Trekking and retreat in Shey-Phoksundo

15 Days

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Tour Summary

Explore the beautiful Shey-Phoksundo national park in the hidden lands of Dolpo– home to the majestic snow leopard in this exclusive trekking and cultural retreat. Starting with a cultural tour of Buddhist places and pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu valley for Dolpo people, we learn about the history, lifestyle and culture of the people who call our tour’s destination home before setting off on our trekking and cultural adventure in the Dolpo region.

After 3 days of moderate trekking through rocky trails and farms, lush forests alongside the beautiful Phoksundo river, we climb up to Ringmo village and begin our 2 day community retreat alongside the stunning high altitude lake of Phoksundo. Over the two days, we explore the lake, the national park, the local lifestyle and culture, and visit ancient monasteries. We will also spend a few days praciting mindfulness and meditation with local monks.

With 5 days of trekking and 5 days of day hikes/cultural tours and local homestay, this El Yak exclusive tour is designed to give you the most authentic touring experience in Dolpo while ensuring that the local economy is benefitted directly through the hiring of local guides, stay in homestays or teahouses instead of camping (which is what majority of travellers in the region do), and tourism promotion of the region.

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Overview

Explore the beautiful Shey-Phoksundo national park in the hidden lands of Dolpo– home to the majestic snow leopard in this exclusive trekking and cultural retreat. Starting with a cultural tour of Buddhist places and pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu valley for Dolpo people, we learn about the history, lifestyle and culture of the people who call our tour’s destination home before setting off on our trekking and cultural adventure in the Dolpo region.

After 3 days of moderate trekking through rocky trails and farms, lush forests alongside the beautiful Phoksundo river, we climb up to Ringmo village and begin our 2 day community retreat alongside the stunning high altitude lake of Phoksundo. Over the two days, we explore the lake, the national park, the local lifestyle and culture, and visit ancient monasteries. We will also spend a few days praciting mindfulness and meditation with local monks.

Enjoy this amazing cultural retreat and trekking experience by securing your booking today!

Explore the majestic Shey-Phoksundo national park

  • Explore the home of the majestic snow leopard, ancient Bon Buddhist traditions, and the stunning Shey-Phoksundo national park
  • Five days of moderate trekking through amazing and diverse trails
  • Three days of family homestay retreat in Ringmo by the majestic Phoksundo lake
  • Four days of day hikes and cultural tours

Itinerary

Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel on a private vehicle. The evening can be spent exploring Thamel, a tourist hub offering numerous bars, shops and restaurant, as well as Basantapur, which gives you an instant taste of Nepali life. Later in the hotel, we will also brief you on trip details, safety and preparation for the adventure.
Our local guide will spend the day with you exploring the city of Kathmandu, its narrow alleys, historic temples, and its cuisine. We will explore the historic city that is also home to many Dolpo-pa, the indegineous people of the Dolpo region -- our primary destination. City-walking and taxi rides in Kathmandu can be thrilling but also a unique and fast way to explore the historic city. The day will end in a fine dinner in a peaceful environment where we will all enjoy local Dolpo cuisine next to the majestic Boudhanath stupa that is of great significance to Dolpo-pa and others throughout Nepal and Buddhists throughout the world. We will also discuss the next day's plan over dinner.
Early in the morning we will book a domestic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Juphal airport. Depending on ticket and weather conditions, we may need an additional day to get to Juphal via Nepalgunj. In this case, we will spend the extra day exploring the historic old parts of the bustling city and the new highway town that has sprung in the recent two decades.
Upon landing in Juphal, we will get a quick breakfast before taking a quick 2 hour jeep ride to Dunai, a bustling small trading town nestled between rocky cliffs alongside the Bheri river.
We will rest in Dunai at a hotel and explore the local town with a local guide who will lead the day-hike around the town and surrounding areas.
We begin our trekking journey today to the majestic Phoksundo lake. We cross the Shey-Phoksundo national park army outpost and a suspension bridge over the river, dramatically marking the beginning of an amazing journey ahead. We end the day at Chhepka after a 5-7 hour hike up rocky trails and farms, with majestic views of waterfalls and lush vegetation of the national park.
We continue to ascend through forests, winter settlements of villages in Ringmo and nearby, ending at a stunning viewpoint overlooking the Phoksundo waterfall, and a distant view of the majestic Phoksundo Lake. We end our stay at Jharana hotel (if available) which offers grand views of the lush green mountain scenery.
We head towards Ringmo village, which is alongside Phoksundo Lake. Descending through birch forests, we meet the Phoksundo river close to its source. After crossing a suspension bridge over where Phoksundo river flows from the lake, we walk along the lake shore before reaching Ringmo village. We end our stay at a local homestay in the village, ending the first phase of this adventure with delicious local foods and liquor served by the host family.
Today and tomorrow, we spend our time in Ringmo admiring the local culture, the majestic lake and the stunning views of the rocky cliffs that form the banks of the lake and of Kanjirowa Himal (6612 m/21,690 ft.) in the background. We will be accompanied by a local guide from Ringmo who will show us the various aspects of the village, and take us on a day-hike visiting local monasteries, farms, and other religous sites.
We continue our stay in Ringmo with another day of relaxing and acclimatization, and cultural tour in the village. The day ends with a briefing on the journey ahead, which involves crossing two high mountain passes over 5000 m/16,400 ft.
We continue for another day of downhill hiking, reaching the national park check-post in Suligadh in mid-afternoon. We will spend the night in Dunai.
We continue for another day of downhill hiking, reaching the national park check-post in Suligadh in mid-afternoon. We will spend the night in Dunai.
We ride on a jeep to Juphal early in the morning to take a flight back to Kathmandu. We may need an additional day depending on weather and available routes for flights, in which case we will explore the airport town of Juphal.
"After reaching Kathmandu, we will have some time for sightseeing in the afternoon. Some of the places we visit include UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Bouddhanath (the largest Buddhist shrine in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temples in the world), and Swayambhunath (a popular stupa perched on a hillock overlooking the city). Shopping can be done in the late afternoon, then in the evening, we invite you to a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant which hosts cultural performances, and you’re more than welcome to join the merry. We toast a round or two of locally brewed drinks to celebrate our biking achievement and to good health! Holidays should never have an ending date. So extend your trip and whet your appetite for adventure with a host of activities including trekking, bungy jumping, mountain flight, rafting, hiking, Chitwan jungle adventure, Lumbini heritage trip and shopping tours. These can be arranged before or after the adventure."
The trip concludes today. Our staff will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport and wish you bon voyage for onward journey.

Costs

Costs Include

  • All the required permits and paperwork
  • Pick-up or drop-off service from and to the airport
  • Hotel stay in cities, homestays or local teahouses during trips
  • Transportation costs within the country including domestic flights (if needed)
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, daily wages and insurance of guide(s) and porter(s) during the trip (tips to supplement our guides earnings is highly encouraged)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use especially if you have specific medical requirements.)

Costs Exclude

  • International airfare and Visa charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Your gear and/or equipment (unless request for rental during booking/inquiry)
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, or laundry
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency

Join Our Fixed Trip Starting Date

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 20, 2022 - November 3, 2022 Available $2,590
10 Available

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Trekking and retreat in Shey-Phoksundo
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