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Lower Dolpo Trekking | Phoksundo Lake Trek


A great remarkable picturesque journey to the old classic trans-Himalayan trade route in between Nepal & Tibet in the shade of awesome north-west Dhaulagiri Himalaya range, trekking in complete isolated scenic areas with old culture and tradition with Experience Treks, an adventure leading from Dhorpatan to Dolpo on the least visited area, this hidden areas of Dhorpatan to Dolpo offers striking scenery of western Himalayan mountains trekking beneath the world seventh highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 1st 8,167 meters. Dhorpatan to lower Dolpo the country of Bon-Po religion, an old pre-Buddhist religion with rich culture and religion, a strong influence of south-west Tibet. This awesome journey pass through isolated traditional farm villages and through enchanting virgin rhododendron and pines forest with rich flora with extensive wildlife, around this Dhorpatan, there is a chance of seeing herd of blue sheep if lucky the rare elusive Snow Leopard, this adventure to Dolpo is well describe in the classic novel “The Snow Leopard” by Peter Mattessian who traveled this route in search of snow leopard. Passing from this lovely main town of Dhorpatan and through several high passes one can reach the Dolpo region at Tarakot; a cultural village, from here heading more west to Dunai and Juphal for the panoramic flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj with wonderful memories and exciting time in the far wild west of north-west of Nepal Himalaya.

Trip Highlights:
• A classic adventure on the off beaten trail to Dolpo in the land of Bon-Po religion
• On trekking in the complete natural surroundings enriched in flora & fauna
• Visiting the isolated villages with its old culture, religion and tradition in and around awesome landscapes in the shade of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif
• An adventure on the ancient trans-Himalayan trade route in between Nepal & Tibet/China



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Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
Drive to Pokhara 860 m/06 hrs journeys.

Day 03:
Drive to Darbang 1,150 m via Beni-04 hrs.

Day 04:
Trek to Sibang Village 1,680 m/06 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Moreni 2,275 m/06 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Purbong 3,045 m via Jaljala pass 3,414 m/07 hrs.

Day 07:
Trek to Dhorpatan 2,870 m/05 hrs.

Day 08:
Rest the day in Dhorpatan for acclimatization and to explore.

Day 09:
Trek to Phalunge Phedi at 3,850 m 6 hrs.

Day 10:
Trek to Thankur 3, 175 m/06 hrs via Phalunge pass 3,915m.

Day 11:
Trek to Yamakhar 2,750 m/07 hrs.

Day 12:
Trek to Dhule 3,410 m/06 hrs.

Day 13:
Trek to Phupal Phedi 3,940 m/07 hrs.

Day 14:
Trek to Purbong 4,065 m/06 hrs.

Day 15:
Trek to Tarakot via Jang-La pass 4,535 m/06 hrs.

Day 16:
Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m/05 hrs.

Day 17:
Trek to Dunai 2,850 m and then drive to Juphal 2,320 m/01 hr.

Day 18:
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 19:
In Kathmandu, sightseeing and last day shopping souvenirs.

Day 20:
Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes

• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Darbang  and Juphal to Nepalgunj by public transport
• Nepalgunj to KTM airfare for member and staff/s
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from Nepalgunj airport & go fly into Nepalgunj from Kathmandu too.
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

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:
Drive to Pokhara 950 m/06 hrs journeys, distance 220 k.m.
Morning after breakfast, drive to popular scenic tourist spot at Pokhara on the busy scenic highway an interesting drive on the Himalayan foothills, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective hotel nearby beautiful Phewa Lake.

Day 03:
Drive to Darbang 940 m/04 hrs.
The route from Beni follows Myagdi River upstream via verdant landscape over paddies and sub tropical forest on the mid hills slopes. Journey leads through the number of scattered farm villages, drive continue through farm settlements of a large interesting village of Darbang is reached, Darbang; a large farm villages of Magar tribes with few Newar, Brahmin and Chhetri people, this village is slowly growing into town due to motor able road with an access to all kinds of commodities and a starting point of Dhaulagiri and Dhorpatan to Dolpo trekking, and other west and mid western area of Nepal, first overnight camp in this village with afternoon free for leisure walk around this interesting village.

