Shey Phoksundo Trek

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek lies in Dolpo, the largest territorial district in Nepal. Dolpo is the local name for the region; Dolpa is the government spelling. It is certainly a beautiful and splendid place. The exotic sites and natural sceneries lure people all over the world, thus making it a must visit this destination. Mirroring the snowy Kanjiroba massif, the turquoise lake waters look heavenly. No wonder this lake is regarded sacred by Buddhists and followers of Bon-po religion. Phoksundo Lake is Dolpo’s one and only teahouse/home-stay trek. Dolpo’s attraction is its rich religious and cultural heritage, thousands of years history inherited from the ancestors.

In Upper Dolpo’s vast arid land bordering China live some of Dolpo’s indigenous people with close cultural, linguistic, and racial resemblance to the people of Western Tibet. These people have lived in Dolpo for almost 4000 years preserving the early Tibetan Buddhist teachings and rituals till this day. The trail passes through wonderful Himalayan forests and picturesque traditional villages. The rivers and waterfalls on the trail are some of Nepal’s most magnificent. In addition to natural beauty, the trekking area also is rich in wildlife.

One may get to see some endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr etc. Within the Shey Phoksundo National Park lies our destination Phoksundo Lake.

Buddhism is the main religion in Dolpo. The monasteries in Shey and Tsakang are two important sites of pilgrim in this part of the Himalayas. The Crystal Mountain in the same region is considered holy by the people of Dolpo who believe in acquiring divine merit if circumambulated once in a lifetime. The teachings and practices of Buddhism in Dolpo grew even further after the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1949.

The fleeing Tibetans including venerable Lamas crossed through Dolpo taking refuge at its many monasteries and towns scattered over the vast arid landscape. Some contemporary Rinpoches of different sects of Tibetan Buddhism were actually born in Dolpo to fleeing Tibetans. Buddhism continues to be a way of life in upper Dolpo; and till today young boys sent to places as far as Mysore in South India to study Buddhism under the tutelage of venerable Lamas.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompained by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour.

A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets. Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.

From Kathmandu we take a flight on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, a town in the western Terai & is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel.


Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal. Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and winds through local villages. Its not that far from Juphal to Dunai, but remember you have just landed at 2475m. From Juphal the trails heads southeast, at first high above the deep valley of Thulo Bheri, then Kalagaonda and then Rupgad. Dunai is quite a large centre with a district hospital, paved streets and one recognisable lodge.


The path climbs steadily for most of the day, with some exposed rock-cut section high above the bubbling turquoise water of dancing Suli Gad Khola. The upriver trail is mostly through shrubs and on precipice mostly exposed to the morning sun. At Kageni cross a wood bridge and continue uphill on the left above 150 feet of Suli. Above, all is bleak and rocky. The one-house, grassy field village of Shyanata is attained and not far up is Chhepka. We will stay overnight there at Chhepka.


The trails today are quite exposed but not enough to deter most people. Overall it’s a pleasant day with bags of anticipation. The trekking begins along the riverbank on a log-supported path and then passes through a rocky gorge.The trail is wider and mostly along the river bank. In the mornings the damp dark soil often captures footprints of larger mammals, primates, and horned herbivores. The village of Rechi is reached where we stay overnight there .


This is a shorter day, but there is an altitude gain of 650m to be negotiated beside one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the country. Leaving Rechi the canyon narrows with drama to match the expectations of reaching the fabled lake at Ringmo. The trails climbs to the yak-filled meadows of Ringmo. Ringmo has a clutch of basic lodge/homestays. The lake is truly stunning.


Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which is a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of them. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.


After an enjoyable and insightful visit we trek to Sangta. We stay overnight at the hotel.

We trek through Sangta to Juphal. Overnight at a hotel or lodge.

We take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj, overnight at Hotel.

It takes around 35-40 min to reach Kathmandu from Nepalgunj via flight. Then, leisure day at Kathmandu followed by farewell dinner & celebration. You can ask your guide to take you on a sightseeing trip inside Kathmandu Valley. On this day you can go to the various museums around the valley including the Narayanhiti Museum which earlier used to be the residence of the last king of Nepal. You may also go to the hilltop of Nagarkot. After some sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the valley, you will have a farewell dinner and enjoy with your Nepali friends and guide. You might even make plans for extending your stay for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and more with your guide.

Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours earlier than your flight time with a hope to see you again. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 4 nights Kathmandu in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide, Transportations and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Kathmandu airplane flight and departure taxes
  • Food and Accommodation during camping trekking (full board service – breakfast, lunch and dinner + hot water)
  • An experienced English speaking trekking & climbing guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works (National Park Fee )
  • TIMS (card)
  • Wongchu Peak Promotion Trekking duffel bag and trekking/ climbing map
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Insurance for Nepali Staff
  • Daily Dispatch on
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • If required to change from airplane to helicopter to/from Nepalgunj-Juphal  due to weather issues, the additional cost of the helicopter will be shared amongst clients.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear
  • Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner)
  • Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower etc.)
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs.
  • Tips for guides and porters



Waterproof Hiking shoes

1 pair

Changing shoes / sandal

1 pair


3 pairs

Warm trousers

2 piece

Warm pants

2 pairs

T – shirts

5 piece

Long underwear

1 pair


1 piece

Warm fleece Jacket

1 piece

Baseball hat

1 piece

Warm hat

1 piece

Waterproof pant and jacket

1 pair

Good gloves for trek and climb

2 pair

Sleeping bag

1 piece

Personal back pack

1 piece

Duffel bag

1 Piece

Sun glass

1 piece

Sun block cream

1 piece

Head lamp / torch


Water  bottle -1 liter bottle

2 piece

Trekking poles

1 pair

Tooth brush and tooth paste


Extra  batteries for head lamp/ torch and camera


Extra film rolls/ memory cards (if digital camera )


Battery charger ( if digital camera)



1 piece

Lip guard


Personal first aid kits


Rain coat


All the equipment can be purchased and some of the equipment can be rented in Nepal at reasonable price.


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Trip-Code: WPP-001-SPT
Destination: Nepal
Region: Dolpo Region
Altitude: 3612 M
Season: Spring/ Autum
Difficulty: Easy
Accommodation: Hotel, Tea house & Camping
Duration: 13 Days

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