Lower Dolpo with Phoksundo Lake Trek

Lower Dolpo with Phoksundo Lake Trek 17 Days


Region: Himalayan Ranges in Western Nepal
Trek Type: Group Adventures
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
When is the best time to trek: April to December.
Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar.
Expedition Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu.
Trekking Expedition Duration: 16 nights / 17 days.
Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium to High.
Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,360 meters / 17, 580 feet.
Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 500 meters.
Type of Accommodation: Hotel, tea houses, camp on a twin sharing basis.

It is very important that you shape up your life in such a way, that when you enter the last quarter of life, you’re not filled with regrets. You do not want to count yourself among the people who have ignored the importance of travel and adventure in life and are full of dissatisfaction and dismay. Travelling adds a new dimension, a new approach to life.

The excitement of seeing different places, exploring new cultures, mingling with different people is the best antidote to any kind of let down in life. It helps you shape up your life by re-defining the stereotypes. It helps you overcome your fears and boosts your confidence to set new goals in life. Everyone deep inside wants to feel this experience, some realize it early and do the needful while some spend the whole life and realizing it.

Trekking is that integral part of travel that is filled with adventure, thrill, and excitement. The passion for completing a trek, the determination to overcome the challenges, the persistence of pushing forward helps anyone in building a better personality. The lower Dolpo trek in Nepal is one such example of a trekking journey that defies every odd and uplifts everyone’s spirit by injecting the taste of adventure.

The lower Dolpo trek is filled with mesmerizing views, landscapes, challenges, and also an insight of culture and spiritual beliefs of the locals. The remote areas, the rain shadow landscape of the majestic Himalayas, the tranquil water of the Phoksundo Lake, and even the Numa La and Baga La passes is a complete package catering all your trekking dreams. Let’s look into the 17 days itinerary that will inspire you to take the trip as soon as possible.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1, 300 meters / 4, 264 feet).

Like most other trekking journeys in the country, this also includes Kathmandu as the first stop of the journey. Spending a day in the capital of Nepal is bliss in itself. The picturesque landscapes, the amalgamation of culture and heritage, the culinary dishes and the compassionate people is unmissable.

Spend the day in the Capital by touring the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Durbar Square, the Hindu Temple, the Monkey temple of and even the Buddhist Shrine along with the beautiful monasteries in the region. Taste the most authentic Nepalese cuisine in the capital itself and lose yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the country. Spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour.

This day onwards your journey towards one of the most exciting trips of your life begins. At first, you will be reaching terai town Nepalgunj by flight from Kathmandu. The Nepalgunj town is considered as the gateway to Simikot, Humla and is located near the Nepal-India border in the western Nepal.

The Terrai Town of Nepalgunj exhibits the diverse culture of the country. Spend your time exploring the nearby villages and the local market. Spend the night in Nepalgunj.

Day 3 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320 meters / 7, 610 feet) and trek to Dunai (2,850 meters / 9,348 feet): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek.

Start early to reach the first destination i.e Jhupal. The peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri can be spotted in the north of the town. The town is beautifully placed in the foothills of the Himalayas. Jhupal marks the offset of the trekking journey and Dunai is the first stop you make.

The walk till Dunai will be through the Bheri River, and the well placed terraced fields. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region, spend the day exploring the town and sleep the night through.

Day 4 : Dunai to Tarakot (2,543 meters / 8,341 feet): 5-6 hours.

The small village of Tarakot rests on the south direction of the Bheri River, at an elevation of 2, 543m. The trek journey of around 6 hours will be on an easy trail through some isolated villages, deep gorges, and hanging bridges.

The trail also includes a deep gorge with pine trees and road built at a height of seven meters above the river. Following the trail, for few more hours, you will be welcomed by the incredible and beautiful terraced fields of the village. Stay for the whole night in Tarakot.

Day 5 : Tarakot to Laini (3,160 meters / 10,365 feet): 6-7 hours.

Today’s journey up to an elevation of 3, 160m will take up around 7 hours to complete. The trail is alongside the Tarap-Chu River and Sandul Gompa is your first milestone. On your way to Sandul Gompa, you will get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the region and also cross the Tarap-Chu River twice.

