Rara – Phoksundo Lake Trek

Rara-Phoksundo Lake Trek

Rara lake and Phoksundo lake combinedly is an extensive trek package designed for travelers who want to plunge in the sublime nature of green alkalines lakes in western parts of Nepal.

USD 2,599/-

Key Facts

Trip Duration

27 Days

Best Travel time

October - December, and March - May



Trip Type

Individual Trekking Component

Rara - Phoksundo Lake Trek

Rara Lake to Phoksundo lake trek is designed to explore Dolpo region, which is one of the off the beaten trails of Far-West Nepal. This trail is new to many trekkers as mainstream trekking companies never focus on this region.

Rara Lake is situated in the Rara National park, which spread over an area of 66 sq. miles. Rara National Park is one of the most beautiful and scenic parks in Nepal. The park lies in Mugu district, which is a mountainous region in the far west of Nepal.

The Rara Lake lies at an altitude of 2,990 m which is the biggest and deepest lake in Nepal also famous with the name, Queen of Lakes among locals. A trek to this natural wonder will take about a week, from Kathmandu, and on your journey, you will witness not only some picturesque views but also many different species of flora and fauna.

Phoksundo lake, on the other hand, is considered one of the most exotic tourist destinations located in Dolpo, the largest territorial district. The trek from Rara lake to Phosundo will take roughly a week.

Rara lake and Phoksundo lake is a combined 27-day-trek specially designed for people who want to immerse themselves in nature for a whole month out of the hustle and bustle of the city area..

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Rara Lake Trek

Rara-Phoksundo Lake Trek Highlights

A fully English-Speaking Guide.

Explore Nepal rich culture and diverse nature in the Dolpo region.

Enjoy the hospitality of the Nepalese mountain people and taste traditional Nepalese food.

Sensational views of an array of high snow-capped mountains,

Dramatic landscapes, verdant steep valleys

Observe the spectacular sunrise on the mountains.

Rara-Poksundo Lake Trek Itinerary

Altitude: 1,300m (Kathmandu)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our rep from Himalayan Connection will pick you up, and take you to the hotel. In the evening, your trek leader will brief you about the trek. In the meantime, you will have to provide us with your documents for further processing of the permits.

We take an early flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj is a town in western Terrai of Nepal, close to Indian border and Bardiya National Park. We stay the night in Nepalgunj.

We take a 35 minutes long flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and winds through local villages.
We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai(2140m).Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. We stay overnight in Dunai and make the final preparation for the trek.

2720m – 6hrs walking
As the trek begins we initially trek along classic trekking route of Dolpo via Sulighar, which is pretty much comfortable walk along the levelled trail. We shall produce the trekking permit to Dolpo and the Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit at the Sulighat Check-post. Now we are officially inside Shey Phoksundo National Park. Beyond Sulighat our trek follows the trail beside Phoksundo River till Kageni. As the trek goes further, the landscapes in the vicinity begin to change. We trek through the lush tropical forest frequently emerging at isolated mid-hill villages like Jutung and arrive to Shangta. At Shangta we cross the bridge twice- once over Phoksundo River and once over the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Maiaba Khola and begin to head north towards Chhepka. Trekking upstream along the trail beside Phoksundo Khola for a while we arrive to Chhepka. We put our camps at an ideal location in Chhepka for the overnight stay.

Altitude: 3110m
Today the the trail leads you beside Phoksundo Khola- the trail of famous Lower Dolpa Circuit. We trek in the opposite direction of the river flow to Amchi Hospital. The trek crosses the bridge over Phoksundo Khola twice. As we approach closer to Kharka trekking along the amazingly peaceful region the trail goes high above Phoksundo Khola to Rechi 3011m, where we stop for the lunch. Beyond Rechi we again hike along the river side trail to Sulligad Dovan where we cross the bridge over the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Yulung Khola and arrive to Chunuwar. We will settle our camps here for the night.

 3600m – 5 hrs walking
The entrance station for the Shey Phoksundo National Park is at the south end of the village. The route then descends on switchbacks through open country to an elevation of 3300 meter, and then starts up another set of dusty switchbacks to a ridge at 3780 meter to the highest waterfall in Nepal (200 meter high).

Our route then continues on to Ringmo village, a picturesque settlement of flat-roofed stone houses with lots of mani walls. Just below Ringmo we cross a bridge and follow the trail to Phoksundo Lake, where we camp at the national park camping grounds west of the lake.

4,200m – 4 hours walking
Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which looks like a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area.

Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas ) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these.

The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. We explore the natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.

