Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking - 20 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane-Bus-Jeep-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 3550 meter / 11644 feet
  • Hotel-Teahouse
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Lake Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 13
  • 75
Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking is a famous trekking tour destination for local trekkers as well. Nepali people by nature; do not trek as much as foreigners come for trekking in Nepal – but still amount of Nepali folks trekking to Phoksundo lake is termendeous.

Dolpo region itslef is famous for its isolated location in Nepal Himalaya & famous for being connected with Tibet. In fact, Dolpo region lies in the Tibetan plateau.

Phosundo lake and reflection of the white himalaya in green lake of Phosundo has added huge impact for attracting both – domestic as well as foreign tourist. Untouched nature & culture of the region makes trekking to Phoksundo a perfect destination for 2 weeks holiday in Nepal.

Because of the roadway connectivity – there are various places which can be accessible by road but still; to get by the lake of Phoksundo trekkers must have to walk on foot. This walk certainly worth with the degree of natural beauty and peacefulness.

For those who would like to go to Tibet but don’t have access to that, Dolpo trekking in Nepal Himalaya is a perfect destination with resemblance of Tibetan culture and tradition. Local people doing their daily chores and herds of sheep coming back home from the pastures in the evenings creates a nice combination.

Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking is a best combination of freshwater lake, antique culture & different landscape of Nepal Himalaya.

Renowned land of the Bon-Po faith, Dolpo is one of the famous trekking trails in Nepal Himalaya. Similar to the western part of Tibet, this part of Nepal has a different Buddhist culture than you’ve seen before. Once you visit Dolpo, you will see the people worshiping God from the left side: when they rotate prayer wheels they do it left, when shrine of the Monastery is placed, it is on the left.

This is an extremely different Buddhist practice in the Birth country of Buddha. Dolpo people have their own lifestyle, culture and tradition, hence way of worshiping Buddha is also different and unique to the region. In addition to the culture and people, the panoramic landscape of Dolpo will give you lot to marvel about. Video Gallery

People & Nature

If you are trekking during May/June, the crowd of people walking uphill will amaze you. During this season the people in Dolpo and people from the other parts of Nepal will gather to this area to collect Yarsa Gumba. Yarsa Gumba is one of the famous herbs found in this region.

The cost of Yarsa Gumba and the crowds collecting it will answer to your question of how important is this Yarsa Gumba? Numa-La and Baga-La are major passes of this region with Mt.Kannjiroba and Phoksundo Lake inside Phoksundo National Park.

We believe one important aspect of travelling is gathering experiences with people, so along with exploring the natural beauty of Dolpo, we help you to see and learn about the local culture. How they work and eat and sit? We have special guides with social relation, which means your trek will add more to your travelling experience here with us.

A fun fact about Dolpo: this place is a hidden valley of Nepal where Oscar nominated film “CARAVAN” was filmed. It’s an awesome hidden treasure in Nepal, and now it’s your turn to explore it, leave your thoughts. More itinerary option for Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking are listed in Lower dolpo section of this article, check this.

Looking forward to Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking

Among all the restricted trekking trails of Nepal – lower dolpo trek with phoksundo lake makes a complete trekking experience for first time visitors as well as returning visitors in Nepal.

Do not get confused with Upper dolpo trek and Phosundo lake dolpo trekking. Because – Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking in a lower dolpo trek but Upper dolpo trek takes you higher than Phoksundo lake. However – both of these trek has a common route in regard to Phoksundo lake visit.

Also – Lower dolpo trek do not need to be a camping trek whereas; upper dolpo trek must need camping nights.

If you wan to explore more options about remote trekking in Nepal read our recent blog on our picks for remote/restricted region trekking in Nepal.

Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking Outline itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrive to Tribhuwan international airport & our company representative will assist you to transfer to your hotel
  • Day 2 – Your Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Company will arrange the Lower Dolpo permit this day.
  • Day 3 – Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
  • Day 4 – Fly to Juphal & short hike to Dunai.
  • Day 5 – Trek starts from Dunai to Tarakot.
  • Day 6 – Trekking from Tarakot to Laini.
  • Day 7 – Trek to Nawarpani.
  • Day 8 – From Nawarpani to Dho Tarap.
  • Day 9 – Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap. Today is rest day.
  • Day 10 – Trekking to Numla phedi.
  • Day 11 – Trek to Numala pass base.
  • Day 12 – Trek to Pelung Tang via Numa La pass.
  • Day 13 – Trek Dajok Tang via Baga La Pass.
  • Day 14 – Trekking to Ringmo.
  • Day 15 – Rest day & Day hike to Phoksundo Lake.
  • Day 16 – Ringmo to Chepka.
  • Day 17 – Trek back to Jhupal.
  • Day 18 – Connect flight to Nepalgunj & then to Kathmandu.
  • Day 19 – Guided Shopping and rest day at Kathmandu / spare day
  • Day 20 – Drop to airport by our vehicle, for your onward destination.

