Phoksundo lake trek is a remarkable adventure in to the Himalayas. It combines natural beauty, cultural immersion and exciting experience in remote Karnali region of Nepal. Shey Phoksundo national park is a home of variety of flora and fauna. There are several villages along the trail, each with its own unique culture and history.
Rich bio diversity, untouched landscapes, turquoise-blue waters of Phoksundo lake, surrounded snow-capped peaks and impressive forests create a breathtaking sight to attract the attention travelers from around the world. Phoksundo lake trekking is a great way to experience the beauty of nature and culture of Nepal.
Easy to fairly moderate
Min 2 to Max 10 Persons
Phoksundo Lake 3611m
March to May & Sept to Dec
Trekking & Sightseeing
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal
Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
The Shey Phoksundo lake trek is an amazing adventure to experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of remote Dolpo region Nepal. It is relatively easy trek, can be completed in 7 to 10 days. Walking trail is well-maintained, but there are some steep ascents and descents. Physically fit anyone can go to explore the Phoksundo lake in Karnali province of Nepal.
Phoksundo trek begins in Juphal town, which is accessible by plane from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. From Jufal, walking trail ascends through a series of picturesque villages, terraced fields, and dense forests of pine, oak, and juniper to the lake. Along the way, you will pass through traditional Tibetan villages, visit monasteries, see majestic view of kanjirowa and Dhaulagiri ranges of Himalayas. Visitors interact with the locals to about their distinct culture, tradition and lifestyle untouched by modernization.
Phoksundo lake trek is a moderate plus trip, suitable for all physicality fit individuals. The trek spans approximately 70 kilometers / 43 miles over 09 to 10 days, covering diverse terrain that includes steep ascents, descents, and uneven paths. The best time to go on Phoksundo lake is from spring, monsoon and fall season or March to November months. During these periods, the weather is favorable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. Hiking to Phoksundo lake provides an opportunity to see stunning scenery, unique Tibetan culture, traditional villages and most amazing / rare wildlife including snow leopard.
Off the beaten path Phoksundo lake trek takes to one of the deepest and largest lakes in Nepal. Captivating Phoksundo lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and is a stunning sight to behold. Phoksundo is believed to be sacred by the local people, who follow Buddhist and bonpo traditions.
Phoksundo lake trekking is a great way to see the remote and rugged Dolpo Nepal. Journey pass through untamed beauty of nature, culture and spiritual heritage of Karnali that that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Shey Phoksundo Lake located in Karnali Province, Dolpa District of Nepal at an elevation of 3,641 meters /11,945 feet above sea level. Crystal-clear Phoksundo Lake is a feature highlights of Shey Phoksundo National Park. It is one of the deepest lakes in Nepal surrounded by snow-capped mountains of Himalayas.
Shey Phoksundo national park permit and the Lower Dolpo special permit are essential permits to visit this area. Lower dolpo area permit fee USD 20 per person/ week and afterwards USD 5 per person /day. Phoksundo national park permit fee NPR 3000 per person per entry.
Combination of Flight, Drive and trekking are the main ways to reach Shey Phoksundo lake from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Flight to Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal then hiking to Phoksundo lake. Alternatively drive all the way from Kathmandu to Juphal then trek to the Lake. The trek takes you through beautiful landscapes, traditional villages, forests and alpine meadows. There are two different route to reach the Shey Phoksundo lake from juphal you can select walking trail as per your preferences and time availability.
Travelers get an opportunity to discover the rich biodiversity of National park. Variety of plant, birds and animal species like red panda, musk deer, blue sheep, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr etc. Beside that Phoksundo Lake, Kanjiroba Himal, Bon Po monasteries, practice of Tibetan Buddhism ant and wildness of the Himalayas.
The main reason to undertake Phoksundo Lake trek are stunning scenery, cultural immersion, birds and wildlife spotting, religious significance. it is moderate level trek beginners to experience hiker can complete within short time frame.
The best time to visit Shey Phoksundo Lake is in spring or fall months (March to May and September to December). During these periods, the weather is generally pleasant and sunny, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures to enjoy the trip.
Exact distance of Shey Phoksundo lake trek can vary depend on route you follow, starting and ending points. However, common route covers 85 to 108 kilometers in total. Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake begin from Juphal and usually takes around 7-10 days, depend on your pace, itinerary and weather condition etc.
The difficulty level of Shey Phoksundo Lake trek is moderate type. Hikers must be in good physical condition, mental preparation to complete it. The highest point that you reach during this journey is 3641 meters / 11945 feet (Ringmo view point). Shey Phoksundo Lake is a popular trekking destination, requires a high level of altitude acclimatization to minimize the risk.
Shey Phoksundo Lake trek cost of basic package start from US$1,100 to US$2,500 per person. it is an estimates, actual cost of the trek may vary depends on length of trek, group size, level of luxury, transportation and the time of year you travel.
Tea house facility available in this route till to the Phoksundi lake of lower Dolpa. Local lodges / tea houses offer verity of local as well as western foods as per guest’s preferences. They do provide neat and clean room with bed, blanket and pillow to spend the night.
Shey Phoksundo Lake holds deep religious significance for the local Dolpo people. It is believed to have spiritual significance, associated with various Buddhist deities, spiritual practices and Bon rituals. Local Buddhist community organize ceremonies, prayers, and offerings time to time in this sacred site. Devotees walk around the lake in a clockwise direction, chanting mantras and prayers. This practice is believed to accumulate merit and purify the mind and body. Pilgrims believe that bathing in the lake’s waters can cleanse their sins and bring spiritual blessings.
Shey Phoksundo Lake is also surrounded by a rich tapestry of myths and legends. Turquoise Phoksundo Lake is a deepest lake in Nepal, with a maximum depth of 145 meters (476 feet). The lake is fed by several glaciers and streams, and its water drains into the Suligad River.
No, swimming is not allowed in Phoksundo Lake because of its holy status and for safety concerns. Phoksundo Lake is a beautiful lake and popular destination for tourists and locals of Nepal.
Juphal or Dunai are the trip start and end point of Shey Phoksundo trek. Walking trail is well-maintained but need to ascend and descent through variety of landscapes, including forests, meadows, river and alpine valleys etc.