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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,600ft)::
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/490ft)::
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 (2,140m/7,020ft)::
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 (2,838m/9,311ft)::
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 (2,940m/9,645ft)::
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 (3,700m/12,139ft)::
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 Day 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 (4,300m/14,107ft)::
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 (5,318m/17,447ft)::
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(4,160m/13,648ft) 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 (4,430m/14,534ft)::
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(3,770m/12,368ft)::
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(3,750m/12,303ft)::
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 (4,100m/13,451ft)::
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 (3,870m/12,696ft) via Muri La (5,030m/16,502ft)::
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(4,150m/13,615ft)::
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 (4,210m/13,812ft)::
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 (5,000m/16,404ft)::
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(4,110m/13,484ft) via Chharka La(5,027m/16,492ft)::
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 (5,120m/16,797ft)::
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 (4,190m/13,746ft)::
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 (3,710m/12,171ft)::
Today we leave behind Sangda Camp and make our way towards Last Camp. Overnight stay at Last Camp.
Day 25 : Last Camp to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft) via Kagbeni (2,800m/9,186ft)::
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/2,960ft)::
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 : Departure 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.