Among most famous camping treks, Dolpo Phoksundo Lake is considered one of the unique and exotic tourist destinations. Dolpo lies at the far western region of Nepal which is also known as the largest district in Nepal. However, the population of Dolpo is very less. It is known as a beautiful land of a country with natural lakes and beautifully crafted land geographically. It is situated at the altitude of 3944m above the sea level. Dho Tarap is a beautiful village lies in Dolpo. It is famous for beautiful Buddhist monasteries and naturally crafted typical house.
Almost all people in Upper Dolpo including Lower Dolpo are Tibetian so they follow Tibetian language and culture. Dolpo is naturally decorated by natural lakes like Phoksundo. Phoksundo lake lies at the elevation of 3641 m in the upper reaches of the Suligad River. It is a very beautiful lake surrounded by glaciers and famous for its magnificent turquoise color. Near the lake’s outlet is the country’s highest waterfall.
Shey Phoksindo National Park is the famous national park in Nepal rich in flora and fauna in which we can see 29 species of butterfly and 200 species of birds. Rhododendron, Salix Juniper, White Himalayan birch are the plants we find here.
This trek contains two passes Numa La Pass (5309m) and Baga La Pass (5169m). Spanning the northern and southern aspects of the Himalayan crest, there is enough precipitation in Dolpa. Rain in Monsoon from July to September. In Himalayan area, winter is quite severing with frequent snowfalls above 2500m and temperatures remaining below freezing above 3000m through the much of the winter This all resembles not only the ancient history of Dolpa but also the culture, religion and overall natural description which is prepared by the professional guide of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Dolpo contains Gumpas , religious places and cultural heritages,it is rich in culture which can be explained by the guide of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide amazing way and we will have a new experience of culture. Shey Gompa is the ancient Gompa established in the 11th Century and the Thasung Gumpa near Phoksindo was built 900 years ago.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337)
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165m) 55 minute
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal 45 minutes (2475m) walk to Dunai (2140m): 2-3 hours
Day 05 Dunai – Tarakot ( 2540m)
Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Odar (cave) ( 3370m ) 5-6 hours
Day 07: Laina Cave- Nawarpani (Laina Cave) ( 3475 m) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Nawarpani – Dho Tarap (3944m) 5- 6 hours
Day 09: Dho Tarap Acclimatization, visit Gump, village
Day 10: Do Tarap – Thaksi (4240 m) 2-3 hours
Day 11: Thaksi – Numa La ( 5309 m)- 4450 m) Baga La BC ( 4512m) 6-7 hours
Day 12: Baga La BC – Baga La (5169m) – Phoksundo Lake (3641m) 7-8 hours
Day 13: Phoksundo Lake Rest Day, or visit Gump and village
Day 14: Phoksundo Lake – Chhepka (2678m) 3-4 hours
Day 15: Chhepka – Dunai (2140m) 4-5 hours
Day 16: Duani – Juphal ( 2475m) 2-3 hours
Day 17: Flight Juphal to Nepalganj 46 minutes, Nepalganj to Kathmandu 55 minutes Flight.
Day 18: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
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The Airport is at high-altitude and flights in or out are prone to delays due to weather conditions. In the wetter, cloudy months, flights are sometimes delayed or canceled until next day or when the weather permits. Guests should please make sure their timetable for the trip allows for these possible delays.
Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition requires that trekking and expedition guests have Insurance Policies. A Travel Insurance Policy should cover the cost of emergencies (including altitude sickness), injuries, and evacuations. Please, it is essential to bring your Travel Insurance Policy, or copies of your pertinent existing insurance coverage with you to Nepal. HV Treks will require a copy for our office records. We, as well, advise you to inform your existing insurance agent/company of your itinerary, including trekking, climbing, and hiking, and insure your current policy provides sufficient coverage.
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Today we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. During the flight, we can view the beautiful mountains Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna Dhaulagiri, and Dolpo. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the various culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. We stay in a hotel in Nepalgunj.
