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Himalaya Darshan Treks Pvt. Ltd

"Experience Naturally Nepal With Us"


Per person - All price inclusive

  • Trip Grade:
  • Max-Altitude:
  • Best Season:
    Autumn & Spring
  • Trip Mode:
    Tea house.
  • Group Size:
    Min 2

Phoksundo Lake Trek Highlights

The Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Walk has many highlights that make it a memorable and highly anticipated adventure. Here are some highlights of the trip:

  • Lake Phoksundo: The main point of the trip is Lake Phoksundo. This stunning lake is well-known for its incredibly clean water and deep blue color. The lake provides a magnificent environment because of its close location to tall cliffs and snow-capped mountains.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park: The tour will take you through Shey Phoksundo National Park, a reserve known for its diverse wildlife and pristine natural beauty. The park is home to rare species such as snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan blue sheep.
  • Magical landscape: Traveling through the Dolpo region, you will encounter a unique landscape characterized by rugged terrain, deep gorges, and arid slopes. The breathtaking landscape includes towering Himalayan peaks, lush forests, and vast grasslands.
  • Tibetan Buddhist Culture: The Dolpo region is mainly inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists and the trip offers a chance to immerse in their rich cultural heritage. You will encounter ancient monasteries, prayer flags, and traditional villages where you can witness their rituals and daily life.
  • Remote trip in western Nepal: You will witness the native way of life as the tour takes you through isolated villages in western Nepal. You will get the chance to speak with the welcoming people, discover their traditions and customs, and learn more about their farming methods.
  • The Dolpo region: It is incredibly biodiverse, so you’ll see a wide range of plants and fauna when trekking the paths. Natural beauty is alluring, from highland meadows studded with vibrant wildflowers to deep forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron.
  • Peaceful and secluded atmosphere: One of the remarkable aspects of this trip is the tranquil and secluded atmosphere. The Dolpo region has remained relatively untouched by modernization, providing a sense of solitude and peace as you explore the wilderness.

Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek

The Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Dolpo region of Nepal. It offers breathtaking natural beauty, cultural encounters, and the chance to explore pristine Lake Phoksundo. The trek usually starts from the small town of Juphal after a short scenic flight from Nepalgunj.

Then continues through remote villages, dense forests, and rugged landscapes. As you climb, you’ll witness breathtaking views of the huge waterfall and snow-capped peaks. It will include the Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba ranges.

The trek takes you through Shey Phoksundo National Park, a reserve known for its rich biodiversity and unique flora and fauna. You can spot wildlife like blue sheep, musk deer, and even the elusive snow leopard if you’re lucky.

The local inhabitants of the Dolpo region are mainly Tibetan Buddhists, and their rich cultural heritage is evident in the monasteries, chhortens, and traditional villages that you will encounter on the way.

You will have a chance to interact with friendly locals, learn about their way of life, and witness their traditional practices. In the Dolpo region, there are two other popular trekking routes, the Lower Dolpo circuit trek, and the Upper Dolpo Trek. But those are more adventurous and you need more days than this trek.

Dolpo Teahouse Trek

It is a nice Teahouse Trek in Dolpo along the way to Phoksundo providing basic pedestrian accommodation and meals. These teahouses are small guesthouses run by local families, allowing you to experience the warm hospitality of the region. They provide a comfortable place to rest, enjoy a hot cup of tea, and enjoy local Nepali food.

Phoksundo Lake Tea House Trek usually takes around 10-12 days, depending on your pace and route. It’s a hike of moderate difficulty, suitable for experienced travelers and beginner trekkers.

The best time to visit Shey Phoksundo Lake

The best time to visit Shey Phoksundo Lake in Nepal is during autumn and spring. Autumn: September to November, offering pleasant weather with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The surrounding hills and mountains are adorned with colorful foliage, creating a dramatic backdrop to the lake.

Spring: March to May, is another great time to visit. During this season, the weather is mild and the landscape comes to life with blooming flowers and lush vegetation. The turquoise waters of the lake are especially attractive at this time.

Therefore, planning a visit to Shey Phoksundo Lake in the fall or spring will give you the most favorable weather conditions and enhance your overall experience.


All in all, the Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek offers a unique and awe-inspiring adventure for nature lovers, culture seekers, and those who want to experience the beauty of the remote Himalayan region of Dolpo. If you have enough time, we Himalaya Darshan Treks highly recommend the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek. Please feel free to get in touch.


