Off the Beaten Trails
Dolpo Trekking

Tour  Duration : 26days
Dolpo trekking : 21 days
Trekking  grade: strenous
Max altitude : 5490 m
Trekking style : Camping
Best season: April - Nov.

Upper Dolpo TrekkingDolpo trekking is the name given to treks to the Dolpo region in western Nepal. Bordering with Tibet, the Dolpo region lies in the Shey Phoksundo national park west of Kali gandaki valley, behind the Dhaulagiri massif. Dolpo is divided in Lower and Upper region. Our trekking involves both the lower and Upper Dolpo but the main attractions of Dolpo trekking lie in upper region. Upper Dolpo is one of the few special trekking regions in Nepal, restricted for mass tourism to preserve its unique cultural and natural heritage. Open to visitors only since 1989 this area is for the seekers of adventure, authenticity and true wilderness.

Highlights of the Dolpo trekking include ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and diverse wildlife inhabiting the region, including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. Two of our main attractions in the region are the serene turquoise lake of Phoksundo and the 11th century Shey monastery.

Isolated from rest of the country, life for the people living here have not changed for centuries now. Followers of Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bon Po religion, they mostly depend on farming, yak and sheep keeping and locally collected medical herbs for which Dolpo is very rich . The Oscar nominated film “Caravan" -filmed in Dolpo by Eric Vali, has brought the exotic beauty and cultural wealth of Dolpo to the world. The best time to trek here is towards the end of the monsoon i.e. Sept to November.

We start our Dolpo trekking with a flight from Nepalgunj in western Nepal to Juphal airstrip in Dolpa .Passing through wilderness area , sparsed ancient villages and yak pastures we reach the high mountain lake of Phoksundo.Our next destination is the 11th century monastery of Shey. Things have not changed much in the region since the days the monastery was built. Passing high passes carefully and enjoying the spectacular mountain views we emerge in Kaligandaki valley and we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and to Kathmandu.

This is a trekking in a area where we have to carry all the supplies from Nepalgunj. It is a fully supported camping trek. Average walking per day is 6 hour. You carry just your light day pack. The food in the trek is prepared by our camp cook.

Note: As Dolpo is in Himalayan rain shadow zone hiking is possible even in summer.Rather a summer hiking will be rewarded with profusion of alpine wildflowers.

Dolpo Trekking Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Day 02 Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu to important heritage sites . We cover Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Day 03 Fly to Nepalgunj , transfer to  hotel.
Day 04 Fly to Juphal airport (Dopla) & Camp in Dunai after 4.5 hours walk.
Day 05 Dunai- Hankhe 4.5 hours walk.
Day 06 Hankhe- Reiji 4.5 hours walk.
Day 07 Reiji- Phoksundo Lake 3600m. 5 hour walk.
Day 08 Phoksundo- Rest day , hiking and exploration around the lake
Day 09 Phoksundo Lake-Lake beach 5 hour walk.
Day 10 Lake beach- Mandala Camp 4,570m. 5 hour walk.
Day 11 Cross Kang La (5,240m) pass and trek to Shey Gompa (4280m.) 5 hours.
Day 12 Shey Gompa- Saldang pass (5010m)- Namgung 4,380m. 5 hours walk.
Shey Gompa is an important attraction in Dolpo trekking.
Day 13 Namgung-Yanger Gompa (3890m) 5 hour.
Day 14 YangerGompa-Musi Gaon (4270m.) 6 hour.
Day 15 Musi Gaon-Lnag La (5002m ) - Sime Gaon (3950m ) 6 hour.
Day 16 Sime Gaon- Tinja (4150m ) 6 hour.
Day 17 Tinja- Kheng (4550m ) 6 hour.
Day 18 Kheng- Charka pass (5,036m ) -Charka (4365m) 7 hour.
Day 19 Charka -Yak Kharka (4780m ) 5 hour.
Day 20 Cross  Sangda pass (5490m )  and trek to Sangda phedi (5110m ) 6 and half hour.
Day 21 Sangda phedi - Sangda ( 3909m) 5 hour.
Day 22 Sangda - Phale Gaon (2900m ) 5 and half hour.
Day 23 Phale Gaon - Jomsom ( 2710m ) 3 and half hour.
Day 24 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 25 Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu.We celebrate our wonderful Dolpo trekking with traditionl Nepali dinner and ethnic cultural dances in Kathmandu.
Day 26 Fly home


