Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

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Trip Overview

Shey Phoksundo Trek is an emerging adventurous trekking trip. Phoksundo Lake (second largest lake of Nepal) is situated in Dolpa (Dolpo in Tibetan) district and lies is Shey Phoksundo National Park-largest National Park in the country. Absent of aquatic life and mirroring the snowy Kanjiroba massif, the crystal clear turquoise lake water looks heavenly. The trek is easy as no high passes are involved. Shey Phoksundo National Park is home to various species of rare flora and fauna and still preserves the centuries old traditions of Bon Po and Buddhism untouched by any sorts of modernization. The Crystal mountain is the same region is considered holy by the people of Dolpo.

Shey Phoksundo trek starts once you reach Jhupal via flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhupal. From Jhupal we trek by riverside to reach Dunai village and then to Chhepka. We climp up steadily to Sumduwa and to Ringmo village. Finally, we make a steep descend through birch forests to magnificent Phoksundo lake. Also called the Jewel of Dolpo by seasoned travelers, Phoksundo lake, with its surrounding mountains and blue stable water of makes unforgettable scene for life. Ringmo village with colorful religious flags on homes waving with breeze is nestled in the area. It is among the highest settlements on Earth. There are many beautiful glaciers near and above the lake area. After exploring around the lake we trek to Sangta and to Juphal for a return flight.

The people in the National Park area follow the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion as well as Buddhism. There are many gompas and religious sites. Shey Gompa, established in 11th century and Thashung Gompa built around 900 years ago are very famous. The National Park is important habitat for endangered species like snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue ship, Himalayan tahr and many more animals. It is home to 6 species of reptiles, 29 species of butterfly and over 200 species of birds.

This trek takes you to one of the remotest and least exposed areas of Nepal, also isolated by difficult topography and offers rare opportunity to explore undisturbed territory and people. April to November is best time to visit.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai(2150m)
Day 05: Trek to Chhepka(2670m)
Day 06: Trek to Jharana hotel.
Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake
Day 08: Phoksundo Lake rest day.
Day 09: Trek to Sangta.
Day 10: Trek to Juphal
Day 11: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Transfer to the airport for the final departure

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and breakfast
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder Guide
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Emergency expenses like rescues, emergency medical treatment.
  • Personal insurance charges.
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 12 Days

Price : 2600 USD

Difficulty Level : Moderate

Minimum Altitude : 1300m

Group Size : 2-15 people

Activities : trekking, hiking, sightseeing

Transportation : flight, car & jeep

Accommodation : 3-5 star hotel in kathmandu

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