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Lower Dolpo Trekking

Located in the far western region of Nepal, the land of Dolpo and its fabled Crystal mountain were the focus of Peter Matthiessen's classic book 'The snow Leopard'. In 1988, the southern valleys leading to Dolpo's Shey-Phoksundo National park were de-restricted. The visit to Shey Gompa and the rest of the huge park covering 1,373 sq. km above Phoksundo Lake is still restricted and special trek permit is required from Kathmandu to enter the region. The trekking into this remote and agriculturally impoverished landscape requires a mindset to endure hardships and all foods and camping equipment to be carried from Kathmandu. There are several approach routes to Dolpo from Pokhara, and Jumla.

The journey begins with a 35 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Dunai, the district headquarter and check-post the trek route continues along the banks of Barbung Khola to Tarakote, known locally as Dzong for its hilltop fortress. Proceeding along Tarap Khola through grassy meadows, Magar villages and their gompas, the highest point of the trek Numa La (5,190m) is reached, which affords a magnificent views of Dhaulagiri to the south and Tibetan ranges – Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. Blue Sheep, musk Deer, Ghoral, snow Leopard, Tahr and black Bear inhibit the park. Ringmo is across the Baga La (5,070m), a pass surrounded by large glaciers and spiced rock cliffs. The first view of the lake's radiant turquoise-blue waters of Phoksundo set in a cleft between rocks that rise 2,000m into the clear mountain skies and the peaks of Kanjiroba is simply stupendous. The descending trail drops along Suli Gad river to Raha, the park entrance and finally to the hamlet of Juphal.

Day    Description
Day 01 Transfer to the airport and fly Kathmandu/Nepalgunj. Overnight in lodge/hotel.
Day 02 Early morning transfer to the airport and fly Nepalgunj/Juphal (2,353m). Trek to Dunai (2,150m) 2 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 03 Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,800m) 4 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 04 Trek from Tarakote to Lahini (3,200m) 5 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 05 Trek from Lahini to Nawar Pani along Tarap Khola. (B,L,D)
Day 06 Trek from Nawar Pani to Do Tarap (4,040m) 5 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 07 Trek from Do Tarap to Tok Kyu 5 hrs walk. (B,L,D)
Day 08 Trek from Tok Kyu to Poyon Khola crossing Num La (5,190m) 5 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 09 Trek from Poyon Khola to Chimi Che crossing Baga La (5,070m) 6 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Trek from Chimi Che to Phoksundo (3,600m) 5 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Around Phoksundo Lake. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Trek from Ringmo to Sepka (2,700m) 6 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Trek from Sepka to Juphal 5 hrs. walk. (B,L,D)
- US$ 2350 Per person
- Group size: 2 to 5 pax

Discount available on more pax.

Airport transfers, all transport, all accommodation, National Park fees, crew manager (sirdar), guides on trek, porterage on trek, personal trek equipment (sleeping bag, duvet jacket, sleeping sheet, kit bag), climbing equipment (harness, ice-axe, crampons) specialised medical kits, portable altitude chamber.

Not Included
Items of a personal nature, alcoholic drinks, phone calls, laundry, additional tours and meals not listed under 'Included' are not included. Passport, visas, international flights and airport departure taxes, excess baggage charges and tips are your own responsibility.

- 24 breakfasts
- 20 lunches
- 20 dinners