Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking - 20 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Bus-Jeep-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 3550 meter / 11644 feet
  • Hotel-Teahouse
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Lake Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 13
  • 75
Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking is a famous trekking tour destination for local trekkers as well. Nepali people by nature; do not trek as much as foreigners come for trekking in Nepal – but still amount of Nepali folks trekking to Phoksundo lake is termendeous.

Dolpo region itslef is famous for its isolated location in Nepal Himalaya & famous for being connected with Tibet. In fact, Dolpo region lies in the Tibetan plateau.

Phosundo lake and reflection of the white himalaya in green lake of Phosundo has added huge impact for attracting both – domestic as well as foreign tourist. Untouched nature & culture of the region makes trekking to Phoksundo a perfect destination for 2 weeks holiday in Nepal.

Because of the roadway connectivity – there are various places which can be accessible by road but still; to get by the lake of Phoksundo trekkers must have to walk on foot. This walk certainly worth with the degree of natural beauty and peacefulness.

For those who would like to go to Tibet but don’t have access to that, Dolpo trekking in Nepal Himalaya is a perfect destination with resemblance of Tibetan culture and tradition. Local people doing their daily chores and herds of sheep coming back home from the pastures in the evenings creates a nice combination.

Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking is a best combination of freshwater lake, antique culture & different landscape of Nepal Himalaya.

Renowned land of the Bon-Po faith, Dolpo is one of the famous trekking trails in Nepal Himalaya. Similar to the western part of Tibet, this part of Nepal has a different Buddhist culture than you’ve seen before. Once you visit Dolpo, you will see the people worshiping God from the left side: when they rotate prayer wheels they do it left, when shrine of the Monastery is placed, it is on the left.

This is an extremely different Buddhist practice in the Birth country of Buddha. Dolpo people have their own lifestyle, culture and tradition, hence way of worshiping Buddha is also different and unique to the region. In addition to the culture and people, the panoramic landscape of Dolpo will give you lot to marvel about.

People & Nature

If you are trekking during May/June, the crowd of people walking uphill will amaze you. During this season the people in Dolpo and people from the other parts of Nepal will gather to this area to collect Yarsa Gumba. Yarsa Gumba is one of the famous herbs found in this region.

The cost of Yarsa Gumba and the crowds collecting it will answer to your question of how important is this Yarsa Gumba? Numa-La and Baga-La are major passes of this region with Mt.Kannjiroba and Phoksundo Lake inside Phoksundo National Park.

We believe one important aspect of travelling is gathering experiences with people, so along with exploring the natural beauty of Dolpo, we help you to see and learn about the local culture. How they work and eat and sit? We have special guides with social relation, which means your trek will add more to your travelling experience here with us.

A fun fact about Dolpo: this place is a hidden valley of Nepal where Oscar nominated film “CARAVAN” was filmed. It’s an awesome hidden treasure in Nepal, and now it’s your turn to explore it, leave your thoughts. More itinerary option for Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking are listed in Lower dolpo section of this article, check this.

Looking forward to Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking

Among all the restricted trekking trails of Nepal – lower dolpo trek with phoksundo lake makes a complete trekking experience for first time visitors as well as returning visitors in Nepal.

Do not get confused with Upper dolpo trek and Phosundo lake dolpo trekking. Because – Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking in a lower dolpo trek but Upper dolpo trek takes you higher than Phoksundo lake. However – both of these trek has a common route in regard to Phoksundo lake visit.

Also – Lower dolpo trek do not need to be a camping trek whereas; upper dolpo trek must need camping nights.

If you wan to explore more options about remote trekking in Nepal read our recent blog on our picks for remote/restricted region trekking in Nepal.


A lake trek to the restricted trail of Nepal Himalaya – Phoksundo freshwater lake trek in lower dolpo region is rich in culture and nature. From the reflection of mountains in the blue lake water to the traditional reflection of Tibetan Nepalese can be witnessed in this remote trekking.

Away from the crowd of tourist, the pristine beauty of nature is still there in Dolpo region. See the nature in pure stage and people in simple life with cheering faces.

