Phoksundo Rara Trek Via Lower Dolpo

September 15, 2017

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Phoksundo Rara trek via lower Dolpo connects the turquoise blue Phoksundo lake and pristine Rara lake encountering with Kagmara Pass 5115m of Lower Dolpo Nepal.

Tour Details

Trip Highlights

  • Magical and turquoise Phoksundo lake
  • Ancient Bon and Buddhist monasteries 
  • Upper Dolpo traverse to Rara Lake
  • Four high passes above 5000m
  • Lush vegetation of Lower Dolpo and Rara
  • Stunning Rara lake

Phoksundo Rara Trek via Lower Dolpo is an ideal and soft trek, it is an easy grade comparatively our Phoksundo Rara Trek via Upper Dolpo. This trek connects the turquoise blue Phoksundo lake and pristine Rara lake. Even though it is easy to grade trek, encountering with Kagmara Pass 5115m is wonderful to the experience of this trek.

Phoksundo a magical turquoise blue lake situated in Northwest Nepal is the deepest lake of Nepal.The Lake has its own legendary myth connected with Guru Rinpoche. Rara Lake is the biggest lake of Nepal, situated in Northwest Nepal inside the Rara National Park with juniper, spruce and pine trees along its shores and snowcapped peak in the distance.

Phoksundo Rara Trek via Lower Dolpo begins from Juphal along the lush vegetation of Phoksundo National Park to the Phoksundo. A day exploring around Ringmo village and Bon monastery at Shore of Phoksundo Lake is very worthy. Then we descend down to Pungmo village, heading to Lass Meadow we cross Kagmara pass 5115m and enter to Kaigaon valley. Beyond Kaigaon valley we take to the west route passing the  Moure Lagna 3894m a landmarking pass in between Dolpa and Jumla we enter Jumla valley. From Jumla the trail heading via Sinjha valley the ancient Khas Kingdom and crossing Gurchi Lagna 3480m the next is a stunning lake Rara. A day exploring around Rara lake and climb up to Murma top taking the mesmerizing view of Phoksund lake, Saipal peak, and northern Mountain range makes you a real experience of Himalaya. At the end, we descend to Talcha and fly back to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Talcha-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu


Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee


Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.


We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the days events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.


While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast you make likely to get porridge or cereal, toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three course meal will follow later in the evening.


August, September and October are the best season to trekking in Dolpo, where weather give you cordial support, enthralling scenery of blue sky, silver shining mountain and grey brown barren landscape welcomes you and smile on your beforehand.

This trek will have wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day.In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5  and during the day tepretures sometime rise to 25 C.At higher altitude tepreture range from about 15C to -10 C.


Day 1 Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Hotel

Day 2Free day in Kathmandu

Day 3Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hour and transfer to Hotel

Day 4Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal 35 minutes and trek 2.30 hours to Dunai

Day 5Trek to Chhepka 7 hours

Day 6Trek to Amchi Hospital 7 hours

Day 7Trek to Phoksudno 3650m 4 hours

Day 8Rest day and Explore day

Day 9 Trek to Pungmo village 6 hours

Day 10 Trek to Lasa Meadow 5-6 hours

Day 11Trek to Garpung crossing Kagmara La 5115m 7-8 hours

Day 12Trek to Hurikot 6-7 hours

Day 13Trek to Forest Camp 6-7 hours

Day 14Trek to Chotra 6-7 hours

Day 15Trek to Jumla 7-8 hours

Day 16Trek to Jaljala 6-7 hours

Day 17Trek to Sinjhaghat 6-7 hours

Day 18Trek to Chautha 6-7 hours

Day 18Trek to Pina 7 hours

Day 19Trek to Rara Lake 2980m 6 hours

Day 20Rest and explore day

Day 21Trek to Talcha and Fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 21Free day in Kathmandu

Day 22Fly back to Home


Phoksundo Rara trek via Lower Dolpo