Phoksundo Lake Trek
Phoksundo lake trek is located in isolated area of Dolpo opened for foreign visitors in 1992. The splendid Phoksundo lake is a very popular trek in terms to research snow leopard, mystical dolpali culture and flora and fauna.
Natural 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 offers endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr etc. Mirroring the snowy Kanjiroba Mountain massif, the turquoise lake waters look heavenly.
No wonder this lake is regarded as sacred by Buddhists and followers of a Bon-po religion, thus Phoksundo lake lodge trek is getting popular for a couple of years.
Phoksundo Trek is Dolpo’s one and only lodge style trek, fairly easy as no high passes are involved. The trail passes through wonderfully mixed forests and picturesque traditional tiny villages.
The beautiful forest, rivers, and waterfalls are amazing on the trail to make Nepal’s most magnificent. Lodge basis Phoksundo lake trek is possible in any time (except winter) throughout the year.
Phoksundo lake trek detail itinerary
This is a classical trek with 9 days itinerary compared to most walks in Dolpo region. The particular route is designed for World Explorer who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner as a lodge basis trek than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do quickly but are walking with limited time wise than email us for tailor-made itinerary.Day 1 Arrived at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within breakfast pllan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
In the morning you can stroll in the streets of Thamel while we arrange all your trekking documents (TIMS & National Park Permit) and lower dolpa special permits via Immigration of Nepal. Then you collect all the necessary documents from our representative and drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, we fly on any domestic airlines to Nepalgunj city. The town is in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park. Stay overnight at the hotel.
We take an early flight to Juphal, takes about 35 minute flight. Juphal is a gateway to explore 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 post, government offices, police station and tourist class guesthouses. We stay overnight in one of the lodges run by locals.
We trek descend downhill through Dunai to cross Bheri River bridge. Then walk northern bank of the river to Sulighat. Furthermore, we head north to reach Shey Phoksundo National Park Check Post office. Beyond the check post, we gradually climb up along the rock-strewn lies above the serpentine Suli Ghad Khola. Trek goes further with beautiful 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 lodge.
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.
Today we make a steep descend 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. We continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo river flows out of the lake. The final push through the Phoksundo River gully, we emerge to the yak filled meadows of Ringmo village. Ringmo village is popular with Bon po religion. We stay overnight at lodge.
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 a ridge top above Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years earlier. Exploring this culturally rich Bon Monastery is fascinating to experience. Then 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, is a scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of them.
After an enjoyable journey of Phoksundo Lake we descend along the retracing trail to Chhepka. We stay overnight at the hotel there.
After the breakfast, we continuously retracing the trail that brings us to Juphal Bazaar. About seven hours of pleasant walk through culturally and naturally diverse trail we arrive at Juphal bazaar. Re confirm the return flight and stay overnight at hotel in Juphal near airport airstrips.
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. Rest of the time is free time.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Phoksundo lake trek cost?
Hike to Phoksundo lake is totally a lodge basis trek and available on USD 2,199 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. In this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu and of course the trip price will vary according to group size. For deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN). AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights in Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
- 1 night in Twin sharing Deluxe (Air condition room) accommodation in Nepalgunj town with breakfast plan.
- Available nice lodge accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain.
- Full board Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day while on trek above Juphal.
- An experienced English speaking licences holder local trekking guide.
- Required number of porters.(1 porter = two guest basis luggage) because each of our porter can carry maximum 24 kg of your bag pack.
- Lower dolpo Special trekking permit issued by Department of Immigration of Nepal.
- Shey Phoksundo National Park entrance permit and fees with local taxes.
- Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round trip with tax.
- Food / Salary / accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trekking staffs.
- Gokyo Treks and Expedition company First Aid kit bag.
- Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
- All the required airport and hotel transfer.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost 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 then 1 night hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj town if needed.
- Battery charges, laundry service, phone calls.
- Personal trekking equipment, Personal nature expenses, donation and bar bills and clothing.
- Kathmandu city monuments entrance fees and transportation on second day as described above.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Phoksundo lake trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Phoksundo lake trek?
Answer: Actually not necessary. It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack.Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Phoksundo lake trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and guest house accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it in Juphal Bazaar.Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: During the guest house basis trek, lodges will prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables variety depends on the season.Question: What opportunities will I have for shower along Phoksundo lake trek?
Answer: Some lodges will provide you hot water shower on pay.Question: How do I get drinking water on Phoksundo lake Trekking?
Answer: During the lodge trekking, there are some local houses, hotel, 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 bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.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 for in case. Remember to bring your adapters.Question: Is there any communication facilities on Phoksundo lake trek?
Answer: Normally not ! You can get telephone services only some places.Question: Can I use credit cards in 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 is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 25 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made on your arrival in Nepal.
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry maximum 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 a 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 polls on Phoksundo lake express trek?
Answer: Walking pools are 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 trek.
Phoksundo lake trek highlights
- Discover 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 a inhabitants of Snow Leopard with many other wild animals.
Phoksundo lake trek Notes
the trek itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Phoksundo lake trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.
Trip Price : USD 2,199 Per Person
- Duration of trek: 11 Days
- Max Altitude: 3,460m / 11,349 ft
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-10 People
- Best Time: May to October
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
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