The word conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries
of snow leopards and blue sheep. A land beyond the
in western Nepal, Dolpo is one of the most remote
of Nepals regions. By special permit, we are
able to offer this-day trek through upper and lower
route follows much of the route taken by Peter Mathiessen
and George Shaller as described in ( The snow Leopard
. We trek 200 miles , averaging 10 miles a day.
We spend 6-8 hours a day trekking . Several layover
days are planned . Porters carry a day pack with
the things you need for the day.
should be in good shape. We are at high elevation
much of the time on this trip. Five passes, over
16,500 feet, are crossed . Steep climbs and descents
2400 .00 Per Person
By flight/ bus or van, to Pokhara, and rest of the
days on Phewa lake, with the Annapurna Range rising
to 26,000 feet north of us.
02 : Today we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (elevation
8900 feet), the administrative centre for the Mustang
district to Nepal. En-route we fly between Annapurna
I ( 26500 feet) ad Dhaulagiri ( 26,800 feet) . It
is a spectacular flight. We meet our porters in
Jomsom. From here we trek up the wide, Kali Gandaki
Valley to the Fortress- like town of Kagbeni (9200
feet) . The scenery around us is spectacular . To
our south are the galciated peaks of the Himalaya.
To our north is the drier, dessert - like countryside
of the Tibetan plateau , a maze of barren high mountains
. ( 8 miles).
03 : Climbing 3000 feet out the Kali Gandaki
Valley, we have excellent views of the Annapurna
Range, Muktinath and Mustang. We traverse into the
spectacular Chalung Khola, climbing and descending
side canyons along the way, to the village of Sangdak,
elevation 12,500 feet. (15 miles)
04, 05, 06 : We ascend the convoluted Chalung
gorge, then climb 400 feet, to 16,800- foot, Sangdak
Pass, the eastern entrance to Dolpo. The scenery
is magnificent. This has got to be one of the grandest
viewpoints in the world. Descending the pass we
follow the Thajang Khola to the village of Chharka,
13,500 feet elevation. (25 miles)
07, 08, 09 & 10 : From Chharka we climb
3000 feet to Chharka Pass (16,500), then descend
into the Keheng Khola. This is one of the most remote
regions in Nepal, an area where there could still
be the magnificent Marco Polo sheep or the Tibetan
wild yak. The landscape is Arctic desert , barren
in places with alpine meadows in others. We hike
past the very Tibetan villages of Tinje, Shimengaon
and Saldang. (50 miles)
11 & 12 : Entering Phoksundo National Park,
we climb 3000 feet over a 17,300 - foot pass and
descend , to famous Shey Gomba, elevation 13,950
feet. We spend a layover day here watching blue
sheep, looking for snow leopards and wolves and
touring the monastery. (10 miles).
13, 14 & 15 : Leaving Shey Gomba we climb
3200 feet over a 17200- foot pass. Views of the
22,000-foot peaks of the Kanjiroba Range are excellent
. We descend 5000 feet into the Phoksundo River
drainage and work our way along beautiful Phosksudo
Lake (12,000 feet). We find ourselves perched on
cliffs, high above the lake. If you dont like
heights you wont enjoy this section. A layover
day is planned at the lake. (16 miles)
Ringmo Sepka 2700m, Sepka Dunai, 6hrs.
Then observes the village, Dunai Juphal 2
½ hours. And back packing etc. and Juphal
Nepalganj-Kathmandu by flight
16 & 17 : From Phoksundo lake we descend
past the spectacular waterfall draining the lake.
Leaving the main route we follow the Durjam Khola
through the village of Pungmo (9600 feet), to the
base of Kagmara Pass. Since crossing the last pass
we have entered the lusher side of the Himalayas
. Beautiful forests of pine, spruce, hemlock and
birch are common.(18 miles)
18 : Climb 3000 feet to the summit of Kagmara
Pass( 16,800) . Descend along Kagmara Glacier ,
3000 feet to Kagmara Phedi camp. (8 miles).
19 & 20 : Descend Garpung Khola 8 miles
to Hurikot and the park boundary . Continue down
2 miles to the Bheri River, at 8600 feet elevation
. Contour through villages and apple orchards past
potato and corn fields, climbing to camp at Mauriya
Phedi , elevation 10,200. (20 miles).
21 : Ascend steeply, 2300 feet, through forests
of pine and oak, across avalanche tracks to Mauriya
Pass (elevation 12,500). Views of the snowy peaks
to our north and east are exceptional. Descend steeply
, 2600 feet, through birch, oak and rhododendron
forests to Chotra, elevation 9900 feet (7 miles).
22 & 23 : For the next two days we descend
the Tila valley through spruce forests, past barely
fields and rice terraces, irrigation works and water
driven mills, to Jumla, elevation 7700 feet, the
administrative centre for the region. (20 miles)
24 & 25 : From Jumla we fly to Nepalgunj
and fly to Kathmandu.
: Daily itinerary as described, all inclusive
camping or lodge trek with English speaking guide
and porters, all meals on trek, tea, all fees and
land transportation, coffee and boiled water, camping
gear such as twin sharing tent, mattress, toilet
tent, dinning/kitchen tent, necessary staff.
Included : Bottled beverages, tips, items of
a personal nature, delay due to weather, equipment
failure or situations beyond our control.