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Trekking in Dolpo region is considered as a very panoramic trekking in the remote place of western Nepal and is isolated in the trans-Himalayan zone, between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. The geography of Upper Dolpo is the combination of Tibetan plateau and Lower Dolpo which includes some flat lands with deep gullies and narrow valleys which is unique for most of the peoples. The local people follow Tibetan Buddhism and they have the diverse culture and religious beliefs. Dolpo trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations of Nepal. The value of this trek has been increased because it passes through the world's deepest Lake Shey-Phoksundo Lake with Turquoise colour, which is the alpine fresh water and does not contain aquatic life.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)

Flight duration: 1hour

After breakfast our office representative will come to receive you at the hotel and will transfer you at the airport for your flight to Nepalgunj, the flight will give you good views of the Himalayas towards the North. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. There will be time in the evening to have a good look around the town, which is 3 kms from the Nepal-India border. Overnight in hotel.


Day 2: Fly to Juphal (2354m) and Trek to Dunai (2150m)

Flight duration: 35 mins, Hiking duration: 4 hours

After breakfast early in the morning, you will fly to Juphal airport of Dolpa, it takes about 35 minutes.  From Jhupal, you will commence your first day trek to Dunai. The first two hours is steep downhill to arrive at the foothill on the bank of Bheri River through the terraced field and the narrow canyon which leads you to larger village called Dunai. Overnight / Camp.


Day 3: Dunai to Chepka (2670m)

Hiking durataion: 7 hours

Today, after having breakfast, you will commence trekking and cross Bheri by a suspension bridge in Dunai and continue walking towards Suligad, confluence of Bheri and Suli River. Here, you will enter into the Shey Phoksundo National Park office for registration. Now, you will walk through the rocky trail where there are some bushes on the way. You will cross the river by a wood bridge and continue uphill on the left above 150 feet of Suli. The narrow trail leads to a wide riverside called Jalash and walk uphill on the cliff and through a shade of Maple, Oak and Pine trees and then a quick mild descend leads to the river. From the river bank, you will ascend uphill for about 1.5 hour to reach Chepka. Overnight / Camp.


Day 4: Chepka to Sunduwa (3100m)

Hiking duration: 8 hours

After your breakfast in the morning, initiate the day trek to Sunduwa, the initial part is quiet pleasant and comfortable through the forest of giant pines, oaks, maple, walnut and Birch. The trail is wider and mostly along the river bank. In the morning, one can see the footprints of larger mammals, primates, and horned herbivores on the dark soil. You will continue walking and cross a smaller stream. The trail widens unbelievably as you are reaching Boarding. Overnight / Camp.


Day 5: Sunduwa to Ringmo (3010m)

Today, you will walk for short hours but by the difficult and exhilarating trail. The trail on the cliff is narrow and steep with confusing runoffs of loose soil and inhospitable rocks. The vegetation changes dramatically with presence of thin Juniper shrubs and a few Cypresses. The steep climb leads you to the waterfall viewpoint where you can get lovely view. The steep climbing portion ends above 30 meters from this point and provides the first glance of turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake. From here, your camping site at lakeside is just 25 minutes of easy downhill through pine groves, chortens, and the village of Ringmo. Overnight / Camp.


Day 6: Guided tour of Ringmo and orientation on B’on at the monastery(3640m)

The village of Ringmo lies on the bank of Shey Phoksundo Lake. About 20 Tibetan style houses in a cluster settlement in a close knit fashion to form the village surrounded by scattered Chortens. The people of Ringmo are B’onpos, the followers of B’on tradition. They are subsistence farmers and also raise Yaks and some horses. Their lifestyle is traditional and simple. There is an old B’on monastery in Ringmo. The chortens at the entrance of the monastery is fascinating. There is also a small museum at the monastery. The Lama will kindly guide you through the monastery and briefly speak about B’on.  Overnight / Camp.


Day 7: Hike to Shey Phoksundo view point/Caravan Yak Drop point (3730m)

Hiking duration: 8/9 hours

The best spot to view the entire lake is from the viewpoint about 200 meters above the village. The hike to the viewpoint passes through the Yak Drop point as featured in Eric Valley’s “CARAVAN”, on through a pine grove and a steeper ascent. You will certainly feel like you are in paradise as you see the picturesque view of the lake and the surrounding. The shape of Shey Phoksundo Lake resembles a lowercase Latin alphabet “r”. The Lake is drained out by a river that creates a forceful waterfall half way through Sunduwa and Ringmo. This waterfall is one of the majestic waterfalls in Nepal. The crystal clear water of Phoksundo forms a dramatic giant cotton ball effect while making a thunderous landing about 100 feet below. The vegetation around the waterfall is rich with thick pine forest. Musk deers, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and the rare Snow Leopards are also sighted around the waterfall.

Today, you might get an opportunity to interact with the local “Amchis”. Amchis are the traditional healers of Dolpo. Their practice is still largely prevalent in upper Dolpo. The Amchis use variety of natural herbs and minerals to cure illnesses. Recognizing the importance of Amchis and in an effort to promote the understanding of traditional indigenous medicine, an Amchi hospital is setup in Sunduwa.  Overnight / Camp.


Day 8: Ringmo/Sunduwa to Chepka (2670m)

Hiking duration: 5 hours

You will have your breakfast in Sunduwa and commence walking down to Chepka. The downhill trail is quite Pleasant but steep at some parts. A lone lammergeyer can be sighted on top of the ridge. Overnight / Camp.


Day 9: Chepka to Jufal (2354m)

Hiking duration: 7 hours

After breakfast, you will start walking. The initial part of the trail is quiet easy as there are no major up hills or steep downhill. But when you are reaching to Jupal, you must walk through the difficult way for 2.5 hours. The distance covered today is quite long. Overnight / Camp.


Day 10: Jufal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

You will have your breakfast and transfer to the Jhupal airport to catch the Flights to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, you will catch flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Hotel.


Day 11: Departure

Finally, today is the last day of your Nepal program. After having breakfast, you will pack your luggage, get fresh and check out from the hotel. You will be transferred to the International airport to catch the flight for your onward destination. 

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Included in the Cost

  • Arrival and Departure Transfer.
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj.
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight ticket for you and trekking guide.
  • All necessary permits to treks.
  • One Professional Trekking guide, Climbing Guide and porters (one porter can carry 18 kilo of luggage and share between two clients.) and their wages and salaries.
  • Accommodation throughout the trek on Full board basis.(Lodge and Camp)
  • Insurance for the trekking staffs.
  • First aid kit for trekking staff.
  • Good equipment for your guide and porter.

Not Included in the Cost

  • Any other things not included in Cost include.
  • Drinks/Beverages bills for you.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
  • Personal tour gear.
  • First aid kit (for you).
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Insurance of any kind.

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