The Dolpo Circuit is one of the finest trekking destinations for the trekkers who are looking for eventual escapade and true wilderness which was opened in 1989 for the explorers. This circuit is in the mid of the Himalayan regions. It is the largest region of Nepal covering an area of 7,889 sq. kilometers. Considerably today also, much of Dolpa area is a prohibited for the travelers, which contributed to the safeguarding the unique culture of Dolpa circuit trek. So, achieving this trek one must need a special permit.
Dolpo circuit trekking gives you the main magnetism of the Shey phoksundu Lake one of the second deepest lake in Nepal with serene bright blue in color which will mesmerize your mind. The other view point will be Mt Dhaulagiri 8,172m / 26,811ft and you will be passing through three high passes i.e. Kagmara La at an altitude of 5115meter, Baga La 5090m and Numa La 5360meter. Also we will be stop at the ancient gompas that is 7000 years old and the Shay Gompa where you get to study the practices of Buddhists religion around this gompa it is surrounded by lots of Mani wheels. Altogether there are more than130 monasteries. This trekking is all about moving into the diverse landscapes, sequence of green pastures with the evocative to that Tibetan raised ground. Communities living in this region are mostly Tibetans as they migrated from the Tibet after the china seized the Tibet country so, many if the immigrants separated from the Tibet and are settling in around the Nepal. Most of the people speak their native languages so, only a few people understand Nepali languages. On the trail you will be also observing different flora and fauna like snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, mountain goats, Thar, wolf and many wild species will be observed. Including medicinal herbs and flora like rhododendron forest, oak, pine etc. are also found in this region. Their daily activities are cultivating barley, herding and grazing animals. Some of the people are involved in making the thakas Tibetan painting of the goddess and its teachings.
This trekking begins from an airstrip from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj followed by another airstrip to Jhupal from here we will be starting our trek with beautiful villages of Lingdo. After that you will be passing through three high passes and reach the beautiful Lake shey Phoksundu .And then reach to your main point of the trek and then finally back to Nepalgunj to an airstrip and back to the Kathmandu.
This trek is recommended during the month of May to September is the excellent time to strategy a trek After September, it starts snowing heavily and trekking is achievable only with heavy duty gear.
Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provided this trekking tour where you will be vising both the lower and the upper dolpo in one category of dolpo circuit with qualified trekking leaders and guides. For further detail about this trek you can contact us or either Email us to GHHT agency.
Day 1 - Arrival
Our team representative will welcome you at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to a fine hotel. You can roam around the nearby market and restaurants. Our trip manager will brief you about the trip ahead in the evening. You will be spending the night at hotel.
Day 2 - Kathmandu Sightseeing
After pleasant night in the hotel, we start a guided tour to historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We observe these landmarks including world heritage sites: Durbar Square, the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and the monkey temple Swayambhunath. In the evening, our trip managers will provide you further information about upcoming trek and equipments. We will spend overnight at hotel.
Day 3 - Flight to Nepalgunj
After rising up in Kathmandu we continue our journey with a domestic flight to Nepalgunj. It is close to the Indian border in the mid-western region of Nepal and is a gateway to Dolpa. We can enjoy a rickshaw ride to observe the town. We will spend our night at hotel.
Day 4 - Flight to Juphal(2475 meters), Walk to Dunai (2140 meters)
Our actual trekking will begin from this day. We shall leave Nepalgunj and take flight to reach Juphal in the early morning. The flight will be exciting with the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. From Juphal, we will start our trekking to reach our destination Dunai. Dunai is the headquarter of Dolpo district. There we can observe the beautiful Buddhist painting of mandalas and Buddhists figures. We stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 5 - Trek to Dindo (2341 meters)
We will continue our descending walk to reach Dingdo. We pass by rocky slopes with pine trees, mostly blue pine. The path goes slightly up and down following Thuli Bheri River. We cross the Buddhist village Byasgar, village of Magar residents. After Byasgar, the landscape gets rough and rocky. After a challenging walk for 5 hours, we reach to Dingdo, where we spend overnight at tented camps.
Day 6 - Trek to Laina Odar (3370 meters)
On this day, we will ascend to the height of 3370 meters to reach Laina Odar. On the way, we can view some villages like Sarangkot, situated in the high cliff. The landscape is impressive and stays green except in the winters. Sharp rocks are sometimes accompanied by junipers and other pine trees. The paths partly goes through forest and we are surrounded by tall pine trees. We come across a steep cliff close to which we stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 7 - Trek to Newarpani (3475 meters)
We continue our journey up the way as the trail goes up to a small pass. After the pass, it’s comparatively easy walk with a few small climbs again passing through pine forest at times. After four hours of walk, we reach Nawarpani where we spend our night at tented camp at an altitude of 3475 meters.
