Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. We fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region. On our 28-day trek we pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the Hotel where you will stay overnight.
Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek.
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150m/490feet
An hour flight from Kathmandu will take us to Nepalgunj or we can drive to Nepalgunj which will take about 10 hours. Nepalgunj is administrative center as well as business center of mid-western region and an interesting town on in Western Nepal bordering the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Hindu and Muslims in equal approximation live in harmony. If we take flight then we will have enough time to visit Bageshowri temple and Muslim bazzar. Overnight in a hotel.
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348feet), 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
We will take an early flight to Jhupal After breakfast. It will take about 45 minutes for the plane to land at Jhupal from Nepalgunj. Jhupal is a beautiful town located at foothills of Himalayas from where we can see views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to north. We will be warmly greeted at Airport by our crew and we will have a short discussion about upcoming trek. We will initiate out trek towards Dolpo valley. We will treak along Bheri River and our destination will be Dunai where we will spend the night at a hotel.
Dunai to Chhepka (2670m)
Early morning after breakfast, we will leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge turning to the west following a trail past a small hospital. The trail ascends up the Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. Along our trail, we will get view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We will pass through walnut groves and two villages, i.e. Dhera and Rahagaun villages. Latter part of our walk will be down dense jungles and until we reach Ankhe. Overnight in Chhepka.
Chhepka to Sumduwa, 5-6 hours
Trail from Ankhe to Sulighat will ascend and descend along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit monotonous and hazy, but there are several water sources along the way that offer a chance to rest and cool off. The trail will eventually leave the forests and cross via a grassy slope high above the Bheri River. We will then trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests. Latter part of our trek will be in forests before reaching a cliff which will be then followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We will continue walking until we reach Sulighat where we will stay overnight.
Sumduwa to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 feet), 4-5 hours
After breakfast we will continue our journey along the valley floor to the conjuncture of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge above the conjuncture, we will walk on the bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail will pass through a cedar forest and we will have lunch at Palam village. From here we will trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake, a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Further along, our trail will descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to Ringmo village. From here it will be a short walk to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. We will explore local area and get to experience Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist Sects) people’s way of life. Phoksundo is rich with traditional culture and clothing. Men and women wear religious amulets and strings of amber, coral and turquoise. Overnight in Phoksundo Lake.
Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4-5 hours
After breakfast we will start our uphill trek around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along Phoksundo’s western bank. The trail is unsteady held on a pavement of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area. Our trail will then lead us through a lush meadow to Phoksundo Khola. Overnight at camp.
Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 6-7 hours
Our path will lead us a glacial valley which heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge that we will cross and walk towards north-east. Further, we will climb uphill that will take us to a sheep meadow where our trail veers up a steep ravine. Ascending to the top bring will bring us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We will establish our camp near the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened 'Snowfields Camp'. During our trek today we also get to admire the views of Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m).
Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760feet) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581feet), 5-6 hours
After breakfast early in the morning, we will climb on a steep trail littered with slate towards the Kang La pass. The climb to the top of the pass is quite strenuous and technical. From the top of Kang-la pass we will get glorious view of the large valley dissected by a gushing river on many sections. After that we will descend to the valley floor on a steep trail to further continue our trail. We will encounter yaks grazing at a meadow. The meadow is grazing land to hundreds of sheeps and domestic mountain goats known as chyangra. After reaching Shey Gompa, a big monastery and settlement of Mongolian tribes, we will spend overnight there in tented camps.
Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Shey Gompa monastery was built in 1655 and is famous for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of Buddha. To the east of the Gompa, there lies a Crystal Mountain which is one of the strangest mountains in Nepal. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils which is similar to Grand Canyon of USA. This day will be reserved for rest and acclimatization. We will hike around Shey village which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po and experience rural way of life. Overnight in Shey Gompa.
Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744feet) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056feet), 6-7 hours
After breakfast we will begin the trail which will descend into a grey, stony canyon. Then the route is zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la pass which is also a viewpoint to view surrounding scenes. Afterthat we will gradually descent towards the north which will be long and tiring but grazing yaks and sheep all along the pasture, and nomadic tents made from yak hair is a comforting sight. Overnight in Namuda Gaun.
Namduna Gaun to Yangze Gompa (3,620m/ 11,874feet), 7-8 hours
This day will be a lone one as we have to trek for about 7 to 8 hours. Early morning we will set our feet towards Saldang village which lies above Namga Khola stream. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area which consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses housing nearly six hundred people. It is also a major location for trade to Tibet. From Saldang, we will walk further north along the Nagon Khola. Further that, we will begin our walk on a fairly gradual path quite few ups and downs. Overnight in Yangze Gompa.
Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957feet), 6-7 hours
We can choose two trails to reach Sibu from Yangze. We recommend the path towards saldang village to save time. This route will be much easier and shorter than the other route. From Saldang we will walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, and few stupas. After that we will cross through Namdo village which provides shelter to about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. We will continue further down the river for another two hours to reach Sibu. Camping at Sibu.
Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072feet), 5-6 hours
After breakfast we will walk along the Nam Khong Khola trial for a while. We will pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border for trading purpose. After that we will turn east and start walking until we reach at a confluence of two small streams. Again we will trek uphill the steep trail which ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass. We will establish our camps in this meadow. Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi.
Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251feet), 4-5 hours
We will trek downhill on this day. Our trek will descend on a plain valley with patches of greenery on banks of the river which. Green vegetation is rare on other parts of Dolpo valley. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Himalaya. Walking further more we will reach Dho Tarap). Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Rest Day at Dho Tarap
We will rest and explore local village of Dho Tarap. We would have walked many a miles to reach Dho tarap so this day will be reserved to rest and soothe our aching body. Exploring the locality will make us fresh as well as make us acquainted with locals. There are few Ghumbas and deserted ancient buildings that are must to visit. Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464feet), 6-7 hours
We will head out early as today’s trek will be a longer one. From Tarap we will descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows and then turns into a gorge. We walk along juniper trees en route. Herds of sheeps and mountain goats are common sight as we reach the confluence of Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola. A short walk after that will lead us to a meadow where we will set up our camps and spend the night.
Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332feet): 4-5 hours
Our trek will again continue along Tarap River and encountering herds of sheep and goat. We have to jump some gorges which is exciting as well as dangerous and team guide will take every perceptive measure. There will be log bridges on some small rivers that will give us thrills and chills down our spine. Another fact is that there might not even be a log bridge at some places and we should cross the icy river on foot. Finally, we will reach our camping spot at bank of Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we will spend the night.
Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321feet), 4-5 hours
Freom Khanigaon we will head towards Lalberi village. As the trail continues we will encounter gorges, lush forests and rivers that we will cross to continue our trek. We will also visit few monasteries along the way as we will reach tarakot by evening. Overnight at Tarakot.
Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019feet), 5-6 hours
After breakfast we will begin our trek on a trail that will lead us behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail is all along the river and ascending until we rwill reach Byas Gadi. This route is easy and less technical. As evening mist increases in the air, we will be at Dunai for night stay.
Dunai to Jhuphal, 2-3 hours
From Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape and barren mountains. En route we will pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a Hindu temple. We will continue our trekking as we cross Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before we reach Jhupal. Overnight in Jhuphal.
Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj (35 minutes) and then to Kathmandu (1.5 hour)
We’ll board the plane for Nepalgunj After breakfast and take the next available flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Free Day in Kathmandu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day.Today you will be invited by Sherpa Himalaya for Last Day Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
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