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Dolpo Trek ( 18 days)
Dolpo is the land of an old indigenous religion of western Tibet and the faith was later adapted by Buddhist teachings and religious practices.
Dolpo is the land of an old indigenous religion of western Tibet and the faith was later adapted by Buddhist teachings and religious practices. The Lower Dolpo Trek is loved by real adventurers wishing for an extraordinary experience. The trek passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park with majestic mountain scenery, Buddhist hermitages and yak caravans.
Dolpo comprises of people with very unique way of life-style, language, festivals, and dresses and unique landscapes that is very much similar to scenery of western Tibet. When trekking in May /June, the Caravan in the search for Yarcha Gumba shows the importance and cost of Yarcha Gumba. Hundreds of thousands of people from the Dolpo and from nearby lowlands will be travel in such elevation by camping for months in their search for Yarcha Gumba (it is half plant and half insect) half of its body is in within the ground and the remaining half is above the ground as a plant.
The trek starts from Juphal, after two small flights to Nepalgunj. Trekking passes through nice village in the beginning and then marches high and remote alpine area and finally comes to beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake. From there the trek will back to Juphal where we catch flight to Kathmandu. Trekking to Lower Dolpo offers a remarkable and worthwhile experience of lifetime and will provide an opportunity to see snowy peaks, rich wildlife, ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monastery and wonderful lakes. Trekking into this region provides you an exposure to the High and Isolated Himalayan valleys that resembles to the Tibetan highlands.
Day 1:Arrival day in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Day 2:Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
The trek will take flight to Nepalgunj. The flight to Nepalgunj will give you good views of the Himalaya towards the North. There will be time in the evening to have a good look around the town, which is 3 kms from the Nepal-India border.
Day 3:Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo), trek to Dunai
From Nepalgunj we take a flight to Juphal, it is about 35 minute flight. Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to from the airstrip of Nepalgunj to Juphal and Juphal to Nepalgunj. After landing in Juphal we will meet the trekking crew, do equipment packing and walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow canyon which after 3 hours will lead you to a relatively larger village called Dunai.
Day 4: Trek to Ankhe
From Dunai you cross the new suspension bridge and turn west, following the trail past the new hospital. At the confluence of the Thuri Bheri and Suli Gad rivers you turn to the north and follow the Suli Gad. The trail is fairly undulating but mostly up while the going is firm underfoot from where you will reach to Ankhe.
Day 5:Trek to Sulighat
The trail eventually leaves the forests and traverses a grassy slope high above the river. After a while the path once begin to descend steeply into forest until it reaches a cliff, whereby a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank has to be undertaken. Journey continues upstream to a bridge near Ryajik village for the overnight camp.
Day 6:Trek to Phoksundo Lake
Journey continues along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Kholas. After crossing to the western side of the Phoksundo Khola on a wooden bridge, then the path follows the west bank of the Pungmo Khola which leads all the way to Phoksundo Lake 3,500m/11,480ft near Ringmo village. The path passes through a cedar forest and finally to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village.
Day 7:Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass
Morning walk leads up to a steep climb littered with slate towards the pass. The climb is quite strenuous, especially on the slate screed. From the top of Kang-la 5,360m/17,581ft, there are excellent views down upon a large valley which is bisected by a gushing river.
Day 8:Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La
The day begins by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zig zag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la. This signals our approach to Namduna Gaun
Day 9:Trek to Saldang
On leaving the Namduna Gaun our route leads to a climb up a scree slope. Further on it begins a long traverse along some dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, Saldang appears below on a plateau high above the Nam Khongmala. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area.
Day 10:Trek to Yangze Gompa
The trail follows the Nang Chu river most of the way on this wild barren windswept terrain. Walk begins along the fairly gradual path with few ups and downs slope and then passing through the small settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon till we reach to our overnight camp at Yangze also known as Yangtsher.
Day 11:Trek to Sibu
We will retrace the path back towards Saldang village which will be much easier and shorter than the other north western route. From Saldang the trail following the river bed we pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then passing through the Namdo village.
Day 12:Trek to Jeng-la Phedi
The trail follows the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning walk coming across caravan of laden yaks that are on their way towards Tibet border. After days of following the same river, finally we part turning east till we arrive at the confluence of two small tributaries, from here our walk leads to a steep climb to the bottom of Jeng la.
Day 13: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la
Morning trek leads to two hours climb towards the top of the Jeng La (5,090m/16,695ft). An excellent view of snow ranges emerges to the south. The north face of the Dhaualgiri massif shines in the morning light. After a wonderful moment here at the pass, our walk leads to descend on the rough path towards Tarap valley.
Day 14:Trek to Dho Tarap
Today, the route leads eastward along the downhill course of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo.
Day 15:Trek to Tarap Khola
From the quite bare country around Tarap, we descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. We walk along the juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys, to just above the tree line. On this route we might see herds of blue sheep.
Day 16:Trek to Jhupal
We retrace the journey back to Jhuphal, which is a short distance walk along the Bheri River to the small airstrip for the last overnight camp of this great memorable adventure.
Day 17:Take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj, return to Kathmandu
Early morning, a short scenic flight for thirty five minutes to Nepalgunj, over the Himalayan foothills overlooking stunning views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu.
Day 18:Rest day in Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore the Thamel and overnight at hotel.