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Lower Dolpo Trekking to Shey Phoksundo Lake - 18 Days

Looking Through The Peaks
Lower Dolpo Trekking to Shey Phoksundo Lake
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Lower Dolpo Trek offers a spectacular trail through a mix of forest and beautiful traditional villages in the shadow of rain located behind Dhaulagiri range. This range is highly populated yet provides overwhelming insight into the lives of people out there. The people in this area are fond of Buddhist beliefs and strongly follows it. This is also one of the few areas where the Pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced, which is disappeared even from Tibet in the 9th century.

In this trek, we will be passing two high regions Numa la(5190 m), Baga la (5070), and then we reach to explore the elegance of Shey-Phoksundo (3611.5 m), which is an alpine freshwater Oligotrophic lake. It is the deepest and second large lake in Nepal which lies in the periphery of Shey-Phokshundo National Park. Trekking through this area you will encounter some of the overwhelming species of animals such as Blue sheep, Musk deer, Snow leopard, Ghoral, Himalayan tahr and many more.

  • Trekking through Lower Dolpo offers spectacular views of the alpine forests, wildlife, the lifestyle of the Himalayas & the Deep blue lake Shey-Phoksundo at the elevation of 3611m.
  • Witness & Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site in the lap of a Mountains.
  • Explore the Ancient trade route to Tibet from Himalayas of Dolpo & Endangered Bon Po religion which came from Tibet
  • Witness the Panoramic views of snowcapped peaks wild inhabitants in the Shey-Phokshundo national park
  • Explore the deepest & second largest lake (Shey-Phokshundo) of Nepal, coniferous forests and enjoy some leisure time for a while.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu/1300m

Our Airport representive will be there to pick you up at your arrival airport he will take you to your stay in a private tourist vehicle.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley(1300m)

After a delicious breakfast at 08:30 am your trip for sightseeing will start here you will have a private vehicle & professional tourist guide at your disposal. Today we will be visiting religious sites (Buddhist, Hindu) Temple of Pashupatinath & Bauddha stupa respectively. In the evening, we will prepare for our trip.

Day 3
Kathmandu – Nepalgunj(150 m)

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (45 minutes) and overnight stay Nepalgunj in 2 or 3 star hotel.

Day 4
Nepalgunj – Juphal/2475m and trek to Dunai/2140m (5 hours)

Take Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (35mins), 3.5 hours walk to Dunai. Lunch at Dunai, visit central gompa and local cultue. Overnight stay at Dunai in a tented camp.

Day 5
Dunai - Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft): 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail, deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and path built about 7 meters above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us eventually. 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 tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight in Tarakot at Camp.

Day 6
Tarakot - Laini {3,160 m/10,365 ft): 6-7 hrs

We resume our walk following the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing a suspension bridge to open lunch spot.T he famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu Rriver. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages. After a few ups and downs, finally encounter river bed to reach our overnight camp at Laini.

Day 7
Laini - Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft): 5 hrs

After breakfast, we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another and then we descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. This night we will be staying at Nawarpani at the Camp.

Day 8
Nawarpani – Dho Tarap/3944m (7-8 hrs)

Trek to Dho Tarap from Nawarpani, 7-8 hours walk and we take lunch at Sisaul. Side trip to Sipchowk which is one of highest settlement in the world at the elevation of 4200m from sea level. Stay overnight at Dho Tarap tented camp.

Day 9
Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization

We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Explore villages, monasteries and enjoy the surrounding breathtaking views. Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favor Tibetan style combat 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 Bön Po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bön Gompa (pre-Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk. Then we stay Overnight in Do Tarap at the Camp.

Day 10
Day 10: Do Tarap - Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft): 6-7 hrs

After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley. The walks follow in this plain valley with patches 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. A few hours' good walks take us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village, our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.

Overnight in Numa La Base Camp at the camp.

Day 11
Day 11: Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Baga La Phedi(4465m/14,645 ft): 6-7 hrs

This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast, our journey continues to getaway Numa La pass at 5,190m. The tracks lead to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m). After getting to the top of Numa La, we will descend to camp at Pelung Tang

& Overnight stay in Baga La Phedi at the Camp.

Day 12
Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft): 6 hrs

After breakfast, our 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 Kanjirowa Himal range. After a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of the downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight at tent camp.

Day 13
Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hrs

Our trek starts 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. Here we stay overnight at campsite

Day 14
Rest Day at Ringmo village in Phoksundo Lake

A rest and exploration day! We sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksundo Lake: remember the harrowing scene in 'Himalaya' when Thinley's yak caravan attempted the 'Devil's Trail'. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way around the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Shey- Phoksundo with great views.

Overnight in Ringmo Village at the campsite

Day 15
Phoksundo Lake - Shyangta (2520m/8265 ft): 5-6 hrs

Today’s trek leads downhill to Chepka. From Chepka, the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We find many important medicinal minerals which are believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyangta.

We will be staying this night in Shyangta at the Camp.

Day 16
Shyangta - Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft): 5-6 hrs

Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Juphal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Juphal below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Juphal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

We spend Overnight in Juphal at the Camp.

Day 17
Fly Juphal – Nepalgunj(35 mintutes) - Kathmandu(45 minutes)

We take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with osho adventure Trekking staffs.

Overnight in Kathmandu dom himalaya Hotel

Day 18
Final departure

This can be the last day of your stay at Nepal we serve you free transportation to the airport with overwhelming memories & bid you farewell.

Inclusive

  • Arrival / Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Domestic Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
  • All land transportation
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and accommodation in tents during during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half day guided city tour as listed in itinerary.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, duffel bag etc during the trip.
  • Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Trekking guides and other support staff.
  • Lower Dolpo Trekking map.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Warm clothing and other required trekking gear for porters
  • Osho Adventure T-shirts / other seasonal gifts.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Trekking permit.
  • Lower Dolpo entrance fees and permits.

Exclusive

  • International Airfare from Home – Kathmandu – Home.
  • Photocopy charges, web usage and telephone calls.
  • Nepal VISA cost which will be charge at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra cost due to natural calamities and hiring additional transportation and porters.
  • Emergency evacuation costs (for rental of land cruiser). Medical and Rescue insurance is recommended. We recommend you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
  • Tipping your guides and porters.

Porter-supported trek

Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc. The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel bag
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women

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Trip Facts

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 1-10
  • 3611 m
  • 16
  • advanced
  • $$$$
  • January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
  • Camping

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