Plan for less crowded Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek in Dolpo district of Nepal. Shey Phokshundo Lake hiking is popular among Nepali and foreigners these days due to its beauty. You can enjoy the amazing view of Phoksundo Lake after 3 days hike from Juphal Airport which is also known as heaven on earth. The Phoksundo Lake also comes under the Shey Phoksundo National Park which is rich in medicinal herbs.
Local Nepalese needs to obtain the trekking permit only to visit this lake, however, foreigners need to issue an Upper Dolpa restricted area permit which to enter this area. The iconic lake which was only seen in some music videos and films can be seen in reality if you are physically fit to hike at this altitude.
The altitude of Phokshundo Lake is 3589 Meters from sea level with an area of 1.91 Square Miles and 145 meters deep. The ancient Ringmo Village resides on the edge of Phokshundo Lake which is also rich in Buddhist culture. You are not allowed to swim or perform any other activities in the lake during the trek.
The snowcapped mountain around and the blue lake with greenery make your hike fruitful. You can enjoy the circuit hike of the lake in your spare day time exploring the monasteries and different faces of the lake from a different corner.
Outline itinerary of Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek
|Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj|
|Day 2: Nepalgunj to Juphal and hike to Chhepka|
|Day 3: Trek from Chhepak to Shey Phokshundo Lake|
|Day 4: Explore the lake and relax|
|Day 5: Hike back from Shey Phokshundo Lake to Raktang|
|Day 6: Another day hike to Juphal|
|Day 7: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu|
Detailed Itinerary of Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek
Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Once your breakfast is over, we will receive you from your hotel and drive towards Thribhuwan International Airport – Domestic Terminal. Today we will fly to Nepal which is one of the biggest cities bordered by India. The flight duration is 50 Min where you can enjoy the magnificent view of mountain ranges. Drive towards the hotel and explore the city in the evening on your own.
Day 2: Nepalgunj to Juphal and Hike to Chhepka
We will check out from our hotel in Nepalgunj and drive to the Nepalgunj Airport for Juphal flight. Due to the weather conditions, we need to fly early to Juphal from Nepalgunj. The flight duration from Nepalgunj to Juphal is 45 Minutes. Once reaching Juphal, we will take a sharing jeep to Suligad which is the starting point of our trek. Suligad is also the point where Shey Phoksundo National Park starts. You need to obtain National Park Permit to enter this area.
We will cross the Bheri river by Suspension bridge and hike towards the National Park Headquarter which is within 10 minutes of the hike. After crossing the bridge, you also go side by the Nepal Army’s last barracks of the Dolpo region. Purchase a trekking permit on-site and hike to Chhepka by the edge of Bheri River.