The Upper Dolpo through Muktinath region is another remote hidden destination in far west where Nepal's most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored. The home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments, and unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Trekking around the Dolpo region is an unforgettable journey in every visitor's life. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan griffon. The Upper Dolpo is the home of the Bhotiya and Sherpa people. It's difficult to grow crops there, which makes life difficult for the local people. They depend on barley as sole crop. The stalwart yak is a vital source of food, transport and dung fuel. They also trade salt for grain with those from far away Hurikot and Jumla to compensate their dwindling winter supply of food.
Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Here one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksumdo Gompa – dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and then transfer to hotel(1350m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (152M) which takes approximately twelve hours and you may also flight to Nepalgung that takes 45m.and over night in hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Nepalgung to Juphal,(jumla) which takes about 30m and then trek to Dunai(2230m)which takes approximately five hours. You may Camp here.
Day 04: Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2520m) via Raktang. This takes approximately five hours. You may Camp here.
Day 05: Trek from Shyants to Rachi(2940m.) Via Chhepka it takes approximately seven hours. You may camp here.
Day 06: Trek from Rachi to Phoksundo (3733m.) via Amchi Hospital. This takes approximately five hours. You may camp here
Day 07: Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) This takes approximately seven hours. You may camp here
Day 08: Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856m.), This takes approximately seven hours. You may camp here.
Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.), via Shel sumdo gumba .this takes approximately Eight hours. You may camp here.
Day 10: Trek from Shey Gompa to Langmuse Bhanjyang(5229m) via Dansila Lake this takes approximately seven hours. You may camp here.
Day 11: Trek from Langmuse Bhanjyang to Numle Bhanjyang south via numale pass(5143m) This takes approximately seven hours. You may camp here.
Day 12: Trek from Numla pass to Do Tarap(3944m) via Thaks and Modo Gumba this takes approximately six hours. You may camp here.
Day 13: Trek from Do Tarap to Chharka La base camp (4140m) via Chherku Lake and Chanla bhanjyang. This takes approximately six hours. You may camp here.
Day 14: Trek from Charkhala Base Camp to Molum Sumna (4860m) via Narbulang. This takes approximately six hours. You may camp here.
Day 15: Trek from Molum Sumna to Sangda(3710Mm) via Niwar Pass(5120m) This takes approximately seven hours. You may camp here.
Day 16: Trek from Sangda to Jaula Danda (4720m) via bhimal Lojung . This takes approximately six hours. You may camp here.
Day 17: Trek from Jaula Danda to Kagbeni(2800m) which takes approximately Six hours and over night in hotel.
Day 18: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m), which takes approximately Four hours.
Day 19: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2895 m.) and this takes about five hours.
Day 20 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, which takes about 20 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time.
Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which takes about 25 minute overnight at Hotel
Day 22: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath) and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 24 : Final departure ,or alternative Join other activities
After exchanging a few e-mails with Surya from Switzerland, he arranged a perfect program for the 3 of us. Our friends in Switzerland were quite sceptic about the idea of trekking with 4 years old,” No problem!” was Surya’s attitude and he proved to be more than right.
Not only did he arrange perfect accommodation for us in Thamel before our arrival, but he also arranged trekking permit, bus and taxi transportation etc. when we were here and knew the best restaurants where food is safe.
Once we were in Pokhara, he knew some easy hikes to get adjust to the climate, Perfect also to experience Nepali ways of life off the beaten tourist trade.
His friendly and open way to communicate with people not only made way to make the best deals en route but he also opened our shy girl’s heart- which in turn meant for us that she was carried on his back rather than ours only. When Nicole twisted her ankle really badly, he not only gave her the necessary physical and emotional support, but also managed to arrange a pony ride down the valley. Not an easy task with only pony available in the village and its owner being ( drunk?) at the sports festival. Instead of the basic lodges, I had envisaged from home, we stayed at clean mountain hotels, often in the best room with a large bed and private bathroom. Surya never missed to point out special sights on the way and was able to explain about Hindu and Buddhist religion, local culture, customs and traditions but also about the current situation in Nepal in fluent English and accurate vocabulary
Nicole and valentine
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