Shey Phuksumdo Trek


Close  The Phoksundo lake in Shey Phoksundo national park, Dolpo area, Western Nepal.

Shey Phuksumdo Trek

Shey Phoksundo trek is a high-altitude trek in Dolpo, the trans-Himalayan region northwest of Nepal. The highlight of the trek is Phoksundo Lake, 3,612 m, in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, that ranks amongst the most scenic mountain parks in the world. Tshowa monastery, on the east bank, offers spectacular views of the lake with deep-blue and emerald hue water, the deepest in Nepal.

Phoksundo National Park lies across the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau, and is cut off by a series of high mountain passes. The trek follows off-the beaten- path leading into remote Buddhist settlements with several monasteries offering beautiful views of Api Saipal and Kanjiroba Himalayas. Leading on to Upper Dolpo, the trek follows along the ancient salt trading route to Tibet. The region is inhabited by Bonpa people, a rare indigenous people with rich culture and practices that are not only fascinating but culturally shocking to the outer world.

And, travel into the heart of Dolpo, with ancient villages & monasteries.

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  • This 14-day tour can be customised for any travellers for adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • Tigerland Safari Resort has created a sanctuary amidst lush green jungle where 32 deluxe air-conditioned villas, built on stilts blend perfectly with nature.
  • Mountain Resort in Jomsom. The views of the mountains around here are awe inspiring. In the evenings, the entire panorama is filled with a golden, glittering light which forms a dramatic contrast with the barren, black and dry mountains of the surrounding Kali Gandaki valley
  • Local English speaking Naturalist/guide will be with guests during Jungle activities in /Chitwan and sightseeing in Pokhra. Drive Kathmandu/ Chitwan/ Pokhara will be without guide
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. AwimAway can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Tea Houses are the houses of local people converted into local lodge/Guest houses. Rooms available at these tea houses are small & cozy but neat & clean Most of the lodges are equipped with clean common bath/toilet. Lodge provides Hot water in a bucket by paying extra cost. Some lodges provide solar heated water for bathing purpose but there is no guarantee. Lodges do not have pre-reservation system so we have to find the best available lodge for overnight. Do not expect high service standard but you are guaranteed hospitality and a lifetime experience
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Ino the Heart of Nepal Travel Dolpo in West Nepal and take an exciting Shey Phuksumdo Trek, passing through ancient villages, high passes and isolated Buddhist monasteries.
Kathmandu, Nepalgung, Shey Phuksumdo Trek
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

The origin of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has seen an interesting past. From a wooden rest house on the Indo-Tibet trade route it became a hippy destination and the next two decades, a starting point for trekkers and mountaineers.  In recent times, it has become a destination for the rich who also wish to have a glimpse of the Himalayas. They travel by helicopter, car and foot but with one ultimate aim; to see the unrivalled beauty of the Himalayas.
Hotel Himalaya (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Begin your private tour with a visit of Kathmandu city and the surrounding areas. There are shrines to both Buddhism and Hinduism at almost every corner but the one to see is Swayambhunath, holy for the Hindus and frequented by freely roaming holy monkeys. If time permits you can chose to visit Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River, the famous Shiva temple of Hindus and the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu.

In the afternoon, visit Patan, one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. It is good to see these places but if you really want to get a feeling for the place, then take your time and walk through Thamel Street and observe everyday life. It provides a better understanding of the local people and their culture.
Hotel Himalaya (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Nepalgunj Take a private transfer to the domestic airport for your 55 minutes flight to Nepalgunj, located on the Terai plains near the southern border with India.
Kitchen Hut (B, D)

Day 4 – Trek (4 hrs trek)
Jufal-Dunai Transfer to the airport for your 35 minutes flight to Juphal over steep mountain ridges with beautiful views of snowcapped mountains. Juphal airport is just a gravel airstrip amidst the mountains, which guarantees a spectacular landing. Stepping out of the plane, you enter in a completely different world. From a hot city in the plains, you arrive in a small mountain village, situated in the midst of the Himalaya, breathing in crispy cold air.

