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Phoksundo Rara Lake Trek

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Overview

This trek offers one of the most diverse and off the beaten track experiences. Covering the distance between the majestic Phoksundo and Rara lakes along the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route will provide intrigue and challenge. If your goal is to get away from it all and soak up the traditional Tibetan culture of some of the most remote villages reached only by conquering a number of high 5000m+ passes, then this is the ultimate escape for you. The changing scenery comprising glacial streams, alpine meadows, wildflowers against a backdrop of snowcapped mountain ranges. Heading west on a trail seldom traversed will bring you back to nature and offer you the ultimate way to experience traditional Tibetan culture and hospitality. Completing a ‘kora’, pilgrim’s circle, around the famous Shey Gompa and nearby Crystal Mountain will top off an amazing adventure!


Trip Fact

  • Price starts

    USD 4600

  • Difficult

    Difficulty

    Difficult

  • Duration

    26 Days 25 Nights

  • Activity

    Trekking

  • Max. Altitude

    5310m

  • Season

    March to May, Sept - November

  • Accomodation

    Hotel, Camping

  • Destination

    Nepal

  • Trip Start

    Kathmandu

  • Trip End

    Kathmandu

Difficulty level

Difficult

Difficult

Difficult treks involve you walking for at least 6-8 hours or more each day. You can expect to cross steep hilly terrain and occasional high passes with daily ascends and descends of around 500-1000m. These trails take you to remote environments with high altitude and extreme weather likely. Only basic facilities are available on some nights. Previous trekking experience, physical fitness and positive attitude are therefore essential.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel, welcome dinner, overnight Hotel.

Day 2

Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, preparation day, overnight Hotel.

Day 3

Fly Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal, trek to Dunai, 4hours, overnight tent

Day 4

Trek to Chhepka, 6 hours, overnight tent

Day 5

Trek to Shumdhuwa, 6 hours, overnight tent

Day 6

Trek to Phoksundo Lake, 5 hours, overnight tent

Day 7

Explore Phoksundo Lake and surrounds, overnight tent

Day 8

Trek to Sallaghari, 5 - 6 hours, overnight tent

Day 9

Trek to Sallaghari Base Camp, 6 hours, overnight tent

Day 10

Trek to Kangla Base Camp, overnight tent

Day 11

Trek via Kangla Pass (5310m) to Shey Gompa, overnight tent

Day 12

Trek to Vijer Village, 6 hours, overnight tent

Day 13

Acclimatization day, overnight tent

Day 14

Trek to Karnali Phedi (Chiurela Pass), 6 hours,overnight tent

Day 15

Trek to Phot Village, 4 hours, overnight tent

Day 16

Trek to Khung Khola, 9 hours, overnight tent

Day 17

Trek to Gyala Base Camp, 8 hours, overnight tent

Day 18

Trek to Gyala Phedi, 8 hours, overnight tent

Day 19

Trek to Mugu Khola, 7 hours, overnight tent

Day 20

Trek to Dolphu Village, 7 hours, overnight tent

Day 21

Trek to Lumsha Village, 6 hours, overnight tent

Day 22

Trek to Rara Lake, 7 hours, overnight tent

Day 23

Explore Rara Lake and surrounds, overnight tent

Day 24

Trek to Talcha Airport, 3 hours, overnight tent

Day 25

Fly Talcha - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu, farewelldinner, overnight Hotel .

Day 26

International departure / onward travel.

Package Details

Trip Inclusions

    Transport

  • Private vehicle: airport – hotel – airport  transfers 
  • Domestic Flight: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal, Talcha – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle transfers hotel – restaurant for welcome and farewell dinners
  • Accommodation

  • 3 nights twin-share at Kathmandu (3 star hotel) with breakfasts included. 
  • 22 nights staying at teahouse/camping on trek
  • Food / Drinks

  • Three delicious meals a day on trek prepared by private cooking team.
  • Hot drinks provided with each meal on trek.
  • Drinking water on trek.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners with group in Kathmandu
  • *Meal inclusions: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
  • Trekking

  • Complimentary four season down sleeping bag and hot water bag hire for the duration of the trek.
  • Hot washing water provided each morning. 
  • Tent (twin-share), sleeping mat and hot water bag
  • Kitchen, dining and toilet tents. Toilet paper provided. 
  • Cooking team, porters, Sherpa, guide and leader 
  • All required trekking permits (Restricted area)
  • Staff insurance included.
  • Staff provided with protective footwear and clothing suitable for high mountains pass.   
  • First aid medicine box carried at all times by staff. 
  • Other

  • Complimentary waterproof trek duffle bag hire for the duration of trek (to be used by porter to carry your trek gear)
  • Complimentary Trekking map, T-shirt and cap.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour (includes private vehicle transfers to and from hotel, English speaking guides Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple) *lunch not included
  • Trip price inclusive of all Nepalese government taxes (13% VAT) 

Trip Exclusions

    Transport

  • International airfares to and from Kathmandu
  • Accommodation

  • Extra night/s of accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. (See terms and conditions for more details)
  • Food / Drinks

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on trek.
  • Some dinners and lunches in Kathmandu and Nepaljung.
  • See Meal Inclusions for more details.
  • Other

  • Nepalese tourist visa available on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Private travel insurance (ensure cover extent to medical evacuation and trekking 5000+)
  • Tips / gratuities for staff
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery charge, extra porters, shower, heater etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.

Meet Our Experts

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Lakpa Sherpa

Kipa Sherpa

Swekshya Tamang

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