|Trip Duration:||28 days|
|Program Type:||Tours and Hiking|
|Trek Start Point:||Dunai|
|Trek End Point:||Tarakot|
|Accommodation:||Teahouse / Camping|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee|
|Mode of Travel:||Adventures|
|Transportation:||Bus / Flight|
|Best season:||March - June / September-November|
Dolpo trekking “Dolpo trekking” is the northwest of Nepal lies a region ringed like a horseshoe shape of soaring peaks called Dolpo. These peaks rise higher than 21,000 feet and have a cold high desert feel to it. Home to people of Tibetan decent since the early centuries of the Christianity, Tibetan refugees continue to trickle into Dolpo. Most of the Tibetans follow the Tibetan Buddhist religion though some practice the Bon religion too. This religion pre-dates Buddhism and was widespread in Tibet until the introduction of Buddhism. However, Bon is considered one of the five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The region opened to trekking in 1989 and has an untouched and unexplored feel to it. Here a trekker can meet nomadic people living a lifestyle that has stretched back for centuries.
“The Dolpo trekking” region is hard to match for its pristine beauty and rugged charm. The Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo trekking offer an endless variety of landscapes not to mention a chance to interact with the local people. Truly Dolpo houses incredible diversity and can be visited many times over with never having the same experience twice. Though not as extreme as its neighbor to the east, Mustang, Dolpo also lies in a rain shadow area and is much drier than the rest of Nepal and receive less rain. In Dolpo, the elevation of the trails ranges from 1650 meters (5,412ft) to 5136 meters (16,846ft) above sea level.
The existing schools in Dolpo have only primary levels and health posts are functional only for a brief summer season. Recently some western NGOs have supported in opening up schools and health posts but due to the revolution going on in Nepal, these NGOs are being hesitant of fully implement further programs. Therefore, some of the NGOs are being not in agreement in at the bottom of their programs in upper Dolpo.Besides, 55 old and new Gumpa were renovated and built at Shilri gumpa, Karang gumpa, and Yashir gumpa. Though modern schools are relatively new in Dolpo, in the early nineties, NGOs like “Friends of Nepal” opened up one school in Saldang village, some of the INGO are started schools in Namdho and Karang villages, Dolpo Society have lent all the support needed to establish these three schools according to the wishes of donors such as donating land for the schools and by providing free labors for building construction of the schools. The center also helps provide water supply and other help that is needed for the smooth running of the school locally.
Dolpo Trekking:- is the altitude ranges from 2500m to 5070m. The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek to Dunai
Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe.
Day 06: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat
Day 07: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake
Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola
Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang
Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass
Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa Explore the Crystal Monastery
Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La
Day 14: Trek from Namduna to Saldang
Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa
Day 16: Trek from Yangze to Sibu
Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi
Day 18: Trek Jeng-la to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la
Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap and Exploration
Day 21: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka)
Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon
Day 23: Trek from Khanigaun to Tarakot
Day 24: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai
Day 25: Trek from Dunai to Jhuphal
Day 26: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 27: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Final departure to your own destination
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport (1,300m/4,264ft): then pick you up and take a short drive from the airport to the hotel check in the hotel and rest for few hrs then we meet again with guide and barging about the trek what we need the equipment for then trek and what time we live from Kathmandu details in the evening.
Day 02:- After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj:-As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour wonderful flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj we will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the south-west Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical in character. The BB Plan hotel accommodation is set here for tonight.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek: – fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal after breakfast. The town is located over the Mountain foothills views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. We meet our trekking staff and begin the trek. We walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai, which are the supervisory headquarter of the Dolpo region. We explore the small town in the evening and stay overnight at ten tent camp.
Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours:-We leave from Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. The trail ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk we get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe. Stay overrnight in Ankhe ten tent camps.
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours: – After breakfast start continues the trail ascends and descends along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit boring, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail finally leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat Stay in Camp side in ten tent camps.
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours: – After breakfast We continue to our trekking along the valley floor to the joining together of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge, we walk on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail passes through a cedar forest before reaching Palam village. From here we trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Next, our trail descends through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the picturesque Ringmo village with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. From here it is a short walk to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Stay overnight at Phoksundo Lake in ten tent camp.
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake:-Today is our test day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During the day we can go on board on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and it’s Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. During our short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. Stay overnight at Phoksundo Lake same place.
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours:-After breakfast our trail moves around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the lake’s western bank. This trembling trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then we walk through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river and stay overnight in the camp.
Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours:- After breakfast about an hour or so we walk on a trail that leads us along the level path through a glacial valley which heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. From here, we walk towards the north-east. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where our trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp near the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened ‘Snowfields Camp’. During our trek today we also get to have a high regard for the views of Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m). Stay overnight at Phoksundo Bhanjyang at camp side.
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours:- After the breakfast we keep continues our trek and in the morning, we ascend on a steep trail littered with slate towards the pass. The climb to the top of the pass is quite strenuous. From the top of Kang-la pass we get excellent views of the large valley dissected by a gushing river. We descend to the valley floor on a steep trail. Next, we walk on a meandering trail along the banks of a river, crossing and re-crossing it several times. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river. We also pass through meadows where we see grazing yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra). After crossing a quaint log bridge we reach the Shey Gompa compound where we will be spending the night at Shey Gumpa in the camp side.
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa:-Shey Gompa was built in 1655 and the monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Budaha. To the east of the gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Today is another well-earned rest day for acclimatization. We spend the day hiking around Shey village which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Stay overnight in Shey Gompa.
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours:- After breakfast we begin the day by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la pass. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and tiring but grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair is a comforting sight. In Namduna Gaun we visit Namgung monastery. The red stone monastery is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge.Stay overnight in Namuda Gaun at camp side.
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours:- After breakfast we leave the village and climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we begin to see Saldang Village below us on a plateau high above the Namga Khola stream. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope and consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Stay overnight in Saldang camp side.
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours:- After breakfast we start From Saldang and we walk further north along the Nagon Khola (river) on a wild and barren terrain. We begin our walk on a fairly gradual path with few ups and downs. On the way, we pass through Marang and Ki villages. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the river again before reaching Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery. Stay overnight in Yangze Gompa camp side.
Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours:- After breakfast keep continues From Yangze, there are two trails that connect to Sibu. To save time we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village, which will be much easier and shorter than the other route. From Saldang we walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then pass through the Namdo village, which is also prosperous, with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bank and our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near a small settlement of Sibu stay overnight at ten tend camp side.
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours:- After Breakfast we walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, we arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Next, the steep trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass (4,900m/16,072ft). Our camp will be set up in this beautiful field. Stay overnight in Jeng la Phedi in the camp side.
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours:-We get up early in the morning and set forth on today’s trek. It will take us two long hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif. From here we descend on a rough trail to the Tarap Valley, a charming valley with vast plains in high mountains that extends twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu River. We camp close to the monastery at Tokyu stay overnight at Tokyu camp side.
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours:- After breakfast we trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap). Stay overnight in Dho Tarap camp side area.
Day 20: Rest day from Acclimatization at Dho Tarap:- Slowly after breakfast we spend today resting and strolling in the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Our walks will help us get acquainted with the local culture of the area. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who are a hill tribe of Nepal. While here, we can visit a Buddhist Gompa which is closest to our campsite or we could embark upon a 40-minute walk and visit a Bon Po Gompa.Stay overnight in Dho Tarap same camp side.
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours:- After breakfast we start from Tarap descend towards a wide valley which sooner or later narrows into a gorge. We walk along juniper and wild rose bushes just above the tree line. On our trek we see herds of blue sheep and by the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka and Stay overnight at camp side.
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours:- After breakfast we continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During our walk we pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of a path and we may have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we spend the night at camp side.
Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours:- After breakfast we start from the camp we follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi and trail passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. After we are reaching Tarakot, we can visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8 km east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The monastery stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Today we camp by the Tarap Chu River about 150 meters below Tarakot, near the police post. Stay overnight in the camp site at Tarakot.
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours:- After breakfast continues we begin our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will continue alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadi. From here the trail moves towards the west on a relatively easy trail. We cross the river again near the Lochakhola Gaon and ascend to Dunai for an overnight stay. Today’s trek will mostly be on a wonderful gorge with pine trees. Stay overnight at Dunai camp side.
Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours:- After breakfast we start fron Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the attractive landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip. Stay overnight in Jhufal
Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu:-We take the earliest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Arriving in Kathmandu Tribhuvan domestic airport than transfer to the hotel by privet vehicle and chicken in room and rest.
Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu:-This is an extra day set aside for you to explore Kathmandu on your own. You can spend the day getting ready for your next day’s flight; do some souvenir shopping, completion of your journey in the Dolpo region of western Nepal. Stay overnight in Kathmandu same hotel.
Day 28: Final Departure to your port of Destination:-Today is free or last day in Nepal so go to Thamel area and shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure hotel to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
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