Dolpo : Tarap Valley and the Phogsumdo Lake
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu and welcome by your guide. Transfer to your hotel and evening at leisure. Depending on your arrival time, your guide can introduce you to the old streets of Kathmandu where you an enjoy first glimpses of authentic Nepalese life.
Meals not included
Day 2 Domestic flight to Nepalganj
Domestic flight: Kathmandu - Nepalganj (about 50 minutes flight). Free time to relax upon arrival in Nepalganj.
Day 3 Flight to Juphal - Trek to Dunaï (2090 m)
Morning flight, about 35 minutes to Juphal (2,440 m). Here our trek begins; we walk to Dunaï (2,090 m) the main town of the Dolpo district. Juphal is a different universe to the bustling streets we left behind. At the end of October, dolpopas dry red peppers on the roof terraces. Our path goes down to the river Bheri; we cross fields of buckwheat, barley, millet and corn.
Domestic flight: Nepalganj – Dunaï (35 minutes)
Walking: 3 hours
Day 4 Dunaï - Tarakot (2500 m)
Today we cross the river Barbung Chhu (Bheri) and many small villages of the valley. After lunch, we have magnificent views of Puth Himal (7246m) and Dogari (6536m), little known peaks which are part of the stunning Dhaulagiri massif.
Walking : 6 hours
Day 5 Tarakot - Laini (3135 m)
This morning, we climb gradually along fields of corn, buckwheat and amarathus (until mid-October). We stop for lunch at Lapsicape where the rivers Tarap chu and Barbung chu mix; today we cross the longest suspension bridge in the valley. After lunch, a short steep section of the path crosses a forest of juniper trees, pines, fir trees, birch…
Accommodation: Wild camping, near a stream
Walking: 6 to 7 hours
Day 6 Laini - Odar (3500 m)
This morning, our trek begins with a steep climb - about 500 m. Then, our dizzying path alternates between short uphill and downhill sections as we progress through this rugged isolated universe.
Accommodation: Camping, near a river
Walking: 5 hours
Day 7 Odar - Dho (Tarap) (4040 m).
Until Lang, first our path is bumpy and then relatively flat. We meet nomads and their flocks along the way (until mid-October).
Accommodation: Camping, near a Tibetan village
Walking: 7 hours
Day 8 Rest and Discovery Day in the Tarap Valley
A restday and a chance visit to the valley of Tarap. Stroll through small Tibetan monasteries (there are no longer monks in these monasteries) and typical Tibetan houses. Visit Buddhist monasteries and bonpos. To perfect our acclimatization, we climb up to 4400 m. We spend the night at the same camp as last night, near to a small Tibetan village.
Accommodation: Same camp
Walking: 2 hours
Day 9 Dho - Numa The Phedi (4410 m).
After a morning at leisure in Dho, we set off at the foot of the Numla Pass - which we cross tomorrow.
Accommodation: Camp (tent)
Walking: 3 to 4 hours
Day 10 Numa la Phedi - Numa La (5190 m) - Baga la Phedi (4465 m)
We climb steadily upwards to the Numla Pass at 5185 m. From here, it is like we are on top of the world and we can see the entire Himalayan range: Daulagiri I: 8167 m, Churen Himal: 7310 m, Tukuche Peak: 6920 m, Annapurna Massif, Damodar, Kanjiroba: 6612 m, Kang Chune, Guras Himal, Norbu Kang: 6140 m and the Tibetan plateau to the north. After the pass, it is a steep descent, sometimes across scree, to the torrent. After a small gradual climb and a flat section we arrive at tonights camping spot with beautiful views of Norbu Kang.
Walking: 8 hours
Day 11 Bagala Phedi - Baga la (5170 m) - Yak Kharka (3907 m).
Today we cross the Baga La pass at 5170 m and are immersed in a beautiful mineral landscape. The end of our descent is steep.
Walking: 6 hours 30 minutes
Day 12 Yak Kharka - Phogsumdo Lake (Ringmo 3700 m)
Our arrival at Lake Phogsumdo (3800 m) and the village of Ringmo (3600 m) presents us with what is undoubtedly one of the most stunning Himalayan panoramic views. Beautiful pine forests, fir and birches surround the stunning turquoise lake.
Walking: 4 hours
Day 13 Phogsumdo Lake (3800m)
Enjoy a day trip around this breath-taking lake and visit the Bönpo monastery of Ringmo - a truly beautiful setting.
Accommodation: Same Camp (tent)
Day 14 Phogsumdo - Chhepka (2620 m).
After passing an impressive waterfall - more than 300 m high (!) - a radical change of scenery awaits. Our path plunges into the gorges and forest and we find ourselves surrounded by lush greenary. A long but pleasant day of hiking.
Elevation: + 570m/-1470m
Walking: 7 to 8 hours
Day 15 Chhepka - Juphal (2440 m).
Todays gentle walk follows the river, it is sometimes hilly. We cross a timeless village whose inhabitants appear to have jumped straight out of a wonderful fairytale. We climb up to the beautiful village of Juphal where the terraces are connected by ladders carved in rough trunks.
Elevation: +400/-700 m
Walking: 6 hours
Day 16 Flights: Juphal - Nepal - Kathmandu
Domestic flight to Nepalgang then onward flight to Kathmandu.
Meals not included
Day 17 Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu. Option to fly over Mt. Everest, possibility to visit Bodnath, Pashupatipnath ... Today is also a security day to account for imponderables like climatic hazards.
Meals not included
Day 18 End of stay
End of stay
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
No departure for now
Trip code: NEPDOL-EN
- All in-country transfers as detailed in itinerary
- 3 * hotel and B&B accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Hotel accommodation in Nepalganj
- Trek includes full-board in lodgement in tents
- Domestic flights Kathmandu-Nepalganj-Juphal-Nepalganj-Kathmandu
- An English-speaking Altaï Guide
- Luggage transfers: up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: Dolpo Special Permit
- Staff Insurance
- Entrance to historical sites & monuments
- Meals in Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley
- A Nepalese visa: US $ 30
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not 'included'
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- A notebook or travel journal
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
- You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.