Phoksundo nature trek is a perfect getaway into the heart of Nepal’s pure ecosystem. This trek is a combination of Shey Phoksundo (upper Dolpo) trek and lower Dolpo trek. Moreover, it offers you an astonishing panorama of lakes, wild vegetation, rural villages, several monasteries, and true nature. Phoksundo Nature Trek – Lower Dolpo trek is starts with sightseeing at followed by flights to Juphal which the starting point. From here you will be trekking towards Dunai, Sangta, Rachi, and Ringmo for the short and great memorable round trip.
Phoksundo nature trek is located at Dolpo district in the far wast of Nepal. This trek is full of colorful with the religion of Buddhist and Bonpo. This trek is required restricted area permit and also national park areas permit. During your Phoksundo Nature Experience Trek or Lower Dolpo Trek that you would be enjoying with rivers, lakes, rural areas, nature experience, bird watching, and photography, interacting with locals traditional culture, them lifestyle and much more which will be the highest.
Top of the world treks offers Phoksundo Nature Experienced 13 days with famous route and itinerary. This region of trekking is largest Himalayas protected area of Nepal as well as very remote area and least exposed area. That is why this area of trek is special for the adventure lovers. And we always make a tailor-made trip for you.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All necessary trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permt.
Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jupha and Juphal – Nepalgunj- Kathmandu Round flight ticket.
All domestic airport taxes.
Trekking Leader, and Guides.
One Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.
One Cook and One kitchen supporter/s as per group size.
Required kitchen utensils
Cooking fuel and lighting service.
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment.
All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.
All the transporting.
Government taxes and service charge.
Medical supplies (first aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Fly to Nepalgunj (540 M)
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj we will look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. It is quite hot and tropical. (Breakfast)
Nepalgunj to Jhufal (2500m), Trek to Dunai (2100 M)
We take an early morning flight to Jhufal as they are always scheduled early in the morning because of high winds in Thulo Bheri Valley. Once we arrive at Jhupal, we start our short trek from Jhupal to Dunai. Marching downhill through meadows and few houses, small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m). From here we follow the river trail upstream to Dunai. We camp near Dunai and explore this amazing little hill town for the rest of day.
Trekking from Dunai to Sangta.
We start a quality day with quality breakfast and head towards Sangta. You will be delighted today with nature experience, bird watching, wildlife, photography as well as you will be provided Lunch at Jyalas. Overnight Sangta.
Trekking from Sangta to Rachi
Enjoy Nature Experience, bird watching, wildlife, photography till Rachi. You will enjoy Lunch at Chhepka and Overnight at Raichi.
Trekking from Raichi to Ringmo. Lunch at Ringmo.
Observe the surrounding area, local monasteries, lake Phoksundo , Kanjiroba mountain. Experience the Bhotiya Culture. Watch Suligad waterfall. Overningh at Ringmo
Tour around lake Phoksundo . Lunch at Ringmo.
Todays Trek from Ringmo to Yak Kharka will highlight the surrounding waterfalls and beautiful landscape of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Trekking from Yak Kharka to Chhepka.
We will head back to Chhepka from Yak Kharkha and on the way bace you will visit the Tibetan school on the way at Raichi. Overnight at Chhepka.
Trekking from Chhepka to Dunai to Juphal
Enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Overnight at Juphal.
Flight From Nepalgunj to Kathmandu Via Juphal
We leave Dunai in this morning and fly to Nepalgunj and take another flight from there all the way back to Kathmandu. Overnight at fine Hotel.
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting thelargest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and aplace which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
For the Phoksundo Nature Treks, you will be flying from Kathmandu –Nepalgunj to Juphal and then at the end of the trek, you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks, we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It maybe is possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time. We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.