Duration: 28 Days
The mysterious and remote Dolpo region was completely closed to tourists until 1989 but has always been a popular pilgrimage locations for spiritual locals looking to enjoy stunning mountain scenery. Nestled between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri Range, the native people are mostly of mysterious Tibetan origins and have had little contact with western development and travelers. The range is home to a wide range of natural beauty combining highlights of the plateau and Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and timeless mountain passes and valleys draped in the beautiful green vegetation of the lower altitudes. We will spot a wide range of indigenous animals including the musk deer, tradition blue sheep, a wide range of birds and potentially the elusive snow leopard. This is an ideal trek for those looking to enjoy a wide range of natural beauty, remote religious sites, beautiful lakes and authentic interactions with local culture
- Destination: Nepal
- Activities: Trekking
- Duration: 21 + Days
- Region: Other
- Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
- Group Size: 02+ Pax
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival to the airport, you will be greeted by the friendly Good Karma Trekking staff who will escort you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. After settling in and exploring the streets of Thamel, we will arrange a special welcome diner featuring local specialties to introduce you to the city and the Good Karma team.
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will take a tour featuring the highlights of Kathmandu including several UNESCO world heritage sites such as Durbar Square and Pashupati temple before visiting Sqayambhunath, and Buddha Nath, which is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. After lunch, we will hold a briefing with your trekking guide addressing any questions or concerns you may have about your trip.
Day 3 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
We will take a scenic mountain flight over the beautiful Himalayas to the border town of Nepalgunj. This subtropical town is known as a major trading center near the Indian border and is home to an excellent cultural blend with mixed architecture and heritage.
Day 4 Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai
We will take another scenic mountain path arriving in Juphal to meet our trekking team before beginning our trek. We start along a trail leading along a peaceful section of the Barbung Khola River making for an enjoyable morning hike. After a picnic lunch, we will continue along the relatively flat path and arrive in Dunai during the late afternoon taking time to chat with locals to learn more about the local culture and customs.
Day 5 Trek to Ankhe
The trail moves along a suspension bridge before passing through the green Thulo Bheri Valley known for its scenic ridge views. We then continue along a canyon that brings us through several small villages of tradition farmers grazing their cattle and goats. We then arrive in the town of Rahagaon, which is home to the Thakuri people and is known for its traditional gompa. The trail continues along another canyon leading through a dense forest before arriving in Ankhe where we will make camp for the night.
Day 6 Trek to Sulighat
We continue along an up and down trail moving along the river before entering a forest with a wide range of seasonal flowers and greenery. After passing by a series of rivers we continue to stone staircase leading down to the river before passing along a rock trail to Ryajik Village where we will make camp under the beautiful Himalayan stars.
Day 7 Trek to Phoksundo Lake
We continue along the river before we switch trails and head towards the timeless Phoksumdo Lake. After passing through another cedar forest, we move past the town of Palam on the way to a scenic ridge offering views of the crystal clear glacial lake. We will stop to admire one of Nepal’s tallest natural waterfalls before exploring the lake and making camp during the night.
Day 8 Rest day at Phoksundo Lake
We will take a full day to appreciate the natural beauty of the turquoise lake taking time to travel to a few particularly scenic locations to enjoy both lake and mountain views. The lake is often considered sacred as serves as a pilgrimage location for spiritual travelers making the traditional journey to the small temples around the lake.
Day 9 Trek to Phoksundo Khola
We start our journey following the lake to a rocky ledge leading to a difficult trail, which uses a traditional pegging system to allow hikers to move along the path. We then move through a scenic meadow leading to the Phoksundo Khola Valley where we will continue through the marsh to find a dry area to make camp for the evening.
Day 10 Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang
The trail passes through a timeless glacial valley leading north to a peaceful mountain stream where we will cross an old wooden bridge situated north east of the valley. We will then cross a rocky area without the use of a fixed trail before crossing a stream heading to a traditional sheep-grazing field situated below a ravine. We then take a steep but scenic ascent offering views of the Kang La Pass on the way to camp to enjoy a scenic sunset.
Day 11 Trek to Shey Gompa and Kang La Pass
After an early breakfast, we take a strenuous climb passing along an ancient glacial formation leading up to the Kagmara la Pass. We will stop to enjoy the panoramic views while trying to spot the elusive blue sheep of the region before descending to Shey Gompa to visit the local monks during the evening.
Day 12 Rest Day at Shey Gompa
We will take a full day to rest at Shey Gompa making a trip to visit the local lama in his red hermitage in Tsakang. The hermitage is home to many spiritual locals wishing to learn more about the traditional Buddhist practices and philosophy from an authentic lama. We then continue to a scenic vantage point offering views of the unusual Crystal Mountain and its winding quartz cliffs. We then return to camp for a traditional meal before resting for the night.
Day 13 Trek to Namduna Gaun
We begin with a relaxing descent along a canyon meandering through barren rock formations leading to the Saldang Pass situated at 5,200 meters. The trail then takes us through a traditional nomadic region home to many grazing cattle and sheep leading to Namduna Gaon. The tiny town home to only 6 traditional stone houses is known for its traditional agriculture and red and white stupa.
