Witness the truest and most breathtaking faces of nature while trekking through an amazing and mesmeric track that leads to the epitome of exhilaration with Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Nepal ABC Trek welcomes you to fall in love with the snow-laden peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna II (7937), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7552m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) which are the key attractions of this trek. The journey commences from Nayapul which can be reached in about 2 hours from Pokhara. From Nayapul reach Tikhedhunga and travel to Ghorepani the next day. Reach Tadapani the following day after a quick trip to Poon Hill to enjoy the dazzling vistas of the Himalayan peaks at sunrise. Travel to Chhomrung to Dovan to Deurali and advance to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The massive Himalayan peaks on all sides will definitely be a sight to behold. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp the day after and travel back to Chhomrung via Dovan. From Chhomrung trek to Ghandruk and then finally, back to Pokhara which will mark the end of a fascinating journey in the ever so alluring, Himalayas. Highlights of the Annapurna trekking tour: Enjoy fascinating views of some of the world’s highest peaks – Dhaualagiri (seventh) and Annapurna I (tenth highest) and glaciers. Give a visit to small villages along the trail to get acquainted with the local village culture of Nepal. Soak the warmth of the Sun from Poon Hill while having a glimpse of the scintillating scarlet falling down and reflecting from the snow-laden mountains. Relish the heart-winning view of the Himalayan flora with Annapurna trekking. What makes the trekking journey an amazing one are the teahouses and smaller lodges present on the path giving a stunning view of the Himalayan valleys. Overnight stay after trekking to Annapurna base camp. Traditional culinary experience of Nepal with Dahl Bhat and of course, homemade apple pie. Read More
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In the fabled land of Peter Matthiessen’s ‘Snow Leopard’, behind the Dhaulagiri massif and towards the deep ends of the Tibetan plateau, lies Dolpo. The Shey-Phoksundo National Park of Dolpo is the largest of the trans-Himalayan national parks in India and Nepal. The region is cut off from the rest of Nepal with its high passes clogged with heavy snow most times of the year. Lack of express connectivity has somewhat fossilized this place with its distinctive people and cultures. Cultivation and trade in these parts of Nepal are curious and remindful of an ancient order. The people of Dolpo are of the ancient Tibetan stock who follow an extremely spiritual path in their day to day lives. Bon - the religion of the indigenous Dolpo people is an accepted branch among the fifty schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dolpo excursion sufficiently offers an exposure to the many aspects of indigenous life in these faraway corners of the earth, living and traveling with the ‘Dolpa-pas’ or the people of Dolpo. The region is geologically akin to the sedimentary Tibetan-Tethys zone, with a distinctive moonland-like texture. Dolpo is climatically semi-arid, owing to reported annual precipitation below 500 millimeters. In the rainshadow area of the mighty Dhaulagiri Mountains, agriculture is sparse, though possible in the valleys of Dolpo. In the recent times, Dolpo has been discovered to be the endemic plantation land for ‘Yarsagumba’- a medicinal herb known for miraculous healing effects. This high-value medicinal plant is inviting a gold rush in Dolpo during its harvesting season vacating several villages as entire village communities go in its search. However, the best-known endemic treasure of Dolpo is of course the very elusive and extremely enigmatic of all Himalayan beasts, the Snow Leopard. Established in 1984, the national park of Shey-Phoksundo is home to these stunning Himalayan big cats and the venue of a number of snow-leopard hikes being conducted round the year. Highlights of Dolpo Excursion Tracing the footprints of the elusive snow leopard up the jagged mountain cliffs in Dolpo. The beautiful monasteries of Shey and Shyamling standing against the vast moonland-like barren mountains at the horizon. Nature at its most unusual, untouched, and pristine form in these unexplored corners of the earth where tourism is still catching up. Varieties of rare flora and fauna are found in the wilderness of Dolpo, snow leopard, the blue sheep or bharal, rare herbs of miraculous healing potential, and many other exotics. Eco-traveling and living amidst the mountain people o Dolpo and experiencing the unique life of the indigenous community. Read More
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Airport transfer included
Dolpo Trekking in Nepal
One of the last remnants of ancient Tibetan culture, a place where pre-Buddhist and Bon-Po religions are still in practice, the Dolpo region holds a mysterious pull for travelers. Of rugged and unspoiled natural enigma, the area designated for trekking in Dolpo lies beyond the Himalayan valleys across western Nepal. The massive Dhaulagiri massif looms upon the Dolpo province which remains cut off from civilization with the snow overcome high passes of the region. Time seems to have stood still at this furthest corner of Nepal where the ancient Tibetans still continue their centuries-old practices of cultivation and trade. The area constitutes a protected ecosystem with flourishing varieties of flora and fauna. Blue sheep and the elusive snow leopards are parcels of the great enigma that Upper Dolpo trek holds for trekkers. Eric Valli’s Oscar nominated cinematic essay set in Dolpo and Peter Matthiessen's book Snow Leopard have immortalized Dolpo in the hearts of Himalayan aficionados.
