Trip Facts

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Trip Duration 14 Days
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Trip Difficulty Moderate
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Maximum Altitude 3,608 m/11,837 ft
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Best Season To Visit March, April, May, September, October, November

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful Shey Phoksundo lake- located at an elevation of over 3600m and largest and only trans-Himalayan National Park in Dolpo
  • Dolpo is popular for walnut and cultivated in many areas including Juphal.
  • Dolpo has been captured beautifully on film by the famous director Eric Valli in his movie “Caravan

Trip Overview

Shey Phoksondo Lake trek passes through the Dolpa region. Trekking in Dolpa is a unique experience. You will be trekking through beautiful landscapes, and snow-capped mountains, and pass through pine forests alongside wild rivers. Dolpo has been captured beautifully on film by the famous director Eric Valli in his movie “Caravan”.

The trek takes you to Phoksondo Lake; which is enchanting deep-blue and emerald colors that shouldn’t be missed out. Close to the lake is a village (Ringmo) where you can experience Tibetan Bon culture. The village lies on the 30,000 to 40,000-year-old landslide dam that formed the lake. While you pass the dam, you will see a waterfall of over 167 meters/548 ft. tall. Shey Phoksondo Lake Trek is one of the popular treks among travelers and nature lovers.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Optional Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

After breakfast, you have an option to take a tour to World’s UNESCO heritage sites.

Kathmandu Durbar Square also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar and used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. These ancient sites situated in the traditional heart of Kathmandu that incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

The most revered places of Kathmandu Durbar Square is the three-storied temple named Kumari Bahal. The structured like a typical Newari Vihara. In this house lives Kumari, a girl who is respected as the living goddess. During the festival of Indra Jatra, the Kumari is paraded around the square in a custom-built gilded chariot and worshipped by the people.

The tallest temple of Kathmandu valley ‘Taleju Bhawani’ built-in 1549 AD. This temple is deliberated to be the most outstanding work of art in the Durbar square and considered to be the royal goddess.

Jagannath temple built in the 16th century is well-known for erotic carvings, and the Hanuman Dhoka (the royal palace) is situated in Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Kalbhairav is considered to be the destructor form of Lord Shiva. Built-in the 17th century, this, 10 ft. high stone statue of terrifyingly portrayed Kal Bhairav is sited near Jagannath temple.

Temple of Shiva Parvati, rectangular in shape enshrines Nava Durga, a group of goddesses on the ground floor. It has a wooden image of Shiva and Parvati at the window of the upper floor looking out at passerby in Durbar Square.

Swayambhunath: You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “Om Mani Padme Hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

Boudhanath: Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupa in Nepal as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras. You can see the vibrant prayer flags tied to the stupa that conveys mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors signify the elements and the Five Pure Lights.

Pashupatinath: Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 45mins flight

We will be transferred to the airport and will take our flight to Nepalgunj; if it’s a clear day then you will be able to see amazing views of Himalayan range. After landing in Nepalgunj you will be escorted to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to yourself to explore Nepalgunj or to relax at the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Highlights:

  • Splendid vistas of Himalayas
  • Explore vibrant town of Nepalgunj

Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475 m/8,120 ft) 35 mins flight/ to Dunai 3-4 hrs trek

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport from where you will take flight to Juphal. Throughout the flight you will see amazing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Once we land at Juphal we will meet our accompanying trekking crew, we have an early lunch there and start to trek. As we begin the trail descends through terraced fields to Bheri River, trekking further its narrow gorge to Dunai. The village is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpa region, we will explore the village and find a suitable camping site where we will camp the night.

Highlights:

  • Dunai is the district headquarters of Dolpa region where you can see village school, police check post and some government offices.
  • Mixed settlement
  • Buddhist monastery and Hindu Temples
  • Scenic flight to Juphal
  • Pass through huge Dange village where you can see beautiful typical houses
  • Beautiful Snowcapped Mukteswor Peak
  • Able to see the red flag (symbol of warrior of Thakuri caste) in some houses at Dange Village

Day 05: Dunai to Chhepka (2,670 m/8,790 ft ); 6-7 hrs trek

 After having breakfast, we will leave Dunai behind and cross the suspension bridge. We walk towards Shey Phoksundo National Park.  Today we walk along the Phoksondo Khola River. The temperature is almost hot and we traverse bridges several times. On the way you might encounter with white langur monkeys and walk through walnut trees. The trail further climbs through beautiful forest along with the wild flowing river to Chhepka, a small village surrounded by fields of Millet and Wheat. Stay overnight in Chhepka

Highlights:

  • Walk through shaded walnut forest along the riverside
  • You are likely to see troops of Langur monkeys Glimpses of Tibetan culture. relish the views of fluttering colorful prayer flags and lush vegetation on the way
  • Traverse suspension bridges.
  • Walk through Phoksondo crystal clear river

Day 06: Chhepka to Amchi Hospital (3,130 m/10,269 ft) 6-7 hours trek

After breakfast, we will walk into the alpine forest. Take a gradual ascent to Rinchi which is the small village between Chhepka and Amchi. We will continue to trek along the Phoksondo River. Before you get to Amchi hospital there is a boarding school with more than 300 students. We follow Phoksondo Khola heading north where we reach a bridge that takes to Amchi hospital.