Day 14 Trek to Saldang
The trail follows up a slope passing through a barren mountain region making for a strenuous morning of unorganized hiking. We then reach a scenic plateau home to excellent views of the surrounding scenery. We arrive in the Inner Dolpo town of Saldang that serves as a traditional trading town for the region. We will spend the night exploring the local market and chatting with locals before returning to camp for the night.
Day 15 Trek to Yangze Gompa
The trail continue North to a remote region seldom visited by travelers. We move along the banks of the Nang Chu River through barren wilderness past the small settlements of Lurigaon and Tiling. After crossing a river we can take time to explore the ancient Bon-Po Monastery to see the unaltered religious ceremonies before finishing the day at Yangze.
Day 16 Trek to Sibu
We have the option of following the long traditional village trail or the shorter and easier trail along the river to Sibu. Depending on your energy and preference, either route is acceptable and will lead us through traditional agriculture fields, mani walls and a local monastery on the way to Sibu. Along the way we have to option to explore the agricultural village of Namdo situated peacefully on a sloping hill before making camp for the night.
Day 17 Trek to Jeng La Phedi
After catching an early morning sunrise we will continue along the Nam Khong Khola River entering traditional yak grazing pastures before heading east along a steep path leading to the scenic Jeng La Pass where will we rest for the night enjoying the local panoramic views during the evening.
Day 18 Trek to Tokyu Gaon
We climb to reach the Jeng La Pass situated at a height of over 5,000 meters and home to timeless views of the Himalayan giants looming in the distance. We then move toward the Tarap valley on a pleasant and relaxed path through the lush greenery before arriving in Tokyu gong to visit the Chaiba Monastery.
Day 19 Trek to Dho Tarap
Following the trail eastward, we enter a riverside valley home to a traditional marsh serving as the home to the spiritual local people. We then continue our walk through the relatively flat marsh to the town of Dho Tarap known for its large defensive stonewall and Tibetan ethnic groups.
Day 20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap
We will spend a day resting for the strenuous climbs to come while exploring the local scenery. You have the option of taking a hike to a particularly scenic location offering timeless views of the valley below.
Day 21 Trek to Tarap Khola
We continue towards the barren landscape in the valley continuing to a gorge before stopping for a picnic lunch near the river. This area is the home to a wide range of animals including musk deer and blue sheep. The trail takes us along the river to a large meadow known as Kamakharka where we will make camp under the peaceful star filled sky.
Day 22 Trek to Khanigaon
After an early breakfast, we will descend along a gorge that gradually narrows and makes for a challenging and fun hike with no fixed path. As this area is underdeveloped, we may need to create our own path through the rivers as many bridges have washed away during the monsoon season, which will allow us to get creative during our hike. Finally, we reach our destination beside the Tarap Valley and camp in a region known as Khanigaon.
Day 23 Trek to Tarakot
The path begins with a difficult and steep climb along a slippery cliff. We will take plenty of time to make our ascent before crossing a series of traditional bridges before entering a valley that makes for a relaxing walk to Tarakot where will learn more about the local lifestyle of the ancient fort town.
Day 24 Trek to Dunai
The trail continues along a peaceful section of the Barbung Khola River making for an enjoyable morning hike. After a picnic lunch, we will continue along the relatively flat path and arrive in Dunai during the late afternoon.
Day 25 Trek to Jpuhai
On our last day of trekking, we continue along the river making several stops to admire the local scenery and culture. Upon arrival in Juphal, we will spend some time chatting with locals before celebrating the end of our trek during the evening.
Day 26 Return to Kathmandu
We will take 2 mountain flights first to Nepalgunj then to Kathmandu arriving with plenty of time to enjoy the backpacker haven of Thamel in the afternoon. You may also take some time to do some souvenir shopping at the countless stores offering traditional Nepalese products and handicrafts before taking some well-deserved rest at the hotel.
Day 27 Free day in Kathmandu
Today is a leisure day to spend relaxing or traveling to additional places of interest in the bustling capital city. Relax with a coffee and massage or visit some local temples before joining the Good Karma Trekking staff for a celebratory cultural dinner with traditional food, music and dancing to make sure you get the most our of your trip to Nepal.
Day 28 Departure
Today, a Member of the Good Karma team will escort you to the airport for your flight. After saying our farewells you will continue on your journey with fond memories of you adventure in Nepal.
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer)
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.
- Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
- Tea house , Lodge, Tent accommodation as per the requirement.
- Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS)
- Conservation area fee & all essential permits as per Nepal Government rule.
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Good Karma Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)&( optionally if you have your own bags, down jackets and wants to use your own you are free to bring them)
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
- Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance
- All program as mentioned in itinerary.
- Government Tax and office service charge.
- Welcome Dinner
- Airport drop
- Nepal Visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, , shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Tips for guides and porters
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed Sightseeing and entrance fees in Kathmandu to any temples and monastery
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