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Lower Dolpo Trek Via Kagmara Pass

Join one of the certified guides from the GuideSource team on this extended adventure trek in the Lower Dolpo region of Nepal!

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration20 days
Offer periodSep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

The Dolpo Region in Nepal is a relatively unexplored area. This is because it was only opened for tourism in the 90’s. In fact, Dolpa is also called “Ba Yul” which means hidden valley. Consequently, because it is such a remote region, it has a mysterious and unique landscape well worth exploring. Also, because it is such a remote region, this exploration takes time. On our 20-day Lower Dolpo Trek via Kagmara Pass, we take you through this stunning territory where you have a chance to get both a feel of the land and of the beautiful Nepalese culture. 

Our trip through the Lower Dolpo region begins with an airport pickup at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Once there, we will give you a short trip briefing and you will have some time off until. The next day, we will have a chance to tour some of the famous landmarks and temples of this stunning city. The following morning, we will fly to Nepalgunj near India. From there, we will fly to Jumla where our actual trekking will begin. Because it is a long journey, you need to be physically fit, but all in all, this is an intermediate level tour and we will also have plenty of time to rest at hotels and campsites, so bare that in mind. Also, we are well regarded for our logistics, so you can kick back and relax regarding arrangements. 

So, what are some of the sites you will see on this trip to the Lower Dolpo region? Expect a lot of nature such as waterfalls and stunning mountain peaks, forests, wild flowers and animals. Also, we will stop by temples and pass by typical Nepalese towns and fields.

Ready to go deep into the heart of the mysterious Lower Delpo? Then make sure to book your place now on this 20 day tour. You will have the adventure of a lifetime!

Looking for a shorter and easier excursion in the Nepal region? Then sign up for our 12-day Langtang Valley Trek!

Accommodation

Hotels and camping sites

Meeting point

Kathmandu


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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

After being picked up in the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by one of our representatives, they will transfer you to the hotel. Once there, you will get a short briefing of your trip and have the rest of the day off. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

On the second day of the tour, we will visit some of the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. These include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous Swayambhu Nath ‘Monkey Temple’ , and the Bouddha Nath Buddhist shrine. You can also make last minute purchases of personal items and prepare for the next day. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj

In order to get to Dolpa, we will  fly to Nepalgunj first. Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal. It is close to the Indian border and culturally resembles India more than Nepal. Once there, you can take a rickshaw for a ride in the town, and stop by the bazaar where you can see horse carts full of colorful people going to or coming from the Indian border. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4: Nepalgunj - Jumla

After an early rise, a morning plane will take us to the town of Jumla, which lies on the banks of the Tila Khola river. Jumla is one of the highest rice-growing areas of the world, where the unique ‘red’-rice is grown.

Overnight at Camping.

Day 5: Trek Jumla - Gothi Chaur

We will start our trek from Jumla on a trail that leads past several water-driven mills before dropping to the confluence of the Tila Khola and the Chaudhabise Khola. From there, we will climb gently alongside rice terraces to the village of Dochal Ghara at 2530 meters. Then, we will follow a trail through a forest of maples and walnuts until we reach a meadow. In season, the wildflowers that grow in this meadow include cinquefoils, terrestrial orchids, forget-me-nots, mints, buttercups, primulas, edelweiss and gentians. Beyond the meadow, the trail will take us up to a rocky cairn at Pattyata Lagna (2830m), and then we will descend into a magnificent alpine amphitheatre towards Gothi Chaur close to the stream at the bottom of the valley. At the spring we will arrive to there are some 13th century Malla dynasty stone carvings. Overnight at Camping.

Day 6: Trek Gothi Chaur - Naphukana

After ascending through fields of barley and buckwheat we will arrive at the trail junction at Muni Sangu, a small settlement where we can see peculiar carved wooden faces, called dok-pa that are supposed to offer protection from evil spirits. As we keep on, we will stay on the southern side of the river as the valley slowly becomes narrower. We will continue going onwards to Changrikot (a series of houses built into the hillside on the opposite side of the river at 2900m). Then, we will finally cross the river and climb towards the grey stone houses of Chotra (3010m). The village has typical mani walls which are carved stone walls with Tibetan Buddhist prayers, and a kani which is an arch, decorated with paintings on the inside. A short distance from this stop is the Tibetan settlement of Naphukana where we will set camp.  Overnight at Camping.

