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Shey Phoksundo Lake

To the turquoise waters of Shey Phoksundo Lake

This trek set in the heart of Dolpa will please many. This region, closed for a long time to the rest of the world, has preserved its traditional culture and its wilderness. The trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake , main attraction of the region, is accessible to any kind of hikers. You will enjoy its thick forests, its lovely people and its turquoise waters lake. Nowadays basic lodges are available on a go and back trek and the cost of the trek has been drastically reduced and can match with many more people’s budget. Still it is possible to do it under tents with the charm of camping in Nepal. Just ask.
Trekking of Lake Shey Phoksundo in Nepal


Shey Phoksundo Lake


9 days including 7 days of walking

Altitude max





March 1st – December 15th


Minimum 2 persons


Villages, monasteries, forests, suspension bridge, mountain lake and view of the high mountains


Lodge / Camping possible


D1   Flight to Nepalganj (150m) – 55min. D2   Flight to Juphal (2470m) – 35min. Juphal – Dunai (2100m) – 3h / +80 / -400. D3   Dunai – Chhepka (2800m) – 5h30 / +650 / -140. D4   Chhepka – Jharana (3000m) – 5h / +560 / -300. D5   Jharana – Ringmo (3680m)  Shey Phoksundo Lake(3600m) – 2h30 / +580. D6   Day trip around Shey Phoksundo Lake . D7   Ringmo – Chhepka – 7h30 / +300 / -1140. D8   Chhepka – Juphal – 5h / +220 / -1050. D9   Flight to Nepalganj – 35min. Flight to Kathmandu (1350m) – 55min.

Starting from 1450 €

per person

Le prix comprend

  • Accueil et transfert à l’aéroport de Kathmandu
  • 9 jours en pension complète (3 repas par jour, hors boisson), hébergement en lodge (possible en camping, sur demande)
  • Un guide de trek anglophone (francophone sur demande), son salaire, son transport, sa nourriture, son hébergement, son assurance
  • Un porteur (pour deux personnes), son salaire, son transport, sa nourriture, son hébergement, son assurance
  • Vols aller/retour Kathmandu-Nepalganj
  • Vols aller/retour Nepalganj-Juphal
  • Tous les droits d’entrée et permis de trek

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • Vol aller/retour depuis votre pays d’origine
  • Visa népalais
  • Assurance et évacuation médicale en cas d’urgence
  • Séjour à Kathmandu (hébergement, nourriture, visites, transport…)
  • Eventuels sites payants à visiter pendant le trek
  • Equipement pour le trek (sac de couchage, chaussures de rando…)
  • Dépenses personnelles sur le trek (boissons, douche, internet…)
  • Pourboires pour l’équipe locale

Our prices are given as guidelines and can change for different reasons:

  • The exchange rate US dollar / euro / nepali rupee
  • The number of persons in the group
  • The level of standards (language of guide, means of transportation, quality of hotels…)
  • The additional services (accommodation, sightseeing, transportation…)
  • The means of payment (cash, bank transfer, credit card...)

NepalaYak's Transparency

Since December 2013, the European Union has placed all Nepalese airlines on a black list. Nevertheless, these companies continue to operate legally in Nepal and we, sometimes, rely on them to avoid long transfers by vehicle or even to access some isolated areas.

If you do not wish to use these domestic flights, please let us know in order to organize your trip differently.

NepalaYak, besides you

You will find below information regarding your stay in Nepal. Feel free to contact us for any other question.


Introduction to Nepal


Nepal is a country of 147 181 kms² in which 30 million inhabitants live. The capital city Kathmandu gathers itself more than 3 million people.

The official language is Nepali, but dozens of local dialects are also spoken, as well as English in most of the touristic parts of the country.



In 1990 the ruling King Birendra Shah withdraws the ban over political parties and forms a government. The new Constitution establishes a multiparty constitutional monarchy. But in 1996,the maoist party tired of the corruption running at the top of the State calls to the People’s War.

In 2001, the King Birendra and a large part of the Royal family are murdered. Birendra’s brother, Gyanendra, is crowned as the new King. In 2002 he fired the Prime Minister telling he is incompetent to solve the maoist conflict and awards himself the full powers to rule over the country.

At the same time the maoist guerilla takes advantage of this unstable politic and increases its hold over the people leading to more and more deaths. Finally, in November 2006, an agreement is found in between the Maoists and the head of the country under the action of the United Nations. People’s War comes to an end with a total of 13 000 people who died. Then, in April 2008, Maoists win the elections and vote the abolition of the monarchy.

Then the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal gets born.



Nepal is a country landlocked in between China and India which spreads on 200 kms from north to south and 800 kms from west to east.

Its geography is the result of a topographic change which oscillates from 70 meters to 8848 meters above sea level and splits the country into three distinctive zones: Himalayas at the north in the region of the mountains and covers 16% of the country gathering 8 of the 14 highest peaks on Earth. The hills cover 65% of Nepal and are found from 500 meters to 3000 meters. In the south spread the plains of the Terai offering perfect lands for agriculture with an altitude ranging from 70 to 300 meters.



