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Phoksundo lake Trek

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Overview

The district of Dolpa is situated in the mid western region of Nepal. At an elevation range of 2700-7000 meters, the Nepal’s Western Himalayas traverses Dolpa distinctly resulting in Upper/Inner Dolpo, a vast arid stretch resembling the topography of Tibetan plateau and Lower Dolpo, a semi arid topography with deep gullies and narrow valleys. Mountains and rock formations cover over half of Dolpo’s topography leaving a sparse forest cover mainly of Pine, Oak, Birches, Cypress, Walnut, Bamboo, and Maple. Snow fed rivulets run down the high mountains but only larger torrents are perennial. Bheri, Suli, Pungmo are notable rivers that run through Dolpo’s narrow gullies.
In sharp contrast to its size Dolpo’s economy is frail and dependent. Its absolute disconnection from the outside world has cost Dolpolis adversely. Till this day Dolpo is far off from road connection. The high mountainous terrain makes any form of navigation difficult and to certain extent impossible. The lack of sufficient arable land affects annual food production thereby resulting in an incessant dependency on state subsidized food distribution scheme. Modern industries, trade and services are yet to implant a meaningful foothold in Dolpo. As grim a picture this may portray, Dolpo is actually quite rich. Besides omnipresent water resource, it is bestowed with bountiful precious herbs and mineral deposits. In only last decade, Yarshagumba -a semi worm, semi fungi abundantly found in the alpine altitude– emerged as a single dominant lucrative item of trade. Similarly, Silagit, a mineral with multi therapeutic value extensively used in Tibetan medicine, is also widely harvested in the overhanging cliffs of Dolpo.
Dolpo’s attraction is its rich religious and cultural heritage, thousands years history inherited from the ancestors. In Upper Dolpo’s vast arid land bordering China live some of Dolpo’s indigenous people with close cultural, linguistic, and racial resemblance to the people of Western Tibet. These people have lived in Dolpo for almost 4000 years preserving the early Tibetan Buddhist teachings and rituals till this day.

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 Sangta(2480m)
Treak from Phusondo lake to Sangta, the trail leads decend until Ryajik passing through Pine tree, Juniper, Rhododendron Trees and Sandle Wood  frorest. After Ryajik trail fluctuate up and down to Sangta. It takes 8 hours. O/N at Guest house on Sanga.  (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included)
Day 10: Trek from Sangta To Jhuphal(2400m)
Trek from Sangta to Jhuphal, trail leds down passing through beautiful sence of tarrect of agriculture, river of Phusundo and panaroma view of uphills until Suli ghat where there is Shey phusondo N ational Park Cheack Post. After passing suspention bridge  join offroad and day tril asends Jhuphal. It takes 7 hours. O/N at guest house in Jhuphal. (Breakfast Lunch,Dinner included).
Day 11:Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj in morning it takes 35 minutes. And flight that continue flight to Kathmandu in afternoon it takes 45 minutes . O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 12: 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. (Breakfast included)

 
 

 

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 Juphal to Nepalgunj Via Kathmandu.
*Accommodation & transportation on  guest houses during the trek.
*(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day during the trek Drinks- (Tea & Coffiee only for breakfast).
*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 12 Days

Grade Moderate

Max-Altitude 3725m

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Country Nepal

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Lekhnath Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977 01 4427245

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