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Bheri Karnali Round Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 31, 2020

Bheri Karnali Round trek follows a less travelled trail. This long trek offers you exotic and myriad cultural experiences coupled with an interesting landscape that ranges from the verdant greenery in the lower reaches to an arid and dry one in the higher reaches. As the actual trek starts from Bheri zone and ends in Karnali zone, the climate also changes as the trek progresses. We start from a hot and temperate zone and reach a colder zone as we ascend up. By the end of the trek we descend again to the hot and temperate zone. We travel overland by jeep, passing some interesting Tharu villages. From Chaurjari to Dolpa the route passes through interesting villages with terraced fields and Hindu shrines. 

Bheri Karnali Round Trek

Some of the highlights of Bheri Karnali Round trek include the visit to the interesting village of Chaurjahari where the inhabitants follow their own unique customs, Phoksundo Lake nature tour, view of Sulighat waterfall, visits to old Bon monasteries, Kagmara pass, Khalanga Bazaar of Jumla and Gothi Chaur.trekking is lengthy but interesting because of different types of communities.it starts from bheri zone and ends in Karnali zone.

Day 1 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

From Kathmandu, you will take a flight to the Nepalgunj. It is the town in the Western Terai and is very close to the Indian Border and the Bardia National Park. The town is a major transport hub for western, mid- western and far- western regions of Nepal.

Day 2 Drive to Dang from Nepalgunj

From Nepalgunj you take an overland jeep ride to Dang. Dang District falls in the Rapti zone. The major population of this valley is of Tharu, an indigenous community.

Day 3 Drive to Chaurjari from Dang

You will continue your overland journey and drive to Chaurjari. There is an airport here.

Day 4 Chaurjari to Rimna Camp

The trek starts from here. You will take the trail from Chaurjari and reach Rimna Camp after trekking for around 5-6 hrs.

Day 5 Rimna  to Gamras camp

From Rimna camp you will proceed to Gamras camp crossing beautiful forests of birch and oak.

Day 6 Gamras to Anna Camp

From Gamras you will trek for 5-6 hrs and reach Anna camp where you will camp for the night.

Day 7 Ann to Karapghar

From Anna you will trek to Karapghar.

Day 8 Karapghar to Tripurakot

Following a trail filled with dense jungles we reach the village of Tripurakot. This is an ancient village where the main attraction is a shrine of the Goddess Tripura.Hindu devotees from other villages come to this village to visit the shrine. The houses in this village have beautiful carved wooden windows.

Day 9 Arrival in Kathmandu

As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. 

Day 10  Tripurakot to Dunai

From Tripurakot you will trek for about 5 to 6 hrs to reach Dunai. Dunai has a village school, police check post and some government offices. It is also the administrative capital of Dolpo. You will stay overnight in Dunai at Pala Guest House.

Bheri Karnali Round Trek

Day 11 Dunai toTarakot

From Dunai you will proceed to Laban and cross the bridge across the Baglung Khola river. You will continue along the banks of the river till you reach Tarakot. The picturesque village of Tarakot lies at the confluence of the Tarap and Baglung rivers.

Day 12 Tarakot to Lahini

From Tarakot you will trek to Kamigaon , the winter residence of the Dho Tarap people .You will pass an interesting scenery set amidst a wide valley where the Laskap and Tarap rivers meet. In the evening you will reach Lahini, your camp for the night.

Day 13 Lahini to Pigo Cave

From Lahini the trail becomes narrow and adventurous as you will walk through in landslide and avalanches areas. You will set up camp at Pigo caves which are situated in a grassy area.

Day 14  Pigo Cave to Dho Tarap

Today you will approach the most difficult and dangerous part of the trek. The valley narrows, and you will approach deep gorges and cross innumerable small bridges. You will  follow a path that is carved out of a rocky cliffside. Following an adventurous trail you reach Dho Tarap.

Day 15 Exploration Day

Today you will spend a rest day at Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a large village decorated by colorful prayer flags. There are chortens, mani walls and monasteries. Villagers grow wheat, buck wheat, barley, potatoes and green vegetables in terraced fields. There are tea houses, shops with minimal supplies and lodges. The people closely resemble the Khampas of Tibet, the men with a ponytail and red tassel coiled around their head and the women with musk deer teeth necklaces. You will take a nature tour. Later on you will enjoy a cultural program where the villagers will present traditional Tibetan dances and songs, especially for you.

