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Situated inside the Shey-Phoksundo National Park of Western Region of the country, Dolpo stands totally isolated. It lies behind the Dhaulagiri range and is cut off from the Tibetan Plateau by high passes. The high valleys of Dolpo are some of the most remarkable in the Himalaya with sweeping views, stretching to the arid Tibetan remote, unspoiled part of Nepal that has remained largely untracked and unexplored. 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 time immemorial.
The finally preserved eco -system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and now leopard. The view of the Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake and the Dhaulagiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksumdo Gompa- dedicated to the ancient Bon Po religion is a memorable experience. This trek is for people who are exceptionally fit and prepared to take what Himalayan wilderness trekking has to offer.
Our trek begins from Nepalgunj to Juphal flight. We follow the village of Bon Po of Dolpo with trekking to Phoksundo Lake and then we cross the exciting passes of Dolpa Baga La and Num La the the Gompa and our trek trun to the Juphal to end.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by representative of Independent Himalayan Adventure and take you to your Hotel, Welcome drink serve. We will then have a small briefing about the entire trip with final payment procedures.
We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip.
After breakfast, take time to enjoy a day of sightseeing on a guided tour of some of the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley. Visit Swayambhunath stupa, also known as the Monkey temple, with its fine views over Kathmandu and many interesting features as well as great stupa itself from 2700 years. Join the devotees, pilgrims and wandering sadhus at Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal as well as being one of the most important Shiva temple on the subcontinent, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. After that take your time around Bouddhanath stupa, one of the largest stupa in the world. Explore the myriad temples and courtyards of Patan Durbar Square, also known as the city of Fine Arts. Later the afternoon back to your hotel and Final checking of your trekking equipments.
Fly to Nepalgunj; a small town in West Nepal near the Indian border.Stay overnight in this transit city.
Early morning flight of 35 minutes out to Juphal airport in Dolpo region. Flights are always scheduled early in the morning in this regions because of high winds in the Thulo Bheri Valley begin around 10 am, making later flights impossible. Once we arrive at the airstrip at Juphal is at an altitude of 2354 m / 7745 feet, we start out on the short walk from Juphal to Dunai (2150 m / 7053 feet). We walk downhill through meadows and past a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090 m.). From here we follow the river trail upstream to Dunai. We camp near Dunai and explore this bustling little hill town for the rest of the afternoon.
We start trekking from Dunai, cross the big steel suspension bridge and turn west, follows the walk along the bank of the Thulo Bheri to its confluence with the Suli Gaad at 2070m. We follow the new trail north up the east bank of the Suli Gaad to a collection of teashops run by the wives of army personnel in Dunai. Another hour of walking takes us to Kal Rupi and then on to Raktang (2260m). We cross to the west bank and trek past numerous goths and horse pastures, over a ridge to the rough stone houses of Jyalhasa, a wintering spot for the people of Ringmo.
We keep walking upstream to another bridge, cross it to the east bank, and make our way past some crude teashops and a bridge over a side stream, the Ankhe Khola, at 2460m. The trail moves up and down through grass and ferns to a trail junction. The fork is the old trail leading to the army and national park post at Ankhe, and on to the old trail that passes the villages of Rahagoan and Parela, high on the ridge above. These three villages have a strange name connection: Parela (parela means eye-lashes), Rahagoan (raha means eyebrow) and Ankhe (ankha is eye). We camp here or at another good spot beside a huge rock in walnut grove about 20 minutes beyond Shepka (2670m)
Our trek continue the new trail, which stays near the river, climbing over a small ridge ,then crossing to the west side to avoid a large ridge and returning to the east side an hour later near a national park camping ground. Alongside the river at 2900 m, the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks forming a dyke along the river bank. The trail makes several more ups and downs through forests of firs and larches as it continues upstream to a bridge that leads to nine houses comprising the village of Renje (3010 m.) on the opposite side of the river.
Follow the Suli Gaad valley, which turns eastward and becomes even steeper and narrower. We then climb over a ridge and descends to a wooden bridge then continue along the ups and downs along the valley floor to the confluence of the Suli Gaad with the Pungmo Khola. From here the trail to Phoksundo Lake and Shey gompa follows the west bank of the river. We climb through a forest of big cedar to a good camp site and then on to Palam (3710m), a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village (2650 m). The houses are almost buried in the muddy soil. The entrance station for Shey Phoksumdo National Park is at the south end of the village. After our park entrance ticket is examined, we may be subjected to a baggage inspection-ostensibly for drugs and stolen art objects. It's very peculiar formality in this remote locale.
Today is rest day for acclimatization. Visit around Thasoon Chholing gompa, a ramshackle Bon-po gompa overlooking the lake that is said to have been built 60 generations ago. There are five other private gompas in various houses of small monastic community near the lake. The insides of the temples contain dusty Buddhist paintings and statues, but the trappings also reflect the animistic elements of the Bon-po religion, so some of the chapels are reminiscent of an ancient witch's cavern. A donation to the ragtag collection of dirty monks will gain us entrance to the gompas; our Sherpas will be equally fascinated by the strange iconography.
After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksundo (Phoksumdo) Lake. We continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksundo Lake (3733 m). We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the distance. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest waterfall in Nepal.
Today is a rest day at Phoksundo lake which is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring. It is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon Po religion within the temple and chapels.
Continue trekking as far as Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards, through forest of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows the river up the valley to a waterfall and we will reach at the Baga La phedi.
From the Baga La Phedi camp it's a steady 3 hour climb to the top of the Baga La (5090 m), the second of the high passes. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La Phned (4800 m).
We continue climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La (5360 m.). It is marked by mani stones and if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri Mountain. The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and we walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do (4100 m.).
Today is rest days at Do. It is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon Po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.
Mornig trek follows the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers, and after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times, we finally come to a flat expanse to Lahini (3560 m.)
Today; the trail is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. Eventually, the valley widens and the route becomes easier as we approach the village of Khanigaon. We then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and the fortress village of Tarakot (2600 m.).
Follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai village (2150 m / 7053 feet).
Today, the trek from Dunai follow the river trail downstream to Juphal (2354 m / 7745 feet). We walk uphill through meadows and past a few houses finally reach the end point of our trek.
Take scenic flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj and continue your flight to Kathmandu.
Reserve day in Kathmandu. You can visit around Kathmandu and do final shopping on this day.
Departure to TIA Kathmandu Airport. Our airport representative will drop you to the Airport.
Minimum 2 persons
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