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Dolpo & The Crystal Mountain

Shey Gompa - Phoksundo Lake - The 'Crystal Mountain' - Traditional costumes of Dho Tarap - Realm of the snow leopard

All meals on trek included

Duration

24 Days

Grade

Very Challenging

Max Altitude

5375m

Walking Days

20 Days

Accommodation

3 Nts Hotels - 20 Nts Camping

Trip Overview

Challenging, remote Himalayan treks don't come much better than this.

True Himalayan afficionados will already be enthralled by the mere mention of Dolpo and most likely inspired by reading Peter Matthiessons iconic novel 'The Snow Leopard' as well as having been moved by 'Thinle's' trials and tribulations in Eric Valli's truly magical film 'Himalaya'. Indeed to the informed, Dolpo has near mythical status. That remains so as this is a truly remote, isolated Himalayan land that can only be reached on foot and an arduous, lengthy trek at that. One of the longer treks in Nepal. With several 5000m passes to cross & with snow conditions likely, there are many long, challenging days walking at high altitudes. Indeed this trek is often called 'The Snow Leopard Trek'. Thus this rarely visited magical land where the Bon Po religion thrives beneath the 'Crystal Mountain' will likely remain the domain of the determined, experienced (and very fit) trekker for many years to come. This circuit trek of Dolpo visits the bejewelled Phoksundo Lake before tackling the 'Demons Trail' and then over the Kang La to the restricted area of Inner Dolpo for which special permits are required. Leaving Inner Dolpo by crossing the Shey La and down through the Tarap Chu the traditional dress of the people of Dho Tarap is encountered on this journey through the realm of the snow leopard. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and you may wish to consider additional acclimatisation days, rest & contingency days added.  The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely  'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent camping. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required. 

A much shorter and straightforward Dolpo trek alternative is our Phoksundo Lake Trek

Challenging, remote Himalayan treks don't come much better than this.

  • True Himalayan afficionados will already be enthralled by the mere mention of Dolpo and most likely inspired by reading Peter Matthiessons iconic novel 'The Snow Leopard' as well as having been moved by 'Thinle's' trials and tribulations in Eric Valli's truly magical film 'Himalaya'. Indeed to the informed, Dolpo has near mythical status. That remains so as this is a truly remote, isolated Himalayan land that can only be reached on foot and an arduous, lengthy trek at that. One of the longer treks in Nepal. With several 5000m passes to cross & with snow conditions likely, there are many long, challenging days walking at high altitudes. Indeed this trek is often called 'The Snow Leopard Trek'. Thus this rarely visited magical land where the Bon Po religion thrives beneath the 'Crystal Mountain' will likely remain the domain of the determined, experienced (and very fit) trekker for many years to come. This circuit trek of Dolpo visits the bejewelled Phoksundo Lake before tackling the 'Demons Trail' and then over the Kang La to the restricted area of Inner Dolpo for which special permits are required. Leaving Inner Dolpo by crossing the Shey La and down through the Tarap Chu the traditional dress of the people of Dho Tarap is encountered on this journey through the realm of the snow leopard. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and you may wish to consider additional acclimatisation days, rest & contingency days added.  The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely  'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent camping. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required. 

    A much shorter and straightforward Dolpo trek alternative is our Phoksundo Lake Trek

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Fly to Nepalgunj
    • Day 3
      Fly to Juphal & trek to Sulighat
    • Day 4
      Hike up to Chepka
    • Day 5
      Walk to Samduwa
    • Day 6
      Trek to Phoksundo Lake
    • Day 7
      Acclimatisation Day at Phoksundo Lake
    • Day 8
      The Demons Trail into Inner Dolpo
    • Day 9
      Trek to Snowfields
    • Day 10
      The Kang La to Shey Gompa
    • Day 11
      At Shey Gompa
    • Day 12
      Over the Shey La
    • Day 13
      Walk to Saldang
    • Day 14
      Hike to Sibu
    • Day 15
      Trek to Jeng La Phedi
    • Day 16
      Over the Jeng La
    • Day 17
      Trek to Dho Tarap
    • Day 18
      Trek to Shim Ora
    • Day 19
      To Kanigaon
    • Day 20
      Hike to Tarakot
    • Day 21
      Walk to Dunal
    • Day 22
      Trek to Jhupal
    • Day 23
      Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
    • Day 24
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required for this trek. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required for this trek. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Fly to Nepalgunj

    A private transfer back to the airport for the short flight to Nepalgunj. This rather uninteresting place is down in the Terai region, not too far from the Indian border. It's not a place foreign tourists visit, other than to take other internal flights the following day to Simikot or to Juphal to go trekking in the remote Dolpo region. It's an unavoidable consequence to spend a night in Nepalgunj and as this is not a touristy place the accommodation is rather basic. However, it's likely to be warm in the Terai, so at least you can enjoy some warmth as there won't be much of that as you get into the journey proper.

