- Trip Style: pk5
- Ways to Travel: Guided
- Activities: Culture
- Group Size: 2-12
- High Altitude 3685 M
This epic yet fairly easy trek takes you through the vast Dolpo area of Western Nepal; because it’s only been open to trekkers since 1989, this is one of the least-explored regions of this country. You’ll pass through wonderful Himalayan forests, traditional villages, picturesque rivers, and magnificent waterfalls. The highlight is Lake Phoksundo, considered a natural treasure in Nepal and is sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion. Along the way, you’ll see rich flora and fauna, including musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr, and perhaps even the very rare and elusive snow leopard.
Admire majestic Lake Phoksundo
Meet a variety of Nepalis, including Tamang, Gurung, Dolpali, Bhotia, and Magar
Trek on lesser-visited trails in the spectacular high Himalaya
Enjoy time sightseeing in Nepal’s vibrant capital, Kathmandu
- Day 1 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Hotel
In the morning, walk through the streets of Thamel while your specialists arrange your trekking permits, then collect your documents and head to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport. From Kathmandu, you’ll fly west to Nepalgunj, a border town on the Terai close to India and Bardia National Park.
After your one-hour flight, settle into your accommodations and relax in Nepalgunj for the night.
- Day 2 Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal, Trek to Dunai Tea House
This morning, you’ll hop on a 35-minute flight to Juphal (8,120 feet/ 2,475 m), the starting point for your trek to Lake Phoksundo.
As you begin the trek, the trail ascends high above the Thulo Bheri Valley, followed by an hour’s walk through maize fields to the village of Kalagaunda. Continue trekking along the southern bank of the river and pass Roop Ghar with its water mill, until you finally reach the village of Dunai (7,037 feet/ 2,145 m).
Dunai is quite a big mountain town with schools, a health post, government offices, a police station, and decent lodges. Wander the streets, tuck into a traditional meal and enjoy the view as you sip some Nepali tea and rest your feet.
Trekking time: 3 hours
- Day 3 Trek from Dunai to Chhepka Tea House
Begin today’s trek by descending through Dunai and crossing the bridge over the Bheri River. Then, chase the northern bank of the river for an hour to reach Sulighat.
From here, you’ll head north to reach the check post for entering the Shey Phoksundo National Park, where you’ll show your permits. Beyond the check post, you’ll gradually climb up along a rock-strewn trail above the serpentine Suli Ghad River.
As the trail stretches higher through hemp tree forests, you’ll arrive at Kageni. Continue through beautiful forest of walnut and maple trees; soon you’ll begin to see the first signs of Tibetan culture. There are beautiful views of fluttering prayer flags, ecological biodiversity, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation on the way to Shyanta (8,267 feet/ 2,520 m). From there, you’ll tackle another 90 minutes of uphill trekking along narrow trails to your overnight stop, Chhepka (8,759 feet/ 2,670 m).
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
- Day 4 Trek from Chhepka to Jharana Hotel Tea House
Rise early in the morning and, after breakfast, make your way towards Jharana Hotel. The trail climbs through a forest of big cedars and a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The route climbs steadily through open country to an elevation of 11,056 feet (3370 m). En route, get a close-up view of a spectacular 1,082-foot (330 m) high waterfall, the highest in Nepal, as well as your first glimpse of Lake Phoksundo in the distance.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Overnight: Jharana Village
- Day 5 Trek from Jharana Hotel to Ringmo Tea House
After a hearty breakfast today, you’ll make your way to Ringmo via a steep descent through birch forests, to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo River. After you cross a bridge, you’ll follow a trail north to the ranger station at the stunning Lake Phoksundo.
After a final push through the Phoksundo River Gully, emerge to the yak-filled meadows of Ringmo (11,351 feet/ 3460 m), a village home to the ethnic Bon community. Here you’ll find a few lodges where you can rest for the night.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
- Day 6 Explore Lake Phoksundo Tea House
Spend today exploring the area around Ringmo and the magnificent Lake Phoksundo.
First, you’ll head to Tshowa, a fascinating lakeside Bon monastery that’s about 900 years old. You’ll then drop down to the lake along steep cliffs. Lake Phoksundo is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. If you wander around the lake area, you’ll find stunning glaciers, and if you’re interested in learning more about the local flora and fauan, you can take a guided nature-focused tour.
- Day 7 Rest Day at Lake Phoksundo Tea House
It is advisable to build some extra days into any Dolpo itinerary in case of flight delays, to help with acclimatization, and also to explore the area fully. Luckily, there’s a lot to see in this valley.
Spend today resting up and enjoying the views or stretch your legs on a hike to a viewpoint above the lake. You can also participate in some cultural and artistic activities, such as painting and photography, or spend some time interacting with the locals. If the weather is good you could even go for a quick dip in the lake’s cold water. In the evening, warm up beside a bonfire at your lodge.
- Day 8 Trek from Lake Phoksundo to Chhepka Tea House
Today you’ll trek back to Ringmo and continue towards Sulighat, following the stream that originates from the lake. You’ll then pass through the village of Renje. After an enjoyable meal break, you’ll continue through fir and larch forests, then you’ll hike along the Sulighat River before you reach Chhepka (8,267 feet/ 2,520 m) for the night.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
- Day 9 Trek from Chhepka to Juphal Tea House
After breakfast, you’ll continue retracing your steps along the trail through forests, fields, and charming villages. You’ll end your trek in Juphal, where you can celebrate with a delicious meal before spending a final night in the mountains.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
- Day 10 Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj, Connect to Kathmandu Tea House
In the morning you’ll head to the local airport in Juphal for your flight to Nepalgunj. You’ll then continue onward to Kathmandu.
Once you settle in at your hotel in Nepal’s capital this afternoon, you can enjoy some free time or see anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.
Inclusions & Details
• 1 Night Hotel in Nepalgunj with Dinner and Breakfast
• 07 Nights – 08 Days Full Board Trek; – One cycle of meals (Main Course only), –
Accommodation in Tea house with Common Bathroom in Twin Sharing Basis, –
Permits – Govt. licensed; experience Trekking Guide, – One porter for every two pax with maximum 20 kg weight while on trek – Private transport to/from trek start/end point, – Meals, Accommodation, Transportation, Salary as per TAAN, Staff PAN tax as per Govt. rule, Insurance etc for Nepali staffs
• First Aid Kit with Basic Supplies appropriate for Trek Route & Group Size
• Tourism Tax and Govt. VAT 24.3%
• Domestic Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jupal and Return-US $ 528 Per Person
• evacuations and insurance
• Lunch & Dinner ( In Kathmandu )
• Personal clothing and equipment
• Personal Beverages, Mineral water, Starters, Deserts, Hot shower, Laundry, Battery charging
• Unforeseen expenses due to Political Unrest or Natural Calamities etc.
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