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Pokhara to Dolpo Trek

Trip Overview

Dolpo had remained a restricted zone for foreign trekkers until a few years back. With the decision of the Nepal government to open this area for trekking this once elusive area has become a hotspot for trekkers visiting Nepal. Dolpo has retained most of its traditions and cultures. Time seems to stand still for people living in this area. They follow the same centuries old traditions and cultures and wear costumes that have seen no changes with the passage of time.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara/Drive

Day 3: Pokhara to Beni to Durbang by jeep

Day 4:  Durbang to Phalek

Day 5: Phalek to Moureni

Day 6: Moureni to Gurjaghat

Day 7: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan (2830m)/ 6-7 hrs

Day 8: Dhorpatan to Phagune Phedi

Day 9: Phagune Phedi to Thankur

Day 10: Thankur to Tatopani(2400m)

Day 11: Tatopani to Dhule (3300m)

Day 12: Dhule to Seng khola(4000m) / 6hours

Day 13: Seng khola to Purbang

Day 14: Purbang to Sahartara (2600m)

Day 15: Sahartara to Lahini (2600m)

Day 16: Lahini to Nawarpani (3475m)

Day 17: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (4040m)

Day 18: Dho Tarap- rest day

Day 19: Dho Tarap to Numala Base camp (5360m)

Day 20: Numala Base Camp to Danighar Crossing Numala Pass (5190m)

Day 21: Danighar to Yak Kharka (3926m)/ 6hrs Crossing Bagala Pass (5070m)

Day 22: Yak Kharka to Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake/ 7hrs

Day 23: Phoksundo Lake- Rest Day

Day 24: Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo

Day 25: Pungmo to Lasa

Day 26: Lasa to Kagmarala Phedi

Day 27: Kagmara Phedi to Toijum

Day 28: Toijum to Kaingaon

Day 29: Kaingaon to Ghodakhor

Day 30: Ghodakhor to Tripurakot

Day 31: Tripurakot to Juphal

Day 32: Juphal to Nepalgunj/ flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu/ flight

Day 33: Departure
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Today we will welcome you at the airport and drop you to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara/Drive
Today we take a tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 7-8 hours. Evening we will do boating in Fewa lake.

Day 3: Pokhara to Beni to Durbang by jeep
 Today we drive from pokhara to Durbang .We get a panoramic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, green hills, terraced fields and villages. 

Day 4:  Durbang to Phalek
From Durbang we  starts our  trek towards Phalek. 

Day 5: Phalek to Moureni
Today the trail goes towards Moureni through villages.From Lumsum the trail goes ascending till Moureni. From Moureni we can view the mountains.

Day 6: Moureni to Gurjaghat.


Today the trail goes ascending up to Jaljala pass. The trail goes through the forest of Rhododendron. After descending from Jaljala pass the trail goes along the river side.We make the night stop at Gurjaghat in a hotel.

Day 7: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan (2830m)/ 6-7 hrs
From Gurjaghat the trail goes through pine and juniper forest. The place has apple orchards and fields of wheat, buck wheat, maize and potatoes growing in terraces. One of the most significant features about this place is that anyone can go for hunting by paying certain fees to the Government authority.

Day 8: Dhorpatan to Phagune Phedi


We head uphill towards Phagune Pass, leaving Dhorpatan. On the way we pass grassland and sparse forests. 

Day 9: Phagune Phedi to Thankur
Today we go through Phagune Pass, which is surrounded by green hills and we can see distant mountain top villages.

Day 10: Thankur to Tatopani(2400m)

From Thankur the trail goes slightly descending through the jungle.After the lunch we again start the trek towards Tatopani, the trail goes descending through the jungle.

Day 11: Tatopani to Dhule (3300m)
From Tatopani the trail stars to ascend through some villages and school.. Dhule is a temporary settlement of the hotelers.

Day 12: Dhule to Seng khola(4000m) / 6hours


Today the trail goes ascending for near about one hour then the trail goes straight. We can see some mountains and hills. There are some cattle shades on the way.

Day 13: Seng khola to Purbang
From Sengkhola the trail again starts to ascend towards Puphal Tal (small lake). After walking for few hours the trail descends till Purbang.

Day 14: Purbang to Sahartara (2600m)
From Purbang we head towads Jangla pass. From Jangla pass we can see Kanjirowa and Norbukang of Dolpo. Crossing the pass the trail descends towards. Shartara is the village of Magars, where the people speak Kaike dialect. We will make the camp just below the village, the place is called Lingdo.

Day 15: Sahartara to Lahini (2600m)
From sahartara we follow a trail by the bank of the river till we reach a large and green valley. Trekking en route from the village of Khani gaon to Lahini we get to see musk deer bounding away in the midst of juniper and pine forest. 

Day 16: Lahini to Nawarpani (3475m)


From Lahini the trail becomes narrow and adventurous as we walk through in landslide and avalanches area. We go little further then Nawarpani and set up camp for the day.

Day 17: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (4040m)
Today we approach the most difficult and dangerous part of the trek. The valley narrows, and we approach deep gorges and cross innumerable small bridges. We follow a path that is carved out of a rocky cliffside. Following an adventurous trail we reach Dho Tarap.