    Accommodation: Basic Hotel, Nepalgunj
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 2

    Fly to Nepalgunj

    A private transfer back to the airport for the short flight to Nepalgunj. This rather uninteresting place is down in the Terai region, not too far from the Indian border. It's not a place foreign tourists visit, other than to take other internal flights the following day to Simikot or to Juphal to go trekking in the remote Dolpo region. It's an unavoidable consequence to spend a night in Nepalgunj and as this is not a touristy place the accommodation is rather basic. However, it's likely to be warm in the Terai, so at least you can enjoy some warmth as there won't be much of that as you get into the journey proper.

    Accommodation: Basic Hotel, Nepalgunj
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    3

    Fly to Juphal & trek to Sulighat

    It's usually a very early morning flight into the mountains. The flight is only 35 mins or so, but very dramatic. Your support crew will be here and once everything is sorted with porters etc it's a mostly (but not all) downhill walk of around 3hrs to reach camp at Sulighat (2045m). Just under 7km to walk today with around 425m ascent and 800m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Sulighat
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Full Support Camping

    DAY 3

    Fly to Juphal & trek to Sulighat

    It's usually a very early morning flight into the mountains. The flight is only 35 mins or so, but very dramatic. Your support crew will be here and once everything is sorted with porters etc it's a mostly (but not all) downhill walk of around 3hrs to reach camp at Sulighat (2045m). Just under 7km to walk today with around 425m ascent and 800m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Sulighat
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Full Support Camping

    DAY
    4

    Hike up to Chepka

    A full day of tough trekking as you follow the course of the Suli Gaad Khola that begins its journey from Phoksundo Lake. There's a fair bit of up and down as although you are gaining height, the trail often rises above the river and sometimes alongside it. A longish day of about 8hrs walking today covering just over 15km and a testing 1590m ascent and 1030m descent. Camp is at around 2800m.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chepka
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Hike up to Chepka

    A full day of tough trekking as you follow the course of the Suli Gaad Khola that begins its journey from Phoksundo Lake. There's a fair bit of up and down as although you are gaining height, the trail often rises above the river and sometimes alongside it. A longish day of about 8hrs walking today covering just over 15km and a testing 1590m ascent and 1030m descent. Camp is at around 2800m.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chepka
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    Walk to Samduwa

    At times the valley narrows and rather like yesterday the walking is up and down but more up than down. Wet feet is a distinct possibility today as at times the trail is the river itself and stepping stones require negotiation. The distance today is around 12km and another challenging 1140m ascent and about 790m descent. A walking day of at at least 7hrs. Camp tonight is by the village of Samduwa (3090m)

    Accommodation: Camp, Samduwa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    Walk to Samduwa

    At times the valley narrows and rather like yesterday the walking is up and down but more up than down. Wet feet is a distinct possibility today as at times the trail is the river itself and stepping stones require negotiation. The distance today is around 12km and another challenging 1140m ascent and about 790m descent. A walking day of at at least 7hrs. Camp tonight is by the village of Samduwa (3090m)

    Accommodation: Camp, Samduwa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Trek to Phoksundo Lake

    A further day of 'up & down', but invariably gaining further height as you head up into to the Phoksundo National Park. It's a fair old slog to reach Ringmo via a ridge. Nepal's highest waterfall is visible on what is now the Phoksundo Khola below you and descending through forests you may get your first sight of the glittering waters of Phoksundo Lake. Just beyond Ringmo with its Buddhist monuments, camp is by the lake at around 3590m. Walking distance today is around 13km with a challenging 1650m of ascent and 1020m descent

    Accommodation: Camp, Phoksundo Lake
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 6

    Trek to Phoksundo Lake

    A further day of 'up & down', but invariably gaining further height as you head up into to the Phoksundo National Park. It's a fair old slog to reach Ringmo via a ridge. Nepal's highest waterfall is visible on what is now the Phoksundo Khola below you and descending through forests you may get your first sight of the glittering waters of Phoksundo Lake. Just beyond Ringmo with its Buddhist monuments, camp is by the lake at around 3590m. Walking distance today is around 13km with a challenging 1650m of ascent and 1020m descent

    Accommodation: Camp, Phoksundo Lake
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    7

    Acclimatisation Day at Phoksundo Lake

    There are few more scenic and picturesque locations to spend a day acclimatising than here by the mountain lake and the fascinating Dolpo village of Ringmo.

