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Dolpo Trek... Exploring the remote valleys of far Western Nepal

The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal, Dolpo preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan Culture. Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast and cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year, Dolpo is close to Tibet, where people emigrated from perhaps 1,000 years ago.

Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. The finally preserved Eco–system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten.

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Dolpo Trek - Itinerary   Far different from others...
Day 01
: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel.
(See the Hotels we use).
Day 02
: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.
               Join us for the welcome dinner at evening. Hotel Overnight.

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj (Mid Western Region Town).
               Free to explore (if you wish). Hotel Overnight.

Day 04
: Flight: Nepalgunj - Juphal. Camp

Day 05: Trek to Sahartara. Camp
Day 06: Trek to Khanigaon. Camp
Day 07: Trek to Lahini. Camp
Day 08: Trek to Kmat Tarka. Camp
Day 09: Trek to Tarap. Camp
Day 10: Trek to Dho. Camp
Day 11: Rest day at Dho. Camp
Day 12: Trek to Numla. Camp
Day 13: Trek to Numla Bhanjyang. Camp
Day 14: Trek to Bagla. Camp
Day 15: Trek to Ringmo. Camp
Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo. Camp
Day 17: Trek to Sepka. Camp
Day 18: Trek to Rohangaon. Camp
Day 19: Trek to Dunai. Camp
Day 20: Trek to Juphal. Camp
Day 21: Flight: Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.
Day 22
: Free day to explore, and enjoy Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.
Day 23: Final Departure.

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Moderately Difficult

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  Trip Profile / Plans

Trip Duration: 23 Days
Kathmandu Hotel: 04 Nights
Nepalgunj Hotel: 01 Night
                Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
                Nepalgunj - Juphal
                Juphal - Nepalgunj
                Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Total Trekking: 17 Days
Type: Camping
Max Elevation:  m
Trip Costs: USD 10** to 19**
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Upper Dolpo - Far beyond of one's expectation

Upper Dolpo sherlters around 5,000 people, whose lives revolve around Buddhism, barley, and yaks; their villages (over 4,260 m) are among the highest settlements on earth. A large portion of the region is set aside by Shey Phoksundo National Park established to secure ecosystem of Trans Himalaya. This includes animals such as blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves, and the elusive snow-leopard. The Park conserves the lake, Shey Phoksundo, and the redeeming feature of the trek would be the lake itself, considered one of the most beautiful. 

Highlights :   Trekking to the most amazing desert like landscapes
 Remote and Isolated Valleys bring unforgettable experience
 See the place where time seems to have stopped for centuries
 Seeing the people and settlement, among highest in the world
Normal Weather Conditions :   Dry, coldness and very often the winds
Accommodation :   Give priority to Camping / Local Lodges not found everywhere
Medical / Emergency Facilities :   Better to carry own First - Aid Kit while trekking. 
Communication Facilities :   Poor
Rescue Operations :   Helicopter Flights from Nepalgunj (Normally within 02 hrs)
Guidebook(s) :   Trekking in Nepal Himalaya - Lonely Planet
Season(s) :   Spring: March - June / Autumn: September - November
Warning !   The are around Dolpo is considered as one of the stronghold of Maoist Rebels, who have continued fighting for 8 years. Though the tourists are never targeted directly, it is advised to be careful. Particularly there are news that the Maoists demand 'donation' from trekkers. See more

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Everest Trek in justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain (8,850m) but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries.The story of the yeti is still a mystery in the world from the Khumbu region. So, must be why it has been selected among world's 20 Journeys of Lifetime by The Observer, UK (11, January 2004).

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ICE COL TREKKING... Crossing 3 High Passes 

A truly adventurous expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas, with full logistic support. This is a journey that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, a challenge. 
Our route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited region of Nepal & crosses 3 high mountain passes. Only on the final section does it meet the popular southern approach to Everest Base Camp at Chhukung. The rare views, some of which will be ours alone, are quite the most breathtaking in the whole Himalayan range; sublime vistas in which are amplified the power of 3 of the world's 5 highest mountains- Makalu, Kanchenjunga & Everest. 

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