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Phoksundo lake Dolpo trekking itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Tribhuwan international airport & our company representative will assist you to transfer to your hotel

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Time – 30 minutes hotel transfer time
• Activity – Relax at hotel

Company representative will assist you and check in to Hotel.

Day 2
Your Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Company will arrange the Lower Dolpo permit this day.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Kathmandu City tour
• Time – Full day
• Activity – Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage site

Kathmandu Tour will be with a local (licensed) guide in A/C car. Our guide will take you to major 4 destination of Kathmandu. Swyambhu famous for self-created Buddhist stupa, Boudhnath famous for stupa built on the relics of Kanakmuni Buddha, Pashupatinath famous for Hindu cremation and a holiest place in for Shivaism and Kathmandu Durbar Square famous for the living goddess “Kumari”. Our aim is to give our clients an exotic experience.

Day 3
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

• Altitude – 2540 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane
• Time – 1 hour flight
• Activity – Flying in plane

Today you’ll be heading to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai close to the Indian border and doorway to the Western region of Nepal.

Day 4
Fly to Juphal & short hike to Dunai.

• Altitude – 2150 meters
• Special – Scenic view during flight and trek
• Time – 35 minutes flight and 3 hours trek
• Activity – Flying in plane and short hike

Today you will fly to Juphal, the starting point for the trek to Phoksundo Lake. The trail ascends southeast, high above Thulo Bheri Valley, then winds through maize fields to the village of Kalagaunda. You will follow the southern bank of the Bheri River and pass Roop Ghar, where you can see a traditional water mill, before finally reaching the village of Dunai.

Day 5
Trek starts from Dunai to Tarakot.

• Altitude – 2450 meters
• Special – View of mountains
• Time – 6 hours trek
• Activity – Trekking through crossing rivers and villages

The route involves walking along the bank of the river which will lead you towards a lush forest. After walking for some time, you will reach Tarakot. You will visit the Sandul Gompa at Tarakot. It is 8 kilometers away from the village and sits at the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu.

Day 6
Trekking from Tarakot to Laini.

• Altitude – 3135 meters
• Special – River where Tarap chu and barbung chu mix
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Crossing through longest suspension bridge of the valley

It takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach Laini from Tarakot. You will be staying overnight in Laini. From Laini, you will be ascending on a steep trail and walk along switchback above the Tarap River. The hike will be quite exciting as you will encounter narrow gorges that in some places you can jump from one side to another.

Day 7
Trek to Nawarpani.

• Altitude – 3780 meters
• Special – Beautiful view of surrounding
• Time – 5/6 hours
• Activity – Walking uphill and downhill

We climb on a steep trail and walk along switchback above the Tarap River. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes a narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Several vigorous climbs and descents will take us to the banks of the Chyugur Khola, from where we reach Nawarpani.

Day 8
From Nawarpani to Dho Tarap.

• Altitude – 3950 meters
• Special – Exploration of small settlement and monastery
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking through crossing the river

You will be walking through narrow gorges along trails uphill and make your own trail in a specific place in the river. This day is a very interesting walk along juniper bush and roses. Finally, get in the highest village of Dolpo, Dho-Tarap where inhabitants by Tibetan people have stayed here since ancient times.

Day 9
Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap. Today is rest day.

• Altitude – 3950 meters
• Special – Exploring Dho Tarap
• Time – Full day
• Activity – Rest and Explore

The day off will assist with acclimatization and allow some bodily rest. We can spend the day visiting nearby monasteries. During today’s short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan style somba 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 Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects). Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 10
Trekking to Numla phedi.

• Altitude – 4535 meters
• Special – Numla Phedi
• Time – 3/4 hours
• Activity – Trekking

We will follow the trial leading us to Numla Phedi. We continue our ascend up the northern valley in the Himalayan Desert. Beautiful view of the snowcapped mountains will keep us refreshed throughout the trek.

Day 11
Trek to Numala pass base.

