H Dolpo - the last enclave of Tibetan culture
physical rating
O

Dolpo - the last enclave of Tibetan culture

5200M
  • j price:
    5 300 USD
  • d no. of days:
    28 days
  • c type of adventure:
    TREKS & TOURS
  • q size of group:
    2-10 people
  • k how crowded:
    uncrowded
  • a accommodation:
    3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Teahouses and tented camp during the trek.
  • g transportation:
    Private vehicles and domestic flight.
  • m food:
    Breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals during the trek.

Adventure
description

 The Dolpo region, not without a reason, is called the last enclave of the Tibetan culture. Situated in the westernmost part of Nepal, stayed the less developed area. It was researched and exploited by the archaeologists, but finally closed for tourists for a long time. Only in 1989, a southern part of it was made available to them. Dolpo, situated between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri massif, is a place of the people’s settlements located at the highest altitudes on the Earth. Geographically, it is an extension of Tibet, but politically belongs to Nepal. From 1984 it is an area of the largest Nepalese landscape park, in which one can meet various fauna, including the blue sheep, Himalayan foxes and very rare wild snow panthers. Dolpo is one of the most beautiful areas of Nepal, still very ethnic, traditional and not touched by a modern civilisation. It is a homeland of people using numerous Tibetan dialects. The region was made famous by a film directed by Eric Vallis – “Himalaya” (known also under the name of “Caravan”), nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category.
During this expedition you will also get to know a royal capital of Nepal, with the most famous attractions, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. So, in the programme one can find the Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, the Buddhist Boudhanath sanctuary or a central royal plaza, the Durbar Square. You will also relax in the tourist district of the town – Thamel, which vibrates with life, full of comers from all parts of the world. You will feel a unique atmosphere of Kathamandu in the entanglement of streets, shops and cafes.
We will begin our mountain adventure from a village of Jhupal, on the way we will pass by many unusual sites, meet extraordinary people. A road will lead us among villages and valleys, pine, oak, and rhododendron forests. We will go across the giant mountain chain; finally, we will reach to an altitude of 3,400 m - Ringmo Phoksundo in the National Park.
In Ringmo we will spend 2 nights, in order to be able to delight with an azure of the Phoksundo Lake, as well as admire, surrounding us, majestic summits, covered with snow and ice. We will also visit a monastery in the vicinity of the Ringmo village. We will continue a travel through the Crystal Mountain, visit Shey Gompa monastery, further we will trek by an ancient, Himalayan trade route, and finally we will return to Jhuphal. From there we come back to Kathhmandu by an alternative way.
A trekking is intended for persons without health problems, well prepared in terms of physical condition, with at least basic high-mountain experience. We will trek in the different, sometimes difficult terrain, many hours per day, at high altitudes.
If you have any doubts if it is a challenge for you – be sure to contact us.
We invite You!

Please notice that presented expedition, as well as all the other offers presented by Meroway Adventure were created using our best knowledge and experience. However, if you would like to modify the presented itinerary as so it better matches your needs - please contact us and we will do our best to meet your expectations - this is Your own way of adventure!

