Overview

Duration :
28 Days
Secondary Activity:
Nature and Culture
Max altitude :
5,360m/17,585 ft
Transportation:
Private vehicle and Domestic Flight
Trip ends in:
Kathmandu
Accomodation:
Hotel and Tent Camp
Primary activity:
Trekking and Hiking
Group Size:
Min. 1 pax
Country:
Nepal
Trip starts from:
Kathmandu
Diffficulty:
Strenuous Plus
Meals:
Nepali and Continental
Best Season:
Autumn and Spring
Trip route:
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Dunai-Chhepka-Rechi-Phoksundo See-Phoksundo Forest Camp-Khang La High Camp-Khang La High Camp-Shey Gompa-Khang La Pass-Shey Gompa-Namgung-Saldang-Yangjer Gompa-Yangjer-Musigoan-Shimengoan-Muri La-Shimengoan-Tinje- -Rapka-Campingplatz-Rapka Camp Side-Chharka High Camp-Chharka La High Camp-Chharka Bhot-Chharka La-Chharka Bhot-Newari La High Camp-Sangda Camp-Letztes Camp-Kagbeni-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Trip introduction

Adventure Explore Dolpo Trek takes us around remote areas of northwestern Nepal. Trekking around off the beaten path of the Dolpo region offers once in a lifetime of adventurous experiences. The major highlights of this adventure Dolpo trekking are: exploring Shey Phoksundo Lake, insights into the local lifestyle, culture, and traditions untouched from modernization while visiting ancient Shey Gompa and other monasteries, passing through high passes over 5000 meters with excellent views of the snow-capped Himalayas and overall enthralling experiences that simply can’t be described in words.

Journey: Adventure Explore Dolpo Trek

We begin our Adventure Explore Dolpo Trek after your arrival at Kathmandu followed by the next day’s trekking preparations. Initially, we board a scenic flight from the culturally affluent capital city of Kathmandu towards Nepalgunj located in the western region of Nepal. Likewise, we catch our second domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and start trekking towards beautiful Dunai which is also the starting point of this adventurous trek.

Gradually ascending through lower altitude valleys of Chhepka and Recchi; we arrive at the deepest lake of Nepal, Phoksundo Lake offering plenty of natural exploration opportunities. Further, we ascend through beautiful yet adventurous trekking trails around the Dolpo region; while setting tented forest camp for overnight stay.

We push ourselves further to Khang la high camp and popular Shey Gompa before crossing high altitude Khang La pass; at an altitude of 5360m above sea level. Shey Gompa is a famous ancient monastery offering rich cultural insights into local Buddhism rituals and traditions. Trekking adventurously through unexplored valleys, settlements, and visit to beautiful monasteries like Yangjer Gompa, uniquely warm hospitality from local inhabitants, crossing high passes like Muri La, Chharka La, setting up camps at multiple sites, and finally arriving at Jomsom before boarding a flight to Pokhara with another connecting flight that brings us back to Kathmandu.

Best Season

We recommend this trek during spring and autumn when the skies are usually clear and the temperature is just fine. It would be a perfect vacation for all those trekkers who are looking for adventure trekking in Nepal. If you possess a good fitness level with an intense passion for walking and exploring new remote places and looking for experiencing the true meaning of adventure; then join Adventure Explore Dolpo Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Plan for this trip now. Contact us for booking and further information.

Special Note:

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

Overview

  • Day 1
    Arrive at Kathmandu (1400m/4600ft):
  • Day 2
    Trekking Preparation Day:
  • Day 3
    Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(150m/490 ft):
  • Day 4
    Flight Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2140m/7020ft):
  • Day 5
    Dunai to Chhepka (2838m/9311 ft):
  • Day 6
    Chhepka to Rechi (2940m/9645 ft):
  • Day 7
    Rechi to Phoksundo Lake (3700m/12139 ft):
  • Day 8
    Explore at Phoksundo Lake:
  • Day 9
    Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Forest Camp (4300m/14107 ft):
  • Day 10
    Phoksundo Forest Camp to Khang La High Camp (5318m/17447 ft):
  • Day 11
    Khang La High Camp to Shey Gompa(4160m/13648ft) via Khang La Pass (5360m/17585 ft):
  • Day 12
    Explore at Shey Gompa:
  • Day 13
    Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430m/14534 ft):
  • Day 14
    Namgung to Saldang(3770m/12368ft):
  • Day 15
    Saldang to Yangjer Gompa(3750m/12303ft):
  • Day 16
    Yangjer to Musigoan (4100m/13451 ft):
  • Day 17
    Musigoan to Shimengoan (3870m/12696 ft) via Muri La (5030m/16502 ft):
  • Day 18
    Shimengoan to Tinje(4150m/13615 ft):
  • Day 19
    Tinje to Rapka Camp site (4210m/13812 ft):
  • Day 20
    Rapka Camp Side to Chharka High Camp (5000m/16404 ft):
  • Day 21
    Chharka La High Camp to Chharka Bhot(4110m/13484 ft) via Chharka La(5027m/16492 ft):
  • Day 22
    Chharka Bhot to Newari La High Camp (5120m/16797 ft):
  • Day 23
    Newari La High Camp to Sangda Camp (4190m/13746 ft):
  • Day 24
    Sangda Camp to Last Camp (3710m/12171 ft):
  • Day 25
    Last Camp to Jomsom (2720m/8923 ft) via Kagbeni (2800m/9186 ft):
  • Day 26
    Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2960ft):
  • Day 27
    Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu:
  • Day 28
    Farewell Day:

