Lower Dolpo/ Phoksundo Lake trek
Dolpo region is the hidden beauty in the Midwestern part of Nepal. The lower Dolpo/ Phoksundo lake trek is a mesmerizing journey that starts from Jupal to Duani with Bheri river flowing alongside the trail. As the trail stretches further, you will pass by a tropical forest that has the dominance of walnut and maple trees.
The whole trail has a different kind of beauty to bestow you with. As you cross the small settlements lying in the trail zone, you will get a glimpse of the Tibetan lifestyle that people have adopted. You will see the colorful Buddhist flag spreading only positivity in the air. The sight of huge waterfalls along with the unique flora and fauna are some beautiful things you will witness throughout your trip.
Rhododendron and pine trees, Wild animals- Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Danphe and Monals are the preserved flora and fauna under the Phoksundo National park situated at 3612 m above the sea level. The 330-meter high waterfall, Tshwo Monastery, magnificent turquoise blue Shey Phoksundo lake along with the beautiful Tibetan culture amidst the beauty of flora and fauna is what marks this trip special and worth life-long remembering.
Duration : 11 Days
Trek Period : 8 Days
Type : Moderate
Start & End Point: Jhupal - Jhupal
Highest Altitude : 3460m
Best Period : Mar-May, Sep - Nov
Flights : Ktm- Nepaljung- Jhupal Both ways
Hotel : 3 Star Category
As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
In the morning you can stroll in the streets of Thamel while we arrange all your trekking documents (TIMS & National Park Permit) . Then you collect all the necessary documents from our representative and drive to the domestic section of Kathmandu airport. From Kathmandu we fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai , is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel or lodge.
Today we take a 35 minutes long flight to Juphal- the trek starting point to Phoksundo Lake. As we begin the trek, the trail ascends southeast high above Thulo Bheri Valley followed by an hour long walk through maize fields to to reach the village of Kalagaunda. We trek by the southern bank of Bheri River and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai(2145m).Dunai is quite a big mountainous town with schools, health post, government offices, police station and tourist class lodges. We will stay overnight in one of the lodges in Dunai. Probably at Pala Guest House.
Today we begin the trek descending down through the streets of Dunai Town to cross the bridge over Bheri River. Then we chase the northern bank of the river for an hour to reach Sulighat. Then we head north to reach Shey Phoksundo National Park Check Post. Beyond the checkpost, we gradually climb up along the rock strewn trail that lies above the serpentine Suli Ghad Khola. As the trail stretches higher through the series of hemp tree we arrive to Kageni. Further trekking through beautiful tropical forest dominated by walnut and maple trees, we begin to see the first glimpses of Tibetan culture. Savoring the views of fluttering prayer flags, floral and faunal biodiversity, cascading waterfalls and lush vegetation we arrive to the village of Shyanta 2520m. Almost ninety minutes of uphill trek from Shyanta along the narrow trail brings us to Chhepka 2670m. Overnight in a lodge at Chhepka.
We rise early in the morning and after breakfast make our way towards Jharana hotel. The trail climbs through a forest of big cedars and on a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route climbs steadily through open country to an elevation of 3370m. We get a close view of a spectacular 330-metre –high waterfall, the highest in Nepal and a faraway view of Phoksundo lake. We stop for the night at Jharana (waterfall) Hotel.
Today as we make our way to Ringmo, we make a steep descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo khola. We cross a bridge and follow a trail north to the ranger station at Phoksundo Lake. We continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo khola(river) flows out of the lake. The final push through the Phoksundo River gully, we emerge to the yak filled meadows of Ringmo, a popular Bon Village in the region. Ringmo has few lodges/homestays, where we are going to settle down for the night.
Today we explore the area around the Ringmo magnificent Phoksundo Lake. First, we explore around Ringmo Village and head to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery). The Gompa nestling a ridge top above Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago.Exploring this culturally rich Bon Monastery is fascinating experience. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas )and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.
After an enjoyable and insightful teahouse trek to Phoksundo Lake we trek along the retracing trail to Chhepka. We stay overnight at the hotel.
After the breakfast, we continue the trek along the retracing trail that brings us to Juphal. After 6-7 hrs of pleasant walk through culturally and naturally diverse trail we arrive to Juphal. Overnight in a lodge at Juphal.
Early morning, we walk to the airport in Juphal from where we fly to the airport in Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj we board a plane that directly connects us to Kathmandu. On arriving Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time is free time.
Today, we will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight schedule back home. We will see you off pleasantly. Have a safe flight back home.
- Explore the spectacular Phoksundo Lake
- Admire amazing Lake and its surrounding
- Explore the spectacular Sherpa Village
- Visit Jhupal, Chepka
- 2 Nights stay in Ktm at the 3 star Hotel on twin sharing B/B plan.
- 1 Night stay in Nepaljung at the Sneha Hotel on twin sharing B/B plan.
- 7 Nights at Tea House on twin sharing basis on B/B plan.
- Highest Altitude 3610 meters, average 2800m
- All transfer by private AC vehicle and 2 internal flights
- Max Group Size: 16
- Airport pick-ups and transfers in a private AC vehicle with our representative
- Tea House accommodation during the trek
- All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
- Domestic flight ktm-lukla-ktm
- An English Speaking Sherpa Guide (Everest Summiter)
- Porter Service (2:1)
- Down Jacket & Sleeping Bags (to be returned after the trek)
- UpEverest T-shirts & Duffel Bag
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
- All Government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner (Jazz bar with live music)
- Visa Fees
- Travel Insurance
- Medical and Vaccinations
- Any hot and alcoholics beverages during the trek
- Hot Showers during the trek
- Hot drinking water during the trek
- Tips (Not compulsory but be resonable, while you do)
- Single accommodation available(with supplement cost)
- International Air tickets
- Charger for Mobile & Electronic devices
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Sattellite Phone usage ( USD 5 per minute )