Day 9: DIRAPHUK - Shivasthal - Gaurikunda - ZHUTULPHUK (4760 M) 22 km / 8 – 9 hrs trek
Today is the toughest, longest and the most exciting day of this spiritual journey. Right from Diraphuk the trail rapidly zigzags upwards to Shivasthal - where Tibetans offer food, clothes, alcohol etc to the deceased souls of their family & friends. From here it is a mild ascent to Dolma La Pass (5620 M) right after we reach Gaurikunda. The trail passes by this auspicious lake and then rapidly descends to the valley floor. Carry on along the river to Zhutulphuk where we spend the night.