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Lower Dolpo Trek

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Overview

Dolpo, southern part of Shey-Phoksundo national park was out of reach for foreigners until 1991. Additionally, Upper Dolpo trek is a challenging trek, which takes you through remote valleys and villages that are untouched and unchanged. Upper Dolpo trek  will definitely attract trekkers with splendid nature, mystical culture and rare wildlife. During this trekking in Dolpo, you will find the eye-catching Phoksundo lake celebrated as the ornament of Dolpo. Animals like Snow leopard, rare wild cat, serow, blue ship are famous inhabitant of Dolpo area.  Dolpo is famous for deepest Lake Phoksundo, which is famous for ever-changing color of water. Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri (White Mountain) massif to the southeast which is towering solitary splendor, rising as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow.The native of Dolpo mark out Tibet as their origin and traditions here are as of Tibet. Dolpo preserves one of the last loose ends of traditional Tibetan Culture. Dolpo is close to Tibet, where people emigrated from perhaps 1,000 years ago. Only few trekkers are attracted by Dolpo region because of narrow and steep trail in few places. Therefore, Moktan Adventure recommends good hiking experience as essential to trek on Dolpo route. Trekking through Dolpo, ranges from altitude of 2500 meters to 5070 meters that will be an experience subsist on your mind for lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Tribhuan International Airport (TIA) at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel


Day 2: Pree trip meeting, sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, last minute arrangements


Day 3: Flight to Nepalgunj (south-western Nepal )and overnight there


Day 4: Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m)
This morning we fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Leaving the airport at Jumla, we cross the Tila Khola and the Chaudabise Khola near their confluence and climb gradually to a fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut to a meadow which, in season, is covered. Overnight camp at Gothichour.

 

Day 5: Ghotichour to Napakhola (3,000 m)
Trek follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potato, buckwheat and barley. Passing Tibetans Maniwals on the way.After lunch continues trek along the river to Napakhola, a small Buddhist settlement. Overnight at camp.

 

Day 6: Napakhona to Chaurikot (3,000 m)
The trail becomes steeper and climbs through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. Trek through birch and sliver fire forest to Chaurikot. Scenic views of Patrasi and Jagadu Himal are visible to the north. Overnight camp at nearby village

 

Day 7: Chaurikot to Bheri River side
We Pass villages inhabited by blacksmiths and tailors, Trail drops to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees to a ridge. Overnight in a camp

 

Day 8: Bheri River Side to Gharpung Khola
Climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes, passing Hurikot and arrive at the entrance to the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. Overnight at camp

 

Day 9: Gharpung Khola to Kagmara (3500m)
Continuing to follow the river up sream, ascending slowly towards the Kagmara La. Short and easy day. Overnight camp below to the Kangmara Peak

 

Day 10: Kagmara to Kagmara base camp (4000m)
The trail becomes steeper and comes to a rocky area. The trail climbs to a moraine below the Kagmara La and we make our camp among the boulders. The views are magnificent from here of the surrounding peaks are magnificent

 

Day 11: Cross Kagmara La (5165m)
Climbs become very strenuous now until a pass this is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. Working down through the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley. Overnight camp at Pungmo Khola in the grassy spot

 

Day 12: Pungmo Khola to Pungmo Gaon (3,050 m)
The trail now enters birch and juniper forests. Good view of Kanjirowa peak on the way and can see a Good settlement of Tibeatan villages with Yak herders.The area is covered in Junper Birch and Apple trees. Overnight in Pungmo Gaon.

 

Day 13: Pungmo Gaon to She Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m)
We continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake. Working through a forest of Cedar on the way we will encounter a biggest waterfall of Nepal. Overnight camp nearby She Phoksundo Lake

 

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake
Rest to admire the beauty of this great lake.  Majestic viewof snowy peak known as Kanjirolba and Kagmara and Batrasi Himal. Visit nearby villages and Ringbo Gompa

 

Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Bagala base camp
Working through the forests of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows the river up the valley to a waterfall and we will camp at the base camp of Bagala pass.

 

Day 16:Cross Bagala Pass (5090m)
Numla Pass base camp (5,190 m) - The narrow valley becomes wider and is surrounded by big glaciers and blade-shaped rock cliffs. Enjoy incredible views of the Kanjiroba massif to the west

 

Day 17: Numla Pass Base Camp
Chering Gompa - Ascend to the top of the Numla Pass if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri. Which opens to a beautiful valley of upper tarap. Camp near by Chering Gompa

 

Day 18: Chering Gompa to Do Tarap
The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and we walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do

 

Day 19:Rest day
To explore around Do this is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.

 

Day 20: Do Tarap to Lahini 3560m
Follow the Tarap Khola. Enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers as the valley narrows and deep gorges dotted with caves appear. Camping nearby one of the biggest cave this night.

 

Day 21: Lahini to Tarakot (2,700 m)
Come to a wide valley. This is musk deer country laskap Khola joins here the Tarap Khola. Climb up a Kamigoan,(2950m) the winter residence of the Dho Tarap people. We then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot. Overnight in Tarakot village.

 

Day 22: Tarakot - Dunai (2,100 m)
We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Laban, before proceed to Dabung, from here working through the river bank we will arrive Dunai.

 

Day 23: Dunai - Jhupal
Short walk to Jhupal and flight to Nepalgunj in the next day

 

Day 24: Jhupa l- Nepalgunj Kathmandu Fly to Nepalgunj and connect with the flight back to Kathmandu

 

Day 25: Rest day/ Buffer Day - Shopping/message/leisure

 

Day 26: Transfer to airport for final departure.

 

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)

01. All required airport transfered by private vehicle.
02. Standard accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included.
03. Standard hotel accommodation in Nepaljung.
04. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle with entrance fees
05. All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
06. Tented camping accommodation during the trek and equipment during the trek.
07.  Licensed English speaking guide during the trek along with supporting staff including a porter to carry your stuff (1 for 2 person basis)
08.  Tea/coffee (thrice a day), boilded water during the trek
09.  Special trekking permit, conservation entry fee, TIMS.
10.  Kathmandu – Nepaljung – Juphal – Nepaljung - Kathmandu flight fair including airport taxes.
11.  Private transportation wherever required according to the itinerary.
12.  Down Jacket and sleeping bag to use during the trek and t-shirt
13. All our government taxes.
14. Service charge, vat, and other official expense. 

 

Cost Exclude(s)

1. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu..
2. All kinds of drinks like beer, coke/fanta/sprite, and alcohol.
3. Travel Insurance (Essential).
4. Personal trekking equipment except stated above.

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Trip Price

$ 3800

Duration 26 Days

Grade Streneous

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Country Nepal

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