Trekking at Dolpo

Lamdik Eco Ventures
  • 26 days
    (Duration)
  • Tough
    (Difficulty)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

Dolpo trekking is the name given to treks to the Dolpo region in western Nepal.



Description

Trek Type: Camping Trek

Max. Elevation: 5490m

Trek Rating: Strenuous

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.


Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.

  • Day 2

    Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu to important heritage sites. We cover Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.

  • Day 3

    Fly to Nepalgunj , transfer to hotel.

  • Day 4

    Fly to Juphal airport (Dopla) & Camp in Dunai after 4.5 hours walk.

  • Day 5

    Trek Dunai to Hankhe 4.5 hours

  • Day 6

    Trek Hankhe to Reiji 4.5 hours

  • Day 7

    Trek Reiji to Phoksundo Lake 3600m 5 hour

  • Day 8

    Rest day , hiking and exploration around the lake

  • Day 9

    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


Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & drop by car / Van / Jeep. 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu as per above program. One night accommodation in Pokhara as per above program Kathmandu and Pokhara City Tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide, car / van. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking. 16 nights twin sharing lodge accommodation in the mountain.

  • A fully experienced licensed holder, helpful & friendly Guide and porter (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance (We have insurance of our staffs ).

  • Domestic Flight from Pokhara To Kathmandu and domestic airport taxes.

  • All Necessary ground transportation as per above program by Car/Van/Bus

  • First Aid medical kit.

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit & TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card.

  • Duffle bag to each client (if needed)

  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however all guests are responsible to pay helicopter Evacuation Bill. So all our Valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary travel Insurance which should cover heli Evacuation expenses in case needed)

  • All Government taxes & company service charge.

  • Farewell Dinner.


Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu other than breakfast and farewell dinner.

  • Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we will assist you).

  • International air fare to and from Nepal.

  • Nepal multiple entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days from date of issue), US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 100 for 90 days, you may
    easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu or at any entry point of border in Nepal.

  • Any personal expanses.

  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet, battery charging.

  • Tips for guide, porters, driver.


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