Phoksundo Nature Experienced (lower Dolpo Circuit)

Phoksundo Nature Experienced (lower Dolpo Circuit)
At a Glance
  • Trip Duration18 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude Numa La Pass 5310m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Time Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May)
  • Phoksundo Nature Experienced or Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek
  • Explore and Experience Dolpo Region
  • Own Typical Bon Po Culture and Tradiation Similar to Tibetan
  • Bon Buddhist religion and tradition Kingdom
  • Biggest Lake Rara & Dippest lake Phoksundo 
  • Adventurous Trekking Pass Numa La Pass 5310meters (Nyingma gyanzen La)
  • Remote Classical Himalaya Trek
  • Least Exposed Trekking Area Lower Dolpo Trek, 

Phoksundo Nature Experienced Trek is also known as Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek. Lower Dolpo Circuit Trekking takes you on a trail that skirts through ancient villages like Dho Tarap, where people still follow centuries old traditions and customs, past forests of pine, oak and juniper inhabited by endangered animals like the Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep and snow leopard . Throughout the trek, the snowy peaks and mountains mesmerize us with their majestic beauty. We traverse through two high passes, the Baga La(5,070m) and the Numala Pass (5360m), the highest point in this trek, from where we enjoy the panoramic vista of the Dhaulagiri Himal to the south and Tibetan ranges – Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. The first view of the Phoksundo Lake’s turquoise-blue waters of set in a cleft between rocks that rise 2,000m into the clear mountain skies and the peaks of Kanjiroba is simply breathtaking. The Phoksundo lake is surrounded by a village rich in Buddhist and Bon po culture. Excursions to the ancient monasteries (gompas) and Bonpo shrines surrounding this sacred lake will make for an insightful visit.

A1 Excursion Adventure offers Phoksundo Nature Experienced Trek day 17 days with popular route map and itinerary. Dolpo Region Trekking is largest himalayas protected area of Nepal as well as most remote valley and least exposed area. We have as below trekking tour Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek: apart from that A1 Excursion Adventure always make a tailor-made trip for you.

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As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

      From Kathmandu we take a bus or fly on any domestic carrier to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai , is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel or lodge. welcome Kathmandu- Nepalgunj fly/ hotel

        Today we take a 35 minutes long flight to Juphal .Our trekking starts from Juphal .The trail descends and winds through local villages. We 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. We stay overnight in Dunai at Pala Guest House. Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal Trek Juphal- Dunai

          As the trek begins today, we follow the upstream trail that banks Bheri River. First part of today’s trek is very pleasant as we trek along the leveled path occupied by beautiful landscapes in the neighborhood. Almost a couple of hours of trek bring us to the settlement of Byasghar 2430m. Exiting out of Byasghar, we continue trekking along the riverside trail that heads towards northeast direction. During this part of the trek, the trail most of the times flanks the river closely and at other time it climbs over the hill or around the ridge. The trek continues along open trails before it arrives to Baijibara. This small settlement holds a Bon Monastery. After a short uphill trek further, dry stone walls and cultivating fields indicate the arrival of famous mid-hill settlement of western Nepal, Tarakot. A small settlement that nestles high above Thuli Bheri River was once a famous trading point as it was the capital of ancient independent kingdom Tichorung. Most of the natives of the village belong to Magar tribe and the most of them practice Tibetan Buddhism as their religion. welcome Trek from Dunai to Tarakot 2540m 5-6 hrs Trek.

            As the trek begins today, we hike along the trail that lies on the southern bank of Bheri River. An hour long trek brings us to the open valley created by Bahrbung Khola. Then the Phoksundo Nature Experience Trek heads east along the bank of Bharbung Khola. This part of trek brings us closer to Putha Huinchuli and Churen Himal. The trail beyond Bharbang Khola chases the easy steps that eventually bring us to Laisicap 2775m. Now we cross the main river and begin to trek along the west bank of Tarap Khola. We head north until we arrive to Kanigaon 2950m. Khanigaon is the winter residence of the Dho-Tarap people. We can see the wonderful view of Sandul Gompa across the valley from Kanigaon. The final push on the steep uphill trail finally brings us to Laini Odar, which is a wonderful camping site with a beautiful waterfall nearby. welcome Trek from Tarakot to Laini Odar 3375m 4-5 hrs Trek.

