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WESTERN DOLPO TREK WITH KAGMARA LA PASS - TREKKING ADVENTURE OF MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKE

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Destination

Lower Dolop and Kagmara la Pass

Region

Dolpo Region

Max.Altitude

5,190 Meters

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Duration

25 Days

Route

Nepalgunj - Dho Tarap - Numala pass - Baga la pass - Kagmara la

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu / Nepalgunj and Jumla / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

The offbeat trek in Dolpo that treads on one of the least frequented trails of Dolpo, the West Dolpo Trek has no less amazing highlights than any other Trekking adventures of West Dolpo via Kagmara La Pass most beautiful lake in Nepal. "The West Dolpo Trek with Explore Dolpo begins at Juphal.“ Lower Dolpo takes 27 days to trek through thickly forested with conifers and cut by gushing rivers. The trek starts with a flight to Juphal via Nepalgunj and visits the villages of Ringmo to culminate at the Shey Phoksundo Lake. The return journey crosses two high passes of Numa La and Baga La and brings you to the Bon Po practicing people of Tibetan origin to Tarap village and follows the Tarap Khola to Dunai for the flight back to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

Dolpo is one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world. It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles inside Nepal's northwestern frontier with Tibet, encompassing some thirty villages and monasteries at altitudes of eleven to fifteen thousand feet. Dolpo is in Nepal but, its people - in race, religion, and culture, are Tibetan Buddhists descended from nomadic tribes who settled in this area around the tenth century and their religion and culture has survived as one of the best-preserved examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In fact, people living in certain pockets of the region practice Bon Po, an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism and which, some believe, is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer which may be glimpsed along the trails and to a great variety of birds. Rarely seen and endangered blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and the Himalayan wolf are also found in Dolpo.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

02
Permit Procedure and flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

We make all permit preparation for your trek to the Dolpo area. We will take a scenic flight to Nepalgunj as per the schedule. In Nepalgunj, we can explore and look around the town.


03
Flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla (2370m / 30 Min)

We take a 30 min flight from Nepalgunj to reach Jumla. At the campsite in Jumla, we meet our porters and other staff. This resting day gives us time to get used to the changing climate and growing altitude.

04
Trek from Jumla to Gothi Chaur (2800m / 5 hrs)

Today we descend to a bridge from where the trail is quiet to reach Garjankot. A walk passes a few houses, and going via the irrigation channel, we can see amazing hills. The camp is 200m below at a sheep meadow known as Gothi Chaur (2800m).

05
Trek from Gothi Chaur to Nephukhona 3010m / 4 hrs)

Today trail descends to the banks of a tributary of Tila River and through alpine forests. Once we arrive in Munigaon we get our permit checked and continues southeast to Jajarkot. Later we cross a bridge over a stream and enjoying the views of soaring trees. We take a short stroll towards the village of Naphukhona.

06
Trek from Nephukhona to Nauli Kharka 3670m / 6 hrs)

Today we start by passing the river, dense jungle, and later ascend towards Maure La (3927m).  We will encounter Bheri River Valley from where we can see Ghyuthumba and Matathumba. Once we reach Nauli Kharka, we relish the views of amazing meadows. We can also enjoy the alpine forest surrounding us.

07
Trek from NauliKharka to Hurikot (2650m / 5 hrs)

Today we get the first sight of Kagmara Lek and the Bheri River. We can see the path across the hillside through the village of Chaurkot. We can also see village Rimi and Kaigaon as we descend through Rimi. Kaigaon village is on the left side of the river, following which we make our way to Hurikot (2650m). A monastery is being constructed above the campsite.

08
Trek from Hurikot to Garpung Khola (2920m / 4 hrs)

Today's path starts with an ascends to Garpung Khola until we reach Jagdula Khola. A sheer hike for half an hour takes us to an outstanding viewpoint of Kagmara. Walk along the left bank of the cross and cross the bridge to reach Garpung Khola.

09
Trek from Garpung Khola to KagmaraPhedi (2900m / 4 hrs)

Today we pass the bridge and follow the stream for two hours to get on the route ahead. Ascending on a cliff alongside the river, we cross several bridges to reach Kagmara Phedi. We can enjoy n amazing view of the Kanjirowa Himal Range from Phedi.

10
Trek from Kagmara Phedi to Lasa (4060m / 6 hrs)

Today is a big day as we cross the Kagmara La (5115m). Walk on the right bank of the river until the path becomes somewhat hard below a sheer ascent. Getting on the top of Kagmara La (5155m), we can see a path adorned with hundreds of prayer flags. From the top of the pass we can see a stunning vista of surrounding mountains. The campsite of Lasa is a mere hour away from Kamara La. It lies underneath the pass on a flat grassy land cleared by the river.