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu (1400m/4600ft)::

As you arrive at the International Terminals of Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our office representative and driven to your hotel. Upon check-in at the hotel, enjoy our complimentary drink and enjoy the free time relaxing in a cozy room or stroll around the tourist hub Thamel area until the end of the day.

Day 2 : Trekking Preparation Day::

After having our early meal, we start our day with a visit to the Nepal Mountain Trekkers office at Thamel. After being introduced to our team including trekking leader and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations and getting the equipment needed for the trek.

Day 3 : Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(150m/490 ft)::

Our Adventure Explore Dolpo initiates as we take about an hour domestic flight from Kathmandu to a town near the Nepal-India border named Nepalgunj. We stay overnight at a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 4 : Flight Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2140m/7020ft)::

After having our breakfast at Nepalgunj, we get ready to catch our next flight to Juphal and meet our trekking crew over there. Upon arriving at Juphal, we start our trekking activity towards headquarter of Dolpo, Dunai. Excellent landscape views with gorges, terraced farming lands are visible on our way. We stay overnight at Dunai.

Day 5 : Dunai to Chhepka (2838m/9311 ft)::

Today we head towards the beautiful village of Dunai crossing several suspension bridges through forested lands. There are few tea houses. We stay overnight at Chhepka.

Day 6 : Chhepka to Rechi (2940m/9645 ft)::

We wake up early in the morning and head towards Rechi. Making our way through beautiful forests, natural beauty, and cultural highlights at isolated villages, we slowly gain altitude above 3300 meters above sea level, overview striking waterfall, and finally arrive at Rechi at the end of the day. We stay overnight at Rechi.

Day 7 : Rechi to Phoksundo Lake (3700m/12139 ft)::

We have our early meal and make a steep downhill through refresh forests, following the trails towards Phoksundo River crossing the suspension bridge. We gradually arrive at the Shore of Phoksundo Lake which is the deepest lake of Nepal with dimensions of 650m deep, nearly 2000m wide, and 5000m long. Exquisite landscape views are being offered at these heavenly places around Phoksundo Lake.

Day 8 : Explore at Phoksundo Lake::

After having our early meal, we start our day strolling around spectacular turquoise Phoksundo Lake. During the day, we go to a nearby Ringmo village with Tibetan alike cultures and traditions along with a visit to numerous colorful monasteries, Gompas built centuries ago. In this way, we further acknowledge naturally beautiful and culturally rich Phoksundo Lake for a day and also get properly acclimatize our body before pushing ourselves above 4300m altitude.

Day 9 : Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Forest Camp (4300m/14107 ft)::

We begin our day as we leave Phoksundo Lake and make our way towards forested trails, set up camp at end of the day. It is a popular camping site surrounded by greenery and a mix of alpine with tropical vegetation. We stay overnight at forest camp.

Day 10 : Phoksundo Forest Camp to Khang La High Camp (5318m/17447 ft)::

It will be quite a challenging day today with more than a thousand meters of altitude gain making our way through the steep valley, rock walls located amidst the beautiful surroundings that test our endurance but in the end, it would be quite a rewarding experience.

Day 11 : Khang La High Camp to Shey Gompa(4160m/13648ft) via Khang La Pass (5360m/17585 ft)::

After approximately three to four hours of uphill trekking at high altitudes, we cross Khanga La pass, the section of which is quite steep and challenging. From the top of the pass, splendid natural views are seen. Further, we trace our steps downhill towards the ancient popular Buddhist monastery of Shey Gompa.

Day 12 : Explore at Shey Gompa::

We’ll have an entire day to enjoy Shey Gompa which is also known as the crystal monastery believed to be built in the 11th century. It will be an exciting cultural exploration while visiting Shey Gompa or Monastery.

