Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
We will meet our group at Kathmandu Airport. Transfer to the hotel. We will brief about the trekking and free day.
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Dolpa is one of the most interesting trekking destinations of Nepal for many reasons. We can’t get direct from Kathmandu so we have to go Nepalgung. We can be reached from Nepalgunj. We stay overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 03: fly from Nepalgung to Jhupal ( Dolpa)
We fly from Nepalgunj for Dolpa; Ranjha airport, a small airport on top of the town of Juphal. This is our starting point of trek.
Day 04: Jhupal to Chhepka
We start our trek from Jhupal. The road takes you through a little sojourn in the town of Jhupal, after which it descends steeply. For about an hour, the road is muddy and stony with little vegetation. After that, there is a short stretch of motorable road that lasts up to Suligad. Suligad is the entrance to shey phoksundo National Park. The road is populated with tea shops in between at Khalaripi, kageni and Sangta. Our actual camping is at Chhepka.
Day 05: Chhepka to Chunuwar
Day two starts at Chheka and goes on to small outposts like Dhane, Kiptarung and Rechi. The road follows the Phoksundo River upstream through dense forests. On this day, travelers cross Phoksundo River several times over small local bridges. At one point between Rechi and Chunuwar, there is a dramatic point where two rivers of distincty different colors merge to form a single Phoksundo River. We reach our Camping Chunuwar through Dhane, Kiptarung and Rechi.
Day 06: Chunuwar to Ringmo
The third day’s trek goes steeply uphill for the first three hours. There is minimal vegetation and the hills are very dusty in dry seasons. At the end of three hours of uphill climb is a view tower, where travelers can rest. The view tower offers a view of Phoksundo falls. After 10 minutes walk uphill from the view tower, the travelers can get the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake. After walking for about an hour, one arrives at the village of Ringmo.
Day 07: Ringmo to Ruktang
From this onwards we enter Upper Dolpa, as Ringmo village is the boundary between lower and Upper Dolpa. The road climbs and dips to the level of lake, where we cross the several shallow of stream on foot. The track goes up to a height of 4085m, after which it steadily descends through a dense pine forest.our camping was at Ruktang, an open space beside the river. On the left side, the place offers a view of Kanjirowa Mountain on clear days, which is full of snow even in the month of July.
Day 08: Ruktang to Base camp
On the fifth day, the trek is very unique. We crossed Pisten River over and over again without bridges. The walk is uphill but not steep. On this day, we climbed up to a height of 4677 meters. Although this is a considerable height where altitude sickness usually takes hold, this day the cold water alleviated the symptoms of altitude sickness. The lunch was packed this day, because the geography was not suitable for cooking. Camping is at Base camp.
Day 09: Base Camp to Shey Ghumba
This day is the most arduous day of the trek, since we crossed our highest pass on this day. The final few hundred meters are in a sandy mountain, where our feet slide at every step. Altitude sickness may take hold at this point, and travelers should be well prepared for that. After crossing the pass, the other wide offers a spectacular view of light sand colored mountains. After walking downhill from the pass for about four hours, we get to shey Gumba.
Day 10: shey ghumba to saldang
On this day we cross the second pass of the journaey. From Shey Gumba the path is muddy at first. After walking for about three hours, we get to a gorge with a shallow river. Our lunch place is at Namgung. After walking uphill from Namgung for two hiurs, we reach a hilltop that pffers a panoramic view of light green colored mountains far into the distance. We descend from the hilltop to the villege of Saldang. Saldang is a beautiful valley.
Day 11: Saldang to Rhakyo
We start this day from Saldang with mild inclines and declines. We pass severeral villages with green field of local barley. Namdo is small village with a school and communication facility. We have to cross a knee deep river twice to reach the camping spot. The campsite was at a river shore a few miles out of Rhakyo. It was on open ground on a small precipice overlooking a river. This part of our trek is part of a trade route to China.
Day 12: Rhakyo to high Camp
On this day we prepare to crosses our last pass of. We walked up a mild incline along a river inside a gorge. We crossed the river at some points. On this day we left valleys and villages behind and the scene went to barren hills with a few signs of vegetation here and there. Our Camp is at high Camp, at a height of 4850m. This is the highest campof the journey.
Day 13: High Camp to Dho Tarap
On this day we crossed the last pass of the journey. The road from high pass camp to Jengla Pass is steeply uphill with stones and boulders on the road. The road going down from the pass is gradually descending at first then becomes almost horizontal. Today our camp is at Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is the world’s highest altitude human settlement 4090m. The people of Dho still follow traditional culture and the houses are built according to traditional architecture where most of the living space is underground, and small part of the house just above ground.
Day 14: Dho Tarap to Tangum
From Dho Tarap, we walk in a windy gorge that is almost horizontal. Even though the sun is shining, the wind makes warm clothes necessary on this section of the trail. There are ridged hills on both sides. We also passes several open spaces which is junction for horses and mules to rest or pass the night.our camp is at Tangum a meeting place of two rivers.
Day 15: Tangum to Lashikyap
The trails start with a mild incline, but take us to a height of 3800 meters. The river sets our course as it whistles far below. From this day we see growing vegetation. After descending from the height of 3800 meters, we come to Laini odar, a narrow valley with a tent. Camp is at Lashikyap, a large villege on a precipice overlooking the river.
Day 16: Lashikyap to Dunai
The track led us through a gentle horizontal walk through dense vegetation. There are lots of village on the way, notably a group of separate villages near each other that are called Tarakot, Tarabagar, Shahar Tara, and Tuppo tara. From Tarakot we walk along the shore of the river. Camping is at Dunai,the headquarter of Dolpa, a large town with electricity, health center and communication facility.
Day 17: dunai to Jhupal
The last day of the trek led us uphill again we have to go to Jhupal, because Jhupal is the only city in dolpa with an airport. The road from Dunai is a wide motorable road up to Kalagauda. We walk on this road horizontally for approximately two hours. Then there is a steep uphill stretch for about two hours, as jhupal is situated at a considerable height than Dunai. Finally we arrive at Juphal airport on top of town. From here we can take a plane to Nepalgunj and surkhet.
Day 18: Jhupal to Nepalgung by fly and return back Kathmandu by drive/ fly
This day we return back to Kathmandu. Dolpa and Kathmandu is not direct fly, we need to go Nepalgunj and come back Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.
Day 19: Departure
This is the last day in Nepal. We will wave our hands with the hope to see you again or you can extend the tour to visit several touristic destinations of Nepal.