Dolpo Region Trek

Dolpo is located in the shy- Phoksundo National park of mid- western Nepal behind the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau which cut off by a series of very high passes and closed by the snow most of the year. Dolpa remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial.

01:Lower Dolpo Trek

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj you will be transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj. We will transfer you to the hotel and rest of the time explores the surrounding southern Nepal border with India and market areas, overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo)(2,320m/7,610ft), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft), 2-3 hrs walks
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jhupal, a super scenic flight of 45minutes brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhupal our trekking staffs will receive you. Our first day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. You have time to stroll around for local knowledge. Overnight at the camp.

Day 03: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we start our trek continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river, to Tarakot where colorful terraced field greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu (river). The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight camp is made by the river about 150 m below the village, near the police post or we climb a steep ridge for an hour to the village on a spur, where there are chorten in a Gompa on the edge of grassy plateau, with a solitary tree. We settle camp for overnight.

Day 04: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft), 5-6 hrs walks
After breakfast we continuous our walking to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages of Sahartera and winding gradually towards a small settlement of Kola after 3-4 hrs of good morning walk. From this place descend with few ups to reach our overnight camp at Khani gaun with another 2 hrs of trek and overnight camp near by the village backyard.

Day 05: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft), 4-5 hrs walks
After breakfast we continue walking up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. In some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed by the monsoon flood, and we may opt to cross the cold torrent on foot and overnight at camp by the river near before Kamattarka village.

Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we start our trek with a pleasant walk and with most scenic landscapes and easily get to the Yak Kharka. We will have lunch at the middle of the way. Camp will set up as before and we overnight at tented camp at Yak Kharka.

Day 07: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5-6 hrs walks
Our morning walks begins after breakfast with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregualr stone wall. At Dho, thirty -four houses are divided into three groups and built in a randomly way. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations and overnight Camp by the village yard.

Day 08: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Today is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favour Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk.

Day 09: Trek to Tokyu Gaun 5-6 hrs walks
After a wonderful time here at Dho Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilo meters along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buck wheat, wheat and potato. After 3-4 hrs of good walk in this perfect tranquillity coming to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After visit this village our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-la.

Day 10: Trek to Numa La
Today, we start our trek after breakfast with scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. We will have short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we'll reach at the camp for overnight.

Day 11: Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi.
After breakfast our journey continues to crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. It takes 6-7 hrs and after top at Numala we will descends another bottom part known as Phedi and overnight.

Day 12: Cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp on the other side of the Phedi (4,470m/14,662ft)
After breakfast our morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Phedi and overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6-7 hrs walks
After breakfast our morning trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo.

Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
This is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to visit the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and with a great views overnight at camp.

Day 15 : Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake) – Pungmi Village (3320m.)
Day 16 : Pungmi Village – Kagmara Base Camp (5067m.)
Day 17: Kagmara Base camp – Kagmara Pass (5115m.) – Garpung Khola.
Day 18: Garpung Khola – Kai Gaun (3000m.)
Day 19 : Kai Gaun – Chouri Kot (3200m.)
Day 20 : Chouri Kot – Churta (3300m.)
Day 21 : Churta – Gothichaur (Lunch Place) – Overnight in Jumla (2300m.)
Day 22 : Jumla – Nepalgunj/Kathmandu. Trek End.

02: Upper  Dolpo trek

Day 01       :  Fly to Nepalgunj.  Overnight
Day 02       :  Fly to Juphel and then walk to Dunai.  Overnight
Day 03       :  Walk to Hanke Check Post.  Overnight
Day 04       :  Walk to Forest Camp. Overnight
Day 05       :  Walk to Ringmo/Phuksundo Lake
Day 06       :  Trek to Phuksundo Khola
Day 07       :  Trek to Snowfield
Day 08       :  Trek to Shey Gompa
Day 09       :  In between Pijor
Day 10       :  Pijor
Day 11       :  In between Pijor
Day 12       :  Trek to Saldang
Day 13       :  Trek to Sibu
Day 14       :  Trek to Raman
Day 15       :  Trek to Jenjile/Chutang\
Day 16       :  Baga Le Base Camp
Day 17       :  Ringmo
Day 18       :  Hanke
Day 19       :  Juphel
Day 20       :  Juphel/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu

03.Dolpo to Mustang

Itinerary :

DAY 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
DAY 02 : Preparation
DAY 03 : Flight : KTM - Nepalgunj, hotel
DAY 04 : Flight : Nepalgunj - Juphal, / Dunai, camp
DAY 05 : Hanke, camp
DAY 06 : Regi, camp
DAY 07 : Ringmo, camp
DAY 08 : Pine Trees, camp
DAY 09 : Ganda La B. C., camp
DAY 10 : Ganda La crossing - Shey, camp
DAY 11 : Namgaon, camp
DAY 12 : Saldang, camp
DAY 13 : Confluence camp
DAY 14 : Cha, camp
DAY 15 : Jengla Phedi, camp
DAY 16 : Tokkyu, camp
DAY 17 : Pang La B. C.
DAY 18 : Pang La crossing - Yak Kharka, camp
DAY 19 : Chharka, camp
DAY 20 : Sangda La B. C.
DAY 21 : Sangda La Crossing - Kok La camp
DAY 22 : Sangda, camp
DAY 23 : Phalegaon, camp
DAY 24 : Jomosom/guest house
DAY 25 : Flight : Jomosom - Pokhara - KTM, hotel
DAY 26 : Kathmandu free day, hotel
DAY 27 : Final departure, transfer to airport

04: Lower Dolpo, Dhaulagiri, Hidden Valley Kaligandaki adventure trek


Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu/Hotel
Day 02: Preparation/ Briefing of trekking
Day 03: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj by flight, overnight in Nepalgunj Hotel.
Day 04: In the morning flight Nepalgunj - Jhupal 40 minutes flight and trek start about 4 hour walk to Dunai,camp in Dunai (2150m).
Day 05: Dunai - Ankhe (2660m) about 6 hours walk.
Day 06: Ankhe - Sumdo (3100m) about 5 hours walk.
Day 07: Sumdo - Ringmo Phoksindo (3728m) about 4 hours walk.
Day 08: Ringmo rest day and Excoration around the Lake.
Day 09: Ringmo Phoksindo - Bagala Phedi (4150m) 5 hours walk.
Day 10: BagalaPhedi - Bagala pass 5070m.7 hours and Pelungtang, 4465m.
Day 11: Pelungtang - Numala Pass 5190m.7 hours, Jaglung Gompaabout 4520m.
Day 12: Jaglung Gompa - Dho 4150m. 5 hours.
Day 13: Dho - Mahala Phedi 4250m.7hours.
Day 14: Mahala phedi - Mahala pass 5190m and Charkhala Phedi 4290m7 ½ hours.
Day 15: Charkhala phedi -Charkhala pass 5035m and charkha village4050m 6 hours.
Day 16: Charkha village -Yak Kharka 4250m about 6 hours.
Day 17: Yak Kharka -Bhery Kharka 4670m. 4 hours.
Day 18: Bhery Kharka - Thula 5400m & 8 hours Sangdaphedi 4450m.
Day 19: Sangda phedi - There is one longpass 5200m and Hidden valley 44250m 8hours walk up and down valley.
Day 20: Hidden valley - Thapa pass 5200mk camp.with excoriation 7 hours walk.
Day 21: Thapa pass - Thapa peak 6012m climb and kalopani camp 5000m.8 hours walk all together.
Day 22: Kalopani - Marpha 2670m. 6 hours.
Day 23: Marpha - Jomshom 2750m 2 hours.after lunch excoration to Village.
Day 24: Flight Jomshom / Pokhara 920m./Kathamandu .
Day 25: Departure Transport to International Airport.

05:Simikot to Mt. Kailash

Itinerary :
DAY 01: Kathmandu, Arrive in international airport and pick up and transport to your hotel.
DAY 02: Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
DAY 03: Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
DAY 04: After your break fast transport to Domestic airport and flight to Nepalgunj one hour and check in your Hotel in Nepalgunj.

