The word, Dolpa, conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries of snow leopards and blue sheep. A land beyond the Himalaya.
Laying in western Nepal, Dolpo is one of the most remote of Nepal's regions. By special permit, we are able to offer this-day trek through upper and lower Dolpo.
Our route follows much of the route taken by Peter Mathiessen and George Shaller as described in " The snow Leopard".
We trek 200 miles , averaging 10 miles a day. We spend 6-8 hours a day trekking. Several layover days are planned. Porters carry a day pack with the things you need for the day.
Participants should be in good shape. We are at high elevation much of the time on this trip. Five passes, over 16,500 feet, are crossed . Steep climbs and descents are made.
Day 01 : By flight/ bus or van, to Pokhara, and rest of the days on Phewa lake, with the Annapurna Range rising to 26,000 feet north of us.
Day 02 : Today we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (elevation 8900 feet), the administrative centre for the Mustang district to Nepal. En-route we fly between Annapurna I (26500 feet) ad Dhaulagiri (26,800 feet). It is a spectacular flight. We meet our porters in Jomsom. From here we trek up the wide, Kali Gandaki Valley to the Fortress - like town of Kagbeni (9200 feet). The scenery around us is spectacular . To our south are the galciated peaks of the Himalaya. To our north is the drier, dessert - like countryside of the Tibetan plateau, a maze of barren high mountains. (8 miles).
Day 03 : Climbing 3000 feet out the Kali Gandaki Valley, we have excellent views of the Annapurna Range, Muktinath and Mustang. We traverse into the spectacular Chalung Khola, climbing and descending side canyons along the way, to the village of Sangdak, elevation 12,500 feet. (15 miles)
Days 04-06 : We ascend the convoluted Chalung gorge, then climb 400 feet, to 16,800- foot, Sangdak Pass, the eastern entrance to Dolpo. The scenery is magnificent. This has got to be one of the grandest viewpoints in the world. Descending the pass we follow the Thajang Khola to the village of Chharka, 13,500 feet elevation. (25 miles)
Days 07-10 : From Chharka we climb 3000 feet to Chharka Pass (16,500), then descend into the Keheng Khola. This is one of the most remote regions in Nepal, an area where there could still be the magnificent Marco Polo sheep or the Tibetan wild yak. The landscape is Arctic desert , barren in places with alpine meadows in others. We hike past the very Tibetan villages of Tinje, Shimengaon and Saldang. (50 miles)
Days 11-12 : Entering Phoksundo National Park, we climb 3000 feet over a 17,300 - foot pass and descend , to famous Shey Gomba, elevation 13,950 feet. We spend a layover day here watching blue sheep, looking for snow leopards and wolves and touring the monastery. (10 miles).
Days 13-15 : Leaving Shey Gomba we climb 3200 feet over a 17200- foot pass. Views of the 22,000-foot peaks of the Kanjiroba Range are excellent. We descend 5000 feet into the Phoksundo River drainage and work our way along beautiful Phosksudo Lake (12,000 feet). We find ourselves perched on cliffs, high above the lake. If you don’t like heights you won’t enjoy this section. A layover day is planned at the lake. (16 miles)
Ringmo – Sepka 2700m, Sepka – Dunai, 6hrs. Then observes the village, Dunai – Juphal 2 ½ hours. And back packing etc. and Juphal – Nepalganj-Kathmandu by flight
Days 16-17 : From Phoksundo lake we descend past the spectacular waterfall draining the lake. Leaving the main route we follow the Durjam Khola through the village of Pungmo (9600 feet), to the base of Kagmara Pass. Since crossing the last pass we have entered the lusher side of the Himalayas. Beautiful forests of pine, spruce, hemlock and birch are common.(18 miles)
Day 18 : Climb 3000 feet to the summit of Kagmara Pass( 16,800). Descend along Kagmara Glacier , 3000 feet to Kagmara Phedi camp. (8 miles)
Days 19-20 : Descend Garpung Khola 8 miles to Hurikot and the park boundary. Continue down 2 miles to the Bheri River, at 8600 feet elevation. Contour through villages and apple orchards past potato and corn fields, climbing to camp at Mauriya Phedi, elevation 10,200. (20 miles)
Day 21 : Ascend steeply, 2300 feet, through forests of pine and oak, across avalanche tracks to Mauriya Pass (elevation 12,500). Views of the snowy peaks to our north and east are exceptional. Descend steeply, 2600 feet, through birch, oak and rhododendron forests to Chotra, elevation 9900 feet (7 miles).
Days 22-23 : For the next two days we descend the Tila valley through spruce forests, past barely fields and rice terraces, irrigation works and water driven mills, to Jumla, elevation 7700 feet, the administrative centre for the region. (20 miles)
Days 24-25 : From Jumla we fly to Nepalgunj/Kathmandu
Daily itinerary as described,
all inclusive camping or lodge trek with English speaking guide and porters,
all meals on trek, tea,
all fees and land transportation,
coffee and boiled water,
camping gear such as twin sharing tent,
items of a personal nature,
delay due to weather,
Equipment failure or situations beyond our control.
As per Guest require