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Dolpo Circuit Trek-24 Day/s

Dolpo Circuit Trek-24 Day/s

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Trip Facts

  • Level of difficulty: Strenuous
  • Max altitude: 5,318 m
  • Ethnicity: Tibetans, Magar
  • Transportation:  Private vehicle, flight

Accomodation

  • Hotel/lodge/camp

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Duration

24

Days

Trip Introduction

Dolpo region, which lies in the mid-west of Nepal, is one of the isolated areas of the country. The southern region opened its gates to tourists only in 1989. The Dolpo region is charming as well as mysterious, thus making the region perfect for a trekking adventure.

The cultures and traditions are closely linked with Tibet as the majority of the inhabitants migrated from Tibet or are descendants of the migrated Tibetans. The region lies between the Dhaulagiri range and Tibetan Plateau, so it has an extraordinary terrain that ranges from barren lands to lush forests. Additionally, the difficult terrain has also made the trek one of the strenuous treks of the country.

The trek starts at the capital city, Kathmandu where you’ll sightsee some of the famous landmarks like Swayambhunath Temple along with preparing for the trek. The next day, you fly to Nepalgunj and again to Juphal. Then, your trek begins, and the first destination is Sulighat.

You head to the first highlight of the trip, the Phoksundo Lake via Renje and Ringmo villages. The lake is famous for its majestic turquoise color and serene environment. From here on, the terrain slowly gets barren. Then, the trail goes along the Phoksundo Khola and ascends to Kang La Pass. From this pass, you descend to Shey Gompa, which is also called Crystal Monastery, as it is located at the foothill of Crystal Mountain.

The trail continues along with villages like Namduna, Saldang, and Sibu, and again you ascend to the second pass, Jeng La. Next, you head to Dho Tarap, a village where Tibetans and Magar coexist. The trail descends back to Juphal via Tarap Khola and Dunai. With this, you complete the Dolpo Circuit. The best months to do this trek are September-November and March-May.

With Corporate Adventure, you get the best services at affordable prices. Along with it, our experienced staff and guides will accompany your trip to make it more memorable. However, if the information provided is not enough and you still have queries, you can send us an email or call us at +977-9851029803. [Saroj]

Trip Facts

Geography:               Mountain

Location:                  Dolpo

Level of difficulty:      Strenuous

Max altitude:             5,318 m

Ethnicity:                  Tibetans, Magar

Transportation:          Private vehicle, flight

Accommodation:        Hotel/lodge/camp

Total days:               24 days

Minimum Pax: 2


Trip Highlights

  • Trek to one of the best off-beaten trails of the country
  • Trek to the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake
  • Visit the sacred monasteries like Shey Gompa
  • Know more about the old and sacred Bon Po Buddhism
  • Discover the unique harmony between the Tibetan and Nepalese cultures
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest Lake of Nepal).
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley



Day To Day Itinerary

Day 1

As per your scheduled flight, you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. There is staff that’ll welcome you warmly will greet you. Then, you’ll head to the hotel and refresh. At dinner, you’ll meet the staff again and discuss the details of the trip.

Day 2

Today, you prepare for your trek and also sightsee some of the famous landmarks of the valley. After breakfast, you head to Swayambhunath Temple and explore the beautiful monasteries and panoramic views. Then, you head to the second destination, Boudhanath Stupa. Here you explore the monasteries and have Tibetan cuisine for lunch.

The last destination is Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, you head to the museum first and then explore the rest of the square. You will also have a Newari style dinner. During the sightseeing tour, you can buy the necessary items needed for the trek.

Day 3

Today, you head west towards Nepalgunj, the town that borders India. You head to the domestic airport and catch an early flight. During the flight, you can see amazing views of the hills, flatlands, and farmlands. After reaching Nepalgunj airport, you head to the hotel and refresh. Spend the rest of the day exploring nearby areas. Overnight stay at 3-star hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 4

After breakfast, you head to the airport and board the plane heading to Juphal. It is a short flight. You rest for a while at the airport and start to prepare for trekking. The guide and staff accompanying you will brief you on the details. Then, you descend to the banks of the Thuli Bheri River. Following the river, you pass by various small settlement areas. Then, you reach the confluence of Thuli Bheri and Suli Gad. From here, you ascend through a forested area and reach Sulighat for the overnight stay.

