Dolpo Wildlife Trek

October 4, 2017

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Dolpo, far-flung Tibetan bordering region of Nepal is not only rich in cultural diversity but also enriched with bio-diversity. Nestling in the rain-shadows of Kanjiruwa, Dhaulagiri and Tibetan plateaus is the home of many endangered Himalayan wildlife.

Upper Dolpo, the highland region of northwestern Nepal is beautifully wild, barren landscape and vast mountains, home of mountain people and animals. The beautiful hamlets of Upper Dolpo are guarded by high passes and on the gorges of these high passes, the Himalayan wild animals are roaming in their habitat. Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park of Nepal resides in Dolpo which covers a large part of Upper Dolpo. The park is home to many endangered species of Himalayan flora and fauna.

Dolpo Wildlife Trek is designed in such a way that, where we tracing the footprints of Himalayan wildlife across beautiful hidden, rugged valleys, jagged rock, river gorges, and grassland or pastureland of Dolpo. This trip is a very special trip of Dolpo because it caters the great experience of nature, culture, and adventure.  In this wildlife trek, our goal is to see and capture the picture of Himalayan mammals; Snow Leopard, Lynx, Wolf, Fox, Marmot, Pleatue Pika, Argali, Tibetan Wild Ass, Wild Yak, Blue Sheep, Wooly Hare and many different species of Himalayan birds.

Recently, in 2015 and 2016 the great wildlife researcher and conservationist Geraldine Werhahn on their project and her team successfully completed their research expedition in the trans-Himalayan grassland of Himalaya including, Humla, Dolpo, and Kanchanjanga. In Upper Dolpo researcher were able noticed Tibetan Tibetan Argali Ovis ammon .

Our Dolpo Wildlife trek begins with spectacular flights along the Himalayan range to the small Juphal airstrip and ease into the trekking rhythm. Then we directly hike up the richly forested Suligad River gorge, ascent to magical Phoksundo Lake where we explore the nearby gompas and villages. Entering Upper Dolpo, we traverse and climb through west balcony of the spectacular lake, further scenic camps lead to our first 4700-meter pass and conquering first notorious Kang La pass en-routes to sacred Shey Gompa and Shelri, Crystal Mountain. We spent 3-4 days around Crystal Mountain and perform Kora, day excursion for wildlife.

Our next detour to dramatic Saldang village, and then we explore the little-used and remote route to Maite Gaon via Mischa. From Maite Gaon along Maite Khola, we trek up to Yanan Pass to explore Tibetan border and descend to Mendo and Tinje. We wander along the rolling Panzang Valley to our last fortified Dolpo village, Chharka, and glorious big sky trekking leads to the Mulunsumna Kharka, we explore few days around Mulumsumna for Tibetan Argali and wolves. Conquering last three high passes including Jungbenla exit to Sangta, tucked away in a hidden valley of Mustang. Rolling into one last major ridge with extensive Upper Mustang panoramas we descend into the Kali Gandaki valley for a smooth exit, flying out of Jomsom.

Day 1 Arrival in TIA Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel
Day 3 Nepalgunj to Juphal by flight 35 minutes and trek 2.3 hrs to Dunai
Day 4 Trek to Chhepka 2840m- 6 hours.
Day 5 Trek to Amchi Hospital 3110m -6 hours
Day 6 Trek to Amchi Hospital 3110m -6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3640m – 4 hours.
Day 8 Rest and Acclimatization day.
Day 9 Trek to Phoksundo Lake North Camp 3630m – 4 hours.
Day 10 Trek to Forest Camp After sight walking to the east bank 3800m -3 hours
Day 11 Trek to High Camp 4650m – 6 hours.
Day 12 Trek to Shey Gompa 4400m 6 to 7 hours
Day 13 Exploration day at Shey Gompa
Day 13 -16 Excursion day around Shey Gompa
Day 17 Cross Sela 5060m trek to Namgung 4430m
Day 18 Trek to Doro Sumda 3770m.
Day 19 Trek Simen Village crossing Musi La 5030m via Chanpola Goth
Day 20 Trek to Maite village
Day 21 – 24 Trek to Tibet Border and back to Mite village
Day 25 Trek to Tinje Village 4180m – 7 Hours
Day 26 Trek to Rapka 4550m 6-7 hours
Day 27-28 Excursion day around Rapka area
Day 29 Trek to Chharka 4300m Crossing Chharka La 5015m – 7 hours.
Day 30Chharka To Tulsi Khola – Trek to Norbulung 4750m or Mulum Sumna 4987m
Day 31 – 35 Excursion around Mulumsumna
Day 36 Trek to Ghalden 4247m Crossing Niwas La Pass 5120m, Jungben La Pass 5550m and Sangda Bhajyang 5130m 6 hours
Day 37 Trek to Sangta Village 3777m 5 hours
Day 38 Trek to Kagbeni or Phalek 2810m 7 hours
Day 39 Trek to Jomsom 2670m 2-3 hours
Day 40 Fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu
Day 41 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 42 Fly back to home

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits, National Park fee, ACAP permit

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee