Tradition & Culture in Phoksundo Lake Trek
On Phoksundo Lake Trek we will mostly find by Tibetan Buddhists culture. Moreover, this region is also known as the Mini-Tibet of Nepal. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis. We will interact with locals and also experience their lifestyle, tradition, and culture. The people residing here are one of the kindest and most welcoming so don't feel shy to interact with them. Moreover, the isolation of this region has contributed immensely to conserve the cultural heritage and tradition for centuries.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. During the Phoksundo Lake Trek, we will stay in the teahouse. Teahouse is basically a combination of hotel and lodge. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. Be informed that we can also stay in camp. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations. Please understand that the services in the teahouse will be very basic and also all the teahouse does not come with attached washrooms.
Meals & Drinking Water
In Phoksundo Lake Trekking, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu and Nepalgunj you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you. In case, you are camping then all the meals will be cooked and served by the porters.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Phoksundo Lake Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness
Phoksundo Lake Trek is a moderate trek. The trails are not so difficult and challenging in terms of technical climbing but, do includes 5-6 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great but, it's not mandatory to go on Phoksundo Lake Trek.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip and also know about mountain sickness. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Season to go on Phoksundo Lake Trek
Autumn (September to November) & Spring (March to May)are the best seasons to go the Phoksundo Lake Trekking. During this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and the sky is also clear which presents gorgeous views of the landscapes. Whereas, monsoon and winter make tough to trek in this region because the trail gets slippery during the monsoon and harsh cold weather will freeze you.
Phoksundo Lake Trek Permit
Phoksundo Lake comes in one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region.
Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you need to get special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Upper Mustang Trek:
Lower Dolpo restricted area permit for foreigners: USD 10 per person for a week
Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit fee: USD 250 per person
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
*These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Phoksundo Lake Trek?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Phoksundo Lake Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed Phoksundo Lake Trek itinerary to provide you best Phoksundo Lake Trekking experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.