Dolpo or Dolpa Trek – “The Caravan Trek”
EXPLORE ONE OF THE REMOTE ANCIENT BUDDHIST LANDS OF NEPAL
The remote western region of Nepal Dolpa runs parallel to the image of the “Shangri-la” of Bhutan in many aspects. One has to see the landscapes in all of its rugged natural beauty and experience the remoteness to understand Dolpo. The nature and culture of upper Dolpa is very rich, coloful and almost beyond measure.
The high and isolated valley of Dolpo in northern Nepal preserves some of the Himalayas’ last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. According to legends, the Guru Rinpochhe created Dolpo as a sanctuary for devout Buddhists and it was only opened to trekkers in 1990. It was forbidden land for many years.
Cut off from the world by high mountains and snow-covered passes, Dolpo is the permanant home to about 5000 people whose lives are centered on Buddhism and traditional agricultural practices. The distinctive people, architecture and unique light conditions make Dolpo a photographer’s paradise.
One of our potential destinations, that is the Shey Gompa which is a wild land and we will have to take advantage of the prevailing conditions
The Himalayan range can be seen in its entire splendor and Phoksondo Lake along with the Ringmo village provides some of the most beautiful landscape scenery in the world that is hard to believe.
In our Dolpo trek follow the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route, across two high passes and through the wilderness in one of Nepal’s most remote areas.
In the Dolpo region the monsoons, created by the sea winds blowing from the Gulf of Bengal, is tempered by the Dhaulagiri range and trekking is therefore also possible during the summer, a period during which flora like orchids, edelweiss, campanules, forget-me-not, explodes in all its splendor.
The center of attraction is the exquisite Lake Phoksundo, famous for forever changing its color.
Here are steps on to the edge of the Trans-Himalayan plateau that extends from Tibet down into Nepal. This is the region of some of Nepal’s most remarkable wildlife, including the blue sheep, the Serow and Snow Leopard. The snow Leopard and Himalayan pilgrimage have contributed to revealing the mystery and attraction of Dolpo.
Welcome to Nepal. You will be received on your arrival by one of our representatives at Kathmandu airport. You will then transported to your hotel, check into the room and spend relaxing time until we meet again in the evening for the Dolpo Trek short briefing. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, for the entire day, we will tour to the significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. We will visit Pashupatinath - a pilgrimage for Hindus where you can watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated most uniquely in the world. Swoyambhunath - the ancient Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a delightful abode for lots of monkeys hence also acknowledged as Monkey Temple. It\'s also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath, the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, is a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries; watch the Holy Monks chanting and ritual going around the temple. And lastly, the Patan Durbar Square-A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the most beautiful example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and even the fantastic Nepali Architecture. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast in Kathmandu, we drive to the airport and fly about one and a half hour from beautiful Nepalgunj. We will spend visiting the town situated near the border of Nepal and India. The city is fascinating portraying the diverse culture and lifestyle of the Terai region of Nepal. Overnight at Nepalgunj hotel.
Today, we again take a scenic flight to Juphal early in the morning over the Himalayan foothills relishing the fantastic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Upon our arrival at Juphal, we will greet our trekking crew who will be assisting us throughout the journey and then arrange the camping gear, luggage, and food supply. We officially begin our trekking from Jhupal heading towards Dunai. At first, we tumble down through the village below the airstrip then stroll through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and eventually reach Dunai after passing the narrow gorge. We take some time in the evening to explore this beautiful town and set camp there for the night. Overnight at tented camp.
From Dunai, we first cross a suspension bridge and pass a newly built hospital. Following the main trail along the river and crossing the gazing meadows and fields we reach Hanke village, a gateway to hike at Phoksundo National Park. Slowly passing through the Parel village, we reach today’s destination Roha Gaun. Overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast, we begin the day following the frantic trail and reach to Ankhe from where we head to the river bed and cross the suspension bridge. Strolling further through the narrow path and scrambling through the massive rock cliffs, we again descend to the river and then ascend on a steep trail reach Renje. We get the fascinating panoramas throughout the day. Overnight at tented camp.
Beginning the day with the gentle way, later the trail becomes exciting from Sumdo above the river. Climbing up to the curve, we get to enjoy captivating panoramas of the dry landscapes and also the cascading waterfall. Gradually, we reach to the place from where we get the first astonishing glimpse of amazing Phoksundo Lake. We hike down steadily through the forest to Phoksundo Khola near the Ringmo village. Once we reach to Phoksundo Lake, we walk around a while to enjoy some of the glimpses and then set a camp for the night. Overnight at tented camp.
After an exhausting couple of days of trekking, today is the day full of exploration around the pristine Phoksundo Lake which is encircled by the Tibetan Buddhist settlements. The deepest lake in Nepal, Phoksundo, is a beautiful alpine turquoise colored freshwater lake. We relish the lake all day and its surrounding beauty. Overnight at tented camp.
