Nepal - Dolpo Trek with Phoksundo Lake (11 days) Book Now

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Trekking in Dolpo region is considered as a very panoramic trekking in the remote place of western Nepal and is isolated in the trans-Himalayan zone, between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. The geography of Upper Dolpo is the combination of Tibetan plateau and Lower Dolpo which includes some flat lands with deep gullies and narrow valleys which is unique for most of the peoples. The local people follow Tibetan Buddhism and they have the diverse culture and religious beliefs. Dolpo trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations of Nepal. The value of this trek has been increased because it passes through the world's deepest Lake Shey-Phoksundo Lake with Turquoise colour, which is the alpine fresh water and does not contain aquatic life.

Included in the Cost

All transportation by private vehicle
1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj..
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight ticket for you and trekking guide.
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
An experienced, English-speaking and government-license holder trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

    Not Included in the Cost

    Food and drinks/ Beverage bills
    Entrance Fees
    Tipping (Tips)
    Travel Insurance
    International Flights
    Extars cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels
    donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .
    Personal Hiking gear, personal kits
    Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind

    Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)

    Flight duration: 1hour

    After breakfast our office representative will come to receive you at the hotel and will transfer you at the airport for your flight to Nepalgunj, the flight will give you good views of the Himalayas towards the North. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. There will be time in the evening to have a good look around the town, which is 3 kms from the Nepal-India border. Overnight in hotel.


    Day 2: Fly to Juphal (2354m) and Trek to Dunai (2150m)

    Flight duration: 35 mins, Hiking duration: 4 hours

    After breakfast early in the morning, you will fly to Juphal airport of Dolpa, it takes about 35 minutes.  From Jhupal, you will commence your first day trek to Dunai. The first two hours is steep downhill to arrive at the foothill on the bank of Bheri River through the terraced field and the narrow canyon which leads you to larger village called Dunai. Overnight / Camp.


    Day 3: Dunai to Chepka (2670m)

    Hiking durataion: 7 hours

    Today, after having breakfast, you will commence trekking and cross Bheri by a suspension bridge in Dunai and continue walking towards Suligad, confluence of Bheri and Suli River. Here, you will enter into the Shey Phoksundo National Park office for registration. Now, you will walk through the rocky trail where there are some bushes on the way. You will cross the river by a wood bridge and continue uphill on the left above 150 feet of Suli. The narrow trail leads to a wide riverside called Jalash and walk uphill on the cliff and through a shade of Maple, Oak and Pine trees and then a quick mild descend leads to the river. From the river bank, you will ascend uphill for about 1.5 hour to reach Chepka. Overnight / Camp.


    Day 4: Chepka to Sunduwa (3100m)

    Hiking duration: 8 hours

    After your breakfast in the morning, initiate the day trek to Sunduwa, the initial part is quiet pleasant and comfortable through the forest of giant pines, oaks, maple, walnut and Birch. The trail is wider and mostly along the river bank. In the morning, one can see the footprints of larger mammals, primates, and horned herbivores on the dark soil. You will continue walking and cross a smaller stream. The trail widens unbelievably as you are reaching Boarding. Overnight / Camp.


    Day 5: Sunduwa to Ringmo (3010m)

    Today, you will walk for short hours but by the difficult and exhilarating trail. The trail on the cliff is narrow and steep with confusing runoffs of loose soil and inhospitable rocks. The vegetation changes dramatically with presence of thin Juniper shrubs and a few Cypresses. The steep climb leads you to the waterfall viewpoint where you can get lovely view. The steep climbing portion ends above 30 meters from this point and provides the first glance of turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake. From here, your camping site at lakeside is just 25 minutes of easy downhill through pine groves, chortens, and the village of Ringmo. Overnight / Camp.


    Day 6: Guided tour of Ringmo and orientation on B’on at the monastery(3640m)

    The village of Ringmo lies on the bank of Shey Phoksundo Lake. About 20 Tibetan style houses in a cluster settlement in a close knit fashion to form the village surrounded by scattered Chortens. The people of Ringmo are B’onpos, the followers of B’on tradition. They are subsistence farmers and also raise Yaks and some horses. Their lifestyle is traditional and simple. There is an old B’on monastery in Ringmo. The chortens at the entrance of the monastery is fascinating. There is also a small museum at the monastery. The Lama will kindly guide you through the monastery and briefly speak about B’on.  Overnight / Camp.


