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Dolpo had remained a restricted zone for foreign trekkers until a few years back. With the decision of the Nepal government to open this area for trekking this once elusive area has become a hotspot for trekkers visiting Nepal. Dolpo has retained most of its traditions and cultures. Time seems to stand still for people living in this area. They follow the same centuries old traditions and cultures and wear costumes that have seen no changes with the passage of time.
The trek follows a route that goes past enchanting forests of pine, oak , rhododendron and juniper filled with wild flowers and animals that are listed as endangered. The mountain vistas on this trail are magnificent and breathtaking and the rivers and brooks so pristine and pure. We cross a high pass the Numala Pass at 5360 metres and visit the jewel of Dolpo , the Phoksundo Lake.
This trek is strenuous but adventurous and rewarding because of the enchanting natural vistas and rich cultural experience that this trek offers. This trek makes up for an unforgettable experience!
- Day 01:Kathmandu to Pokhara/ flight
- Day 02:Pokhara to Beni to Durbang by jeep
- Day 03:Durbang to Phalek
- Day 04:Phalek to Moureni
- Day 05:Moureni to Gurjaghat.
- Day 06:Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan (2830m)/ 6-7 hrs
- Day 07:Dhorpatan to Phagune Phedi.
- Day 08:Phagune Phedi to Thankur
- Day 09:Thankur to Tatopani(2400m)
- Day 10:Tatopani to Dhule (3300m)
- Day 11:Dhule to Seng khola(4000m) / 6hours
- Day 12:Seng khola to Purbang
- Day 13:Purbang to Sahartara (2600m)
- Day 14:Sahartara to Lahini (2600m)
- Day 15:Lahini to Nawatpani (3475m)
- Day 16:Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (4040m)
- Day 17:Dho Tarap- rest day
- Day 18:Dho Tarap to Numala Base camp (5360m)
- Day 19:Numala Base Camp to Danighar Crossing Numala Pass (5190m)
- Day 20:Danighar to Yak Kharka (3926m)/ 6hrs Crossing Bagala Pass (5070m),
- Day 21:Yak Kharka to Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake/ 7hrs
- Day 22:Phoksundo Lake- Rest Day
- Day 23:Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo
- Day 24:Pungmo to Lasa
- Day 25:Lasa to Kagmarala Phedi
- Day 26:Kagmara Phedi to Toijum
- Day 27:Toijum to Kaingaon
- Day 28:Kaingaon to Ghodakhor
- Day 29:Ghodakhor to Tripurakot
- Day 30:Tripurakot to Juphal.
- Day 31:Juphal to Nepalgunj/ flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu/ flight
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara/ flight
Today we take a flight or bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We can also take tourist bus to Pokhara.
Day 02: Pokhara to Beni to Durbang by jeep
From Pokhara we take a jeep to Beni. We drive uphill into through a winding road all the way to Naudanda. The road then descends to Nayapul . We get a panoramic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, green hills, terraced fields and villages. This is one of the picturesque road journeys. We journey along the banks of the Myagdi River till we reach Beni. Beni(820m)is a large village situated in a plateau above the river. We change the vehicle at Beni for Durbang. The road goes along the side of the river.
Day 03: Durbang to Phalek
We take a bus to Sibang then starts the trek towards Phalek. The trail goes through the villages now the motor able road is under construction.
Day 04: Phalek to Moureni
Today the trail goes towards Moureni through villages. Moureni is a place where the people keeps their cattle and there is a small hotel too. From Lumsum the trail goes ascending till Moureni. From Moureni we can view the mountains.
Day 05: Moureni to Gurjaghat.
Today the trail goes ascending up to Jaljala pass. The trail goes through the forest of Rhododendron. After descending from Jaljala pass the trail goes along the river side. The trail is straight and goes through pine forest. There is the office of National Park. The people use to farm cattle and produce potatoes. We make the night stop at Gurjaghat in a hotel.
Day 06: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan (2830m)/ 6-7 hrs
From Gurjaghat the trail goes through pine and juniper forest. The walking today will be easy there is a village called Chhentung where the Magar people resides. At last we reach Dhorpatan bazaar. In Dhorpatan there are some clusters of Tibetan people. Dhorpatan, our stop, is a point where roads from Baglung, Beni, Rolpa and Rukum meet. There is a small airport. The place has apple orchards and fields of wheat, buck wheat, maize and potatoes growing in terraces. One of the most significant features about this place is that anyone can go for hunting by paying certain fees to the Government authority.
Day 07: Dhorpatan to Phagune Phedi.
We head uphill towards Phagune Pass, leaving Dhorpatan. On the way we pass grassland and sparse forests. We make the night stop at Phagune Phedi.
Day 08: Phagune Phedi to Thankur
Today we go through Phagune Pass, which is surrounded by green hills and we can see distant mountain top villages.
Day 09: Thankur to Tatopani(2400m)
From Thankur the trail goes slightly descending through the jungle. After a few hours walking we get a suspension bridge and after crossing the bridge we can find some houses and cattle sheds. The the trail ascends till Kayamdanda, where we rest for the day meal. After the lunch we again start the trek towards Tatopani, the trail goes descending through the jungle..
Day 10: Tatopani to Dhule (3300m)
From Tatopani the trail stars to ascend through some villages and school.. Dhule is a temporary settlement of the hotelers. They do their business only in the trekking season and stay there.
Day 11: Dhule to Seng khola(4000m) / 6hours
Today the trail goes ascending for near about one hour then the trail goes straight. We can see some mountains and hills. There are some cattle shades on the way. Sengkhola is a open land.