DAY 05: Flying one hour to Simikot and Camp at Dharapari 4 ½ hours walk,( 2295m.) this is a short day Hopefully, your flight has arrived in simikot in the early morning and you are ready for a half day of trekking. Start climbing from the simikot airstrip at 2960 metres pass wheat and barley fields on a rocky trail bordered with cannabis and nettles. Trek pass the stone house of upper simikot and the community water supply. It does not look far, but it’s a long 300 – metre pull to the top of a forested ridge overlooking the town. The trek then makes a long , steep descent on a rocky switchbacking path passing above the rooftops of Dandaphoya, the village on the opposite side of the river is shara. Continue pass a single house, then on to tuling, also known as Majgaon, a compact thakuri village at 2270 meters. There is a small campsite about a half hour beyond the village. At these lower elevations among unsanitary villages flies are a real nuisance.

DAY 06: Dharapari-to-Kermi 5 ½ hours walk (2690 metres )The trail is reasonably level, and walnut and apricot trees provide welcome shade, as the trek passes through Dharapani. The two parts of this scatterd village are separated by the yakba khola. It’s a long . rough traverse across a scree slop to a stream Below the trail a bridge over the Humla karnali leads to khanglagaon, a thakuri village on the opposite side of the river. This is the last Thakuri village in the valley an the upper limit of rice cultivation. Stay on the north side of the river as the trail snakes up and down to chachera, a shepherds camp near a waterfall at 2350 metres, climb over a ridge past swarms of lizards sunning themselves as you approach kermi, situated beside a stream at 2690 metres. The route by passes kermi village itself, the only camp nearby is below the left side of the trail about 10 minutes beyond the village. There is a hot spring about an hours climb above kermi.

DAY 07:Kermi –to- Yangre kharka 5 hours walk,( 2850 metres)Climb over a ridge into a big valley with walled potato and buckwheat fields, then climb through a sparse pine forest to a rock cairn on a ridge at 2990 metres. Make switchbacks down to an extensive growth of wild marijuana and nettles on the bank of the chumsa khola cross the stream on a huge log, climb a steep rocky ridge and drop back towards the fast – flowing light grey waters of the Humla karnali. Climb over another ridge, then descend to Yalbang Chaur, a meadow where goat herders camp beside the river at 2760 metres. In November an annual trade fair,or meal at this site.

Above this sandy meadow the humla karnali valley narrows and the sides become quite steep. climb over two mores. The trail follows an irrigation canal to a huge rock just to the north of the village. Yalbang shares a hydroelectric power supply with its neigh bour yangar, a few km away. Take the lower, left – hand fork and contour up and around to a house and horse pasture on the ridge below, you can see a bride over the humla karnali and a fidiculously steep trail on the opposite side the leads to puija ( Poyun) the village where yalbang people live during the summer. This is also a trade route to the once importandt Humla trading center of chala and on to Bajura south of Humla climb over another ridge at 2930 metres and descend gradually to the extensive fields surrounding the compact village of yangar at 2850 metres.

DAY 08:YANGAR -TO- MUCHU 5 HOURS WALK, (2920m.) An old route followed a steep trail over a 3500-metre-high ridge, the Illing La, beyond Yangar. Fortunately you can now follow a new, lower path that avoids the climb. The trail passes through the compact settlement of Yangar, in some places in tunnels beneath houses, then climbs behind a rock spur to a fast-flowing stream. Decline the old trail and follow the new route across a scree slope and out to the end of the ridge before dropping to the river at 2770 meters. The trail wends it’s way precariously close to the river on a track built up with rocks and wooden props and a few stretches where the path was blasted out of the cliff. After more than an hour of ups and downs you will reach a new suspension bridge at 2800 meters. Cross to the south bank of the Humla Karnali and a big rocky Camp beside the river. Climb to a stream, rock-hop across it and ascend past apricot orchards to a totally defunct kani that marks the entrance to Muchu village at 2920 meters.

