Phoksundo Lake Trek 11 Days trip code: EH0113

Best Months

  • March-May
  • Sept-Nov


  • 11 Days

Grade / Difficulty

  • Moderate


  • Hotels/Local Tea-houses


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A week in Lower Dolpo that highlights scenic Phoksundo Lake & the incredibly authentic Bon culture, Phoksundo Lake Trek

It is the shortest approach to Nepal's one of the fascinating lakes, which lies in the wilderness of Lower Dolpo. Dolpo is the biggest district in Nepal with least population density. It is the home to untouched natural wonders, authentic Bon culture and Tibetan Buddhism. Dolpo showcases traditional Tibetan culture beyond Tibet.  Phoksundo Lake Trek is the easiest trek in Dolpo Region. The trek however is considered moderate trek of Nepal. The trek doesn't involve any high passes and everyday walk during the trek is relatively easy and requires no extreme effort. 

The prime highlight of the trek is Phoksundo Lake itself. The turquiose lake surrounded by Mt Kanjiroba and its nearest neighbors, Phoksundo Lake has three unique features. Devoid of life, changing its colors during different times of the day & the way water freezes here during winter inside out are three unique attributes of the lake. The trek also highlights scenic views of green woodlands of Shey Phoksundo National Park & towering snowcapped peaks of western Nepal and beyond border. The trek is also significant culturally. The diverse cultures can be observed during the trek. During the early trek, we witness the typical "Khas" culture in villages like Dunai & Juphal. As we go higher the culture of region changes with the change in geographic scenarios. Most prominent cultural aspect trekkers crave to see during Phoksundo Lake Trek is the Bon culture. In Ringmo, the village that lies on a spur above Phoksundo Lake is the home to Bon religion. Bon Monastery in the village and Bon culture in every household are the important highlights of the trek

The trek begins from Juphal and ends at Juphal after exploring a week in the wilderness of Lower Dolpo.

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  • Accommodation during trek available everyday en-route (local lodge)
  • All meals during trek if undertaken teahouse trek 
  • Expert tour guide who can speak English or language as per the requirement 
  • Entry fees to all heritage sites during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trek guide & local porters during trek 
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Juphal-Nepaljung-Ktm flight transfer
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation at 3 star hotel in Nepaljung with breakfast
  • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All applicable government tax
Day to Day Itinerary
  • Day 01: : Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & Trek preparation day
  • Day 03: : Fly to Nepalgunj 45mins flight & then to Juphal 35 mins flight 2475m; Trek to Dunai (2145m) 3 hrs Trek
  • Day 04: : Trek to Chhepka (2670m) 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 05: : Trek to Jharana Hotel 3350m 5-6 hrs Trek
  • Day 06: : Trek to Ringmo 3460m 5-6 hrs Trek
  • Day 07: : Explore around Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 08 : Trek back to Chhepka 2520m 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 09: : Trek back to Juphal 6-7 hrs treks
  • Day 10: : Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then take a connecting flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: : Depart Kathmandu
Service Excludes
  • Nepal visa 
  • International flight fare
  • Food in Kathmandu  except breakfast
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Drinks, snacks while walking
  • Any other tours, transfers and services other than mentioned above
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver
  • Your insurance & Medical Expenses

Day 01:: Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel

Flying in to the Himalayan nation Nepal is different in itself. Witness the towering Himalayan giant’s minutes before landing Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu if the weather permits. Enjoy the cordial Nepalese welcome in arrival terminals of the airport and drive to your designated hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & Trek preparation day

Actually this day is a trek preparation day. As our team is preparing the required permits for Phoksundo Lake Trek; you will be taken to Kathmandu most beautiful locales where culture history and the heritage of the ancient town spills in every corner. Explore the biggest hub of Hinduism in Nepal Pashupatinath where travelers get to experience the important aspects of the religion. Stroll around Boudhanath, a large dome shaped stupa where Tibetan culture and Buddhism are seen at its best. Exploration of Kathmandu Durbar Square is an awesome experience as it takes you to Nepal’s one of the oldest architectural landmarks where local Newari culture also has been prospering for ages.

