Phoksundo Lake Trek, 11 Days
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Phoksundo Lake Trek, 11 Days

Days: 11 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)

Among many beautiful places in Nepal, Phoksundo Lake is considered one of the most beautiful and exotic tourist destinations located in Dolpo, the largest territorial district. Phoksundo Lake Trek is a short and easy journey to one of the most beautiful and deepest lakes of Nepal. Phoksundo is an alpine freshwater lake which is also considered sacred by the followers of Buddhist and Bon-po religions, making the trek an amazing mix of nature and culture.  

The 11-day trip starts with your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. The trip to Phoksundo Lake continues next day with a flight to Nepalgunj which lies in the lowland of western Terai, just 8 km away from Indian Border. After a brief stay in Nepalgunj, we fly to Juphal, the starting point of our trek to Phoksundo Lake. The trekking trail ascends and descends through a densely forested path filled with oaks, pines, and fir trees with a view of several waterfalls along the way. The route also passes through several picturesque traditional villages like Dunai, Chhepka, Jharana Hotel, and Shyanta. The trekkers also come across the view of a magnificent 330m high waterfall. The area is also equally rich in wildlife which gives trekkers an opportunity to get sight of some endangered species like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep, Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr, and so on. A short stay at the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake is bound to make you feel calm and peaceful as you relish the beauty of the lake along with the view of Kanjirowa Himal (6612m) accompanied by a visit to the various monasteries surrounding the lake.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition is a well reputed and renowned trekking organizer dominating the tourism industry for the last 15 years. We value your time and money, so we make sure your trip to Nepal is full of adventure and joyful memories. We serve our clients with different packages based on their flexibility.

Facts of the Trek

Trek Region
Dolpo Region
Type of Trek
Private Trekking
11 Days
Highest Elevation
3,640 m (11,942 ft)
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodges during the trek
Best Season
Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by
Domestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Permit Procedure and afternoon fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj an hour flight
We catch our 1-hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is a town located in the western Terai near the Indian Border and the Bardia National Park. Nepalgunj is also the business center and major transportation hub for many regions of Nepal. In the afternoon, we also go to visit Bageshwori temple. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 3: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal 2475m/ 30 minutes and trek from Juphal to Dunai 2140m/3 hours walking
Today we fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj enjoying the view of mighty snowcapped mountains throughout the flight. After the 35-minute flight, we reach Juphal, which is the starting point of our trek. The trail from Juphal descends through maize fields and local villages. We walk alongside the bank of Bheri River and pass by Roop Ghar with watermill to finally arrive in Dunai. Dunai is the administrative capital of Dolpo. Overnight in lodge. 

Day 4: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka 2720m/5-6 hours walking
Leaving behind Dunai, today we head towards Chhepka. The trail descends through the streets of Dunai and crosses the bridge over Bheri River. We continue to trek through the northern bank of the river to reach Sulighat, followed by Shey Phoksundo National Park check post. From there, we ascend along the rock-strewn trail and trek further through a series of hemp farms until we reach Kageni. Relishing the views of waterfalls and lush vegetation, we make our way through the tropical forest to reach the village of Chhepka. Overnight in lodge. 

Day 5: Trek from Chhepka to Jharana Hotel 3040m/4-5 hours walking
Today we head towards Jharana Hotel, ascending through a forested path filled with big cedar. We also walk through a winter settlement and gradually climb up through wide meadows situated above the gorge of Phoksundo River, from where we get a great view of a high waterfall and a faraway view of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Jharana Hotel. 

Day 6: Trek from Jharana Hotel to Phoksundo Lake (Ringmo Gaon) 3640m/2-3 hours walking
Leaving behind Jharana Hotel, today we head towards Phoksundo Lake descending steeply through forests filled with birch trees to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola. We then cross a bridge and continue to walk north to the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. From there, we trek through the shores of the lake close to the point where the Phoksundo Khola streams out of the lake. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 7: Exploring Shey Phoksundo Lake 
Today we spend the day exploring the area nearby the tranquil Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo is a beautiful alpine turquoise colored freshwater lake, which is also the deepest lake in Nepal. With the view of Kanjirowa Himal (6612m) in the background, we relish the sheer beauty of Phoksundo Lake. We also visit several monasteries and Bon-po religious sites inside the park. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 8: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chhepka 2720m/5-6 hours walking
Leaving behind the beautiful Phoksundo Lake, we head towards the village of Shyanta. We ascend along the steep trail for half an hour until we reach the top of the hill which offers the last view of Phoksundo Lake. We then descend to the village of Chunuwar, followed by Rechi. From there, we walk along the river bank and keep descending until we arrive in Chhepka. Overnight in lodge. 

Day 9: Trek from Chhepka to Juphal 2475m/5-6 hours walking
Today we trek through rocky path alongside the Bheri River. Accompanied by the beautiful landscape in the background, we continue to trek and leave the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We then head east towards Juphal Airport passing through the small village of Kalagauda. After 5 hours of walk, we finally arrive in Juphal. Overnight stay in the lodge.

Day 10: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj 30 minutes flight and then afternoon fly back to Kathmandu an hour flight
Leaving behind Jhupal, we fly back to Nepalgunj taking an early morning flight, as flights are not possible in the afternoon due to the strong winds. After reaching Nepalgunj, we catch another flight back to Kathmandu, relishing the scenic views throughout the flight. We transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 11: Final Departure from Kathmandu
For your departure, our representative drops you off at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. 

Pricing on group size basis (lodge/home-stay basis)
All inclusive Trek Package Price for single person: USD 2510
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 2 persons basis: USD 2140 per person
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 3-4 persons basis: USD 2005 per person

Join with Us on a Phoksundo Lake Trek in 2023/2024.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks  & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

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Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
* 2 nights single/double deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House or Dalai-La Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu.
* 1 night single/double deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Nepalgunj.
* Basic Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee, hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Accommodation in basic home-stay or simple lodge during the trek
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly Guide & porters (1 porter per 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
* Down Sleeping Bag (Minus 20-30 Degree Celsius), Duffel Bag, LifeStraw Water Filter for drinking water and trekking map.
* Round Trip flight from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Shey Phoksundo National Park permit.
* Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit.
* Government taxes.
* Office Service charge.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't Include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet, Battery Charging and Hot Shower.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver... 
                                Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Phoksundo Lake Trek, 11 Days


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