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Dolpo Trekking

Trek Type: Camping Trek
Duration: 21-26 Days
Max. Elevation: 5490m
Trek Rating: Strenuous
Best season: April - Nov
Dolpo 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 has 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; spared 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 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.
Day to Day 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   Trek Dunai to Hankhe 4.5 hours
Day 06   Trek Hankhe to Reiji 4.5 hours
Day 07   Trek Reiji to Phoksundo Lake 3600m 5 hour
Day 08   Rest day , hiking and exploration around the lake
Day 09   Trek Phoksundo Lake to Lake beach 5 hour
Day 10   Trek Lake beach to Mandala Camp 4,570m. 5 hour
Day 11   Cross Kang La (5,240m) pass and trek to Shey Gompa (4280m.) 5 hours.
Day 12   Cross Saldang pass (5010m) and trek to Namgung 4,380m. 5 hours
(Shey Gompa is an important attraction in Dolpo trekking)
Day 13   Trek Namgung to Yanger Gompa (3890m) 5 hours
Day 14   Trek Yanger Gompa to Musi Gaon (4270m.) 6 hours
Day 15   Cress to Lnag La (5002m ) and trek to Sime Gaon (3950m ) 6 hours
Day 16   Trek to Sime Gaon- to Tinja (4150m ) 6 hours
Day 17   Trek Tinja to Kheng (4550m ) 6 hours
Day 18   Cross Charka pass (5,036m ) and trek to Charka (4365m) 7 hours
Day 19   Trek Charka to Yak Kharka (4780m ) 5 hour
Day 20   Cross Sangda pass (5490m ) and trek to Sangda phedi (5110m ) 6 and half hour.
Day 21   Trek Sangda phedi to Sangda ( 3909m) 5 hours
Day 22   Trek Sangda to Phale Gaon (2900m ) 5 and half hour.
Day 23   Trek Phale Gaon to Jomsom ( 2710m ) 3 and half hour.
Day 24   Fly back Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 25   Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu, We celebrate our wonderful
Dolpo trekking with traditional Nepali dinner and ethnic cultural dances in Kathmandu.
Day 26    Fly home

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
  • Duffle bag to each client (if needed)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Not included in the price

  • Single supplement 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