Jomsom to Lower Dolpa Trek via Shey Phoksundo Lake-19 Days

Trekking to Dolpa via Jomsom offers opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and also to experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region,

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Group size: 02-08
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Trip Level: Moderate
  •  Max Altitude: 5550m/18208ft
  •  Activities: Trekking and Climbing
  •   Transportation: Private Vehicle and Domestic flight

  Meals: BB plan in Kathmandu and All meals during the trek

  Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and camping basis accommodation during trekking

Trip Introduction

Trekking to Dolpa via Jomsom offers opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and also to experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. Trekking to Lower Dolpa via Jomsom is a challenging remote valley trek involving five passes above 5000m. it has only been permitted since mid-1989. The region lies to the west of the Kali Gandaki Valley; Dolpo is located inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park in mid-western Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau. This remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal, time has stood still here for centuries as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade. This trip covers you the traditional salt route from Dunai the headquarter of Dolpo District to Shey Phoksundo Lake (Nepal Second Largest Lake) and ancient village of Tibetan civilization.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight Kathmandu – Pokhara or drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Flight Pokhara – Jomsom, walk to Kagbeni (2810 m). Overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Kagbeni (2810 m) – Yak Karkha (3478 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 04: Yak Karkha (3478 m) – Sangta (3777 m) via Bhima Lojun La pass (4460 m). Overnight at tented camp. Day 05: Sangta (3777 m) – Ghalden Ghuldun Khola Camp (4247 m) 6 hrs
Day 06: Ghalden Ghuldun Khola Camp (4247 m) – Nulungsumda Kharka (4987 m) via Jungben La pass (5550 m) and Niwas La pass (5120 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Nulungsumda Kharka (4987 m) – Chharka Bhot (4302 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Rest and exploration day at Chharka Bhot. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Chharka Bhot (4302 m) – Chhap Chu (4320 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Chhap Chu (4320 m) – Dho Tarap (3944 m) crossing the Chan La (5378 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Rest and exploration day at Dho Tarap. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Dho Tarap (3944 m) – Numa La Base Camp (4440 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Numa La Base Camp (4440 m) – Danigar (4512 m) crossing the Numa La pass (5309 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Danigar (4512 m) – Yak Kharka (3860 m) via Baga La Pass (5190 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Yak Kharka (3860 m) – Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Rest day and exploration at Ringmo village and Phoksundo Lake (3641 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) – Chhepka (2838 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Chhepka (2838 m) – Juphal (2475 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Flight Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

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Accommodation

We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and camping basis accommodaton during the trek. All rooms (hotel and tented camp) are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange full camping gears, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chair, toilet tent, twin-shared basis sleeping tent, mattress and sleeping bag.

Meals

All meals will be provided during the camping trekking (We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the camping, where we spend the night and pack lunch on our way to next destination.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Jomsom to Lower Dolpa trek is a moderate trek. Trekkers who can walk up to 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail and basic hiking experience will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the Jomsom to Lower Dolpa trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior to the start. Trekking around Lower Dolpa should be relatively fine for those who have experience in trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trekking. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for trekking from Jomsom to Lower Dolpa Trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip.


equipment list

Date And Costs

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

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Booking Open: Anyone travelling solo or with groups the given date is available for join.

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Service included in the price:

  • Pick up and drop from international airport
  • All land transfer as per given itinerary (private car/van)
  • Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
  • One night deluxe hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Annapurna Conservation Entry Permit
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permit fees
  • Lower Dolpa (Restricated area entry fees: US$10 per week for the first four weeks and US$20 per week there after)
  • TIMS
  • Accommodation
  • Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
  • Camping (twin sharing tow men tent) / dining tent, toilet tent
  • Meals (3 meals / B.L.D) while on the trek
  • Experienced English speaking guide / leader, necessary experience local helpers
  • All program according to itineraries on full board
  • Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
  • Government tax
  • Service charge

Service not included in the cost:

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Kathmandu accommodation (4 nights tourist standard deluxe hotel with breakfast)
  • Personal expenses
  • All bar bill
  • Expenses of personal nature i.e. soft/hard drinks, tips etc

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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Toiletries
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items
Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
T-shirts
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Underwear
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Earplugs
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.