Shey Phuksuno Lake/Lower Dolpo trek is around the famous Shey Phuksudo Lake. The Dolpo region is best known for the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Legend says it’s one of the “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the south-east and cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year, Dolpo’s easiest access is from Tibet, where its people emigrated from perhaps 1000 years ago.
Upper Dolpo shelters about 5000 people, whose lives revolve around Buddhism, barley, and yaks; their villages (over 4270 meters) are among the highest settlements on earth. A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside as Shey – Phoksumdo National Park, at 3555 square km Nepal’s largest. Meant to preserve a complete example of the trans-Himalayan ecosystem, the park shelters blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves, and the exclusive snow leopard.
Max Altitude: 5122 meters.
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Spring/Autumn
Duration: 17 Days
Day01: Welcome at Tribhuvan International Airport by a representative of Active Journey Holidays.
Day02: Kathmandu UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Pashupatinath (Hindu temple) and Boudhanath and preparation overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 04 Fly to Juphal (2345m.) and trek to Dunai.
Day 05 Trek to Shartara (2520m.)
Day 06 Trek to Khanigaon (2650m.).
Day 07 Trek to Lahini (3160m.)
Day 08 Trek to Dho Tarap (4040m.).
Day 09 Rest and explore Dho Tarap village.
Day 10 Trek to Numula Base camp (4180m.)
Day 11 Trek to Bagala base camp (4465m.) crossing Numala pass (5318m.)
Day 12 Trek to another side of Bagala base camp crossing Bagala pass (5190m.)
Day 13 Trek to Ringmo (3730m.) Shey Phuksundo
Day 14 Trek around Shey Phoksundo Lake (3600m).
Day 15 Trek to Sepka.
Day 16 Trek to Rahagaon.
Day 17 Trek to Dunai (2050m).
Day 18 Trek to Juphal (2345m).
Day 19 Fly to KTM via Nepalgunj /Hotel
Day20: Fly to Kathmandu and check into the hotel.
Day21: Farewell and Transfer to the airport for onward destination.