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Lower Dolpa ( Dolpo-Tarap- Shey-Phoksundo)

Dolpa offers a wonderful chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from seen in other parts of country . it is located in the central west of the country. The focal point of the area is Shey Phokundo National park. This remote and rugged protected area is both scenically and culturally attractive. It is the habitat of various rare and endangered plant and wildlife species many of which can be seen nowhere else in the country. Animal species of particular interest in the national park are populations of snow leopard, grey wolf and blue sheep.
The most obvious group of people seen in the northern parts of the area. Particularly in Dopa, are of Tibetan origin. Similar to Tibetans and Sherpas they rely on eking out a living on the high pastures and supplementing this with trade both to the north and the south. For years, their salt caravans have been a common site along the mountain passes. Their religion is a mixture of Tibetan Bhddhisum and the ancient, pre Buddhist , Bon religion, a largely animistic faith. Strangely, their language is based on the Tibetan dialect spoken in Kham, a province of old Tibet located many hundreds of kilometers to the east.
Lower down the people are a mixture of ethnic groups, such as the Magar, Gurung and hill people of Hindu caste origin. Of particular interest are the Thakuri, the royal family caste. Again they are quite different in culture and language to their cousins further east

Fact Box  
Starting from: Kathmandu Beni by bus.
Ending at: Flight/Juphal/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu.
Grade: Moderate-Difficult
Highest access of the trek: Numla Cross ( 5400m)
Culture encounter Gurung, Tamang,Chetri,Tibetan
Trekking type Camping
Himalayan sights: Landscape, phokshendu lake, water fall, monestary, blue sheep
Most Attraction of the trek: Tibetan culture
Best Seasion: February, March, April, May, October, November
Meal: breakfast, lunch, & Dinner)
Activities: Trekking
Transportation: Car / Van
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum Group Size: 1
Per day Walking: 5 to 7 hours
Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu Airport & Transfer to Hotel
Welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 02 Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
We will be visiting three of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will visit first the Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.
It is a 30 minutes drive to Boudhanath Stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrims site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices.
One of the holiest hindu shrines in the world, The fabulous pagoda houses the linga of Lord Shiva and people bathe in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it is sometimes very crowded.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This former royal palace complex offers the elegant 15th century Palace of 55 win-dows, artistic courtyards, the Golden gat.
Patan Durbar Square : Durbar Square an enchanting melage of palace buildings, courtyards and pagoda temples, is the center of Patan's religious and social life.
Day 03 By bus to Beni Bazar. Drive will take approximately 9hours.
Day 04 Beni to Lamachur
Follow the river(Myagdi Khola), which starts from the Dhaulagiri glacier. There is a hot spring along the way.
Day 05 Lamachur to Dharapani
Cross the bridge of Myagdi Khola. Climb up a rocky path dug into the cliff just over the river. Trail ascents and descends through village and forest. In good weather possible to see Dhaulagiri massif with its 6peaks, the Putha Hiunchuli and the Churen Himal.
Day 06 Dharapani to Muna(2300m)
From here the path is flat through the villages of Takum and Sibang. After Sibang start the climb to the small village of Mattim. After reaching a crest go down to Mura.
Day 07 Mura to Jaljale(3430m)
Trail continues through forest and villages towards to Jaljale.
Day 08 Jaljale to Dhorpatan(2300m)
From the top of the Jaljale will take about 4 hours to reach Dhorpatan valley. Mean the time walking through an incredible forest of pine trees, junipers, flowers and small hills. Several times you will have to cross the river.
Day 09 Dhorpatan –Pagune lekh cross(4050m) to Thankot besi
Cross the valley and climb up to reach the banks of Pagune khola. From here start a steep ascent following the river between rocks and canyons, up to the summit of Pagune lekh. Which is marked with a small Chorten( pile of stones adorned with prayer flags). Beautiful view of Dhaulagir, Chure and Putha Hiunchuli.
