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“Nepal’s one of the most diverse and off beat trekking trail that covers the intriguing trail between two most fascinating lakes in western Nepal, Phoksundo Rara Adventure Trek is adventurously challenging trek that has every rare encounters a time-forgotten trail of anywhere has to offer.”

Phoksundo Rara Adventure Trek with Explore Dolpo is in a way the trekking trail very well known only by the expert native guides of the region. This trek takes you off the beaten path, as our guide takes you on a trail used only by locals and which is virtually unknown to commercial trekking groups. We pass through villages where the lifestyle of the people reflects their ties with Tibet and Tibetan culture.

We follow the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route, across high passes and through the wilderness in one Nepal’s most remote areas. We visit ancient Buddhist and Bon monasteries and take you into the regions of truly amazing lakes like Phoksundo  and Rara. As we pass through alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, the snowy peaks soar up right above you in the horizon, where the silence is broke by the wonderful gush of glacial streams- a heaven inside earth if lies it is either in Rara and Phoksundo Lake or the trail between them.

The route also takes in a newly discovered village in Dolpo, Phot Village. The government authorities had no idea that this village existed until recent time.  Being far removed from civilization, this village still retains its age-old customs and practices. You get to interact with the villagers as your local guide will act as an interpreter. Hence, we guarantee the trek takes you to the time-forgotten places of distant west.

This itinerary can be change as per  your  interest and time frame.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight
  • Day 03:Nepalgunj to Juphal flight and Juphal to Dunai
  • Day 04:Dunai to Chhepka / 6hrs
  • Day 05:Chhepka to Shumdhuwa /6hrs
  • Day 06:Shumdhuwa to Phoksundo Lake / 5hrs
  • Day 07:Phoksundo Rest Day
  • Day 08:Phoksundo to Sallaghari
  • Day 09:Sallaghari to Nangdala High Camp
  • Day 10:Nangdala High Camp to Shey Gompa
  • Day 11:Shey Gompa to Tata 6 hrs
  • Day 12:Tata to Vijer Village
  • Day 13:Vijer Village to Pho village)/ 6 hrs
  • Day 14:Pho village to Pung Kharka
  • Day 15:Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola
  • Day 16:Chyandi Khola to Takla Khola
  • Day 17:Takla Khola to Thajachaur
  • Day 18:Thajachaur to Shilenchaur
  • Day 19:Shilenchaur to Tiyar
  • Day 20:Tiyar to Mangri
  • Day 21:Mangri to Lumsha Village
  • Day 22:Lumsha to Rara
  • Day 23:Rara Rest Day
  • Day 24:Rara Lake to Talcha Airport/ 3hrs
  • Day 25:Talcha to Nepalgunj flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight
  • Day 26:Depart Kathmandu
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    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.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight

    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.

  • Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal flight and Juphal to Dunai

    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.

  • Day 04: Dunai to Chhepka / 6hrs

    From Dunai we trek to Chhepka , which has few houses and lodge.We will stay overnight at the local lodge.

  • Day 05: Chhepka to Shumdhuwa /6hrs

    Today we follow a trail that goes up and down along the forested riverbed. There are several streams on the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail continues along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo kholas (rivers).

    We cross to the western side of the Phoksundo khola and reach the village of Shumdhuwa. Shumduwa is a major trail junction and its name reflect this as ‘sum’ in Tibetan means three and ‘duwa’ means trail. It is also the Shey Phoksundo National Park headquarters.

  • Day 06: Shumdhuwa to Phoksundo Lake / 5hrs

    We will join the direct trail to Phoksundo Lake today climbing through forests of big cedars on to Palam (3710m), a winter settlement used by the people of the Ringmo village.

    The entrance station for the Shey Phoksundo National Park is at the south end of the village. The route then descends on switchbacks through open country to an elevation of 3300 meter, and then starts up another set of dusty switchbacks to a ridge at 3780 meter to the highest waterfall in Nepal (200 meter high).

    Our route then continues on to Ringmo village, a picturesque settlement of flat-roofed stone houses with lots of mani walls. Just below Ringmo we cross a bridge and follow the trail to Phoksundo Lake, where we camp at the national park camping grounds west of the lake.

  • Day 07: Phoksundo Rest Day

    Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which looks like a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area.

    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.

    The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. We explore the natural sites and enjoy our nature tour.

  • Day 08: Phoksundo to Sallaghari

    From Phoksundo we trek for five to six hours till we reach Sallagari , our camp for the night.

  • Day 09: Sallaghari to Nangdala High Camp

    From Sallaghari, we trek up to Nangdala High Camp.

  • Day 10: Nangdala High Camp to Shey Gompa

    Today we trek to the fabled Shey Gompa and the nearby 'Crystal Mountain', the most sacred peak in Dolpo which Dolpo pilgrims circumambulate each summer before the harvest.

    We are now entering the real Dolpo, and to enter into this mystical land we have to cross the Kangla pass . We trek along the precipitous and narrow trail to the western side of the lake, otherwise known as the 'Devil's Trail'.

    Cresting a 4000 meter ridge, we are treated to views of Sonam Kang. We have views of the peaks Shey Shikkar and Kang Chunne, both just over 6000 meters, before descending steeply down to the valley floor and along the river. A red chorten marks the entrance to Shey, where we camp for the night.

  • Day 11: Shey Gompa to Tata 6 hrs

    The trail goes somewhere straight and somewhere up and down

  • Day 12: Tata to Vijer Village

    Today we go via Shamling compa the oldest monastery of Bon.

  • Day 13: Vijer Village to Pho village)/ 6 hrs

    From Vijer village we trek to Pho village.

  • Day 14: Pho village to Pung Kharka

    In Phot village the most important monastery is found. This remote village was discovered by the Nepal government authorities just recently.

  • Day 15: Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola

    We pass snow leopard country as we make our way from Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola. We may see musk deer and Himalayan Tahr as we trek on the way to Chyandi Khola, where we camp for the night.

  • Day 16: Chyandi Khola to Takla Khola

    From Chyandi Khola , we take the trail to Takla Khola.

  • Day 17: Takla Khola to Thajachaur

    Today we traverse through the Gyarge Pass. We pass through snowy high ground and some difficult rocky ground. We camp for the night at Thajachaur.

  • Day 18: Thajachaur to Shilenchaur

    From Thajachaur we trek to Shilenchaur

  • Day 19: Shilenchaur to Tiyar

    Today we trek to Tiyar from Shilenchaur

  • Day 20: Tiyar to Mangri

    From Tiyar we trek to Mangri

  • Day 21: Mangri to Lumsha Village

    From Mangri we trek to Lumsha village

  • Day 22: Lumsha to Rara

    Today we trek to the lake Rara. The biggest lake of Nepal.

  • Day 23: Rara Rest Day

    Rara ake(3062m) is the focal point of Rara Lake National Park .Rara is a clear high altitude lake ringed with pine,spruce and juniper forests and snow capped Himalayan peaks. It is almost 13km around the lake, and a day devoted to making this circuit is well spent.

    Once you are at Rara you will be reluctant to leave. It has a rare peace and tranquility and captivating beauty. With no grazing animals in the park the woods have reverted to their natural state with dense undergrowth. Walk around the lake on the path built for King Mahendra to mark his visit in 1964.

  • Day 24: Rara Lake to Talcha Airport/ 3hrs

    Today we leave Rara Lake and trek to Talcha airport via Gam Ghadi.

  • Day 25: Talcha to Nepalgunj flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight

    From Talcha we take a flight to Nepalgunj from where we will proceed to Kathmandu.

  • Day 26: Depart Kathmandu

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

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