(Trekking in Off The Beaten Trail)
Upper Dolpo Trekking (Camping Treks)
||Mar - Aug,
Sep - Nov
| Trekking duration :
|18 - 25 Days.
|Trekking grade :
|Mx. altitude :
|Starting from :
|Ending Point :
with majority of Tibetan, Thakalis and Brahmins
|Mode of Trekking :
|Fully Organized Camping
|Himalayan Sights :
Himalayan ranges, Thorong Peak and Tibetan rugged
| Highlight :
||Dolpa is the most remote
and least developed isolated corner of Nepal, The
region offers opportunities to visit ancient villages,
high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries
and also to experience the vast array of wildlife
inhabiting the region, including Blue sheep, Mountain
Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard
is the most remote and least developed isolated
corner of Nepal, situated in the Trans Himalayan
region of Mid- West Nepal inside the Shey- Phoksundo
National Park, behind the Dhaulagiri massif. Geographically
Upper Dolpo is a part of the Tibetan Plateau and
is generally dry, cold and sparsely vegetated which
is unlike most other parts of the Nepal Himalayas.
It has fascinating villages and is still a land
of mystery, scenery and peace. Time has stood still
here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan
stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the
way they have done since time immemorial. The ecosystem
encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants
and wildlife, including the blue sheep and snow
leopard. As the most remote and least developed
district in Nepal, this trek is reserved. for those
with a true sense of adventure.
Itinerary ( Note : Itinerary can be customized according to
your duration of holiday )
to Day Itinerary
This is the first welcoming day that we meet upon
arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport and
transfer to Hotel. Short briefing will be followed
about necessary formalities and rest of the program.
Depending on your arrival time you will have choice
of visiting nearby sanctuaries or rest of the time
free for leisure.
/ Cultural Day In Kathmandu Valley
Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu, Patan city
where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and
Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local
tradition are highlighted on my guided tour. There’s
time to explore the city’s many charms on your
own or take a rest while I finalize trekking area
permits. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali
well come dinner await for you. Q/N in Kathmandu.
We take the flight to Nepalgunj in the far west of
Nepal. This one-hour flight is quite remarkable as
it is traverses the entire length of the Nepl Himalayan
west of Kathmandu, with superb views of Langtang,
Manaslu, and Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri and finally
Dolpo, Nepalgunj is closed to the Indian border, and
quite warm in comparison with Kathmandu. We check
into the Hotel, fifteen minutes drive from the airport.
We have to be at the airport early as we take the
first flight to Jumla, which takes only half an hour
at thee campsite by the airstrip we meet our porters
and kitchen crew who have walked in from the road
head ten days early. The rest day gives the porters
a chance to get sorted out for the start of the following
– Gothi Chaur
The start of the trek. The usual start to the day
is bed tea at 6.00am and away by 8.30am. The first
day is always a bit slow as the porters get into the
swing of things, but a rhythm soon develops. Following
the path heading south east from Jumla, on thee left
(true right side of the river Tila, a bridge is reached
after an hour and a half to Garjankot (lunch). A slightly
longer walk in the afternoon passes a few houses and
an Irrigation channel on the right. From which there
is a lovely view across the rolling hills behind.
The camp is 200m below at a sheep from known as Gothi
Chaur – Naphuknona
The trail drops down from the farm for half an hour
to follow the banks of a tributary of the Tila River
which is crossed by a small bridge to the main river
and another bridge to its left bank. Alpine forests
and clear streams are the order of the day and two
hours after leaving the camp you reach the village
of Munigaon where there is a police check post. The
main trail continues south east to Jajarkot and the
Our route turns to the east by the check post staying
on the left side of the river instead of crossing
the bridge. After 20 minutes another bridge is reached
which is crossed and the path followed to a lunch
stop 20 minutes further. The scenery is very reminiscent
of North America and is ideally suited to the Himalayan
Griffin, which can be seen in large numbers soaring
high above the trees. After lunch, a short afternoon's
walk leads to the village of Naphukhona with a large
Tibetan Choten. Our campsite is 10 minute further
on below the Gompa at Chorteng. (3100m).
