Lower Dolpo trek is one of the most popular treks as it passed through 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-weekend trek, but taking the 15 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu trail is more satisfying. Beginning from Juphal the trail continue to Dunai and then heads north along the Dho-Dharap village (4,040m)-an area inhabited by people practicing the pre-Buddhist religion called ‘Bon Po’. The trail crosses the two high passes of Numala (5,190m) and Bagala (5,070m) before reaching the hamlet of Ringmo on the southern and of Phoksundo Lake.
The hiker’s 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 birch edges of the lake’s radiant turquoise blue waters. Kanjiroba (6,883m) 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 Ganga into 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 and Tibetan Plateau.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Katmandu, transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner.
Day 02: Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03: By Plane: Katmandu – Nepalgunj
Day 04: By Plane: Nepalgunj – Juphal. Trek to Dunai (3h-2135m)
Day 05: Dunai – Tarakot (5h-2450m)
Day 06: Tarakot – Lahini (6h-2800m)
Day 07: Lahini – Taraf Khola (6h-3300m)
Day 08: Taraf Khola – Dho (5h-4040m)
Day 09: Rest
Day 10: Dho – Num-La Base Camp (3h-4400m)
Day 11: Num-La Base Camp – Crossing Num-La (5190m) – Baga Base Camp (7h-4500m)
Day 12: Baga Base Camp – Crossing Baga (5070m) – Yak Kharka(7h-3570m)
Day 13: Yak Kharka – Samduwa – Phoksundo Lake (5h-3200m)
Day 14: Samduwa – Hanke (5h-2660m)
Day 15: Hanke – Dunai (5h-2135m)
Day 16: Dunai – Juphal (4h-2250m)
Day 17: By Plane: Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities
Day 19: Departure