Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is a short and relatively easy trip to one of the largest and most spectacular lakes in Nepal. It’s a 7-day trip from Kathmandu, but it could be longer or shorter depending on the number of hours you choose to walk a day. Shey Phoksundo Lake is known as one of the most iconic and exotic tourist destinations in the Dolpo region. It is the most significant territorial district, among other many beautiful places in Nepal.
The adherents of Bon-Po religious sects also know the Phoksundo Lake as a sacred. It thus makes the trek into a beautiful blend of nature and culture. Phoksundo Lake is splendid due to the reflecting backdrop of the Kanjirowa massif. Besides, it offers a wide range of spectacular and beautiful landscapes.
Phoksundo Lake is the most important place of nature and lies within the Shey Phoksundo national park. The park is also a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna. Thus, Shey Phoksundo National Park is also famous for its medicinal herbs. As a result, the Phoksundo Lake Trek is ideal for those who study botanical science.
So, are you set for this magical trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake with Himalayan Exploration Treks? A short trek to Phoksundo Lake is suitable for visiting the Dolpo region with a few time limits. Your travel begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which is one of the warmest towns near the Indian border. After the trip, you get to Juphal by another plane where your real journey begins. The trail goes through the places such as Suligad, Chhepka, Amchi hospital to the Shey Phoksundo Lake. You wander not only around the lake and spend your time but also applauding the beauty of the Phoksundo Lake and Mount Kanjirowa. After all, you trace back to Kathmandu via the same route after having enough appreciation.
Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek: Highlights
|Max. Altitude||3660 meters|
Trek to Phoksundo Lake Brief Itinerary
|1.||Fly to Nepalgunj, a doorway to the Far West||Nepalgunj||055|
|2.||Fly to Juphal then trek to Dunai||Dunai||3h00|
|3.||Trek to Chhepka||Chhepka||6h00|
|4.||Trek to Jharana Hotel||Chunuwar||7h00|
|5.||Trek to Ringmo||Ringmo village||4h00|
|6.||Explore sacred Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa||Ringmo|
|7.||Trek to Chhepka||Chhepka village||6h00|
|8.||Trek to Juphal||Juphal||5h30|
|9.||Fly to Nepalgunj then a connecting flight to KTM|
Best time to visit Shey Phoksundo National Park
Spring (Mar to May): According to the trekkers, spring is the best season for the Shey Phuksundo Lake Trek. In addition to the best climatic conditions, the best views of spectacular and colorful rhododendrons bloom in this season. The temperature is moderate during this season, and the weather is perfect. The fascinating aspect of Dhaulagiri and other mountains are visible during this period.
Autumn (September to November): Because of the lovely weather and moderate temperatures, autumn is the best trekking season. So, days are usually sunny, which allows you to look at the superb view of the mountains and the beautiful landscapes. The autumn season is also perfect for the Phoksundo lakes trek too.
Winter (December to February): Winter is always hard in Nepal, and especially in the higher altitudes, it gets even harder. Shey Phuksundo Lake is 3,600 meters high, and so it’s not going to get challenging since the trek isn’t at higher altitudes. It will even be cold, but Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is still feasible.
Summer (June to August): Summer is the rainy season since it brings hot, humid weather, with most trekking areas seeing cloudy skies and rain. At this time of year, choose a trek in the “rain shadow” of the Himalayas such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, or Nar Phu. The Yarthung Horse Festival takes place either in Manang or Mustang in June.
As a result, the best seasons for a trek to Phoksundo Lake are in spring and autumn.
If you are seeking less crowded yet exciting spots, the Dolpo region trekking is ideal to avoid the most popular trekking trails such as Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang.
Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek Permit Cost
Like all other restricted Area treks in Nepal, exploring the Shey Phoksundo National Park is also required specific entry permits such as Lower Dolpo, and Shey Phoksundo National Park. Remember that, Shey Phoksundo National Park covers both Upper and Lower Dolpo. Lower Dolpo Permit cost is US$ 20 per person per week, whereas the Shey Phoksundo National Park entry fee is US$30 per person.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 3: Fly to Juphal then trek to Dunai
Trek Duration: 3h00
Day 4: Trek to Chhepka
Trek Duration: 6-7h00
Day 5: Trek to Jarana Hotel
Trek Duration: 6h00
Day 6: Trek to Ringmo Phoksundo Lake
Trek Duration: 4h00
Day 7: Explore Sacred Phoksundo Lake and Tshowa Gompa
Day 8: Trek back to Chhepka
Trek Duration: 7h00
Day 9: Trek to Juphal
Trek Duration: 6h00
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please, arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.|
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1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.