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Upper Dolpo Rara Trek - 27 Days

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Upper Dolpo Rara lake trek takes you to the mid-western Dhaulagiri region of Nepal. The trek goes through to the rugged and remote Dolpo in Mugu district. The trekking covers journey through the green forest, craggy rocks, high passes, and tricky trails. You will also find passes through the area of the remote village towards the heavenly Rara Lake. Which is also the biggest lake in Nepal, the area is enclosed inside Rara National park. Which is a very small park only 106 square kilometers. Upper Dolpo is a restricted area so trekkers will require a special trekking permit to visit this place. Upper Dolpo Rara lake trek is also considered as a Great Himalayan trek in Nepal.

This region has a wide array of sights to behold from spectacular landscapes. Such as meadows, yak and mules caravans and Bon culture of people in the Dolpo region. The Rara national park and Shey Phoksundo Park is home to different species of wild animals of the Himalayan region mainly the snow leopards, different birds, flowers and plants. You will be able to come in contact with Shey gompa which is a 12th-century monastery in Dolpo with backdrops of mountains enclosed around its perimeter.

This place is truly nature’s delight and it is rich in minerals. You can see both Phoksundo and Rara lakes in this trek. You will be crossing high passes Nyingma Gyanzen La (5563 m), the Yala La (5414 m) and the Chyargo La (5150 m) and walk through Karnali river banks in Mugu and climbing up to Rara Lake. The best seasons are the months of March, April, May and in September, October and November.

Overview

Journey through green forest, craggy rocks, high passes and tricky trails

Biggest lake in Nepal

Wide array of sights to behold from spectacular landscapes, meadows, yak and mules caravans and Bon culture of people in Dolpo region

Home to different species of wild animals of Himalayan region mainly the snow leopards, different birds, flowers and plants

Shey gompa, 12th century monastery with backdrops of mountains enclosed around its perimeter

Crossing high passes Nyingma Gyanzen La (5563 m), the Yala La (5414 m) and the Chyargo La (5150 m) and walk through Karnali river banks

Day 2
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Kathmandu the Capital city of Nepal. You will be received at the Kathmandu airport by our representative and drive you back to the hotel. We will make trek preparations during rest of the day. Overnight at Kathmandu in a hotel.

Day 3
Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel

Today we catch a morning flight to Nepalgunj.We will check in at a hotel. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Day 4
Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai (2400m/7874ft.) 2.30 hrs

Today we take a 45 minutes flight to Juphal and continue trek to Dunai . Overnight in Dunai at Tented camp.

Day 5
Trek to Chhapka (2840m/9317ft.) 6 hours

Today we begin the trek descending down to cross the bridge over Bheri River and sticking to the northern bank of the river we come to Sulighat. Then we head north to reach Shey Phoksundo National Park Check Post. Now we gradually climb up the rocky trail and making way through series of hemp tree we arrive to Kageni. Further the trekking continues through beautiful tropical forest and savoring the views of fluttering prayer flags, flora and fauna, cascading waterfalls and lush vegetation we arrive to the village of Shyanta. After a close one hour uphill trek along the narrow trail brings us to Chhapka. Overnight at Chhapka in a lodge.

Day 6
Chhapka to Chunuwar (3110m/10203ft.) 4 hours

Today we trek towards Chunuwar. The trail leads you beside Phoksundo Khola- the trail of famous Lower Dolpo Circuit. The trek crosses the bridge over Phoksundo Khola twice. The trail goes high above Phoksundo Khola to Rechi and then hiking along the river side trail to Sulligad Dovan where we cross the bridge over the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Yulung Khola and arrive to Chunuwar. Overnight at Chunuwar.

Day 7
Chunuwar to Phoksundo (3600m/11811ft.) 5 hours

From Chunuwar the trail leads us towards Phoksundo Lake. The trail goes uphill on ridge nearing the top of the ridge you will have a nice view of Phoksundo waterfall. From the top of the ridge the trail slightly descends and takes to the enchanting blue coloured lake Phoksundo. Overnight at Phoksundo.

Day 8
Phoksundo -Rest Day

Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which looks like a typical Tibetan village that has beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas ) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these.

Day 9
Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3750m/12303ft.) 3 hours

Today’s trek is probably one of the best trekking days of Dolpo Trek. It climbs along the narrow trail cut on a cliff standing vertically straight above Phoksundo Lake. This treacherously fascinating trail brings us to another side of Phoksundo Lake to the Phoksundo Khola camp along the beautiful forests. Overnight at Sallaghari in a camp.

Day 10
Sallaghari to Nangdala High Camp (4717m/15475ft.) 3 hours

Today’s we trek for almost three hours to reach Nangdala High Camp 4717m. The trail switches to opposite side of the river several times. Soon we arrive to a place where the rapids of the river are calmer. We cross the bridge after thirty minutes we come across the wide valley followed by two hours of walk along the canyon brings us the potential campsite. A walk for a while further reaches to the massive rock slab, which is Nangdala High Camp. Overnight at Nangdala high camp.