DAY 09: MUCHU –TO- YARI 6 HOURS WALK, ( 3640m)The trail passes below the gompa and stone houses of Muchu. Climb through the orchards and fields of the village to a ridge, then drop into a ravine and climb to a chorten on the opposite side. There are a few house, just behind it is the ridge near the chorten offers a good view of the upper part of the valley and of Tumkot village also known as Mota gompa and it’s large white gompa on the next ridge enjoy the next easy strech of trail as it contours down to the Tumkot Khola, follows the rocky stream bed for a short distance then cross it on a Long bridge. Don’t climb the hills towards Tumkot follow the trail around the foot of the Ridge and cross the Bomchiya khola on a wooden bridge at 2900m the Humla Karnali disappears into a steep cleft to the north behind a high ridge that provides you with the oppetinuty tyo climb up hill for the next two days, the first part of the climb from the Bomchiya Khola is quite steep about half an hour up there is one ocvious trail Junction take the lower left hand trail the upper trail which eventually rejoin the lower trail is a short cut for gots the route enters a steep rock, field gully it’s a long slow sloge upto a ridge at 3270m the path level out as it ascents to a cairn at 3310m, Out as it ascents to a kind at 3310m then descents gently through Juniper trees and climbs again to Palbang, we will get on bright yellow mustard (tori) fields. From toria the trail ascents to stream and deep in got dropping then contours upto a small cairn at 3660m where rounding a ridge you can see the extensive field of Yari the trek follows on irrigation cannel into the Huge valley of the Jyakthang chu market by a many wall at 3640 meters climbs gently to Yari. A compact settlement of stone house.

DAY 10: YARI TO HILSHA The trail makes steep continue ascents along the side of the ridge above Sipsip to huge rock cairn atop the Nara lamgma at 4580m. A short distance below the pass you will roind a ridge for the view of Tbetan patue the Humla karnali and the green barley fields of Shera. This hill without a few slips and slides. The trail contours around a large canyon before making a final steep, dusty drop to the Humla Karnali at 3720 m. It is a walk of only a few minutes along the river to Hilsa.
DAY 11: Trek half an hour Sher, drive to Manasorovar Lake. [4440m] Camp
DAY 12: Manasarovar Lake. Camp
DAY 13: Drive to Darchen Foot of Mt.Kailash [4500m.]. Camp
DAY 14: Trek to Dira Phuk. Camp
DAY 15: Trek over Dolma La Pass [5630m] camp near to Zutulphuk.[4900m.] Camp
DAY 16: Half day trek to Darchen and drive to Lake Manasorovar. Camp.
DAY 17: Drive to Paryang [4050m.] Camp
DAY 18: Drive to Saga. Camp
DAY 19: Drive to Rongbuk. Camp
DAY 20: Everest BC, exploratory walks up the glacier. Camp
DAY 21: Everest BC, exploratory walks up the glacier. Camp
DAY 22: Drive to Nylam. Camp
DAY 23: Drive to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
DAY 24: Final Departure.

06: Dhorpatan / Dolpo trek

Itinerary :
Day 01: Kathmandu-Baglung
Day 02: Baglung-Babiyachaur
Day 03: Babiyachaur- Dharapani
Day 04: Dharapani-Muna
Day 05: Muna-Gurjaghat
Day 06: Gurjaghat-Dhorpatan
Day 07: Dhorpatan-Rest day
Day 08: Dhorpatan-Thankurthali
Day 09: Thankurthali-Pelma
Day 10: Pelma-Syangkhola
Day 11: Syangkhola Saurekhola
Day 12: Saurekhola-Tarakot (Cross 4500m.Jongla Bhanjyang pass)
Day 13: Tarakot-Dunai
Day 14: Dunai-Rest day
Day 15: Dunai-Chhekpa
Day 16: Chhekpa-Sunduwa
Day 17: Sunduwa-Shey-Phoksundo Lake
Day 18: Shey-Phoksundo -Rest day
Day 19: Shey-Phoksundo-Chhekpa
Day 20: Chhekpa-Dunai
Day 21: Dunai-Juphal
Day 22: Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Personal Equipment List

Sleeping Bag(Can be rented)
Trekking Boots/ shoes
Down Jacket (can be rented)
Fleece Pant / Jacket
Flashlight (extra batteries)
Trekking polls (optional)
Sun Hat / Visor
Sun Screen
Sunglasses (UV protected. Imperative to have quality eye wear)
Waterproof Jacket
Wool- fleece / Hat with ear protection
Water Treatment
Small First Aid

Pre-departure information and trekking tips

Insurance: Expedition members are responsible for having their own travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.
Age: Age is an attitude not a problem, but we do require that group members be at least 18 years old.
Vaccination: Nepal has no official vaccination requirements for entry. However we recommend that you visit a doctor for the latest recommendations and protect yourself accordingly.
Visa: Visa can be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival. You will need 2 passport size photographs.