Our trek begins from Jufal leading up to Dunai, a small village located next to a river in a beautiful wide valley.
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Trek (7 hrs trek)
Chepka A normal trekking day begins with bed-tea. We tend to start early as it provides better views and also because the high wind come down the high mountains and rush through the valley later in the day.  Today we will check into the Shey Phoksundo National Park. The trail from here is well exposed to the morning sun so we suggest that take precautions for sun protection. Unlike the plains, the sun at high altitude in the Himalayas is very strong and you can get sunburnt in just a few hours. After a last strenuous climb of an hour and half, we will reach Chepka, a small camping area on the Phoksundo Lake trek. It is one of the two places on the trek where some lodges are available to sleep. The rest of the journey will be in tents.
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Trek (8 hrs trek)
Sunduwa The beauty of this trek lies in its trail that passes through giant pines, oaks, maple, walnut, and Birch and provides views of high mountains and wide Tibetan valleys. But it is the serenity and serendipity of the region that is overwhelming.

As we walk out on the damp dark soil, we see footprints of larger mammals, primates, and horned herbivores and wonder, what might we see of the wildlife. These thoughts keep us occupied as we make 3 major climbs today, a test of real endurance. But after almost 8 gruelling hours, the trail widens miraculously to green pastures overlooking the high peaks where we camp, bliss!
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Trek (5 hrs trek)
Ringmo Today the altitude is high, the terrain dry and the vegetation is of sparse Juniper shrubs and few Cypresses. Stay close to the guide as the trail on the precipice is narrow and steep with confusing runoffs of loose soil and falling rocks. The climb to the ridge top is steep but the views of the waterfall from the top are rewarding. The 270˚ view of beautiful terraced farms of Reike, Sunduwa and the nearby mountains is breathtaking. From there we take the first sneak peek of turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake. A short walk downhill through pine groves and we camp besides the beautiful reflecting the blue turquoise sky.
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Trek
Phoksundo Lake Today we will explore the nearby village of Ringmo. The people of Ringmo are B’onpos, the followers of B’on tradition. Bon is commonly considered to be the indigenous spiritual tradition of Tibet, a system of shamanistic and animistic practices performed by priests called bonpo (bon po). The ancient roots of Bon religion derive from a profound respect for nature and emphasize the healing of physical and environmental as well as spiritual afflictions.

As Indian Buddhism was being established in Tibet, many native Bon elements were incorporated into the incoming religion, resulting in a distinct religion known today as Tibetan Buddhism. In turn, Buddhist influences are abundantly evident in Bon religion as it currently exists. The two religions are distinct in many ways but share a strong and identical commitment to bringing an end to all suffering.

There is an old B’on monastery in Ringmo but remember that although at first sight, the Bon religion seems very similar to Buddhism, there are some differences, e.g. the Buddhists pace around them clockwise whereas the Bonpo walk around their monuments anti-clockwise.
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Trek
Phoksundo Lake Option 1: Lake Viewpoint – (5 hrs trek)
The shape of Shey Phoksundo Lake resembles a lowercase Latin alphabet “r”. Since the camping site is on the southern bank and the high mountains encircle the lake the best spot to view the entire lake is from the viewpoint about 200 meters above the village. The hike to the viewpoint passes through a pine grove and after a steep ascent reaches a viewpoint from where you can see the entire lake.

Option 2: Waterfall – (6 hrs trek)
Shey Phoksundo Lake is drained out by a river that creates a forceful waterfall half way through Sunduwa and Ringmo. This waterfall is perhaps one of the majestic in Nepal. The crystal clear water of Phoksundo forms a dramatic giant cotton ball effect while making a thunderous landing about 100 feet below. The vegetation around the waterfall is rich with thick pine forest. Musk deers, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and the rare Snow Leopards are also sighted around the waterfall.
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 10 & 11 – Trek
Jufal The downhill from Ringmo to Sunduwa is quite steep. A lone lammergeyer can be sighted hovering in the sky searching for its feed. Otherwise, the hike is pleasant. (5 hours)

Next day start early after breakfast. There are no major uphills or torturous downhill climbs except for the last two and half hours stretch to Jufal. The distance covered today will be rather long.
Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Transfer from Nepalgunj
Kathmandu Flights to Nepalgunj depart early morning and transfers to Kathmandu are arranged accordingly.
Hotel Himalaya (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Tour
Kathmandu After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu. After lunch and rest, take a private guided tour to the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu. Later take a leisurely walk through Thamel Street and observe everyday life. It provides a better understanding of the local people and their culture.
Hotel Himalaya (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Depart
Kathmandu After breakfast transfer to the Kathmandu airport for your onward journey.
Meals (B)

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Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival, you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.

When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold but beginning February, the weather gets warmer and trekkers find forests full of rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom. The heat wave runs through May until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. But in September, when the rains stop, the weather is balmy, the air is crisp and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.