Today we fly to Jhupal by a small aircraft after breakfast. The town is magnificently located over the Himalayan foothills, with spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Here, we meet our trekking staff and begin the adventure. We walk through the beautiful terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai, which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. We walk around the small town in the evening and camp there for the night.
Today, we follow the bank of Thuli Bheri River to Shar Tara. On the way to Shar Tara, there are fewer villages so we only see the river and the uncultivated lands. Thuli Bheri River is the combination of streams from Shey Gompa, Dho Tarap and all the rivers of Upper Dolpa. It is like the dry area and no flora and fauna. The climate is dry and we use only light clothes for walking We reach Tarakot. In Tarakot, there is a Police Station and Check Post. We stay overnight at Tarakot at the bank of Thuli Bheri river.
Today, we start to walk from Tarakot. We cross a small stream that comes from the Lama Gompa village. A wooden bridge has been made over the stream. Then we walk along the Thuli Bheri River. About half an hour later we cross the Thuli Bheri River through a suspension bridge. There is one more suspension bridge over the point where Thuli Bheri River and Tarap Khola meets. After crossing this bridge, we have lunch and head to Lahini cave again along the Thuli Bheri River. The path goes uphill through the jungle. We camp beside the river in Laina Cave. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition team prepare dinner or do campfire in the cave.
After Laina cave, we walk through the barren land along the Tarap Khola. No jungles anymore. The path goes uphill and downhill both. The campsite is again beside the river which is near the Nawarpani but it is also called Laina Cave. This is the point where the Tarap Khola and Kyakuchin Khola meet. One more cave is there. We may see blue sheep and yaks in this area.
Today walk along the side of Tarap Khola in the beginning. The path goes slightly uphill and downhill. After the lunch, the path is easier to walk since it is almost flat with slightly uphill. Let’s say we are slowly rising to over 4000 meters, but also the valley is so narrow that the sun, especially in the autumn is seen for a few hours a day. Hence the weather is cold in this area. A number of chyorten, stupas is seen on the way. We slowly head to Dho Tarap, a group of real Tibetan villages. A whitewashed Tibetan Buddhist gompa shines among the village. We are here in a totally different world. Since it is very cold here, the villagers don’t prefer to take bath often. The villagers go to the market at the Tibetan border for shopping and Yak is used to carry loads.
We have a rest day here as acclimatization. Let’s meet the local people in Dho Tarap today. We learn a totally new way of life here. The people wear very thick clothes called Bakkhu and shoes called Docha. You can compare the costumes of Dho Tarap people with the costumes of Tibetan. They prepare the shoes themselves using coarse wool and yak leather. Their houses are sturdily built with thick walls of stones and decorated with prayer flags. Barley is the staple food crop grown in the fields. Potato is another root crop grown over here. They have yaks, horse, mules, and sheep as their domestic animals. They have trade with Tibet.
We can go to visit gompa. The view we see round Dho Tarap is the barren lands everywhere since this area falls in the range of Tibetan plateau.
We carry pack lunch today and walk at ease for three and half hours to Thaksi at the foot of the Numa La. On the way we cross Ghakar village, Chrystal Mountain School, Kakar village, Kakar Gompa, Chhumagaon, Rimporche Gompa, Modo village, Modo Gompa. We take our time to visit the gompas in the delightful villages where we walk through to get to us. We camp at a spot about a half hour walk from the last village of Modo at Thaksi. It will be a really cold night. We can view the beautiful barren landscapes from here. Blue sheep can be seen from here.
Today we walk one or one and a half hour earlier than the other days because the weather may go worse all of sudden. We are fresh and acclimatized well for the highest pass Numa La (south), that we are going to cross today. We carry our pack lunch. In the beginning, the path goes slightly uphill along a stream, Numala Khola. Then we cross Numa La BC. After this, the path goes uphill. Then we cross Numa La (South) pass. From the top, we can see clearly the outline of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu. Also, we can see in the north rows of the endless barren mountain ranges that go to the Tibetan plateau in the distance. Then we walk downhill to the stream called Gyambo Khola. We walk along the Gyambo Khola. In some places, we cross wooden bridges. Finally, we reach Baga La base camp beside a stream called Chakbari Khola.