Day 1, Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,350m) and transfer to hotel

We, Himalaya Darshan Treks heartily welcome you and your group to Nepal. One of our company staff will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The person will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, holding an A4-size paper with your name and our company name. So, you have to look for that person for your pick up from the airport. Your check-in at the hotel.

Day 2, Your free day or Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, Sightseeing in world heritage sites such as Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Basantapur durbar square, then back to the hotel. This day is required to make Lower Dolpo Trek special permit with your original passport.

Day 3, Fligh to Nepalgunj, Stay at hotel.

The mornings can be used to carry out some last-minute re-checks. We will drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and fly to Nepalgunj in the afternoon flights. And transfer to the hotel.

Day 4, Flight to Juphal (2,375m), Trek to Kageni (2,415m). Stay at the tea house.

An early morning 45 minutes flight lands us on Juphal and after a brief sorting and introduction of our crew, the trek finally starts. The trek descends to Thuli Bheri River bank and crosses the River then the trek follows the Phoksundo valley and heads toward Kageni. Stay at the tea house.

Day 5, Trek to Jharna Hotel (3,170m). Stay at tea house.

After breakfast, we will start our journey to the Jharna hotel. Passing through the Chhepka and Rechi village. The trail leads us to Phoksundo river valley. We need to cross this river several times. It is nice walking through the beautiful forest. Stay at the tea house in the Jharna hotel.

Day 6, Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,730m). Stay at tea house

Today is a short hike and a beautiful day. After having breakfast, we start our trek and ascend to Rigmo Gaon. It is most of the walking uphill, enjoying the beautiful view of Phoksundo waterfall, which is amazing. Finally, we reach Phoksundo Lake. After lunch, you have free time so you can enjoy visiting this beautiful lake. The deepest lake in Nepal. Stay at the tea house.

Day 7, Exploration Phoksundo Lake, Ringmo Village and Visit to Monastery.

A whole day to explore the gorgeous lake waters and their surroundings. Tshowa, a medieval Bon monastery founded over 900 years ago, is close and offers more exploration chances. Hikes to the viewpoint, from where you can enjoy the best view of clear blue water Phoksundo Lake and beautiful Ringmo village. It is the best place to take amazing photos of the lake. It takes about 2 hours to hike from your hotel.

Day 8, Trek back to Chhepka (2,838m). Stay at the tea house

We will trek and descend the same way when we ascend before. Stay at the tea house.

Day 9, Trek to Dunai (2,140m). Stay at the tea house.

We will trek descend the same way when we ascend before to Sulighat. Then we will follow the trail to Dunai (District headquarter of Dolpa district). You can visit and explore the Dunai bazaar. Stay at the tea house. If you don’t have enough time and are not interested, It is not necessary to visit/trek Dunai.

Day 10, Trek to Juphal (2,475m). Stay at the tea house.

After breakfast, we were ready for the last day of walking. we start our trekking by following the Thuli Bheri river valley to Rugged. Then our trail ascends to Juphal passing through a beautiful village. Having lunch at juphal then you can visit at juphal bazaar.

Day 11, Flight to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

Early in the morning, we will fight to Nepalgunj. As well followed by an evening flight to Kathmandu and a transfer to the hotel.

Day 12, Final Departure

This will be the last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our staff will take you and your group to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu for your final departure. We wish you and your group safe flights with unforgettable memory from your Nepal trip. Hope to see you again.

Trip Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop by private vehicle (Domestic/International)
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu and One-night hotel at Nepalgunj with a bed and breakfast (Twin sharing)
  • Experienced Guide and porter with salaries, food, accommodation, and insurance, (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Teahouse accommodation and 3 times meals during the trek Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and one cup of Tea/Coffee with a meal.
  • Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek special permit.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permit.
  •  All government and local taxes
  • Both-way flights for guests and guides, Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal (Dolpo) and Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu. (KEEP flight)
  • First Aid medical kit, an Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Emergency Helicopter service arrangement (If needed) which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • We will arrange a Duffel bag, Sleeping bag, Down Jacket, and warm hat (If you don’t have your own.)
  • Himalaya Darshan Treks branded T-shirt and as a souvenir.
  • Dolpo Phoksundo Lake trek achievement certificate.
  • Dolpo Trek Map for a group.
  • Farewell dinner with culture program.

Trip Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Your expenses (Laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, Wi-Fi, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and staff (Tips are expected)
  • Delay due to weather.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding, etc.
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the cost include.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

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