Day 03:: Fly to Nepalgunj 45mins flight & then to Juphal 35 mins flight 2475m; Trek to Dunai (2145m) 3 hrs Trek

Today we drive to domestic section of TIA. From TIA we fly to Nepaljung. A major town in the western Terai of Nepal is the gateway to treks in western Himalayas & Bardiya National Park. From Nepaljung we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal- the starting point of Phoksundo Lake Trek.  Treading southeast across Thuli Bheri Valley, we cross pass traditional village Kalagauda. Chasing the trails along the southern bank of Bheri River we arrive to Dunai via Roop Ghar. Overnight in Dunai.

Day 04:: Trek to Chhepka (2670m) 6-7 hrs trek

Trekking downhill through the streets of Dunai, we arive to Bheri River. Crossing it over a bridge we trek upstream for almost an hour to arrive Sulighat. Continuing to head north, we reach Phoksundo National Park Check Post. Then we begin to trek uphill on a rock strewn trail that stretches above snaky Suli Ghad River. Penetrating the woods of hemp, we arrive to Kageni. Now the trek begins to unfold its magnificent highlights as it goes through pleasant woods of oaks and maples. Furthermore, Tibetan culture begins to be seen gradually as we go higher to Shyanta 2520m. The last uphill push for almost 90 minutes on a narrowed trail brings us to  Chhepka 2670m. Overnight in Chhepka.

Day 05:: Trek to Jharana Hotel 3350m 5-6 hrs Trek

Today the trek climbs high through the forests of huge cedars to Kharka. Kharka is the winter home to natives of Ringmo. From here the gradual uphill climb takes us to open field (Jhanrana Hotel)at above 3350m, which is the vantage point to see the highest fall in Nepal (330m high) The distant yet beautiful first view of Phoksundo Lake comes into our sight from here. Overnight at Jharana Hotel.

Day 06:: Trek to Ringmo 3460m 5-6 hrs Trek

Sliding steeply down across birch forest we arrive to Phoksundo khola. Crossing the river over a bridge we chase the trail on north bank of the river we reach to the point from where the river exits out of Phoksundo Lake. Furthermore, the trek through the river gully we arrive to the wide meadows of of Ringmo. Ringmo is one of the most  popular and authentic Bon Villages of the region. Overnight in Ringmo.

Day 07:: Explore around Phoksundo Lake

A big and the most rewarding day of Phoksundo Lake Trek is here. Naturally and culturally you shall witness the exception. We begin with the exploration of Ringmo. Ringmo is typical Bon Village, where bon culture of practicing shamanism is still the way of life. Traditional houses, attires, ornaments and household activities would amaze you in Ringmo. Then we walk up to Tshowa Monastery that sits atop a ridge above Phoksundo Lake. 900 years old Bon Gompa is undoubtedly a treasure to explore for trekkers. After exploring the monastery, we slide down to Phoksundo Lake walking along the steep clifss. Be careful. On reaching Phoksundo Lake you would begin to admire nature. Clear turquiose water devoid of animals screens the magnificent image of Mt Kanjiroba. Explore around for a while savor the beauty of green vegetation, silvery Himalayan peaks and exceedingly beautiful natural water reservoir. 

Day 08: Trek back to Chhepka 2520m 6-7 hrs trek

Our trek today begins to retrace back towards Juphal. Hopefully, you have enjoyed the trek and have beautiful memories and images of Phoksundo Lake and its neighborhood. Today's trek brings us back to Chhepka. Overnight at Chhepka. 

Day 09:: Trek back to Juphal 6-7 hrs treks

Trekking along the retracing trail for 6-7 hours, we arrive to Juphal. On arrving Juphal release your trek exhaustion. Explore around the village as you may get something interesting. Overnight at Juphal.

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

Today on a first flight from Juphal we fly to Nepaljung. Boarding the connecting flight, we land at Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, we shall be escorted to our designated hotels. Evening time is alloted free for your individual activities.

Day 11:: Depart Kathmandu

Our representative will escort to the airport for the final see off to your onward destination. Have a safe flight and visit Nepal time and again we have much more to show.


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