Dolpo Region is distant region of Nepal and the central point of this area is Shey Phoksundo National Park. Dolpa is also one of the two districts that lie beyond the Himalaya or the trans-Himalaya, Mustang being the other. The elevation in Dolpa ranges from 1,525 to 7,625 meters above sea level. The district borders Tibet (China) in the north and northeast, Jumla and Mugu districts of Karnali in the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot and Rukum in the south and Mustang in the East.The east and south of Dolpo is surrounded by the Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges and to the west by Jumla district. Trekking to Dolpo offers you the remarkable and breathtaking experience of lifetime. The notable figures seen here are snowy peaks, ancient and remote villages, rich wildlife, lovely Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions. The cultural traditions of this area are basically linked with Tibetan.
Ba-Yul, the hidden land of Dolpo, was first settled by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century. It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-like villages and monasteries nestling amongst mountains of stark, ascetic beauty. Though part of Nepal today, Dolpo remains culturally and economically firmly tied to Tibet, the people of this desolate area are cut of from their southern neighbors by snow-covered passes for much of the year. This trek can also be done even in the mid monsoon as it lies in the rain shadow are formed by the Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The trek begins at the STOL airstrip of Juphal after a short flight from the terrain town of Nepalgunj which is well connected by both road and air from Kathmandu.
SHEY PHOKSUNDO NATIONAL PARK
Area: 3,555 sq. km.
Shey Phoksundo National Park is situated in the trans-Himalayan region of Northwestern Nepal.
The park is the largest national park and contains the highest lake, Lake Phoksundo, in Nepal.The park contains luxuriant forests mainly composed of blue pine, spruce, cypress, poplar, fir and birch. The Jugdual River valley consists mostly of Quercus oak species. The trans-Himalayan area has near-desert type vegetation consisting of dwarf juniper and caragana shrubs.
The park provides prime habitat for the endangered snow leopard and the blue sheep. Other common animals found in the park include goral, Himalayan tahr, serow, leopard, wolf, jackal（, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan weasel, Himalayan mouse hare, yellow-throated marten, langur and rhesus monkey. The park is equally rich in many species of birds such as Impeyan pheasant (danphe), blood pheasant, cheer pheasant, red and yellow billed cough, rave, jungle crow and snow partridge.
Adventures Trek To Lower Dolpo Trek
|Day 01:||Arrival in Kathmandu.Transfer to Hotel and rest.|
|Day 02:||Special Permit preparation day and check all of your’s equipment. Overnight at Hotel.|
|Day 03:||Drive to domestic airport and fly to Nepalgunj for 1nr and O/N at Hotel.Free morning and after Lunch- transfer to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj in the afternoon, which lies close to the Indian border in the western Terai.|
|Day 04:||Fly to Juphal（Dolpa）and O/N at a local village and trek to DUNAI.This morning we fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal for 45 minutes. We will meet all our supporter members arrange all the necessary things. And trek to DUNAI after lunch. Overnight at Camp.|
|Day 05:||Trek to Sepka ( 2750 m) for 6-7 hours and O/N at Camp.Visit to the local peoples and their daily life during the trekking. Overnight at tented camp.|
|Day 06:||Trek to National park border and O/N at Camp near the park. To Sumduwa (4025m, Approx. 6-7 hours trek):We are already in SHEY PHOKSUMDO NATIONAL PARK area. Gradually uphill for this day. Overnight at tented camp. This is the headquarter of this National Park.|
|Day 07:||Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3680m) for 4-5hrs and O/N at Camp.We continue to join the trail up the Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Lake. We climb through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam and continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the distance. Close by is a spectacular waterfall, the highest in Nepal. The trail then makes an initial descent before climbing gently to Ringmo village. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, the trail continues northwards to the shores of Phoksumdo Lake. We will camp just the bank of Lake from where we can see the great views of Lake, mountains and local village. If you have seen the “ The Documentary movie- The CARAVAN”, then you can imagine the story of the that movie too.|
|Day 08:||Rest Day – Visit to the local village.Today is a rest day at the lake which is known for its unusual greenish-blue colouring. It is overlooked on the western side, by a large snowy peak known as Kanjirolba or Kanchen Ruwa. A trail leads through a stand of juniper trees to an old dilapidated gompa which overlooks the lake. As well as Buddhist paintings and statues, there is also evidence of the ancient Bon-po religion within the temple and chapels. We will visit to the local village and the people.|
|Day 09:||Trek to Bagala base camp ( 4465m) for 5hrs and O/N at camp.We retrace our route as far as Ringmo and then follow a trail eastwards through forests of juniper and blue pine. The trail follows the river up the valley to a waterfall and we will camp here at the base of the Baga La., This day will takes you 5-6 hours to the camp|
|Day 10:||Trek to Bagala Pass ( 5190mtrs) for 7hrs and O/N at Numla-la base camp( 4600m).From our camp it's a steady 3 hour climb to the top of the Baga La, the second of the high passes. The descent is gradual at first but it soon drops steeply to a stream before ascending again to the foot of the Numa La|
|Day 11:||Trek over to Numla Pass ( 5318m) and O/N Dho-Tarap.O/N at Camp.We continue climbing through arid country to the last of the high passes, the Numa La. It is marked by mani stones and, if it is clear, we can see as far as Dhaulagiri. The trail now descends past a huge mani wall to the Tarap region and we walk through the barley fields of the Tarap Valley to the settlement of Do, On the way to Do Tarap, we will visit the huge Buddhist gompa at TOK-KHYU village.Overnight at tented camp.|
|Day 12:||Rest day in Dho-Tarap ( 4100m) o/N at Camp.Today is a rest day at Do which is the largest settlement in Tarap and has several gompas. On the ridge above the village is the Ri Bhunpa Gompa and, just to the east, the village of Shipchhok has a Bon-po gompa which is certainly worth exploring. There are also opportunities to get great views of the valley and surrounding snow peaks from a number of nearby ridges.|
|Day 13:||Trek to Nyorpani (Cave) for 5hrs and O/N at Camp.This morning's walk is almost level and follows the river until it flows into a gorge. We enter the gorge which has large rose shrubs and other wildflowers.|
|Day 14:||Trek to Lahani ( 3200mtrs) for 6hrs. and O/N at Camp.after crossing and re-crossing the river numerous times we finally come to a flat expanse where we can camp.|
|Day 15:||Trek to Tarakot ( 2500mtrs) for 5hrs and O/N at Camp.The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. Eventually, the valley widens and the route becomes easier as we approach the village of Khanigaon. We then climb high above the river before descending towards the Barbung Khola and thefortress village of Tarakot.|
|Day 16:||Rest day-Visit to the local village and monastery.|
|Day 17:||Trek to Dunai ( 2150mtrs) for 5hrs and O/N at Camp.We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai.|
|Day 18:||Trek to Jhupal ( 2440mtrs) for 5hrs and O/N at Camp.|
|Day 19:||Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.Overnight at Hotel|
|Day 20:||Kathmandu Sight Seeing, Overnight at Hotel|
|Day 21:||Fly to your destination|