Day 10 Thankot besi to Pelma;
Descent to a grassy meadow where there are some abandoned huts. Cross a small river than enter to a fantastic jungle. Follow the path of many small peaks with beautiful view of Ghustung Khola to reach to Pelma village.
Day 11 Pelma to Dhule;(3300m)
The path goes through grassy, dense forest leading to a narrow gorge and an unnamed river. Jumping from one rock to another to reach to Dhule.
Day 12 Dhule to Seng Khola(3600m(
Climb up to a small passage . the path becomes flat then start long ascent to the Nautale La(3970m), which is marked with a Chorten. From here start the descent to the bed of Seng Khola. Where are many caves.
Day 13 Sengkhola to Jangla La(4530m)
It is very easy to see steep path leading up. The pass is marked with a Chorten and a small lake. From here the path is flat and clearly visible. To cross the pass it will take long time but not so difficult.
Day 14 Jangla La to Sahartara;
From the top of Jangla La starts the old kingdom of Tichrong the valley of Fragrant water. Tichurong was an independent kingdom whose capital was Tarakot or Taragaon or Dzong.
Day 15 Sahartara ; Rest day and explore
Day 16 Sahartara to Lahini;(3250m)
Trail follows the bank of river, where the valley becomes large and green. After village of Khani gaon to Lahini it is easy to see musk deer jumping in the middle of juniper and pine forest.
Day 17 Lahini to Tarap khola cave (3500m)
From here The trail becomes a narrow and walking through in landslide and avalanches area.
Day 18 Tarap Khola cave to Dho-Tarap(4100m)
This is the most difficult and dangerous part of the trek. The valley becomes a narrow, deep gorges and crossed by innumerable small bridges, make the river more and more impetuous. The path is dug into the rock but many parts are covered over by rockfalls.
Day 19 Dhotarap rest day and explore
Day 20 Dhotarap to Numla base camp(5360m)
After visiting all the gompas and Chorten in Tarap valley. The trail ascents through grassy meadows with plenty of flowers and wild rabbits jumping from hole to hole to reach to base camp. On the top of pass , marked with Mani stones. It opens a beautiful view of the Tibetan mountain and upper Tarap valley.
Day 21 Numla base camp to Bagla base camp;(5090m)
After crossing Numla Pass trail descends towards to Poyon khola. Where you can see Himalayan sheep, jumping from one rock to another with incredible agility. Bagla pass surrounded by big glaciers and blade shaped rock cliffs. From the pass there is a beautiful view of all Kanjiroba.
  Bagla base camp to Phoksundo lake;(3600m)
Soon after crossing the pass of Bagla you will reach to Ringmo valley with a complete view of the huge waterfall. Passing through dense forest to reach to Phokosundo lake.
  rest day and explore
  Phokosundo lake to Sepka(2660m)
The trail goes down hill through narrow gorge of Suli gad river. Where you will see a few houses of Tibetan and Gurungs surrounded by beautiful fields.
  Sekpa to Dunai;(2150m)
Trail continues through villages and along the river to reach to Dunai. Dunai is the administrative capital and has only market in all the Dolpa district.
  Dunai to Juphal
It is a very easy and pleasant walk.
Day 22 Juphal to Nepalgung to Kathmandu. by Flight
Day 23 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 24 Depart Kathmandu
You will be transferred to the airport for your final departure from Kathmandu.
Breakfast included.

Trek Price as per above program

Group Size
2 - 3 
4 - 5
6 - 7
8 - 9
10 - 11
12 + Above 
Price in US$ 
800 750 700 700 650 600 550

Package Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • All the ground Transportation by bus
  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu
  • 24 night 25 days trekking in tent
  • All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Trek Permit & National Park Fee
  • Trek leader for entire tour (All camping equipment like tent, Sleeping Bag, Kitchen Equipment etc.)
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), one porter for every 2 persons, their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments.
  • Demostic Airfare (Juphal - Nepalgunj, Nepaljung- Kathmandu and domostic airport tax)

Package Price Excludes

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fee of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the meal while you are in Kathmandu

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