Walking holidays Lower Dolpo 29 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 4pm

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: Kathmandu – Pokhara  (827m) by bus 6-7hours

This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after we left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, we can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Pokhara- Beni (900m) – Darbang ( 1110 m)  4-5  hours drive

We drive to Beni by bus then from Beni we take local jeep to Darbang for about 3 hours. We stay in Darbang for the acclimatization although we have enough time.

 Day 05: Darbang- Dharapani  (1560m)3-4 hours

We walk to the first beautiful mountain village of this route, Dharapani.  We walk upstream along the beautiful river Myagdi Khola. In the afternoon we arrive at our first camp site.  Here we walk through the hilly region that lies between the low land of south, Terai and high Himalayan mountain of North. We walk through fertile valleys and big villages with beautifully decorated houses where the tribes like Gurung and Magars, the most original people of Nepal reside.  We stop at Darbang  (1180m) where our cooks will be waiting us for lunch. After Darbang we cross the Myagdi Khola on the west bank. After about an hour’s climbing from the altitude of 1470 meters, we get a glance of a big mountain village Dharapani, from where we can see the southern walls of a large part of the Dhaulagiri- range, including Dhaulagiri I and III and Churen Himal. We have camp at Dharapani for the night. The view of Gurja Himal is magnificent from here.

Day 06: Dharapani – Muna (1920 m) 4-5 hours

In the beginning the route goes uphill upto 1730 meters then we walk through another big village Takum. Takum is the village where Magars, Gurungs, Kami/Damai so called low castes and other tribes of Nepal live in peace and harmony. This is village with health post from where the local people get their general health services. Shops where handlooms produced by the local people are available here.  We see the local farmers growing millet, sorghum, papaya, orange etc in this region. We cross the Phaliya Gaun and reach to the camp at Muna which is a big village in the Himalayan region. The tribes found over here are just like the tribes living in Takum.We can meet the hard working local people and know about their life style in the village. These simple people love to talk to you welcoming you with smile and Namaste.From Phaliya Gaon we leave the “Around Dhaulagiri” route here and catch the ‘main road’ to Dolpo. We follow the route to Muna, descend to the river and the river to stabbing then down the other side have to walk quite a distance to Lumsum where we overnight. We pass a beautiful waterfall (via the lower route). Their maturity is today between 6 and 6½ hours.

Day 07: Muna – Jalja La ( 3435 m) – Patihalna Kharka (3340m) 5-6hours

We cross a village called Lamsung and slowly climb to the pass Jalja La which is the first pass of this route. We walk through the huge rhododendron forests and gradually go up and up to the top of the Jalja La which is a flat meadow with various pastures. We may get the luck to have panoramic views of the peaks of Dhaulagiri range and Gurja Himal. Weather becomes snowy from the autumn. After the pass we slowly walk down to the camp at Patihalna Kharka.

Day 08: Patihalna Kharka – Dhorpatan ( 2880 m)– Forest Camp (3080 m) 3-4 hours

Today we cross a river Dhanche Marne Khola through a suspension bridge. Then we walk along side of the Uttar Ganga River. We cross jungles and some small villages on the way. People live in those villages only in the summer not in the winter. We see a monastery in Chhentung. Near the monastery is a school for Tibetan medicine. The route takes us to the plain of Dhorpatan, a wide valley where Tibetan refugees have settled. Here is the check post of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.  An airport has been constructed in Dhorpatan but no air service yet. Dhorpatan is the last human settlement in this region. We camp at the Forest camp that lies in the north of Dhorpatatn.

Day 09: Forest Camp – Phaguni  Duri (4000m) – Thankur  Phedi (2800m) 4-5hours

After the forest camp today we climb up to the pass called Phaguni Dhuri and which is 4000 meters. We view the barren land everywhere here. After the pass we slowly walk down the steep route which sometimes may be covered with snow.  We gradually walk down to Thankur Phedi enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayas. We walk fully steep downhill to the campsite which is located in the jungle on the banks of a small river. The campsite is in a lonely place just with a tea shop nearby.

