This loop trek is similar at the outset to Trek 15 above. However, instead of going all the way north to Shey Gompa, our shorter route keeps us in the more southerly portion of the Dolpo Region. Nonetheless, the cultural and scenic rewards will be extraordinary, as the entire Dolpo region offers superb Himalayan scenery and a rich, authentic cultural experience reflective of strong Tibetan influence. Our route even brings us over the passes called Numa-La and Baga-La, both well over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) in elevation, so there will definitely be plenty of physical challenge. If you saw the highly-praised movie Caravan and wished you could see the film's stunning scenery with your own eyes, Treks 15 and 16 will provide an excellent opportunity.
After flying to Nepaljanj and then to Juphal, we trek to Dunai, continue southeast to Tarakot, and then northeast to Laini and interesting Do Tharap. Here we will spend two days exploring the vicinity while our acclimatization to the altitude continues. We then head over Numa-La and Baga-La en route to the medieval town of Ringmo. Charming Ringmo warrants a two-night stay, for gorgeous Phoksumdo Lake lies very close by. The easy walk to Phaksumdo will surely be one of the highlights of this trek. It is the deepest lake in Nepal, and its stunning turquoise waters will no doubt inspire unforgettable memories as well as some lovely photos! From here our route takes us south and back to Juphal. From Juphal we fly first to Nepalganj and then to Kathmandu, where we will enjoy a farewell supper before flying home the next day.