Overview

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 neighbours by snow-covered passes for much of the year. This is fascinating and difficult country to travel in.

Peter Matthiessen's The snow leopard and David Snellgrove's Himalayan Pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksumdo lake, in inner Dolpo. This is the goal of most trekkers but this Dolpo trek will take you even further into this mysterious land.

Dolpo is Bon-pro country, where people practice a shamanistic religion predating Tibetan Buddhism. This upper Dolpo Region was open to foreigner visitors since 1992 and need special permit and accompanied by government liaison officer.

Phoksumdo Lake
The lake is spectacular, it is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. It is known for its aquamarine color a greenish blue similar to a special Tibetan turquoise .There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the waters brilliantly clear. If you toss a rock in, you can watch it for a long time as it sinks to the bottom. According to legend, Phoksumdo Lake was formed by a spiteful female demon.

In Buddhist Himalaya, David Snellgrove recounts how the demon was fleeing from the saint Padmasambhava and gave the village people a turquoise after they promised not to tell that she had passed by. Padmasambhava turned the turquoise into a lump of dung, which upset the local people so much they revealed the demon's whereabouts. She, in return caused a flood. It is said you can see the remains of a village below the lake's surface.

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Day 03 Fly to Nepalganj
Day 04 Fly to Juphal, Trek to Dunai
Day 05 Trek to Chepka
Day 06 Trek to Renje
Day 07 Trek to Ringmo
Day 08 Rest and exploration
Day 09 Trek to Chunemba
Day 10 Trek to Lar Tsa
Day 11 Trek to Mendok Din
Day 12 Trek to Shey Gompa
Day 13 Rest-Exploration
Day 14 Trek to Namgung
Day 15 Trek to Karang
Day 16 Trek to Mugaon
Day 17 Trek to Shimen
Day 18 Trek to Tinje
Day 19 Trek to Rakpa
Day 20 Trek to Chharka
Day 21 Trek to Norbulung
Day 22 Sangda Phedi
Day 23 Sangda
Day 24 Dhagarjun
Day 25 Jhomson, fly to Pokhara
Day 26 Drive/Fly Kathmandu
Day 27 Depart Kathmandu

Price

Pax 4-8 HNT-UDT-27D Price per person in US$ 3750.00
Pax 7-12 HNT-UDT-27D Price per person in US$ 2975.00
Pax 10-15 HNT-UDT-27D Price per person in US$ 2775.00




CT: Camping Trek, HLT: Hotel/Lodge Trek) 2014

PRICE Per person on twin sharing camping tent

1) Lodge trek
Includes: Accommodation in Lodge, guide, porters and all meals

2) Camping trek
Includes: Guide, Porters, Cook, All meals and tents

PRICE INLUDES:
All meals during trek
Accommodation during trek (tent on camping trek, lodge on lodge trek)
Kathmandu/Pokhara/Dolpa airfare
English speaking local expert guide, porters
Shy Phuksundo National park fees
3 nights hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast
1 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast on twin sharing
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort
Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
Insurance for all staff & porters

PRICE EXCLUDES:
International flight & departure tax
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Personal gears emergency rescue, Alcoholic sortf dirk& clothing (available on hire)
Tips, any expenses of personal nature,incident client's insurance,bad weather etc.







 

Trek Facts

Trip length: 27 Days

Grade: Strenuous

Activity: Trekking, sightseeing & exploring annapurna & macchapuchre mountains

Trek Type: CT Camping Trek

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Trek code: HNT-UDT-27D

Transpotation: 3 flights transfers

Altitude maximum: 5460m camping trek
 

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