Shey Phoksundo Lake Trekking

12 Days


Lying in one of the most spectacular regions of the Himalayas, Shey Phoksundo will leave you baffled by its beauty. Your trek will bring you closer to the tranquil turquoise lakes and legendary peaks of Annapurna(8091m) and Dhaulagiri(8167m) – both eight-thousanders! Together with the immense scenic experience, you will also sense yourself immerse within the rich wildlife – including the elusive snow leopard. Moreover, the trek will give you a chance to meet shepherds, nomads, monks and even allow you to visit secluded villages and monasteries.   Your journey will unfold from the heart of the country, Kathmandu. From here you will takeoff to Juphal. The trails from Dunai will further lead you to an old fortress town, Tarakot. You don’t wanna miss out on the gorges and river when u get there. Then trekking along the Tarap valley, you will be able to behold the finest cultivated fields and gompa and Chortens that hold the history of the place. However, even after a few arduous but adventurous walks, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Shey Phoksundo. The views and the experience will leave you flabbergasted, making you realise how you will miss being so close to nature and culture.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Phoksundo Lake, sacred in the Bonpo religion
  • See the spectacular Jharana Waterfall
  • Explore the ancient Tshowa Gompa, a 900-year-old Bon monastery


Namaste & welcome to the Land of Mountains! Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mandala Holidays. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mandala Holidays and Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the Hotel. (Overnight at hotel)

Kathmandu, the city of peace, lives true to this description. The city is charming, busy, bustling, serene, alive and asleep - all at once. Kathmandu, which is derived from the Pahari word for 'wood shelter', is an abode of serenity and tranquillity, with its monasteries, temples and spiritual melting pots. While the natural beauty of the city is more than enough for travellers to throng Kathmandu year after year. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, we will delight in the architectural wonders of the Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square. Overnight at Hotel.

We take an early flight to Nepalgunj. Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to a hotel in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is one of the hottest places in Nepal. It is also a border city near India. In the evening you can wander around the city. If interested, you will be escorted to a popular temple in Nepalgunj called Bageshwori temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Today, at 2500 meters, you’ll fly to Juphal, the starting point for the trek to Phoksundo Lake. Upon arrival, you will be glad to see the drastic change in climate, atmosphere and landscape in just a short period of time. From a hot plain land, you will find yourself amidst the mountainous villages with cool air. The trail goes southeast up the valley of Thulo Bheri and winds to the village of Kalagaunda through the maize fields. Follow the South Bank of the Bheri River and pass Roop Ghar, a traditional water mill, before reaching Dunai. Or we can get a Jeep and drive to Dunai which is a 1 Hr Drive from Jhupal. Overnight at Teahouse.

We start the day after breakfast and start descending to cross the Bheri River and almost after an hour we will reach the small town of Sulighat. We pass Sulighat and follow Suli Khola River. On the way, we can get a glimpse of the Dhaulagiri Range. We further pass villages like Kageni and Sangta. We pass through forests of wildflowers, pine trees, spruce, fir, juniper and small bamboo forests. We cross another side of the river and climb up a high rocky slope and continue until we reach Chhepka. Overnight at the teahouse.

We rise early in the morning and after breakfast make our way towards Jharana hotel. The trail climbs through a forest of big cedars and on a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route climbs steadily through open country to an elevation of 3370m. We get a close view of a spectacular 330m (The highest waterfall in Nepal), and a faraway view of Phoksundo lake. Overnight at Jharana (waterfall) Hotel.

On this Phoksundo Lake Trek, today is one of the most interesting days as we reach the village of Ringmo today. Ringmo is a beautiful village where we will find traditional people who practice the Bonpo religion and preserve their culture that goes thousands of years back. The religion holds a history marked 18000 years back and was founded by Buddha Tonpa Shenrab Miwo. In ancient times, Dolpo being a Bon kingdom, there were people who practised this religion. Today as we make our way to Ringmo, we make a steep descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola. We cross a bridge and follow a trail north to the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. We continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo River flows out of the lake. The final push through the Phoksundo River gully, we emerge to the yak filled meadows of Ringmo, a popular Bon Village in the region. Phoksundo Lake is 4.8 km long, 1.8 km wide and is said to be 650 metres deep. Overnight at Ringmo.

Today we’re going to explore the area around the splendid Phoksundo Lake. Visit the village of Ringmo before heading to Tshowa Gompa, a 900-year-old monastery in Bon on a slope above the lake. Phoksundo Lake is considered sacred by Buddhists and adherents of the Bonpo religion, who believe the lake comprises an underwater palace and a tantric spirit mandala. The lake is famous for its iconic turquoise colour and spectacular scenery. There are many beautiful glaciers located near and above the lake area. Overnight at Ringmo.

In the morning, we walk up to Phoksundo Lake and explore the beautiful scenery around. The azure lake in the pristine environment looks fabulous. We walk for around three and half hours to Rechi and then again for another three and half hours to Chhepka. Our walk for the day is wonderful as we walk through the beautiful forest most of the time amidst the pine and birch forests. Overnight at Teahouse.

This will be quite relaxed walking for about 6 hours as we go down to Juphal. We will recall going up as we are going down and try to take it easy as going down will not be physically demanding as going up. Overnight at Teahouse.

We will leave the hotel at Juphal early in the morning to catch the flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be escorted to your Hotel. In the evening our office representative will pick you at your hotel for your Farewell Gala Dinner at a Nepali Restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel.

Today is your last day in Nepal. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight or you can extend your Nepal tour by joining other tour packages and activities.

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • Arrival, Departure and Domestic Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing Transfers
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
  • Professional English speaking Tour Guide
  • Entry fee to monumental sites
  • 3-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight
  • 1-night accommodation in Nepalgunj on BB Basis
  • Trek Transfers by Private Vehicle
  • 7-nights accommodation in Tea House during the trek AP Basis
  • English speaking professional Trek Guide
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Salary, Insurance of Trek Guide
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and Company Service Charge


  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • List Of ServicesLunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Trekking Gears and Equipments
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster
  • Anything not included in inclusions


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Shey Phoksundo Lake Trekking

Trip Info

  • Flight and Bus/Jeep
  • Min 2 pax
  • 3660 m
  • Tea House
  • Sep-Nov & March-May
  • Tea House Trek
  • National Park entry permit & TIMS
  • Moderate