Lower Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek
Dolpo is one of the most remote and spectacular corners of the Himalays, isolated from the rest of the Nepal by the mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. Lying in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas, this landscape resembles that of the Tibetan Plateau instead of the lush, green, monsoon watered hills found elsewhere in Nepal at comparative altitudes. Although Dolpo occupies 15% of Nepal, it is still one of the least explored regions of this country, since it only opened for trekkers in 1989. This area is also known by Tibetans as bae-yul, or the hidden land. It is the land of Tibetan Buddhism and the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, called Bon. The areas of Do-Tarap and Phoksundo Lake are home to beautiful landscapes and impressive monasteries.
A long walk up a steep, uninhabited river valley leads to an enclave of Tibetan tradition in a high isolated valley, where you can meet nomadic Tibetans and their grazing yaks. The Dolpo region is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park and in this preserved ecosystem it is still possible to observe wildlife that is close to extinction in other areas, such as blue sheep and the ever-elusive snow leopard.
This trek can be qualified as moderate, with some strenuous days and thus a reasonable level of fitness is required, as on our way from Do-Tarap to Phoksundo Lake we will be crossing two high mountain passes: Numa-la at 5318 metres and Baga-la at 5190 metres above sea level.
- Day 1: Arrival in Nepal and passport to Himalayan Quests
- Day 2: Trek briefing and preparation
- Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj on the border of India. Overnight in a hotel in Nepalgunj.
- Day 4: Fly Nepaljung to Jufal (2400m). Trek to Dunai (2150m), approx. 4 hours
- Day 5: Trek to Tarkot (2600m) approx. 5 hours
- Day 6: Trek to Lahini (3500m) approx. 8 hours
- Day 7: Trek to Sim Sim Odhar (3850m), approx. 8 hours
- Day 8: Rest day at Sim Sim Odhar, with possible acclimatisation day hike
- Day 9: Trek to Do Tarap (4040m) approx. 7 hours
- Day 10: Rest day at Do Tarap, with possible acclimatization hike
- Day 11: Trek to Tok-khyu high camp (4565m) approx. 5-6 hours
- Day 12: Trek to Pelungtang (4465m) over the Numa-la pass (5318m), approx. 9 hours
- Day 13: Trek to Dajok Tang (4080m) over the Baga-la pass (5190m), approx. 5-6 hours
- Day 14: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake (3730m), approx. 3-4 hours
- Day 15: Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake
- Day 16: Trek to Renje (3010m), approx. 6-7 hours
- Day 17: Trek to Chepka (2670m), approx. 5-6 hours.
- Day 18: Trek back to Dunai, approx. 6-7 hours
- Day 19: Trek Chepka to Dunai, approx. 6-7 hours.
- Day 20: Dunai to Jufal is a slow ascent back to where we started the trek, approx. 4-4 ½ hours
- Day 21: Fly Juphal to Nepaljung and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu on the same day.
A set of well-worn hiking boots, with a few pairs of good hiking socks are an absolute necessity. No technical experience or mountaineering gear is necessary. While porters will carry the majority of your luggage, you will need to bring a durable daypack to carry necessary items for quick access during the trek, such as water, waterproofs, toilet paper, camera, a warm layer, snacks etc.
A full kit list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation on the trek.