Day 1: Flight to Kathmandu. Welcome to Nepal! Namaste!! After arrival we will transfer you to the hotel. You can relax after a trip or if you have energy- the same day visit Swayambhunath Temple, the name is famous as a Monkey Temple. The temple was built before the fifth century AD and is a place revered by the Nepalese. It is situated on a hill, overlooking a beautiful view of the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing. The day start after your breakfast first we will visit Pashupatinath temple. It is one of the oldest Hindu temples of Nepal, which is a holy place for Hindus, to which many pilgrims. This great temple Shiwy consists of many complexes separate buildings, monuments, and in many places, meet Sadhu holy men traditionally painted faces. Then we will go to the shrine Bouddhanath, with the largest stupa in South Asia, which is the main center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then go to the central square of the city - Durbar Square. Is a former royal residence built in the twelfth century. You will see many unique buildings, including the temple of Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess), where it can dostąpisz meeting with the same Kumari - the living embodiment of the goddess. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight. We have time to look around the city located on the southern tip of Nepal on the border with India. It is a place usually very hot with tropical nature. Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.
Day 4: Early morning, we will transfer to the Nepalgunj airport to fly to Juphal (2464 m), the flight foothills of the Himalayas, with fantastic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulaghiri will takes 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the Juphal. we will mee with our trekking Staff and set off then 2-3 hours of walk we will reach our camp where we spend the night (2850 m).
Day 5: Trekking from Dunai to Ankhe (2660 m), hike about 6 hours.
Day 6: Trekking from Ankh to Sulighat (3050 m), hike 6 hours.
Day 7: Sunlight to Phoksundo lake (3600 m), hike about 5 hours. We begin the journey along the bottom of the valley to the confluence of the rivers and Pungmo Phoksundo. We go up to the lake at an altitude of Phoksundo 3600 m, near the village Ringmo. The road passes through a cedar forest Palam. The houses here are almost buried in the sandy soil. We continue our journey until we reach an altitude of about 3450 m. From the back you can see the distant views of the lake and a spectacular waterfall Phoksundo a height of 300 m, one of the highest waterfall in the Nepal. Fascinated by the beautiful views we continue to walk down through the birch forests in the upper reaches of the river Phoksundo, and then to the picturesque village of Ringmo. Hence the lakeshore going to our overnight in Phoksundo.
Day 8: Today is the rest and relax day. On this day, we can go on a short trip to the village Ringmo and visit a Buddhist monastery. The day will be a good opportunity to get to know a little better Tibetan culture, the people, their lifestyle and of course fantastic view of the Phoksundo Lake and rocky mountains.
Day 9: We continue our adventure, we pass by the dangerous shores of the lake, we continue journey along western part of the Phoksundo lake. It's a tough stretch that make us aware of how much we move away from civilization. The road will be led through a lush meadow, then through the valley of the river, where they can meet us quaggy land. Overnight next to the bank of river with beautiful mountain view.
Day 10: Traveling from Phoksundo to Bhanjyang (4402 m), trekking about 7 hours. Today's first hour walk leads along the level path through a glacial valley that now heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. Here taking the barely distinct path to the north-east of the valley. There is no trail as such, so it is necessary to clamber over the rocks and boulders and to ford a stream that rushes down the steep valley. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where the trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings to yet another valley where one can see the Kang-La pass, the pass which will lead towards Shey Gompa. Overnight camp.
Day 11: PK Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4126 m) via Kang-La pass 5130m, trekking around 7 hours. We start our morning walk way up towards the pass. Climbing is quite tiring, so you should eat a nutritious breakfast. However, it will compensate for stunning views of a large valley intersected by a dynamic river. We will now passed numerous caves and mud, popular animals is here such as hairy yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chengra). Red chorten will signal that Shey Gompa, where we will spend the night.
Day 12: Another rest and relax day, spend on local hiking around the monastery Shey (crystal), also known as the Monastery of Crystal Mountain (well described in the novel Peter Matthissen Snow Leopard). The monastery was a center of meditation many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belong to the Chaiba community, the followers of the great Rinpoche, known as Guru Ringpoche and Kagyu. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture before and After Bon. The Dolpo ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism of Buddha's teachings. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of the rivers Yeju Kangjunala and Nala. Near the junction there is a group of prayer wheels turned by water wheels. Every year, people from all over the Dolpo region go on a long journey to take part in the festival in Shey.
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namgung Gaun (4850 m) via Sela Bhanjyang, trekking around 7 hours. The day begins with a pleasant way down to reach the end of the stone path in the bottom of the canyon. The path is variable, and finally lead us to the top of Saldang-la at an altitude of 5200 m. From here we continue the descent to the north, the road will be long and quite demanding, but in the end we get to the pleasant, easier areas. Where it will be time to relax. Then start approach to Namduna Gaun 4850 m, where another unique monastery again. In Namgung stay for the night.
Day 14: Trekking from Namgung to Saldang (3770k), wandering about 6 hours. Saldang is roughly the same height as the Ringmo but it is completely different, it's hard dry zone. The village stretches for almost two kilometers of open terrain. This is a wealthy city, whose inhabitants live not only agriculture but also trade. Indeed village lies on the strategic location, the trade route to Tibet. Here we will spend the night.
Day 15: Trekking Saldang to Yanjer Gompa (4150 m), hike about 5 hours.
Day 16: Trek from Yanjer Gompa to Sibu (3942m), wandering about 7 hours. From Yangze through two pathways that connect again Sibu (3942 m). To save time and energy to start our journey towards the village Saldang, after reaching the trail leads through terraced fields, we meet along the way many stupas and Chorten, we come to the village Namdo, which also is a Buddhist monastery. We sleep tonight at Sibu.
Day 17: The trail follows the river Nam Khong, we will meet the caravan of yaks with goods to be sold later in Tibet. Finally we get to the confluence of two small tributaries where we go to the village Jeng la Phedi (4270 m), where we will spend the night. Trekking about 7 hours.
Day 18: Jang-la Phedi to Tokyu (4200m) via Jeng La pass, 4880m, trekking around 7 hours. We stop for the night in the monastery Tokyu (4,200 m). This monastery also belongs to Chaiba.
Day 19: Today, the route heads east through the valley of the lush green grass, along the river. This place is totally different from the ones we have seen so far in the Dolpo region. In the valley of the two sects Bon Chaiba and live together in harmony. After a short trip through the beautiful valley come to Dho Tarap (3944 m), where we will spend the night. Trekking about 4 hours.
Day 20: Rest day for relax and get to know about local people and the surroundings.
Day 21: Depending on the selection camp, hike today can be quite long and a little tiring, or it may simply be a moderate walk. The choice is up to you. After about 7 hour journey we arrive at tarap Khola, where we will spend a night.
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (2950 m), 5 hours. This morning we set off down the river gorge tarap, the trail will probably meet local people leading their flocks in the lower regions. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip, the slope of the valley sometimes become so narrow that it will be possible to simply jump to the opposite side. Sometimes there is no delimitation of the route and we will have to go through the stone slabs between the walls that serve as bridges. Gorge provide us with unexpected adventures and emotions. It may happen that in some places the bridges are damaged, then we may be forced to cross the icy creek on foot. Finally, we reach to the Khanigaon for overnight.
Day 23: Today we start at the beginning of the journey towards the village Alberi. Then passing through the impressive forest, we continue to walk to reach the tarakota. Welcome your multi-terraced fields and the old town which is known by the locals say how Dzong, meaning "fort". We stop for the night. Trekking about 4 hours.
Day 24: The walk takes over the Bheri River ingenious path built about seven feet above the river. After reaching Dunai (2140) will be a time for celebration, especially that in the end will be available bottle beers :-) about 6 hours trekking.
Day 25: Dunai to Juphal (2475 m), trekking about 4 hours. Today, waiting for us quite a short walk along the River Bheri to a small airstrip, where we will spend the last night of your trip in the Himalaya. Here will be a summary of your trekking guide and the entire crew.
Day 26: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu. Early in the morning, waiting for us a short scenic flight to Nepalgunj, we flew in the foothills of the Himalayas with a stunning view of the main peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj depending on flight schedule or directly wellcome on, or refresh at the hotel in Nepalgunj to then fly to the capital of Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Kathmandu relax and exploring. This day you can plan an extra trip (sunset in Nagarkot, bungee and rafting) or just rest. You can also spend your day on the last shopping at Thamel. If you are interested in an extra trip - please let us know, we will arrange it for you.
Day 28: Return to home. Your journey ends today. It's time to return home. Do not forget to exchange e-mails with your travel companions! The representative Meroway Adventure will take you to the airport about three hours from the scheduled flight. On the way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure .... Have a good and safe flight to home :-) !!
h

