Dolpo is located inside the shey-Phoksundo National Park of midwestern Nepal, behind 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 a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and commerce the way they have done since tome immemorial. The finally preserved eco-system encompasses a wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten.
1.30 hrs flight to Nepalgunj in south-western Nepal and over night there.
Take 1.30 hrs flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla, on the banks of river Tila. After meeting the trekking crew, start the trek and camp at Chotichour.
A day of steady climbing throuh small villages doting the landscpe: Kunigaon, Gothigoan, Munigoan. Stop for lunch and then trek along the river to Napakhona, a small Buddhist settlement.
Trek through birch and silver fire forest to Chaurikot. Scenic views of Patrasi and Jagadu Himal are visible to the north.
Hear the roar of mighty Bheri flowing down below and above are the Kagmara ranges in the west. Pass villages inhabitated by blacksmiths and tailors.
Bheri River Side – Garpung Khola climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes. See Hanging Glacier Peak.
Start the trek following the river upstream. We finally cross the river by a small wooden bridge over huge rocks. This is Impeyan Pheasant country and just above us is the Kagmara peak ( 5880 m).
Follow the Garpung Khola. The trail becomes steeper and comes to a rocky area. The Himalayan mouse-hare can be spotted here.
The climb becomes very strenuous now until a pass at an altitude of 4850 m. descend following the river and camp on a grassy spot.
Follow a trail parallel to Dorjam Khola and soon cross it. Re-enter civilization as yak herds from nearby Tibetan settlements can be seen. The area is covered in Juniper Birch and Apple trees.
Following Dorjam khola, again climb to sumduwa, where there are the headquarters of the Shey – Phoksundo National Park. Show our trekkign permits to the authorities there. Then proceed to the ice- cold, turquoise blue lake itself. The lake is surrounded by big red and yellow arid mountains.
Rest to admire the beauty of this great lake. Visit nearby Bon and buddhist Settlers.
Go to the east through the dense forest until a clearing with some villages init. Proceeding north-eas comes to a narrow valley and make camp here.
The narrow valley becomes wider and is surrounded by big glacier and blade-shaped rock cliffs. Enjow incredible views of the Kanjiroba masif to the west. Descend to Poyon Khola ( 4450 m.) and proceed on to the next pass which shall be crossed the next day. This is blue sheep country.
Ascend to the top of the Numla pass which opens to a beautiful valley of upper Tarap. Proceed on to the village of Dho Tarap and camp near the river.
Rest this is major encounter with the Dolpo people.
Follow the Tarap Khola as the valley narrows and deep gorges dotted with caves appear. Camping for the night in one of the biggest caves possibly.
Although the distance is short to Lahini it’s the most difficult part of trek. Descend to a canyon, the trail normally washed out.
Come to a wide valley. This is musk deer country. Laskap Khola joins here the Tarap Khola. Climb up a Kamigoan, 2950 m the winter residence of the dho Tarap people. Proceed on to Thankot at the confluence of the Tarap and Baglung Khola.
Continue along the Batlung Khola and across the bridge to reach Laban and proceed to Dabung.
Short walk to Jhupal and flight to Nepalgunj the next day.
Fly to Nepalgunj and connect with the flight back to Kathmandu next day.
Take return flight to Kathmandu or drive to Chitwan for wildlife activities.