Total Duration: 19 Days
Group Size: Min. 2 to Max. 12 persons in a Group
Best Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November.
Max Altitude: 5,360 M.
Trip Cost: US$ The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.
Dolpo, a land beyond the Himalaya, conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries, snow leopards and blue sheep, it is situated in the western part of the country, and is one of the most remote regions in Nepal. The Dolpo Trek explores the very isolated area in Dolpo which has been strictly off-limits until only recently, so the traditions and way of life have remained intact. In the autumn of 1990 the first British tour operator organized a trek from east to west, from Pokhara to Jumla through Lower Dolpo.
The Dolpo Trek trail passes many gigantic mountain ranges – Annapurna , Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba, to name but a few – and passed through Lower Dolpo, at one time a small kingdom in its own right. More recently we have repeated the route, with variations and our groups see very few other Europeans so they are enthused greatly about the wild remoteness, the stunning mountain scenery and the fact that the local people had that innocent friendliness peculiar to people who live in excessively remote mountainous regions.
The people that live here number only a few hundred and are among the world’s highest dwellers. The villages in Upper Dolpo are 4,300 meters and above. It is here specifically that people still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. This early sect was almost entirely replaced after Buddhist doctrine began to spread across Tibet in the 9th century.
Peter Matthiessen’s The snow leopard and David Snellgrove’s Himalayan Pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksundo Lake, inner Dolpo. This is the goal of most trekkers but this Dolpo trek will take you even further into this mysterious land.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters).
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel.
Delightful morning today begins in Kathmandu after breakfast today. We fly for an hour to reach Nepalgunj, famous Terai city of Nepal. Nepalgunj offers terai lifestyle of Nepal along with sightseeing places like mini zoo and muslim bazaar. We stay for overnight in Nepalgunj after necessary trek preparation.
Day 04: Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Dunai.
We take a 45 minutes early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, our trek starting point after breakfast. The adventurous flight above mountains gives a memorable experience. We meet with our trekking crew in Jhupal and start our 2-3 hrs trek to Dunai. We explore Dunai bazaar and rest here for an overnight stay.
Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m).
Trekking destination for today is Tarakot, which is 5-6 hrs walk from Dunai, headquarter of Dolpa District. We enjoy the beautiful sceneries of bridges, villages and landscapes on our way to Tarakot. Overnight stay is arranged at Tarakot, historical village that lies south of Bheri river.
Day 06: Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m).
Our trek today starts after breakfast in Tarakot, we pass through rural villages and fields on our 6-7 hrs walk. Popular monastery SandulGompa, located at the junction of BarbungKhola and Tarup Chu River also comes across our path. We then reach Laini for overnight camp.
Day 07: Laini to Nawarpani (3,545 m).
Around 5 hrs long Trekking trail today takes us to Nawarpani. We walk through interesting paths and narrow gorge that adds up to our excitement. Walking through the river banks and versatile landmarks keeps us engaged throughout the day. Overnight stay is managed in Nawarpani.
Day 08: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090 m).
Our trek today begins after morning breakfast in Nwarpani. Today we cross rural villages and valleys of Himalayan region in 7-8 hrs trek. Trekking trail takes us to the ancient villages of this region, where ethnic groups of people are living. Moving further along the amazing trail leads us to DoTarap village, inhabited by Magars and Tibetans.
Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization.
To fulfill the need of acclimatization important for trekking like ours, today we spend a rest day in Do Tarap. However, activities like small hike to a nearby monastery, roaming around ethnic village and getting along with locals give us pleasurable memories. Traditions here fascinate us and gives us opportunity to learn about the historic culture of this region. Overnight stay is managed in Do Tarap.
Day 10: Do Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440 m).
After a rest day in Do Tarap, we continue our trek towards the upper Tarap valley, trekking trail today is a wonderful walk across Tarap Chu upstream and landscapes different from previous day trails. Finally, we reach the Tarap valley after 6-7 hrs trek. We enjoy the mesmerizing views of Tarap valley and head to camp beneath Numa-La for overnight stay.
Day 11: Cross Numa La (5,190 m) and camp at Pelung Tang (4465 m)
Today’s trek is considered harder as our trail is steep 6-7 hrs climb all the way upto top ridge of Numa La pass. Our hard climb repays us with excellent landscapes of mountains of Dolpo and Dhaulagiri. After enjoying magnificent views we descend back to Pelung Tang, our overnight stay Camp.
Day 12: Cross Baga La (5,070 m) and camp Dajok Tang (4,080 m).
We start our steep trail after morning breakfast today. We reach the top of Baga-La in almost 3 hrs climb and enjoy outstanding panoramas all around. Attractions are views of KanjirowaHimal and surroundings. We then head downhill to our Overnight stay at Dajok Tang
Day 13: Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600 m).
Our trek today moves along beautiful pine forests and Alpine vegetation. Considerably easier walk for 3-4 hrs through gradual highs and lows takes us to Ringmo, a traditional Tibetan village of Dolpo region. Our overnight stay is at Ringmo.
Day 14: Rest Day at Ringmo.
We are spending today exploring the Ringmo area. It is one of the planned rest days that we have during our trekking. Today we are surrounded by beautiful views of Phoksundo Lake, natural beauties and Himalayan glories of this region. We also take a short trip to the nearby Buddhist monastery and relax roaming around the beautiful lake for the rest of the day. Overnight stay is arranged at Ringmo.
Day 15: Ringmo to Shyanta (2520 m).
We trek for 5-6 hrs towards Shyanta today. Our trekking trail is along downhill paths crossing Chepka. After passing through villages in our route, we finally reach Shyanta for overnight stay.
Day 16: Shyanta to Jhupal.
We descend through slopes today crossing Sulighat. Trek destination today is Jhupal. On our way we are welcomed by views of beautiful Himalayas. Afternoon today is spent in Jhupal, roaming and exploring the beautiful market around.
Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Our walk successfully ends today as we take an early morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and finally to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we can spend our time roaming around and relaxing.
Day 18: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Transfer you to the International airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited - Only few space available.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.
Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?
A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).
Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.
Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.
Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.
Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).
Q. Where can I change money?
A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.
Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?
A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).
Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.
Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?
A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.
Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?
A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:
Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?
A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.
Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?
A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:
An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.
Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?
A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?
A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.
Q. What happens in bad weather periods?
A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.
When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.
Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?
A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?
A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).
Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.
On trip of this type weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.