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Dolpo Trek

In the far west of Nepal is one of the most remote trekking regions, Dolpo, only opened to trekking groups in 1989 it still has many restricted areas and a full service self sufficient trek is required for the survival of both trekkers and the environment. The region has a fascinating mix of Hindu and Buddhism with a very strong Tibetan influence, also the Gompas and Chortens of the Bonpo religion that predates Buddhism offer further insight to this land of contrasts.

We fly to Nepalgunj on the border with India, a flight giving some magnificent views along the Himalaya. The following morning a short flight takes us to Jumla in the mountains and the start of our trek. Each day takes us from the fertile rice terraces through wooded hillsides over ridges, along valleys, always with the snow capped peaks visible in the distance. Along the trail we camp near villages and in forest clearings before turning off the main trail and heading high towards the Kagmara La (5115m).

The views from the pass are outstanding, with the mountains of Tibet to the north and far away to the east Everest, but this impressive panorama is dominated by the Dhaulagiri massif and the Annapurnas together with Kanjiroba and Kagmara Lekh. From the pass we drop down to Sumduwa and the Suli Gad valley which takes us to Ringmo and Phoksundo lake.

Two nights at the lake to rest and explore this beautiful wild area, the deep blue of the lake and the background of the rugged red and brown hills make this a very special place.

Retracing our steps back to Sumduwa our trek continues with camps at Raha Gaon, Dunai, and on to Juphal and our final camp close by the airfield.

Our trek through this remote part of Nepal ends with the short flight to Nepalgunj then a longer flight to Kathmandu again with fine views over the Himalaya.

This trek fits into a 24 day itinerary from the UK. For those with more time available a longer itinerary taking you to Do and Tarap over the Baga La and Numla La is possible and can be arranged for small groups.

A day or two in Kathmandu to enjoy the sights and the culture of the country complete your Nepalese experience

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