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22-day trek in Sherpa country and the Dolpo massif, Nepal

Explore the mysterious mountain massif of Dolpo with IFMGA-certified guide Jean-Marc along with the dramatic Nepalese scenery.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration22 days
Offer periodSep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Take part in an exceptional hike on unspoiled trails.

  • Traverse Sherpa villages and get to know local customs and culture.

  • Experience a fantastic Himalayan adventure without great technical difficulty.

Description

Join me on a memorable 22-day trek to Nepal and witness the mixture of dramatic wilderness and centuries-old Buddhist tradition.

We will visit Sherpa country and tour the sparse Dolpo massif, one of the wildest regions in Nepal. The scenery is magnificent and is home to dolpopas, masters of Buddhism.

The deeply-rooted Buddhist culture and traditions flow through the remote region of western Nepal and roll over the mountains. It has long been forbidden for foreigners to enter the territory, which has limited any outside influences.

We will pass deep vertical gorges that lead to the villages of Tarap. Here the locals live in the harsh, wild environment, whose rituals and festivals are tuned to the rhythm of the seasons.

The defining features of the landscape include the Phoksundo Lake. The fresh alpine water lies at an elevation of 3,611 meters above sea level. The lake is surrounded by beautiful blue pines, and neighbours the Kanjiroba massif that stretches to 6,883 meters.

The flat-roofed buildings and Buddhist shrines (chortens) rest in the mountainside as the caravans slowly pass-by between Nepal and Tibet. Between the end of May to the end of November our trails are traversed with these caravans of yaks crisscrossing the snow-covered range to trade Tibetan rock salt with Nepalese flour and spices.

The 22-day trek is perfect for people who want to experience the wonders of the Himalayas without any great technical difficulty. However, participants need to have a high level of fitness. It is recommended that, prior to the tour, you have been training for 5-7 hours of steady walking with a vertical accent of 1,000 meters.

Reserve your place now for a unique 22-day Himalayan adventure. Get to know the Buddhist Sherpa community while you trek through the wilder regions of Nepal.

Accommodation

In Katmandu, accommodation is in a comfortable 4-star hotel in a double room. In Nepalganj, accommodation is in a typical but comfortable Nepali hotel. During the trek the accommodation is in tents.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Katmandu

Flight from Paris in the late afternoon to Katmandu with Gulf Air.  Stopover and a night in Bahrain.

Day 2: To the hotel

Flight in the morning for Katmandu.  Arrive in Katmandu at the beginning of the afternoon.  Transfer to the hotel, Manaslu, in the town centre.

Day 3: Flight for Nepalganj

Flight for Nepalganj, weather permitting.  Night in a hotel in Nepalganj.

Day 4: Start of the trek

Flight for Juphal, the start of the trek.  Short walk of 2 hours to Dunaî.  One night in the camp at Dunaî.

Day 5: Valley of the Barbung Khola

Trek along the valley of the Barbung Khola. Camp below the village of Tarakot (2,590m).

Day 6: Visit Tarakot

Visit Tarakot, an ancient fortress and caravan town, perched above Barbung Khola.  Walk to the confluence of Barbund Khola and
Tarap Chu. Rest at Wool Camp (3,300m).

Day 7: Hike to Tarap Chu

Hike to Tarap Chu along a difficult path, with steep cliffs: picturesque gorges and cliff caves. Camp at Maure Odar (3,700m).

Day 8: Trek in the gorges

Last trek day in the gorges to reach the valley of Tarap (4,050m). Camp at Dho Tarap.

Day 9: Cultural immersion

Day of rest and acclimatization. Visit the Valley of Excellent Horses in Tarap.  Tok Kyu joins the hamlets built on both sides of the Tarap Chu. Buddhist temples, sanctuaries, bônpos, chôrtens and prayer walls mark the two valleys. Visit the Bonpo Monastery Ship Chhok.

Day 10: Foot of the Numa Pass

Climb to the foot of the Numa Pass. Camp near Shering Gompas at (4,500m).

Day 11: Cross the Numa Pass

Cross the Numa at 5,310 metres. Fantastic views of Tarap and Tibet. Camp at the foot of the Basia (4,600m).

Day 12: Descend the valley of the Sali Gad

Cross the Basia at 5,170 metres and descend into the valley of the Sali Gad, frequented by caravans. The waters of Lake Phoksumdo rest between red and ocher mountains. Camp of Yak Kharka (3,700m).

Day 13: Visit the village of Rigmo

Hidden behind a hillock, the village of Rigmo is detached from a forest of pines and junipers. Visit the monastery and the area around Phoksumdo Lake.

Day 14: Explore Phoksumdo Lake

Day of rest and exploration of the area around Phoksumdo Lake. The area is considered one of the most beautiful in the world; villages, lake with turquoise waters, Buddhist temples.

Day 15: Pass Palmo

Descending from Sali Gad, we pass to Palmo, the winter village of Rigmo.

Day 16: Cross the Mugars village

A pleasant valley with fields of barley and mustard. Cross the Mugars village and arrive at Dunai (2,150m).

Day 17: Final trekking day

Last day of trek. Ascend from Dunai to Juphal (2,550m).

Day 18: Fly to Katmandu

Flight from Juphal to Katmandu via Nepalgunj.

Day 19 to 22: Safety net days

These days will be used to visit Kathmandu and its surroundings. We will stay in the heart of Katmandu during these 3 nights at the Hotel Manaslu.


About the guide

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UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide

- The passion of virgin areas -
Climbing, mountaineering, trekking, off-piste skiing, ski touring, heliskiing, I have used all the resources available in the mountain to explore the Alps in France, Italy, Switzerland, and also Nepal, Peru and Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Alaska, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Turkey, Norway, Greenland and Spitsbergen…
Currently, with the enthusiasm of being a guide, I traverse the world’s mountains and I share my passion with those whom I call “clients” but after many years of common adventures have become my friends.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 4588 each

Group of 2

EUR 4588 each

Group of 3

EUR 4588 each

Group of 4

EUR 4588 each

Group of 5

EUR 4588 each

Group of 6

EUR 4588 each

Group of 7

EUR 4588 each

Group of 8

EUR 4588 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

Price details

• This price is for a group trip of between 6-12 people. The flight from your departure place to Katmandu is not included.


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