BaBa Chu Wildlife and Nature Trek – Dolpo
An unusual and exciting expedition exploring and documenting the terrain and signs of wildlife in this remote Himalayan river valley. The BaBa Chu is the high mountain torrent that later becomes the mighty Bheri river which forms a natural barrier between Dolpo (and Shey Phoksundo National Park) to the North and Dhorpatan Reserve to the South. Dolpo is in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and is a huge, arid mountain landscape with very few trees, and one of the last bastions of free Tibetan culture. Dhorpatan is a mix of high icey wastes (including the Dhaulagiri ranges to the East) with steep canyons and huge forest cover in the southern ranges. This trip ascends slowly through the changing landscapes of the low lying farming communities along the river to the higher herding pastures to the remote and empty wilderness of upper Dolpo. We trek slowly to maximise the time to explore and take in the vast surroundings. We end up going over 4 x 5000 m passes as we trek to lake Phoksundo with the hope we find signs of the elusive snow leopard. This trip will be accompanied by a wild life guide.
Any snow leopard evidence / findings will be handed over to the International Snow Leopard Trust
Drive to Beni via Pokhara by bus/jeep (8/9 hours) – stay in lodge.
Drive by bus/jeep to Takam (7/8 hours)
Trek to Juiphal / Dunai (2095m) – district headquaters.
Dunai – Lawan village (2326m) – Bheri River side.
Lawan – Bheri River Camp (2580m).
Bheri River Camp – Musi Khola (2837m).
Musi Khola – Kakkot village (3277m).
Kakkot – Langhar Khola (3355m).
Langhar Khola – Garen Kharka (3963m).
Garen Khola – Mukot Kharka (3600m) crossing the BaBa Chu at Teran.
Mukot Khola – Forest Camp (3900m).
Forest Camp – Mukot Monastery (4150m).
Mukot Monastery – Neri Goth (4400m).
Neni Goth – Mukot.
Mukot – Mukot Kharka.
Mukot Kharka – Teran village – BaBa Chu Forest Camp (4000m).
BaBa Chu Forest Camp – Lonkum Kharka (3858m).
Lonkum Kharka – Thinmar (3958m).
Thinmar – Sinjik Kharka (4062m).
Sinkik Kharka – Charju Khola (4050m).
Charju Khola – Chharan Kharka (4200m).
Chharan Kharka – Mola La Base Camp ((4500m).
Mola La Base Camp – Mola La (5027m) – Lajar Sumna (4800m).
Laja Sumna – Pandi Ladum Khola / Jhyhakoi La Base Camp (5000m).
Jhyhakoi La Base Camp – Jhyhakoi La (5453m) – Tahari Khola (4900m).
Tahari Khola – Dho village (4907m).
Dho – Sherin Monastery (4400m).
Sherin Monastery – Numa La South Base Camp (4600m).
Numa La South Base Camp – Numa La (5143m) – Chara Khola (4200m).
Chara Khola – Baga La ((5172m) – Baga La – Baga La Phedi (4251m).
Baga La Phedi – Maduwa (3400m).
Maduwa – Ringmo / Phoksundo Lake (3724m).
Ringmo – Sandwa (3200m).
Sandwa – Bhukpa Khola (3200m).
Bhukpa Khola – Chhepka (3000m).
Chhepka – Suligad (2100m).
Suligad – Juiphal (2603m).
Trek to Takham
Takham to Beni by jeep (7/8 hours)
Beni to KTM via Pokhara (8/9 hours).
A Full Camping Trek – lodges if available.
€6500 per person. Minimum 2 pax.
KTM – KTM – Specialist Guide, Cook, Porters, Camping and Cooking Equipment, Fuel, 3 Meals a day, Lower Dolpo Trekiking Permit, Medical Kit, Hotel and Airport pick up and drop, Jeep and Bus.
+ Three nights in Kahmandu hotel with breakfast.
Cost does not include:
International Flights, Personal Insurance, Sleeping Bag and Trekking Clothes.
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