This exciting trek gets away from the main tourist areas to an isolated and starkly beautiful region. The challenging journey, off the beaten path is rarely visited by tourists and full of adventure. If you are looking for an exceptional experience with charming natural beauty and cultural insight then this trek is for you! The Dolpo Region was opened to trekkers in 1989, but few people have witnessed its timeless way of life and the culture retains its mystique.Some people compare the land and culture to Tibet before the Chinese arrived in the 1950s, and because it is remote and requires special permits, a limited number of tourists visit Dolpo.
The journey starts with a scenic flight to Jhupal, in Lower Dolpo. We then begin our trek, which passes through rich forests and visits magnificent villages with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Churen, Kanjiroba, the Annapurnas and Nilgiri peaks and more. A main attraction of this journey is Phoksundo Lake and its nearby waterfalls and the regal village of Ringmo. We will have many breathtaking viewpoints of the Himalayan landscape as we cross remote mountain passes of Kagmara La 5115 m/16770 ft, Baga La 5190 m/17015 ft and Numa La at 5159 m/16915 ft and visit scenic villages. Dolpo is bordered by the Tibetan plateau to the north, and has long maintained trade with its northern neighbor. The residents of the region share many similarities with Tibetans with their Buddhist culture and a lifestyle influenced by the Bon religion that predates many of the modern practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
We also have the opportunity to observe a wide array of plants and wildlife, notably the Blue Sheep. Snow leopards are known to prey on them but are quite a rare sight. The Snow Leopard, a book by Peter Matthiessen dramatically recounts his experiences in the Dolpo.
Lower Dolpo is a camping trek,and we will have porters to carry supplies, a dining tent, sleeping tent and more for your comfort. The Himalaya Hikes chef will make delicious meals and the camp will be a warm place to reminisce about of the day’s highlights over food and drink, under the heavenly stars.
There are many choices for more trekking in the Dolpo and Mustang areas if you would like to extend your travels, just let us know and we will arrange according to your schedule!
We have fixed departures and custom treks that can be arranged any day to suit your needs and schedule. Himalaya Hikes looks forward to guiding you into the spectacular Dolpo Region and the most breathtaking scenery in Nepal!
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2:Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3:Kathmandu to Nepalganj (160 m /533 ft)
Day 4:Fly to Juphal (2500 m/ 8,330 ft), Trek to Dunai(2030 m/6770 ft) 3 hours
Day 5:Trek to Chepka(2670m/8900 ft)
Day 6:Trek to Renje(3010 m/10035 ft)
Day 7:Trek to Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake (3730 m/12435 ft)
Day 8:Rest and Exploration Day
Day 9:Trek to Baga La Phedi(4080m/13,382ft)
Day 10:Cross Baga La (5070m/16630 ft)to Numa La Phedi (4465m/14,645 ft)
Day 11:Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft)& trek to Do (4,090m/13,415ft)
Day 12:Rest and Exploration at Dho-Tarap
Day 13:Trek to Nawarpani (3,590 m/11,970ft)
Day 14:Trek to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft)
Day 15:Trek to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft)
Day 16:Trek to Dunai
Day 17:Trek to Juphal
Day 18:Fly Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj Advisory: In some circumstances, flights to and from Nepalgunj might be delayed for a few hours to a day or more because of poor weather. We therefore recommend scheduling extra time in Kathmandu, and if all goes well
Day 19:Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3Kathmandu to Nepalganj (160 m /533 ft)
Day 4Fly to Juphal (2500 m/ 8,330 ft), Trek to Dunai(2030 m/6770 ft) 3 hours
Day 5Trek to Chepka(2670m/8900 ft)
Day 6Trek to Renje(3010 m/10035 ft)
Day 7Trek to Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake (3730 m/12435 ft)
Day 8Rest and Exploration Day
Day 9Trek to Baga La Phedi(4080m/13,382ft)
Day 10Cross Baga La (5070m/16630 ft)to Numa La Phedi (4465m/14,645 ft)
Day 11Cross Numa La (5,190m/17,023ft)& trek to Do (4,090m/13,415ft)
Day 12Rest and Exploration at Dho-Tarap
Day 13Trek to Nawarpani (3,590 m/11,970ft)
Day 14Trek to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft)
Day 15Trek to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft)
Day 16Trek to Dunai
Day 17Trek to Juphal
Day 18Fly Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj Advisory: In some circumstances, flights to and from Nepalgunj might be delayed for a few hours to a day or more because of poor weather. We therefore recommend scheduling extra time in Kathmandu, and if all goes well
Day 19Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Trek.
The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.
The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.