Day 18: Dho Tarap- rest day
Today we spend a rest day at Dho Tarap. There are chortens, mani walls and monasteries. We will take a nature tour and enjoy traditional dances and songs.

Day 19: Dho Tarap to Numala Base camp (5360m)


After visiting all the gompas and Chorten in Tarap valley we take the the trail that climbs up through grassy meadows filled with wild flowers to reach to Numala base camp. From the base camp we get a beautiful view of the distant Tibetan mountains and upper Tarap valley.

Day 20: Numala Base Camp to Danighar Crossing Numala Pass (5190m)
Today we cross Numala Pass and descend towards Poyon khola till we reach Bagala Base Camp surrounded by big glaciers and blade shaped rock cliffs. 

Day 21: Danighar to Yak Kharka (3926m)/ 6hrs Crossing Bagala Pass (5070m)


We make our way to Yak Kharka via Bagala Pass. From the pass we get to enjoy the beautiful view of Kanjiroba massif. After Baga La the trails turn gentle down all the way to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is open grassland and grazing ground for yaks and sheep.

Day 22: Yak Kharka to Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake/ 7hrs
The trek to Phoksondo Lake (3728m.) via Ringmo (3730m.) takes about seven hours. After crossing a wooden bridge we reach our destination. The big village lying at the bank of this lake is quite rich in Buddhist culture as there are monasteries, chortens, mani walls, shops, prayer flags, hotels, lodges, terraces and so on.

Day 23: Phoksundo Lake- Rest Day
Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas ) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these. 

Day 24: Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo


After an insightful visit we leave Phoksundo and make our way towards Pungmo. Then the trail goes straight towards Pungmo through Sumduwa. The trail goes through thin forest. 

Day 25: Pungmo to Lasa
From Pungmo the goes straight through jungle up to the place called lasha. The the trail goes ascending towards Lasa through open land surrounded by rock mountains. We can see some mountains from the trail. We make our camp at Lasa for the night.

Day 26: Lasa to Kagmarala Phedi
The trail goes uphill up to the pass Kagmara La. We can observe the views of mountains from the pass. Crossing the pass the trail goes downhill up to Kagmara Phedi.

Day 27: Kagmara Phedi to Toijum
Today the trail goes straight. After walking for few hours we will reach at a wooden bridge, from where the trail goes through thin forest up to Toijum. There is one army camp too.

Day 28: Toijum to Kaingaon
From Toijum the trail goes through the forest of walnuts. Walking through the walnut forest we come to a village called Hurikot. There is one Bon monastery too. Leaving this village behind we reach to Kaingaon for the night rest.

Day 29: Kaingaon to Ghodakhor
Today it will be a pleasant walk through the jungle of Pine and Silverbirch though the trail winding uphill. Then we reach a small pass called Balangra. Crossing Balangra we go down hill to a place called Ghodakhor for the night stop.

Day 30: Ghodakhor to Tripurakot
Today the trail goes slightly descending through several villages. On this trail we can observe mostly the Hindu culture and tradition. We reach Tripurakot the holy temple of Hindus. It is renowned mostly within Hindus.

Day 31: Tripurakot to Juphal


Leaving Tripurakot today we cross a suspension bridge and go through some small cluster of human settlement. We reach a place called Bhitti then the trail starts to ascend towards Juphal through the village of Motipur.

Day 32: Juphal to Nepalgunj/ flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu/ flight
Today we fly to Nepalgunj by early morning flight and then to Kathmandu by the day or evening flight.

Day 33: Departure
Today is your last day in Nepal, we will drop yo to the airport and wave you goodbye.

Equipment List

  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket.
  • Fleece/sweater
  • Light-weight fleece or wool vests.
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt.
  • Warm hiking trousers.
  • Underwear.
  • Warm hat 
  • Wide rimmed sun hat.
  • 2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks.
  • Warm gloves or mitts.
  • Large rucksack or Duffel bag.
  • Rucksack liner or thick bin bag. 
  • Dark sunglasses.
  • High factor sun-cream.
  • Lip balm preferably with sun bloc.
  • Ear plugs. 
  • Head torch/torch and spare batteries.
  • 1 liter 2 water bottle.
  • Water purification kit. 
  • Toiletries.
  • Small hand towel. 
  • Toilet paper.

Useful Info

This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

What will I eat in the mountains?
For breakfast you have the option of porridge, fruit, omelettes, pancakes, toast with fried eggs, or tsampa (Tibetan porridge). For lunch and dinner you have the option of dahl batt (a tasty staple that consists of rice, a lentil soup, pickled vegetables, and curried potatoes), curried potatoes, pasta, spring rolls, lasagne, momo dumplings, or stir fry. It is not recommended to eat meat in the mountains.

Weight limits for internal flights?
If you are flying internally in Nepal (Everest Trek and Annapurna Circuit) there is a 12kg weight limit per person and this is the total weight of both the hand luggage and the checked in luggage.

Do I need adventure travel insurance?
It is important that you have adequate travel insurance that covers helicopter airlifts whilst trekking. The need for a helicopter is unlikely, but the mountains are remote and not accessible by car. It is essential that you get insurance for the altitude of your trek as some companies only cover treks to only 2000m or 4000m.

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Duration 33 days
Transportation Flight/Jeep/Bus
Group Size 2-10
Difficulty Strenuous
Accomodation Camping/Lodge
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