Dolpo Trek

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Trip Overview

The region, designated as Shey Phoksumdo National Park, is the most remote district in Nepal situated in the Trans Himalayan region of mid-western Nepal. Dolpa is also known as "Ba Yul" or the hidden valley. The region with fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Trekking  in the lower region takes you to Ringmo and beyond - Phoksumdo Lake at 3600 m also known as the Blue Lake contains no aquatic life. The trek crosses two high passes of Baga La (5070 m) and Numa La (5190 m) into Dho Tarap village (4040 m) a region inhabited by people practicing polyandry and pre-Buddhist religion called "Bon Po"

The trek in Upper Dolpa crosses Sheula pass from Phoksumdo Lake to the legendary Crystal Mountains to Shey Gompa (4200 m) a Buddhist monastery and further to Samling Gompa a Bon Po monastery. This region has a long aura of mysticism about it. Site of Eric Valli's Oscar nominated movie "Caravan" - where people trade salt for grain with the people from far away land of Hurikot and Jumla to compensate their dwindling winter supply of food.

Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft.]

    Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Makalu Adventures will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office.

  • Day 02
    Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

    We start a guided tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu.  The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu.

    Included Meals, Breakfast

  • Day 03
    Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel

    We take an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. It is a one hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. O/Nm Hotel

  • Day 04
    Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) [2,320m/7,610ft] and trek to Dunai [2,850m/9,348ft]: 2-3 hrs. walk

    After an early breakfast, we take a morning flight to Jhupal. The 45minutes flight over the high mountains brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhupal our trekking staffs will receive you. Our first day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 05
    Trek to Tarakot [2,543m/8,341ft]: 5-6 hrs. walk

    After breakfast we start our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Deep gorges, hanging bridges and isolated villages. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 06
    Trek to Laini [3,160 m/10,365 ft.]: 6-7 hrs. walk

    After breakfast, we continue our walking to follow the Tarap Chu River upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarup Chu River. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages.  After a few ups and downs, finally descend to reach our overnight camp at Laini

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 07
    Trek to Nawarpani [3,545m/11,627 ft.]: 5 hrs. walk

     After breakfast we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Descend to Chyugur Khola. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 08
    Trek to Do Tarap [4,090m/13,415ft]: 7-8 hrs walk

    Our morning walk 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 morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by a few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 09
    Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization

    We spend a rest day in Do Tarap for gradually getting used to the altitude. Time to visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking views.  Make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favour 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. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10
    Trek to Numa La Base Camp [4440m/14,563 ft]: 6-7 hrs. Walk.

    After a wonderful time at Do Tarap, our journey 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 track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains.  A few hours' good walk takes us to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11
    Cross Numa La [5,190m/17,023ft], and camp at Pelung Tang [4465m/14,645 ft]: 6-7 hrs.

      

    This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of 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. An incredible panoramic view of the barren mountains of Dolpo up to the Dhaulagiri (8167m).  After getting to the top of Numa La we will descend to camp at Pelung Tang.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12
    Cross Baga La [5,070m/16,630ft] and camp Dajok Tang [4,080m/13,382ft]: 6 hrs.

    After breakfast our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snowcapped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Dajok Tang for overnight.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13
    Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft): 3-4 hrs. walk

    After breakfast our morning 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.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14
    Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake

    A rest and exploration day.  And of course we sit right on the shore of the spectacular Phoksumdo Lake; remember the harrowing scene in 'Himalaya' when Thinley's yak caravan attempted the 'Devil's Trail'. Yak caravans will be heading in and out of Ringmo on their way north towards the border of Tibet, and our most northerly destinations, Saldang and Thinje. This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo with a great views.  Overnight at camp.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15
    Trek to Shyanta [2520m/8265 ft]: 5-6 hrs. walk

    Trek downhill to Chepka. From Chepka the trail follows the massive overhanging rock. We found many important medicinal mineral which is believed to cure almost anything in this area. The route then passes through the villages, before climbing to Shyanta.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16
    Trek to Jhupal

    Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way. From atop the ridge, we can have the most spectacular views of the mountain and Jhupal below. Utmost caution is required while trekking along this trail. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 17
    Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

    We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 18
    Final Departure

    You are saying good bye to the mountains of Nepal as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today.

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