Nepal > Non Touristic Area > Lower Dolpo Trek


Mid. western part of Nepal , especially Dolpo region, was opened in 1989 and contains the Shey Phoksundo National Park , established in 1984 to preserve a large portion of the land in this area. It is quite impressive, with many passes as high as 5000 meters. Tibetan speaking people, who follow Bon, the ancient animistic faith of Tibet and Buddhism. They grow buckwheat and barley and tend to large herds of goats, sheep, yak etc. The shining Ringmo Lake , with its unearthly turquoise blue water, makes a trip to this region an unforgettable experience.

Highlights of the Trekking
Magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks, breathtaking landscapes, large numbers of ancient monasteries, different communities, beautiful tranquil lake as well as sparkling waterfalls.

Fact of The Trekking
Destination : Shey-Phoksundo Lake
Group Size : Min - 2
Minimum altitude : 3358m.
Maximum altitude : 5350m.
Grade : Strenuous
Season : Spring & Autumn
Accommodation : Tented Camp
Duration : 20 Days
Entry : Jumla
Exit : Juphal

Details Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu meet our airport representative and transfer to the hotel .Overnight at Kathmandu .

In the morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu , the most popular Place in the kingdom was known as kantipur in earlier times. The tour highlights are the Living Goddess " Kumari" who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees; Kastamandap temple, the temple made out of single tree and name Kathmandu is derived from durbar square and drive to Soyambhunath which lies on top of hill is the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu . The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathamandu city

Day 01 Fly to Nepalgunj
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 Fly to Jumla [2370m] & trek to Gothi chaur [2700m]
This morning we fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Leaving the airport at Jumla, we cross the Tila Khola and the Chaudabise Khola near their confluence and climb gradually to a fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut to a meadow which, in season, is covered in wildflowers. Beyond the meadow, the trail climbs to a small pass before descending again to Gothi Chaur and our first night's camp.

Day 03 Trek to Naphukana [3080m]
Today's walk follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potato, buckwheat and barley until the valley narrows and we enter a forest of oaks, spruce and maples. We pass through the village of Chotra with its typical Tibetan mani walls and a short distance beyond, come to another Tibetan-looking village, Naphukana. Above this village, there is a large gompa.

Day 04 Trek to Chaurikot [3060m]
From Naphukana the trail becomes steeper and climbs through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. From the pass there are views of snowy peaks to the north and east. Descending from the pass, the trail traverses a steep slope before dropping into a forest of pine and oaks. We then enter the Bheri Valley and, after following the trail in and out of side valleys, we come to the village of Chaurikot . Our camp will be near the village.

Day 05 Trek to Bheri riverside [2610m]
Continuing on to the village of Balasa we can see Kagmara peak on the horizon. The trail drops to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees to a ridge. Passing through the apple orchards of Jyakot, we then descend to the village of Rimi before following a rocky trail down to the Bheri River . Our camp will be by the river.

Day 06 Trek to Garpung khola [2900m]
We stay on the west bank of the Bheri River , passing Hurikot and arrive at the entrance to the Shey Phoksumdo National Park . We then come to the confluence of the Garpung and Jagdula Rivers , which join to form the Bheri River , and follow the Garpung Khola to our camp which is again by the side of the river.

Day 07 Trek to Kagmara [3500m]
We continue to follow the Garpung Khola, ascending slowly towards the Kagmara La. Today is a short day, but it is very important for acclimatisation that we don't ascend too quickly.

Day 08 Trek to Kagmara phedi [4000m]
We now cross to the eastern side of the river and where the valley narrows, the river becomes a series of waterfalls. The trail climbs to a moraine below the Kagmara La and we make our camp among the boulders. The views from here of the surrounding peaks are magnificent.

Day 09 Cross Kagmara La [5115m]
We get an early start this morning and ascend alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La. This is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. After a 900m descent, we reach the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley .

Day 10 Trek to Pungmo
The trail now enters birch and juniper forests which soon give way to blue pine. Up the side valleys, there are views of Kanjirolba peak before we reach the fortress-like village of Pungmo , set amidst barley fields.

Day 11 Trek to Phoksumdo Lake
We continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake . We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the distance. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest in Nepal . The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake .

Day 12 At Phoksumdo Lake
Today is a rest day at the lake which is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring. It is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels.

Day 13 Trek to Baga La phedi
We retrace our route as far as Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards through forests of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows the river up the valley to a waterfall and we will camp here at the base of the Baga La.

Day 14 Cross Baga La [5090m] & trek to Numa La phedi [4800m]
From our camp it's a steady 3 hour climb to the top of the Baga La, the second of the high passes. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La.

Day 15 Cross Numa La [5360m] & trek to Do [4100m]
We continue climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri . The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and we walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do.

Day 16 At Do
Today is a rest day at Do which is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.

Day 17 At Do
A further day to explore this fascinating area.

Day 18 Trek to Lahini [3560m]
This morning's walk is almost level and follows the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times we finally come to a flat expanse where we can camp.

Day 19 Trek to Tarakot [2600m]
The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. Eventually, the valley widens and the route becomes easier as we approach the village of Khanigaon . We then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot .

Day 20 Trek to Dunai [2100m]
We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan , before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai.

Day 21 Trek to Juphal [2500m]
From Dunai, we continue to follow the river downstream through Roop Ghar and Kala Gaura before climbing up through meadows to the airport at Juphal. Our final night's campsite will be nearby the airfield.

Day 22 Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu
We catch an early flight to Nepalgunj and from there, a connecting flight back to Kathmandu . Overnight at Kathmandu .

Day 27:- - Kathmandu - departure or Extend other activities.
Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight or combine with other trip like white water rafting. Or safari tour at Chitwan Park . The cost would be charge extra for rafting & safari

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Price Includes :
04 nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan, 01 night hotel in Nepalguju on MAP ( dinner + breakfast ) flight Ktm - Nepalgunj - Juphal - Nepalgunj - Ktm, All meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea\coffee), accommodation in camping a guide, cook, helper, porters ( horse / man) ground transportation, entry permits, all necessaries fees for Nepalese staffs (all meals, equipments, insurance).

Price Excludes :
Lunch / dinner while in Kathmandu., Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses, sleeping bag, down jackets, airport tax (Domestic / International) emergency rescue flight & expenses if require, etc.

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