DOLPA REGION TREKKING

At the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayan rain shadow lies Dolpo - the legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. "Dolpo" word conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries of snow leopards and blue sheep. The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across the northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. Legend says it's a bayul, one of the "hidden valleys" created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for devout Buddhists in troubled times. Upper Dolpo shelters about 6,000 people, whose lives revolve around Buddhism, barley, and yaks; their villages (over 4,260 meters) are among the highest settlements on earth. A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside as Shey-Phoksumdo National Park, at 3,555 sq.km. The park shelters blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves and the elusive snow leopard. Largely thanks to "The Snow Leopard" book and Oscar nominated movie, "Caravan". Dolpo is the best known of Nepal's remote northern border regions. One needs to get trekking permit from Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara to visit this fascinating region. Phoksumdo lake at 3,627m is the most fascinating part of the whole trek in Dolpo. The lake is a basin of unearthly turquoise blue ringed by rocky crags and forest, framed by snowcapped peaks. It is a land beyond the Himalaya, laying in western Nepal, Dolpo is one of the most remote of Nepal’s regions.

The high valleys of Dolpo are some sign of the most remarkable in the himalya with sweeping views stretching to the arid Tibetan plateau. Trekking here offers a real adventure, in a remote, unspoiled part of Nepal that has remained largely untracked and unexplored. It is ideally suited to both beginners and those who have "been everywhere". Our route follows much of the route taken by Peter Mathiessen and George Shaller as described in (The snow Leopard”. We trek 200 miles, averaging 10 miles a day. We trek 6-8 hours a day. We will be at high elevation much of the time on this trip. Five passes (over 16,500 feet) are crossed. Steep climbs and descents have to be made. Upper Dolpo trek crosses three relatively high passes, good paths are followed throughout and there is no trekking on glaciers. The northern part of Dolpo is usually called Inner Dolpo and has always had an aura of mysticism. Our trek begins with a flight to jumla via Nepalgunj. The first part of trek is not difficult and provides delightful walking before joining ancient trade routes and the steep ascent to cross the Kagmara La (5225m, our entrance to upper Dolpo. The scenery begins to change with the hills becoming shades of red, brown and gray. Eventually you can hear prayer flag fluttering at the top of the pass, and the view opens up dramatically looking east towards the snow peaks of the Kanjiroba Himal and the five peaks of Dhaulagiri. We soon walk through the pleasant green pastures to the beautiful Phoksundo (Rigmo) lake. The scenery is outstanding with the deep blue waters of the lake contrasting with the weathered red and brown hills.


UPPER DOLPA Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 : Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 2 : Flight from Nepaljung to Juphal and then trek to Dunai (2150m)
Day 3 : Trek to Hanke (2600m).
Day 4 : Trek to Sumdo (3000m).
Day 5 : Trek to Shey Phoksunmdo Lake (3738m).
Day 6 : Rest Day
Day 7 : Trek to Numla Phedi (5000m).
Day 8 : Numla Bagala Pass (5190m).
Day 9 : Trek to Tokyu.
Day 10 : Trek to Do (4040m).
Day 11 : Trek to Guru Gompa.
Day 12 : Trek to Charka La Phedi (4900m).
Day 13 : Charka La Pass, and camp at Sachen Gumba.
Day 14 : Trek to Thajang Chu phedi.
Day 15 : Trek to Sangda phedi.
Day 16 : Trek to Sangda.
Day 17 : Trek to Phalayak.
Day 18 : Trek to Jomsom.
Day 19  Fly to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu

LOWER DOLPA Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 : Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 
Day 2 : Dunai – Tarakot 
Day 3 : Tarakot - Tarap Khola (Lahini Kharka)
Day 4 : Tarap Khola - Bivo Caves (3500m)
Day 5 : Bivo Cave - Dho Tarap (4200m)
Day 6 : Dho : (visit gompa)
Day 7 : Dho - Takse (Numla Phedi)
Day 8 : Takse - Numla Pass/ Camp at Baga La
Day 9 : Baga La - Bakhra Kharka
Day 10 : Bakhara Kharka – Ringmo
Day 11 : Ringmo - Phoksumdo (visit)
Day 12 : Ringmo/ Regi Gaon
Day 13 : Regi Gaon – Roha Gaon (Raktang)
Day 14 : Roha Gaon – Juphal Airport
Day 15 : Juphal/ Nepalganj/ Kathmandu
Day 16 : Transfer to Airport for your Final Destination.