Today, we again continue our journey heading towards the Baga La Phedi. We cross several streams, remote and glacial valleys through the narrow trail with massive cliffs before we get to the Phoksundo Khola. Trailing forward through up and down the steep path and passing colorful monastery we reach Baga La Phedi at an altitude of 4,750 meters. Overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast in Baga La Phedi, we move onwards enjoying the amazing surrounding and cross the beautiful Baga La pass to get Poyon Khola. The trail we pass today is all up and down paths. Overnight at tented camp.
Today is going to be an incredible day as we pass through one of the highest passes on the trek, the Numa La Pass at an elevation of 5190 meters. After breakfast in Poyon Khola, we head towards Shering Gompa hiking on a steep trail. Ascending and descending throughout the day, we get to witness beautiful gushing river, landscapes, grazing yaks, sheep, and Chyangras on the way. Crossing the Numa La pass with spectacular views over the snowcapped Himalayas is an unbelievable experience you will get on this voyage. Today we stop at Shering Gompa for the overnight.
From Shering Gompa, today we descend towards to one of the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist’s settlement, Dho Tarap. We walk through moderate trail crossing the animal herds and gaming fields witnessing the unique lifestyle of local people along the way. Once we reach Dho Tarap, we first seek for an excellent site to camp and rest for the night at tented camp.
After trekking through the isolated parts of the region, we surely do need a day off to relax the mind and the body. So, today we take another acclimatization day at Dho Tarap. After breakfast, we hike around the village to explore the picturesque setting and culture of Tibetan Buddhism. The Buddhist Gompa nearby to the camp and the Bon Gompa (pre-Buddhist) about half an hour far are the must-see attractions. In the late afternoon, we get back to our place and take rest. Overnight at tented camp.
From Tarap, today we tumble down towards a broad valley which in due course narrows into a gorge. While hiking along juniper and wild rose bushes, we might witness herds of blue sheep. By the afternoon, we reach the junction of the Tarap Chu and a rivulet that connects with Tarap River from further east, the Lang Khola. Eventually, we arrive at Tarap Khola where we will set our camp on a beautiful meadow for the overnight.
After breakfast, we continue walking down the gorge of Tarap Khola alongside its trails and pass by the local people who are witnessed being busy in their daily life activities. It will be one of the exciting days of the trek as we move through the valley that becomes so narrow in a deep gorge. The gorge provides unexpected adventure and thrills and some points we may need to pass through damaged bridges. Eventually, we reach Lahini where we set the camp and rest for the night.
Today, we also walk alongside the Tarap River to Khani Gaon with an equally exciting hike. As the gorge becomes narrower and narrower, at some points, we can jump from one side to another. Overall, the day will be full of thrills and exciting hike. Once we reach Khani Gaon, we camp beside the Tarap Khola and rest for the night.
After early breakfast, we depart from the Tarap Chu River and hike to towards Bheri River gorge downstream by crossing the several bridges and passing the same river twice. The trail leads us through the pleasing views of terraced farmland and rural villages of Kola and winds gradually towards a settlement of Sahartera. From here, we head further down along the stream and reach our overnight camp at Tarakot. In Tarakot, we can visit a beautiful monastery, Sandul Gompa which stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Overnight camp near the village.
After breakfast in Tarakot, today we embark on our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River and slowly cross a bridge near the Lawan village. The path will continue alongside the gigantic Bheri River ascending until the Byas Gadi from where we move towards the west on a relatively easy trail. We again cross the river near the Lochakhola Gaon and then climb to Dunai which is our stop for an overnight stay. The trek today will mostly be on a beautiful gorge with beautiful pine forests. Overnight in Dunai.
Fron Dunai, we continue the trek alongside the Bheri River relishing the beautiful landscape and natural wonders for the last time. We pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple as we continue our trek towards Juphal via Kalagaonda and Motipur community before reaching the small airstrip. The trek today will be the last one in the Himalayas on this journey, so enjoy it to the fullest. Overnight in Jhuphal.
We leave the beautiful Dolpo region behind with treasurable memories and take a scenic flight to Nepalgunj first as there are no direct flights from Juphal to Kathmandu. From Nepalgunj, we fly back to Kathmandu. After landing at Kathmandu airport, you will transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remaining day however you want. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, we tour to the beautiful places you missed before like Bhaktapur Durbar square. After the sightseeing, you can go shopping in Thamel area to bring things from Nepal as a memory. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
The adventurous and challenging ‘Lower Dolpo Trek’ of yours in Nepal concludes today. We will gratefully drop you at the International airport 2-3 hours before your flight schedule. You will be flying back home with lots of memories from Nepal to cherish for the rest of your life.