The Dolpo Trek is an ordeal you’ll always remember. You’ll have the chance to experience life in one of the most remote areas of Nepal.
The trail goes through an assortment of scenes running from green fields (in some courses resembling the European Alps) to desolate rocks that stretch out into the Tibetan plateau. The Phoksundo Lake is a unique wonder, with its dark blue and emerald hues encompassed by steep strong rocks.
In transit, you’ll experience little authentic villages saturated with Tibetan culture and traditions. Buddhism and Bonpo are essential for the people living in these villages which are immersed in their regular day to day existence. Bonpo religion is the most established otherworldly tradition of Tibet. It is firmly identified with Buddhism yet has more shamanistic and animistic impacts contributing much to the area’s legendary interest.
Because of its remote area, Dolpa is still an “off the beaten track goal”. Voyagers are few and far between, particularly in the late spring months.
The Dolpa Trek is a very strenuous trekking with some precarious ascensions. The trail rises to two high passes, Numa La (5318 m) and Baga La (5190 m). These intersections include long trips and long plummets. That being said, the landscape en route, the views from the passes and the experiences you will have with the Dolpa people will make it all justified, despite all the trouble.
The favored seasons to finish the Dolpa Trek is May to October. This trek is recommended to be done in the monsoon season as the Upper Dolpo district lies in the rain shadow. Though it is sensible to give yourself an additional day or two on both ends of your trek to accommodate flight cancellations and road blockage as the weather condition in the low lands can hinder the trip.
Day 1- Arrival Kathmandu
Day 2- Flight Kathmandu – Nepalganj
Day 3- Flight Nepalgunj – Juphal (2475 m), trek to Dunai (2140 m) 3 hrs
Day 4- Dunai (2140 m) – Lingdo (2391 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 5- Lingdo (2391 m) – Lahini Odar (3370 m) 7 hrs
Day 6- Lahini Odar (3370 m) – Toltol (3523 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 7- Toltol (3523 m) – Dho Tarap (4080 m) 6 hrs
Day 8- Dho Tarap (4080 m) – Numa-La Phedi Base Camp (4440 m) 4-5 hrs
Day 9- Numa-La Phedi Base Camp (4440 m) – Danigar (4631 m) via Numa-La pass (5238 m) 7 hrs
Day 10- Danigar (4631 m) – Yak Kharka (3860 m) via Baga-La (5190 m) 7 hrs
Day 11- Yak Kharka (3860 m) – Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) 4 hrs
Day 12- Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m). Rest day. Visit to Bon Gompa.
Day 13- Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) – Chhepka (2838 m) via Rechi (2940 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 14- Chhepka (2838 m) – Juphal (2475 m) 6 hrs
Day 15- Flight Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Day 16- Depature from Kathmandu
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
- 2- nights accommodation with breakfast at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- 1- night accommodation with breakfast at standard hotel in Nepalgunj
- 3-course meal (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) prepared by our cook during the trek
- Plenty of Hot drinks such as coffee, tea, chocolate, hot lemon
- Boiled drinking water during the trek
- Accommodation in Local guest house or tents during the trek
- 1 Experience licensed guide and his daily wage, food, accommodation, equipment, and Insurance
- Necessary porters and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
- Round Trip flight from KTM-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-KTM.
- Shey Phoksundo National Park permit.
- Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit.
- Government taxes.
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters