License No: 237321

Quick Facts

  • Duration:8 Days
  • Trek Style:Hiking & trekking
  • Group Size:2++
  • Location:Dolpo region
  • Trek Starting Point:Juphal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:Tea house, tourist standard hotel
  • Max-Altitude:3611 m
  • Transportation:Domestic flight | local vehicle
  • Trek Ending Point:Juphal
  • Departure from:Kathmandu

Shey Phoksundo Lake

Trekking in Dolpa is a unique experience. The trails pass through beautiful landscapes, thick pine forests and along wild rivers all the while with spectacular views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. The highlight of the trek is the mesmerizing deep-blue and emerald hues of the deepest lake in Nepal, Phoksundo Lake. This is truly one of the most beautiful natural tourist destinations in Nepal. There are more than 20 stupas in the southern belt, and one gompa in the eastern side of the lake, where annual prayers and worship are carried out. Traditional Tibetan culture prevails in upper Dolpo; Buddhism and Bon are prevalent in lower Dolpo, including Ringmo village.

Shey Phoksundo Lake is an alpine fresh water oligotrophic lake in Nepal’s Shey Phoksundo National Park, located at an elevation of 3,611.5 m above sea level in the Dolpa District.

Shey Phoksundo lake is 494 ha (1.91 sq mi) in size with a water volume of 409,000,000 m3 and a discharge of 3.715 m3/s. In 2004, a survey by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology measured the maximum depth of the lake at 145 m. In September 2007, Shey Phoksundo Lake has been designated a Ramsar site. On the lake’ southern end, the village of Ringmo sits on the 30,000 – 40,000 year-old landslide dam that formed the lake. Past the dam, the waters of the lake plunge over a 167 m tall waterfall and Ringmo where you can get a rare close look into traditional Bonpo culture.

Shey Phoksundo Lake
Shey Phoksundo Lake

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 Flight from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj

Day 3 Flight from Nepalgunj – Juphal (2475 m) trek to Chhepka (2838 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 4 Chhepka (2838 m) – Chunuwar near Amchi Hospital (3130 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 5 Chunuwar near Amchi Hospital (3130 m) – Ringmo village at Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) 3 hrs

Day 6 Explore Phoksundo Lake, visit the famous Bon Gompa

Day 7 Ringmo village at Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) – Chhepka (2838 m) 7-8 hrs

Day 8 Chhepka (2838 m) – Juphal (2475 m) 6 hrs

Day 9 Flight from Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu


  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes


Optional Add-Ons:
  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case if you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip).


  • Travel and rescue insurance (Mandatory: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
Shey Phoksundo lake trekking elevation map 2021
Shey Phoksundo lake trekking elevation map
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