              Phoksundo Nature Experience trek today begins along the spectacular trail. As we head further from Laini Odar, we traverse through the trail through the deep gorges with scary cliffs above them. After couple of hours of trek to the north from Laini Odar, the trail begins to become relatively open. A little bit of effort put to make the trail easier can be seen. We now trek on the easy trail paved with wooden planks and flat stones that leads us to Chhyugar 3440m. Chhyugar lies at the bank of small stream which we cross and begin to trek along its western bank to Pibke or Nawarpani 3475m. The final part of today’s trek, which is couple of hours long brings us to Toltol 3530m. Toltol is a winter refuge for the people of Upper Dolpo. We will settle down our camps here for the overnight stay. Lain Odhar to Nawarpani.

                One of the most interesting days of Inner Dolpo trek is about to begin. The trek most of the times runs along the bank of Tarap Khola switching sides frequently. On the first part of the trek we hike along the northwest bank of Tarap Khola to Ghyamghar, a small settlement with a monastery. At Ghyamghar, we cross the river and begin to trek along the eastern bank to Sisaul. At Sisaul once again we cross the river to its western bank and begin to trek along the lonely valley. As we arrive to Langa, we once again cross the river and follow its eastern bank that climbs to a small arid hill. The last part of today’s Inner Dolpo Trek slides down from this small hill to Dho Tarap 3950m. Dho Tarap is a fascinating settlement that manifests the real attributes of Dolpo. This famous settlement of Dolpo nestles high above a wide valley and was a famous trading point to the traders of Tibet and Mustang in the ancient days. We will settle down our camps at Dho Tarap for the overnight stay. welcome Trek from Toltol to Dho Tarap 3950m 6-7 hrs Trek

                  Trekking for almost a week exhausts everyone. So we are having a day rest at Dho Tarap. However, the day rest doesn’t refer to staying in tents and relaxing. We would hike around so that we acclimatize well before heading towards the elevated passes like Numa La and Baga La. There are plenty of places to see around Dho Tarap. In fact Dho Tarap is a highland settlement dotted with monasteries. So ask your guide or make suggestions to explore around Dho Tarap. Here we have few major sites that are worthwhile exploring around Dho Tarap. Ribo Bumpa Monastery One of most sacred monasteries of Dolpo Ribo Bumpa Monastery was built almost 1000 years ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltzen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of evil spirits wondering in the region. The monastery resembles the architecture of Samye Monastery in Tibet. As per its name, the Bumpa which refers to vase (one of sacred Buddhist symbols) can been seen here. As the legends related to Guru Rinpoche says that if any damage is made to this vase the Phoksundo Lake bursts to sweep away the lower Dolpo. Kakar Labrang Monastery White valley temple dating back to 12th century, Kakar Gompa is the popular monastery of Dolpo that belongs to old sect of Nyingma- pa sect of Buddhism. Funded by the king of Mustang the monastery was began to build by Urgyen Tenzin. The monastery holds eight major facets of Guru Rinpoche indulged in various moods. Drakmar Dewa Monastery High above on a hill southwest of Dho, Drakmar Monastery nestles beautifully on the red cliffs. Nine hundred years old monastery has the images of Sakyamuni Buddha, Dorje Phurba and the visions of Guru Rinpoche inside it. Along with the stupa, a book found here has translated 100 words of Buddha. The vicinity around Dho Tarap has many other important monasteries which include Mekhyim Monastery, Dhoro Monastery and a Bon Gompa of Shipichowk among others. So make your decision wisely while choosing the monastery you prefer to explore from the pool of many. welcome

                    We begin the trek along a gentle uphill trail from Dho Tarap. Almost an hour long uphill climb brings us to Crystal Mountain School and Health Post. Schools and health posts are very rarely seen in Dolpo. En-route to Numa La Base Camp we trek along the easy trail that reaches to Tokyu 4209m. Authentically traditional looking village Tokyu is a widespread village with graceful kani gait and old-fashioned houses. Tokyu is also a delightful place for a photographer on a bright sunlight. The trail beyond Tokyu right away crosses the River to Kanger. To the northwest direction of the main trail, we see the dramatic views of Shering Gompa which is the house for the monks in the region. The comfortable trail ends here as we begin to slide up along the wild and barren rugged trail to the Base Camp of Numa La 4350m. Overnight in a camp at Numa La Base Camp. welcome Trek from Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp 4350m 4-5 hrs trek 

                      Today the trek isn’t going to be easy. As the trek begins towards the Numa La Pass it begins to test trekker’s endurance. The trek chases the trail that climbs up to endless ridge top. The path is not easy as well- gaining higher elevation on the rugged trail is electrifying and maddening experiences of equal measures. However, the demanding trek also rewards with the majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. Also the view of fantastic snowcapped peak Norbung Kang dominates the trail. After 4 hours of effortful trek we arrive to the top of Numa La Pass 5310m. The top of Numa La Pass has quite a spacious saddle with prayer flags fluttering with winds. As we slide down the Numa La Pass, the trail is relatively easier. The path follows Gyambo Khola and then encounters the spurs before it finally slips into the beautiful meadow of Danighar 4512m. Overnight in a camp at Danighar. welcome Numa La Pass to Danighar 4510m via Numa La Pass 5310m 6-7 hrs Trek