– Bheri River Valley
Following the river through some of the most superb
forest so far encountered, lunch is taken after only
two hours by the start off the climb to the Maure
La (3927m). The climb from the lunch spot takes around
45 minutes and is rewarded with some very fine views
of the Bheri River Valley and the Peaks of Ghyuthumba
and Matathumba, the first peaks to be climbed in Dolpo
in 1953 by Dr. Herbert Tichy. In the distance a hundred
Miles away, the huge bulk of Api is the dominating
peak to the west. The excursion to the cairn at the
top of the hill above the pass is well worth it for
a superb view of the Dhaulagiri Massif and Annapurna
II clearing in the forest (3100m).
Bheri River Valley - Hurikot
An extremely enjoyable walks, at first through more
forest to a corner, which yields the first view of
the Kagmara Lekh and the Bheri River itself. The path
can be seen contouring across the hillside through
the village of Chaurkot, after which it descends to
a stream and climbs again to another saddle.
Lunch is taken by the nest stream. The village off
Rimi and Kaigaon are soon clearly visible and the
path drops down through Rimi, which is quite dirty,
to the more picturesque Kaigaon stay on the left side
of the river, as the campsite is 20 minutes further
on below the village off Hurikot (2650m). A monastery
is being built just above the campsite and it is normal
for groups to give a donation.
– Garpung Khola
Follow the stream to the village, which is very Tibetan
in character. The path climbs gradually staying high
above the Garpung Khola for two hours until it reaches
thee Jagdula Khola and a lunch stop at the army post
on the opposite side (2950m). A steep climb for half
an hour leads to a clearing with an excellent view
of Kagmara V.Continue along the left bank to camp
by a bridge crossing the Garpung Khola.
start the trek following the river upstream.
A short morning's walk and a rest afternoon. Cross
the bridge and follow the river for two hours to reach
a fine vantage point of the route ahead, including
the campsite, which is an hour further. The first
night at 4000 meters.
big day crossing the Kagmara La (5100m).
Taking a packed lunch, follow the Right Bank off the
river for a short way until the path becomes slightly
obscure below a steep climb. Reaching the top of this,
the angle eases off slightly and the pass is no more
than an hour and a half away.The pass is marked in
the traditional Tibetan way with hundreds of prayer
flags, and the view is quite stunning. The short climb
to the summit of Kagmara RI (5370m) takes no more
than half an hour, but the extra view is well worth
it. The mountains of Tibet and Mount Everest in the
distance form just part of this impressive panorama,
which is dominated by the Dhaulagiri massif and the
Annapurnas. The view to the south and west of the
Kagmara Lekh and the Kanjiroba Himal is equally impressive.
All in all a very special spot. There is no need to
leave in a hurry, as the campsite is a mere hour below
the pass on a flat grassy clearing by the river (3450m).
our 1990 reconnaissance trip, Himalayan blue
sheep and wild fox ware seen from the camp as well
s numerous birds of pray. A big descent, over 1200
meters, leads through an idyllic valley to the village
of Pungmo. Camp is made by the Choten the entrance
to the village.
rest day if you wish, but the spare day is
to give everyone the chance to visit the important
Gompa above Pungmo. There are in fact two Gompas as
we have entered a region where both 'Bon' and 'traditional'
Buddhism are practiced. Chotens become very confusing
s one dictates an anti- clockwise passing whilst the
other clockwise. However, the lams of both Gompas
are willing to show you around for a small donation.
To reach them, look out for a wooden bridge below
the village. Cross this to the opposite bank of the
river and follow the path up through the pine forest
past a Choten. The path becomes quite exposed as it
cuts across a cliff to reach the sanctuary
destination is the village of Ringmo by the beautiful
Phuksumdo Tal (lake). Keeping to the left side of
the river, descend for one hour to a military camp
(31d50m) at the junction of the Pungmo and Phuksumdo
Rivers. Turns left immediately after the camp and
follow a delightful path by the Phuksumdo River to
a grassy clearing for lunch.
