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Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

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Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks Ltd & Explore Dolpo Treks & Expedition Ltd. March / April 2013

I have recently returned from a great month in Nepal, which included a 14 day trek in the lower Dolpo region - from Jumla to Dunai, via Lake Phoksundo. It was a private trip with only two of us, both women in our early sixties. Discover Himalayan Treks Ltd (based in Thamel, Kathmandu) assisted us with all our internal travel arrangements, including accommodation and flights, and arranged our Dolpo trek with Explore Dolpo.

We flew from Kathmandu directly to Jumla and were to fly out of Juphal to Nepalganj, then on to Kathmandu, but I was unlucky enough to have a rock fall from the cliffs above, down onto my head. We were between Renje and Chepka, on our way back down the gorge. It made a gash which needed stitching and Prem, of Discover Himalayan Treks, organized with my insurance company to have a helicopter pick us up next morning from the bottom of the valley at the Suli Gaad / Bheri river confluence and fly us directly back to Kathmandu. Thank goodness it was near the end of what was a very enjoyable, cultural trekking experience (and the helicopter flight was spectacular).

We left Jumla on 21 March, which was early in the season and we saw no other tourists. The countryside was very dry and there was still snow on the ground in many places. Peach trees were in blossom and in the higher altitudes, land was being prepared for planting barley, while lower down at Tibricot, the barley was well grown and the fields very green. The alpine views were beautiful and we camped in some interesting places. We also enjoyed staying one night in our guide’s home at Kalagauda, and meeting his family. Lake Phoksundo was spectacular and we had it to ourselves! A few Nepalis had come up to their Ringmo homes for the summer, but it was too early for most. The first monk had come up to the Monastery though, and we visited him there. There were herds of yaks and more people starting to move up the trail as we came back down. Our guide and porters were all from Dunai, except for one, who was from Jumla. The daily routine was to stop for a couple of hours around midday, often at a private home, where our guide and porters prepared a tasty meal, while we rested and chatted to the locals!

Aitey, our guide from Explore Dolpo Treks & Expedition Ltd had a lot of local knowledge and was an excellent cook. The porters were also great, very willing and cheerful as they carried their big loads, and repeatedly set up camp and packed up again.

We also spent about six days in both Kathmandu & Pokhara. Prem’s staff were always very helpful and we were taken on a great walking tour of Kathmandu, as well as visiting Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. I would love to have visited Nepal in the days before these valleys were filled with smog. It was disappointing that even at Nagarkot, up on the Kathmandu valley rim, we could still hardly see the mountains. It was the same in Pokhara, even up on the hill at Sarangkot – and we only saw Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna’s through the haze on the day we arrived and at dawn on the day we left, six days later! The sky was blue and clear when we were up in the mountains though.

This was my first time in Nepal and I was very pleased to have Prem and his staff at Discover Himalayan Treks Ltd looking after us. They were always very professional, helpful and friendly.

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1. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

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2. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

Annapurna Base Camp (a trek in sync with ecological beauty at its best)

Trekking in the shadows of the Annapurna

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3. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

This trek approaches to the Eastern Nepal where the world’s third highest peak Kanchenjunga 8598m dominates the skyline. Mt. Kanchenjunga, one of the world's most challenging peaks to climb, geographically lies on the Nepal-Sikkim (India) border. Treks in the eastern Nepal are fully organized camping based trek which includes 3 square meals per day cooked by our trained Sherpa cooks. The trek begins right after a flight to Biratnagar followed by the drive to Phidim.

As the trek begins we follow the glacial rivers; Tamur and Ghunsa and finally get to the origins of these rivers on the northwest side of Kanchenjunga. On arrival we know we are in a different world; beautiful and untamed. 3600 alpine magnificence where the peaks such as; Pyramid Peak, Jannu, The Twins and the mighty Kanchenjunga (8586m) offer eye feasting views. The latter half of the trek is dramatically enchanting as it traverses the southern side of the mountain via Mirgin La Pass (4663m). The trek also highlights the cultural encounter in the remote villages dominated by the ethnical tribes including Rai, Limbu and Sherpas. Kanchenjunga National Park, the home to elusive snow Leopard is paradise for wildlife lovers as wel

Kathamandu
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4. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

Begin the trek from the historic centre of Gorkha after a 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu. The trail heads up the valley of the Buri Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic group.

The trail circumvents interesting Manaslu peak [8156m.] crossing Larkya pass at 5100 meter and finally emerges onto the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit. You will have two options as where to conclude your trek.

Kathamandu
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5. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

A superb introductory itinerary in the traditional Himalayan trekking - 10 days

A superb introduction to Himalaya trekking including all the main elements: excellent and exciting trails, ridgetop paths with extensive views on both sides, campsites with wonderful outlooks (watch the sunrise over Nepal from your tent door!), continually changing environments as we climb and descend, different cultures and religions, a high pass to cross (the Laurabina La at 4610m.), a sacred site to visit (the lake at Gosiankunda) and new and dramatic vistas from day to day. Views on this route include all the main peaks between the Annapurnas in the west and Everest in the east. The trek begins at Sundarijal on the outskirts of Kathmandu, finishes at Dhunche and is followed by a bus journey back to the capital

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6. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

Monsoon Season and Idle hands look to try to find ways of promoting their trekking companies

The posts above are blatant examples of this where premtrek has cut and pasted his company’s itinerary in a sad example of self promotion with the sole aim of getting a 14 month old post back to the top of the list

explorehimalaya.com/gosaikunda_helambu_trek.…

When a company has to use such dishonest tactics to try to gain clients, it gives everyone a good idea of what sort of service you might expect from them if you decided to use them

Oh Hum

Rob

Edited: 4:06 am, August 04, 2014
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7. Re: Trip Report - Lower Dolpo Trek with Discover Himalayan Treks

Oh Hum x 2 !

Utterly irrelevant to the original thread, and apparently unwilling/unable to follow TA guidelines - not really a very good advert for the company's attitude

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