The heart of Dolpo is the Shey Phoksumdo National Park, home to the famous Shey gomba and blindingly blue Phoksumdo lake. Isolated from the rest of the country by high passes to the south and Dhaulagiri on the east, Dolpopas (people of Dolpo) continue their centuries-old barter trade with Tibet, and around Tarap, the interior of this alluring and exotic region, most villages are still distinctly Tibetan. The mingling of cultures is fascinating here, for while the Tibetan population is relatively small, much of the practice of Hinduism has taken on a Buddhist mien. It is interesting to see how the pre-Buddhist religion, Bön, is practised here - notice, for example, how unlike in Hinduism and Buddhism, circumambulations are done counter-clockwise, and mani walls and chhorten are passed on the right. The mysterious villages, insular people, the extremely rugged terrain, the religion, the legendary Crystal Mountain, and the shockingly blue lake where no aquatic life lives - all this makes Dolpo one of the most fascinating of all places in Nepal. Peter Matthiesson immortalised it in The Snow Leopard. Wildlife includes the Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, snow leoaprd, and the ubiquituous marmot.
Day 01. You will be picked up by our representative from airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02. Free day in Kathmandu, night at hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Nepalganj, west Nepal. this night will be at a hotel, not camping.
Day 04 Fly on to Juphal in Lower Dolpo (2,500 m).
Day 05 Lawan (2,400 m).
Day 06 Kanigaon (2,540 m).
Day 07 Lahini (3,160 m)
Day 08 Plenty of water today as you cross, re-cross, and cross back the Tarap Chu (river) all day, on good bridges and bad, wooden ones and those made from the local slate. There's a lot of walking through meadows with forests far above and switchbacking up ridges, and the first glimpses of the typical trans-Himalayan barrenness. Walk past Serkam, a 19th century border post between Nepal and Tibet, to Kamat Tarka (3,600 m).
Day 09 Tarap Do (4,080).
Day 10 The serious hardy, high altitude isolation begins today as you walk past Tarap Do's monastery and two other gomba to reach Tok-khyu (4,180 m), which is home to two other monasteries and an old library.
Day 11 Numa La (pass, 5,318 m).
Day 12 A lot of scree slopes and boulder hopping today as you cross Baga La (pass, 5,190 m).
Day 13 Walk through trees, meadows, pastures, goth (shepherds' shelters), and forest. As you walk through scrub look across the valley for the massive waterfall formed by the river that Phoksumdo lake feeds. The vilage of Ringmo with its chhorten, pine foresets, and flat-roofed houses takes you to the magical lake of Phoksumdo (3,730 m).
Day 14 Walk down through forest and meadows, down the ever-widening valley, and past or atop the numerous sometimes slick bridges to reach the tiny village of Renje (3,010 m).
Day 15 This day's walk stays close to the river and can be strenuous at times, as the stones and logs that make up the trail become slick, or are engulfed. Tonight's stop is at Chepka (2,670 m), another tiny settlement with a large walnut grove.
Day 16 A rocky ascent, ridge walks, stream crossing and more lovely meadows and pastures bring you to Dunai (2,070 m).
Day 17 A shorter walk than you have become used to takes you uphill past the confluence of two rivers, traversing meadows and climbing into the valley that holds Juphal (2,490 m).
Day 18 An early morning flight from Juphal to Nepalganj to beat the fierce winds that plague the airport after ten a.m., followed by another longer flight on to Kathmandu.
Day 19 Free day in kathmandu for shopping.
Day 20 Transfert to the airport or own destination.
Cost on your request
Cost quoted in itineraries includes:
ü Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary Ktm-Nepaljung-Dolpo and return US $ 508 per person
Four nights 2 stars accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Hotel UTSE or similar.
ü All trekking and conservation area and national park permit fees,
For Camping or Tented Trek
ü All meals, camping gear (except sleeping bags) such as tents, kitchen equipment etc, salaries and insurance for guides, sherpas, cooks, porters (who will carry 15 kilos of personal belongings per person) etc during tented treks.
ü Re-confirmation of flight
Cost quoted does not include:
ü Your international flight into and out of Nepal
ü Travel insurance
ü Domestic and international airport taxes
ü Lunch, dinner, drinks in Kathmandu (US$6-15 per day)
ü Tips, souvenirs or other shopping