    Accommodation: Camp, Phoksundo Lake
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    Acclimatisation Day at Phoksundo Lake

    There are few more scenic and picturesque locations to spend a day acclimatising than here by the mountain lake and the fascinating Dolpo village of Ringmo.

    Accommodation: Camp, Phoksundo Lake
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    8

    The Demons Trail into Inner Dolpo

    If you haven't seen Eric Valli's film 'Himalaya', then before commencing your journey you really should. It's a wonderful movie and was filmed on location in Dolpo. The improbable 'Demons Trail' that you'll need to negotiate today certainly makes a lasting impression in the film. This trail above the lake is narrow and precipitous and was literally hewn out of the precarious and steep rock walls that plummet into the lake below. A good head for heights is a necessity. Following your concentrated walk above the lake you head up to a ridge to then descend into Inner Dolpo and to camp in an area known as Slagari (3700m). Walking distance today is around 14km with 930m ascent and 890m descent and takes around 8hrs.

    Accommodation: Camp, Slagari
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    The Demons Trail into Inner Dolpo

    If you haven't seen Eric Valli's film 'Himalaya', then before commencing your journey you really should. It's a wonderful movie and was filmed on location in Dolpo. The improbable 'Demons Trail' that you'll need to negotiate today certainly makes a lasting impression in the film. This trail above the lake is narrow and precipitous and was literally hewn out of the precarious and steep rock walls that plummet into the lake below. A good head for heights is a necessity. Following your concentrated walk above the lake you head up to a ridge to then descend into Inner Dolpo and to camp in an area known as Slagari (3700m). Walking distance today is around 14km with 930m ascent and 890m descent and takes around 8hrs.

    Accommodation: Camp, Slagari
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Trek to Snowfields

    Most likely wet feet again as there will be some small rivers to wade through. There's quite a long climb today up through a narrow valley and at times the trail is indistinct. Afficionados of Peter Matthiesson's iconic book 'The Snow Leopard' (and quite possibly one of the reasons you are here) will no doubt be aware that camp tonight is in an area he called in the book,  'Snowfields Camp' (4650m). Almost all uphill today with around 1230m ascent and 270m descent. Around 6-7hrs tough walking to cover the 8km distance to 'Snowfields'.

    Accommodation: Camp, 'Snowfields'
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 9

    Trek to Snowfields

    Most likely wet feet again as there will be some small rivers to wade through. There's quite a long climb today up through a narrow valley and at times the trail is indistinct. Afficionados of Peter Matthiesson's iconic book 'The Snow Leopard' (and quite possibly one of the reasons you are here) will no doubt be aware that camp tonight is in an area he called in the book,  'Snowfields Camp' (4650m). Almost all uphill today with around 1230m ascent and 270m descent. Around 6-7hrs tough walking to cover the 8km distance to 'Snowfields'.

    Accommodation: Camp, 'Snowfields'
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    10

    The Kang La to Shey Gompa

    A good 3hrs of ascent walking over loose scree is required to reach the Kang La (5350m), the 'gateway' into Inner Dolpo. From the pass an hour of steep descent brings you to the head of the valley and following the river downstream another 3hrs of walking brings you to Shey Gompa (4370m).

    Accommodation: Camp, Shey Gompa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10

    The Kang La to Shey Gompa

    A good 3hrs of ascent walking over loose scree is required to reach the Kang La (5350m), the 'gateway' into Inner Dolpo. From the pass an hour of steep descent brings you to the head of the valley and following the river downstream another 3hrs of walking brings you to Shey Gompa (4370m).

    Accommodation: Camp, Shey Gompa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    11

    At Shey Gompa

    The Gompa isn't the most striking of buildings compared to other Himalayan monasteries, but the location certainly is. The 'Crystal Mountain' known locally as 'Shey' also has the ominous name of She-Re Drug da, which roughly translates as "Dolpo Crystal Mountain of The Dragon's Roar" and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Bon Po followers. As with Kailas in Tibet pilgrims come here to make the Kora around the Crystal Mountain. The walk to the even more remote and dramatically located Tsa Kang Monastery follows part of the Kora trail and makes for a good round trip walking excursion today.

    Accommodation: Camp, Shey Gompa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 11

    At Shey Gompa

    The Gompa isn't the most striking of buildings compared to other Himalayan monasteries, but the location certainly is. The 'Crystal Mountain' known locally as 'Shey' also has the ominous name of She-Re Drug da, which roughly translates as "Dolpo Crystal Mountain of The Dragon's Roar" and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Bon Po followers. As with Kailas in Tibet pilgrims come here to make the Kora around the Crystal Mountain. The walk to the even more remote and dramatically located Tsa Kang Monastery follows part of the Kora trail and makes for a good round trip walking excursion today.