Nepal is organized in four climatic seasons: Spring from March to May, Summer from June to August, Autumn from September to November and Winter from December to February.

The year is divided into two typical seasons: the monsoon or rain season goes from June to September and the dry season goes from October to May. During the monsoon 80% of annual rainfalls occure. No need to say that the rest of the year is quite dried! Therefore, this rain season is very important for agriculture.

Nepal is a tropical country with high elevation where warm clothes can be necessary in any season. Think about it if you come from India or from a South-East Asian country.



Located at the junction of various climatic areas and presenting a diverse topography, Nepal enjoys a large panel of animal and vegetal species.

In the mountains, one can find the famous snow leopard and danphe well known by visitors as well as the yak. Little bit south, it is possible to spot barking deers, black bears, langur monkeys or spotted leopards. In the plains of Terai live tigers of Bengale, one-horned thinoceros and gharial crocodiles. Moreover, in Nepal, more than 850 species of birds are registered, that is 9% of the birds species registered in the world.

More than 6500 species of trees, plants and flowers have been listed in Nepal.



85% of the population is Hindu, 12% is Buddhist whereas rest of the minorities are Muslim, Christian, Sikh…

Generally Nepal is a faithful country with religion being present everywhere in the cities and villages with temples and monasteries existing everywhere. All religions pacifically coexist since ever and Nepalese are proud to say that no religious war has ever existed during their history.



The Nepalese food is quite simple but generous. The national dish is called dal bhat made from rice, lentils soup and vegetables curry. The rest of the Nepalese cuisine is influenced by their neighbors: China, Tibet and India. In touristic areas, one can easily find continental dishes (Italian, French, Mexican…).



The Nepalese rupee. 1,00€ = 115 NRs / 1,00US$ = 102 NRs / 1,00£ = 127 NRs



Kathmandu time is set at GMT+5 :45

Travel to Nepal


A passport valid until six months after the returning date is compulsory.

You also need a valid visa (15, 30 or 90 days) that you can obtain from the Nepalese consulate in your country or directly while entering Nepal. The visa application form can be filled online on Internet here.

On your arrival in Kathmandu, you are requested to give to the local team 2 passport-size photos and the photocopy of your passport. 



Good morning/Good evening/Hello/Goodbye: Namaste            
My name is…: Mero naam ... ho
I am American: Ma american ho
How are you?: Tapaailai kasto chha ?
I am fine: Malaai sanchhai chha
The food is delicious: Khaanaa miTho chha
Enough: Pugyo
OK: Tikh chha



- Always use your right hand to give or receive something. Nepalese said that left hand is impure. You will also notice that Nepalese people eat with (right) hand, it is a custom. You can do it as well if you wish or ask for a spoon if you feel uneasy to eat with your fingers.

- As soon as your lips have touched food or its container, it is considered as jutho (polluted) for others. Do not propose to anyone and do not eat in someone else’s plate.

- Beef meat is forbidden in Hindu and Buddhist religion. For this reason, it is hardly available in Nepal. Moreover, no female animal is slaughtered for its food.

- Whenever you enter at somebody’s place, in a Buddhist monastery or in a Hindu temple you will have to remove your shoes as a sign of respect and cleanliness. In some Hindu temples, the access is refused to the non-Hindu, take it easy. In case you are allowed to enter, do not take photos without permission. Do not enter carrying leather items (shoes, belt, wallet…). And if you observes carvings and mandalas (metal, stone…) on the ground do not step on it.

- Men should not be bare-chested. Women should avoid to show their legs and they have to cover a maximum their shoulders and their knees.

- Any form of intimacy in between man and woman is a taboo in Nepalase culture. Avoid to hold each other’s hand, to hug each other and to kiss each other in public places.

- Be patient, Nepalese have a cool and relax way of life. Anger and impatience will not solve problems.

- Finally do not forget the tradition of tips for your guide, your porter and the trekking team. They expect to receive something from you at the end of your trip.

Security in Nepal


We do insure our local teams but not our customers.

It is, for this reason, essential that you contract a travel insurance before coming to Nepal. This one should cover 100% of your repatriation costs if you fall sick or get hurt and you cannot continue the trip. Make sure that your insurance contract covers the costs of your evacuation higher than some altitude (as it is not always the case) as well as the costs of repatriation of a dead body (as it is not always the case as well!).



The Acute Mountain Sickness or Acute Altitude Sickness can touch anyone higher than 3000 meters id the body is not properly acclimatized. The main causes are a too-quick ascend and a lack of hydration. First symptoms are headache, tiredness, insomnia and a loss of appetite. If these symptoms appear, it is a sign that your body is not acclimatized enough. It means that you have to stay at this elevation waiting for them to disappear.

If symptoms get worse (extreme tiredness, vomiting, loss of coordination, short breath, cough…) it can be an high altitude cerebral or pulmonary edema. These two kinds of edema can be quickly fatal if ignored. You immediately have to lose altitude and descend several hundreds meters.

