• Dolpo Trek

Dolpo Trek

Overview

Trip Tacts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Difficult
  •    Destination: Nepal
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Guest house in trek/ Hotel in city
  •    Meals: Full board in trek
  •    Maximum altitude: 5190m
  •    Group size: 2
  •    Best Season: Sep-Nov,Mar-May

Trip Information

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 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. The Upper Dolpa trek 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.


Suggested Itinerary
Day 1st: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) {15 minute drive}
Day 2nd: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 3rd: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 4th: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal [Dolpo] (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft) {2-3 hours trek}
Day 5th: Trek to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft) {5-6 hours trek}
Day 6th: Trek to Laini (3,160 m/10,365ft) {6-7 hours trek}
Day 7th: Trek to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627ft) {5 hours trek}
Day 8th: Trek to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft) {7-8 hours trek}
Day 9th: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
Day 10th: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563ft) {6-7 hours trek}
Day 11th: Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft) and camp at PelungTang (4465m/14,645ft) {6-7 hours trek}
Day 12th: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft) {6 hours trek}
Day 13th: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft) {3-4 hours trek}
Day 14th:  Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15th: Trek to Shyanta (2520m/8265ft) {5-6 hours trek}
Day 16th: Trek to Jhupal(2,320m/7,610ft)
Day 17th: Fly from Nepalgunj to kathmandu(1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 18th: Shopping, Final Departure or extend your trip

Detail Itinerary

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

Today your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Mission Himalaya treks and Expeditions PVT Ltd. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT Ltd display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to respective Hotel. After check in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city, and visit our office! it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. 
Included meals: Dinner
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
We start a guided city tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.  Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum of Shiva, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. 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 Stupa 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 Hotel. 
Included meals: Breakfast.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
In the morning take an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj include Mini Zoo, Muslim bazaar, or if possible and interested take a walk into nearby villages. We have to also make preparation for tomorrow's flight to Jhupal. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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 and 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 and 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 Rriver. 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 and 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 and 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 irregualr 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 snow capped 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 and 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 and 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 great views.  overnight at camp. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 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 and 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 and 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 the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions PVt Ltd Trekking staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu deluxe hotel. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 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. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your friends and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Mission Himalaya treks And Expeditions PVT Ltd drops you to the airport and say good bye. On way home, we hope you will be thinking about your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport picks up and drop service during international arrival/ departure and domestic arrival/departure.
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive with breakfast according to itinerary.
  • Round trip of Flight from  Kathmandu to Nepalunj and nepalgunj to Jhupal
  • Beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses, lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with a cup of hot drinks)
  • One trekking Guide highly experienced, friendly, English speaking, Government licensed, Ministry of tourism Trained with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurances.
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurance
  • All required permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits
  • Down Jacket, Four-seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, and trekking map (Down Jacket, sleeping bag and Duffel bag have to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complementary welcome or Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with culture dance show
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide
  • Dolpo special permit for the trek

What is not included?

  • Kathmandu city Lunch and dinner (also not include in case of early returns, flight delays, or other cause than the schedule itinerary)
  • International airfare from and to Nepal
  • Travel – medical insurances and emergency evacuation.
  • your personal nature expenses (Hot shower, Alcoholic beverages, Telephone, Laundry, personal snacks, Internet, Battery Charging, hot water, Mineral water, beer, coke)
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu rather than the itinerary
  • Nepal Visa fees (two passport photographs, US$ 25 for multiple entry 15 days, USD 40 multiple entry for 30 days, US$ 90 multiple entry for 90 days) can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Gratitude, tips for your guide and porter.
  • Cost arising by mishaps, nature calamites.
  • Services that are not mentioned in service include section.
  • Sightseeing cost in Kathmandu valley.

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