Day 11
Nangdala High Camp to Shey Gompa (4343m/14248ft.) via Nangdala Pass (5350m/17552ft.)7-8 hrs.

Today we trek to the Shey Gompa and the nearby ‘Crystal Mountain’, the most sacred peak in Dolpo .We will cross Nangdala pass to reach village of Dolpo. Overnight at camp in Dolpo.

Day 12
Shey Gompa to Tata. (3920m/12861ft.) 7 hours

Today we go through easy trail with some up and down. We arrive at Tata for overnight stay.

Day 13
Tata to Bhijer via Shyamling Gompa (3850m/12631ft.) 2 hrs.

Today our trek goes through the oldest Bon monastery “Shyamling”. Tantrik lamas famous for tantric knowledge. We can observe the monastery. Overnight at Gompa.

Day 14
Shyamling gompa to Bhijer - Rest day.

The people of this village have good knowledge about how to protect their domestic animals from wild animals. Overnight at Bhijer.

Day 15
Bhijer to BanPho Village(4087m/13408ft.) 8-9 hrs.

In Pho village the most important monastery of Bon religion is found. This village was discovered by the government very lately due to its remoteness. Overnight at Pho village.

Day 16
Pho village to Ghyalungkhor ( 5563m/18251ft.) 3-4 hours

Today the trek is challenging as most of the trail goes ascending up to the Nyingma Gyanzen La (5563m) then the trail descends to Ghyalungkhor. Overnight at Ghyalungkhor.

Day 17
Ghyalungkhor to Pung Kharka (4650m/15255ft.)

Today the trek will be easier than the previous day we move towards Pung Kharka which is also a territory of wild animal. Overnight at Pung Kharka.

Day 18
Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola (4830m/15846ft.) 6 hours

Making our way from Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola. We may see musk deer and Himalayan thar, where we rest at camp at night. Overnight at Chyandi khola.

Day 19
Chyandi Khola to Takla Khola (3785m/12417ft.) 7 hours

Today we trek to Takla Khola from Chyandi Khola. Overnight at lodge near Takla khola.

Day 20
Takla Khola to Thajachaur (4050m/13287ft.) 7 hours

Today we traverse through the Gargola (5150m) Pass. We pass through snowy high ground and some difficult rocky ground. We camped for the night at Thajachaur.

Day 21
Thajachaur to Shilenchaur (2945m/9662ft.) 6 hours

Today we go to Shilenchaur from Thajachaur. Overnight at Shilenchaur

Day 22
Shilenchaur to Pulu (2667m/8750ft.) 5 hours

Today we will trek from Shilenchaur to Pulu. Overnight at Pulu.

Day 23
Pulu to Lumsha Village (2403m/7883ft.)6 hours

Today we take trek from Pulu to Lumsha village. Overnight at Lumsha village.

Day 24
Lumsha to Rara (7 hours)

Today we trek from Lumsha to Rara Lake, which is the biggest lake of Nepal.Overnight at lodge near lake.

Day 25
Rara Rest Day

Rara lake (3062m) is the focal point of Rara Lake National Park .It is ringed with juniper forests and snow capped Mountain peaks. We will spend the day and stay overnight at lodge near Rara lake.

Day 26
Rara Lake to Rara Talcha Airport/ 3hrs and Nepalgunj flight

Today we leave Rara Lake and trek to Talcha airport from the route of Gam Ghadi and we take a flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 27
Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight

From Nepalgunj we catch another flight and arrive in Kathmandu. You have a free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 28
Final Departure

Our representative will drive you to the airport for your return flight. Hope you enjoyed the Dolpo and Rara lake long trek in Nepal with us.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Airport drop
  • Hotel accommodation of Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj both way domestic airfare
  • Hotel accommodation of Nepalgunj and foods
  • Nepalganj to Juphal Dunai domestic air fare
  • Rara Talcha to Nepalgunj Domestic air fare
  • Lower Dolpo special permit fee
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park fee
  • Rara National park fee
  • Good English speaking guide and helper guide
  • An Experience Cook and Kitchen helper
  • All necessary camping gears and food for clients
  • Necessary porters or Mule for transport foods and gears
  • Necessary equipment, medical kids and insurance for staff team
  • Taxes and service fee

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International flight ticket
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Clients travel insurance (It is good to do for your better holiday)
  • Lunch and Dinner during your Kathmandu stay
  • Bar bills and personal expenses during trek
  • Tipping to your crew, staff and porters or Mule owner
  • Rescue Helicopter if necessary or Helicopter charter flight if necessary
  • Trip Cost
  • From US per person

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Upper Dolpo Rara Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Flight/ Bus/ Jeep
  • 2 - 10
  • 4100m.
  • 27 Days/ 26 Nights
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