Dolpo is of the most underdeveloped and remote regions in all of Nepal,at the same time it is also one of the most regal with a unique character that one could say permeates the soul, as if you were in the presence of some majestic monarch. Dolpo has been far and free for centuries because of its complete lack of accessibility leaving it to be one of the last remaining havens of Bon, a religious practice predating that of Buddhism though with many similar characteristics. The majority of the film Caravan was featured in Dolpo offering forth many insights into the distant, enchanting and even supernatural happenings reported to be part of daily ritual and customs here.
The trails wind through deserted hills, valleys and mountains that are seemingly lifeless and otherworldly but amid the moonlike landscape can be seen a plethora of wildlife like the racing cheetah and shocking blue sheep with rare medicinal foliage such as Yarsagumba, a powerful aphrodisiac which is considered to be the Himalayan Viagra and also extremely pricey .
Separating the Lower and Upper Dolpo regions is Phoksundo, the deepest high altitude lake in the world at 3,611m and a maximum depth of 145m. These shimmering waters glow with the deepest turquoise imaginable, though shift to shades of yawning luminous green to gleaming silver, it is truly the precious gem of Dolpo district. Many Yak caravans can be seen populating the area which maintain the long established salt trade with Tibet and during summer months columns of yak and sheep can be seen herded through the mountain passes on a journey to exchange not only commodities but also idealism between the high Tibetan plains and the low laying valleys of Nepal.
Lower Dolpo is not a place for half hearted languid trekkers, but for spirited hearts that abound before the prospect of great adventure. The journey is coarse and unrefined which tends to cultivate and bring out the wildness in our humanity, traversing mythical woods, jagged canyons, barren plateaus; and because the land drags on in far sweeping pallid stretches the intermittent smallholdings and villages seem a vibrant explosion of the colours full spectrum.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing & Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).
Day 3 :Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel.
Day 4 :Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2,320m) and trek to Dunai (2,850m) 2-3 hours trek
Day 5 :Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m) 5-6 hours trek
Day 6 :Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m) 6-7 hours trek
Day 7 :Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m) 5 hours trek
Day 8 :Trek from Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m) 7-8 hours trek
Day 9 :Trek from Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 6-7 hours trek
Day 10 :Trek from Tarap to Numa La Base Camp (4440m) 6-7 hours trek
Day 11 :Cross Numa La (5,190m) - Pelung Tang (4465m) 6-7 hours trek
Day 12 :Cross Baga La (5,070m) - Dajok Tang (4,080m) 6 hours trek
Day 13 :Trek from Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m) 3-4 hours trek
Day 14 :Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 15 :Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m) 5-6 hours trek
Day 16 :Trek from Shyanta to Jhupal (2,320m)
Day 17 :Fly Jupal to Kathmandu vai Nepalgunj; and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening
Day 18 :Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Under Garments ,Hiking shorts, Lightweight cotton long pants, Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants (seasonal),Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Binoculars, Reading book, Trail Map/Guide book, Journal & Pen, Walkman ,Pencils and small notebooks
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status|
|01 May 2015||15 May 2015||Book|