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Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

10 Nights 11 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

3641 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Explore the off-the-beaten paths of Lower Dolpo
  • Experience the unique and ancient culture of the Thakuri community
  • Witness the stunning beauty of the Himalayas alongside the lush green valleys

Exploring one of the most remote regions of the entire nation, the Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is a natural and cultural marvel. While the magnificent Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range shines in the horizon, the ancient valley slowly springs to life with the lush green forests.  During the Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek, you will get a chance to experience this culture as you make your way to Shey Phoksundo Lake. Enjoy the beautiful turquoise water and the Himalayas glistening in the skyline, and visit Buddhist and Bon Po monasteries in the region.

This 11-day Shey Phoksundo Trek begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu you head to the far western city of Nepalgunj through a short flight. From here, you fly to the hamlet of Juphal from where we begin our trek. A pleasant ascending trail takes us to Dunai for our first night on the go before setting off through the lush green forests towards the hamlet of Chhepka. Trekking to Jharana waterfall, we continue our ascending run headed towards the Tibetan village of Ringmo. You will spend two nights in Ringmo. From Ringmo, with the majestic Dhaulagiri (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), and other peaks in the Dhaulagiri range on the horizon, we continue our journey to Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo Lake has a beautiful turquoise color and the sight of the mountain alongside is breathtaking. Explore the nearby Tshowa Gompa, a Bon Po monastery, amid the lush greenery and serene lakeside. After exploration, we return to Ringmo. For the descending journey, we set of through the familiar trail heading back towards Chhepka. The final day of the trek sees us back at Juphal. From Juphal, you will first fly to Nepalgunj and then catch another flight back to Kathmandu thus, ending our journey.

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Itinerary

Once you land in Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our office representatives who will drive you directly to your hotel. Once you prepare for the trek, you have the rest of the day to do as you please. You can explore the city or just rest at the hotel.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

Today, we make our way out of Kathmandu heading towards the Terai city of Nepalgunj. The flight which takes about an hour will take us to the far western border of Nepal. The aerial view will give you a contrasting set of landscapes beginning from the lush green hills to the plain Terai landscapes. Nepalgunj is serves as an important trading route.

Accommodation
Tourist Standard Hotel

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Flight

Another early day today, we make our way out of Nepalgunj heading towards the town of Juphal. The half an hour flight takes us back to the stunning hills of Nepal. After a brief rest at Juphal, we head south east gradually ascending through Thuli Bheri Valley reaching the hamlet of Kalagauda. Finding the southern banks of Bheri River, we head past Roop Ghar before reaching Dunai.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Flight / Walking

The journey begins with a lovely descend through the cobbled streets of Dunai as we cross over the Bheri River and head for lush green forest ahead. Through the northern banks of the River, the trail winds towards the hamlet of Suligad Ghat. Beyond it, we enter the naturally rich Shey Phoksundo National Park. Climbing onto a ridge above Suligad River, the journey winds up towards Shyanta, and finally goes to Chhepka.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Through the lush green forests adorned with cedar trees and past the winter settlement used by the locals of Ringmo. The trail from here on ascends as we continue through the forests finding Jharana Waterfall right at the end. One of the highest waterfalls throughout the nation, the 1083 foot waterfall also offers enchanting Himalayan views.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Heading out of Jharana, the journey continues to ascend through the upper ridges of the Phoksundo River. Continuing through the lush green forests, we head towards the northern edge of the valley. We cross a suspension bridge and head over to the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. The final stretch of the journey takes us through the bank of Phoksundo River and over to Ringmo for the night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

A traditional Bon Po hamlet, Ringmo is one of the few places where the religion is practiced till date. The day begins with a lovely tour around the village before we make our way towards the stunning Phoksundo Lake. We also take our time to enjoy the turquoise blue water alongside the stunning Himalayan panorama surrounding the lake. Perched atop the hill is a 900 year old Bon Po monastery, Tshowa Gompa, adorned with ancient relics and artifacts.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We begin descending and make our way back to the hamlet of Chhepka following the stream which originates from the lake itself. Reaching the hamlet of Suligad Ghat through the rocky hill trail, we continue our journey to Renje. The final stretch of our journey is a pleasant one to arrive at Chhepka.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today is our final day of trekking and we retrace our steps heading for the hamlet of Juphal. Once again, the trail finds the impressive set of water mills at the hamlet of Roop Ghar before reaching the northern banks of Bheri River. Crossing the hamlet of Kalagauda, the trail descends through maize fields slowly exiting the Thuli Bheri Valley to arrive at Juphal.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We make our way back to Nepalgunj from Juphal, bidding goodbye to the mesmerizing beauty of lower Dolpo. Through the lush green hills, we once again descend towards the landscapes of Terai reaching the city of Nepalgunj. After resting for a fair bit, we board a flight back to the capital city which ends our journey. In Kathmandu, we head straight to the hotel and rest.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Flight

Our company representatives will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Farewell!

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jufal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Other

  • First aid medical kit
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Cost for additional trips.

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places.

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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