The trail that follows from Sandul Gompa will comprise some ascending and descending and will be through rural villages and farm terraces of the region. Stay the night in the beautiful village of Laini.

Day 6 : Laini to Nawarpani (3,545 meters / 11,627 feet): 5-6 hours.

The trekking to Nawarpani will comprise some rough terrains, daring and vigorous climbs and hikes and also some steep descend. A climb initiates the journey on a steep trail along the switchback of the Tarap-Chu River. Though the terrain is rough, the journey becomes exciting as you proceed.

The valley gradually reduces to a narrow gorge and also instigates you to leap from one side to another. The comparatively difficult trail will lead you to the banks of the Chyugur khola River and from there you will finally reach Nawarpani. Nawarpani is an exciting place to be in and your overnight stay in the village will be a blissful experience.

Day 7 : Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090 meters / 13,415 feet): 7-8 hours.

Dho Tarap is a beautiful small village surrounded by an irregular stone wall. The village is culturally rich with loacals practicing both the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion and the Chaiba religion. The Magars who have lived here for many generations constitutes the major part of the population while some Tibetans also reside alongside.

The journey initiates by gradually hiking to Kamattarka located at the confluence of the Lang Khola and Tarap Chu. Along the trail, you will witness beautiful wild Rose and Juniper bushes. The total trek of 7-8 hours will lead you to the village of Dho tarap where you will be spending the night.

Day 8 : Rest Day at Dho Tarap.

Dho Tarap is the ideal place to take a day off for rest and acclimatization before starting the rest of the journey. Spend the day learning and indulging in the local culture and visiting the nearby monasteries. The locals of the Dolpo region prefers homespun clothing died in the typical maroon color.

The Tibetian inspired Dhocha or Somba is what they use for footwear. Both genders of the society are religiously inclined and spend a good amount of time practicing religion. You will notice the religious amulets they wear, the coral or amber strings and how both Buddhists sects of Bon Po and Nyingmapa reside together respecting each other. Mix in well with the culture and inject positivity and prosperity in your sould. Spend the night in Dho Tarap.

Day 9 : Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4, 440 meters / 14,563 feet): 6-7 hours walk.

The journey towards the upper Tarap Valley will let you witness lush green grasslands on both sides of the river. This type of landscape is particularly unique to inner Dorpo region. Follow the trail alongside the Tarap Chu River and on the way take pleasure in viewing the vast valley complimented with high mountains and wide plains. You will reach the Tokyu village after walking the trail for few hours.

The Tokyu village has a Chiba sect Buddhist Monastery that you should visit. A total of 7 hours journey today will lead you to the Numa La Basecamp with a rough terrain in the later part of the joruney. The Numa La base camp is situated at a height of 4440m. Spend the night in the Numa La Base camp.

Day 9 : Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4, 440 meters / 14,563 feet): 6-7 hours walk.

The journey towards the upper Tarap Valley will let you witness lush green grasslands on both sides of the river. This type of landscape is particularly unique to inner Dorpo region. Follow the trail alongside the Tarap Chu River and on the way take pleasure in viewing the vast valley complimented with high mountains and wide plains. You will reach the Tokyu village after walking the trail for few hours.

The Tokyu village has a Chiba sect Buddhist Monastery that you should visit. A total of 7 hours journey today will lead you to the Numa La Base camp with a rough terrain in the later part of the journey. The Numa La base camp is situated at a height of 4, 440m. Spend the night in the Numa La Base camp.

Day 10 : Cross Numa La pass (5,190 meters / 17,023 feet), camp at Pelung Tang (4, 465 meters / 14,645 feet): 6-7 hours.

The journey today will be the toughest of the day comprising of steep ascends and descends and climbs as well. The journey will be around 7 hours and is one of the longest as well. The journey for crossing Numa La Pass, in order to reach the top of the ridge starts early, after the breakfast.

The top of the Numa La Pass features some astounding views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other barren mountains of the Dolpo the region. The trail from the top of the pass follows a descend down to Pelung Tang where you will be spending the night.

