Shey Phoksundo Lake-11N/12D

location image Kathmandu

11 Nights / 12 Days


Difficulty:: Medium


Max Elevation: 1,849 feet


Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel


Trip ends at: Kathmandu


Trip starts at:: Kathmandu


Private Vehicle


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Embark on a 12-day trek from Kathmandu to Shey Phoksundo Lake in Nepal's Dolpo region. Highlights include scenic flights to Juphal, picturesque villages like Dunai and Ankhe, and the mesmerizing beauty of Phoksundo Lake. Spend two days exploring the lake's crystal-clear waters and nearby village of Ringmo. Trek back through Phoksundo Khola and Chhepka, enjoying the tranquility of the Dolpo landscape. Conclude your adventure with a return flight to Kathmandu, cherishing memories of stunning landscapes and cultural encounters.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Day 2: Nepalgunj to Juphal (Flight) - Trek to Dunai Day 3: Dunai to Ankhe Day 4: Ankhe to Renje Day 5: Renje to Phoksundo Lake Day 6: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake Day 7: Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola Day 8: Phoksundo Khola to Chhepka Day 9: Chhepka to Juphal Day 10: Juphal to Nepalgunj (Flight) - Kathmandu Day 11: Explore Kathmandu Day 12: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Start your journey early in the morning by taking a domestic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in the western Terai region of Nepal.Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, check into your hotel and take some time to rest and freshen up.In the afternoon, explore Nepalgunj city, known for its bustling markets, diverse culture, and vibrant street life.Visit local attractions such as the Bageshwori Temple, the Mini Zoo, or take a stroll along the banks of the Karnali River.Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

Catch an early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal, a small airstrip in the Dolpo region.Upon arrival in Juphal, meet your trekking crew and begin your trek towards Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa.The trail descends through terraced fields and small villages, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills and mountains.After a few hours of trekking, reach Dunai and check into your lodge or guesthouse.Spend the evening exploring Dunai town and its surroundings.Overnight stay in Dunai.

Begin your trek from Dunai towards Ankhe, following the trail alongside the Thulo Bheri River.Pass through picturesque villages inhabited by the Magar and Gurung communities.Trek through lush forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron trees, with occasional glimpses of snow-capped peaks in the distance.Cross several suspension bridges over the river and traverse rocky terrain as you make your way to Ankhe.Upon reaching Ankhe, settle into your accommodation for the night. Overnight stay in Ankhe.

Continue your trek from Ankhe to Renje, a small settlement nestled amidst the rugged landscapes of Dolpo.The trail meanders through dense forests, offering opportunities to spot various species of flora and fauna.Cross the river multiple times via suspension bridges and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys.Arrive in Renje by late afternoon and rest at your lodge or teahouse.Spend the evening relaxing and soaking in the serene atmosphere of Renje.Overnight stay in Renje.

Today's trek takes you to the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest and most beautiful alpine lakes in Nepal.The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.Upon reaching Phoksundo Lake, marvel at its crystal-clear waters and the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it.Set up camp near the shores of the lake and spend the rest of the day exploring the area.Visit the nearby village of Ringmo and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions.Overnight camping near Phoksundo Lake.

Take a well-deserved rest day to explore the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and its surroundings.Hike to nearby viewpoints to get panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Explore the unique flora and fauna of the Phoksundo Lake area, including the blue sheep and musk deer.Interact with local villagers and learn about their way of life and cultural practices.Overnight camping near Phoksundo Lake.

Bid farewell to Phoksundo Lake and begin your trek towards Phoksundo Khola.Descend through pine forests and traverse rugged terrain as you follow the trail alongside the river.Cross several suspension bridges and enjoy the tranquility of the remote Dolpo region.Arrive at Phoksundo Khola by late afternoon and set up camp for the night.Spend the evening relaxing by the river and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.Overnight camping near Phoksundo Khola.

Continue your trek from Phoksundo Khola towards Chhepka, a charming village located along the trail.The trail passes through dense forests of juniper, pine, and cedar trees, providing ample opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.Cross the river multiple times via suspension bridges and traverse rocky terrain as you make your way to Chhepka.Arrive in Chhepka by late afternoon and check into your lodge or teahouse.Spend the evening exploring the village and interacting with the locals.Overnight stay in Chhepka.

Today marks the final day of your trek as you make your way back to Juphal.Retrace your steps along the trail, enjoying the scenic beauty of the Dolpo region one last time.Arrive in Juphal by late afternoon and check into your lodge or guesthouse.Spend the evening relaxing and reflecting on your incredible journey through the Himalayas.Overnight stay in Juphal.

Take an early morning flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, catch a connecting flight to Kathmandu.Arrive in Kathmandu by late afternoon and transfer to your hotel.Spend the rest of the day relaxing and reminiscing about your trekking adventure.Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Take a leisurely day to explore the cultural and historical attractions of Kathmandu.Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa.Explore the narrow streets and bustling markets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu.Purchase souvenirs and handicrafts to take home as mementos of your trip.Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey or departure flight.Bid farewell to the vibrant city of Kathmandu and the majestic landscapes of Nepal as you head home with cherished memories of your trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake.

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