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Lower Dolpo & Phoksundo Lake Trek


Experience Treks welcomes travelers to taste the true wild west of Nepal to Lower Dolpo & Phokshundo Lake; this awesome journey starts with an interesting panoramic flight to Nepal’s south-west at Nepalgunj city, just across the border near India, then with another short scenic flight to Jhupal, from this quaint town beginning this adventurous trek to Lower Dolpo & Phokshindo Lake traveling on pleasant trail to a large town of Dunai; the administrative center of whole Dolpo region. Then heading towards pristine Phokshundo also known as Ringmo Lake one can visit old traditional Tibet like villages with its rich old pre-Buddhist culture and religion, as Dolpo is an extension of Tibetan plateau, you can notice the barren windswept terrain, a complete drastic change in landscapes and vegetations. This awesome journey passes through isolated traditional farm villages and through enchanting virgin rhododendron and pines forest with rich flora and extensive wildlife around Dolpo area, here is the chances of seeing some wildlifes, blue sheep, if lucky the rare elusive Snow Leopards, etc. This adventure to Dolpo is well described in the classic novel “The Snow Leopard” by Peter Mattessian who traveled this route in search of snow leopard in the early 1980’s, after a wonderful time within Dolpo National Park then completing this fabulous walk crossing few passes through traditional culturally rich villages and enchanting valleys, head back at Jhupal for panoramic flight back of Kathmandu via Nepalgunj after an overwhelming adventure with Experience Treks i.e. an excellent guidance of Lower Dolpo & Phokshundo Lake.

Trip Highlights:
• The fascinating journey to lower Dolpo; the land of Bon-Po religion practiced region & remote village with its rich old culture, traditions of pre-Buddhist religion
• Walking within natural scenic surrounding in complete wilderness enriched with its local flora & fauna
• A panorama view of high snow mountains & a drastic change in landscapes scenery in and around pristine crystal turquoise Phokshundo Lake.



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Day 01:
Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
Morning sightseeing tour afternoon flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 03:
Fly to Jhuphal (Dolpo) 2,320 m trek to Dunai 2,850 m/03 hrs.

Day 04:
Trek to Ankhe 2,896 m/06 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Sumdo village/ Sulighat 3,500 m/06 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,500 m/05 hours.

Day 07:
Rest the day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion.

Day 08:
Trek and cross Baga La 5,070 m and camp 4,470 m/06 hrs.

Day 09:
Cross Numala 5,190 m and camp at Phedi-07 hrs.

Day 10:
Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200 m via Jeng la 5,090 m/06 hrs.

Day 11:
Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040 m/05 hrs.

Day 12:
Trek to Tarap Khola 3,800 m/07 hrs.

Day 13:
Trek to Khanigaon 3,150 m/05 hours.

Day 14:
Trek to Tarakot 2,850 m/05 hrs.

Day 15:
Trek to Dunai-04 hrs then drive to Jhupal-01 hr.

Day 16:
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 17:
In Kathmandu free day for souvenir shopping.

Day 18:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes
• Airport picks up & drops off by private vehicle.
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara
• 2 full days sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley (City Tour Guide plus private vehicle)
• Trekking permit/TIMS Card, restricted area permit (US $ 50 per person per day per 10 days), ACAP Conservation Area entry permit.
• Both ways flight ticket between Kathmandu and Juphal
• All domestic airport taxes.
• Taxi service for every short distances (bus station to hotel & hotel to airport)
• Guide, necessary no. of porters, Sherpa, cook, kitchen helper, etc.
• Kathmandu-Nepalgunj & Juphal-Kathmandu by tourist bus.
• All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee etc.)
• Accommodation in tea house (lodges & guest houses) during the trek.
• Necessary insurance for trekking staffs.
• Necessary trekking gears (sleeping bag & down jacket), if required.
• Necessary trekking equipment for trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trousers).
• All government & local taxes.
• An emergency rescue evacuation arrangement, if required.