Highlights:

  • Visit Amchi hospital which is a very interesting place to visit; an Amchi is a doctor who is educated in traditional Tibetan medicine. Most of the people from this region prefer visiting Amchi rather than a regular doctor
  • Pass through boarding school
  • Pass all the way through shaded forest of larch, birch, many bamboo stand and chestnut trees further up to the valley

Day 07: Amchi hospital to Phoksondo Lake (3,608 m/11,837 ft) 5 hrs trek

After breakfast, we start our trek walking on a flat trail for half an hour. Then we take a steep ascend for about 3 hours and reach at view tower. From here you can see famous Phoksondo waterfall, Phoksondo Lake and Ringmo village.If you look back you can enjoy the splendid vistas of Norbu Khang Mountain (6085m), Kenjirowa Himal South face (6612m).

We then continue to climb uphill for five to ten minutes and take descend through birch trees. Again we walk through flat trail following Phoksondo Khola. After that you reach at Ringmo village and walk for ten minutes will take you to our campsite near Phoksondo Lake.

Highlights

  • You are likely to see blue sheep along the way
  • If you are lucky you might come across with Tibetan snow cock
  • Splendid vistas of Norbu Khang Mountain (6085 m), Kenjirowa Himal South face (6612m).
  • Campsite near stunning Phoksondo Lake
  • Spectacular view of highest water fall, Ringo mo village.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Today is an important for acclimatization as we will be trekking to higher altitude; altitude sickness can be a problem so to avoid altitude sickness we stay back and let our body adopt the altitude. As we stay back a day hike to Bon monastery which is believed that this religion origin prior to Buddhism, explore Ringo mo village can be organized for acclimatization. We will return back to our camp and stay the night here.

Highlights:

  • Visit Bon monastery
  • If you are lucky you might encounter with red fox
  • Explore Tibetan settlement
  • Vistas of Norbu Khang Mountain (6085m), Kenjirowa Himal South face (6612m).
  • Magnificent turquoise color lake and spectacular scenery.
  • Explore Ringmo village, which is a typical Bon Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area.
  • Observe beautiful glaciers found near and above the lake area.
  • Enjoy the beauty of lush vegetation, silvery Himalayan peaks and extraordinarily beautiful natural water reservoir.

Day 09: Phoksondo Lake to Ryanchi 5-6 hours trek

Today after breakfast, we will make our way back. We leave Phoksondo Lake and Ringmo village behind and walk back down to Renji.

Highlights:

  • You are likely to see blue sheep along the way
  • If you are lucky you might come across with Tibetan snow cock
  • Famous Phoksondo waterfall, Phoksondo lake and Ringmo village from view tower
  • Splendid vistas of Norbu Khang mountain (6,085 m), Kenjirowa Himal South face (6,612 m).

Day 10: Ryanchi to Kagani (2,228 m/7,309 ft); 6 hours trek

After breakfast we will follow Phoksondo Khola all the way back down to Kageni.

Highlights:

  • Walk through pine, walnut and alpine forest
  • Likely to see white langur monkeys
  • Mixed settlement of Chhetri, Shahi, Thakuri and Buda
  • Observe freshly harvested red chilies drying in sun on the way to Kagani

Day 11: Kagani to Juphal (2,475 m/8,120 ft); 4-5 hrs trek

Today is the last day of the trek. After having breakfast you leave Kageni and trek towards Juphal. You follow the Phoksundo River, now called Suligad River; as you trek you pass the village of Suligad.

From here you cross a suspension bridge as follow the Thuli Bheri Nadi downstream. Trekking further you pass Rupgad and trek to Kalagauda. After this village, you trek on a narrow path through fields and steeply climb to Juphal. Once you reach there you can relax or explore the village as you will spend the night here.

Highlights:

  • Cross suspension bridge
  • Walk through beautiful fields

Day 12: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj/ Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

After having breakfast you will transfer to airport and take flight to Nepalgunj, as you land you then take another flight to Kathmandu. After landing you will be received by the company vehicle and transferred to the hotel. You will have free time to either explore the valley or rest. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Highlights:

  • Scenic flight to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Day 13: Spare day in Kathmandu

You will wake up late and have a good proper breakfast. You will have the whole day to yourselves to either rest in your hotel or explore Kathmandu valley. You will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Back home

You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home

Price Included

What's Included

  • Airport transfers,
  • Internal Flight Ktm- Nepalgunj- Jhupal
  • Internal Flight Jhupal-Nepalgunj-Ktm
  • 4 nights ***Hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast,
  • 1-night hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast,
  • Tented camp during the trek on full board
  • Trek Permits & National Park Fee
  • Staff insurance on the trek
  • Trek guide, cook, porters, and other supporting staff
  • Duffel bag

What's not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj (approx. US$ 20 per day)
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment,
  • International airfare
  • Extra night accommodation in Nepalgunj because of any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Excess baggage beyond 15 kilos including day pack
  • Visa fee: US$ 30 for 15 days and US$ 50 for 30 days multiple entries
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects) and Public Liability Insurance
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

US$ 60 per person based on 2 pax (Full day sightseeing)

US$40 per person based on 2 pax (Half Day Sightseeing)

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