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Trip FactsProgram Duration: 24 days | Trek Duration: 19 days | Program Type: Teahouse/Camping Trek | Maximum Altitude: 5545m | Mode of Travel: Flight/Land | Start Trip: kathmandu | Start Trip: kathmandu | Trek Start: Juphal | Trip Grade:
- Explore the mystique hidden land of Inner Dolpo, with it's untouched Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture
- Walk through desolate, stunning landscapes of the Trans Himalayan mountains
- Admire the incomparable beauty of the holy Phoksundo Lake, with its enchanting blue and emerald colors
- Walk the complete famous Demon Trail from the movie Himalaya from Eric Vallie
- Cross three high passes of 5000 meters and above with spectacular views over the snowcapped Himalayas
- Visit the magical Shey Gompa, the spiritual heart of Inner Dolpo
- Sleep in authentic, Buddhist villages and camp in amazing spots amidst the snowcapped mountains
- Chance to see snowleopard, bluesheep, musk deer and monkeys
- Have encounters with villagers, who are direct descendents of the Tibetans
- See Nepal's highest waterfall, the Phoksundo Waterfall, of 167 meters high
The inner Dolpo region remained in isolation till 1990 and till then it was a restricted area with no entry, especially for the foreigners. This place shares border with Tibet and is still culturally Tibetan. This place gained immense popularity and arouse interest of the people around the globe after the a book on this place was written by Matheson 'called the Snow Leopard', and even David Snell grove's 'Himalayan Pilgrimage' and George Schaller's 'Stones of Silence' among many other travel accounts has revealed a bit about this place but a visit is worth. Legend has it that the ubiquitous Guru Rimpoche, who spread Tibetan Buddhism throughout the Himalayas, discovered this hidden land, a 'beryl' or refuge, over 1700 years ago, and it has been inhabited by Tibetan nomads, called drokpas, for over a thousand years.
Dolpo is now part of the Nepali region of Dolpa, but historically came from the Zhangzhung Bon-po Kingdom which dominated Western Tibet for over a thousand years, later defeated by the first Tibetan dynasty, Yarlung, between the sixth and eighth centuries. Afterwards, Dolpo was governed by the Kingdom of Lo (now Mustang, formerly part of Tibet) until the Gorkha Kingdom took it over during its Inner Dolpo is a restricted area, for which a fee is charged of US$ 500 for the first 10 days, and US$ 50 for each additional day. Besides, there is a maximum of the number of foreigners that can enter Inner Dolpo each year. Currently this maximum is put at 250 people. This makes a trek into Inner Dolpo a very special and exclusive experience.
The trekking brings us to Shey Gompa, which is often referred to as the spiritual heart of Inner Dolpo. It's a magical place, situated at the base of Crystal Mountain, which is visited by hundreds of pilgrims each year. They make a kora (circuit) of the Crystal Mountain, Dolpo's own version of Mount Kailash.
It is a very strenuous hike. We have to cross three high passes, Kang La/ Ngadra La of 5350 m, the Shey La of 5000 m and Jeng La of 5110 m. These crossings involve long climbs and long descend. Besides, we stay above 4000 meters for a long time, with very cold nights. But the unforgettable landscapes, the views from the passes and the contacts with a very special untouched culture make it all worth it.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Flight to Juphal (2475 m), walk to Chhepka (2838 m) 6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m) 6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) 3 hrs
Day 07: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m), free day
Day 08: Trek to Chunemba (3639 m) 5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Snowfields Camp (4400 m) 7 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Kang La (5375 m) 6 hrs
Day 11: Rest day Shey Gompa (4310 m)
Day 12: Trek to Namgung (4430 m) via Shey La (5000 m) 6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Saldang (4060 m) 3 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Sibu (4200 m) 5 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Lagmo Che (4570 m) 4 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap (4080 m) 2 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Sisaul (3750 m) 4 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Laina Odar (3370 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Lingdo (2391 m) 5 hrs
Day 21: Trek to Dunai (2140 m) 5 hrs
Day 23: Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
DAY 24: DEPARTURE
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