• Altitude – 5360 meters
• Special – numla pass base
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking

6/7 hours of hike from Numla phedi will take you to Numla base camp. You can enjoy the view of snow capped mountains.

Day 12
Trek to Pelung Tang via Numa La pass.

• Altitude – 4465/5190 meters
• Special – Numa la pass
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking through Numa la pass

You will continue your journey crossing Numa La pass at 5,190m, the trial goes to a steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with fantastic views of the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. The view of the north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distant snow-capped peaks is so spiritually invigorating. After a breathtaking moment at the pass, almost three hours of descending will bring you to Pelung Tang 4,465m or further for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass.

Day 13
Trek Dajok Tang via Baga La Pass.

• Altitude – 4080 meters
• Special – baga la pass (5070 meters)
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Crossing through baga la pass

After breakfast we begin our steep climb up to the top of Baga La pass. From here, we get fantastic views of the dry landscape and the distant snow-capped mountains including Mt. Kanjirowa. We spend some time at the top of the pass taking pictures and generally enjoying the mesmerizing views. Next, we descend to Dajok Tang for an overnight stay.

Day 14
Trekking to Ringmo.

• Altitude – 3600 meters
• Special – Ringmo village
• Time – 3/4 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Today your trail will continue along the forest of pine and alpine all the way and reach Ringmo Village where you can observe the lifestyle of local people who belong to Tibetan culture. You can see the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery too.

Day 15
Rest day & Day hike to Phoksundo Lake.

• Altitude – 3600 meters
• Special – Exploring around Phoksundo Lake
• Time – Full day
• Activity – rest and short hike to Phoksundo lake

Exciting day because we are going to hike around the deepest and beautiful Lake in Lap of the Dolpo region.After exploring the Lake , we then turn to look around the Buddhist Monasteries, some of Monasteries influenced by the Tibetan Bon Po Buddhist region.some of Monateries are 900 years old, quite interesting and worth exploring and observing the Monasteries and Ringmo Village.Over night in Camp.

Day 16
Ringmo to Chepka.

• Altitude – 2678 meters
• Special – greenery
• Time – 5/6 hours
• Activity – Trekking downhill

Today, we trek down to Chhepka. It is the easy way down through the forest. We can see the beautiful waterfall running out from Shey-Phoksundo Lake. The trail is craggy and dusty which descend down to Amchi Hospital. We can visit the Amchy Hospital and the Amchy monks. The monks are found collecting herbs, grind the herbs and distributed to the needy people. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 17
Trek back to Jhupal.

• Altitude – 2320 meters
• Special – Scenic view on the trail
• Time – 6/7 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Start early after breakfast. There are no major uphills or torturous downhill except for the last 2.5 hours stretch to Jufal. The distance covered today is quite a conquest.

Day 18
Connect flight to Nepalgunj & then to Kathmandu.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Scenic view from plane
• Time – 1 hour and 35 minutes flight
• Activity – Flying in plane

In the early morning, you will fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and on to Kathmandu, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free to enjoy some sightseeing or rest in your hotel.

Day 19
Guided Shopping and rest day at Kathmandu / spare day.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Shopping
• Time – Full/Half Day (as per your choice)
• Activity – Shopping and Relax at hotel

Day 20
Drop to airport by our vehicle, for your onward destination.

• Time – 30 minutes airport transfer time
• Activity – Flying back to origin or next destination

Our representative will drop you the airport.
We are happy to have you and take you in this tour. But time has come to farewell you with promise to see you again. Have a safe travel back.

Price & Details of other packages of Nepalgram

Note – Minimum people in group must be 02 so as to apply this price range.




Service All InclLuxury

Package /items/Price

67012352380

Licensed Guide 


Tour

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Accommodation during trek

SharedPrivateStandard

Transportation to trek start point

SharedSharedPrivate

Airport/bus terminal Shuttle service

×PrivatePrivate

Hotel at KTM/Pokhara

×Standard5 star

Food on trek(BLD)

×3 MealUnlimited Meal

Desert

×FruitFrom Menu

Soft drink

×1unlimited

Porter

×SharedPrivate

Company Cap

×

Company T-shirt

×

Dawn Sleeping bag

×

Dawn Jacket

×

Hard drink

××Local Brand

Warm up hike

××

Farewell party/dinner

××

Buffer day for trek

××

Shower


Food in the city

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All Inclusive package

Price for All Inclusive Package = USD $1235 per person – for Min 2 people in the group

“All inclusive package is a common package offered by all most all the trekking agencies in Nepal.”

