Dolpa Region

Phoksundo Lake Trek - 7 Days

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Rs. 64,999* / 49,999**

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*Camping Trek / **Teahouse Trek

INCLUDES Both way Kathmandu to Juphal Flight Trekking Guide and Camping Staff Accommodation in Tent* or Teahouses** Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Evening Snacks with Tea Permits Mule to carry baggage (only for camping trek)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become speechless after seeing the stunningly beautiful Phoksundo Lake change her colors throughout the day.
  • Explore Tsowa Gompa, one of the last remaining monasteries of the ancient Bonpo culture.
  • Take a selfie with the Kanjiroba mountains and of course the Phoksundo Lake in the background.
  • Get to see Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, and Tibetan Argali. Get seen by a Snow Leopard. ;)
  • Take an early morning mountain flight between Juphal and Kathmandu.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Easy
  • Total Length
    93.16 km
  • Highest Altitude
    3,460 meters
  • Elevation Profile
    Not available
  • Start location
    Juphal (2,499 M)
  • Finish location
    Juphal (2,499 M)
  • Permits
    Shey-Phoksundo NP Permit, Restricted Area Permit (for non-Nepalis)
  • Best Season
    March-June, September-November

DESCRIPTION

Known to most Nepalis from the acclaimed movie Caravan and to most non-Nepalis from the best-seller The Snow Leopard, Dolpa is still one of the few places that is stuck in time. And it is every bit as exciting as the movie and as contemplative as the book. Just sitting by the little village of Ringmo and watching the Phoksundo Lake change color throughout the day is enough to put a spell on you. And guess what despite the remoteness, it is a fairly easy trek, both altitude and terrain wise, that any reasonably fit person will be able to accomplish.

But the stunning remoteness and spiritual solitude of this trek comes at the cost of material comfort. The lodges aren’t exactly something to write home about and the food choice is limited. However, if you wish to go beyond the food that you aren’t familiar with, it can be a very good opportunity for your taste of local ethnic cuisine.

Also, this is one of the few treks in which the camping option will ensure that you get more material comfort. But no matter how you do it, it will all be worth it when you see the sun go down before the beautiful Phoksundo Lake.

DAY 1 ~ Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Juphal Airport, Dolpa. (1 hour) ~ Tour to Tripurasundari Temple ~ Trek back to Sulighat and overnight at Kageni at 2,441 meters (6-7 hours walking time)

DAY 2 ~ Trek from Kageni to Chunuwar at 3,110 meters (5-6 hours)

DAY 3 ~ Trek from Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake at 3,630 meters (4-5 hours)

DAY 4 ~ Walk around Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo.

DAY 5 ~ Trek from Phoksundo to Chepka at 2,720 meters. (5-6 hours)

DAY 6 ~ Trek from Chepka to Juphal (6-7 hours)

DAY 7 ~ Early morning flight from Juphal to Kathmandu.

Please note that it is possible to do the Phoksundo Trek both as a tea-house trek and a camping trek. As you might have guessed already, the hotels aren't something to write home about. However, if you don't mind the homeliness of most hotels in the trek, a tea-house trek can be a very rewarding experience when it comes to interactions with the locals. Carrying a sleeping bag liner will help you sleep better at night. ;)


CAMPING TREK INCLUSIONS ~ Both way Kathmandu to Juphal Flight ~ Trekking Guide ~ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ~ Drink: Tea, Coffee and Tang juice with light snacks biscuits cookies. ~ Camping Staff (Climbing Sherpa, Cook, Kitchen Boys, Staff insurance) ~ Trekking equipment (Mattress, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dinning tent, Toilet tent, Bedding Bag) ~ Satellite phone ~ Mule to carry baggage

CAMPING TREK EXCLUSIONS ~ Sleeping bag and pillow ~ Excess baggage charge(s) ~ Travel and rescue insurance ~ Personal gear ~ Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters) ~ Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) ~ Anything not included in inclusions.


TEAHOUSE TREK INCLUSIONS ~ Both way Kathmandu to Juphal Flight ~ Trekking Guide ~ Accommodation in Teahouses ~ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ~ Permits

TEAHOUSE TREK EXCLUSIONS ~ Personal expenses and gears ~ Travel insurance ~ Tips ~ Extra days in Juphal ~ Anything not included in inclusions.

FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9841370673 or email Ashish at honeyhunter@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKOS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes