Ba-Yul, the hidden Land of Dolpo, was first settled by Rokpa farmers and Dorkpa 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. Although the part of Nepal, Dolpo remains culturally and economically firmly tied to Tibet. Like Limi Valley in Humla, the people of this desolate area are cut off from their southerly neighbors by snow-covered passes for much of the year.

Much of the area in Dolpo lies with the boundaries of Shey-Phoksundo National park, the inner core of which is also a restricted area requiring the standard permit. This is the is trek where you will experience all the wonderful variety of landscape and mountain environment that the west has to offer – from grassy lekhs, lush meadows, forests of maple and walnut and idyllic clear mountain streams near Jumla, to snow-covered high mountains passes, glaciers and sweeping vistas of barren, seemingly lifeless hills stretching northwards into Tibet.

September is considered the optimum month for this route, as the monsoon recedes and winter winds and snows have yet to afflict the highlands. Be prepared for sweltering heat intense humidity and even torrential rain as you hike the first few days. September until November is considered the best season to trek.

Highlights of the trek

  • Enjoying a day of by the meditative turquoise water of Phoksundo Lake, Nepal deepest and most beautiful lake.
  • Trekking through deep forests to the tranquil beauty of Rara Lake, for a rare taste of a Nepali wilderness.
  • Exploring the Bon monasteries of the upper Tharap Valley, with its yak caravans and villages straight out of the film Caravan (Oscar-nominated movie).
  • Making your own inner journey in the footsteps of Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard on the ever-changing Beni to Dolpo Trek.
  • Pitching your tent in the achingly beautiful wilderness between the Baga La and Numa La.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu
DURATION DAYS
TREKKING DAYS
25 Days
19 Days
DIFFICULTY
MAX ELEVATION
PRIMARY ACTIVITIES
Easy-Hard
5370m/17618ft
Trekking & Sightseeing

BEST SEASON

TRIP ROUTE

 

March, April, May, June, September, October & November.

Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Juphal- Phoksundo- Shey Gumba- Saldang- Dho Tarap- Tarakot- Juphal

INCLUDED All necessary airport arrival departure as per the itinerary.
Hotel in Kathmandu 4 nights in normal nice hotel in BB Plan – twin share basis.
Transportation for, full day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Entry fee during sight seeing in Kathmandu.
Professional English speaking tour guide and his/her salary.
Hotel in Nepalgunj 1 night in normal nice hotel in BB Plan- twin share basis.
Flight from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj -Kathmandu for clients and guide.
Flights from Nepalgunj -Juphal- Nepalgunj for members and guide.
Kathmandu-Juphil -Kathmandu bus fare for porters.
All necessary camping equipment.
Tented accommodation in twin share basis during the trekking period.
Kitchen tent, dining tent, Toilet tent, Shower Tent and all necessary members’ tents.
All necessary kitchen and dining equipment like; chairs, tables.
All necessary food prepared in the camp by our professional cook.
Can fruits, fresh local fruits, and vegetables.
Professional English speaking guide and his salary.
Porters and their salary.
Special permit for the restricted area.
Trekking permit (TIMS).
Farewell dinner.
Insurance for Nepali staffs.
All Government taxes.
First aid kit.
NOT INCLUDED Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Drinking water, Beverages, and alcoholic drinks.
Emergency medical evacuation.
Tips for staffs  (mandatory).
Personal expenses and extra services beyond itinerary.

 

1

Day 1

ARRIVED IN KATHMANDU. AN A.T. ADVENTURES REPRESENTATIVE WILL PICK UP YOU IN THE AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL
2

Day 2

SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU (BAUDHANATH, PASUPATINATH AND PATAN)
3

Day 3

FLIGHT TO NEPALGUNJ (1:30 HRS)
4

Day 4

FLY NEPALGUNJ TO JUPHAL (2475M.) 30 MINUTES AND TREK TO DUNAI (2,150M) – 3 HRS
5

Day 5

TREK TO ANKHE (2,660M) – 6 HRS
6

Day 6

TREK TO RENJE (3,104M) – 7 HRS.
7

Day 7

TREK TO PHOKSUNDO LAKE (3,600M) – 6.5 HRS.
8

Day 8

TREK TO PHOKSUNDO KHOLA (3,507M) – 6 HRS.
9

Day 9

TREK TO PHOKSUNDO BHANJYANG (4,402M) – 7 HRS.
10

Day 10

CROSS THE KANG LA PASS (5,151M) AND TREK TO SHEY GOMPA (4,126M) – 7 HRS.
11

Day 11

REST AND EXPLORATION DAY AT SHEY GOMPA.
12

Day 12

CROSS THE SALDANG LA PASS (4,785M), AND TREK TO NAMDUNA GAON (4,400M) – 7 HRS.
13

Day 13

TREK TO SALDANG (3,903M) – 4 HRS.
14

Day 14

TREK TO SIBU (3,942M) – 6 HRS.
15

Day 15

TREK TO FOOT OF THE JENG LA (4,369M) – 5 HRS.
16

Day 16

CROSS THE JENG LA PASS (4,845M), TREK TO TOKYU GAON (4,240M) – 7 HRS.
17

Day 17

TREK TO DHO TARAP (4,090M) – 4.5 HRS…
18

Day 18

TREK TO SERKAM (3,630M) – 6.5 HRS.
19

Day 19

TREK TO KHANI GAON (2,550M) – 7 HRS.
20

Day 20

TREK TO TARAKOT (2,281M) – 4 HRS.
21

Day 21

TREK TO DUNAI (2,052M) – 5 HRS.
22

Day 22

TREK TO JUPHAL (2,404M) – 3 HRS.
23

Day 23

FLY BACK TO NEPALGUNJ & SAME DAY BACK TO KATHMANDU (1 HRS.\ 30 MINUTES)
24

Day 24

EXTRA DAY IN KATHMANDU
25

Day 25

DEPARTURE

Peak physical condition is required to do trekking in the high altitudes of Nepal. We recommend doing extensive training for the up and down routes of Nepal trekking trips. We suggest running, walking, hiking in the hills, and climbing stairs rather than using elevators to help you prepare for the trek. Daily base training can also include swimming, rowing, biking.

Basic Training to Experience our Trekking Tours

  • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • One should be able to carry a 35lb backpack.
  • We suggest you run about 4/5 miles at home with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months in preparation for this trek.
  • You may also use a treadmill (with incline adjustments) for everyday running and walking training.
  • If you have an uphill location/mountain, then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded/packed backpack.
  • If you do not have mountains or nearby high hills, then use stairs to go up/down whenever you can, rather than using elevators.
2018 AVAILABLE DATES (Minimum of 2 People)
APRIL 1-25
MAY 1-25
OCT 1-25
OCT 13- NOV 6

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