11
Trek from Lasa to Pungmo (3600m / 4 hrs)

Today we follow the trail of a stream throughout the way and crosses many smaller streams as well. With a view of Kanjirowa Himal (6612m),  we follow the forested trail. We may encounter the Himalayan blue sheep and wild fox en route along with many birds. A sharp downfall from Khyaru takes us to the village of Pungmo.


12
Rest Day

Today is the rest day, but you can hike to stay active. There are two Gompas were both 'Bon' and 'traditional' Buddhism. To reach the Gompas, we walk on the wooden bridge underneath the village. 

13
Trek from Pungmo to Ringmo Gaon (3733m / 5 hrs)

Today we retrace our way to Ringmo, situated by the side of Phoksundo Lake. We walk from one hour to a military camp to reach the Pungmo and Phoksundo Rivers. The walk up to Ringmo is very satisfying as enormous rock walls guard the upper valley.  From the spot adorned with prayer flags, a pleasant walk takes you to the village of Ringmo.

14
Exploring the Shey Phoksundo Lake

Today will be a hard-earned rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. We ascend from Ringmo and head to the breathtaking Phoksundo Lake. It is full of rocky hills and a reflection of Kanjirowa Himal (6612m). During the day, we can take on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. 

15
Trek from Ringmo Gaon to Yak Kharka (3982m / 4 hrs)

The trek today sets out to discover the hidden valley of Tarap. It is one of the last strongholds of Tibetan culture in Nepal during those times. It is an easy day linking a couple of hour's walks in the morning to a yak grazing meadow situated by the Maduwa Khola.

16
Trek from Yak Kharka to Danigar 4631m / 5 hrs)

Today is an exciting day as we will be crossing the snow-covered post of Baga La (5200m). It is also one of the most captivating parts of the trail. We pass the watershed of the main Himalayan dry Tibetan plateaus. The dry hills look orange and brown extending out towards the north. The pass is often windy but hosts a great view of Phoksundo Lake. We cal also see Kanjirowa Himal Range along with the view of Norbung Kang (6085m). Afterward, we make a steep descend from the pass to reach Danigar valley.

17
Trek from Danigar to Dho Tarap (3944m / 5 hrs)

Today we start with a gradual ascend to cross Numa La (5350m).  The walk into this attractive and wild Tibetan landscape is one of the best parts of this hike. We can see Dhaulagiri I (8167m) along with the Tibetan hills and the Kanjirowa Himal Range. We will enjoy these views from the top of Numa La (5350m). The path then goes downhill into the Tarap Valley. 


18
Trek from Dho Tarap to Ghyamgar (3756m / 4 hrs)

We make a morning visit to the Bon Gompas called Dhoro Gompa and Shipchaur Gompa. Afterward, we leave Dho Tarap and follow Tarap Khola downstream. We will finally reach Ghyamgar via Langa Camp. Crossing many small streams and scattered settlements, we arrive in Ghyamgar.


19
Trek from Ghyamgar to Chhyugar (3441m / 4 hrs)

Today's path continues through the gorge and the riverbank  of the cliffside. We will walk alongside Tarap Khola with the beautiful landscape of the barren Dolpo. Later we arrive in Chhyugar.

20
Trek from Chhyugar to Tarakot (2537m / 6 hours)

Today we walk for a short while to a well-made bridge of Barbung Khola. At Laisicap, we can see Tarap Khola and Barbung Khola meet.  we follow the Bheri River on a downhill trail to reach Tarakot. 

21
Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2109m / 5 hrs)

Today we walk beside the Bheri River you use the ingenious path built twenty feet above the river. All too soon you have reached the village of Dunai and the campsite you used before.

22
Trek to Juphal (2404m / 3 hrs)

You now retrace your steps to Juphal.


23
Flight from Jhuphal to Nepalganj to Kathmandu

Today we take a flight back to Kathmandu. First, we take a flight to Nepalgunj and take a connecting flight to Kathmandu.

24
Free day in Kathmandu

Today is a spare day to catch a flight if we miss it a day before. We can use this day to rest and relax at your hotel. ONce can also go for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. 


25
Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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Trip Name Price Departure Date Trip Status
WESTERN DOLPO TREK WITH KAGMARA LA PASS - TREKKING ADVENTURE OF MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKE $5000$4800save $200 25 Days
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