Day 5

After breakfast, you first cross the Suli River, which runs through a gorge. Then, you walk along with settlement areas that are filled with stone houses. In this part of the trek, you can see people who migrate here from Upper Dolpo during winter. They also bring their cattle along with them. Then, the trail goes along a thick forest filled with bamboo and conifers. Then, you cross a bridge and reach Renje for an overnight stay.

Day 6

Today, you head Ringmo, a village located around the periphery of Phoksundo Lake. After an early breakfast, you start your trek. In this part of the trail, there are a series of ascends and descends. Then, you reach the confluence of Phoksundo and Pungmo Rivers.

From here, you pass by a waterfall and see glimpses of Phoksundo Lake. Finally, you reach Ringmo. If you have time, you can do a quick tour of the lake. After dinner, you set your tents for the overnight stay.

Day 7

Today, you spend the day acclimatizing. After breakfast, you head to the lake and explore the turquoise beauty. Then, you head back to Ringmo and have lunch. In the afternoon, you can explore the Ringmo village, which is inhabited by Tibetans. They migrated many years ago and you can know more about their story through the locals if you want. There is an old monastery, which is located a bit above the village and shares tales about Bon Buddhism.

Day 8

After having breakfast and cleaning up the camping area, you head to Phoksundo Khola. The route goes along the west bank of the lake and gets rocky and narrower. Today, you may get to see yaks and yak herders. After walking for several kilometers, you see meadows and reach the banks of Phoksundo Khola. Then, you find a suitable spot for camping and set up tents. Overnight stay at a camp.

Day 9

Today, you head north of the river. After breakfast and cleaning the camping area, you trek towards the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola. After crossing the confluence, you head to a meadow and ascend to a ravine. En route, you get to see beautiful views of Chhamlang Peak (6,739m). After ascending, you reach a valley where you can see Kang-La Pass. The area is also known as Snowfields Camp or Nagdalo La. Then, you find a suitable spot for camping and set up tents for the overnight stay.

Day 10

After breakfast and cleanup, you head to the Kang-La Pass. The climb is strenuous as the trail is steep and rocky. After a hard climb, you reach the top of the pass and you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the landscape and mountains like Shey Sikhar.

After soaking in the view, you descend to the famous Shey Gompa. The trail descends to Tar Valley. Following the grassy slopes, you pass Tsakang, an 800-year old monastery and walk along a meandering river. After crossing the river several times, you walk along a Mani wall and reach Shey Gompa, located beneath the Crystal Mountain.

Day 11

Today is the second acclimatization day as you’ll be at altitudes higher than 5000 m. You explore the Shey Gompa after breakfast. The monastery was built in1655 and is famous for its giant copper statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha. In the north of the Gompa lies the Crystal Mountains, which is famous for its unique constitution of marine fossils and quartz.

After exploring the gompa, you can head to Tsakang Gompa, where the Lamas (monks) reside and meditate. The interaction with the Lamas will let you know more about Bon Buddhism. Then, you can head to explore the Shey village, which is inhabited by Tibetans.

Day 12

After cleaning and having breakfast, you head to the second pass of the trek, Saldang La. The route to this pass goes through barren lands filled with coarse and eroded rocks. You navigate through the austere trail and finally ascend to the top. From here, you can see amazing views of the valley.

The descend to Namduna village as long as the trail is steep and strenuous. En route, you can see yaks enjoying in the lush meadows. Once you reach the village, you refresh and explore the revered Namduna monastery. Overnight stay at a camp.

Day 13

Today, you start your trek after breakfast. The trail goes along barren mountains with scarce vegetation. The climb lasts for 3-4 hours, and you finally reach the Namga Khola. The village is located just above the river on a plateau. Then, you descend to Saldang. The village is the largest settlement area of the Dolpo region. It is also the center for trade and agriculture. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 14

After breakfast, you head north of the village. The trail then goes along the bank of the Nagon Khola. You do a series of ascends and descends in the barren terrain. You pass by various small villages. Then you cross the tributary of Panzang River and head east. Again you cross a river and reach Yangze Gompa. The monastery is another famous place for Bon Buddhism. Overnight stay at a camp.

Day 15

There are two paths to Sibu. You will take the one that is shorter and easier to trek. After breakfast, you retrace back to Saldang and from there you head Namdo village. En route, you pass by farmlands, chortens, and small settlement areas.

After arriving at the village, you continue the trek along the Nam Khong Khola. You come across Namdo monastery and if you want, you can do a quick tour. Then, you finally reach Sibu after leaving Namdo. Overnight stay at a camp.

