Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek lies in Dolpo, the largest territorial district in Nepal. Dolpo is the local name for the region; Dolpa is the government spelling. It is certainly a beautiful and splendid place. The exotic sites and natural sceneries lures people all over the world, thus making it a must visit this destination. . Mirroring the snowy Kanjiroba massif, the turquoise lake waters look heavenly. No wonder this lake is regarded sacred by Buddhists and followers of Bon-po religion. Phoksundo Lake is Dolpo’s one and only teahouse/home-stay trek. Dolpo’s attraction is its rich religious and cultural heritage, thousands years history inherited from the ancestors.
In Upper Dolpo’s vast arid land bordering China live some of Dolpo’s indigenous people with close cultural, linguistic, and racial resemblance to the people of Western Tibet. These people have lived in Dolpo for almost 4000 years preserving the early Tibetan Buddhist teachings and rituals till this day. The trail passes through wonderful Himalayan forests and picturesque traditional villages. The rivers and waterfalls on the trail are some of Nepal’s most magnificent. In addition to natural beauty, the trekking area also is rich in wildlife. One may get to see some endangered species like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr etc. Within the Shey Phoksundo National Park lies our destination Phoksundo Lake.
Buddhism is the main religion in Dolpo. The monasteries in Shey and Tsakang are two important sites of pilgrim in this part of the Himalayas. The Crystal Mountain in the same region is considered holy by the people of Dolpo who believe in acquiring divine merit if circumambulated once in a lifetime. The teachings and practices of Buddhism in Dolpo grew even further after the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1949. The fleeing Tibetans including venerable Lamas crossed through Dolpo taking refuge at its many monasteries and towns scattered over the vast arid landscape. Some contemporary Rinpoches of different sects of Tibetan Buddhism were actually born in Dolpo to fleeing Tibetans. Buddhism continues to be a way of life in upper Dolpo; and till today young boys sent to places as far as Mysore in South India to study Buddhism under the tutelage of venerable Lamas.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. (1300m)
In your arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport the representative of Wongchhu Peak Promotions staff will be giving you warm welcome in adventurous Himalayan country Nepal. Then, you are dropped to hotel where you will take a rest and in evening there will be short briefing with all the entire trekking members, guide, sherpa’s about the day to day trek then we will move for welcome dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation day for the trek.
After having breakfast you will be introduced with your city tour guide. He will be explaining you all about the history of heritage sites and help you to get knowledge about those sites. And then, you will visit the heritage sites of Kathmandu. In the morning you visit the Boudhanath sputa- the oldest Buddhist stupa. Then you visit the oldest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. After that you head to another Buddhist stupa Swayambhunath which is located in the hillock. From there you can observe the 360 degree view of the Kathmandu valley. After that you have a lunch. Then you prepare for the trekking.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
From Kathmandu we take a flight on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai , is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai
Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and winds through local villages. Its not that far from Juphal to Dunai, but remember you have just landed at 2475m. From Juphal the trails heads southeast, at first high above the deep valley of Thulo Bheri, then Kalagaonda and then Rupgad. Dunai is quite a large centre with a district hospital, paved streets and one recognisable lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Dunai- Chhepka
The path climbs steadily for most of the day, with some exposed rock-cut section high above the bubbling turquoise water of dancing Suli Gad Khola. The upriver trail is mostly through shrubs and on precipice mostly exposed to the morning sun. At Kageni cross a wood bridge and continue uphill on the left above 150 feet of Suli. Above, all is bleak and rocky. The one-house, grassy field village of Shyanata is attained and not far up is Chhepka. We will stay overnight there at Chhepka .
Day 06: Trek from Chhepka- Rechi
The trails today are quite exposed but not enough to deter most people. Overall it’s a pleasant day with bags of anticipation. The trekking begins along the riverbank on a log-supported path and then passes through a rocky gorge.The trail is wider and mostly along the river bank. In the mornings the damp dark soil often captures footprints of larger mammals, primates, and horned herbivores. The village of Rechi is reached where we stay overnight there .
Day 07: Trek from Rechi-Ringmo
This is a shorter day, but there is an altitude gain of 650m to be negotiated beside one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the country. Leaving Rechi the canyon narrows with drama to match the expectations of reaching the fabled lake at Ringmo. The trails climbs to the yak-filled meadows of Ringmo. Ringmo has a clutch of basic lodge/homestays. The lake is truly stunning.
Day 08: Ringmo-Phoksundo Lakeshore Path- Ringmo
Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which is a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of them. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.
Day 09 Ringmo — Sangta
After an enjoyable and insightful visit we trek to Sangta. We stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Sangta — Juphal
We trek through Sangta to Juphal. Overnight at a hotel or lodge.
Day 11 :Juphal — Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
We take a flight from Juphal to Nepalganj and from Nepalgunj we fly to Kathmandu overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Final departure for Home
Finally, after having so much of travelling and exploring the natural beauty of Nepal you will head back to your sweet home. You will be dropped to International airport by Wongchhu Peak Promotional representative.
All airport/hotel transfers
4 nights Kathmandu in Kathmandu with breakfast.
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide, Transportations and entrance fees
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Kathmandu airplane flight and departure taxes
Food and Accommodation during camping trekking (full board service – breakfast, lunch and dinner + hot water)
An experienced English speaking trekking & climbing guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper works (National Park Fee )
Wongchu Peak Promotion Trekking duffel bag and trekking/ climbing map
Travel and rescue arrangements
Insurance for Nepali Staff
Special Welcome and Farewell Dinner
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
If required to change from airplane to helicopter to/from Nepalgunj-Juphal due to weather issues, the additional cost of the helicopter will be shared amongst clients.
Personal trekking and climbing gear
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner)
Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower etc.)