Make once-in-lifetime hiking to the stunning landscape of Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake Trek

Phoksundo Lake Trek takes you to one of Nepal’s most stunning natural wonders – The breathtaking turquoise Phoksundo lake. This deep blue water lake has been gaining attention since the filming of Eric Valli’s Caravan documentary in 1980, which is located in the Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Getting to this remote spot of Dolpo entails a four-day trek from Juphal airstrip and two internal flights. The trek passes through oak and juniper woods, rich farmlands, and barren highland terrain where white wolves, Himalayan blue sheep, and uncommon snow leopards still dwell.

The Phoksundo Lake trek is more than just beautiful vistas; it’s also about cultural history. The Tibetan way of life has not changed, and the practice of the pre-Buddhist Bon religion continues.









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You’ll touch down at the Tribhuvan International Airport, which has stunning vistas of high hills, dense forest, and the Himalayas at a great distance. A member from Top1Trekking will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Following a private meeting with your guide and chit-chat about the journey, you have the remainder of your day off to unwind and relax.

After breakfast, your guide will accompany you on a flight to Nepalgunj. You’ll spend one day in Nepalgunj to look around the market and sample various cuisines. You will also go to the Bageshwori temple to learn about people’s customs and culture.

Average Flight Duration: 1 hour

Today, we’ll take the flight to Juphal. The flight will last 35 minutes and offer a beautiful mountain view with snow-capped peaks. After arriving in Juphal, we’ll set out on our journey passing by Roop Ghar and go down into maize fields before reaching Dunai, where you will stay overnight.

Flight Duration: 45 Minutes

Average Trekking Duration: 3 Hours

Crossing a bridge over Bheri River, you will continue trekking through the northern bank of the river and reach Sulighat. The trail will then take you to Shey Phoksundo National Park check post where you will get your permits checked. Further, ascending along the rock-strewn path, you will pass by hemp farms that will take you to Kagbeni. On the way, you will get to see beautiful views of waterfalls and lush vegetation. You will then trek through tropical forest and finally reach Chhepka.

Average Trekking Duration: 6 to 7 Hours

After having breakfast, you will begin ascending through a forested path covered with big cedar. The trail then passes by the winter settlement area and climbs to a vast meadow. You will get to see a beautiful view of waterfalls from this meadow and Phoksundo Lake at a far distance.

Average Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

The trail heads towards Phoksundo Lake is steep, passes through the dense forest of birch. You will reach the upper part of Phoksundo Khola. Crossing a bridge over it, you will continue trekking to the north to the army station at Phoksundo Lake. From here, you follow the shore to reach Phoksundo Lake.

Average Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

Today is the rest day at Phoksundo Lake. You will spend the day exploring nearby areas of the lake as well as devote plenty of time sitting near the lake and watching its beauty for several hours. With beautiful turquoise colors, Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake in Nepal. You can see the captivating view of Kanjirowa Himal (6,883 m) in the back of the lake. Later, you will explore hundreds of years old monasteries and Bon Po religious sites.

With a pocket full of memories, you will leave Phoksundo Lake and trek to the Shyanta village. Ascending along a steep trail, you reach the top of a hill from where you will see the final views of Phoksundo Lake. You will then descend to the Chunuwar village, followed by Rechi. Further, you trek along the side of a riverbank and drop until you reach Chhepka. From here, you will travel through the forested path and reach Shyanta village.

Average Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

Trekking on a rugged path alongside the Bheri River, you will reach Juphal. On the way, you will be accompanied by a lovely landscape view. Pass by Kalagauda and reach Juphal where you will spend the night. You will spend the rest of the day exploring the town and having a good time.

Average Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

An early morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. This is your last day in Kathmandu. You can spend the day exploring around Thamel, eating mouth-watering food, and going shopping. If you want, we can also arrange a guided city tour. In the evening, the company will organize a farewell dinner for the successful compilation of your trek.

Flight Duration: 45 Minutes (Nepalgunj) & 1 hour (Kathmandu)

After having breakfast, you will pack your bags and leave the hotel. One of the members of the company will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back to your home.

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Phoksundo Lake

Shey Phoksundo Lake lies at an elevation of 3,660m, surrounded by glaciers and famous for its turquoise color. Forty thousand years ago, the mountain collapse created a natural dam that blocked the Suligad river. The lake was formed, and the highest waterfall plunges 170m to the valley below.

Shey Phoksundo National Park

  • Shey Phoksundo National Park is the only trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal. Spread from the northside of the Dhaulagiri Himal to Kanjirobal Himal touch the southern edge of the Tibetan plateau.
  • Vegetation is extremely diverse: You can find juniper, rhododendron, white Himalayan birch, caragana shrubs, and salix in the trans-Himalayan slope, whereas high meadows are covered by silver fir.
  • Rich in Wildlife: Blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, grey wolf, Himalayan black bear, 29 species of butterflies, and 200 species of birds.
  • Home to more than 9,000 Tibetan-origin people, also called the Dolpa.
  • The park contains many gompas and monasteries, both Buddhist and Bon religious sites.


To go on Phoksundo Lake Trek, you have to take a few permits from the Nepal government.

  • As Phoksundo Lake comes under the Shey-Phoksundo National Park, you have to take permission to enter the park. For foreigners, the Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit fee is 3,000 NPR (Approx. USD 30).
  • Lower Dolpo restricted permit: USD $10/week


Phoksundo Lake Trek’s difficulty is moderate. That means the trail will not be challenging. However, you have to walk around 5 to 7 hours daily. Past trekking experience is not needed to go on Phoksundo Lake Trek, but make sure to have proper fitness before starting the trip.

Altitude Sickness

During the trek, you will ascend above 3,000 meters in trekking, which means there is a chance of altitude sickness but very low.

The highest elevation of this trek is 3,612 meters at Phoksundo Lake, where you will spend a day exploring the lake and the village nearby.


In Kathmandu, you will stay in a comfortable and cozy three-star hotel. The rooms will be clean and spacious with a twin-sharing system. You will also have private washrooms with hot showers.

During the trekking period, you will stay in a lodge that will be booked by the company. Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) are available on the menu of the lodge.

Best Season

The best time to do Phoksundo Lake Trek is from April to the middle of November. Due to the region’s long cold winter with heavy snowfalls.

The busiest time on the trail is autumn (September/October) with clear skies and the local start harvesting.

Monsoon (mid-June to early September) is a good time to experience the culture as the Dolpa celebrates many festivals. However, clouds do come and affect the flights to Juphal.

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