Day 04:
Trek to near Sibang Village 1,680 m/06 hrs.
After a wonderful time of Darbang, first day adventure begin with a small climb to Dharapani and Muri near Takam village, walking through forests of Oak, pines and rhododendron trees to reach at Muri village; a large Magar tribe settlement, from here the path to Dhorpatan and around Dhaulagiri route branch off while our trek heads further North West to Sibang; a small farm village for overnight stop.

Day 05:
Trek to Moreni 2,275 m/06 hrs.
Morning walk starts passing several villages of Pelma and Dhule with scattered farm hamlets and animals shades, then leading through gradual trail for few hours and then with a long climb passing several villages, and then finally reaching at small farm Moreni village for overnight camp.

Day 06:
Trek to Purbong 3,045 m via Jaljala pass 3,414 m/07 hrs.
After this farm village morning walk leads through rhododendron, Oaks and pine tree line forest, then the path climb to the top ridge at Jaljala; a small pass of 3,414 meters, offering fascinating landscapes scenery and views of Gurja Himal and Mt. Dhaulagiri mountain range. From descending to Jaljala village, walks leads further North West of view of Massif Mountains, then following Senkhola (streams) and Sourekhola upstream till overnight stop is reached at Purbong village after a long interesting hard walk.

Day 07:
Trek to Dhorpatan 2,870 m/05 hrs.
Today’s walk follows on a nice path to interesting farm areas and forest of pines and rhododendron with chances of seeing some wild life like Blue Sheep around this region, then slowly reaching our overnight stop at Dhorpatan town, an interesting town bazaar which borders on route to several districts of mid western Nepal of Mygdi, Dolpo, Gulmi, Agarkhachi, Rukum and to Dolpo. Dhorpatan, Nepal‘s first hunting and wild life reserve is declared in late 1970s which is famous for Blue Sheep’s spotting and elusive rare snow leopard.

Day 08:
Rest the day in Dhorpatan for acclimatization and excursion.
An interesting nice place for free days, visit the surrounding villages of mixed bazaars or for short excursion in the valley with vegetation of mixed hardwood forest. The forest is fed with firs pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, Oaks, junipers and spruce trees. This hunting and wildlife reserve is consists of several rural farm villages with host of Tibetan origin mid hills tribes.

Day 09:
Trek to Phalunge Phedi at 3,850 m/6 hrs.
The walk today leads north towards Dhorpatan and Dolpo border rim, the trek with more ups and downs passing several Sheppard’s summer pastures and then reaching at Phakunge phedi for overnight camp beneath the pass is surrounded by rhododendron forest.

Day 10:
Trek to Thankur 3, 175 m/06 hrs via Phalunge pass 3,915 m.
Morning walk begins with steep ascend overlooking striking views of green high hills and towering massif Dhaulagiri mountains, then slowly reaching the top ridge with mind blowing scenery of surrounding hills and landscapes with ever present snow-capped peaks, then descending towards overnight camp at Thankur.

Day 11:
Trek to Yamakhar 2,750 m/07 hrs.
Starting the morning walk in this completely wilderness away from village life passes often Sheppard’s shades of chances to see some wild life like snow leopards, musk deer’s and Danfe (National Bird of Nepal) pheasants. The trekking today includes a long climb and down-hill slopes till Yamakar for overnight stop.

Day 12:
Trek to Dhule 3,410 m/06 hrs.
As the journey progress leading closer to Dolpo area with a morning glory start towards a steep long uphill through thick bushes and forest of Oaks, hemlock and firs, then following a stream for few hours reaching at a small cattle herders area at Dhule; a small grazing areas for overnight camp.

