Dolpo region is one of the most fascinating destinations, as it possess rich culture, ethnic diversity and natural landscapes. It is distinctly categorized as Upper Dolpo and Inner Dolpo. Since 1989 A.D, the potential of this region came to light, as the government permitted arrival of foreigners to trek. Since the country itself is very rich in giant mountains and lakes, Dolpo region too consists of oligotrophic Lake Shey phoksundo and offers unbelievable sights of the enormous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, Araniko chuli, Mukot Himal etc.
The area located in the central west of Nepal is the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Lower Dolpa offers off-the-beaten trek with flight to Juphal and on to the Phokphoksundo_lakesundo National Park which covers an area of 3555 sq. km. This trek gives you a wonderful chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from that seen in other parts of Nepal. The least complicated trek to undertake, and one of the most popular treks in the west of Nepal. This remote and rugged protected area is attractive both scenically and culturally. The area is the inhabitant of various rare and endangered species of wildlife such as snow-leopard, blue sheep, ghoral, musk deer, wolf and other wildlife and plants diversity, which can be seen nowhere else in Nepal. No high Himalayan peaks can be seen except lots of good high altitude scenery and clear water of Phoksumdo Lake.
This region is very famous for the herbs cultivation given the suitable climate and land formation. The scattered forests of Pine, Oak, Birches, Cypress, Walnut, Bamboo, and Maple can be seen in this region. Dolpo is found to be primal habitat for snow leopard, sheeps, ghoral, musk deer, wild dog, wolf, marmot, weasel, mouse hare, rhesus, langur, Himalayan thar, screw, leopard, jackal, himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten & various species of birds. From the beginning till the end of the trekking one will be mesmerized by the various features that Dolpo has to offer starting from the distinct beautiful lands to the high passes. Dolpo is a home to various ethnic groups namely Hindu, Buddhist, Shaman and Bonpo. Throughout the trek one will bump into different people of different communities showcasing their culture, hospitality and their unique civilization.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m and trek to Dunai (2,850m: 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m: 5-6 hours
Day 06: Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m): 6-7 hours
Day 07: Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/: 5-6 hours
Day 08: Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/: 7-8 hours
Day 09: Rest Day at Do Tarap for acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/: 6-7 hours walk
Day 11: Cross Numa La pass (5,190m, camp at Pelung Tang (4465m: 6-7 hours
Day 12: Cross Baga La pass (5,070m, trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m: 6 hours
Day 13: Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m: 3-4 hours
Day 14: Hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m): 5-6 hours walk
Day 16: Shyanta to Jhupal
Day 17: Fly to Nepalgunj, fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Final departure
What is included?
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- nepalganja -juphal -round trip)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, french-speaking leader and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 donkey )
Cook & Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
soul himalaya trek bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
What is not included?
Personal equipment for trekking
Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency Rescue evacuation
Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter
Bar & Beverage bills
UPPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry.
Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladders are preffered
Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light weight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains.
Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves warm enough. Preferably warmers as well
Neck warmer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.