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The Lower Dolpo circuit trek is one of the most popular treks as it visits Phoksundo Lake, featured in Eric Valli's Oscar nominated movie "Caravan". Phoksundo, also known as the Blue Lake, cuts one of the deepest gorges in Nepal but contains no aquatic life.

 

It is possible to visit Phoksundo Lake on a one-week trek, but taking the 15 days trail is more satisfying. Beginning from Juphal the trail continues to Dunai and then heads north along the Dho-Tarap Khola (river) to Dho Tarap village (4,040m) an area inhabited by people practicing the pre-Buddhist religion called "Bon Po". The trailcrosses the two high passes of Numa La (5,190 m) and Baga La (5,070 m) before reaching the hamlet of Ringmo on the southern end of the Lake.

 

The hikers' first glimpse of Lake Phoksundo, set in a cleft between rocks that rise 2,000 m into the clear mountain skies, reveals a scene of unearthly beauty a white glimmer of silver brich deges the lake's radiant turquoise-blue waters. Kanjiroba (6,883 m) one of the highest mountains in the region, can be seen from the tops of the surrounding peaks.

 

The trail back to Dunai is along the Phoksundo River as it flows south carrying the waters of Lake Phoksundo on their long passage via the Ganges into the BAy of Bengal. The river cuts a narrow gorge - by early May rimmed with primulas, violets and gentians and shaded by tall spruce, a magnificent waterfall tumbles 1,670 m down a series of rock shelves. Blue sheep, musk deer, goral, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr and bear inhabit the Shey Phoksundo National Park set aside to protect an ecosystem typical of the high arid Tibetan plateau.

 

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General Facts of Lower Dolpo Trekking:
Trip Days : 17 Days
Trekking Days: 12 Days
Maximum Altitude: 3820 m.
Weather : Be well equipped for coldness.
Accommodation : Camping.
Transportation: Fly from Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Juphal.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Rescue Operations : Helicopter Flights from Kathmandu.
Per Day Trekking: 5 to 7 hours.
Season : May - October
Tour Code: LDT 68

 

Lower Dolpo Trekking Summary:
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu
Day 02: Full day sight seeing
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly to Juphal(2,350m), Trek to Dunai(2,150m)
Day 05: Trek Dunai - Rahagaon(2910m).
Day 06: Trek Rehagaon - Regi(2950m).
Day 07: Trek Regi - Ringmo(3660m).
Day 08: Trek Ringmo - Baga La Phedi (4200m).
Day 09: Trek Baga La Phedi - Bagala (5090m)-Numa La Phedi (4620m).
Day 10: Trek Numa La Phedi - Numa La (5360m).-Tok-Kyu(4190m).
Day 11: Trek Tok-Kyu-Do Tarap(4,040m)
Day 12: Trek Do Tarap - Gorge Camp.
Day 13: Trek Gorge Camp-Khanigaon.
Day 14: Trek Khanigaon-Dunai(2,150m)
Day 15: Trek Dunai-Juphal.
Day 16: Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure.


Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu.


Day 02: Full day sight seeing.


Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj.


Day 04: Fly to Juphal(2,350m), Trek to Dunai(2,150m).

 
Day 05: Trek Dunai - Rahagaon(2910m).


Day 06: Trek Rehagaon - Regi(2950m).


Day 07: Trek Regi - Ringmo(3660m).


Day 08: Trek Ringmo - Baga La Phedi (4200m).


Day 09: Trek Baga La Phedi - Bagala (5090m)-Numa La Phedi (4620m).


Day 10: Trek Numa La Phedi - Numa La (5360m).-Tok-Kyu(4190m).


Day 11: Trek Tok-Kyu-Do Tarap(4,040m).


Day 12: Trek Do Tarap - Gorge Camp.


Day 13: Trek Gorge Camp-Khanigaon.


Day 14: Trek Khanigaon-Dunai(2,150m).


Day 15: Trek Dunai-Juphal.


Day 16: Fly Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu.


Day 17: Departure.


Include & Exclude

Cost Include:
Airport pickup and drop by non car.
3 Nights Accommodation on Kathmandu on twin room with breakfast.
Accommodation during trekking will be in tent.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner during trekking days.
Kathmandu -Nepalganj -Kathmandu flight tickets.
Nepalganj - Juphal - Nepalganj flight tickets.
Trekking Guide and porter.
Park Entry permit fee.
Restricted area permit fee.
Staff insurance.
Guide airfare.

 

Cost Exclude:
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Personal nature cost.
Beverages, mineral water etc.
Hot water and attach bath during trekking.
Hot and cold drinks.
Laundry, telephone, insurance.
Tipping for guide and porter.
Personal gear.
Emmergency rescue charges.
Travel insurance of client (we suggest you to have travel insurance).
Any cost due to uncertainities like earthquake, landslide, natural or political.