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Jumla Phoksundo Lake Trek
 

Facts of trek:

Duration:                     21 Days

Trek type:                    Camping

Max Altitude:             5190 m

Minimum Pax:             1+

Mode Of Travel:         Flight

Grade:                            Strenuous

Itinerary in details:

Day 01: Kathmandu – Nepalgung                                       [40 Minutes Fly]

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes about 40 minutes.

Day 02: Nepalgunj – Jumla                                                  [30 Minutes Fly]

Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla and it takes 30 minutes.

Day 03: Jumla (2370m.) – Dochal Ghara (25340m.)           [7 hours]

To reach Jumla, confluence of Tila Khola and Chaudhabise Khola (2330m.), you have to follow quite flat route until Gariakot. This is a small village with apple orchard, terraces, beautiful green hills and it lies at the bank of Tila Khola (stream). Now you go uphill all the way to Dochal Ghara passing forests covered with pine, oak, juniper and other local vegetation. Moreover, you are quite charmed by the beauty of green hills, local birds and sheds on the way. Dochar Ghara is camping spot and you can see sheds and beauty of nature.

Day 04: Dochal Ghara (25340m.) – Gothi Chaur (3080m.) via Pattyata Lagna Pass (2830m.) [6 hours]

The trails you follow is steep ascent up to Pattyata Lagna Pass. En route, you come across forests covered with pine, oak, rhododendron and green hills. Crossing Lagna Pass, you begin to follow gentle descent path passing through grass land all the way to Gothi Chaur. There is a sheep farm and you realize that you are completely surrounded by pine forests.

Day 05: Gothi Chaur – Naphukana (3080m.) via Chotra (3010m.) [6 hours]

This day you trek through completely flat land until you reach Naphukana along the bank of Julitar Khola. En route you see terraces, pass forests and villages situated at the bank of river. Chotra is a typical village of West Nepal which you come across while trekking. On the other hand, Naphukana is a village where you find monastery, chorten, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the bridge. Mostly this is inhabited by Gurung and Chhetri community.

Day 06: Napukhana – Balasa (2900m.) via Mauri Lagna Pass (3820m.) and Chaurkot (3060m.) [7 hours]

While trekking you move through flat land up to Rulpatra passing through oak and rhododendron forests with views of green hill, terraces and villages. Rulpatra, situated at the bank of Churta Khola (stream) is a small village with monastery, chortens, mani walls and prayer flags. This is mainly occupied by Gurung. Leaving this village, you walk steep up to cross Mauri Lagna Pass passing evergreen forests and wooden bridge. After walking for couple of hours through steep uphill you reach Chaurkot. En route, you pass oak, pine, rhododendron forests. Chaurkot is a village with hotels, tea houses, lodges, camping sites and typical houses. To reach Balasa, you trek mostly downhill and through flat land for some distance. You walk along the grass land. Balasa is a village with lot of terraces, monastery, chorten, mani walls and prayer flags.

Day 07: Balasa – Forest Camp (3165m.) via Rimi (2890m.)          [6 hours]

Trekking downhill you reach Kai Gaon, a big village with Police check point. En route, you pass Rimi village and see terraces. Now you walk through forests along flat path all the way to Forest Camp. This is a camping spot surrounded by green hills. This is adorned by alpine grass. You can see some animals grazing here during monsoon.

Day 08: Kanigaon – Chheur (3610m.) via Tilba Khola (3570m.) and Lahini (3160m.) [7 hours]

You trek through gentle ascent path all the way to Lahini. You are quite accompanied by beautiful hills, grassland and few forests. Lahini is village and a beautiful camp site as well. From here you can see Thakpa Lake (5599m.) and you become quite mesmerized by its beauty. Leaving Lahini you head towards up hill to cross suspension bridge over Tarap Khola. And you will again have to cross suspension bridge to enter Chheur. This is yet another village which resembles much to Tibetan village. You can see monastery, chorten, prayer flags, mani walls, beautiful hills, typical houses and terraces.

Day 09: Chheur – Sishul Khola (3770m.) via Tol Tol (3680m.) and Gyam Gyar (3740m.) and Serkam (3870m.) [6 hours]

To reach Gyam Gyar you trek along the gentle ascent path passing through alpine grass, terraces and villages exhibiting Tibetan life style. While walking you enjoy hills on both sides. Gyam Gyar is a typical village with monastery, mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, Tibetan style houses and people being very close to Tibetan life style. Now you again move gentle ascent path passing through alpine grass land, forests covered by juniper, hills and villages at some distance. This day you can enjoy the panoramic views of Norbukang (6000m.) and few other hills and unnamed mountains. Serkam is a village full of terraces, Tibetan style houses, mani walls, prayer flags and typical Tibetan culture. Leaving this typical Gurung village you begin to follow gentle ascent path all the way to Sichul Khola. En route, you can enjoy panoramic mountain views of Norbukang, grass land and hills on both sides. Sishul Khola is an attractive camping site from where you can have a panoramic view of Norbukang and hills with villages at far distance.

Day 10: Sishul Khola – Do Tarap (4150m.)                                                 [6 hours]

While trekking this day you follow quite gentle path along the bank of Tarap Khola (stream) and you have to cross several suspension and wooden bridges. On the way, you find some caves in the grassland. Your walking is compensated by the views of Norbukang. Do Tarap is a famous big village. There are chortens, mani walls, few monasteries, prayer flags and terraces where farmers grow wheat, buck wheat, barley, potatoes and green vegetables. You find tea houses, shops with minimal supplies and lodges.

