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            Lower Dolpo Trek - 21 Nights / 22 Days

Restricted Areas: Here we get chance to learn culture tradition of different people and different system as known the Tibetan caravan treks.

Dolpo is a remote region, most of which is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park. It is bounded in the east and south by the Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges and in the west by the Jumla District. Isolated from the rest of Nepal by high passes to the south, Dolpo is also known as a ba-yul, or hidden land.
Phoksumdo Lake
The lake is spectacular, it is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. It is known for its aquamarine color a greenish blue similar to a special Tibetan turquoise. There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the waters brilliantly clear. If you toss a rock in, you can watch it for a long time as it sinks to the bottom. According to legend, Phoksumdo Lake was formed by a spiteful female demon.

DAY 01 ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
DAY 02 FLY TO NEPALGUNJ
DAY 03 FLY TO JUMLA [2370m] & TREK TO GOTHI CHAUR [2700m]
DAY 04 TREK TO NAPHUKANA [3080m]
DAY 05 TREK TO BALASA
DAY 06 BALASA TO KAIGAON
DAY 07 KAIGAON TO TOIJEM (2920m)
DAY 08 TOIJEM TO KAGMARA [3500m]
DAY 09 TREK TO KAGMARA PHEDI [4000m]
DAY 10 TREK TO PHOKSUMDO LAKE
DAY 11 AT PHOKSUMDO LAKE
DAY 12 TREK TO BAGA LA PHEDI
DAY 13 ACROSS BAGA LA [5090m] & TREK TO NUMA LA PHEDI [4800m]
DAY 14 ACROSS NUMA LA [5360m] & TREK TO DO [4100m]
DAY 15 AT DO
DAY 16 TREK TO LAHINI [3560m]
DAY 17 TREK TO TARAKOT [2600m]
DAY 18 TREK TO DUNAI [2100m]
DAY 19 TREK TO JUPHAL [2500m]
DAY 20 FLY JUPHAL / NEPALGUNJ / KATHMANDU
Day 21 FULL DAY CITY TOUR
Day 22 DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT

 

Detail Itinerary

  Day 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU

Welcome and Assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel Check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

 

  Day 02: FLY TO NEPALGUNJ

After breakfast at the hotel we are transferred to the Domestic Airport to connect flight to Nepalgunj. From Kathmandu it takes us almost ninety minutes to land at Nepalgunj. It is in the Terai near the Indian border. We spend rest of our days exploring the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

  Day 03: FLY TO JUMLA [2370m] & TREK TO GOTHI CHAUR [2700m]

Today we are flying to Jumla, from Nepalgunj. We are first transferred to the Nepaljung Airport to connect flight to Jumla. 30 minutes flight from Nepalgunj, we are at Jumla. Jumla lies on the banks of Til Khola at 2370m and is renowned as the highest rice growing areas in the world. We passing the airport to the eastern end of the runway, several water- driven mills drop to the confluence of the Til Khola and the Chaudhabise Khola. Crossing both the rivers on the bridge the trail climbs into a fertile valley along the Southern side of Tila to Depal gaon. Climbing to the small villages of Bhajkati, Dugri Lagun from Depal gaon we arrive at Dochal Ghara. Then again the trail climbs to a rock cairn at Pattyata Lagna finally descending to Gothi Chaur. Overnight stay at Gothi Chaur.

 

  Day 04: TREK TO NAPHUKANA [3080m]

Walking downstream through forests to a series of mills at Kuri Sangta we re-enter the Tila Valley. The trail crosses to the northern side of the Tila, passing corn and potato fields to Muni Sagni. On the way we cross several bridges and finally crossing the river our trail climbs to Chotra at 3010m. A short distance beyond Chotra is the Tibetan Settlement of Naphukana. Overnight stay at Naphukana.

 

  Day 05: TREK TO BALASA

As we trek further from Napukhana, the trail becomes steeper and climbs through the forests of Oak and Rhododendrons to Mauri Lagna (“Honey Pass”) at 3820m. Views of the snowy peaks of Gutumba (5608m) and Matatumba(5767m) to the northeast and Bhalu Himal (5460m) to the south can be seen. The trail descends from the pass and makes a long connection to a steep slope then drops into a forest of Pine and Oaks. Entering the Bheri Valley, we move to the village of Chaurikot. From Chaurikot we drop to a stream and then climb right back up again at an inviting notch on the ridge at 3080m and 30 minutes beyond the ridge is Balasa. Overnight stay at Balasa.

