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Lower Dolpa to Jumla Via Simikot

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Overview

Phoksundo to Rara trek takes you from the Phoksundo-the deepest lake in Nepal in Dolpo to the Rara-the largest lake in Nepal in Mugu passing through Jumla the central town of Karnali Zone. Both the lakes are beautiful and amazing in their own respect and between these are many equally spectacular  passes which makes the journey more satisfying. This guide is also useful if you are trekking to either Rara or Phoksundo only.
The mystic Phoksundo Lake with its distinct greenish blue colour which varies with time of the day is the main focus of Phoksundo National Park. It is widely considered as the deepest lake in Nepal with max depth of 650m but a recent research found the max depth to be 145m less than that of Rara [max depth – 160m]
Dolpo or Dolpa is the largest district of Nepal; more than 150 times larger than Kathmandu district in terms of area but it remains one of the least developed districts. The cultural traditions of Dolpa are basically linked with the Tibetan culture as people here are more closely connected with the Tibet and practice Bon religion [although not sure what that is].

Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our  representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be transffered to  hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast  included)
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Kathmandu city sightseeing Tour.
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce  trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek . For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start  in the morning. Visit, Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where observation of Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River.  Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast included)
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(400m).
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj .It takes 40minute and O/N at Hotel on Nepalgunj. . (Breakfast included)
Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal(2400m) Trek to Dunai(2150m)
Flight from Nepaljung to Juphal it takes 35 minutes. Trekking starts from Juphal, the trail descends and winds through local villages. Trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai(2150m).Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. It is also the administrative capital of Dolpo.  It takes 4 hours to Dunai from Jhupal. O/N at Guest house on Dunai. . (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included)
Day 05:Trek from Dunai to Chhepka(2670m)
TreakFrom Dunai  to Chhepka  pasing through suspention bridge, river and check point and some villages trail leads upward, until reaching destination Chhepka. It takes 7hours. O/N atGuess house at Chhepka. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner included)
Day 06:Trek from Chhepka to Jharana Guest house(3370m)
Treak from Chhepka to  Jharana Guest house,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. It takes 7 hours. O/N at Guess house at Jharana(Watterfall) . (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included).
 Day 07:Trek from Jharana Guess house to Phuksundo Lake(Ringmo)(3725m)
Trek from Jharana to  Phuksundo Lake, trail leads 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. Continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo Khola(river) flows out of the lake. Phoksundo Lake is 4.8 km long, 1.8 km wide and is said to be 145 metres deep. It takes 5 hours. O/N at Guest house on Phuksundo Lake. (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included).
Day 08:Explore around Phuksondo lake(Ringmo)
 Explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which is a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. 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  spend our time visiting some of them. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. Explore  wonderful natural sites and enjoy nature tour. O/N at Guest house on Ringmo . (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included)
Day 09 :Trek from Phusksondo lake To Pungmo (3500m)
The trail decend from Phuksundo lake to Jharana School passing through Pine and Rhodohendron forest. And crossing the suspention bridge walking steadly upward until the Pungmo village. Today we will follow the same route and come back to Sumduwa and go to Pungmo. This village is totally Bon village you can have some interactions with the people here.It takes 6 hours. O/N at tented camp on pungmo village.
Day 10: Trek  from Pungmo  to Kagmara high camp(4800 m)
Trek from  Pungmo to Kagmara high camp  the trail goes towards Lasha with slight upward and down through woods. Finally, we reach the spot for the night Kagmara High Camp. it takes 6 hours. O/N at tented camp on Kagmara high camp.
Day 11:Trek from Kagmara high camp  to  Kagmara la pass5115m Down to Kagmara phedi(2900m)
Trek from Kagmara high camp to Kagmara la pass, the trail leads gragually upwards, beautiful views of mountain and hills can be captured. And trail decend until reaching Phedi carefully because of narrow rough path. It takes 7 hours, O/N at tented camp on Kagmara Phedi.
Day 12: Trek from Kagmara Phedi to Toijum( 2920m)
Trek from Kagmara phedi to Toijum, trail leads down and fluctuate until Toijum.It takes 7 hours. O/N at tented camp on Toijum
Day 13: Trek from Toijum to Chaurikot (3060m)
Trek from Toijum  the slighting trail, come to Hurikot and then to Kaigaon. There is a Bon monastery in Hurikot and Kaigaon is a beautiful village where you can have view of dense forest of pine tree beside the village. Then  trail leads ahead towards Chaurikot, and goes uphill through the village called Thapa gaon.It taes 7 hours. O/N at tented camp on Chaurikot.
