Phoksundo Lake Trekking

Phoksundo Lake Trekking

  • 14 days
  • Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Min: 2 Pax

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Scenic flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and up to Juphal
  • People influenced by Pre-Buddhist Bon Po culture
  • Sweeping view of Phoksundo Lake 
  • Unique life style of local people
  • Wonderful landscapes which resembles to western Tibet
  • A medicinal half insect half plant
  • Wilderness, off the beaten trail, Nama La, Baga La Pass
  • People influenced by Pre-Buddhist Bon Po culture
  • Sweeping view of Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake Trekking

Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Here one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife. Dolpo is the homeland of the Spotted Leopard, Blue Sheep, wolves, and many other varieties of flora and fauna. The trekking in upper Dolpo is designed for those who are exceptionally fit and prepared to face the full challenge of the Himalayan wilderness. The view of Kanijiroba peak, Phoksundo Lake, and the Dhaulagiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. The Oscar award nominated movie entitled Caravan was produced in the Dolpo region with the blend of lifestyle, unique culture and enchanting natural beauty of the area. Dolpo was open to the outsiders only after 1990 AD, therefore, tourists are required to obtain special permit for the government registered company.

We begin our trekking to Dolpo from Juphal, where we reach by direct flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and catch another place to Juphal and rest a night there. Next day, we head to Dunai and then to Ankhe, Renji and Phoksundo Lake (3600m), we take rest along the lake and explore the area and we head to Mandala camp (4570m) and then Shey Gumba, crossing the Saldang passes (5010m). subsequently, we head to Namgung, Yangar Gumba, muse Gaun, Sime Gaun crossing Lang la pass (5002m) and then we head to Tinja, Kheng and chakra crossing the chakra pass and we proceed our trek to yak Kharka, Sangdang phedi (5110m) crossing Sangdang pass (5490m) and then we reach Sanda, subsequently, we proceed our trek to Phale Gaun and we finally reach at Jomsom (2710m), where we catch our airstrip to Pokhara and then we return to Kathmandu either by bus or by plane. 

Phoksundo Lake Trek offers golden opportunity to be familiar with the special aspect of their culture, ancient and rather animistic rites of Bon - the old pre Buddhist premitive religion of Tibet are still alive, with their partly shamanistic ceremonies.

People in Dolpo are found in their own religious costumes and treading along with yaks. There is no any effect of modernism yet and the place is found unspoiled, hidden heaven. Dolpa is one of the last sanctuaries of medicinal plants in western Nepal. 407 species of medicinal plants grow in Dolpa and are used by Aamchis (traditional healer). We can see the famous blue sheep (Bharal) and snow grouse in the trek Lower Dolpo. Another destination in Lower Dolpo Trek is the Phoksundo Lake passing through eroded landscape and waterfall from Ringmo. 

Day to Day Trip  Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) airport and transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & preparation for the trek, Overenight at hotel.
Day 03:Flight to Nepalgunj, 55 Minute, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: flight to Juphal & trek to Dunai (2,850m),2/3 hours. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,896m), 6 hours, Overnight at local lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Sulighat (3,500m),6 hours,Overnight at local lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,350m),6 hours,Overnight at local lodge.
Day 08: Rest day in Phoksundo Lake.
Day 09:Trek to Ankhe (2896m), 4 hours,Overnight at local lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Sulighat (3,500m),6 hours,Overnight at local lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Juphal,7/8 hours.Overnight at local lodge.
Day 12: Early Morning Flight Jhuphal to Nepalgunj Afternoon fly back to Kathmandu
Day 13: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure to your homeland or next destination.

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with our agency. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Following are included on the above package cost

  • Airport Picks up and Drops by private tourist Transport.
  • Sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • A government licensed holder city Tour Guide and Tourist Transport.
  • Kathmandu hotel  in twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
  • Domestic Flight ticket (Kathmandu -Nepaljung-Jhupal-Nepaljung– Kathmandu)
  • The best available lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Full Board meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) during the trek.
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide.
  • The required number of local staffs and Porter (2 Trekkers = 1 Porter).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance. equipment and medicine for guide and porter.
  • Dolpo Special Permit and National Park permit.
  • Down Jacket, Duffel Bag and Sleeping Bag by Gorkha Adventure (If required)
  • Farewell Dinner in the typical Nepalese restaurant with Cultural Show.
  •  All Government Taxes, VAT, and Service Charge.

Following are excluded on the above package cost

  • Lunch and dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Nepaljung.
  • International air tickets and airport taxes.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days).
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing.
  • Wire transfer charge or credit card service charge as company rule.
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls and all type of hot drinks.
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc.
  • Personal nature expenses and tipping (tips).
  • High risk medical/travel insurance and first aid kit.
  • Hot water, hot shower and battery charge fees.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed).
  • Any other things not mentioned.


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