Before reaching the spectacular higher altitude settings, you will spend quite a few days hiking through lower-elevation forests with views of the lower Dolpo. This remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done from time immemorial. Most treks into Dolpo take 14 to 30 days. The best time to trek here is toward the end of the monsoon season. Shorter Dolpo treks are possible by flying into the air strip at Jumla.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (fly).
Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jumla - Ghotichour.
Day 3: Ghotichaur to Napukhona (3000 m).
Day 4: Napakuna to Chaurikot (3000 m).
Day 5: Chaurikot to Veri river Side.
Day 6: Veri River Side to Garpung Khola.
Day 7: 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 (the colorful national bird of Nepal) country and just above us is the Kagmara peak (5880 m).
Day 8: We follow the Garpung Khola. The trail becomes steeper and reaches rocky ground beyond the timber line. The Himalayan mouse-hare can be spotted here.
Day 9: Kagmara La The climb is strenuous until we reach the Kagmara La (pass) at an altitude of 5115 m. We then descend, following the river and camp on a grassy spot.
Day 10: Pungmo (3050 m).
Day 11: Pungmo to Phoksumdo Lake (3600 m).
Day 12: Phoksumdo Lake Here we rest and admire the beauty of this great lake. We visit nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist Settlers.
Day 13: Phoksumdo Lake to Baga La (5090 m).
Day 14: Baga La to Numla Pass Base Camp (5190 m).
Day 15: Numla Pass Base Camp to Dho Tarap.
Day 16: Dho Tarap.
Day 17: Cave Camp.
Day 18: To Lahini.
Day 19: Lahini to Tarakot ( 2400 m).
Day 20: Tarakot to Dunai (2150 m).
Day 21: Dunai to Jhupal.
Day 22: Jhupal to Nepalgunj.
Day 23: Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
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