What is the Dolpo Trek?
Dolpo trek Nepal has remained a truly isolated nook of Nepal where time has frozen in the era of traditional Tibetan culture, untouched by modern changes. To explore the riches of Dolpo, trekkers are required to take special permit for Upper dolpo trekking from Kathmandu. Flights will thereafter take the travelers to Juphal via Nepalganj. The itinerary bends to the north on the way to shey Phoksundo National Park and eventually joins the age-old Nepal-Tibet trade route. Including a steep ascent to Nangdola Pass at 5110 m, Upper Dolpo trekking will cover much of the fascinating high altitude summits that serve as superlative vantage points to get sweeping vistas of the exquisite trans-Himalayan topography. Wide-angle views of the arid valley of Dolpo, hued in chrome and brown and red open up to Dhaulagiri Mountains bordering the province. Snow capped peaks of Tibet stand out strikingly in this exquisite blend of hues and baffling heights. The trek is not entirely devoid of greenery. Much verdant expenses can be found once we walk into the pleasant pastures of the Phoksundo Lake. The clear pool of crystal blue waters contrasting against the weathered red and ochre hills is a simply awe-inspiring sight to behold.
Why should you go for the Dolpo Trek?
Dolpo trek Nepal follows an itinerary through western Nepal where the topography is vivid and stark with bold hues of ochre, maroon and red blends against a brilliant sky. Undulating sandy plains rise toward heavens where snow peaks catch the light of the sun. Dolpo in the texture of its landscape resembles the Roof of the World - Tibet. Treks in this region are also a treat because of its sheer isolation from civilization as we know it.
Foraying into the trans-Himalayan topography of western Nepal
A peek into the world of Peter Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard, a phantasmagoric land of traditional Tibetan culture, a world within a world where time seems to have stilled
Expeditioning into Shey Phoksundo National Park, keeping an eye out for snow leopards
Knowing about the spring hunt for ‘yarchagumba’- an unsual caterpillar fungus sought for medicinal purposes
Crossing the Nangdola Pass at 5110m
Awe-inspiring views of Dhaulagiri range
Phoksundo Lake glistening crystal-like and blue against the stark landscape
Shey Gompa in Upper dolpo, established in the eleventh century
The Sela Pass at 5094 m and the Jyanta Pass at 5221 m
Descending trek to Dho Tarap valley
Memorable flight over the snowscape of some of the world’s highest peaks between Pokhara to Juphal
How High is the Dolpo Trek?
The Upper dolpo Trek covers a string of high passes, namely-- the Nangdola Pass at 5110m, Sela Pass at 2094m and Jyanta Pass at 5221m.
When to Visit?
Spring (April-May) and the Fall (October-November) when the temperatures are salubrious and skies are clear are the best time to visit Dolpo. There is minimal chance of thick snow at the high altitudes, especially in the passes.
How to Reach?
Western Nepal is the remotest end of Nepal where transport is infrequent. Trekkers are required to fly from Pokhara to Nepalgunj through expensive charter flights. Flights are also available from Kathmandu. Reaching Juphal from where the trek officially begins takes another flight, from Nepalgunj. Road access to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu or Pokhara is longer and more tedious.
Are There Any Shops Available On the Dolpo Trek?
Shops are hard to come by on the Dolpo trek. Therefore, it’s advisable to conclude shopping for utilities and medicine by Pokhara itself.
How Long does it Take to Complete the Dolpo Trek?
It takes 8-27 days to experience the Dolpo trek covering all its major attractions, starting from Kathmandu/Pokhara and back. Itineraries are set depending on the current condition of access, weather and preference of individual trekking groups.
What to Pack for the Dolpo Trek?
Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras
Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)
Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters
Trekking pants, several pairs
Is There Any Possibility Of Altitude Sickness?
Altitude Sickness is possible on the Dolpo trek provided that, many parts of the lower dolpo trekking veer beyond the treeline. Sufficient hydration, prior fitness preparation and keen monitoring of body conditions during the trek are essential. A course of Diamox on medical advice might be well suited.
How Busy is the Dolpo Trek?
Dolpo in Western Nepal is one of the remotest destinations on earth. You are unlikely to find many trekkers regardless which season you are going. The isolation of the region is part of the main charm of trekking in Dolpho.