Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo Region Trekking

Dolpo region is one of the least developed and the most remote regions in Nepal. In 2000, Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, “The Caravan,” was nominated for the Oscars after being a huge success in many countries. This led to the region being recognized by people from around the world. But despite this fact, the region still remains an isolated corner that is not visited by a lot of people. Trekking route to Dolpo was closed until 1989 when the southern part of the region was opened for some organized trekking groups.

Dolpo/Dolpa is located beside the Shey Phoksundo National Park in the western north of Nepal and in between the Dhaulagiri range and the Tibetan plateau. The Shey Phoksundo National Park was established to preserve the ecosystem of plants and wildlife that include rare blue sheep, grey wolf and snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksundo Lake and the Dhaulagiri massif is the major attraction of this trek.

One of the easiest ways to reach Dolpo is by taking a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal you will need to trek for about four hours to reach the Dolpa district headquarters, Dunai. But you can also trek to Dunai from Dhorpatan that can be easily reached from Tansen. Along with this journey, you will get to experience the Himalayan lakes, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, turquoise blue Phokhsundo Lake, and get to watch yak caravans being involved in the trade of rock salt and barley with Tibet. If you opt for this trek during summer, you will be able to see the caravans of yaks and sheep running and playing around the valley in the trade route between the Tibetan Plateau and Nepal.

The beauty and charm of this region cannot be matched by any other region in the world. An opportunity to meet the pleasant inhabitants of Tibetan origin, and explore their untouched lifestyle and villages is one of the best things in opting for trekking in this region. Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas due to which the landscapes are like deserts without green trees and monsoon watered hills.

So the next time you are planning a vacation, make this unexplored region your destination!

Cost Includes

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Three nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and assistant trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage
  • salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging for supporting staff
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work, documentations and permits (National park permit, TIMS ) and entry fees
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips and gratitude for supporting staff.

Reviews

I have been traveling several times with Machhindra Acharya. He is a wonderful guide. Very informative, very qualified and helpful to get lots of background information about Nepal and its regional specialities. Can absolutely recommend Oriental Journeys!!
Christian Thomas Germany
Hi Machhindra, just wanted to say thank you for the experience in Nepal you were a great guide very patient and friendly. I felt perfectly safe and comfortable on a country so far away from home on a solo trip. I really liked your explanation about all the temples, the culture and lifestyle in Nepal and it made me curious to find out more. I will definitely recommend anyone I know is going to Nepal to go to you!
Lourdes Rivera New York, USA

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