Day 13:
Trek to Phupal Phedi 3,940 m/07 hrs.
Morning starts with a good pleasant gradual trail in the thick alpine forest with small streams along the routes, the path is nice of short ups and down-hills that leads to overnight camp at Phupa phedi, another summer grazing pasture.

Day 14:
Trek to Purbong 4,065 m/06 hrs.
After a long hard and interesting walk for several days, then finally this beautiful journey reaches to an end of Dhorpatan area near the outer rim of Dolpo region, as the walk continues with ups and downs passing small spread out Sheppard’s shades and huts, then the ending day with overnight camp at Purbong village on the meadow at the base of Jang-La pass.

Day 15:
Trek to Tarakot via Jang-La pass 4,535 m/06 hrs.
Adventure continues with few uphill walks and then descending to small spread out huts and shades nearby Sumdeling village then with a climb to a grassy field at the base of Jang-La pass, from here a long ascend for four hours of hard walk to the top of Jang-La at 4,535 meters, festooned with religious chhortens, mani walls and prayer flags, offering super views of vast landscapes with Mt. Dhaulagiri 1st 8,167 m and Gurja Himal 7,195 m at close distance, from the pass descend to the grassy field with rhododendron bushes till Phupal khola is reached for overnight stop.

Day 16:
Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m/05 hrs.
After a week of magnificent and interesting journey, finally reaching to Dolpo area from this morning walk onwards, then walking through several small streams and following Bheri and Barbung river and into a terrific gorge with pine trees, then on wonderful nice path above the river, after an interesting walk reaching to the first village at Tarakot of Dolpo region. Tarakot lined with colorful terraced fields of barley, wheat, buckwheat, this village has an old fortress built as a Dzong (Fort). Past hundred of years before Gorkha Shah Dynasty, Tarakot was a capital of north western zone. Tarakot; a junction of Barbungkhola and Tarup–chu; the village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River in the earlier time supervised collection of fees and tolls for trading caravans, overnight camp by the river below the village, afternoon visit this classic old village with chhortens and monastery on the grassy plateau, with a single solitary tree.

Day 17:
Trek to Dunai 2,850 m/04 hrs drive to Jhupal 2, 320 m/01 hr.
After days of this wonderful walk slowly coming to an end, as the morning trek leads past several scattered farm villages and cattle sheds then with a gentle climb up the valley and then descending to the side of the treeless at Thulo Bheri valley. Walks past a hospital to cross the new suspension bridge that finally reaches at Dunai, an administrative headquarter of whole Dolpo region. To shorten this lovely long journeys using a jeep with an hour drive on dirt roads to Jhuphal is the easy way for the last overnight stay of this amazing adventure.

Day 18:
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 of Kathmandu, then with few hours of refreshment in Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to respective hotel with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 19:
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 20:
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 transfers you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.

SHEY-PHOKSUNDO NATIONAL PARK

An AREA (3,555 SQ.KMS)

LOCATION:
Shey-Phuksundo National Park is situated in the mountain region of western Nepal covering parts of Dolpo and Mugu Districts. It is the largest national park in the country.

FEATURES:
The Park contains luxuriant forest mainly comprised of blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, deodar, fir and birch. The Jugdula River valley consists mostly of Quercus species. The trans-Himalayan area has a near-desert type vegetation of mainly the dwarf, juniper and caragana shrubs.
The park provides prime habitat for the snow leopard and the blue sheep. Other common animals found in the park are ghoral, Himalayan thar, serow, leopard, wolf, and jackal, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, yellow-throated marten, languor and rhesus monkeys.
The park is equally rich in many species of birds such as Impeyan pheasant (danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge and many others.
Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change from weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. The route and places mentioned can be quite different in some portion due to landslides and some other reasons, however take this trip as a journey rather than a destinations a pure exploration adventure.


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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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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email: info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
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