Service does not include
• Monuments entry fees in Kathmandu
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Travel insurance
• Personal trekking equipment
• All alcoholic drinks
• Personal nature expenses (soft cold drinks, mineral/bottle water, laundry service & so on)
• Tipping for trekking staffs.

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel, at the hotel our guide will brief with orientation program of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
Morning sightseeing tour, afternoon flight to Nepalgunj 55 mins flight and transfer to hotel.
Morning tour of and around Kathmandu city at places of interest, after lunch afternoon transfer to domestic airport for flight to Nepalgunj with awesome mountain panorama view on this 55 minutes flight to Nepalgunj, on reaching Nepalgunj our staff will transfer to respective hotel with time in the afternoon for a visit around the town situated on the south-west Nepal close to India border.

Day 03:
Fly to Jhuphal 2,320 m then trek or drive to Dunai 2,850 m
Morning transfer of Nepalgunj airport for short scenic 40 minutes flight of Jhuphal, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks, on reaching at at Jhuphal, meet our trekking crews for a short drive on the dirt road to Dunai for overnight stop, the main administrative town of whole Dolpo region.

Day 04:
Trek to Ankhe 2,896 m/06 hrs.
First day of trekking crossing a suspension bridge and towards north-west, then climb up the side of Thulo Bheri valley, leading to a ridge at Phoksundo river valley at 2,499 m with superb views of Kagmara Peak, then a long descends passing scattered houses and walnut groves to a stream. Then to Dhera, a winter settlements of cattle herders, then climbing to Rahagaon; a Thakuri village monastery, walk at lower area of Rahagaon and downhill to dense forests, we reach the overnight stop at Ankhe, entrances of Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Day 05:
Trek to Sumdu / Sulighat village 3,500 m/06 hrs.
From Ankhe walk leads to short ups and downs through forested river banks, then with a climb to ridge at 2,900 m, on leaving the forest high above the river, we descend back in the forest area to the riverbeds where walk continues upstream to cross a bridge near Ryajik village, then walk leads further towards Sumdu near Sulighat village for the overnight camp after a long good day walk.

Day 06:
Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,500 m/05 hours.
Morning starts by walking to the valley at Phoksundo and Pungmo Kholas confluence, after crossing western side of Phuksundo Khola, we follow on the Pungmo Khola west bank. After a few breaks in the walk, descend into birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phuksundo Kholawhere we can reach at Ringmo; an interesting village with mud plastered chhortens and Mani (prayer) walls. From here a short walk to the overnight camp near the shores of beautiful emerald Phoksundo Lake.

Day 07:
Rest the day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursions.
A rest day with optional excursions into Ringmo village, visit the Monastery with striking views of surrounding landscapes and snow-capped mountains from the camp.

Day 08:
Trek and cross Baga La 5,070 m and to Phedi 4,470 m/07 hrs.
After a wonderful time of Ringmo and Phokshundo lake, walk leads to other side of Dolpo towards east by an alternative route crossing passes, morning starts with a gradual walk then leading uphill over Baga-la at 5,070 meters with strenuous climb of 03 hours to the top, offering gorgeous views of Phoksundo lake and Kagmara peaks, from here a long downhill walk to overnight camp to phedi means bottom of the hill or pass.

Day 09:
Trek and cross Numa-la 5,190 m and to Phedi-08 hrs.
Morning walk leads to cross another pass, the highest point of this adventure at Numa-la 5,190 meters, climbing on the grassy slopes for 03 hrs to reach the top of the pass offering fascinating panorama of snow-capped peaks, valleys and landscapes, then descending to the bottom then with few hours of gradual walk to overnight camp on the meadows.

Day 10:
Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200 m via Jeng la 5,090 m/06 hrs.
As the walk progress today’s walk leads to the large village of Tokyugaon with a climb of 02 hours of the top at Jeng-la with fabulous view of snow-capped mountains with the north face of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif as it shines in the morning sunlight. After admiring the great scenery on the downhill path to Tarap valley, this beautiful green valley extend approximately: 20 km along the river Tarap Chu consisting of ten villages with cultivated farm fields with many monasteries and chhortens, then reaching in this lovely village for overnight camp at Tokyugaon monastery.

Day 11:
Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040 m/05 hrs.
Morning walk follows downhill of Tarap Chu in a plain valley, in this valley both Bon-Po and Chaiba sects lives together in harmony. After a short day walk on this wonderful valley reaching towards overnight stop at Dho Tarap with time for excursions into the villages. Dho Tarap with many houses is inhabited by Tibetans origin people with mostly Magar hill tribe of Nepal .

Day 12:
Trek to Tarap Khola ( Kamekharka) 3,800 m/07 hrs.
A long moderate walk today on the downhill path to a wide valley then it narrows into a gorge. Following along juniper bush and wild rose which is typical in this dry area of inner Himalayan valleys, on this area one can get a chances of seeing some blue sheep, then by mid day reaching at the junction of two rivers Tarap Chu and Lang Khola that joins with Tarap River beyond east. After a great pleasant walk overnight camp on this a nice fine grassy field this areas with meadows known as Kamekharka.

Day 13:
Trek to Khanigaon 3,150 m /05 hours.
Morning walk continues towards Tarap river gorge which rises above on a path built on steep slopes. This gorge also provides some adventure with some places with damaged bridges by the river floods, sometime needs to walk across the river on foot, after the fine day trekking reaches at Tarapkhola at Kharigaon for overnight camp.

Day 14:
Trek to Tarakot 2,850 m/05 hrs.
The journey continues on the lower Dolpo area following the trail to Lalberi village through enchanting forest, then on the trail following the river again downstream to Tarakot village with nice terraced fields and a old fortress town'. Over hundred years before the Gorkha dynasty, this beautiful area was the capital and had Dzong (Fort). Tarakot with famous Sandul gompa is situated at the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. After an interesting visit to Tarakot village, overnight camp near the river just below the village near a monastery at the edge of a grassy plateau with an interesting solitary tree.

Day 15:
Drive to Jhupal via Dunai-05 hrs walk and 01 hr jeep ride.
After wonderful days, walk slowly coming to an end, as the morning trek leads past several scattered farm villages and cattle sheds, a gentle climb up the valley and then descends to the side of the treeless at Thulo Bheri valley and then walking past a hospital to cross the new suspension bridge, we finally reach at Dunai, to shorten this lovely long journey using a jeep with an hour drive on dirt road to Jhuphal is the easiest way for the last overnight stay of this amazing adventure.


Day 16:
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
As per the flight time, early morning board in a small plane for scenic short flight of 40 minutes to Nepalgunj with sweeping panoramas of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, on arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the time flight to Kathmandu, then with few hours of refreshment in Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to respective hotel with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 17:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
We have reserved this day in case of flight delay at Jhupal to Nepalgunj if all goes according to the program using this as a free day in Kathmandu; with guided sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley at places of interest. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites-the temples, monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard; full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour after an adventure in the far west of Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 18:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in this magic awesome Himalaya and mesmerizing journey in far north-west of Nepal with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.

More information on Dolpo:

Dolpo, located in the midway between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himal range is one of the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. Geographically, a southern extension of Tibet, it lies within the borders of the kingdom of Nepal since 1984 has been the country’s largest national park and conservation, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the elusive Snow Leopard as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateaus during the summer for grazing, and the most remote, least developed district in Nepal. At Ringmo, the highlight of this trip enjoys the beauty of the deep blue water of the Phokshundo Lake and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjibro Himal, visit the isolated village of Ringmo and its monastery. This classic journey continues to the amazing country following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route.


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Botanical Treks & Excursion`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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