Dolpo  trekking

  • Dolpo is the remotest and the largest district of Nepal which is  situated in the mid western region. Dolpo covers about six percent total land of theNepal. The huge biodiversity of nature and culture within is the main eminence of the Dolpo.
    Dolpo has been geographically divided into two parts: Upper and Lower Dolpo

    The upper Dolpo region  is inhabited by the people whose culture and religion resemble with Tibet. Mainly two sects can be found in Dopo region even among them: Buddhist and Pre-Buddhist. People belonging to Pre-Buddhist are recognized as Bonpo.

    The vast treasure of culture and tradition of upper Dolpo is exceptional & interesting to study. There are many monasteries managed by the Lamas who regulate the rules and religious performance, and the Lamas also nominate the successor for the continuation of their responsibilities. They have still preserved the old and original religious text of great importance in Gompas.

    Dolpo has its own  healing practice since years which is commonly known as Amchi (Traditional doctor) practice, tantrism and shamanism. As precious herbs & shrubs are found in plenty in Dolpo region, most of the sick people are healed with locally composed herbal medicines. Overall, the life style of this region is totally traditional as they are out of reach with the advanced world.  What attacks trekkers to Upper Dolpo is the real wilderness and the pristine landscape. Being a part of the Tibetan plateau, upper Dolpo is dry, cold and sparsely vegetated. The Shey Foksundo national park in northern part is home to some rare and endangered wildlife such as the musk deer, snow leopard, and blue sheep.
    Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif are main attraction of Dolpo. Visiting Shey Gompaof  the ancient Bonpo religion is a memorable experience of life time. Due to its unique nature & culture famous movie maker from France Eric Valley brought his world famous docudrama the Himalayas( The Caravan). The whole movie is a story of Dolpo life & culture & it was nominated for Oscar award.

  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    Meet our Airport representative at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu & transferred to hotel. On arrival at hotel you will be briefed shortly about next day program. O/N Hotel


    Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft): After breakfast sightseeing tour to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including largest Hindu Shrine Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest stupa Bouddhanath , Swoyambhunath Stupa commonly known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (The living goddess). After sightseeing tour pre-trip discussion & last hour preparation is done. O/N Hotel 

    Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung:  You will be transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj.Uppon arrival in Nepalgung you will be transferred to hotel .overnight at hotel. 

    Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2,320m/7,610ft) & trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)for 2-3 hrs walk: Today after an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Jhupal. A scenic flight of 45minutes brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills. Your first day adventure begins through the terraced fields through Bheri River for 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Overnight stay at the camp. 

    Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft)for 5-6 hrs:  After breakfast we commence our trek along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail to Tarakot where colorful terraced field elcomes us. Tarakot is an old fortress village built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The famous Sandul monastery lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu (river). Overnight camp is set by the river about 150 m below the village.Tented camp for overnight. 

    Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft)for 5-6 hrs:  After breakfast we start our walking following the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the river twice. The path moves through the terraces farm and remote villages of Sahartera and continue gradually towards a small habitation of Kola after 3-4 hrs of good morning walk. From this place we descend two hours to reach our overnight camp in Khani gaun .O/N tented camp 

    Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft)for 4-5 hrs:  We continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes.Sometimes the trail vanishes for a while, making our own trail across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides us an unexpected adventure and thrills. Overnight at camp. 

    Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft)for 5 hrs: After breakfast we commence our hiking with a pleasant walk and with most scenic landscapes and easily get to the Yak Kharka. We overnight at tented camp at Yak Kharka. 

    Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5-6 hrs walk: Our trek begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good walk leaving the narrow gorge, the trail leads through just above tree lines. Additional 3 hours or more walk brings you to the village of Dho Tarap. In Dho, 34 houses are divided into three groups and built in a randomly way. In Dho Tarap both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. overnight Camp. 

    Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization: Today is the leisure day, we make an excursion in village. The Dolpo people wear homemade clothing known as somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear precious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist. The Buddhist monastery is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk from camp site. O/N Tented camp. 

    Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun for 5-6 hrs:  After a great two nights at Dho Tarap, our trek continues towards upper Tarap valley.The walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant path leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is really a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilo meters along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buck wheat, wheat and potato. After 3-4 hrs of pleasant walk in this perfect tranquility coming to the village of Tokyu which has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. O/N Tented camp 

    Day 12: Trek to Numa La: Today, we start our trek after breakfast with scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. We will have short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we'll reach at the camp for overnight. 

    Day 13: Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft:  After breakfast our trip continues crossing Numa La pass at 5,190m.The track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. It takes 6-7 hrs and after top at Numala we will descends another bottom part known as Phedi and overnight. 

    Day 14: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp on the other side of the Phedi (4,470m/14,662ft):  After breakfast our hiking starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, that provides fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Phedi and overnight tented camp. 

    Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) for 6-7 hrs walks:  After breakfast trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo.O/N Camp 

    Day 16: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake:  We visit the Tibetan Buddhist monastery at village of Ringmo. A walking around the lake is also very cheerful and relaxing. overnight at Tented camp. 

    Day 17: Trek to chepka(2260m/7412ft). Overnight Tented camp 

    Day 18: Trek to Jhupal:  Following the path gently sloping upwards, we walk towards Jhupal. From a top the ridge, we see most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal below. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the local market town or resting at camp.  

    Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepaljung: We fly  from Jhupal to Nepalgunj in morning. On arrival at  Nepalgunj, we fly to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel. 

    Day 20: Departure:  Departure or free from Program

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