Dolpo Hiking Trekking holidays 19 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m) 9am to 4 pm

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Flight  from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165m) 1 hour

Today we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla.During the flight we can view the beautiful mountains Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu , Annapurna Dhaulagiri and Dolpo. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the various culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. We staty in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal 45 minutes (2475m) walk to Dunai (2140m): 2-3 hours

Today we fly to Jhupal by a small aircraft after breakfast. The town is magnificently located over the Himalayan foothills, with spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Here, we meet our trekking staff and begin the adventure. We walk through the beautiful terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai, which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. We walk around the small town in the evening and camp there for the night.

Day 05   Dunai – Tarakot ( 2540m)

Today, we follow the bank of  Thuli Bheri River upto Shar Tara. On the way to Shar Tara, there are less villages so we only see the river and the uncultivated lands. Thuli Bheri River is the combination of streams from Shey Gompa , Dho Tarap  and all the rivers of Uppor  Dolpa. It is like dry area and no flora and fauna . The climate is dry and we use only light cloths for walking  We reach Tarakot  . In  Tarakot, there is Police Station and Check Post. We stay overnight at Tarakot at the  bank of Thuli Bheri river.

Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Odar (cave) ( 3370m ) 5-6 hours

Today, we start to walk from Tarakot. We cross a small stream  that comes from  the Lama Gompa village. A wooden bridge has been made over the stream. Then we walk along the Thuli Bheri River.  About half an hour later we cross the Thuli Bheri River through a suspension bridge. There is one more suspension bridge over the point where Thuli Bheri River and Tarap Khola meets. After crossing this bridge, we have lunch and head to Lahini cave again along the Thuli Bheri River. The path goes uphill through the jungle. We camp beside the river in Laina Cave..Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition  team  prepares dinner or do camp fire in the cave.

Day 07: Laina Cave- Nawarpani (Laina Cave) ( 3475 m) 4-5 hours

After Laina cave, we walk through the barren land along the Tarap Khola. No jungles anymore. The path goes uphill and downhill both. The campsite is again beside the river which is near the Nawarpani but it is also called Laina Cave. This is the point where the Tarap Khola  and  Kyakuchin Khola meet.  One more cave is there. We may see blue sheep and yaks in this area.

Day 08: Nawarpani – Dho Tarap (3944m) 5- 6 hours

Today walk along the side of Tarap khola in the beginning. The path goes slightly uphill and downhill. After the lunch the path is easier to walk since it is almost flat with slightly uphill.  Let’s say we are slowly rising to over 4000 meters, but also the valley is so narrow that the sun, especially in the autumn is seen for a few hours a day. Hence the weather is cold in this area. Number of chyorten, stupas is seen on the way. We slowly head to Dho Tarap, a group of real Tibetan villages. A whitewashed Tibetan Buddhist gompa shines among the village. We are here in a totally different world. Since it is very cold here, the villagers don’t prefer to take bath often. The villagers go to the market at the Tibetan boarder for shopping and Yak is used to carry loads.

Day 09: Dho Tarap  Acclimatization,  visit Gump, village

We have a rest day here as acclimatization. Let’s meet the local people in Dho Tarap today. We learn totally new way of life here. The people wear very thick clothes called Bakkhu and shoes called Docha. You can compare the costumes of Dho Tarap people with the costumes of Tibetan. They prepare the shoes themselves using coarse wool and yak leather. Their houses are sturdily built with thick walls of stones and decorated with prayer flags. Barley is the staple food crop grown in the fields. Potato is another root crops grown over here. They have yaks, horse, mules and sheep as their domestic animals. They have trade with Tibet.

We can go to visit gompa. The view we see round Dho Tarap is the barren lands everywhere since this area falls in the range of Tibetan plateau.

Day 10: Do Tarap – Thaksi   (4240 m) 2-3 hours

We carry pack lunch today and walk at ease for three and half hours to Thaksi at the foot of the Numa La. On the way we cross Ghakar village, Chrystal Mountain School, Kakar village, Kakar Gompa, Chhumagaon, Rimporche Gompa, Modo village, Modo Gompa. We take our time to visit and have look in the gompas in the delightful villages where we walk through to get to us. We camp at a spot about a half hour walk from the last village of Modo at Thaksi. It will be a really cold night. We can view the beautiful barren landscapes from here. Blue sheep can be seen from here. This is also yarshagumba  area.

