Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek is only for those who want to explore the non-touristy area in Nepal. The trek takes you to far remote in the rain shadow area beyond the Dhaulagiri mountain Range to the north -west of the country. This spiritual journey gives you a wonderful chance to experience colorful barren slopes of the mountains and Tibetan culture far different from that seen in other parts of the country. This remote and off the beaten area is attractive both scenically and culturally. In the lower Dolpo region no high Himalayan peaks are seen except plenty of good high altitude scenery and fresh water of Phoksumdo Lake. It is also home to the trans-Himalayan Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest park in Nepal covering an area of 3555 sq. km. The park is enriched with rare and endangered species of wildlife such as snow-leopard, blue sheep, ghoral, musk deer, wolf and other wildlife and plants diversity, which are not found in other trekking regions in Nepal. Remote region in western Nepal was opened for the foreigners only in 1990. People of inner Dolpo region is influenced by Bon-religion, where people practice a shamanistic religion prior to Tibetan Buddhism came in existence. Much of Bon-po symbolism is the opposite of Buddhist practice.
Trekking to Dolpo Shey Gompa was opened for foreigners with special permits only in the year 1990. At the beginning of the trek you walk through a wooded area, then continue along rugged canyons in the barren plateau near the border with Tibet. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we organize sightseeing tour to historical and cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley and at the same time we obtain special permit for the lower Doplo trek . Next day we take our flight to Nepalgunj and stay one night in at hotel in Nepalgunj. Next day early morning we wake up and catch up a flight to Juphal . From Juphal we begin the trek to Sulighat through the high altitude tundra and rocks of Lower Dolpo and Phoksumdo with the cold air of the glaciers of Kanjiroba. Dolpo Shey Gompa trek is opened only organized trekking groups with special permits.
The best time for Lower Dolpo trekking begins from March to May in spring and from October to November in Autumn.
This long trek follows a less- travelled trail in the Dolpo region. It offers you exotic and myriad cultural experiences coupled with interesting landscape that ranges from the verdant greenery in the lower reaches to an arid and dry one in the higher reaches. As the actual trek starts from Dunai and completes in 18 days, the climate also changes as the trek progresses. We start from a hot and temperate zone and each a colder zone as we ascend up. By the end of the trek we descend again to the hot and temperate zone. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksumdo Gompa – dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek representative and transferred to your pre-booked hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue drive to PatanDurbar Squ are to see ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch. Then, you will visit the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu
From Kathmandu we take an overland journey to Nepalgunj , a town in the western Terai. It is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia Nationl Park. It is a major transport hub for western, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast we will fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj. The duration of the flight is short but exciting. After landing at the air-strip we will trek through Dangi Bhara village, crossing a stream. The trail passes just opposite Suli Gad valley up the Thuli Bheri. Then the trail crosses broad flat meadows fringed with pine. Small fields appear, while the valley opens ahead with snow-dusted peaks in the distance. In about three hrs walk from Juphal we enter the district headquarters of Dunai. This is a large village with a paved street line with houses, several shops and lodges. The village has a school, a police check-post and government offices. We camp overnight at the south-eastern end of the village.
Today we head on a good trail passing through houses, a grove of pomegranates and a flat-roofed water mill. Our route drops left to cross the river on a wooden bridge and then heads right to continue upstream. The trail frequently ascends and descends, sometimes by the riverside or along most stonebuilt causeways to open grasslands littered with boulders. Occasionally we can view snow-capped far ahead. The trail drops down and crosses the river on the suspension bridge. Then, we walk uphill towards mani wall for Tarakot. We find a row of houses just beyond the police check-post in the Tarakot village. We camp overnight nearby.
After breakfast we steadily ascend the narrow trail through fir and juniper forests and follow the Tarap River gorge. We will visit the fortress of Tarakot en- route. Overnight at camp
The narrow trail goes through the Tarap Khola gorges.
Today’s trek starts by climbing gently to two weatherworn chortens atop a ridge. From here the trail is rocky as is traverses beneath cliffs to a bridge (3890m) where we cross to the east bank. We continue climbing up the canyon alongside the river. It will not be long before we see the white Ribo Bhumpa Gompa ahead of in Dho Tharap. We will continue with a short climb alongside a line of ancient chortens to Dho Tharap, where there is a camp site in a grassy meadow south of the village. In this region, men trim their hair with red threads and wear them in a chignon as the Khampas from Tibet, and women wear heavy silver headgear.