Day 7: Trek Naphukana - Chaurikot

As we kick off on day 7, the trail will become steeper and climb through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna (3820m). From the pass there are views of snowy peaks to the north and east. From there, we will begin descending and traverse a steep slope before dropping into a forest of pine and oaks. We will then enter the Bheri Valley and after following the trail in and out of side valleys, we will arrive to the village of Chaurikot. Overnight at Camping.

Day 8: Trek Chaurikot - Bheri River

Continuing on to the village of Balasa we can see the Kagmara peak on the horizon. The trail drops to a stream before climbing through a forest of walnut trees to a ridge. Passing through the apple orchards of Jyakot, we will then descend to the village of Rimi before following a rocky trail down to the Bheri River. Overnight at Camping.

Day 9: Trek Bheri River - Garpung Khola

On our 9th tour day we will stay on the west bank of the Bheri River, passing Hurikot until we arrive at the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We will then arrive at the confluence of the Garpung and Jagdula Rivers, which joins the Bheri River. Overnight at Camping.

Day 10: Trek Garpung Khola - Kagmara

The next day, we will continue to follow the Garpung Khola, ascending slowly towards the Kagmara La. Although it is a short trek, it is very good for acclimatization that we don’t ascend too quickly. Overnight at Camping.

Day 11: Trek Kagmara - Kagmara Phedi

A beautiful trekking day in which we will cross to the eastern side of the river, where the valley narrows and the river becomes a series of waterfalls. Overnight at Camping.

Day 12: Trek Kagmara Phedi - Pungmo Khola

After an early start,  we will ascend alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La (5115m). This is a good place to spot the rare blue sheep. After a 900m descent, we will reach the pastures of the Pungmo Khola Valley. Overnight at Camping.

Day 13: Trek Pungmo Khola - Pungmo Village

Our trail will take us through birch and juniper forests which soon give way to blue pine. Up the side valleys, we can catch views of Kanjirolba peak before we reach the fortress-like village of Pungmo, set amidst barley fields. Overnight at Camping.

Day 14: Trek Pungmo Village - Phoksundo Lake

After climbing through through a forest of large cedars to the winter settlement of Palam, we will continue ascending through the open country to a ridge from which there are good views of the lake in the distance. Close by is the highest waterfall in Nepal. After crossing a bridge below Ringmo, we will continue northwards to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Camping.

Day 15: Trek Phoksundo Lake - Chhepka

On day 15 we will start by trekking back to Ringmo village and continuing past Palam to the Suli Gaad valley, following the stream originating from the Phoksumdo Lake. After a descent of almost 900 meters we will arrive in the small village of Renje, which consists of 9 houses on the side of the river. From there we will continue trekking to Chhepka. After a long day, we will arrive to our campsite. Overnight at Camping.

Day 16: Trek Chhepka - Dunai

On our way to Dunay,  we will pass through the villages of Ankhe, Rahagaon and Parela, meaning ‘eye’ ‘eyebrow’ and ‘eyelash’ respectively. We keep walking downstream following the river until we reach our destination. Overnight at Camping

Day 17: Trek Dunai - Juphal

Juphal is  famous for its lotus-like plant called chuk, which is used to make vinegar and medicines. On our way there, we will pass through the villages of Ankhe, Rahagaon and Parela, meaning ‘eye’, ‘eyebrow’ and ‘eyelash’ respectively. We will keep walking downstream and then ascend to Juphal through wide meadows. In Juphal we will spend the night in one of its hotels where a well deserved hot shower will await us. Overnight at Camping or Lodge.

Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalganj

Early morning flight to Nepalganj.
This is a wonderful 35-minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. You will then connect with the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 19: Kathmandu

After a fun packed journey you will have a full day at leisure on your own. Otherwise,  if you wish to extend your trip with us for an additional fee, we can organize to explore the Thamel for one last day shopping and evening farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel /B.

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu

GuideSource will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight.


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