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Dolpa Trekking - 28 Days

Dolpa is the largest district of Nepal which lies in Karnali Zone. It covers 5.36% of the total landmass of the country. The majority of Dolpa lies behind the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri Himal (range) and is high altitude desert, strongly reminiscent of Tibet. It’s district borders Tibet on the north and northeast, Jumla and Mugu districts of Karnali on the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot, and Rukum on the south and Mustang on the east. The central point of this area is “Shey Phoksundo National Park”.

Dolpa as trekking place

Dolpa is a virgin territory for trekkers, offers an endless variety of landscapes, cultures and great people. Trekking into this region gives an exposure to the high and isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan highlands. You can trek to Upper Dolpa and Lower Dolpa. Trekking to Lower Dolpa offers you the remarkable and breathtaking experience of a lifetime. The notable features seen here are snowy peaks, ancient and remote villages, rich wildlife, lovely Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes. Trekking to Upper Dolpa offer you views of Dhaulagiri and the Tibetan Peaks, stunning Tibetan Buddhist and Bon Po culture, thrilling High Passes, Desert and Landscape and Striking valleys, Breathtaking Gorges and colourful Monasteries. The trek is enlivened by the sight of yak caravans that even today travel long distances through difficult terrain to barter goods. Trekkers should be physically fit as there are long and strenuous stretches en route.

The Dolpo region is hard to match for its pristine beauty and rugged charm. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions. One of the highest inhabited realms on the planet, Dolpo is also still a stronghold of the pre-Buddhist, shamanistic Bon-to religion as well as Tibetan Buddhism. Dolpo region preserves Ecosystem that encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of flora and fauna, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. Dolpa was gleaned from artistic and spiritual accounts from early visitors. The region provides the opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries.


Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft).

Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour.

Day 4 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek.

Day 5 Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 6 Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours.

Day 7 Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours.

Day 8 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 9 Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours.

Day 10 Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours.

Day 11 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 12 Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa.

Day 13 Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 14 Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 15 Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 16 Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 17 Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 18 Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 19 Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap.

Day 21 Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 22 Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 23 Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 24 Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 25 Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours.

Day 26 Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

Day 27 Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 28 Final departure.