Price
and equipment

  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Four nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Guest houses and tented camp during the trekking.
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu - Nepalgunj to Jhuphal – Nepalgunj to Kathmandu).
  • A full day Kathmandu sightseeing with English speaking guide.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals and drinking boiled water in mountain.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles including domerstic
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking Trekking Guide, Cook and Assistant Trekking Guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Tims card (Trekking Information Managements System) permit and special trekking permit for Dolpo trek.
  • High quality camping equipment’s tents, kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipments.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Farewell dinner before departure.
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag.
  • All necessary paper work and government taxes.
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International flight tickets
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on what is includes section
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

Meroway Adventure has a philosophy with trip inclusions. As much as possible is included so that customers know the total cost of the adventure trip up front:

Recommended trekking equipment:

  • Personal Medical kid bag
  • Cargo bags
  • Rei day packs
  • Trekking water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sun cream (+35)
  • Wool Beanie
  • Neck and ear warmer (skull cap)
  • Long bill cap
  • Glacier sun glasses (Julbo)
  • Fleece gloves Liners
  • Outer wind stopper groves
  • Personal Medical kid bag
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Sleeping Bag (-20 degree)
  • Hoody
  • Wind shirt
  • Full zip shirt
  • Breathable T-short
  • Ultralight down hoody
  • Down Jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Briefs
  • Long underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Gore-Tex bibs
  • Rei Shocks
  • Rei gaiters
  • Sandals for Teahouse
  • Shoes for Teahouse
  • Trekking shoes
  • Hillsoud trail crampons
  • Trekking poles

Place
of adventure

Recommendations

Jagoda, Michał, Karol, Izi man, Karol, Dawid, Maciek, Marcin

Namaste! We would like to thank Meroway for an incredible adventure in the Himalayas. Traveling with your help was much simpler, more pleasant and all above more aware. In particular, we wanted to thank Nima- our guide for the professionalism, sense of humor and great flexibility. Before journey we wondered whether guide is a good idea, but after the fact, we know that travel gained so much. Thank you for sharing with us what the local people have the best to offer, the best lassi, delicious chili chicken, help with altitude sickness and support on icy paths. Thanks for everything and for sure see you again.

Alicja Pietraszkiewicz

Trip with Meroway Adventure met all my expectations. Beginning from the time when I left the airport Nima took care of me and during the trekking organizers took care of comfort and safety of all trekking participants. What was important to me, I saw respect to the local people and respect the fact that we were only the guests in the visited places. The Himalayas are beautiful and the experience of trekking will remain in my memory forever:) I recommend.

Tom Kiivit

Hello Meroway Nima and Paulina, I want to thank for the great individual service to our Everest Base Camp trek. It was an unforgettable experience, and i can support only recommend this agency. Best Regards Tom

Find your
own way

Newsletter

We are member of

  • w Katmandu
  • i
  • w Katmandu
  • i

Book adventure

Send us your question, we will contact with you soon to talk about details and assist in planning.