Day 16

After breakfast, you walk along the banks of Nam Khong Khola. Then, you head east and reach a confluence of two streams. From here, you ascend to the grazing lands, Jeng La Phedi. After a moderate climb, you reach the flat lands just below Jeng La pass and find a suitable spot for camping. Overnight at Jeng La Phedi.

Day 17

After cleaning and having breakfast, you head to Jeng La pass. The climb is two hours long. At the top, you are rewarded with panoramic views of the terrain. After soaking in the view, you head to Tarap Valley. The trail is rough and rocky, but the view is breathtaking.

You trek along the Tarap Chu River and arrive at Tokyu village. The terrain changes and you can see green vegetation. Also, you pass by a marsh, which you can’t see anywhere else in the Dolpo region. After a short trek from the marsh, you reach Dho Tarap for overnight stay.

Day 18

Today is the last stop for acclimatization in this trekking journey. Dho Tarap is a relatively small village surrounded by jagged stonewalls. You can explore the village and interact with the locals, who are mostly Tibetans and Magar. There is also a small monastery in this village. There is a Bon Po monastery, which is 40 min walk away from the village. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 19

After breakfast, you head to Tarap Khola. The trail first takes you through a forest filled with junipers and other trees. If you are lucky, you can also see herds of blue sheep during this part of the trek. As you continue to walk, you reach the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. You trek a bit further to the east and reach a plain area called Karmakharka. Here, you find a suitable spot for camping and stay overnight.

Day 20

You head towards the gorge of Tarap Khola after cleaning and having breakfast. En route, you can meet the locals with their herds of sheep and yak. As you walk further, the trail gets narrower. Due to the terrain, there are parts where you may need to do short jumps or need to walk along with stones because there is no proper path. After a few hours, you finally reach the Khani Gaun, where you set up camps for overnight stay.

Day 21

After breakfast, you start the trek to Dunai. The trail first goes through various villages like Lalberi and then descends to a gorge. From there, you walk through a dense forest and reach Tarakot. If you want, you can do a quick tour of Sandul Gompa, which is adjacent to the village.

You continue the trek and walk along the banks of the Bheri River. After ascending to Byas Gadi, you cross another river and reach Dunai for overnight stay.

Day 22

Today is the last day of your trek in the Dolpo region. After breakfast, you head to the trail that goes along the banks of the Bheri River. The trail is relatively easy. You pass by several rustic villages like Rupgad and Motipur. Then, you reach Juphal, which has a small airstrip. If you have free time, you can explore the village. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 23

After breakfast, you catch an early flight to Nepalgunj. You rest for a while and have some light snacks. You board a plane and head to Kathmandu. At the airport, our staff will pick you up and take you to the hotel. Then, you have the rest of the day to yourself. You can buy souvenirs or relax at a café.

Day 24

Today is your last day of the trip. As per your flight, our staff will drop you off at the airport. If you have some time before departure, you can buy souvenirs.


What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • 3 star base hotel accommodation in kathmandu and Nepalganj on BB plan.
  • Domestic flight [Kathmandu – Nepalganj –Juphal – Nepalganj – Kathmandu] with Airport tax
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Very high-quality camping equipment (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent/mattress and Kitchen utensils)
  • All the necessary paperwork such as national park entry fees, special trekking permit [Restricted area permits] and TIMS permits.
  • Guided sightseeing tour as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking, government licensed local tour guide for sightseeing
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trekking guide, Sherpa, porter, helper, cook)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (6 trekkers: 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges.

What's Not Included

  • International flight
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Trip Reviews

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Based on 10 reviews


Rupen Oswald

Russia
Spetember 14, 2019

My Everest Base Camp Trek- Mrs. Galina Vasileva

I did EBC trek with a helicopter return with The third rock adventures. I can wholeheartedly advise this company to anybody who wants to get best service, best adventures, and best memories. The whole team works as one perfect mechanism, giving you everything you want and a lot more. If you know what you want exactly, they will do it for you, if you do not want to go to too much details while preparing for the trek - just trust them! Thank you once more, my support team of Nabin, Babu, and Nikesh. You did a lot to make me happy and I can now change a bit of Robert Burns's words to “ My heart is in Nepal “.

Samantha Harper

United Kingdom
August 8, 2019

My Everest Base Camp Trek- Mrs. Galina Vasileva

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Agata Jiminez

Spain
August 3, 2019

My Everest Base Camp Trek- Mrs. Galina Vasileva

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