Day 12: Seng khola to Purbang
From Sengkhola the trail again starts to ascend towards Puphal Tal (small lake). After walking for few hours the trail descends till Purbang.
Day 13: Purbang to Sahartara (2600m)
From Purbang we head towads Jangla pass. From Jangla pass we can see Kanjirowa and Norbukang of Dolpo. Crossing the pass the trail descends towards. Shartara is the village of Magars, where the people speak Kaike dialect. We will make the camp just below the village, the place is called Lingdo.
Day 14: Sahartara to Lahini (2600m)
From sahartara we follow a trail by the bank of the river till we reach a large and green valley. Trekking en route from the village of Khani gaon to Lahini we get to see musk deer bounding away in the midst of juniper and pine forest. We camp at Lahini.
Day 15: Lahini to Nawatpani (3475m)
From Lahini the trail becomes narrow and adventurous as we walk through in landslide and avalanches area. We go little further then Nawarpani and set up camp for the day.
Day 16: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (4040m)
Today we approach the most difficult and dangerous part of the trek. The valley narrows, and we approach deep gorges and cross innumerable small bridges. We follow a path that is carved out of a rocky cliffside. Following an adventurous trail we reach Dho Tarap.
Day 17: Dho Tarap- rest day
Today we spend a rest day at Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a large village decorated by colorful prayer flags. There are chortens, mani walls and monasteries. Villagers grow wheat, buck wheat, barley, potatoes and green vegetables in terraced fields. There are tea houses, shops with minimal supplies and lodges. We will take a nature tour and enjoy traditional dances and songs.
Day 18: Dho Tarap to Numala Base camp (5360m)
After visiting all the gompas and Chorten in Tarap valley we take the the trail that climbs up through grassy meadows filled with wild flowers to reach to Numala base camp. From the base camp we get a beautiful view of the distant Tibetan mountains and upper Tarap valley.
Day 19: Numala Base Camp to Danighar Crossing Numala Pass (5190m)
Today we cross Numala Pass and descend towards Poyon khola till we reach Bagala Base Camp surrounded by big glaciers and blade shaped rock cliffs. We stop for the night at Danighar. The Norbukang Himal sparkles at the back
Day 20: Danighar to Yak Kharka (3926m)/ 6hrs Crossing Bagala Pass (5070m),
We make our way to Yak Kharka via Bagala Pass. From the pass we get to enjoy the beautiful view of Kanjiroba massif. After Baga La the trails turn gentle down all the way to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is open grassland and grazing ground for yaks and sheep.
Day 21: Yak Kharka to Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake/ 7hrs
The trek to Phoksondo Lake (3728m.) via Ringmo (3730m.) takes about seven hours. From Yak Kharka till Ringmo the trail goes down hill. Ringmo is a small village inhabited by Gurung and Thakuri communities. We move along the flat land passing through pine forests, grassland, terraces, hills and villages. The views of Phoksundo Lake appear before you. After crossing a wooden bridge we reach our destination. Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake of the world. The big village lying at the bank of this lake is quite rich in Buddhist culture as there are monasteries, chortens, mani walls, shops, prayer flags, hotels, lodges, terraces and so on. This village is beautifully surrounded by hills.
Day 22: Phoksundo Lake- Rest Day
Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which looks like a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas ) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago.
Day 23: Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo
After an insightful visit we leave Phoksundo and make our way towards Pungmo. The is straight at the starting and then goes downhill till Chunuwar, where there is a hotel and Tibetan Amche hospital. Then the trail goes straight towards Pungmo through Sumduwa. The trail goes through thin forest. Pungmo is a Bon village.
Day 24: Pungmo to Lasa
From Pungmo the goes straight through jungle up to the place called Dasha. The the trail goes ascending towards Lasa through open land surrounded by rock mountains. We can see some mountains from the trail. We make our camp at Lasa for the night.
Day 25: Lasa to Kagmarala Phedi
The trail goes uphill up to the pass Kagmara La. We can observe the views of mountains from the pass. Crossing the pass the trail goes downhill up to Kagmara Phedi.
Day 26: Kagmara Phedi to Toijum
Today the trail goes straight. After walking for few hours we will reach at a wooden bridge, from where the trail goes through thin forest up to Toijum. There is one army camp too.
Day 27: Toijum to Kaingaon
From Toijum the trail goes through the forest of walnuts. Walking through the walnut forest we come to a village called Hurikot. There is one Bon monastery too. Leaving this village behind we reach to Kaingaon for the night rest.
Day 28: Kaingaon to Ghodakhor
Today it will be a pleasant walk through the jungle of Pine and Silverbirch though the trail winding uphill. Then we reach a small pass called Balangra. Crossing Balangra we go down hill to a place called Ghodakhor for the night stop.
Day 29: Ghodakhor to Tripurakot
Today the trail goes slightly descending through several villages. On this trail we can observe mostly the Hindu culture and tradition. We reach Tripurakot the holy temple of Hindus. It is renowned mostly within Hindus.
Day 30: Tripurakot to Juphal.
Leaving Tripurakot today we cross a suspension bridge and go through some small cluster of human settlement. We reach a place called Bhitti then the trail starts to ascend towards Juphal through the village of Motipur.
Day 31: Juphal to Nepalgunj/ flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu/ flight
Today we fly to Nepalgunj by early morning flight and then to Kathmandu by the day or evening flight.
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