Day 14: Trek from Chaurikot To Chotra. (3380m)
Trek from Chaurikot to Chtra,the trail from Chaurikot ascends towards the pass MaureLagna pass 3894m and then the trail goes descending to Chotra for the night stop. The trail goes mostly through the forest with mixed species of plants. One can have nice scenic views around from the trail. It takes 7 hours, O/N at tented camp on Chotra.
Day 15:Trek from  Chotra To Gothichaur (2650m)
Trek from Chotra to Gothichaur, tail goes through several villages. One can experience the different culture mostly of the Khas people around. There are small woods along the road. 3 hours trek to Manigaon 2820m stops for lunch and 3 hours trek to Gothichaur for the night stay.It takes  6/7 hours. O/N at tended camp on Gothichaur.
Day 16: Trek from Gothichaur to Jumla (2370m)
The trek begins from Gothichaur to Jumla trail passing through many villages and tarresh rice fields. There are several villages and the motor able road is under construction. It takes 7 hours. O/N at tented camp on Jumla District.
Day 17:Trek From  Jumla to Khali Gaon (3685m)
The trek to rara lake starting point is Jumla and  trail through some villages, and  goes somehow straight and it will be easy walking experiencing the social life style of the region. Nearly after the walk of 3 hours the trail slightly ascends. After the walk of nearly 4 hours passing a small passes Danphe Nangla (3691 mtrs) you will reach the village Khaligaon. This is the village where the only technical school of the western region “Karnali Technical School” is producing technical man power in regular basis. The village is interesting to observe the activities carried out there. There are some hotels and tea houses to refresh.It takes 7 hours.O/N at tented camp on khali Gaon.
Day18: Trek from Khaligaon to Bulbule (3182m)
The trek from Khaligaon to Bulbule, the trail ascends through jungle of pine and rhododendron trees and some villages are seen on trail. It takes 7hours. O/N at tented camp on Bulbule.
Day 19: Trek from Bulbule to Rara Lake(2980m) Via Ghuchi Lagna Pass(3480m).
The trek from Bulbule to Rara lake, the trail ascends and crossing the pass Ghuchi Lagna reaches to Rara lake. The trail goes through beautiful field and Army camp. This trail provides fantastic sightseeing of the place. It takes 6 hours, O/N at tented camp on Rara Lake.
Day 20:Explore Rara Lake
Rara is the biggest lake of Nepal that gives relief with its magnificent look. The lake is surrounded by forest and different kinds of flowers can be seen by the side. People can cycle around the lake. Boating facilities are also available. There is a hotel by the side but camping is also available.O/N at tented camp on Rara lake.
Day 21:Hike from Rara to Murma Top
Hike from Rara to Murma top is  a day hike up to the top of Murma with packed lunch. The trail from the lake goes through pine forest. Murma top is the place from where you can have the view of whole lake and the villages and some mountains. We will be back for the night stop to Rara. It takes 5/6 hours. O/N at tented camp on Rara lake.
Day 22:Trek from Rara to Talcha Airpot(Simikot2720m)
Trek from Rara to Talcha, the trail goes through jungle by the side of the lake through Army barrack and National Park office. After a walk of nearly one and half hour the trail ascends and then it goes downwards for nearly one or one and half hour to reach you to the airport.It takes 5/6 hours. O/N at tented camp on talcha.
Day 23: Flight from Talcha to Nepalgunj  to Kathmandu
Flight from Talcha to Nepalgunj in morning it takes 45 minutes. And flight that continue flight to Kathmandu in afternoon it takes 45 minutes . O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 24: Departure day your Destination
 Free day for shopping and departure After breakfast in to your hotel, we will drop you at the airport to take your onward flight as per time. If you have late flight, you will have time to do last minute shopping if you deserve.

 

 

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include:
*Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle .
*Accommodation in 2 star category Hotel in Kathmandu 3 Nights, one night on Nepalgunj, on BB basis as per the itinerary.
*City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private Vehicle.
*Necessary permits for trek.
*Flight From Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Via Juphal & return from Talcha to Nepalgunj Via Kathmandu.
*Accommodation & transportation on guest houses during the trek.
*(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day during the trek Drinks- (Tea, Coffiee, hot chocolate and Boiled Water).
*Fresh fruits after dinner.
*Qualified and experienced guide and porters services.(We will provide 1 porter for 2  trekkers and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg in total).
*Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staffs.
*All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes.
 
Cost does not include:
* Lunch and dinner in  Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
* Drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
* Your travel insurance.
* Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
*International airfare and departure airport tax
* Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
*Monuments fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu & other places.
*Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.
* Sleeping bag and down jacket,medician if necessary.

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Duration 24 Days

Grade Moderate

Max-Altitude 5115m

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Country Nepal

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