Trekking in the Dolpa is an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll have the opportunity to experience life in the remote highlands.
The trail passes through a variety of landscapes ranging from green meadows to rocky terrain that extend Tibetan plateau. The Phoksundo Lake is an incomparable beauty with its deep blue and bright green colors surrounded by steep bold rocks.
Due to its remote location, Dolpa is still an off the beaten track destination. This region is suitable to trek in summer and fewer tourists will be seen during the trek. The authentic villages and Tibetan culture and tradition along Buddhism and Bonpo are very important for the people living in these villages and interwoven in everyday life.
This trek is quite strenuous and hard with some steep climbs. The trail ascends to two high passes, Numa La (5318m) and Baga La (5190m). This high passes crossing involve long climbs and long descents.
The best season for the Dolpo trekking is April to November. However, April and November most of the teahouses can be closed due to bad weather conditions. This trekking is suitable for camping organize trek and its best way to do it. We also offer organize upper Dolpo trek in the Dolpa Region.
- Max Elevation:5318m/17550ft
- Total Duration:16-19days
- Best Time:April - Nov
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Finished all the government paper works and fly to Nepaljung late afternoon and stay.
Day 03: Fly to Jhufal altitude 2475m and trek to Dunai (2140m) 3 hrs and stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek Dunai to Lingdo altitude 2391m 5-6hrs and stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek Lingdo to Laina Odar 6-7hrs altitude 3370m camping.
Day 06: Trek Laina Odar to Toltol altitude 3523m 6-7hrs camping.
Day 07: Trek Toltol to Dho Tarap altitude 3944m 6hrs stay in local guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek Dho Tarap to Numa – La Phedi altitude 4440m 5hrs camping.
Day 09: Trek Numal La Phedi to Danigar altitude 4631m via Numa La Passes 5238m 7hours camping.
Day 10: Trek Danigar to Yak Kharka altitude 3860m via Baga – La passes 5190m 7hrs camping.
Day 11: Trek Yak Kharka to Ringmo village altitude 3641m 5hrs camping.
Day 12: Rest day explore Phoksundo Lake and visit Bon Gumpa.
Day 13: Trek Ringmo village to Chhekpa altitude 2880m via Rechi and camping 8hrs.
Day 14: Trek Chhekpa to Jhuphal altitude 2475m 6 hrs and stay in local guesthouse.
Day 15: fly Jhuphal to Nepaljung to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 16: Rest/extra day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to airport.
- Experienced local guide.
- Experienced High Mountain trained porter.
- Domestic return flight tickets Nepalgunj – Jhuphal, Jhuphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.
- Airport picks up and drops.
- Hotel 3nights in Kathmandu on BB plan.
- 1night hotel in Nepalgunj one the way to Jhuphal.
- Essential group First aid.
- Special Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
- Our staff’s guides, food, accommodation, and their insurance.
- Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
- Accommodation in trekking camping two person tents, kitchen tent and dining tents.
- Drinking water boiled and purified during the trekking.
- Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
- Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
- Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Guides/ Porter’s tip
- International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee.
- Emergency evacuation and other charges.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.