Day 13 : Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430m/14534 ft)::

Today we trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung which takes approximately seven to eight hours. We trek further east from Shey gompa and across the 5010m Shey La Pass. From here we head north and descend before ascending again to Namgung at an altitude of 4430m. We stay overnight at camp.

Day 14 : Namgung to Saldang(3770m/12368ft)::

While following our trails to Saldang, today we descend and cross small river streams, passing through several ascends, descends. This place is beautifully scattered between many fields. We do visit some farmlands, witness herds of animals, blue sheep crossing the river, immersing ourselves in the beautiful landscapes and local surroundings. We stay overnight at Saldang.

Day 15 : Saldang to Yangjer Gompa(3750m/12303ft)::

Today we make our way from Saldang to Yangjer Gompa. A visit to this ancient monastery is an exclusive opportunity to witness the religious and cultural aspects of Tibetan-influenced cultures, traditions, and rituals. Saldang is a village development committee in the Dolpa District in the Karnali Zone of north-western Nepal. Saldang lies in Nankhang Valley, the most populous of the sparsely populated valleys making up the culturally Tibetan region of Dolpo.

Day 16 : Yangjer to Musigoan (4100m/13451 ft)::

Today we follow the rugged trails from Yangjer to Musigaon around an altitude of 4100 m. Overnight camp at Musigaon.

Day 17 : Musigoan to Shimengoan (3870m/12696 ft) via Muri La (5030m/16502 ft)::

The highlight of today would be to cross Muri La pass and arrive at Shimegaon. Visit these remote villages gives us feeling like we are entering a different part of the world. We Stay overnight at Shimengoan.

Day 18 : Shimengoan to Tinje(4150m/13615 ft)::

Today we leave behind Shimegoan to Tinje. It would be more of a downhill trek today. Overnight stay at Tinje.

Day 19 : Tinje to Rapka Camp site (4210m/13812 ft)::

After having our early meal, we head from Tinje to the Rapka campsite. We set up camp at Rapka site for night halt.

Day 20 : Rapka Camp Side to Chharka High Camp (5000m/16404 ft)::

We will again face the challenges as we ascend above 5000m and arrive at Chharka high Camp. Overnight stay at Chharka high camp.

Day 21 : Chharka La High Camp to Chharka Bhot(4110m/13484 ft) via Chharka La(5027m/16492 ft)::

It would be quite an enduring day today as we move from Chharka La high camp to Chharka Bhot passing through Chharka la pass. Overnight stay at Chharka Bhot.

Day 22 : Chharka Bhot to Newari La High Camp (5120m/16797 ft)::

In a similar way, we push ourselves to Newari La High Camp from Chaharka Bhot at an alluring altitude of 5120 meters above sea level. Overnight stay at Newari La High Camp.

Day 23 : Newari La High Camp to Sangda Camp (4190m/13746 ft)::

We move towards Newari La High camp to Sangda Camp today. It will be more of a downhill trek today. Overnight stay at Sangda Camp.

Day 24 : Sangda Camp to Last Camp (3710m/12171 ft)::

Today we leave behind Sangda Camp and make our way towards Last Camp. Overnight stay at Last Camp.

Day 25 : Last Camp to Jomsom (2720m/8923 ft) via Kagbeni (2800m/9186 ft)::

Finally, during the last days of our Adventure Explore Dolpo trek, we leave behind our last camp, trek through the beautiful deserted lands of Kagbeni, and arrive at Jomsom. We stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 26 : Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2960ft)::

Today we board a short domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Enjoy free activities till the end of the day at the scenic lake city of Pokhara.

Day 27 : Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu::

Our Adventure Explore Dolpo Trek comes to an end as we fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu today. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, relax at the hotel or simply go for souvenir shopping or stroll around the busy streets of Kathmandu. And enjoy farewell dinner. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 28 : Farewell Day::

Today will be your final day in Nepal, as we drop you at International Airport for your scheduled international flight towards your onward destination.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Domestic flights and all required land transportation
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With the experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • All camping equipment(Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Two men Dom Tent, Chairs, Toilet Pan, Tables)
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • TIMS Card and Shey Phoksundo National Parks, Upper Dolpo Special Permit.
  • Rescue arrangement service
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charges
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation(s)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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Equipments

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch
  • Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts and thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Inner thermals

Feet

  • Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Shower sandals

Hands

  • Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
  • Creams
  • Sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Regular Medicines
  • Knee Caps
  • Bandages
  • Ointments
  • Blister Tape

Miscellaneous

  • Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
  • Light-weighted Towel
  • Swiss Knife
  • Passport and extra passport photos
  • Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
 

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