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TRAIL PROFILE: CA-022
Duration : 26 days
Max. Elevation: 5190m.
Type of Trek : Tea house/Camping
Trek Grade : Medium / Hard
Start : Baglung Finish : Jhuphal

Dolpo is located inside the Shy-Phoksundo National Park of mid-western Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan Plateau. Cut off by a series of very high passes it is closed by snow most of the year. Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. The finely preserved eco-system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten.

TRAIL PROFILE: CA-022

Duration : 26 days

Max. Elevation: 5190m.

Type of Trek : Tea house/Camping

Trek Grade : Medium / Hard

Start : Baglung  Finish : Jhuphal

Dolpo is located inside the Shy-Phoksundo National Park of mid-western Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan Plateau. Cut off by a series of very high passes it is closed by snow most of the year. Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. The finely preserved eco-system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten.

Itineraries

Day 01

Kathmandu to Baglung

Drive to Baglung or fly to Pokhara

Day 02

Baglung to Tatopani

Follow the Magdi khola and arrive at the small town of Beni. Continue along the river valley that starts from the Dhaulagiri glaciers. After two hrs walk by the river side you will reach Tatopani.

Day 03

Tatopani to Babichaur

It is not a long way to reach Durbang. This area is good for learning about Thakali culture. Originally they come from the Thakkhola in the Jomsom area and are Buddhist by religion.

Day 04

Babichaur to Takum

Climb high up the cliff and descend for about 45m into Durbang again. After 15 minutes through the land slide you reach Phedi. From there walk 2 and half hours until you reach the village of Daharapani with its fields and houses spread all over a large valley facing the Dhaulagiri Himal. The path is flat through the village.

Day 05

Takum to Lulang

This part is very nice walking through ethnic villages and a little ridge with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri massif.

Day 06

Lulang to Jaljala La

Walk through small villages and Jungle and cross some suspension bridges to reach Morani. From there it takes 4 hrs to reach Jaljala La. It is worth spending a night here for beautiful views and acclimatization.

Day 07

Jaljala La to Dhorpatan

Walk through the jungle and some villages. It takes about 6 and half hrs to arrive at Dharapani valley. The Dhorpatan is the kingdom of the Tiger Leopard, Black Himalayan bear and deer.

Day 08

Dhorpatan to Tankor

From Dhorpatan start the long ascend to the Phagune Lekh (4050m). From the Phagune summit you will have a glimpse of beautiful Dhaulagiri, Dhuren and Puta Hiun Chuli.

Day 09

Tankor to Pelma

Descend to a grassy meadow for about an hour. Cross the small river after approximately 2hrs that passes through the meadow and enters the middle of a fantastic Jungle. After crossing the river ascend through some small peaks with a beautiful view of Gustang khola and arrive at Pelma village.

Day 10

Pelma to Dhule

Descend the Pelma khola then cross the bridge on the Pelma khola (2400m) and climb up to the small summer Magar village of Ymarkhar 2550m. From here you walk mostly uphill to Dhule 3300m.

Day 11

Dhule to Sengkhola

Climb up a small passage for approximately 1hr before the paths become flat. After 2 hrs climbing you arrive at another pass, Nautale La (3970m), and descend 2 hrs to the bed of Sengkhola at 3600m.

Day 12

Sengkhola to Purbang (Jangala La Base Camp)

Climbing for two hrs from Seng khola you reach a pass at 4300m. Then start to walk a flat path until you reach another pass at 4470m. Then you descend about one hr before camping.

Day 13

Purbang to Tarakot

Climb to Jungala La (4530m) then descend about 2 hrs to the old Kingdom of Tichurong the ‘valley of water’. Continue to walk until arriving at Tarakot.

Day 14

Tarakot to Dunai

From Tarakot trek to Hautaghar until you reach Dunai, whicht is the headquarters of the Dolpo district.

Day 15

Dunai to Hanke

Climb to the North West on a grassy slope. After three hrs climb you can see the mountain in front of you and a group of abandoned houses. After 2 hrs walking you reach the beautiful Roha village with small Gompa. Stay at the military post of Hanke.

Day 16

Hanke to Reggi

Follow the Suligad River for about 3 hrs to reach Sepka. Then continue to Regi through difficult passages on slippery rocks and follow the river bank about 3hrs to arrive at the beautiful Reggi village.

Day 17

Reggi to Phuksundo Lake

Here the mountains look red and yellow with less vegetation. Walk through the forest and meadows with different wild flowers and climb to Ringmo. After an hr you reach Mondro towards the winter village of Ringmo. Continue walking 2hrs to Ringmo. The area is famous for its Tibetan people, monastery, chorten, Himalayan blue sheep, ‘Naur’ snow leopard and spectacular mountain views and beautiful Phoksundo Lake.

Day 18

Phuksundo Lake

Rest at Phuksundo Lake. Walk around and visit the nearby village inhabited by Bon and Buddhist settlers.

Day 19

Phuksundo Lake to Bagala Pass

Trek through the dense forest until you come to a clearing with a village. Proceed north east until you come to a narrow valley and make your camp here.

Day 20

Bagala Pass to Numla Pass Base Camp (5190m)

The narrow valleys become wider and surrounded by big glaciers and blade shaped rock cliffs. There are incredible views of Kanjiroba massif to the west. Descend to the Poyon khola (4450m) and proceed to the next pass, which we cross the next day. This is blue sheep country.

Day 21

Numla Pass Base Camp to Dho Tarap

Ascend to the Numla pass which opens to the beautiful valley of upper Tarap. Proceed on to the village of Dho Tarap and camp near the river.

Day 22

Dho Tarap to Lahani

It is only a short walk to Lahini but a very difficult part of the trek, descending a canyon where the trail is normally washed out.

Day 23

Lahani to Tarakot

Walking on you come to a wide valley. This is musk deer country. Laskap khola joins the Tarap khola here. Climb up to Kami Gaon, the residence of the Tarap people. Proceed on to Tarakot at the convergence of the Tarap and Baglung khola.

Day 24

Tarakot to Dunai

Tarakot to Dunai

Day 25

Dunai to Jhuphal

Day 26

Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj by flight.

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