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Dolpo Circuit Trek

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Overview

Dolpo District is one of the five districts of Karnali Zone and the largest district in Nepal covering 5.36% of the total landmass of the country. The elevation in Dolpa ranges from 1,525 to 7,625 meters above sea level. The district borders Tibet (China) in the north and northeast, Jumla and Mugu districts of Karnali in the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot and Rukum in the south and Mustang in the East.

A large portion of the district is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park. The name is derived from a 12th century Shey Monastery and the deepest lake in Nepal, the Phoksundo Lake, both of which lie in the district. The park protects endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer and the Tibetan wolf. Shey Phoksundo is the largest and the only trans-Himalayan National Park in Nepal.

It is also one of the two districts that lie beyond the Himalaya or the trans-Himalaya, Mustang being the other. Dolpa region is distant region of Nepal and the central point of this area is Shey Phoksumdo National Park. The east and south of Dolpa is surrounded by the Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges and to the west by Jumla district. Trekking to Dolpa offers you the remarkable and breathtaking experience of lifetime. The notable figures seen here are snowy peaks, ancient and remote villages, rich wildlife, lovely Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions. The cultural traditions of this area are basically linked with Tibetan.

The Dolpo trekking starts at “Juphal” and follows the track to “Dunai”, then continues to “Tarakot”, way up to “Bang la” Camp, the uppermost point of Dolpa trekking, after passing through the “Sanu Bheri” village, we then descend to the good-looking “Phoksundo” Lake, which is a piece of the “Shey Phoksundo National Park”.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu (1345m/4412ft) arrival

Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu

After breakfast and pre-trip meeting we will take you to explore around Kathmandu valley; which includes Boudhanath, Pasupatinath; Swyabhunath; Kathmandu durbar square.  After that you will have free time to explore around alleys of Thamel or for some last minute shopping. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Along with guide we will take flight to Nepalganj with a view of the Himalaya on Northern part. Hotel check-in then take some time to explore around the town. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 04- Fly to Juphal (2,400m/7874ft) and trek to Dunai (2,150m/7053ft)

We take a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal then hike for around three hours through terraced fields to the Bheri Riverand the canyon to reach larger valley which is called Dunai. Tented camp.

 

Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2550m/8366ft)

Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. O/N at Tarakot.

 

Day 06: Tarakot to Khanigaon (2550m/8366ft)

After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 2560m. Just above the bridge you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. O/N at Khanigaon.

 

Day 07: Khanigaon to Chukore (about 3550m/11646ft)

From Khanigaon the trail leads to Lihini. Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slops down to Chukore. O/N at Chukore.

 

Day 08: Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m/13123ft)

Beyond Chukore the trail slopes down to Naurpani. Crossing several streams and bridges, passing the series of low caves the trail slopes down into the large yak pasture of Kamokharka. O/N at Kamokharka.

 

Day 09: Kamokharka to Dho (4130m/13549)

From Kamokharka the trail set off across the meadow crossing several little streams and wooden bridge. Along line of Mani walls leads to the village. Finally you will reach to Dho. O/N at Dho.

 

Day 10: Dho to Numa La Camp (4350m/14271ft)

Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. O.N at Numa La Camp.

 

Day 11: Numa La Camp to Bang La Camp (4500m/14763ft)

The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5318m).From the pass on a clear day you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralwa and Dhaulagiri I (8169m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Camp. O/N at Bang La Camp.

 

Day 12: Bang La Camp to Sanu Bheri Valley (3800m/12467ft)

The trail crosses the stream then climbs a slope and reach to Poyun Chu Valley and to Banga La (5190m). Dewscend from the pass and cross the stream and slant down the right-hand mountainside, finally reach to Sanu Bheri Valley. O/N at Sanu Bheri Valley.

 

Day 13: Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo Lake (3730m/12237ft)

The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are the good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. O/N at Phoksundo Lake.

 

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo Valley (3304m/10839ft)

From Phoksundo Lake the trail you will take the down valley trail through meadows and reaches a high p [point about 377om and descends very steeply to Palam (3230m) and then to Sumduwa where you will see the National park head quarters. The trail continues on the right bank of Pungmo Khola, finally reach to Pungmo Valley. O/N at Pungmo Valley.

 

Day 15: Pungmo Valley to Lasa Meadow (about 4300m/14100ft)

The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a chorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons.  In the way the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can bee seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. O/N at Lasa Meadow.

 

Day 16: Lasa Meadow to Garpung khola Valey (4000m/13123ft)

From Lasa Meadow the trail climbs up with magnificent views and finally reaches to Kagmara La. From Karmara La the trail descends quite steep and came to the head of Garpung Khola valley and finally reach to the camping area of Garpung Khola Valley. O/N at Garpung Khola Valley.

 

Day 17: Garpung Khola Valley to Hurikot (2600m/8530ft)

The trail forward following down the Garpung Khola Valley and descending quite steeply you come to a bridge and to Toljem (2920m) where you can see the army check-post. Just below the check-post cross the Jagdula Khola and walking sometimes you will reach to Hurikot, a collection of somber grey, flat-roofed. O/N at Hurikot.

 

Day 18: Hurikot to Forest Camp (3250m/10662ft)

Passing Kaigaon, Majgaon, and Rimi you will pass through the dense forest of holly oak, bamboo and tree juniper. After then you will reach to Chaurikot, a medium sized Khamoa village. Crossing several minor streams in the forest you will reach to Forest Camp. O/N at Forest Camp.

 

Day 19: Forest Camp to Churta (3010m/9875ft)

Leaving Mauria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. O/N at Churta.

 

Day 20: Churta to Jumla (2370m/7775ft)

Leaving Mani Sangu you will reach to Gothi Chaur.  From here the trail climbs to Pattyata Lagna (2830m) and to Dochal Ghara.  The trail descends gently in a fertile valley and crosses the river and finally reaches to Jumla. O/N at Jumla.

 

Day 21: Jumla to Kathmandu

You have a scenic fly from Jumla to Kathmandu.  O/n at Kathmandu.

 

Day 22: Rest/Leisure day/buffer day

Full day on your own, exploring around Thamel, shopping etc

 

Day 23: Departure

Transfer to Airport for your onward destination.

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

1.      Required airport transfer

2.      Accommodation (3 star hotel) in Kathmandu with breakfast

3.      3 night teahouse accommodation at starting/ending point of the trek and tented accommodation during the trek

4.      Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal, and Jumla-Kathmandu flights

5.      Full board meals (breakfast/luch/dinner/tea/coffee) during the trek

6.      Required grounded transportation

7.      English speaking guide, porters, helpers, cook, Sherpa during the trek

8.      Require trekking area entry permits

9.      Sleeping bag, jacket, duffel bag to use during the trek

10.All camping equipments

11.Travel and rescue arrangements

12.Farewell dinner

13.All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude(s)

1.      Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu

2.      Travel Insurance (that covers emergency transportation cost)

3.      Personal expenses (Beverages, bottled water, telephone charges, laundry etc)

4.      Tips for crew

5.      Cost occurred due to other unforeseen circumstance, addition of other side trips

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Trip Price

$ 3400

Duration 23 Days

Grade Streneous

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Country Nepal

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