Dolpo is a region of Tibetan culture of very isolated Bonpo religion in Nepalese territory, cut off from Tibet and Mustang by high passes. These mythical high valleys were long forbidden to foreigners. Their trails were covered by caravans of yaks, as they still traded salt from Tibet for spices and cereals of the middle valleys. Nowadays the rush for the harvest of Yarsagumba – caterpillar parasitized by a fungus – with aphrodisiac virtues in Chinese medicine – to supplant these ancestral activities. Apart from two high passes over 5,000m, this trip will culminate in the discovery of the Tarap Valley and the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksumdo, part of the famous film by Eric Valli “Himalayas the childhood of a chef”.
Receive and welcome by agency’s representative, transfer and installation at the hotel.
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Morning flight to Juphal (2,440m), about 35min flight. It is at Juphal that our trek begins where we meet our staff, we walk to Dunaï (2,090m); Administrative town of the Dolpo district. At Juphal, we are already in a different universe. From end of September, the Dolpopa dried red Chilly on the terrace roof. The path goes down to the river Bheri, we cross the fields of buckwheat, barley, millet and corn.
We cross the Barbung Chhu (Bheri) river and the small villages of the valley. After lunch, we have a magnificent view of Mt. Putha Himal (7246m) and Dogari (6 536m), little known peaks that belong to the Dhaulagiri massif. After crossing the beautiful valley, end of the day we will arrive in the inhabitant of mixed ethnic people, Tarakot.
After the nice breakfast, we are going to leave Tarakot, the trail gradual rise along cornfields, buckwheat, amaranths (until mid-October). We have lunch at Lapsicape where the rivers Tarap Chu and Barbung Chu meet; we also cross the longest suspension bridge in the valley. After lunch a small part of the trail is a little steep crossing the forest of juniper trees, pines, fir trees, birches.
Today our day will with an attack a fairly steep climb of around 500m. Then, the path is an alternation of small ascents and descents. Sometimes the path is a little dizzy. We will stop in Chhugar for the lunch. After lunch we are supposed to cross the river with a beautiful suspension bridge and end of the day again we need to take another bridge to be in NIWARPANI.
Today also the trail goes ahead long the Trarap khola, Until the Lang, the path is chaotic and relatively flat; we meet nomads and their herds (until mid-October). They valley going to open more and more as we go up.
Today is rest day and stroll in the Tarap valley and the Dho village, visit of small Tibetan monasteries (there are no more monks in the monasteries) and Tibetan houses. Visit the Buddhist and Bonpos monasteries. For the acclimatization, we climb up to 4,400m. We spend the night at the same camp, where a small part of the movie "Himalaya, the childhood of a leader" was shot.
After a free morning in Dho, we leave at the foot to the neck of Numa La that we cross the next day. We will walk inside the beautiful valley of Dho Tarap and some villages like Chhumagaun, Takshi etc.
We gradually climb up to Num la pass at 5 185m. From there, we dominate the entire Himalayan chain: Daulagiri I (8,167m), Churen Himal (7,310m), Annapurna massif, Damodar, Kanjiroba (6,612m), Kang Chune, Guras Himal, Norbu Kang (6,140m) and the Tibetan Plateau to the north. After the pass, the descent is steep, sometimes in the scree to the stream. After a small gradual climb and the flat we arrive at the camping place just in front of Norbu Kang.
We climb up towards the Baga La pass (5,170m), the mineral landscape is magnificent, it going to take around 3:30hours to be on the top. End of the descent is a little steep. We will make lunch stop at the foot of the descent with wonder full waterfall a side.
We take left side of the Maduwa River, the trail is little bit narrow, and we need to be attention for the rock falls. The arrival on Lake Phogsumdo (3,600m) and the village of Ringmo (3,600m) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas. Beautiful pine, fir and birch forest around the lake.
Visit around the lake and visit Ringmo Bönpo monastery in a splendid setting in the lake side. We will visit Ringmo Village where we can see traditional houses and old Chhyorten with beautiful painting inside.
After passing an impressive waterfall over 300m high, we radically change scenery and find the greenery when the path plunges into the gorges and the forest. It's a long day of walking along the turquoise blue river. We will cross several wooden bridge over the beautiful river.
Easy walk along the river but the trail is sometimes hilly. We cross a village whose inhabitants seem straight out of a wonderful tale where time has stood still. We stop for at Sulighat for the lunch and then Last climb to reach the beautiful village of Juphal from where our trek was started the terraces are connected by ladders cut from rough trunks.
Flight to Nepalgunj then flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
Day of visits to the main sites of Kathmandu.
Day of visits to the main sites of Kathmandu.
The last day in Nepal, we will help you with the check out formalities and drop you to the airport.
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Dolpo is a region of Tibetan culture of very isolated Bonpo religion in Nepalese territory, cut off from Tibet and Mustang by high passes. These mythical high valleys were long forbidden to foreigners. Their trails were covered by caravans of...