Altitude: 3750m Today’s trek is probably one of the best trekking days of Dolpo Trek. It climbs along the narrow trail cut on a cliff standing vertically straight above Phoksundo Lake. This treacherously fascinating trail brings us to another side of Phoksundo Lake. This particular part of the trek is like fantasy walk portrayed by a writer in their fiction novels. To get to the Phoksundo Khola camp on other side of the lake, we slide down for ninety minutes along the beautiful forests. The final part of today’s trek slides up to the beautiful campsite at Sallaghari. Enjoy the night in the camps amongst beautiful pine forest.

Altitude: 4717m
Today’s trek is relatively short; we trek for almost three hours to reach Nangdala High Camp 4717m. As the trek begins we ascend up the narrow defile of Tuk Kyaksa River.

The trail switches to opposite side of the river several times. Soon we arrive to a place where the rapids of the river are calmer. We cross the bridge over the river at that point.

Thirty minutes of walk after the bridge, we come across the wide valley followed by two hours of walk along the canyon brings us the potential campsite. A walk for a while further reaches to the massive rock slab, which is Nangdala High Camp- our campsite for the night.

Altitude: 4343m (Nangdala High Camp), 5350m (Shey Gompa via Nangdala Pass)
The six-hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu brings us back the way we originally came, ending again in a comfortable hotel. Your long trek is complete: it’s time for some rest! After an afternoon to nap and relax, we’ll meet up one last time for a celebratory dinner at one of the town’s finest Nepalese restaurants, where you can give us your feedback on the trek.

Today we go through easy trail with some up and down.

Today our trek goes through the oldest Bon monastery “Shyamling”. Tantrik lamas like Sherap Tenjin of this gompa is famous for his tantric kowlidge. We can have interaction with lama and observe the monastery.

The people of this village gathers lot of experiences about the snow leopard. We can listen some folk lore from the aged people of the village. They have good knowledge about how to protect their domestic animals and the endangered big cat.

The people of this village gathers lot of experiences about the snow leopard. We can listen some folk lore from the aged people of the village. They have good knowledge about how to protect their domestic animals and the endangered big cat.

​In Pho village the most important monastery of Bon religion is found. This village was discovered by the government very lately due to its remoteness.

​​Today the trek will be bit difficult because most of the trail goes ascending up to the Nyingma Gyanzen La (5563m) then the trail descends to Ghyalungkhor for the night stop.
​Today the trek will be easier than the previous day.

We pass snow leopard territory as we make our way from Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola. We may see musk deer and Himalayan Tahr as we trek on the way to Chyandi Khola, where we camp for the night.
In Pho village the most important monastery is found. This remote village was discovered by the Nepal government authorities just recently. The trek goes to Chyandi Khola via Yala La (5414m)

Today we trek to Takla Khola from Chyandi Khola

Trek to Thajachaur from Takla Khola
Today we traverse through the Gyargo La (5150m) Pass. We pass through snowy high ground and some difficult rocky ground. We camp for the night at Thajachaur.

Today we go to Shilenchaur from Thajachaur.

Today we will trek from Shilenchaur to Pulu

From Lumsha we trek to Lumsha village

Today we trek to the lake Rara. The biggest lake of Nepal.

Rara ake(3062m) is the focal point of Rara Lake National Park .Rara is a clear high altitude lake ringed with pine,spruce and juniper forests and snow capped Himalayan peaks. It is almost 13km around the lake, and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent.

Once you are at Rara you will be reluctant to leave. It has a rare peace and tranquility and captivating beauty. With no grazing animals in the park the woods have reverted to their natural state with dense undergrowth. Walk around the lake on the path built for King Mahendra to mark his visit in 1964.

Flight Duration: 3 hours
Today we leave Rara Lake and trek to Talcha airport via Gam Ghadi.

Flight Duration: 3 hours
Today we leave Rara Lake and trek to Talcha airport via Gam Ghadi.

From Talcha we take a flight to Nepalgunj from where we will proceed to Kathmandu.

Our representative will drive you to the airport for your return flight.

(End of Service)


Rara Lake And Phoksundo Lake Trek - Rara-Phoksundo Trekking

Rara lake and Phoksundo lake combinedly is an extensive trek package designed for travelers who want to plunge in the sublime nature of green alkalines lakes

Service Type: Rara-Phoksundo Trekking Service

Price: 2599

Currency: USD

Rara-Phoksundo trekking map


Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader for a group

One porter for Two guests.

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and all government and local taxes

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)


Nepalese visa fee

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Excess baggage charges

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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