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Dolpo Region Trek is a hidden valley created by a Buddhist deity for his worshipers. Today, it is celebrated as a sample of original Tibet. Blue sheep, Himalayan black bear and the snow leopard are the most talked about fauna of this region.

Dolpo Trekking is located inside the Shey Phoksumdo National Park of mid-western Nepal, behind the North side of the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau.Cut off by a series of very high passes, closed by snow most of the year, Dolpo remains truly an isolated corner of Nepal. Time had stood still here for centuries, so has the inhabitants’ way, since time immoral. The finely preserved ecosystem encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and snow leopards.Dolpo trek through the Mustang is an experience not easily forgotten.

We travel in the restricted area of this region from Shey to Lo Monthang. We will need to have a special permit to do this route, and a government representative to accompany the party as per rule.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592 feet)

If you are trekking through a travel agency, the company’s representative will pick you up from the airport. They will then transfer you to your hotel. They workout for your trekking permits and legal process. Your travel company usually offers breakfast and overnight stay in the hotel. So, you have to pay yourself for lunch and dinner.

But if you are traveling on your own, you have to find a taxi and search for a hotel. You may get cheated on taxi fares, be careful. You then need to obtain permits for Dolpo trekking. As you need a government-approved tour operator to accompany you during the trek, you need to find a reliable tour operator.

2 Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Your next day starts with a delicious breakfast. Then, you can tour around Kathmandu with your trekking agency’s guide. Here are some UNESCO-listed world heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath.

If you are traveling on your own, and are still to acquire TIMS card or trekking permit, work on getting them.

Also, make sure you buy all the essentials you need during the trek. You can go to Thamel- a touristic center in the heart of Kathmandu and buy or rent trekking gears. And make sure you are fully prepared for your trek.

3 Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(150m, 490 ft)

The next day, you will fly for 45 minutes to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a sweltering city in the Mid-Western Terai. It lies in the vicinity of Nepal-India border and is a major city in Mid-Western region. Bardia National Park is also pretty close to Nepalgunj.

You can also travel to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu by bus. But, you have to catch a night bus on the second day of your trip to arrive at Nepalgunj in the third day. The long journey through East-West Highway is no less amazing. You pass through some other cities including Narayangarh, Hetauda, Bharatpur, Butwal and more.

You will stay overnight in a hotel. Take an evening walk and explore the city.

4 Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal(2,475m, 8,118ft) and trek to Dunai(2,140m, 7,019ft)

In the early morning, you will travel to Juphal Airport from Nepalgunj. You fly over amazing landscapes witnessing Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Juphal Airport is the only airport in Dolpa. It was also the only place to depend on for Dolpo locals to connect to other parts of Nepal. Recently, road track to Dhadang is opened. This has given Dolpo people a glimpse of hope that they will have alternative transport options as well.

After you land at Juphal, you will trek for 2-3 hours to reach Dunai.

Dunai is the district headquarter of Dolpo based at 2000 meters on the bank of Thuli Bheri River. You will stay in a teahouse in Dunai.

Trek Hours: 5-6 hours

Accomodations: Tea house

Meal Includes: Dinner, breakfast & lunch

5 Day 05: Trek from Dunai(2,140m/ 7,019ft) to Ankhe(6988ft/ 2,130m)

On the next day, the trek starts towards Ankhe. You will cross the new suspension bridge, turn west and follow the trail. You start ascending to reach a ridge and enter into Phoksundo River Valley. The trek then passes through another ridge, then a canyon, then reach Rahagaon.

After that, you will trek through a dense forest to Ankhe. Territory of Shey-Phoksundo National Park begins from Ankhe. You will stay overnight in Ankhe.

Trek Hour: 5-6 hours

Accomodations: Tented camps

Meal Includes: Dinner, breakfast & lunch

6 Day 06: Trek from Ankhe(6988ft/ 2,130m) to Sulighat

The next day, you trek through a trail passing through forests and many streams. A river flows alongside the rocky trail. You will then trek to Ryajik and then to Sulighat to spend the sixth night of your trip.

Trek Hours: 5-6 hours

Accomodations: Tented camps

Meal Includes: Dinner, breakfast & lunch

7 Day 07: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake(3,611m/11,849 ft)

On the seventh day, you trek along the valley to the junction of Phoksundo River and Pungmo River. After you cross a wooden bridge, you trek alongside Pungmo River all the way to Phoksundo Lake.

Trek Hours: 5-6 hours

Accomodations: Tented camps

Meal Includes: Dinner, breakfast & lunch

8 Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

You have trekked a long way to Shey Phoksundo Lake. The lake is at an altitude of 3611 meters. So, today is well-earned rest and acclimatization day.

You can explore the area around Shey Phoksundo Lake. This amazing turquoise colored lake is a heavenly sight to behold.

You can visit Ringmo village and a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in its neighborhood. You can delve into culture and tradition of people.

Accomodations: Tented camps

Meal Includes: Dinner, breakfast & lunch

9 Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola(3,750m/12,300ft)

It’s day nine. The trail flanks the Shey Phoksundo Lake from the western side. You walk through the trail of rocky hills of the western end of the lake. The trail continues through a lush grassland to the floodplain of Phoksundo Khola.

Trek hour: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Trip Facts

Cost Includes

  •     Mt Dhaulagiri Climbing Permit and all government taxes
  •     National park/Conservation permit fees
  •     Liaison officer wages, allowances and insurance
  •     5 (five) nights, 3 star hotel accommodation on single room BB basis
  •     All location transport by private vehicle
  •     Porters/Yak to carry expedition loads to & from Base Camp (BC)
  •     Expedition Sherpa Guide/Sirdar
  •     Experienced & Professional high altitude Personal Climbing Sherpa on 1:2 ratio
  •     Experienced Expedition Cooks and Kitchen helpers
  •     Quality single tent to each client at BC with sleeping mattress
  •     Quality dinning tent at BC
  •     All necessary kitchen & camping equipment
  •     Shower facility at base camp
  •     Quality high altitude tents for the higher camps
  •     All necessary group climbing hardware gears including the ropes
  •     Highly preferable meals at BC and for the higher camps
  •     All the hot drinks with beverages during the expedition
  •     Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food
  •     EPI gases with burner for high camps
  •     POISK Oxygen (03 cylinders Per Client & 01 cylinder Per Sherpa)
  •     Mask and Regulator to each client (to be retuned after expedition)
  •     Walkie-talkie set to each client with radio base at BC
  •     Satellite phone for the emergency call (Personal call on payable basis)
  •     Solar Panel/Generator with accessories at BC for recharging & power supply
  •     Oxygen set at BC for medical purpose
  •     Gamow bag /PAC at BC for medical purpose
  •     HMA duffel bags to each client
  •     Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff
  •     Insurance of local team members
  •     All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
  •     Half day city tours in Kathmandu
  •     Celebration meal in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  •     High altitude coverage travel insurance
  •     International Air ticket & any departures taxes
  •     Personal climbing equipment
  •     Cost of emergency evacuation and medical treatment cost
  •     Cost of personal natures of expenses
  •     Tips & Summit bonus to the local staff
  •     Cost occurred due to delay and cancellation of flights, extension of trek and climbing period etc.


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