Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake Trek - 18 Days

Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake Trek will give you an exposure to the high and isolated Himalayan valleys that resemble Tibetan highlands.The trek begins at Jumla and moves up to Gothi Chaur, then proceeds to Kagmara, way up to Kagmara La at 5115m, and descends to Tarakot before reaching Juphal, the end point of the trek. The unspoiled nature around the magnificent Shey Phoksumdo Lake and the timeless and somewhat isolated villages along the trail are the major highlights of the trek.

The Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake Trek  in this ‘Hidden Heaven’ will most certainly reward you with a remarkable and worthwhile experience which will stay with you for a long long time.

DayActivities
Day 01Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02Rest/preparation
Day 03Fly Nepalgunj
Day 04Fly Juphal (2490m); trek Dunai (2030m)
Day 05Trek Tarakot (2450m)
Day 06Trek Laini (3160m)
Day 07Trek Nawarpani (3545m)
Day 08Trek Do Tarap (4080m)
Day 09Rest/acclimatization
Day 10Trek Numa La Base Camp (4440m)
Day 11Trek Pelung Tang (4465m)
Day 12Trek Dajok Tang (4080m)
Day 13Trek Phoksundo Lake (3620m)
Day 14Rest/explore
Day 15Trek Shyanta (2520m)
Day 16Trek Juphal
Day 17Fly Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Day 18Depart Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Nepalgunj (twin share)
  • Mostly camping accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation, wherever available, on full board during the trek
  • Kathmandu-Nepalguj-Juphal air ticket
  • Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu air ticket
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary in a private vehicle
  • Permits & other local taxes
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Required number of porter/s
  • Trekking gear, transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and other local staffs
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

What is Excluded

  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for guide & local staffs
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Clothes Attributes

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries

Hand Wear

  • Fleece Gloves

Personal stuff

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Trekking poles
  • UV Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Insurance papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Ear plugs
  • Water bottle
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights)

Clothing

  • Jacket & Trouser (waterproof)
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Noncotton shirt/T-shirt (full sleeves)
  • Fleece trouser
  • Micro fleece
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermal wear
  • Down jacket
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Underwear
  • Neck gaiter

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffle bag to be carried by porter
  • Bag to keep your casual clothing
  • Toiletry bag

Climbing Equipment (if required)

  • Ice ax
  • Crampons
  • Harness with Slings, carabiners
  • Jumar
  • Boots suitable for mountaineering
  • Mountaineering helmet

Medicines

  • Personal medications

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For more information http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

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Trip Facts

  • 18 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 5,115 m
  • Moderate
  • Camping
  • March to May, June to Aug
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Camps/Lodges
  • Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum