Top Dolpo Lake Phoksundo And Rara Lake


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Between lakes and arid landscapes in this Tibetan enclave

Top Dolpo Lake Phoksundo and Lake Rara are 3 demanding treks because of their autonomy and their duration of more than 26 days of walking. They involve relatively long stages as well as 10 nights at more than 4,000 m and 8 passes over 5,000 m. Our walk is embellished with great panoramas and allows us meetings with the Dolpo-Pa inhabitants of Dolpo. We are in the heart of this region of Tibetan culture that still lives with the seasons and caravans. Life is organized around yaks, horses, and trade with the nearby Tibet.

The high hills, the harsh living conditions, and the desert areas give this region of Nepal a fascinating beauty. Presence of many monasteries including that of Shey Gompa built in the 11th century and renovated a few years ago. Upper Dolpo is not a touristic region like the Annapurna Tower or the Khumbu. The lodges are non-existent, we sleep in tents, we wash in the rivers and our meals consist essentially of the traditional dish, the dalbhat.

Bypassing Lake Rara by a wide lake-side trail in a very green meadow environment contrasts with the narrow corbelled path of Lake Phoksundo in a rather mineral and mountainous world built almost a thousand years ago.

The geographical border between Dolpo and Haut Dolpo is the Dho Chharka line. North of this limit is Haut Dolpo. The moments of exchange and sharing remain magical moments. Drinking tea with the Yak men we meet and driving caravans trading between Tibet and Nepal are fabulous moments. These treks fit perfectly well to the Tibetan maxim “the trip is a return to basics”.

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Highlights of Dolpo High treks

  • Rara Lake Shore Road
  • The path carved into the mountain above Lake Phoksundo
  • Departures of these treks in the greenery then the gradual climb to passes over 5000 m
  • Tibetan monasteries and culture from Saldang
  • The desert plateaus and the very mineral relief that contrast with the fields of wheat and millet
  • Low tourist area.

Trekking Lake Phoksumdo Top Dolpo

  • Duration 31 days
  • HC Level
  • Alti max 5500 m
  • mid-April to October
  • Nights in lodges and tents

Lake Rara High Dolpo Trekking

  • Duration 36 days
  • HC Level
  • Alti max 5560 m
  • mid-April to October
  • Nights in lodges and tents

Trek sacred lakes Lake Rara and Phoksumdo

  • Duration 31 days
  • HC Level
  • Alti max 5560 m
  • mid-April to October
  • Nights in lodges and tents

Trip Itinerary

J HIGH TREK STEPS DOLPO PHOSKSUMDO ALTITUDE NIGHT DENIV + DENIV – DURATION COL PASSAGE TO M
1 Arrival Kathmandu Nepal 1,350
2 Free day Kathmandu
3 Nepalgunj plane 55 mn
4 Jumla plane and Surtyontruk trek 2,400 3h
5 Saoutara 2,800 750 6h
6 Chaurikot 2,900 800 -700 6h Lagna Pass 3,810
7 Hurikot 3000 300 -200 4h
8 Camp suavage (bridge) 3,900 1,200 7h
9 Wild Camp 2 4,800 1,000 5h
10 Pungmo 3,320 530 -1,785 7h Kagmara Pass 5,115
11 Ringmo lakeside 3,730 790 -435 5h Passage to 3 860 m
12 Ringmo Rest
13 Wild Pine Camp 3,765 630 -540 6h Alti max 4 115 m
14 Wild Camp 4,700 1,100 -60 6h
15 Shey Gompa 4,300 630 -965 5h Ghent La (or Sebu La) 5,500m 5,350
16 Rest Shey Gompa
17 Namgung (visit Gompa) 4,300 775 -750 5h Shey La (or Nam-Khong) 5,100
18 Cha (after Saldang at 3750m) 4,200 540 -795 5h Alti max 4,650 m
19 Yak Karkha (Jengla Phedi) 4,700 855 -340 5h
20 Dho 4,100 570 -1,020 6h Jengla (Jynata) or Lhamo 5,240
21 Dho rest
22 Yak Karkha 4,890 1,300 -615 8h Jhyarkai La or Pang La 5,475
23 Chharka 4,450 400 -815 4h Molha La or Charkka La 5,085
24 Molum Summa 4,900 7h
25 Ghalden Ghudum 4200 7h
26 Sandag (or Santa) 3,895 1,070 -2,075 9am Sangda La or Kiriphuk The 5,565
27 Dhagarjung 3,385 865 -1,350 6h 3 passes over 4000 m 4,200
28 Jomsom 2,710 265 -800 3h Last Col 3,620
29 Kathmandu
30 free Kathmandu
31 departure

 

J RARA LAKE TREK HIGH DOLPO STEPS STEP DURATION ALTITUDE NIGHT DENIV + DENIV – SHOP ELECTRICITY PHONE TRANSITION COLLAR ALTITUDE
1 Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal
2 Free day in Kathmandu
3 Nepalgang plane 55 mn
4 Jumla 35 min plane + Chauri trek 3h 3010 670 50 no no no
5 Bhiunaulo 4:30 2650 800 950 no no no
6 Pina 8h 2400 1150 1400 no Yes Yes
7 Gamgadi by Lake Rara 7h 2300 960 1100 Yes Yes Yes
8 Gamgadi rest
9 Mangri 7h 2250 900 800 no no no
10 Tiyar 5h 2400 600 400 no no no
11 Shilenchaura 4:30 3000 850 270 no no no
12 Thajchaur 7h 4000 1200 250 no no no
13 Thaka Khola 9am 3850 1150 1050 no no no Chargola 5150
14 Khola Kaitpuchonam 8h 3950 900 900 no no no
15 Chyandi Khola 5h 4600 750 100 no no no
16 Pung Kharka 7h 4700 850 850 no no no
17 Pho 9am 4200 1300 1650 shop solar no Ningma 5560
18 Kharka Pho 4:30 4100 750 750 no no no
19 Bhijer 5h 3900 850 1000 Yes solar Yes Yambur 4860
20 Nengla collar foot 4h 4900 1050 100 no no no
21 Saldang 6h 4050 600 1400 Yes solar Yes Nangla 5400
22 Saldang rest
23 Chagaon 3h 4000 400 400 Yes solar Yes
24 Shimen 7h 3850 1050 1200 Yes no no Khomala 4600
25 Tinje 4:30 4150 450 250 Yes solar Yes
26 Ghayan 6h 4550 550 250 no no no
27 Chharka Bhot 8:30 4350 650 850
28 Chharka Rest
29 Molum Sumna 7h 4850 850 350 no no no Tuchela 5200
30 Ghalden Ghudun 7h 4250 800 1350 no no no
31 Sangda 3:30 3700 550 1000 no no no
32 Phalyak 7h 3200 1100 1600 Yes Yes Yes
33 Jomsom 2:30 2700 250 700 Yes Yes Yes
34 Kathmandu plane
35 1 free day Kathmandu
36 departure

 

J RARA DOLPO PHOKSUNDO TOP STEP DURATION ALTI NIGHT DENIV + DENIV – SHOP ELECTRICITY PHONE TRANSITION
1 Arrival in Kathmandu
2 Free day in Kathmandu
3 Nepalgang plane 55 mn
4 Jumla 35 min plane + Chauri trek 3h 3010 670 50 no no no
5 Bhiunaulo 4:30 2650 800 950 no no no
6 Pina 8h 2400 1150 1400 no Yes Yes
7 Gamgadi 7h 2300 960 1100 Yes Yes Yes
8 Gamgadi rest
9 Mangri 7h 2250 900 800 no no no
10 Tiyar 5h 2400 600 400 no no no
11 Shilenchaura 4:30 3000 850 270 no no no
12 Thajchaur 7h 4000 1200 250 no no no
13 Thaka Khola 9am 3850 1150 1050 no no no Chargola
14 Khola Kaitpuchonam 8h 3950 900 900 no no no
15 Chyandi Khola 5h 4600 750 100 no no no
16 Pung Kharka 7h 4700 850 850 no no no
17 Pho 9am 4200 1300 1650 shop solar no Ningma
18 Kharka Pho 4:30 4100 750 750 no no no
19 Bhijer 5h 3900 850 1000 Yes solar Yes Yambur
20 Nengla collar foot 4h 4900 1050 100 no no no
21 Saldang 6h 4050 600 1400 Yes solar Yes Nangla
22 Saldang rest
23 Shey Gompa 6h 4,200 Sela
24 Camp Lartsa 7h 4,150 Nangdalo
25 Forest Pine Camp 5h 3,600
26 Ringmo lakeside 6h 3,730
27 Sangta – Chhepka 2800
28 Juphal 2400
29 Juphal-Kathmandu by plane
30 a day in Kathmandu
31 departure

 

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