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Journey into the Healing Land of Dolpo

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Trip Overview

On this journey, we will visit the remote and beautiful land of Dolpo, and immerse into the heartland of traditional healers in the Himalayas.

Dolpa was known to the outside world after Peter Matthiessen’s meditative book ‘The Snow Leopard’ (1973) and Eric Valli’s Academy Awards nominated movie, ‘Himalaya (Caravan). The region was opened to the foreigners in 1989 and is still one of the less-visited areas where Himalayan and Tibetan culture is preserved and continues.

Traditional healing known as Sowa Rigpa is one of such traditional practices preserved and practiced in the area. The practice involves a holistic balance of nature, mind, body, and spirit. It is based on the knowledge of the ancient texts such as ‘Four medical Tantras (’Bum zhi ) as well as (rGyud zhi) and is believed to have been systematized, compiled in the 8th century.

Amchis in the Himalayas are mostly lineage practitioners, where they receive the knowledge from their father or at times from religious teachers. They were in the past required to complete solitary retreats wto memorize the texts and meditate upon them to develop natural wisdom and compassion which would then allow theor legitimacy as healers. Although with the advent of the modern medicine, many people in the Himalayas utilize modern medicine, Amchis still play a key role in public health and environment protection.

During the trip, in addition to exploring this beautiful land and people, will have the opportunity to observe the local Amchis on their routine work to serve their communities and join them into the remote hills where they collect rare life-saving herbs for their medicine.

We will trek into the amazing landscapes of Dolpo, Phoksundo National Park, remote villages, monasteries and into the village lives and also take some time to meditate on beautiful and secluded locations around Phoksumdo lake.

 

 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1/2: Arrival Kathmandu and tour of heritage sites
Day 3: Flight to Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
Day 4: Flight: Nepalgunj-Juphal (2,475 m); walk to Chhepka (2,838 m);
 6 hours
Day 5: Chhepka (2,838 m)-Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3,130 m); 6 hours
Day 6/7: Amchi Hospital, meet, interact with local Amchi and explore
Day 8: Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3,130 m)-Ringmo/ Phoksundo Lake (3,608 m); 3 hours, explore
Day 9: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3,608 m)-Chunuwar (3,130 m); 2 hours
Day 10: Chunuwar (3,130 m)-Sangta (2,470 m) or Kageni (2,228 m) 6-7 hours
Day 11: Kageni (2,228 m)-Liku (2,405 m); 6 hours (continuing GHT) or to Juphal (2,475 m); 4-5 hours
Day 12: Flight: Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Day 13: Fly back home or continue to next journey

 

Trip Extension Options to Upper Dolpa

 

Day 9:  Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) – Forest Camp beyond Sallaghari (3730 m) 6 hrs
Day 10: Forest Camp (3730 m) – Kang La Low Camp (4400 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 11:  Kang La Low Camp (4400 m) – Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Nagdalo-La (Kang La) (5350 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Shey Gompa (4310 m). Rest day.
Day 13: Shey Gompa (4310 m) – Namgung (4430 m) via Shey-La (5010 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Namgung (4430 m) – Saldang (4060 m) 3-4 hrs
Day 15: Saldang (4060 m) – Chagaon (3840 m) 4 hrs
Day 16: Chagaon (3840 m) – Jyanta-La Base Camp (4550 m) 7 hrs
Day 17: Jyanta-La Base Camp (4550 m) – Tokyu (4210 m) via Jyanta-La/Jeng-La (5220 m) 7 hrs
Day 18: Tokyu (4210 m) – Dho Tarap (4080 m) 2-3hrs
Day 19: Dho Tarap (4080 m) – Toltol (3523 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 20: Toltol (3523 m) – Laina Odar (3370 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 21 Laina Odar (3370 m) – Lingdo (2390 m) 6 hrs
Day 22: Lingdo (2390 m) – Dunai (2140 m) 5 hrs
Day 23: Dunai (2140 m) – Juphal (2475 m) 3-4 hrs
Day 24: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation & Food:
    • 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu with Bed & Breakfast in sharing basis.
    • 1 night Hotel in Nepalgunj
    • 2 Night hotel in Juphal/Dunai
    • All Food & Accommodation during trek
    • Tented accommodation during the trek
  • Transportation:
    • Arrival and departure transfers Kathmandu
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with English speaking guide.
    • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal transfer by Air.
    • All transportation for trekking staff from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Experienced and qualified staff throughout the trip.
  • Camping equipment during the camp such as tents, sleeping bag, mattress, kitchen tools.
  • Safety equipments:
    • First Aid Kit.
    • Oxygen
  • All necessary permit/entry fees
    • Lower/Upper Dolpo restricted area permit fees
    • All National Park entry fees
  • Communication Facilities:
    • Local Mobile phone
      (charged as per use)
  • Complimentary duffle bag.

Cost Excludes

  • International Tickets to Kathmandu and return.
  • Nepal visa.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, tips, shopping, laundry, bottled water, cold/hard drinks, personal horse/ pony during trip.
  • Single room supplement in Kathmandu.
  • Any extra services such as extra vehicle / hotel nights / sightseeing tours than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Evacuation cost.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Extra hotel cost beyond the itinerary
  • Change in itinerary incurred due to unforeseen reasons such as road blockage, landslide, heavy snowfall, strikes, flight cancellation etc.
  • Services not included above.

Cancellation

• A charge of 10% will be applied for any cancellation made prior to 30 days of departure date.
• A charge of 25% will be applied for any cancellation made prior to 21 days of departure date.
• A charge of 50% will be applied for any cancellation made prior to 10 days of departure date.
• No refund for any cancellation made thereafter.

Risk & Liability

Crystal Peak Journeys will do it best to conduct the journey safely and smoothly.  We abide by the prevalent national law and practices and we consider the responsibility towards the client with utmost care. However, if there are changes in the itinerary or cost due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, sickness, accidents as well as government policies and political events which are beyond our control, we will not be able to bear the cost thus incurred. Any such cost arising due to the above circumstances shall be borne by the clients.

Detailed Itinerary

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Cost & Dates

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