Shey Phoksundo National Park

Shey Phoksundo National Park
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Shey Phoksundo National Park is situated in the mountain region of Western Nepal, covering parts of Dolpa and Mugu Districts. Gazetted in 1984, it is the largest national park in the country with an area of 3555 sq. km (1,373 sq mi).

The main objectives of the park are to preserve the unique trans-Himalayan ecosystem with its typical Tibetan type of flora and fauna and to protect endangered species such as the snow leopard and musk deer. Much of the park lies north of the Great Himalayan Range.

Furthermore, Kanjiroba Himal lies at the southern edge of the trans-Himalayan region of the Tibetan plateau. The high Dolpa plateau in the northeast of the park is drain by the Langu (Namlang) River. The southern catchment of the park is drain by the Jugdula and Suligad Rivers, which flow south and drain into the Bheri River.

Nepal’s second largest lake, Phoksundo, lies at 3660 m in the upper reaches of Suligad. However, the vegetation found in the park is diverse due to the influence of two different micro-climates. Therefore, the southern river valleys along Suligad contain luxuriant forests mainly comprising blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch. Moreover, the Jugdula River valley consists mostly of Quercus species. The trans-Himalayan area has a near-desert type vegetation comprising mainly dwarf juniper and caragana shrubs.

Though, the blue sheep are mainly concentrated around Shey Gomba and Dolpo. The shey phoksundo national park provides prime habitat for snow leopard and blue sheep. Similarly, Other common animals found in the park are: goral, Himalayan tahr, serow, leopard, wolf, jackal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, yellow-throated marten and langur and rhesus monkeys. The park is equally rich in birds. The commonly seen birds are Impeyan pheasant (danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasant, red and yellow-billed choughs, raven jungle crow, show partridge and many others.

How to get there?

By Flight: The easiest way to reach the park is by air from Nepalgunj to the Juphal airstrip. Or you can fly to jumla from Nepalgunj and follow 8 days trekking. There is no way to reach the park except a trek.

Where to stay?

You can find hotels in Nepalgunj easily as the way to the park is not possible without trek. You can stay in tent house or home stay as well.


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