Hiking the Dolpa Circuit is an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll have the opportunity to experience life in the remote highlands.
The trail passes through a variety of landscapes ranging from green pastures (in some ways resemblant of the European Alps), to barren rocks that extend into the Tibetan plateau. The Phoksundo Lake is of an incomparable beauty, with its deep blue and emerald colors surrounded by steep bold rocks.
On the way you’ll encounter small authentic villages steeped in Tibetan culture and tradition. Buddhism and Bonpo are very important for the people living in these villages and interwoven in everyday life. Bonpo religion is the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet. It is very closely related to Buddhism but has more shamanistic and animistic influences contributing much to the region’s mythical appeal.
Due to its remote location, Dolpa is still an “off the beaten track destination”. Tourists are few and far between, especially in the summer months.The Dolpa Circuit is a quite strenuous trekking with some steep climbs. The trail ascends to two high passes, Numa La (5318 m) and Baga La (5190 m). These crossings involve long climbs and long descents. That being said, the scenery on the way , the views from the passes and the encounters you will have with the Dolpa people will make it all worth it.
Leaving from Kathmandu it’s a 14 day trip, but it can be shortened or extended, depending on how many hours of walking you put in each day.
Camping is recommended for this trek. There are basic guesthouses in Juphal, Dunai, Lingdo, Dho Tarap, Ringmo, close to Sanduwa (next to the Amchi Hospital), Chhepka and Kageni. At the other places you will have to camp.
The preferred seasons to complete the Dolpa Circuit is April to November. However, please check with a local tour operator if lodges are open in April and if passes are open in November as this will depend on prevailing weather conditions. This is a recommended trek to do in monsoon season as the Upper Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow. However keep in mind that travel to and from the trailhead can be interrupted by bad weather in the lowlands so give yourself an extra day or two on both ends of your trip to accommodate flight cancellations and road blockage.
Duration: 14 Days
Max Attitude: 5318 m.
Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Start Point: Juphal
End Point: Juphal
Level of Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: Min. 2 & Max.15
Restricted Area Trekking Permit (Lower Dolpo Permit). Issued by the Immigration office in Kathmandu. (www.immi.gov.np) Shey-Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit. Issued by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. Also available at the National Park entry point for a fee of NRP 3390. (Fee subject to change).
Day 1: Flight Kathmandu - Nepalganj
Day 2: Flight Nepalgunj - Juphal (2475 m), trek to Dunai (2140 m) 3 hrs
Day 3: Dunai (2140 m) - Lingdo (2391 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 4: Lingdo (2391 m) - Lahini Odar (3370 m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Lahini Odar (3370 m) - Toltol (3523 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 6: Toltol (3523 m) - Dho Tarap (4080 m) 6 hrs
Day 7: Dho Tarap (4080 m) - Numa-La Phedi Base Camp (4440 m) 4-5 hrs
Day 8: Numa-La Phedi Base Camp (4440 m) - Danigar (4631 m) via Numa-La pass (5238 m) 7 hrs
Day 9: Danigar (4631 m) - Yak Kharka (3860 m) via Baga-La (5190 m) 7 hrs
Day 10: Yak Kharka (3860 m) - Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) 4 hrs
Day 11: Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m). Rest day. Visit to Bon Gompa.
Day 12: Ringmo village near Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) - Chhepka (2838 m) via Rechi (2940 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 13: Chhepka (2838 m) - Juphal (2475 m) 6 hrs
Day 14: Flight Juphal - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with GHUMNAJAU.COM. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
02 Sep 2018
15 Sep 2018
- 13 Nights accommodation in Teahouse/Lodge during trekking.
- All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner). Pokhara.
- All surface transportation as per itinerary
- Flight Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Juphal –Roundtrip.
- All Travel permits (Lower Dolpa permit, TIMS & National park Permits)
- English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Insurance for the staff
- Medical insurance for the client
- All applicable government taxes.
- Accommodation & Meal in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses
- Health & Rescue Insurance
- International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
- Gratuities for Staff