DOLPO SHEY PHOKSUNDO – Lake beneath Kanjiralwa |Trekking in Nepal


Dolpo Shey Phoksundo or in the more typical term ‘Phoksumdo’ is a majestic lake beneath Kanjiralwa Himalayan. The whole region of Dolpa is filled with magical landscapes and scattered pieces of beautiful lands, people and elements (Mountains, Lakes, Hills) are enough to astonish any visitor who embarks on a journey to this mystical land. This specific region lies in the Western part of Nepal.

Dolpa and Phoksumdo (yep, not a spelling mistake) were always on our bucket list. We finally did the Dolpo Trek in the year 2018. The 12-day trip consisted of crazy road trips at the beginning, trekking through vastly different landscapes and flight back home which offered some spectacular views. It one of the best views and the bluest clearest waters that we’ve ever been to. But what makes it even better? The people. Yes, people might be one of the main reasons we want to go back. They make you feel at home away from home. And yeah, not to forget our drone crash. The drone recovery was an experience on its own as we went over a cliff to get to it.

Special gratitude to Nepal Tourism Board and Mr Sudhan Subedi for providing us field support, Mr Rajendra Kumar Shrestha for the Damali Drone Footages, Mr Pratik Gurung and Puran Gurung for the music, and Mr Tashi Tewa Dolpo for helping us with the Tibetan Titles.

If you are looking for trekking in Nepal, especially in the countrysides, Dolpo region is highly recommended. It is still in untainted form, welcoming backpackers from all around the world. The main attraction of the Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Trek includes exciting landscapes and the tortoise water lake with stunning views of the Himalayas.

Trip Itinerary & Cost

Type of trek: Tea house

Duration of Trek: 12 days

Grade of Trek : Moderate

Cost : 1500 to 2000 Rs per Day

Day 1 Drive to Nepalgunj from Damauli

Day 2 Nepalgunj – Khadang(Jajarkot) – Rinma (Drive)

Day 3 Rinma – Rari – Tallubagar – Mulbazar – Mulbazar – Lamachaur – Karapgaad – Khadang (Drive, Need to change jeeps on each stop)

Day 4 Khadang – Tripurakot – Suligaad (Drive)

Day 5 Suligad – Kageni (Drive/trek)

Day 6 Kageni – Chhepka – Reji (trek)

Day 7 Reji – Jharana Hotel – Phoksundo (Ringmo village 3460m)(Trek)

Day 8 Explore around Phoksundo lake and viewpoint (4100m)

Day 9 Ringmo – Kageni (trek)

Day 10 Kageni – suligad – Juphal Airport (trek/drive)

Day 11 Juphal – Nepalgunj (flight)

Day 12 Nepalgunj – Kathmandu Drive (Drive/flight)

For this trip, it cost us about 18 thousand per head (including airfare but it was a return ticket, so cheaper). Generally, the cost comes to around 20-25k per person for the whole trip.


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