Jours: 17 / Difficulté: 4 of 5 (Intense)
Our Dolpo trek is an adventurous, challenging journey to the most far-flung regions of Dolpo, possibly the most comprehensive and interesting Dolpo route out there. We explore further into Dolpo, a purely Tibetan region of wild trekking, high passes, remote villages and lots of wildlife. With many spare days for exploration and an exciting exit crossing the many high passes leading to Jomsom in Lower Mustang, this will be a truly epic journey. One of the highest inhabited realms on the planet, Dolpo is also still a stronghold of the pre-Buddhist, shamanistic Bon-po religion as well as Tibetan Buddhism. It is a tough, mountainous region of fortified villages, 'dzongs', turquoise lakes, sacred mountains and high passes, susceptible to heavy snows which isolate it from the rest of Nepal for much of the year. Our trek begins with a spectacular flight along the Himalayan range to Juphal. We head up the Suligad River gorge to Phoksumdo Lake and cross our first 5000 meter pass leading to sacred Shey Gompa and the 'Crystal Mountain'. Another pass later, in Thinle's village of Saldang, we have free days to explore the surrounding Tibetan-style villages, busy with their autumn harvests. From Saldang we head into ever more remote regions of Dolpo, Khoma, Shimen & Tinkyu in the fantastic Panzang valley. Pure Dolpo and few other trekkers. The trails connecting these remote villages and high passes are some of the most culturally interesting and spectacular routes in Dolpo, and the inhabitants still trade with Tibet along the old salt routes. The mystique of remote Inner Dolpo, closed to foreigners for decades and still culturally Tibetan, has been enhanced by Matheissen's 'The Snow Leopard', David Snellgrove's 'Himalayan Pilgrimage' and George Schaller's 'Stones of Silence' among many other travel accounts. Legend has it that the ubiquitous Guru Rimpoche, who spread Tibetan Buddhism throughout the Himalayas, discovered this hidden land, a 'beyul' or refuge, over 1700 years ago, and it has been inhabited by Tibetan nomads, called drokpas, for over a thousand years. Dolpo is now part of the Nepali region of Dolpa, but historically came from the Zhangzhung Bon-po Kingdom which dominated Western Tibet for over a thousand years, later defeated by the first Tibetan dynasty, Yarlung, between the sixth and eighth centuries. Afterwards, Dolpo was governed by the Kingdom of Lo (now Mustang, formerly part of Tibet) until the Gorkha Kingdom took it over during its consolidation of Nepal a century and a half ago. Since then, it has remained isolated, partly due to its remote location, and partly because of the Khampa guerrillas using Mustang and Dolpo as a base during their fight against the Chinese occupation of Tibet after 1959. It has only been open for trekking and tourism since 1989, and then only parts of southern Dolpo were opened. There is still a special restricted area permit needed to trek above Phoksumdo Lake in Shey Phoksumdo National Park, which has only been a viable trekking region since 1999 because of the Maoist activities in this region. This is Nepal's largest national park. Inner Dolpo has a population of approximately 5000 inhabitants, many of whom head south for the winter, and is home to some of the highest villages on the planet.
NOTE: Our trekking itinerary and campsites may vary slightly depending on local trail conditions, the group's acclimatization rate and the Western, Sherpa or Tibetan guide's discretion.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. Our representative from SFT and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drink, Short briefing, equipment check, permit procedures
Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in the afternoon which takes about one hour. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 03: Nepalgunj go Juphal/Dunai
By early morning flight you will reach Juphal the only airstrip within 35 minutes. You can start your trek to Dunai for the lunch. You will have to stay one night where your guide brief you of the trip. Dunai is the head quarter of Dolpo where you can see several things. You can also have a short visit of the town and there are two Gompas and the very first private boarding school just across the river Bheri. You can have the clear views of the small town the head quarte from that side.
Day 04: Dunai to Tarakot (2931 m)
The trek starts after the breakfast, The trail is normally straight that goes along the side of river through some clusters of settlements. Finally the trail leads you to Tarakot having lunch on the way.
Day 05: Tarakot to Mushikhola
Tarakot is a typical village the people have their own culture and traditions. The people speaks Kaike, the dialect is spoken only in some clusters of this village, which is not understood by the people from any other villages. Villagers strictly follow their own social norms. You will head towards the Mushi Khola for the next stop.
Day 06: Mushikhola to Kakkotgaon
Your journey remains interesting to congregate the diverse social life styles and the hardness of the people. The trail leads you to Kakkot village for the nigh stop
Day 07: Kakkotgaon to Pimring village
The village Kakkot is one of the virgin villages of this region. Since the route is not been in use by most of the trekkers it is still untouched. The people of this village have their own social norms and values and they follow it strictly. You can enjoy the fascinating views of the whole range of renowned Dhaulagiri. You can have the clear views of the peaks of Dhaulagiri from this place. On top of that you can enjoy the gorgeous view of Putha Hiuchuli.
Day 08: Pimring Mukotgaon
The trail from Pimring to Mukotgaon goes up and down through woods.
Day 10: Yakkharka to Mulung Sumda
Day 09: Mukotgaon to Yakkharka
After enjoying the mountains views you will proceed to the Mula pass-5600mtrs. The trek will be bit harder but remains full of excitements. After crossing the pass you will have night stop at a high pass camp at the height of 4987 m.
Day 11: Niwar Highcamp (5000 m).
The night here, you have to be prepared for the next two passes the following day.
Day 12: Yakkharka — Ghaldang Ghuldung Niwar highcamp — Niwar pass-5120m — Jugbenla pass-5880m-Ghaldang Ghuldung (4247 m).
The day will be the most exciting and tough of your trek crossing two passes the same day. After a strenuous trek along the passes finally you come stop for the day at Ghaldang Ghuldung.
Day 13: Ghaldang Ghuldung — Sangta (3777 m).
Today the trail goes up and down and takes you to the another stop at Santa.
Day 14: Santa — Phalek village
From Santa you will continue your trek to Phalek village gathering the experiences diversity in different aspects.
Day 15: Phalek village — Jomsom
Now the last walking is from Phalek village to Jomsom will also remain joyful and memorable for your lifetime. This day will complete one of your noteworthy events in your life.
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara and on to Kathmandu by flight,Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 17: International departure.
After breakfast or at your desired time transfer to International Airport
For 4 trekkers: Total price 4x 2950 p.p. USD 11800
For 6 trekkers: Total price 6x 2720p.p USD 16320
Our Tour Package Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and Standard hotel in Nepalgunj.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, 1 sherpa (tents), porters (1 porter for 2 person), their food & accommodation, bus ticket, salary, equipments and insurance.
* All transportation.
* Annapurna Consevation Area Permit.
* Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit
* All necessary permits
* Domestic flight ticket Pokhara/Jomsom/Juphal/Nepalganj/KTM and Domestic airport tax.
* All Camping Equipments (Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Guest Tent, Mattresses) and Kitchen equipments (Utensils).
* Tourist service charge, Vat.
* Office Service charge.
* Guide & support staffs insurance and salary.
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal
Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays,political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver..
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.