    Day 7: Hike to Shey Phoksundo view point/Caravan Yak Drop point (3730m)

    Hiking duration: 8/9 hours

    The best spot to view the entire lake is from the viewpoint about 200 meters above the village. The hike to the viewpoint passes through the Yak Drop point as featured in Eric Valley’s “CARAVAN”, on through a pine grove and a steeper ascent. You will certainly feel like you are in paradise as you see the picturesque view of the lake and the surrounding. The shape of Shey Phoksundo Lake resembles a lowercase Latin alphabet “r”. The Lake is drained out by a river that creates a forceful waterfall half way through Sunduwa and Ringmo. This waterfall is one of the majestic waterfalls in Nepal. The crystal clear water of Phoksundo forms a dramatic giant cotton ball effect while making a thunderous landing about 100 feet below. The vegetation around the waterfall is rich with thick pine forest. Musk deers, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and the rare Snow Leopards are also sighted around the waterfall.

    Today, you might get an opportunity to interact with the local “Amchis”. Amchis are the traditional healers of Dolpo. Their practice is still largely prevalent in upper Dolpo. The Amchis use variety of natural herbs and minerals to cure illnesses. Recognizing the importance of Amchis and in an effort to promote the understanding of traditional indigenous medicine, an Amchi hospital is setup in Sunduwa.  Overnight / Camp.


    Day 8: Ringmo/Sunduwa to Chepka (2670m)

    Hiking duration: 5 hours

    You will have your breakfast in Sunduwa and commence walking down to Chepka. The downhill trail is quite Pleasant but steep at some parts. A lone lammergeyer can be sighted on top of the ridge. Overnight / Camp.


    Day 9: Chepka to Jufal (2354m)

    Hiking duration: 7 hours

    After breakfast, you will start walking. The initial part of the trail is quiet easy as there are no major up hills or steep downhill. But when you are reaching to Jupal, you must walk through the difficult way for 2.5 hours. The distance covered today is quite long. Overnight / Camp.


    Day 10: Jufal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

    You will have your breakfast and transfer to the Jhupal airport to catch the Flights to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, you will catch flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Hotel.


    Day 11: Departure

    Finally, today is the last day of your Nepal program. After having breakfast, you will pack your luggage, get fresh and check out from the hotel. You will be transferred to the International airport to catch the flight for your onward destination. 

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    Necessary Equipments

    Recomended gear list:

    Good wind/rain Jacket
    Warm fleece jacket or Jersey
    Good boots , either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots.
    Good (-20) Sleeping bag (which can be rented or bought in Kathmandu)
    Sun hat or scarf
    Sunglasses with UV protection
    Hiking shorts
    Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms



    Nepalis a landlocked country which has borders with India & China . You caneither fly in or enter by land borders that are attached with China or India.


    Yesyou can get a visa on arrival . The rates are as follows-

    MultipleEntry – 15 Days – 25$

    MultipleEntry – 30 Days – 40$

    MultipleEntry – 90 Days – 100$


    Absolutely, Nepal is safe . Nepal is considered one of the safest country to travel .Chancesare Nepal is more safe than your own home country .


    Yes the food and water are hygienically standard during trekking . Our experiencedguides check the food before preparing in the kitchen to make sure its Okay .You will get boiled water in the lodges , you can also buy sealed water or purifywater using tablets .


    Yourguide will be a Nepalese but fluent in English . They are carefully selectedwith the appropriate experience , attitude and leadership skills . We can alsoprovide French , German , Chinese , Japanese , Korean and Spanish speakingguides.


    Yesyou can bring your medication. Please make sure to put it in your originalpacket and bring your prescription with you.


    The tourist police office is located near Nepal Tourism Development Board’s office.They are well trained and fluent in English to assist foreigners. You canalways call 100 for police assistance.

    • Dolpa Airport
    • Dunai
    • Ringmo
    • Shey Phoksundo
    • Upper Dolpo
    • Upper Dolpo

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