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Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek

  • 13 Days

Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate

SheyPhoksundo lake trek has recently been emerging as one of the enchanting destinations for adventure and ethno-cultural tourism. It is located in Dolpo district in the mid-western region in Nepal. The upper Dolpo is a vast arid stretch resembling the topography of Tibetan plateau whereas the lower Dolpo is a semi-arid topography with deep gullies and narrow valleys. 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.

Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake in Nepal that offers stunning beauty. Considered sacrosanct by the Dopla locals, it is praised for its aquamarine greenish blue color. No aquatic life in the lake pronounces that the water is crystal clear. Called by the seasoned travelers the jewel of Dolpo, Phoksundo Lake gives you refreshing experience to the eyes. Ringed by tall snow-capped mountains, view of Phoksundo Lake is an extremely satisfying experience. This trek is mainly having tour around the north-west region of Nepal. Dolpo is located in the Phoksundo National park of mid-western Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau, cut off by a series of very high passes and closed by the snow most of the year. As it is one of the rural and least exposed areas of Nepal, and also naturally isolated by the difficult topography, it offers rare opportunities to explore near-virgin territory and meet people, almost unexposed to tourism. As Dolpo is very close to Tibetian border, the people of Tibetan origin inhabit here. The trek provides chances to visit several unique monasteries (gompas).

The trekking to SheyPhoksundo trek begins with a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal, then we head up to Dunai, the district headquarter, along the banks of BarbungKhola and continue SheyPhoksundo National Park and to Tarakote and finally making trip around the SheyPhosundo area and having magnificent views of Dhaulagiri to the south and Tibetan ranges C Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. We descend down to Suli Gad river to Raha, the park entrance and finally to the hamlet of Juphal. From there, we board plane to Nepalgunj or Pokhara or direct flight to Kathmandu.

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