Phoksundo Lake Tour

Trip Overview Phoksundo Lake Tour

Shey Phoksundo Lake Tour in Nepal

Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is a sacred lake offering stunning natural beauty. Considered sacrosanct by the Dolpa locals, it is praised for its aquamarine greenish blue color. No aquatic life in the lake pronounces that the water is crystal clear. Called by the seasoned travelers as the jewel of Dolpo, Shey Phoksundo Lake gives refreshing experience to the eyes. Ringed by tall snow-capped mountains, view of Phoksundo Lake is an extremely satisfying experience. Shey-Phoksundo National Park is situated in the mountain region of the Western Nepal near the Phoksundo Lake covering parts of Dolpa and Mugu districts. Gazetted in 1984, it is the largest national park in the country with an area of 3,555 sq. km. The main objectives of the park are to preserve the unique Himalayan ecosystem with its typical Tibetan type of flora and fauna, and to protect endangered species such as the snow leopard and musk deer.
Dolpo, a remote area, is located in the Mid-Western part of Nepal. The timeworn place has had close relations with Tibet. Trekkers were allowed to visit Dolpo as late as 1990 as it was a restricted area until then. However, to remain far from the limelight has its own benefits. Dolpo has been able to preserve its wonderful beauty. Trekkers can soak in the wonderful scenic view of Phoksundo Lake, and, at the same time, enjoy the intriguing culture of Ringmo village which is a mix of Nepalese and Tibetan influences. Monsoon in Dolpo region is interrupted by the Dhaulagiri range. This means that trekking can only be done in summer season. It is a lake with a Buddhist legend and therefore swimming and bathing is prohibited. The water of the lake is devoid of any aquatic life and so the lake is absolutely pure. Only a few migrating birds visit the lake.

Itinerary Outline
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Flight to Nepalgunj
Day 3: Flight to Juphal / Trek to Dunai (2150m)
Day 4: Trek to Chhapka (2670m)
Day 5: Trek to Jharana Hotel
Day 6: Trek to Phoksundo Lake
Day 7: Rest day
Day 8: Trek to Sangta
Day 9: Trek to Juphal
Day 10: Juphal – Nepalgunj- Kathmandu (Flight)
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu
 
 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Adventure Himalayan Travel’s representatives will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu upon your landing, and escort you to the hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Flight to Nepalgunj
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal of the Airport and take a flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, a town in the western Terai, is very close to the Indian border and the Bardiya Nationl Park. It is a major transport focal point for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 3: Flight to Juphal, Trek to Dunai (2150m)
Following the morning breakfast at the hotel, you will then be transferred to the Airport in Nepalgunj from where you will take a 35-minute flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and wind through local villages. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai (2150m). Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. It is also the administrative capital and the headquarters of Dolpa district. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Dunai.
Day 4: Trek to Chhapka (2670m)
You will wake up early in the morning and have breakfast and tea at the guest house. Your trek then starts from Dunai and you will trek until Chhapka, which has a few houses and a lodge. We will stay overnight at the local lodge.
Day 5: Trek to Jharana Hotel
After breakfast at the local lodge, we climb early in the morning and make our way towards Jharana hotel. The trail climbs through a forest of big cedars and on a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route climbs gradually throughout open country to an elevation of 3370m. We get a close view of a spectacular 330-metre –high waterfall, the highest in Nepal and a faraway view of Phoksundo lake. We stop for the night at Jharana (waterfall) Hotel.
Day 6: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3610m)
Breakfast at hotel in the morning & we make our way to Phoksundo Lake, we make a steep descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo River. 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 Khola (River) flows out of the lake. Phoksundo Lake is 4.8 km long, 1.8 km wide and is said to be 650 meters deep. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 7: Rest day
After consuming breakfast at the hotel, we head out to explore the area around the glorious Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its outstanding turquoise color and amazing scenery. Phoksundo is the deepest lake in Nepal and its beauty is almost unmatched. Ringmo village, which is a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. There are many monasteries (Gompas) and Bon 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. We explore about the nature & their life style during our visit. Overnight.
Day 8: Trek to Sangta
After an enjoyable and insightful visit to the Shey Phoksundo Lake, we then start our return tour by trekking to Sangta. It will take around four –five hours to reach Sangta where we will stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 9: Trek to Juphal
On the ninth day of the itinerary package, we will trek through Sangta to Juphal. Juphal was the place from where our journey had literally started a week ago. Following the completion of the lake tour, we return back to Jhuphal. Overnight stay at a hotel or lodge.
Day 10: Juphal – Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
The next day, we will take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we will catch another flight to Kathmandu and return to the capital city by evening. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu
The last day of the tour package, you will be transferred to the International Airport in Kathmandu from where you will catch a flight back to your home country or your next destination.