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Lower Dolpo & Lake Phoksundo Trekking - 22 Days

Lower Dolpo and Lake Phoksundo Trekking
Lower Dolpo & Lake Phoksundo Trekking

A fascinating, wonderful journey in the Far North Western at Lower Dolpo & Lake Phoksumdo with The Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions trip begins with a scenic flight to Nepal’s south west low area at Nepalgunj then another short flight to the Himalayan North Mid Hills at Jhupal in Dolpo then heading north through magnificent remote country side, farm villages and valleys with fabulous scenery of snow capped peaks of Dolpo and Tibetan mountain ranges, then reaching at our adventure destination at Lake Phokshumdo or Ringmo pristine, turquoise lake within its Nepal largest Dolpo National Park

The views and scenery, tranquility of this region is awesome amidst its enchanting forest and landscapes, with overnight stop at Phokshumdo Lake for two nights to explore around this magnificent lake and traditional villages, and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjibro Himal, with time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and its old Monastery.

After a wonderful time at Lake Phokshindo return to Juphal by an alternative route offering you the best of this beautiful country, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendrons, the trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Numala pass at 5,400m till the treks ends at Jhupal, Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions trekking to Lower Dolpo & Lake Phokshumdo concludes with a memorable journey with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Trip Highlights: “Trekking in remote cultural destination of Nepal on the old Trans-Himalayan caravan route, ancient Bon-po (pre-buddhist) culture and on the blue sheep, snow leopard trail, less visited area, Nepal’s wild-west  traditional villages on the backdrop of the high snow capped peaks, serene forest and pristine lake.”

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu (1,300m) via respective airlines and drive to your hotels.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jhuphal (Dolpo) (2,320m) trek to Dunai (2,850m) 2 - 3 hrs walks.

Day 04: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m) approx 5 - 6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Kami Gaon (2,543m) 3 - 4 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola. approx. (3,450m) 4 - 5 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,850m) near Lang chu or Pigo Phu.

Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m) 6 hrs

Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatisation and local hike.

Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 5 hrs

Day 12: Trek below Numala Pass.

Day 13: Cross Numala (5,190m) and camp at Phedi or Pelungtang.

Day 14: Cross Baga La (5,070m) and camp on Phedi (4,470m)

Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m) 6 - 7 hrs

Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo hike to Phokshumdo Lake and the village.

Day 17: Trek to Sumduwa, approx. (3,400m) 4 - 5 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Ankhe (2,896m) 6 hrs

Day 19: Trek to Dunai 6 hrs

Day 20: Trek to Jhuphal 2 - 3 hrs

Day 21: Fly Jhuphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for International Departure.

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu 1,300m. via respective airlines.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport our GA staff will receive will transfer you to respective Hotels, in the Hotel our guide will brief of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions..

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Early morning, after breakfast, you will be taken for a cultural tour of Kathmandu city. Some of the main highlights will be Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square,  Patan Durbar.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.

Transfer to domestic airport for the flight to Nepalgunj an hour scenic flight, at Nepalgunj with time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India, it is quite hot and tropical.

Day 04: Fly to Jhuphal, Dolpo 2,320m. trek to Dunai 2,850m. 2 - 3 hrs walk.

After a pleasant stay at Nepalgunj, morning short flight to Jhuphal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhuphal GA trekking crews will meet with the camping gear and food supply, from here 2-3 hrs walk to overnight camp at Dunai village walking with an hour downhill through terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge to camp at Dunai, a large village or small township, with a new hospital and administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot 2,850m. approx 5 - 6 hrs.

Trek leads through many small streams and then follow the Bheri and Barbung river in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meters above the river, after a good walk coming to Tarakot where colorful terraced fields greet us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort.The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tools for the trading caravans. Overnight camp with a climb a steep ridge for an hour to the village on a spur, where there are chorten and a Gompa on the edge of the grassy plateau, with a solitary tree.

Day 06: Trek to Kami Gaon 2,543m. 3 - 4 hrs.

Our route from here follows the Tarap Chu river upstream, crossing by the bridge and crisscrossing the same river twice. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages of Sahartera and winding gradually towards a small settlement of Kola after 3-4 hrs of a good morning walk. From this place descend with few ups to reach our overnight camp at Kamigaon with another 2 hrs of the trek.

Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,450m. 4 - 5hrs.

The trek continues walking up the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it, at others rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes, meeting people from Dolpo herding their flocks of sheep's and goats to lower pasture for the winter. Enroute there are many possible campsites by the river. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making own trail across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. In some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed by the monsoon flood, and we may opt to cross the cold torrent on foot.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Khaka 3,850m. near Lang chu or Pigo Phu.

The walk from here leads to the upper valley following the Tarap Chu (river) most of the way, the trek passes through the summer grazing pasture and few farm settlements and crisscrossing the same river twice reaching to our overnight camp
near the tributary Lang Chu.

Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap 4,090m. 6 hrs.

Morning walks begins with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarapchu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of
Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. At Dho, thirty -four houses are divided into three groups and built in a randomly way. In this Valley, both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations.

Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization and local hike.

A free day visit villages make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners for years, the Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for footwear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber, and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bonpo and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre-Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk.

Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaon. 5 hrs.

After a wonderful time here at Dho Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of Inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap Chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty-kilometers along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buckwheat, wheat, and potato. After 3-4 hrs of a good walk in this perfect tranquility coming to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After a break here our walk continues farther up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.

Day 12: Trek below NUMALA PASS.

After a wonderful time here, our route diverts North West coming across sheep, goat and yak herders with great scenery of the surrounding landscapes and finally coming to the base of Numa-la for the overnight camp with the afternoon free for an extra hike exploring the near area.

Day 13: Cross NUMALA 5,190m. and camp at PHEDI or Pelungtang.

Trekking continues with the crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow-capped peaks. After a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of the downhill walk takes to Palungtang 4,465m or further for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass.

Day 14: Trek to cross Baga La 5,070m. camp the other side of Phedi. 4,470m.

GA journey continues with the crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow-capped peaks. after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to Palungtang or farther for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass, depending upon the duration of walk and fitness of the people, if everybody is all right and on time, our trek might leads over the Baga-la to camp on the other side of this pass making it easier for the next day.

Day 15: Trek to Ringmo 3,600m. 6 - 7 hrs.

Morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjiroba Himal range, after a great moment here our walk leads to a descend for 2 hours through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake Phoksumdo.

Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo hike to Phokshumdo Lake and the village.

The Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo, walk part way around the lake is interesting and relaxing.

Day 17: Trek to Sumduwa, approx. 3,400m. 4 - 5 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Ringmo and Phuksumdo Lake, return journey to Dunai via the southern route, the walk climbs through birch forests to the ridge offering a distant view of Phoksumdo Lake and a spectacular 300-meter high waterfall, the highest in Nepal. Descend leads to the open country and then to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village, the houses here are almost buried in the sandy soil. From here another two hours of good walk leads to our overnight stop at Sumdawa, the path passes through the cedar forest and crossing the Phuksumdo Khola via a wooden bridge and then arriving at the end of this day's walk at Sumdo village.

Day 18: Trek to Ankhe 2,896m. 6 hrs.

From this camp, our journey continues along the valley floor following the river down stream to a bridge near Ryajik 2,940m, the trail here becomes a collection of rocks and sticks that form a dyke along the river bank, the walk climbs on the steep wobbly stone staircase from the river bank the up hill path continues to the cliff and through the forest, traversing the grassy slope high above the river, the walk finally enters the forest the path from here onwards are more of up and downs in between and finally emerging at the entrance of Shey Phuksumdo National Park at Ankhe for the overnight stop.

Day 19: Trek to Dunai. 6 hrs.

The walk gets better as path lose the altitude day by day and sometimes camping on almost the altitude of the previous camp like at Dunai which is mere forty meter lower from this place Ankhe. The three villages that we pass through have a strange name connection: Parela, meaning eyelash, Rahagoan meaning eyebrow village and Ankhe itself meaning eye. The path from here follows to a large stream and then climbing through the deep dark forest and passing into another side canyon and coming to the village water supply, the Phuksumdo Khola.

The trail continues on the lower part of Rahagaon, a Thakuri village t 2,909m. There is a gompa dedicated to the local god, Mastha, which overlooks the Dhera  village below the stream, a winter settlement where people from higher villages keep herds of cows and goats with good view of Kagmara peak up the valley then descending down the side of the treeless Thulo Bheri valley and walking past the hospital to cross the new suspension bridge coming to camp near Jhuphal.

Day 20: Trek to Jhuphal.approx. 2 - 3 hrs.

Retrace the journey back to Jhuphal for the last camp of this great memorable adventure.

Day 21: Fly Jhuphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu.

A 30 minutes morning sweeping flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking striking views of the snow-capped peaks, on arrival at Nepalgunj connecting the flight to Kathmandu after a wonderful, memorable trip to Dolpo & Lake Phoksumdo with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure staff will transfer you with a complimentary transport to the airport for your final departure from this magnificent country, Nepal.

AREA (3,555 SQ.KMS)

LOCATION: Shey-Phuksundo National Park is situated in the mountain region of western Nepal, covering parts of Dolpo and Mugu Districts. It is the largest national park in the country.

FEATURES: The Park contains luxuriant forests, mainly comprised of blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch. The Jugdula River valley consists mostly of Quercus species. The trans-Himalayan area has a near-desert type vegetation of mainly dwarf juniper and caragana shrubs.

The park provides prime habitat for the snow leopard and the blue sheep. Other common animals found in the park are ghoral, Himalayan thar, serow, leopard, wolf, and jackal. Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, yellow-throated marten, languor and rhesus monkeys.

The park is equally rich in many species of birds, such as Impeyan pheasant (danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge and many others.

  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to a hotel.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star level hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight ticket.
  • Nepalgunj to Jhuphal flight ticket.
  • A professional Sherpa Guide with Government License
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter)
  • Food during Trekking(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  )
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House)
  • Necessary Permits.
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system card)
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • Emergency Rescue  Help (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Jhuphal to Nepalgunj flight ticket.
  • Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • All program as per itinerary.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Final departure to airport.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Any special Accommodation.

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