 

  Day 06: BALASA TO KAIGAON

Descending to a stream, we climb to ridge in a forest of Walnut trees. The trail contours passing the corn and potato fields and apple orchards of Jyakot and then descends to Rimi from here down a rocky trail to the Bheri river. Just across the bridge is Kaigaon. Kaigaon is the departure point for a crossing of Kagmara La. Overnight stay at Kaigaon.

 

  Day 07: KAIGAON TO TOIJEM (2920m)

After an early breakfast we begin with our day trek to Toijem. We Staying on the west bank of the Bheri, passing Hurikot, staying high above the river to the confluence of the Jagdula and Garpung Kholas. We drop to Jagdula Khola crossing it on stones to Toijem(2920m). Overnight stay at Toijem.

 

  Day 08: TOIJEM TO KAGMARA [3500m]

We continue to follow the Garpung Khola at the elevation of 3650m, cross to the eastern side and continue upstream. We from here ascend slowly towards the Kagmara La. The panoramic views of the peaks are superb. We can make our camp among the boulders.

 

  Day 09: TREK TO KAGMARA PHEDI [4000m]

To make an early start we make an early breakfast and begin with our trek. We climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La, which is at an elevation of 5115m. We get to spot the rare blue sheep at this place. After descending 900m along a stream, we reach to the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley. Our camp site for the rest of the evening.

 

  Day 10: TREK TO PHOKSUMDO LAKE

Before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake, we go downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa. We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest in Nepal. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake. We will end with our long day trek on arrival to the Phoksumdo Lake.

 

  Day 11: AT PHOKSUMDO LAKE

We make one more day halt at the lake to mark it as a rest day and also to explore the lake itself and it’s surrounding. The lake is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring, it is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. It is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa, which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels.

 

  Day 12: TREK TO BAGA LA PHEDI

To be at Baga la Phedi, we retrace our route as far as Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards through forests of juniper and blue pine. We follow the river up the valley to a waterfall and reach at the base of the Baga La. This will be our camping site for the night.

 

  Day 13: ACROSS BAGA LA [5090m] & TREK TO NUMA LA PHEDI [4800m]

To reach to the top of Baga La from it’s base is going to take us almost three hours. Baga La, is the second of the high passes in the route. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La. Overnight stay at Numa La Phedi.

 

  Day 14: ACROSS NUMA LA [5360m] & TREK TO DO [4100m]

After breakfast at the base to complete with our climbing of the last of the high passes, we start early and then continue climbing through arid country to the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri. Now we descend past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and then walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do.

 

  Day 15: AT DO

We spent a day resting at Do. Do, the largest settlement in Tarap has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa. We are also bestowed with the opportunities to see great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges. Overnight stay at DO.

 

  Day 16: TREK TO LAHINI [3560m]

After a day’s rest at Do we get started with our trek. We walk and follow the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge, which has large rose shrubs, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times we finally come to a flat expanse, Lahini. Overnight stay at Lahini.

 

  Day 17: TREK TO TARAKOT [2600m]

The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, so we need to be cautious while crossing it. However, as we approach the village of Khanigaon, the valley widens and the route becomes easier. We then on reaching Khanigaon climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot. Overnight stay at Tarakot.

 

  Day 18: TREK TO DUNAI [2100m]

We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai. Overnight stay at Dunai.

 

  Day 19: TREK TO JUPHAL [2500m]

To get to Juphal from Dunai, head back along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri past the Suli Gaad confluence and on to Roop Gaad. We continue along the river bank to Kala Gaunda(2030m). We take the trail leading up-hill and climb steeply to a large house, from here the trail then traverses through meadows to manu houses. We staying high climb less steeply around the head of the valley towards Juphal. There is a maze trail but we continue heading up and eventually we will reach at Juphal. On arrival at Juphal we are completed with our trek. Overnight stay at Juphal.

 

  Day 20: FLY JUPHAL / NEPALGUNJ / KATHMANDU

Flights are operated early in the morning at Dolpo because of high winds in the Thulo Bheri valley so making a night stop at Juphal we get up early in the morning to catch flight to Nepalgunj from there, a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu. Hotel Check-in. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

  Day 21: Full Day City Tour

Breakfast at Hotel. Full day sightseeing.
AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square- The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century.

Lunch: 1300hrs-1400hrs
PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath, Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

  Day 22: DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT

AM: Breakfast at Hotel. Free time till departure to Airport.

 
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