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Dolpo Trekking

Tour  Duration : 26days
Dolpo trekking : 21 days
Trekking  grade: strenous
Max altitude : 5490 m
Trekking style : Camping
Best season: April - Nov.

Upper Dolpo TrekkingDolpo trekking is the name given to treks to the Dolpo region in western Nepal. Bordering with Tibet, the Dolpo region lies in the Shey Phoksundo national park west of Kali gandaki valley, behind the Dhaulagiri massif. Dolpo is divided in Lower and Upper region. Our trekking involves both the lower and Upper Dolpo but the main attractions of Dolpo trekking lie in upper region. Upper Dolpo is one of the few special trekking regions in Nepal, restricted for mass tourism to preserve its unique cultural and natural heritage. Open to visitors only since 1989 this area is for the seekers of adventure, authenticity and true wilderness.

Highlights of the Dolpo trekking include ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and diverse wildlife inhabiting the region, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. Two of our main attractions in the region are the serene turquoise lake of Phoksundo and the 11th century Shey monastery.

Isolated from rest of the country, life for the people living here have not changed for centuries now. Followers of Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bon Po religion, they mostly depend on farming, yak and sheep keeping and locally collected medical herbs for which Dolpo is very rich . The Oscar nominated film “Caravan" -filmed in Dolpo by Eric Vali, has brought the exotic beauty and cultural wealth of Dolpo to the world. The best time to trek here is towards the end of the monsoon i.e. Sept to November.

We start our Dolpo trekking with a flight from Nepalgunj in western Nepal to Juphal airstrip in Dolpa .Passing through wilderness area , sparsed ancient villages and yak pastures we reach the high mountain lake of Phoksundo.Our next destination is the 11th century monastery of Shey. Things have not changed much in the region since the days the monastery was built. Passing high passes carefully and enjoying the spectacular mountain views we emerge in Kaligandaki valley and we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and to Kathmandu.

This is a trekking in a area where we have to carry all the supplies from Nepalgunj. It is a fully supported camping trek. Average walking per day is 6 hour. You carry just your light day pack. The food in the trek is prepared by our camp cook.

Note: As Dolpo is in Himalayan rain shadow zone hiking is possible even in summer.Rather a summer hiking will be rewarded with profusion of alpine wildflowers.

Dolpo Trekking Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Day 02 Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu to important heritage sites . We cover Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Day 03 Fly to Nepalgunj , transfer to  hotel.
Day 04 Fly to Juphal airport (Dopla) & Camp in Dunai after 4.5 hours walk.
Day 05 Dunai- Hankhe 4.5 hours walk.
Day 06 Hankhe- Reiji 4.5 hours walk.
Day 07 Reiji- Phoksundo Lake 3600m. 5 hour walk.
Day 08 Phoksundo- Rest day , hiking and exploration around the lake
Day 09 Phoksundo Lake-Lake beach 5 hour walk.
Day 10 Lake beach- Mandala Camp 4,570m. 5 hour walk.
Day 11 Cross Kang La (5,240m) pass and trek to Shey Gompa (4280m.) 5 hours.
Day 12 Shey Gompa- Saldang pass (5010m)- Namgung 4,380m. 5 hours walk.
Shey Gompa is an important attraction in Dolpo trekking.
Day 13 Namgung-Yanger Gompa (3890m) 5 hour.
Day 14 YangerGompa-Musi Gaon (4270m.) 6 hour.
Day 15 Musi Gaon-Lnag La (5002m ) - Sime Gaon (3950m ) 6 hour.
Day 16 Sime Gaon- Tinja (4150m ) 6 hour.
Day 17 Tinja- Kheng (4550m ) 6 hour.
Day 18 Kheng- Charka pass (5,036m ) -Charka (4365m) 7 hour.
Day 19 Charka -Yak Kharka (4780m ) 5 hour.
Day 20 Cross  Sangda pass (5490m )  and trek to Sangda phedi (5110m ) 6 and half hour.
Day 21 Sangda phedi - Sangda ( 3909m) 5 hour.
Day 22 Sangda - Phale Gaon (2900m ) 5 and half hour.
Day 23 Phale Gaon - Jomsom ( 2710m ) 3 and half hour.
Day 24 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 25 Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu.We celebrate our wonderful Dolpo trekking with traditionl Nepali dinner and ethnic cultural dances in Kathmandu.
Day 26 Fly home

An alternative itinerary  for Dolpo trekking

Here is an alternative itinerary for Dolpo trekking  that does not take you to Jomsom in Kaligandaki valley but makes a loop in Dolpo itself. Also you may cross fewer passes,  with lower altitudes

Maximum altitude:  5190m

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 02 Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu to important heritage sites . We cover Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Day 03 Fly Nepalgunj , transfer to hotel hotel
Day 04 Fly to Dolpo (Juphal) then trek to Hanke (2660m)
Day 05 Trek to Samduwa
Day 06 Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
Day 07 Hiking and  exploration around the lake. This lake  is one of the important attraction of Dolpo trekking.
Day 08 Cross Baga La (5090m) and camp nearby
Day 09 Trek to Numla base camp (5190m )
Day 10 Trek to Chutung Dang (3967m)
Day 11 Trek to Chibu Kharka (3915m)
Day 12 Trek to Saldang (4100m)
Day 13 Trek to Yang Tsser village (4300m)
Day 14 Trek to Karang (4100m
Day 15 Trek to Ramanan (4600m)
Day 16 Trek to Samling Gompa (3800m)
Day 17 Trek to Shey Gompa (4500m)
Day 18 Rest day at Shey Gompa, visit Chakang Gompa
Day 19 Trek to Yak Kharka (4500m)
Day 20 Trek to Ringmu (3600m)
Day 21 Trek to Rachi
Day 22 Trek to Roha village
Day 23 Trek to Juphal
Day 24 Fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu
Day 25 Rest and shopping in kathmandu . We celebrate our wonderful Dolpo trekking with traditionl Nepali dinner and ethnic cultural performances  in Kathmandu.
Day 26 Fly home

Dolpo trekking permit :

The Dolpo region is specially procted area , to preserve the unique natural and cultural heritage of the region. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed for trekking in Dolpo. The trekking permit fee  for the above itinerary(first one) is  USD 720  per person .

Price: In order for us to quote you the price , write us with number of persons in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay, whether you would like to use surface or air transport(where applicable )inside Nepal and your ammendment on our itinerary , if any.The price we quote will include and exclude the following.

Included in the price

  • All surface transfers as per itinerary
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax
  • Hotel in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj in twin sharing , bed and breakfast  basis
  • Fooding,  lodging, insurance , salary  and other expenses of  the  trekking crew
  • Fooding (3 meals a day ) and lodging for the clients in trek days
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Not included in the price

  • Single suppliment charges (if required.)
  • Departure tax from Kathmandu  airport ($24 approx)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • International airfare and  your insurances
  • Cold drinks and beverages
  • Personal expenses and  tips to the crew

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Suggested reading
"The snow leopard"
by  Peter Mathiessen

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