Day 11 : Cross Baga La pass (5,070 meters / 16,630 feet), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080 meters / 13,382 feet): 6 hours.

The journey to the top of the Baga La Pass to experience some amazing and mesmerizing views starts early after breakfast. The incredible view from the top of the Baga La Pass shows the distant snow capped mountain peaks including the Mt. Kanjirowa along with a beautiful view of dry landscapes.

Spend some time enjoying the view, creating memories, and taking pictures of the mesmerizing picturesque beauty. Follow the trail and descend down to reach Dajok Tang to spend the night.

Day 12 : Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600 meters / 11,808 feet): 3-4 hours.

Ringo is situated at an elevation of 3,600 m and the journey today is around 4 hours. The trail today will be alongside beautiful pine forests and alpine vegetation. The trail today will be a calm and easy on a smooth terrain.

The small highs and lows of the path will lead you to the Ringmo village. Spend your night in the traditional Tibetian village of the Dolpo region.

Day 13 : Hike to Phoksundo Lake (3,611 meters / 11,849 feet).

This is the last part of the incredible trekking journey which you have covered. The hike up to the Phoksundo Lake will let you witness the beauty of nature at its best. You will also see the beautiful Yak Caravans trading between the Ringmo Village and the Tibetian Borders through remote mountain paths. There is a monastery on the way to your destination that you ought to explore. Follow the path to reach the Phoksundo Lake.

The beautiful shore of the Phoksundo Lake is an ideal place to have a relaxing walk and indulge in the serenity and beauty of the lake. Have a night full of prosperity and positivity in the calm region of the Phoksundo Lake.

Day 14 : Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2, 520 meters / 8, 265 feet): 5-6 hours walk.

Today is the day you start travelling down and eventually put an end to the adventurous trip. Trek downhill to Chepka and follow the trek to reach a massive Overhanging rock.

The journey today will enlighten you how the medicinal minerals of the region have helped the locals fight almost all diseases bravely. Follow the trail through the villages before reaching Shyanta. You will be spending the night in Shyanta.

Day 15 : Shyanta to Jhupal.

So, today you will reach from where you have started your walking journey. The trail to Jhupal will be via and the path will be alongside birch trees. The ridge you will cross on your way to Jhupal will show some incredible views of the mountains above and your destination of Jhupal below.

Your body is tired and your legs are shaky, hence you should be cautious with your movement down the trail to Jhupal. Jhupal is a busy market town and you will have ample time to explore the market. Stay the night in Jhupal.

Day 16 : Fly to Nepalgunj then fly Back to Kathmandu.

The beautiful Lower Dolpo Trek has come to an end, today you will fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. The road journey back to Kathmandu will be along with some incredible views throughout.

Upon reaching the capital, spend the rest of the day exploring what you have missed on the first day, buy souvenirs for your loved ones and satisfy your taste buds with authentic Nepalese cuisines. Spend the night in the capital.

Day 17 : Final Departure.

So eventually the dream journey has come to an end. As you head back to your hometown you will be filled with the joy of experiencing this beautiful trek. Surf the pictures you have clicked, remember the incredible views your eyes have witnessed.

The country has many other trekking destinations that you will enjoy equally if not less. Plan your next adventurous trip to the ‘Roof of the World’ in the foothills of the tallest mountains of the world.

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What does it include?

Airport pickups and drops.
2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj with breakfast.
Tea house / Mountain lodge / Camping accommodation during the trek.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
All ground transportation in private vehicle as per the itinerary.
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip).
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary.
An experienced, certified guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader/guide).
All government and local taxes.

What it does not include?

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and beverages not mentioned in itinerary.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).

Items to bring with you

Trekking Bag.
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Trekking Poles.
Crocs Shoes/sandal.
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Sleeping Bag.
Windcheater.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
Moisturizer.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Toilet Paper.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gloves.
Trekking Socks.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
Small, basic first aid kit(cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills etc.).

USD. 2, 470

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INR. 120, 000*

(* For Indian Nationals)
* Govt Tax Applicable

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