Day 11: Thaksi – Numa La ( 5309 m)- 4450 m)   Baga La BC ( 4512m)  6-7 hours

Today we walk one or one and half hour earlier than the other days because the weather may go worse all of sudden. We are fresh and acclimatized well for the highest pass Numa La (south), that we are going to cross today. We carry our pack lunch. In the beginning the path goes slightly uphill along a stream, Numala Khola. Then we cross Numa La BC. After this the path goes uphill. Then we cross Numa La (South) pass. From the top we can see clearly the outline of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. Also we can see in the north rows of the endless barren mountain ranges that goes to the Tibetan plateau in the distance. Then we walk downhill to the stream called Gyambo Khola. We walk along the Gyambo Khola. In some places we cross wooden bridges. Finally we reach Baga La base camp beside a stream called Chakbari Khola.

Day 12: Baga La BC – Baga La  (5169m) –  Phoksundo Lake (3641m)7-8 hours

Today also we start one or one and half hour earlier than the other days because sometimes the weather may go worse all of a sudden. We walk for about 3 hours uphill in the beginning. We carry our pack lunch which we eat somewhere on the way. Soup or tea will be served by the staffs on the way seeing the condition so that you feel fresh and will gain the energy soon for walking. We are going to cross a pass called Baga La today. From the top of the Pass, the view of the Phoksundo valley is spectacular. We can view the most beautiful lake in Nepal, Phoksundo. We camp on the beach of Phoksundo and watch the settlement of monks and extremely beautiful blue of the lake. The water in the lake is highly cold. Hence, we cannot swim or wash our clothes in the lake.

Day 13:Phoksundo Lake Rest Day,or  visit Gump and village

Today we rest in the Phoksundo camp not for the acclimatization but to relax ourselves since we are extremely exhausted from the trekking in the past days. And of course, to enjoy the lake and visit the nearby beautiful village called Ringmo gaon (Phoksundo). We can visit the beautiful gompa situated in the beach of Phokundo. It is also possible we go across the lake to take a beautiful walk up. From the camp we can see the path up well. Let’s go upstairs to have a splendid view of the lake and surrounding of beautiful mountains. After many days, we can enjoy the view of jungle here. We can have a friendly talk with the local residents and can have the taste of local products like local wine, alcohol, Phapar dhindo. In the campsite there is an office (check post) of Shey Phoksundo Natilnal Park. So the permit cars are checked here. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today, especially to Gompa and lake side. We can visit to the village on our own.

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake – Chhepka  (2678m) 3-4 hours

We start walking downhill along the strem Phoksundo Khola in the beginning. Then the path goes uphill. We view a large water fall made by the water from Phoksundo Khola on the way. Then we walk downhill. We visit a mountain museum on the way. We along the Phoksundo khola heading Chhepka.

Day 15: Chhepka – Dunai  (2140m) 4-5 hours

Today we walk downhill along the stream, Phoksundo Khola towards Dunai. Duani is the headquarter of Dolpo. Hence, Dunai has internet and other facilities. We can call to our family and friends after long days.  We have lunch at the camp. We are gearing up for the final day to Juphal.

Day 16: Duani – Juphal ( 2475m) 2-3 hours

We walk along the Thuli Bheri River today almost for the whole day. Just before we reach Juphal we walk uphill for about one and half hours. Juphal is the village with air service. Juphal is also the village with internet and other facilities like Dunai. You can have the taste of Apples and wall nuts which are famous over here. We rest here today and get ready to fly to Nepalgunj tomorrow morning.

Day 17: Flight Juphal to Nepalganj 46 minutes, Nepalganj to Kathmandu 55 minutes Flight.

Today we fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu on the same day. OR from Nepalgunj we may catch a bus to Kathmandu too. The flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj takes 45 minutes only. And Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight takes 40 minutes. But flight has no certainty due to the special climatic reason: sometimes windy, sometimes cloudy etc. Flight cancellation and delay is the common phenomenon in this point. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu. But the extra charge depends on the number of pax in the group. If it is small group, then the price will be higher. The flight route also may be changed. We may fly to Pokhara or Kathmandu from Juphal instead of Nepalgunj.

When we get off the plane in Nepalgunj, suddenly we feel very hot since we were in the high alpine climate for several days. So we suddenly need to put off our warm clothes and shoes and socks we had been wearing for several days.

We feel again, we came to the new world after having walking in the silent, barren lands for several days where there is no crowd, no rush, no noise of city life etc.

Day 18: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu  Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing 3-4 hours

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu (1337)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.