Ganesh Himal Trek

Duration : 14 days
Trek days : 12 days
Trek grade: moderate
Max altitude : 3635m
Trekking style : camping
Best Seasons: Oct. to Dec. and March to April

Ganesh Himal is the mountain range that we see in the northen skyline of Kathmandu.The trek to Ganesh himal is one of the best in central Nepal.A mere 70 km from Kathmandu but the region is visited by very few tourists and offers unspoiled Tamang villages, untouched nature and superb views of Ganesh himal, Langtang, Bouddha himal and Hiunchuli.The trek goes through relatively warmer country and finally crosses Shingla pass 4200m and Pansang la pass 4100 m for closer view of Ganesh himal massif.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu - To Betrawati (5 hours bus drive)
Day 02 : Betrawati - Kispang (1600m)
Day 03 : Kispang - Thulo Chaur (2200m)
Day 04 : Thulo Chaur - Gonga (2900m.)
Day 05 : Gonga - Rupchet (3635m.); the base camp of Shing La pass
Day 06 : Cross Shingla pass 4100m and trek to Kharka (2500m) , 7 hours walk.
Day 07 : Kharka – Pangsang la (4100m.) 6 hours walk.
Day 08 : Pangsang-la - Tipling (2000 m)
Day 09 : Tipling - Borang (1700m)
Day 10 : Borang - Jharlang (1700m)
Day 11 : Jharlang - Kintang Phedi (800m)
Day 12 : Kintang Phedi - Jemrung (1800m)
Day 13 : Jemrung - Dhading Bensi (700m)
Day 14 : Dhading bensi - bus drive back to Kathmandu


Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration : 27 days
Trek days : 22 days
Trek grade :moderate / strenous
Max altitude : 5416 m
Trekking style : Lodge / Camping
Best season: Oct - Dec, March - May

Open to the visitors only in 2003 this trek takes you to the remote Nar phu valley inhabited by Nepalese Tibetans.Visited by very few trekkers this exotic  land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet-like flavour. On the second Phase of the trek we visit the pristine Tilicho lake –the highest in the world.This amazing trek is  for those real adventurers in search of real Shangrilla and do not mind  crossing through Challenging high passes like Masokanto La (5099m), Kangla pass (5200m) & Tilicho Pass (5230m) .

We start our trek from Bensisahar following the Popular Annapurna circuit trail and branch off at Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley in the very north of Manang . With slow ascent and proper acclimatisation we head for Kangla pass, hidden by swirls of mountain mist ahead of us, from Kangla pass at 5200m the magnificent panorama view of Annapurna massif appears remote and forbidding .The Kangla  pass links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Neyshang valley.

We explore the interesting  Nar Phu valley which  has about 300 inhabitants who depend on livestock, and till today yak herding is the basis of their livelihood. After visiting this area we trek back to manang, a beautiful village of Annapurna trail and continue trek to Tilicho lake. After trekking about 4-5 days through Tilicho Lake and crossing  two beautiful but challenging passes of this region we end our trek at Jomsom where we catch our flight to Pokhara and later to KTM.This is a fully supported camping trek. Trekkers carry only day pack and walk at their own pace. From Kathmandu to the trailhed Bensisahar we drive in private coach for about 5 hours.

Itinerary

Day 01  Arrival and transfer to hotel
Day 02  Trek preparation day at kathmandu.
Day 03  Drive to Beshi Sahar (823m)
Day 04  Trek to Nagdi (930m)
Day 05  Trek to Jagat (1300m)
Day 06  Trek to Karte (1850m)
Day 07  Trek to Koto (2600m)
Day 08  Trek to Chhacha (3200m)
Day 09  Trek to Meta (3700m)
Day 10  Trek to Junum (4000m)
Day 11  Trek to Phu gaun
Day 12  Explore around Phu gaun
Day 13 Explore around Phu valleyfor 2nd day
Day 14  Trek to Yak Kharka, camp
Day 15  Trek to Panggi Pass, camp
Day 16  Trek to above Nar (4000m)
Day 17  Trek to Youingar
Day 18  Trek to Kangla Pass (5322m)
Day 19  Trek to Manang (3351m)
Day 20  Trek to Khangsar Khola (3734m)
Day 21  Trek to Tilicho Lake (4140m)
Day 22  Trek to Mesokanto Pass (5099m)
Day 23  Trek to Jomsom (2710m)
Day 24  Fly to Pokhara rest and walk around the lake
Day 25  Fly to Kathmandu
Day 26  Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 27  Fly home