Shey Phoksundo Lake via Dho Tarap

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Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Although Nepal is a small country, it has a diverse geography with distinct features. Distinct regions and natural beauty attract many tourists from over the world. Shey Phoksundo is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake located at an elevation of 3,611.5 m (11,849 ft) in the Dolpa District. Dolpa is a treasure trove with amazing landscapes and villages practicing the unique Tibetan cultures that date back to ancient times. They are the main highlights of Dolpo. 
The main highlight of Shey Phoksundo Trek is the gorgeous deep-blue and emerald hues of the deepest lake in Nepal, Shey Phoksundo Lake. The Dho Tarap and Phoksundo Lake Trek are meant for real adventurers waiting for an off-the-beaten-path camping experience. This rough and spectacular trekking will bring you to beautiful turquoise-colored lakes, rushing rivers, and high passes. The Dolpo is also the homeland to some rare wildlife like the elusive snow leopard. 
Shey Phoksundo is considered a sacred lake. Hundreds of pilgrims visit this sacred lake annually to take a bath in its holy water. Shey Phoksundo National Park has many religious sites and gumbas. The most famous site is Shey Gumba, built during the 11th century. 

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Best Season To Trek Shey Phoksundo

Trek to Shey Phoksundo lake can be done anytime throughout the year. Commonly Spring (March-May) and Autumn(September- November) is the best season for trekking as it not only offers the perfect weather but also the most beautiful and colorful rhododendron blossoming sight. You will also get an amazing view of Dhaulagiri and other mountains. During Summer(June-August), with the arrival of monsoon, heavy rainfall makes trekking difficult. The muddy and slippery path makes it more challenging and unfavorable for the trek. Winter(December-February) at higher altitudes is bitter and harsh. But Trek to Phoksundo won’t be that harsh as it isn’t in a higher altitude region.

How difficult is Shey Phoksundo Trek?

There are no such difficulties in the Shey Phoksundo lake trek. As the highest elevation point of the trek is not more than 3800 m, the chances of altitude sickness can be reduced beforehand. Usual trekking preparation can help a lot. Shey Phoksundo lake trek does not have extreme weather that’s why there will be no weather hurdles too.


Exploring Shey Phoksundo National Park requires specific entry permits as it is a restricted area. The lower Dolpo Permit requires $20 per person per week whereas the Shey Phoksundo National Park entry cost is $30 per person. 

Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is one of the best treks to isolated regions of Nepal. It is located in the largest district of Nepal, Dolpo which remains an unexplored region with magnificent natural beauty. You can explore the unseen views of Himalayan ranges. It is an exclusive trek with the most significant trans Himalayan culture.


  • Cross the Baga La and Numa La passes
  • Stunning mountain views of the Dhaulagiri range
  • Trek through remotest places of Himalayas in Nepal
  • Explore the queen of lakes “Rara” and the deepest lake “Phoksundo”
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries, nomad yak caravans, and rugged canyons
  • Walk along the beautiful Shey-Phoksundo National Park