To avoid this, your body need a proper acclimatization and hydration, so take your time and drink a lot. There is also a preventive and curative treatment: Diamox (ask to your doctor).



Before each trekking, trekkers should obtain the Trekker Info Management System -TIMS- card. This one is compulsory. The system registers all details about the trekker (name, passport number…), the company leading him/her and the route of trek. NepalaYak will arrange this formality for you.

This system has proved to be vital in trekkers’ rescue in case of emergency or natural catastrophe.

Travel with NepalaYak

By choosing NepalaYak as your trip operator you have read and accept our general terms and policies mentioned below:



Since the month of December 2013, European Union has blacklisted all Nepalese airlines and forbid them to fly over the European sky. Though, this airlines continue to fly in Nepal and sometimes we are using them to avoid long land transfers or to access to remote regions isolated from the road network.

You have to know this and travel in Nepal without ignoring it. However, if you refuse to use these domestic flights, you can let us know and we will arrange your trip differently, as per your wishes.

We will not be liable for no information about it.



We do insure our local teams but not our customers.

It is, for this reason, essential that you contract a travel insurance before coming to Nepal. This one should cover 100% of your repatriation costs if you fall sick or get hurt and you cannot continue the trip. Make sure that your insurance contract covers the costs of your evacuation higher than some altitude (as it is not always the case) as well as the costs of repatriation of a dead body (as it is not always the case as well!).



It is important to know that trekking lodges cannot be booked in advance. For this reason, during the peak season, lodges of some villages can be full.

In that case, we will try our best to satisfy your expectations but you have to understand that you may have to share your room with someone else or to sleep in dormitories.



Some domestic flights are visual flights, not using instruments. Pilots will not take the risk to take off if the visibility is poor or if the weather is bad. For this reason flights can be delayed, or cancelled. In this case, we will do our best to take you to the place differently. And if it is not possible, you will have to change your trekking destination. In no case NepalaYak will be liable for this and if there is an extra cost, the customers will have to bear it.



The guide or the group leader has full authority on the group. While going under NepalaYak management you agree with this.

If you commit an illegal action and/or if you show behavior harmful for the rest of the group, your guide can ask you to leave the group without getting your money back.

If your guide believes that your health condition is not good enough to complete properly the trip, he can also ask you to leave the group without getting your money back.



NepalaYak is given the right to modify the cost of its trips in case of events independent of our control: government action, increase of our contractors’ rates, euro/dollar exchange rates… Efforts will of course be made to avoid the change of the initial rate fixed by us.



You are spending your holidays in Nepal, a developing country. For this reason, it is important to remind that western standards are not the same here. We try our best to offer you a service accordingly with your expectations but sometimes, this one will be under what you were hoping for. Thank you for your understandings.

Though, NepalaYak listens to your suggestions. If we can, itinerary, hotel changes will be made during the program. It is not a modification of your trip and these changes will not be financially compensated.



In case of force majeure (weather, government action, accident, natural catastrophe…) independent from us, NepalaYak will has the right to modify the progress of your trip for the comfort and the security of all. In no case these modifications will be financially compensated.

Difficulty grades


7 days trek maximum, altitude <4000m, ideal for families and non-initiated to trekking, for occasional and/or regular hikers.



Maximum elevation of 4000-4500m, walking 5-6 hours per day, daily altitude cumulated difference of maximum 800m, for regular hikers.



Walking 5-7 hours per day, crossing one high pass, daily altitude cumulated difference of 1000m possible, for good hikers.



More than 10 days trekking, good physical condition required, at least one high pass to be crossed and overnights spent at high altitude (4000-4500m), for trained hikers.



At least 2 weeks trekking, very good physical condition required, altitude >5000m, several high passes to cross, several days and nights at very high elevation (>4500m), for expert hikers.

Trekking equipment

12 kilos maximum (for the porter) + 1 daily backpack

A duffel bag or backpack (arrange something easy to carry for your porter) + big plastic bag to protect your clothes in case of rain

A backpack (30 litres) for your daily stuff, it could be your hand luggage during your international flight

A sleeping bag

Trekking shoes

A pair of relaxing shoes for evening

A pair of sleepers

Down jacket or lighter if you trek at low elevation

Two fleeces: 1 light + 1 thick

Raincoat / poncho / umbrella

Shirts / T-shirts according to everyone’s preferences

Trousers, pantacourts, shorts

Thermal underwears (for cold season or high elevation)

Swimming suit (in case of hot springs during the trek or swimming pool in Kathmandu)

Sun hat, sun glasses, sun screen, lipsticks

Woolen hat and gloves (if cold season or high elevation)


Trekking poles

Water bottle

Toiletry and hygiene kit (wet wipes are useful if there is no shower)

Toilet paper

Pharmacy kit (your personal medicines, painkiller, anti-diarrhea, eye drops, minor wounds kit, purifiying water tabs, mosquito repellent, ear plugs…)

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