                        As the trek begins today, it right away caters a vertical uphill climb along the shabby yak trail. Initially the trail to Baga La Pass gains elevation rapidly. The elevation of 600m is gained so rapidly that, this part of trek really demands extra efforts. As we arrive to the top of the pass, we witness the scared chortens. Norbung Lang Peak looms right in front of our eyes along with other peaks on the ridgeline from the top of the pass is one of the most beautiful views of entire Phoksundo Nature Experience Trek. As we descend down the pass, we slide into deep ravine and cross the frozen stream to open space. The final push down is a beautiful meadow Temche 4000m. welcome Trek from Danighar to Temche 4000m via Baga La Pass 5170m 5-6 hrs trek

                          Today we begin the trek, dropping down from Temche to Yak Kharka. At Yak Kharka, the trail branches into two. Descending trail drops down to Maduwa whereas; the ascending one traverses high towards Ringmo. The trail to Ringmo penetrates the lush vegetation of pines, junipers and cypress. This part of trek offers the stunning views of towering cliffs throughout the trek. Passing the highest waterfall in Nepal on the right, the trail finally stretches to Ringmo, a famous Bon settlement in the region. The final thirty minute downhill trek from Ringmo finally brings us to the mesmerizingly beautiful lake, Phoksundo. Overnight in the camps beside Phoksundo Lake. welcome Trek from Yak kharka to Phoksundo 3600m 

                            Today we explore the area around the Ringmo magnificent Phoksundo Lake. First, we explore around Ringmo Village and head to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery). The Gompa nestling a ridge top above Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago.Exploring this culturally rich Bon Monastery is fascinating experience. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, a typical Tibetan village, is scenic view from Phoksundo Lake. 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 we spend our time visiting some of these. We also explore the wonderful natural sites and enjoy our nature tour. welcome

                              As we begin the trek today, the trail on the riverside initially is leveled but pretty soon, we climb along the steep uphill trail. After an hour long uphill climb we arrive atop a hill from where the river we chased earlier begins to diminish in size. However, the last view of Phoksundo Lake atop a hill is truly fascinating. Then we slide down for a while and resume the trek along leveled trail to Chunuwar. Beyond Chunuwar, the trail slides down gently along lush forests of pines and birches to Rechi. Then the series of gentle ups and downs along the trail beside the river throughout brings us to Chepka. This part of trek is almost three hours long. Before reaching Chepka, we begin to see the sign of tropical forest as bamboo forest and walnut trees come into our sight. Overnight in a camp at Chepka. welcome Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Chepka 6 hrs trek

                                An hour long trek from Chepka brings us to Shyanta and one more hour trek trek takes us to Kageni. Dramatically, beyond Shyanta we leave the forest trail and chase the trail with arid landscapes in the neighborhood. The walk is pleasant savoring wonderful rocky landscapes to the checkpost of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Beyond the checkpost, we cross the metal suspension bridge over Dhim Khola and chase the trail on the west to Juphal. As we cross the bridge Juphal is now just 3 hours pleasant walk. The trail to Juphal initially is wide before it arrives to the village of Kalagaonda. Beyond Kalagaonda, we the trek begins along the narrow path. Now it winds through beautiful fields of barley and wheat surrounded by strong trees that include walnut, peach and apricot. The final uphill steep climb stretches to Juphal, a large village with beautiful marketplace. Overnight at Juphal welcome Trek from Chepka to Juphal 6 hrs trek

                                  From Juphal we fly to Nepalgunj and then finally to Kathmandu. Juphal- Fly Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

                                    Our representative will drive you to the airport for your return flight.

                                      Trip Map
                                      Phoksundo Nature Experienced (lower Dolpo Circuit) map
                                      Cost Includes
                                      • Full Boarded Camping Trek for 14 days
                                      • Trekking Permits for Lower Dolpo
                                      • Phoksundo National park fees,
                                      • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
                                      • Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Juphal airfare
                                      • Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu airfare
                                      • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with entry fees.
                                      • Airport transfers and escort Guides and porters
                                      Cost Excludes
                                      • Nepal visa – Multiple Entry 30 days – USD 40
                                      • International flight
                                      • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
                                      • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation, table drinks, snacks while walking Extra baggage charges,
                                      • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
                                      • Client’s insurance
                                      Useful Information

                                      Case of weather change, flight can delay some time.

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