Dolpo region is situated between the Dhaulagiri ranges and Tibetan Plateau. When the southern part of Dolpo was opened for the purpose of organizing trekking groups until 1989, the entire district was closed. Upper Dolpo trekking route is a remote and unspoiled area of Nepal. Snow Leopard, Peter Mathesons, mystical beauties, etc. are the main identity of Dolpo. Dolpo is the most beautiful and least developed district of Nepal. So, travelers have rarely visited this area because of high passes trail. The people of this region mostly speak Tibetan languages. Rarely some people can understand the Nepali language.
- Day1: Arrive in Kathmandu(1300m/4264ft).
- Day2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
- Day3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
- Day4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and trek to Dunai.
- Day5: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
- Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
- Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
- Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
- Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
- Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
- Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
- Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
- Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
- Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
- Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
- Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
- Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
- Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
- Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
- Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
- Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
- Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
- Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
- Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
- Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
- Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day1: Arrive in Kathmandu(1300m/4264ft).
Representative from touching void will receive us from Tribhuwan International airport and transfer us to hotel. We will be taking rest during the day and visit the touching void office in the evening to discuss about the trip details.
Day2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
Today after having a breakfast, we will be visiting the some of the UNESCO world heritage sites and explore the historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip preparation where we will be meeting trek leaders and other team members who will be joining with us.
Day3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
After visiting some of the places in Kathmandu we will take an hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which belongs to western part of Nepal.
Day4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and trek to Dunai.
We will take a 45minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal then after trek to Dunai for 2-3 hours. We will be exploring the small villages in the evening.
Day5: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
We leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. The trail ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk we get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe. Overnight in Ankhe.
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Our trail rises and slopes along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit dull, but there are numerous streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat where we spend the night.
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
We continue our journey along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge, we walk on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail passes through a cedar forest before reaching Palam village. From here we trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal.
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Today will be a well-earned rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During our short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Our trail changes about the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it summaries on a rocky shelf along the lake’s western bank. We walk through the valley, intersection the river and evasion the infrequent boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the overnight camp.
Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
We will trek to Phuksundo Bhanjyang from Phuksundo khola. A hard climb to the top brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp near the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened 'Snowfields Camp'. We will also get to admire the views of Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m).
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
We will continue our trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa. We also pass through meadows where we see grazing yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra).
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Shey Gompa was built in 1655 and the cloister is renowned for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. To the east of the gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the oddest mountains, as its knotted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Overnight in Shey Gompa.
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
We begin the day by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la pass. Overnight in Namuda Gaun.
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
We will trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight in Saldang.
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Early in the morning after having a breakfast we will countinue our journey from Saldang to Yangze Gompa. Overnight at Yangze Gompa.
Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
From Yangze Gompa our journey contineous there are two trails that connect to Sibu. To save time we will review the path back to Saldang village, which will be easier and shorter than the other route.
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
We walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, we arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi.
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
We get up early in the morning and established forth on today’s trek. It will take us two extended hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif.
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
We trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap). Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
We spend today by resting and strolling in the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
From Tarap we grade towards an extensive gorge which ultimately narrows into a gorge. We walk along juniper and wild rose scrubs just above the tree line.
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
We continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During our walk we pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of a path and we may have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we spend the night.
Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
From the camp we follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. Our trail then passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. Overnight in Tarakot
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
We begin our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before passage a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will remain alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadi. From here the trail moves towards the west on a relatively easy trail. Overnight in Dunai.
Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Fron Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River appreciating the attractive landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We carry on trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip. Overnight in Jhuphal.
Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
We take the first flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Then after arriving in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
All your standard Meals during the Lodge to Lodge trek and Camping (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners).
Local Touching void licensed English speaking guide.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and equipment during the trek
Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
Cost Does not Include
Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
International airfare and airport departure tax.
Nepal entry visa.
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
Hot shower, wifi and Battery charge during the trek.
Personal trekking Equipment.
Tips for trekking staff and driver.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.