Day 16  Dho Tarap to Numala Base camp

After visiting all the gompas and Chorten in Tarap valley you will take the trail that climbs up through grassy meadows filled with wild flowers to reach Numala base camp. From the base camp you will get a beautiful view of the distant Tibetan mountains and upper Tarap valley.

Dho Tarap

Day 17 Numala Base camp to Numala Pass  to Bagala Base camp( Peluang Thang)

Today you will cross Numala Pass and descend towards Poyon khola till you reach Bagala Base Camp surrounded by big glaciers and blade shaped rock cliffs. You will stop for the night at Pelungtang ,a village surrounded by hills with temporary houses, yak pasture and terraces. For the first time you can see Topo Peak (4900m.) in panorama. The Norbukang Himal sparkles at the back.

Day 18: Pelungthang to Bagala Pass to Yak Kharka

You will make your way to Yak Kharka via Bagala Pass. From the past you get to enjoy the beautiful view of Kanjiroba massif. After Baga La the trails turn gentle down all the way to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is open grassland and grazing ground for yaks and sheep.

Day 19: Yak Kharka to Ringmo to Phoksundo Lake

The trek to Phoksundo Lake via Ringmo takes about seven hours. From Yak Kharka till Ringmo the trail goes downhill. Ringmo is a small village inhabited by Gurung and Thakuri communities. We move along the flat land passing through pine forests, grassland, terraces, hills and villages. The views of Phoksundo Lake appear before you. After crossing a wooden bridge we reach our destination. Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake of the world. The big village lying at the bank of this lake is quite rich in Buddhist culture as there are monasteries, chortens, mani walls, shops, prayer flags, hotels, lodges, terraces and so on. This village is beautifully surrounded by hills.

Day 20: Phoksundo exploration day

Today we explore the area around the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and spectacular scenery. Ringmo village, which looks like a typical Tibetan village, is scenically nestled in the area. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas ) and Bon-po religious sites at the park and we spend our time visiting some of these. The most famous, Shey Gompa was established in the 11th Century. Thashung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago. We will take a nature tour and explore the natural sites.

Day 21 Phoksundo to Pugmo Village

From Phoksundo following a trail filled with beautiful scenery we trek to the village of Pungmo. The route enters birch and juniper forests. There are views of the Kanjiroba peak in the horizon above the barley fields of Pungmo,a fortress-like village. We camp at this village.

Phoksundo

Day 22 Pungmo to Lasa

A big climb, approximately 1,000m passing through the small settlements, forests numerous chortens and monasteries cross the bridges along the Yulun Khola. The Himalayan blue sheep and wild fox are seen from the path as well as the numerous birds in the barren pastures. 

Day 23 Lasa to Kagmara Pass to Kagmara Phedi

It is a big day as you will be crossing the Kagmara La.  The trail goes uphill towards Kagmara –La; reaching on the pass is marked in the traditional Tibetan way with hundreds of prayer flags, and the view is quite stunning. The short climb to the summit of Kagmara RI (5370m) takes no more than half an hour, but the other view is well worthy here. The stunning views of Dhaulagiri Massif in the east and Shay-Shikhar, Kanjiroba Himal in Northeast and Api and Saipal Himal in the west are equally impressive. The path steep and big descends and follows the path of Garpung Khola that leads an excellent view of Kagmara and an opportunity to see the Himalayan Blue ship.

Day 24 Trek to Tojium

You will start your trek towards Toijum. You will pass through forests and different human settlement areas to reach Toijum. 

Day 25 Trek to Chaurikot

You will start your trek towards Chaurikot. From Kainigaon you can have a beautiful view of the dense forest of pine. The trail to Chaurikot from Kainigaon goes uphill through the village. 

Day 26 Trek to Chotra

You will start your trek towards Chotra. You will have to cross a pass named Maure Lagna pass situated at an altitude of 3,894 meters above from sea level. After the pass, you will trek downwards through the forest with mixed species of plants before reaching Chotra.

Day 27 Trek to Gothichaur

You will start your trek towards Gothichaur. The trail to Gothichaur passes through different small villages and can experience the variation in culture. Situated at an altitude of 2,820 meters above sea level Manigaon is a village with khas people mostly. It will take about 3 hours to reach Gothichaur from Manigaon.

Day 28 Trek to Jumla

After breakfast, you will start your trek towards Jumla. You will pass through different villages throughout the day. You can also see the motorable road during the day. 

Day 29 Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu Valley

In the early morning, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj then catch the next available flight to Kathmandu.

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