Day 8 - Trek to Sisaul (3750 meters)
Moving ahead from Nawarpani we walk further up. The trail goes through the dry or more barren landscape passing by river valley with high rocks on both sides. We can observe the big group of blue sheeps high on the slopes. The path climbs steeply for about half an hour to a small pass with a nice stupa. From the pass we continue our walk for a while to reach Sisaul. We spend overnight at tented camp.
Day 9 - Dho Tarap (4080 meters)
As we move up with the trail, we cross another pass. After a few descending walks, the valley widens into a village of Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a traditional village, surrounded by fields of buckwheat, potato and barley. The primary residents of this village are Magars and Tibetan people along with other different tribes. Yaks are seen everywhere and are used to plough the land and carry the goods. Tibetan influence is very noticeable as the houses are made in Tibetan style. We take rest at night in tented camps.
Day 10 - Trek to Numala base camp (4440 meters)
We continue our journey and walk for three and a half hours to reach Numla base camp. We pass through a beautiful gate. After a descending walk for an hour we reach Tokyu. It is considered as the highest altitude permanent settlement in the world. The gompa at the end of the village has a beautiful statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha. We continue our walk and finally reach our destination Numala base camp where we stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 11 - Trek to Daninagar (4631 meters)
We continue our trek and reach Numa La Pass from where we can enjoy the spectacular views of countless mountain ranges. After crossing the pass, we descend over a steep slope. After some time, the path becomes plain and easier. During the end of today’s trip, we climb again for an hour before reaching Danigar. Danigar is close to Panklanga river and on the lap of beautiful snowcapped Norbung Kang. We relax overnight at tented camp.
Day 12 - Trek to Yak Kharka (3982 meters)
Our trek continues on the slope on the other side of Panklanga Khola as we climb pretty steep and windy path. On reaching Baga La pass, we can view the Nirbung Kang from an altitude of 5190 meters. The path is steep as we descend from the pass, and at places it can be slippery due to snow. We can see green bushes, vegetations and even trees when we move to the lower altitudes. We can also meet a couple of beautiful waterfalls on our way. Further path is flat going down. We reach Yak Kharka after walking for about six hours on this day. We spend overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 - Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 meters)
This day we continue our trek to reach Ringmo which is situated at an altitude of 3,733 meters. The rocky path takes us to a pass and then down through a pine forest. Moving ahead, we cross a small bridge and we climb up to reach Ringo. We would have walked for three and half hours today. Ringmo is a beautiful village which lies close to the Phoksundo Lake. This lake is the main attraction of this area which gives a much needed relief from all the tiredness. We can visit a Bonpo monastery on the other side of the lake.
Day 14 - Trek to Chhepka (2838 meters) via Rechi (2940 meters)
We proceed with a flat path at first then comes a steep climb. On the way we can encounter beautiful pine forest, bushes, bitches and other trees. After walking for some time, we will come across Phoksundo waterfall, the highest waterfall in Nepal, about 167 meters high. After the beautiful waterfall, we move ahead for half an hour to reach Rechi. Passing Amchi hospital, we continue our journey through the forest and descend slowly. After walking for about three hours, we reach Rechi. We set our camps and stay there at an altitude of 2940 meters.
Day 15 - Trek to Juphal
We continue our trek ahead, walking mostly downhill with fewer small climbs. We can explore the part of Dhaulagiri range, villages like Sangta (2520 meters) and Kageni (2413 meters). After crossing 99 meters long Dhim bridge we head west towards Juphal. The path ascends quickly as we approach Juphal. Just before arriving Juphal, we pass through Dangiwada, the hidden village. Juphal is a beautiful village with a bazaar where we can spend good time to learn more about the Tibetan influenced culture.
Day 16 - Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
After a pleasant night in Juphal we catch a flight back to Nepalgunj. The flight once again offers you the panoramic views of mountain range. From Nepalgunj, we again fly back to Kathmandu. After getting refreshed you can roam around Kathmandu valley for your quick shopping or short sightseeing of the valley.
Day 17 - Departure
This day is the last day of our togetherness. Our trip finally comes to the end. Our representative will transfer you to the international airport for your flight onwards with the hope of meeting you again for next joyful and memorable trip.
INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
What is included?
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
- 13 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
What is not included?
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 17 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas
hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014
We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.
Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.
Visited October 2015