The afternoon's walk up to Ringmo is very rewarding
as huge rock walls guard the upper valley and it is
not until some prayer flags are reached at 3800m that
the lake can be seen. Equally impressive is the huge
waterfall falling down from the Phuksumdo River. From
the prayer flags, a pleasant half an hour's walk leads
to the village of Ringmo and camp is made on the opposite
side of the village (3700m). Crossing the bridge in
the village and turn left to reach the lake.
rest day in Ringmo camped by the beautiful clear waters
of Ringmo Lake. The nearby monastery is worth a visit.
final part of the trek sets out to explore the hidden
valley of Tarap, one of the last bastions of Tibetan
culture in Nepal. An easy day involving a couple of
hours walks in the morning to a Yak grazing pasture
by the Manduwa Khola. The path skirts along lodges
hacked out of cliffs for the Yak caravans from Dolpo.
The views down the Suli Gad and across to the Kagmara
Lekh are particularly impressive. The campsite is
in a lovely spot (3900m) below Kang Taiga (5916m).
is a very strenuous day crossing thee Basic Bhanjyang
(Bagar La) (5200m). It is also one of the most fascination
of the trek as we cross the watershed of the main
Himalayan onto the dry Tibetan plateaus. Following
the river to begin with, the path turns north up the
first obvious side valley and climbs steeply to the
pass, which marked by a choten and the usual prayer
flags. The views to the east and north are one of
complete contrast to those of the previous two weeks
trekking. The mountain is orange and brown stretching
out into Tibet to the north. The pass is often windy
and the descent is party rapid to the river below
and our camp (4650m). The road to shey and saldang
is clearly etched out of the landscape by the tracks
of thousands of Yaks that have made the journey south
over the centuries the lifeline of Dolpo. At this
point we are only three hours from the village of
Shey, but access is not permitted.
Tarap Valley is today's destination and despite the
climb to the Numla La (5350m), the walk into this
beautiful and wild Tibetan landscape is one of the
highlights of the trek. A four to five hour climb
leads to the pass and the view is indeed stunning.
Dhaulagiri I am the prominent feature, with the rolling
Tibetan hills and the Kanjiroba Himal to the west
equally impressive. For an excellent 3600 panorama,
climb the small peak to the left
Of the pass. The path descends gradually into the
Tarap Valley. In two to three hours the Champa Gompa
is passed on the left and camp is made a little further
down the valley in the first village (4300m).
long day. Due to the opens of the Tarap Valley, the
sun hits the tent early, giving a spring feel to the
morning. The mornings walk passes through the villages
off Clumaga and Kakar, both extremely interesting
with many Choten, again both Bun-Po (the ancient pre-Buddhistic
religion) and Choba (orthodox Buddhist). There are
two Gompas in Dho, Guru Bumba (Chob) and above the
village Scipcha Gompa (Bon). Leaving Dho (a name given
to the last village but actually meaning the upper
collection of villages), the Tarap Khola is followed
for two hours, at first on its left bank, to a bridge
where lunch is taken. This is the last flat ground
for three to four hours as the valley becomes narrow
with deep goes crossed by innumerable small bridges.
However, it is an extremely well made path, one of
the finest gorge paths in the Himalayan, offering
an entertaining afternoon's walk. A small campsite
by a large campsite by a big cave.
path through the gorge continues to impress, switching
from the riverbank to way up the cliff side on some
amazing constructions! After a long morning's walk
(look out for Musk Deer), a large clearing by the
river is reached. This is Lahini and marks the end
of the gorge. The path Kanigaon (2700m) where we camp.
the check post, head east for a few hundred yards
to a well mad bridge which is crossed to the left
bank of the Barbung Khola, into which the Trap Khola
now flows. This river is followed for three hours
to the village of Tarakot where we stop. Rest afternoon.
easy day, continuing along the Barbung Khola through
a beautiful alpine valley to the Hindu village of
Dunai. Four hours walking. Camp by the new 'Blue Sheep
final day's walk continues along the river to a tea
shop by the side of the path (One and a half hours)
which marks the start of the climb to the Juphal airstrip.
The path climbs steadily, passing through the village
of Juphal to the airstrip. Camp is made outside the
take the flight to Nepalgunj, for an afternoon's rest
before flying on to Kathmandu the following day. The
views from the lake of the Annapurnas are famous throughout
day in Kathmandu.
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