Day 11: Do Tarap – Tok-khyu (4180m.) via Dorje Phorba Gompa (4170m.) [6 hours]

This day you come across several villages, many terraces while walking along the bank of Tarap Khola. Not only this, you find many chortens, monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and local people who are very close to Tibetan life style. Your destination, Tok khyu is a Gurung village rich in Buddhist culture. You find a beautiful monastery, chortens, mani walls and prayer flags.

Day 12: Tok-khyu – Palungtang (4465m.) via Numa La (4318m.)                       [7 hours]

You trek along the steep ascent path crossing grassland until you reach Numa La. En route you are quite captivated by the panoramic views of Norbukang. After crossing Numa La you follow the same steep ascent path along the grassland till Palungtang. At a time you have to cross suspension bridge and wooden bridge as well over Charaghari Khola. Palungtang is a village surrounded by hills with temporary houses, yak pasture and terraces. For the first time you can see Topo Peak (4900m.) in panorama. The Norbukang Himal sparkles at the back.

Day 13: Palungtang – Dajok Tang (4080m.) via Baga La (5190m.) [7 hours]

To cross Baga La you trek along the gentle ascent path passing through grass land and hills. After Baga La the trails turn gentle down all the way to Dajok Tang. You find grassland on both sides of your path and you can enjoy views of Kanta Gaton in panorama. In Dojok Tang also you find temporary houses, yak pastures and hills.

Day 14: Dajok Tang – Phoksondo Lake (3728m.) via Ringmo (3730m.) [7 hours]

Till Ringmo the trails goes down hill. Here you meet Sano Bheri Khola. Ringmo is a small village inhabited by Gurung and Thakuri. The life style, houses and tradition appear very close to Tibet. Now you move along the flat land passing through pine forests, grassland , terraces, hills and villages at far distance. The views of Phoksondo Lake appear before you. After crossing a wooden bridge you reach the destination. Phoksondo Lake is the deepest lake of the world. The big village lying at the bank of this lake is quite rich in Buddhist culture as there are monasteries, chortens, mani walls, shops, prayer flags, hotels, lodges, terraces and so on. This village is beautifully surrounded by hills.

Day 15: Rest day at Phoksondo

Rest day at Phoksondo Lake for excursion. This day you can visit monastery and go in and around the village to experience the typical life style of people residing in this area. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of Kanjelaruwa Peak (6612m.), Tso Peak (4716m.) and many other unnamed peaks and mountains.

Day 16: Phoksondo Lake – Renje (3010m.) via Palam (3340m.) [7 hours]

The early part of your trails till Palam move through steep descent path passing beautiful waterfall, hills, pine forests and mountain views of Kanta Gaton (5916m.). Palam is a village surrounded by green hills on two sides and pine forest rest of the sides. You find magnificent views of terraces, caves and typical houses. To reach Renje you head towards gentle descent path along the bank of Suli Khola. En route you come across forests covered by juniper, pine, rhododendron, oaks and other natural vegetation.

Day 17: Renje – Chhepka (2670m.) via Shirak (3010m.)   [3 hours]

To reach Shirak you follow down hill passing through forests covered by pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron and other natural vegetation. There are chances to see deer and various species of birds. Shirak is another village which is also influenced by Tibetan lifestyle and culture. Here you find terraces, monastery, chorten, mani walls, prayer flags and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Leaving this beautiful, you head your trekking again towards downward all the way to Chhepka. En route you see terraces, villages, suspension bridge and forests covered by pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron and other vegetation. These forests are the home of various species of birds and animals as well.

Day 18: Chhepka – Dunai ( 2150m.) via Raktang (2260m.)          [5 hours]

You trek along the gentle ascent path until you reach Raktang. On the way you come across forests covered by pine, oak, juniper, rhododendron, bamboo and other natural vegetation. There are chances to see animals like deer and so on. These forests are rich in various species of birds too. Leaving Raktang, you go steep down for few hours and then your trail moves along the flat land. En route you cross several terraces, villages rich in typical culture, check post and grass land. Your path is quite surrounded by beautiful hills. Dunai is the headquarters of Dolpa. There are administrative offices, lodges, hotels, tea houses, market and many other places to be visited.

Day 19: Dunai – Juphal                                                                    [3 hours]

This day you trek through flat land and steep up as well. You come across several villages, grassland and terraces. On the way you can enjoy the magnificent views of surrounded hills. Juphal is a village where there is an airport. Moreover, you find shops, guest houses and lodges (tea houses). The houses here are made in Tibetan style.

Day 20: Juphal – Nepalgunj                                                            [35 Minutes Fly]

Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj which takes about 35 minutes.

Day 21: Nepalgunj – Kathmandu                                                    [40 Minutes Fly]

Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and it takes about 40 minutes.

Services Included

  • National Park entry permit, Trekking permit,
  • Land transportation to and fro,
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek,
  • Food: three meals a day, A guide & required number of porter (s),
  • Essential equipment.
  • All the flight tickets necessary as per the above given itinerary

Services Excluded

  • Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips,
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter,
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
  • All the other expenses which are not mentioned in the above services included

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