksundo lake trek package price excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fees are US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during your staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • All types of drinks during your staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • More than 1-night hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj town if needed.
  • Battery charges, laundry service, phone calls.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment , Personal nature expenses, donation and bar bills, and clothing.
  • -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
  • Kathmandu city monuments entrance fees and transportation on the second day as described above.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Monuments entrance fees and donation.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

Group join

We can organize a private Phoksundo lake trek starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do the Shey Phoksundo lake trek?

Answer: Actually not necessary. It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours a day, with a lightweight daypack.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Phoksundo lake trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and guest house accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them in Juphal Bazaar.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on this trek?

Answer: Tourists can hike Phoksundo lake using a basic lodge style. The Lodges will prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetable variety depending on the season.

Question: What opportunities will I have to shower along the Phoksundo lake trek?

Answer: Some lodges will provide you hot water shower on pay.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Shey Phoksundo lake Trekking group?

Answer: During the lodge trekking, there are some local houses, hotels, and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for a drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: In some places yes! You can charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters.

Question: Is there any communication facilities at Phoksundo lake trek lodge?

Answer: Normally not ! You can get telephone services only in some places.

Question: Can I use credit cards in the Shey Phoksundo lake lodge trek?

Answer: No! So, far for trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: We recommend booking your trip with us as early as possible. While we strive to accommodate last-minute bookings, a 25% advance deposit is required to secure your reservation. This deposit allows us to make all necessary arrangements for your trip however, the remaining payment can be settled upon your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on the express Phoksundo dolpa trek?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum of 24 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles on the Phoksundo lake express trek?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Shey Phoksundo lake trek highlights

  • Shey-Phoksundo Lake ! the turquoise lake of waters
  • Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture, and tradition.
  • Old Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling tradition, Experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region
  • Believed to be an inhabitant of Snow Leopard with many other wild animals.

Notes for Shey Phoksundo lake trekking

The Shey Phoksundo lake trek itinerary is subject to change due to a condition out of our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical, and natural condition may change the above itineraries.

“What makes Phoksundo lake trek special?”

A trek to Phoksundo Lake has a vibrant turquoise waters, mirroring the sky above, create a breathtaking spectacle that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. Additionally, it also takes travelers through traditional Tibetan villages, providing an opportunity to witness the distinct culture and lifestyle of the Dolpo people.

As well, Ancient monasteries, prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and the warm hospitality of the locals add a cultural dimension to the journey, making it a holistic and enriching experience.

We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in a quality services and your safety and satisfaction is our prime concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination better.

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