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Kagmara Pass and Dolpo Trek

Kagmara Pass and Dolpo Trek

  • Nepal
  • Dolpa
  • Strenuous
Dolpo, Kagmara Pass Trekking is an outstanding trek in the isolated area of west part of Nepal at Dolpo Region where trek can also be done even in the mid monsoon as it lies in the rain shadow area formed by the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges. Trekking in the Dolpo region has its own charm, people here still lead a primitive life, yet they are friendly. This is also one of few areas where pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion is still practiced and its culture.

Trip Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
When you arrive in Kathmandu airport, you'll be taken to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and have payment for trip and briefing.
Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, Sightseeing: Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar square and Swayambhunath temple. 4/5 hrs.
Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu – Nepalgunj.
We take bus drive to Nepalgunj in south –western Nepal and over night there.
Nepalgunj
Day 4 Nepalgunj – Ghotichour.
Early morning we will flight to Jumla, on the banks of river Tila. After meeting up with our trekking crew, we start our trek and camp at Ghotichour.
Ghotichor
Day 5 Ghotichour – Napukhola (3000m.)
We have a day of steady climbing through small villages dotting the landscape: Kunigaon, Gothigoan, and Munigoan. We stop for lunch and then trek along the river to Napukhona, a small Buddhist settlement.
Napukhola
Day 6 Napukhola – Chaurikot (3000m.)
We trek through birch and silver fir forest to Chaurikot. Scenic views of Patrasi and Jagadu Himal are visible to the north.
Chaurikot
Day 7 Chaurikot – Veri River Side.
We hear the roar of the mighty Veri River flowing down below and above we are the Quagmire ranges to the west. We pass villages inhabited by people of the blacksmith and tailor casts.
Tented Camp
Day 8 La and Rara Lake TrekkingDay 08 Veri Riverside – Garpung Khola.
Today we climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes. We see Hangine Glacie – Peak.
Garpung Khola
Day 9 Garpung Khola trails
We start the trek following the river upstream. We finally cross the river by a small wooden bridge over huge rocks. This is Impeyan pheasant country and just above us is the Kagmara peak (5880m)
Garpung Khola
Day 10 Garpung Khola trails
The climb becomes very strenuous now until we reach a pass at an altitude of 4850 m. We descend following the river and camp on a grassy spot.
Garpung Khola
Day 11 Pungmo – Phoksundo Lake (3600 m.)
Following Dorjam Khola, again we climb to Sumduwa, where we have the headquarters of the Shey – Phoksundo National Park. We need to show our trekking permits to the authorities there. Then we proceed to the ice–cold, turquoise blue lake itself. Big red and yellow arid mountains surround the lake.
Phoksundo Lake
Day 12 Phoksundo Lake
Today we rest to admire the beauty of this great lake. We visit nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist Settlers.
Phoksundo Lake
Day 13 Phoksundo Lake – Bagala Pass (5090 m.).
We go to the east through the dense forest until we come to a clearing with some villages in it. Proceeding north–east we come to a narrow valley and make our camp here.
Bagala Pass
Day 14 Bagala Pass – Numla Pass Base Camp (5190 m.).
The narrow valley becomes wider and is surrounded by glaciers and blade-shaped rock cliffs. We have incredible views of the Kanjiroba massif to the west. We descend to Poyon Khola (4450 m.) and proceed on to the next pass, which we shall cross the next day. This is blue sheep country.
Numla Pass Base Camp
Day 15 Numla Pass Base Camp – Do Tarap.
We ascend to the top of the Numla pass, which opens to a beautiful valley of upper Tarap. We proceed on to the village of Dho Tarap and camp near the river.
Do Tarap
Day 16 Do Tarap.
We rest today. This is our major encounter with the Dolpa people.
Do Tarap
Day 17 Tarap Khola trails
We follow the Tarap Khola as the valley narrows and deep gorges dotted with caves appear. We shall be camping for the night in one of the biggest caves.
Tarap Khola
Day 18 To Lahani.
Although the distance is short to Lahani we will come to the most difficult part of the trek today. We have to descend to a canyon, the trail is normally washed-out.
Lahani
Day 19 Lahani – Tarakot (2400 m.).
We come to a wide valley. This is musk deer country. Laskap Khola joins here the Tarap Khola. We climb up to Kamigoan (2950 m.) the winter residence of the Dho Tarap people. We proceed on to Tarakot at the confluence of the Tarap and Baglung Khola.
Tarakot
Day 20 Tarakot – Dunai (2150 m.).
We continue along the Baglung Khola and across the bridge to reach Laban form where we proceed to Dabung.
Dunai
Day 21 Dunai – Juphal.
It is a short walk to Juphal today from where we shall take our flight to Nepalgunj the next day.
Juphal
Day 22 Juphal – Nepalgunj.
We fly to Nepalgunj today and connect with our flight back to Kathmandu next day.
Nepalgunj
Day 23 Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.
Nepalgunj – Kathmandu by Bus then trasnefr to Hotel.
Kathmandu
Day 24 Kathmandu Free Kathmandu
Day 25 Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journey.  

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.
Trip Date & Cost

 

Cost Includes
  • Airport transfers
  • Trekking permit and conservation area entrance fee
  • 3-meals per day prepared by our experienced cook
  • Camping gear (two-person tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent)
  • Supporting field staff including professional trekking guide, cook, kitchen boy, porters or pack animals as well as their necessary insurance, meals and allowances
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax (Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Jumla-Nepaljung-Kathmandu)

Cost Excludes
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal equipment sleeping bag, Down jacket, waterproof jacket, kit bag etc. (you can rent them in Kathmandu at a cost of US$ 1.00 per item for day)
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water), tips etc.
Equipment for this trip.

The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

General
  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer
Hand
  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves
Core Body
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants
Feet
  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
Optional
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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  • Trip Rating
  • Trip Duration25 Days
  • Min. PriceContact us
  • Max. Altitude5190 M.
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Group Size2 - 20
  • Best TimeFeb-June, Sept-Dec
  • Daily Walking4 - 6 hours
  • AccommodationLodge
Kagmara Pass and Dolpo Trek