Today we will visit around the broad valley of Dho carpeted with fields of barley and buckwheat. We can see Yaks, or yak cross-breeds ploughing the fields. We will visit Ri Bhumpa Gompa and Bon-Po Gompa monasteries both are situated on the hillside just above the village in the Tarap valley. Overnight at camp
Along the trail you will see men trim their hair with red threads and wear them in a chignon like the Khampas from Tibet. Women wear heavy silver headgear. Overnight at camp
We walk out of Dho an a trail that cuts upvalley through the fields, some of which are walled, and pass through elaborately-decorated kani marking the outer limits of Dho. We walk through the next village called Tok-Khyu where we see prayer flags fluttering in the winds. The trail rises on the south-west flank over high moorland-like slopes, rough with tussock grasses and spongly with surface water in places. The Numa La, literally called “salt pass ” can be seen ahead to the left, while off to the right across the valley we find a secluded gompa perched on the mountainside. The views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri are superb from Numa La Pass. We set up the campsite at 4200m.
We will trek north -east and climb into a narrow valley that becomes wider and wider up to the Baga La Pass, a pass surrounded by glaciers and blade-shaped rock cliffs. From the pass we can see a beautiful view of all the Kanjiroba massif to the west. Then, we descend gently to the grass pastures of Roman where you will find only shepherds’ houses. This is the last human settlement for the next 2 days. Overnight at camp
While trekking through meadows of flowers and edelweiss we again start to climb to Ringmo. Here you will find the mountains are arid. Strong dry winds blow from the north-east, from the Baga La Pass, excavating the red sandy mountains. After one hour walk you will reach a group of strange houses, halfburied with windows at ground level. This Mondro (or Murwa) is one of the winter villages of the people of Ringmo. From Mondro we climb to a small rock and see a panoramic view of high red and yellow mountains, the great glacier of Kanjiroba and the emerald waters of the Phoksondo Lake.The trail again descends to the lakeside and continues until we reach the picturesque village of Ringmo. Here, we will visit the Tesu monastery. The people are called Bothais, a tribe originally migrated from Tibet. Overnight at camp
From Ringmo village we take the down valley trail through poor meadows and between scrub and lowgrowing trees, before it starts to rise uphill through birch groves. The path continues to rise until it reaches a high point at about 3770m, with views back to Phoksundo Lake. The trail continues up-valley now heading north-west on the right bank of the Pungmo Khola. At first this section of the valley is a narrow wedge, but it soon begins to open out as you approach Pungmo village. We enter the village through a decorated kani and past several chortens. We find apple orchard on the right. Pungmo is an attractive, study village, some of whose houses are three storeys high, and made even higher when
harvest produce is stacked upon the roofs.
Just above the camp the valley forks.The trail leads through the left branch, a right gorge-like glen in its lower reaches where it’s possible to see blue sheep. The trail is a long, steady uphill climb with tremendous views behind before reaching Lasa Meadow, a lovely area of undulating meadowland with the infant Julung Khola nearby, Kagmara I at the head of the valley and the Julung gorge downstream. Overnight at camp
We follow a zig-zag trail up to pasture. Then the trail winds on veering westward and steadily gaining elevation with magnificent views through the trek. The Kagmara is a wide open, wind-scuffed saddle at 5115m marked by rocks and a cluster of prayer flags reachable around two hours walk from Lasa Meadow. In the far distance snow-free mountains fill the horizon, while the Kanjiroba massif is seen offto the north -west. Overnight at Camp near the river.
We will follow the trail up the western side of the Garpung Khola to about 3650m, then cross to the eastern side and continue upstream. The valley narrows and the river becomes a series of waterfalls as the trail climbs to a moraine at 3900m. Make a high camp in boulders at Kagmara Phedi, at an elevation of about 4000m. The panoramic views of the peaks are sensational. Wildflowers are of the hardy alpine species, including blue poppies, buttercups, mint, gentians and puffballs. Among the birds you may sight are snow pigeons, redstarts, ravens and griffons. This is also an excellent place to sight blue sheep.
The trail stays high above the river to the confluence where the Jagdula and Garpung Kholas join to form the Bheri. Drop to the Jagdu La Khola, crossing it on stones and camp near the army post at Toijem (2920m)
Today we walk to the village of Khanigoan inhabited by Magars but wear Tibetan dress. Sometimes while trekking you can see the (musk deer) in the middle of Juniper and pine forest. Overnight at camp
Early morning we start the trek from Khanigaon to Juphal via Dunai .The trail to Jumla is straightforward .The trail passes through the great agricultural farm. At night we celebrate farewell party with our team.
After breakfast we take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and same day drive back to Kathmandu. Today we need good weather for both flight and panoramic view of the mountains.
On this pleasant day you may have a full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore around Thamel. Or, you may do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives.
Our airport representative will come to pick you up and transfer you to the International Airport according to your flight time
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