Day 10: Thankur Phdei – Pelma (2400m) -5-6 hours hours

The route still goes downhill after Thankur Phedi. We walk through the forest with the trees that have mosses and orchids hanging and cross a wooden bridge over a stream called Ghustang Khola. Then we head to Pelma which is a small village where so called low caste tribes reside here. We camp in Pelma. Local products; eggs, hens, green vegetables, alcohol and wine are found here in a very good price. In the past we could see the local people wearing house made garments often not washed for long due to sever cold. But now they are changed. They have a school in the village too.

Day 11: Pelma – Dhule  (3300 m) 4-5 hours

The route goes still downhill in the beginning. Then we cross a stream called Doagri Khola through a wooden bridge. The route goes quite uphill through the terraced fields. We cross a village called Yamakhar where the tribe called Magars reside. Local products; eggs, hens, green vegetables, wine and alcohol are found here too just like in Pelma in a very good price. We walk through a stunning ravine. We slowly head to Dhule, our campsite where we see shepherds’ huts specially made for rainy season. Hunters’ also camp also seen in this area.

Day 12: Dhule – Seng Khola ( 3880 m) 4-5 hours

From Dhule we walk the route through a jungle that goes straight about 400 meters very steep up for about one and half hours. We head to the pass, Nautale Bhanjyang (3970m). The route over here is dangerously steep. From the pass we can see the Jalja-La in the south east. Then we walk downhill along the Seng Khola, a river. We finally reach the camp which is situated at the Seng Khola. This spot is one of the coldest places on this trip. This area is of Yarsagumba, a precious natural drug that is found in this region.

Day 13: Seng Khola – Purbang  ( 4050 ) 4-5 hours

Today we are going to walk for about 4 hours only because we are walking in the high altitude and need to acclimatize slowly. The other reason is that the route goes straight uphill to the Purbang where we will camp. We have pack lunch today and rest in Purbang for acclimatization. Purbang is also Yarshagumba area. It has a very big area of meadow. In summer, the shepherds take their sheep to graze in this area. From here we can have the magnificent view of high Himalayas and barren lands. In March and April the route may be totally covered with snow and trekkers may be lost. This is the border line for Rukum and Dolpa districts. You may have luck to see Himalayan blue sheep and big Himalayan rats.

Day 14: Purbang – Sahartara (2980 m) 5- 6 hours

Still our route going uphill. We walk through a pass called Jang La (4500 meters). After the pass the route goes downhill through the barren lands. We walk through the forest just before an hour to Sahartara, a small village near Tarakot. We can visit to Daisi Gompa and Samteling Lama Gompa here.Sahartara is a Magar village that has close trade relations with the Tibetans hence they have taken the Lamaic religion. Thus we can witness in some house temples and many stupas. We have a rest day here and maybe a guest in one of their traditional houses.

Day 15: Sahartara Relax day or visit village

Today we can visit the somewhat lower Sahartara and there also visit an ancient temple just near the  camp. We can visit the local people and know about their life style. We can enjoy some local products here also just like in Pelma and Dhule. The local people in Sahartara are very simple and love to welcome the guest with smile and serve their local products. Apple trees are grown here, so in the autumn, we can enjoy the local apples. The view from here is panoramic. We can just rest, have bath or visit the places today. We can shop in the village for our trekking. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will arrange for our visit to the various nearby places today.

Day 16: Sahar Tara – Laina Odar (cave) ( 3370m ) 5-6 hours

In the beginning we walk downhill to the village of 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 again along the Thuli Bheri River. The path goes uphill through the jungle. We camp beside the river in Laina Odar. Odar means a cave. Nepali staff prepares dinner or do camp fire in the cave.

Day 17: Laina Odar- Nawarpani (Laina Odar) ( 3475 m) 4-5 hours

After Laina Odar 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 Odar. 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: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 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 27: Flight Juphal to Nepalganj (165m) 45 minutes , Nepalganj to Kathmandu 1 hours  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 28: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu  Bhaktapur (1401m) 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 29: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

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.