Major Attractions of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking

  • Phoksundo lake with blue color and fresh water
  • Waterfalls and admiring landscape along the trekking route
  • Local villagers and interesting culture
  • Monasteries, Schools and Local temples
  • Wooden bridges & suspension bridges
  • Reflection of the mountains on the lake of Phoksundo
  • Wide Mountain range and their close view

Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Tribhuwan international airport & our company representative will assist you to transfer to your hotel

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Time – 30 minutes hotel transfer time
• Activity – Relax at hotel

Day 2
Your Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Company will arrange the Lower Dolpo permit this day.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Kathmandu City tour
• Time – Full day
• Activity – Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage site

Day 3
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

• Altitude – 2540 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane
• Time – 1 hour flight
• Activity – Flying in plane

Day 4
Fly to Juphal & short hike to Dunai.

• Altitude – 2150 meters
• Special – Scenic view during flight and trek
• Time – 35 minutes flight and 3 hours trek
• Activity – Flying in plane and short hike

Day 5
Trek starts from Dunai to Tarakot.

• Altitude – 2450 meters
• Special – View of mountains
• Time – 6 hours trek
• Activity – Trekking through crossing rivers and villages

Day 6
Trekking from Tarakot to Laini.

• Altitude – 3135 meters
• Special – River where Tarap chu and barbung chu mix
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Crossing through longest suspension bridge of the valley

Day 7
Trek to Nawarpani.

• Altitude – 3780 meters
• Special – Beautiful view of surrounding
• Time – 5/6 hours
• Activity – Walking uphill and downhill

Day 8
From Nawarpani to Dho Tarap.

• Altitude – 3950 meters
• Special – Exploration of small settlement and monastery
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking through crossing the river

Day 9
Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap. Today is rest day.

• Altitude – 3950 meters
• Special – Exploring Dho Tarap
• Time – Full day
• Activity – Rest and Explore

Day 10
Trekking to Numla phedi.

• Altitude – 4535 meters
• Special – Numla Phedi
• Time – 3/4 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Day 11
Trek to Numala pass base.

• Altitude – 5360 meters
• Special – numla pass base
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Day 12
Trek to Pelung Tang via Numa La pass.

• Altitude – 4465/5190 meters
• Special – Numa la pass
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking through Numa la pass

Day 13
Trek Dajok Tang via Baga La Pass.

• Altitude – 4080 meters
• Special – baga la pass (5070 meters)
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Crossing through baga la pass

Day 14
Trekking to Ringmo.

• Altitude – 3600 meters
• Special – Ringmo village
• Time – 3/4 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Day 15
Rest day & Day hike to Phoksundo Lake.

• Altitude – 3600 meters
• Special – Exploring around Phoksundo Lake
• Time – Full day
• Activity – rest and short hike to Phoksundo lake

Day 16
Ringmo to Chepka.

• Altitude – 2678 meters
• Special – greenery
• Time – 5/6 hours
• Activity – Trekking downhill

Day 17
Trek back to Jhupal.

• Altitude – 2320 meters
• Special – Scenic view on the trail
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Day 18
Connect flight to Nepalgunj & then to Kathmandu.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane
• Time – 1 hour and 35 minutes flight
• Activity – Flying in plane

Day 19
Guided Shopping and rest day at Kathmandu / spare day.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Shopping
• Time – Full/Half Day (as per your choice)
• Activity – Shopping and Relax at hotel

Day 20
Drop to airport by our vehicle, for your onward destination.

• Time – 30 minutes airport transfer time
• Activity – Flying back to origin or next destination

Cost Details of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking - General Inclusions

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car or micro bus (depending on group Size).
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung & Nepaljung to Jupal; both way.
  • 4 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (according to the itinerary), B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • All your meals (Breakfast with tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paperworks, special trekking entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) & local permit fees.
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Spiritual sites guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in A/C Car.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost Details of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking - General IExclusions

  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport - Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance, we will help you for the emergency evacuation, if needed.
  • All alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in the morning is included, however.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.

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Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking
From $ 1,080
per Person for Service Trip
From $ 1,765
per Person for All Inclusive Trip
From $ 2,230
per Person for All Comfortable Trip (Free Cancellation and Transferable)

Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking Trip Info

  • Plane-Bus-Jeep-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 3550 meter / 11644 feet
  • Hotel-Teahouse
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Lake Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 13
  • 75



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