    Accommodation: Camp, Shey Gompa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    12

    Over the Shey La

    Up through a narrow gorge you then climb further up to the Shey La (5100m) where the mountainscape opens out to reveal massive, extensive views towards Tibet and across to Mustang. A long descent from the pass to the tiny settlement of Namgung (4420m). Around 8hrs walking with 730m descent and 840m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Namgung
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 12

    Over the Shey La

    Up through a narrow gorge you then climb further up to the Shey La (5100m) where the mountainscape opens out to reveal massive, extensive views towards Tibet and across to Mustang. A long descent from the pass to the tiny settlement of Namgung (4420m). Around 8hrs walking with 730m descent and 840m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Namgung
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    13

    Walk to Saldang

    Dramatic trekking from the outset as you contour high above the Namgung River followed by a descent to Saldang (4080m), which lies on one of the salt trade routes into Tibet.  A shorter walking day of around 3hrs with a somewhat easier 280m ascent and 595m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Saldang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 13

    Walk to Saldang

    Dramatic trekking from the outset as you contour high above the Namgung River followed by a descent to Saldang (4080m), which lies on one of the salt trade routes into Tibet.  A shorter walking day of around 3hrs with a somewhat easier 280m ascent and 595m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Saldang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    14

    Hike to Sibu

    A longer day of around 14km through typical Dolpopa fields leads to Namdo. Walking further along the Nagaoan Khola to make camp by the river near to the tiny village of Sibu (4155m).  Around 7hrs walking with 945m ascent and 215m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Sibu
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY 14

    Hike to Sibu

    A longer day of around 14km through typical Dolpopa fields leads to Namdo. Walking further along the Nagaoan Khola to make camp by the river near to the tiny village of Sibu (4155m).  Around 7hrs walking with 945m ascent and 215m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Sibu
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    DAY
    15

    Trek to Jeng La Phedi

    With another 5000m pass to cross the next day today starts off straightfoward enough as the trail heads up by a stream rising moderately alongside the river. Things then get harder as you have to climb steeply up to a Yak Kharka and the camping ground beneath the Jeng La (5115m). Altitude at camp is around 4860m and a mostly uphill day of about 945m ascent and 220m descent takes around 8rs of walking.

    Accommodation: Camp, Jeng La Phedi
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 15

    Trek to Jeng La Phedi

    With another 5000m pass to cross the next day today starts off straightfoward enough as the trail heads up by a stream rising moderately alongside the river. Things then get harder as you have to climb steeply up to a Yak Kharka and the camping ground beneath the Jeng La (5115m). Altitude at camp is around 4860m and a mostly uphill day of about 945m ascent and 220m descent takes around 8rs of walking.

    Accommodation: Camp, Jeng La Phedi
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    16

    Over the Jeng La

    Around 2hrs of steep ascent brings you to the pass from which distant Dhaulagiri may be seen. It's then a long descent into the Tarap Valley to reach camp at the village of Tokyu (4165m). There's around 390m ascent and a knee testing 1040m descent on todays 7hr walk.

    Accommodation: Camp, Tokyu
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 16

    Over the Jeng La

    Around 2hrs of steep ascent brings you to the pass from which distant Dhaulagiri may be seen. It's then a long descent into the Tarap Valley to reach camp at the village of Tokyu (4165m). There's around 390m ascent and a knee testing 1040m descent on todays 7hr walk.

    Accommodation: Camp, Tokyu
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    17

    Trek to Dho Tarap

    Todays walk will be made a little harder by the strong winds that are a usually a guaranteed afternoon feature blowing up the Tarap Valley. The trails are far more obvious and 'proper' than previous days of trekking and todays walk is very much into a more inhabited landscape passing several small monasteries and villages of the Dho Tarap area. Camp is beyond Dho Tarap village (4025m) at a grazing area that affords some shelter from the daily winds. Although todays walking takes around 8hrs, it's a less punishing 170m ascent and 475m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Dho Tarap
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 17

    Trek to Dho Tarap

    Todays walk will be made a little harder by the strong winds that are a usually a guaranteed afternoon feature blowing up the Tarap Valley. The trails are far more obvious and 'proper' than previous days of trekking and todays walk is very much into a more inhabited landscape passing several small monasteries and villages of the Dho Tarap area. Camp is beyond Dho Tarap village (4025m) at a grazing area that affords some shelter from the daily winds. Although todays walking takes around 8hrs, it's a less punishing 170m ascent and 475m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Dho Tarap
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    18