COST DETAILS OF ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking – All inclusive package

    • Airport pickup and drop off by private car or micro bus (depending on group Size).
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung & Nepaljung to Jupal; both way.
    • 4 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (according to the itinerary), B/B (bed and breakfast)
    • All your meals (Breakfast with tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
    • All accommodation during the trek.
    • All necessary paperworks, special trekking entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) & local permit fees.
    • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
    • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
    • All government taxes and office expenses.
    • Spiritual sites guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in A/C Car.
    • Card processing fee for online payable amount
    • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

    Cost Excludes of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking – All inclusive package

    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
    • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
    • Your Travel and medical insurance.
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in the morning are included with breakfast.
    • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).



    Guide+B/B Package OR Service package

    “Service package comes with all arrangement for your trek except food and accommodation in the cities – which you can do by yourself on this modern era.”

    Price for Guide+B/B Package (service Package) = USD $670 per person – for Min 2 people in the group

    COST DETAILS OF SERVICE PACKAGE

    Cost Includes of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking for Guide+B/B Package

    • All necessary paperworks, special trekking entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) & local permit fees.
    • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
    • Bus from Kathmandu to Nepaljung & flight from Nepaljung to Jupal; both way.
    • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit). And regular oxygen saturation check up by oxymeter.
    • All government taxes and office expenses.
    • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

    Cost Excludes of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking for Guide+B/B Package

    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
    • Your Travel and medical insurance.
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
    • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
    • All food and accommodation
    • Anything not illustrated on the inclusion section



    LUXURY PACKAGE

    “Luxury package comes with comfortable trip possible in the Himalayan circumstances and inside Nepal. Every service we use for your Luxury package will be best available.”

    Price for luxury package = USD $2380 per person – for Min 2 people in the group

    COST DETAILS OF LUXURY PACKAGE

    Cost Includes of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking for Luxury Package

    • 4 night 5 star Hotel in kathmandu (according to the itinerary), B/B (bed and breakfast)
    • Best available accommodations with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with all drink during the trek
    • All necessary paperworks, special trekking entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) & local permit fees.
    • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung & Nepaljung to Jupal; both way.
    • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for one trekker).
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit). And regular oxygen saturation check up by oxymeter.
    • All government taxes and office expenses.
    • Card processing fee for online payable amount
    • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in an A/C Car.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee, if applicable.
    • All the non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee.
    • Tips for the guide, porter and driver.

    Cost Excludes of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking for luxury package

    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
    • Your Travel and medical insurance.

    Cost Details of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking - General Inclusions

    • Airport pickup and drop off by private car or micro bus (depending on group Size).
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung & Nepaljung to Jupal; both way.
    • 4 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (according to the itinerary), B/B (bed and breakfast)
    • All your meals (Breakfast with tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
    • All accommodation during the trek.
    • All necessary paperworks, special trekking entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) & local permit fees.
    • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
    • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
    • All government taxes and office expenses.
    • Spiritual sites guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu in A/C Car.
    • Card processing fee for online payable amount
    • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

    Cost Details of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking - General IExclusions

    • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport - Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
    • Your Travel and medical insurance, we will help you for the emergency evacuation, if needed.
    • All alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in the morning is included, however.
    • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
    • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.

    Overview

    A lake trek to the restricted trail of Nepal Himalaya – Phoksundo freshwater lake trek in lower dolpo region is rich in culture and nature. From the reflection of mountains in the blue lake water to the traditional reflection of Tibetan Nepalese can be witnessed in this remote trekking.

    Away from the crowd of tourist, the pristine beauty of nature is still there in Dolpo region. See the nature in pure stage and people in simple life with cheering faces.

    Major Attractions of Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking

    • Phoksundo lake with blue color and fresh water
    • Waterfalls and admiring landscape along the trekking route
    • Local villagers and interesting culture
    • Monasteries, Schools and Local temples
    • Wooden bridges & suspension bridges
    • Reflection of the mountains on the lake of Phoksundo
    • Wide Mountain range and their close view

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    Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking
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    From $2,380
    per person for Luxury Package

    Phoksundo lake Dolpo Trekking Trip Info

    • Plane-Bus-Jeep-Car
    • 2 to 8
    • 3550 meter / 11644 feet
    • Hotel-Teahouse
    • Less Active
    • Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu
    • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
    • In Person
    • Lake Trek
    • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • English/Chinese/Hindi
    • 13
    • 75

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