Monasteries in Dolpo

Altitude: > 4000m

Our fully-catered expedition (with mule-train – all you’ll have to carry is a day pack!) will guide you through landscapes dominated by deep valleys and high plateaus, cliffs, caves and pristine crystal clear mountain rivers, all set against the white peaks of the Himalaya.

We will be visiting ancient Bon Monasteries that sit in the hidden valley in Dolpa, once we reach here after 6 days walk you will have the chance to sit in at the prayer ceremonies and even talk to the locals. The monasteries date back thousands of years and there are traditions practiced there today as they were thousands of years ago.

On certain days we’ll walk with a gap between each of us to give the chance to be alone with the spectacular scenery. On certain evenings after the days walk we’ll be happy to sit and practice some gentle yoga and pranayamas. Every night you’ll go back to the same tent and be asleep under the stars. Every morning you’ll be woken up with bed-tea. Once back in Kathmandu you’ll be staying in a luxury hotel with the option of a Nepali Massage.


 

Days 1 -5: Arriving in Kathmandu, an ancient and beautiful city, the capital of Nepal, you will have flown into a different world of sights, smells and sounds. The second day you will get a chance to explore and sightsee around Bhaktapur, an ancient kingdom where you can see the traditional Nepali architecture, terracotta rooftops and pagoda-style temples. In the evening you fly out towards West Nepal, leaving behind the largest settlement in Nepal and venturing to the remote lands of the Dolpo region on day three.  The beginning of the trek will be gentle and begin acclimatising you to the higher altitudes of between 2000m-3000m.

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Days 6-11: Now you will be getting used to walking 4/6 hours each day, we will start to ascend a bit higher. The route will take you along the pristine crystal clear rivers, between deep gorges, besides waterfalls and dramatic cliffs. On day eight we will reach Dho Tarap (3944m), a famous settlement that has been a trading crossroad for centuries. Surrounding Dho Tarap are many sites where ancient Monasteries which sit in the hidden valley dating back thousands of years. There will be two days free to enjoy and explore, go on day hikes to sites of your choice if you so wish, or be guided around. You will have the opportunity to sit in the prayer ceremonies and we will act as translators if you have any questions for the locals. You will hopefully also get a chance to speak to the monks living there, however we can’t guarantee this as they may be taking a vow of silence.

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Days 12-17: You will trek back towards Dunai, visiting small caves and hot springs on the way. The walking pace on the way down will be a quicker as you will be very fit by this point and enjoy the decent!  We will travel back down the same way we came up, and find different spots to camp depending on how slow or fast we may be walking. Once reaching Juphal, we’ll fly back towards the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and have another day exploring the many wonders the city has to offer, including a glimpse of the living Goddess, if you are lucky.

We will be camping for the whole time away on the trek, and every night you will go back to the same tent, and sleep under the stars. The campsite will be taken care of for you and all meals including tea in bed

For more info about this trek please email: grace@bespoke-nepal.co.uk

or call on: 07493885945

Costing:

Trek Includes: Sherpa, chef, porter, bed tea, three meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, water, camping equipment, staff insurance, internal flight tickets, park entry fee transport to and from trail head, transport in kathmandu, accommodation, park entry, three meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, airport pick up & drop off

 Excludes: International flights, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and client insurance.