    Trek to Shim Ora

    As you descend down the river valley today, you may just see the elusive Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal), a favoured prey of the even more elusive snow leopard. A fair few river crossings today (by bridge thankfully) as at last you drop below 4000m for the first time for several days & head down to Shim Ora (3650m). Around 7hrs walking today with 810m ascent and 1100m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Shim Ora
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 18

    Trek to Shim Ora

    As you descend down the river valley today, you may just see the elusive Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal), a favoured prey of the even more elusive snow leopard. A fair few river crossings today (by bridge thankfully) as at last you drop below 4000m for the first time for several days & head down to Shim Ora (3650m). Around 7hrs walking today with 810m ascent and 1100m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Shim Ora
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    19

    To Kanigaon

    Continuing your journey down the Tarap Valley the trail linking the villages of the Tarap Chu has now become rather easy underfoot and at times stone-stepped. Height is often lost rapidly, but it's not all downhill. Still, you drop below 3000m and reach Kanigaon (2625m) after around 7hrs walking that is around 2330m of descent, but still a good 1300m of ascent. Might even be t-shirt time again today.

    Accommodation: Camp, Kanigaon
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 19

    To Kanigaon

    Continuing your journey down the Tarap Valley the trail linking the villages of the Tarap Chu has now become rather easy underfoot and at times stone-stepped. Height is often lost rapidly, but it's not all downhill. Still, you drop below 3000m and reach Kanigaon (2625m) after around 7hrs walking that is around 2330m of descent, but still a good 1300m of ascent. Might even be t-shirt time again today.

    Accommodation: Camp, Kanigaon
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    20

    Hike to Tarakot

    A suspension bridge takes you across the Barbung Khola that has now joined with the Tarap Chu. A fair bit of 'up and down' before making the last, continuous descent to Tarakot. An easier and shorter day of around 3-4hrs walking with 425m ascent and 615m descent. Camp is around the 2100m mark and by now you should have defrosted from the chillier climes of Upper Dolpo.

    Accommodation: Camp, Tarakot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 20

    Hike to Tarakot

    A suspension bridge takes you across the Barbung Khola that has now joined with the Tarap Chu. A fair bit of 'up and down' before making the last, continuous descent to Tarakot. An easier and shorter day of around 3-4hrs walking with 425m ascent and 615m descent. Camp is around the 2100m mark and by now you should have defrosted from the chillier climes of Upper Dolpo.

    Accommodation: Camp, Tarakot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    21

    Walk to Dunal

    It's not all over just yet and a 6hr walk of around 650m descent and 300m ascent leads to Dunal.

    Accommodation: Camp, Dunal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 21

    Walk to Dunal

    It's not all over just yet and a 6hr walk of around 650m descent and 300m ascent leads to Dunal.

    Accommodation: Camp, Dunal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    22

    Trek to Jhupal

    The final day of this trek is straightforward enough, although the last bit is an ascent to reach Jhupal. Walking time is a 4hr affair with 650m descent and 300m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Jhupal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 22

    Trek to Jhupal

    The final day of this trek is straightforward enough, although the last bit is an ascent to reach Jhupal. Walking time is a 4hr affair with 650m descent and 300m descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Jhupal
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    23

    Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

    The weather dependent flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj is always morning time (to avoid those anabatic winds) and so it is usually possible to connect with the Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. However, you may wish to seriously consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for flights both to and from Jhupal and Nepalgunj, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek. Rarely does this particular adventure go like clockwork!

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: 
    Breakfast

    DAY 23

    Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

    The weather dependent flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj is always morning time (to avoid those anabatic winds) and so it is usually possible to connect with the Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. However, you may wish to seriously consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for flights both to and from Jhupal and Nepalgunj, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek. Rarely does this particular adventure go like clockwork!

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: 
    Breakfast

    DAY
    24

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    DAY 24

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 3293
  • $ US 4275
  • € EUR 3777

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR PRICE GUIDES

What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all camping equipment (except sleeping bags), all airport and land transfers, private overland travel, internal flights as indicated in the itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary (all meals on trek), porterage on trek, permits & fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.
NB Entry into Inner Dolpo requires an additional 'Inner Line' Permit - the cost (circa $500!) is included in the land only trip price.

Don't Forget

We can customise
all our trips.

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Don't Forget

We can customise
all our trips to Nepal.

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Read our Nepal Travel Guide

Nepal is home to a beautiful and varied landscape, a wealth of cultural sights, and a diverse people. Here’s everything you need to know, from the capital of Nepal to visa rules.
Nepal Travel Guide
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