Day 12: Baga La BC – Baga La (5169m) – Phoksundo Lake (3641m) 7-8 hours
Today also we start one or one and a half hour earlier than the other days because sometimes the weather may go worse all of a sudden. We walk for about 3 hours uphill in the beginning. We carry our pack lunch which we eat somewhere on the way. Soup or tea will be served by the staffs on the way seeing the condition so that you feel fresh and will gain the energy soon for walking. We are going to cross a pass called Baga La today. From the top of the Pass, the view of the Phoksundo valley is spectacular. We can view the most beautiful lake in Nepal, Phoksundo. We camp on the beach of Phoksundo and watch the settlement of monks and extremely beautiful blue of the lake. The water in the lake is highly cold. Hence, we cannot swim or wash our clothes in the lake.
Today we rest in the Phoksundo camp, not for the acclimatization but to relax since we are extremely exhausted from the trekking in the past days. And of course, to enjoy the lake and visit the nearby beautiful village called Ringmo gaon (Phoksundo). We can visit the beautiful gompa situated on the beach of Phokundo. It is also possible we go across the lake to take a beautiful walk up. From the camp, we can see the path up well. Let’s go upstairs to have a splendid view of the lake and surrounding of beautiful mountains. After many days, we can enjoy the view of the jungle here. We can have a friendly talk with the local residents and can have the taste of local products like local wine, alcohol, Phapar dhindo. In the campsite, there is an office (check post) of Shey Phoksundo National Park. So the permit cars are checked here. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today, especially to Gompa and lakeside. We can visit the village on our own.
We start walking downhill along the stream of the Phoksundo river in the beginning. Then the path goes uphill. We view a large waterfall made by the water from Phoksundo Khola on the way. Then we walk downhill. We visit a mountain museum on the way.
Today we walk downhill along the stream, Phoksundo Khola towards Dunai. Duani is the headquarter of Dolpo. Hence, Dunai has internet and other facilities. We can call to our family and friends after long days. We have lunch at the camp. We are gearing up for the final day to Juphal.
We walk along the Thuli Bheri River today almost for the whole day. Just before we reach Juphal we walk uphill for about one and a half hours. Juphal is the village with air service. Juphal is also the village with internet and other facilities like Dunai. You can have the taste of Apples and wall nuts which are famous over here. We rest here today and get ready to fly to Nepalgunj tomorrow morning.
Today we fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu on the same day. OR from Nepalgunj, we may catch a bus to Kathmandu too. The flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj takes 45 minutes only. And Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight takes 40 minutes. But flight has no certainty due to the special climatic reason: sometimes windy, sometimes cloudy etc. Flight cancellation and delay is the common phenomenon in this point. So, we may have to pay extra charge USD 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu. But the extra charge depends on the number of pax in the group. If it is a small group, then the price will be higher. The flight route also may be changed. We may fly to Pokhara or Kathmandu from Juphal instead of Nepalgunj.
When we get off the plane in Nepalgunj, suddenly we feel very hot since we were in the high alpine climate for several days. So we suddenly need to put off our warm clothes and shoes and socks we had been wearing for several days.
We feel again, we came to the new world after having walking in the silent, barren lands for several days where there is no crowd, no rush, no noise of city life etc.
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Max Altitude 5,309 meters
Best Season: April – November
Difficulty Level: Hard
It is the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in the night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges a tour for these places. Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park are some of the places to have a close experience of culture and rituals.
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is a climbing season in Nepal. Trekkers from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Peak climbing period can be enlength upto June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring. Except for rhododendrons , many kind of natural flora and fauna makes Nepal very beautiful during this season
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slight difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang , Upper Dolpa , Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is the popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain , Tihar and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favourable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourist come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m are the best destination for climbing in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of the nature of Nepal in this season.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to ensure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.