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Starts at: Jhupal Ends at: Talcha
Trek Region: Dolpo & Mugu Transport: Flight
Duration: 22 Days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5490 m / 18011 ft Accommodation: Camping

Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek Highlights

  • One of the biggest lakes of Nepal, Rara Lake
  • Enjoy the soft breezes of Shey Phoksundo lake, the deepest oligotrophic lake in Nepal
  • Collect blessings at Shey Gompa, a 12th-century monastery in DolpoBecome an active participant of Bon dance and other cultural activities
  • Explore around the Rara National Park, and explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region

The Upper Dolpo to Rara Traverse trek highlights two of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in Nepal. Starting in the barren yet stunningly beautiful landscape of Dolpo, and ending in the equally beautiful Mugu district, one of the poorest areas of the country, this trek is as challenging as it is enthralling. Spread over three weeks, there are four high passes to cross as well as high, steep, narrow and rocky trails to negotiate. A good deal of this trek is done at over 4,000m with the passes being between 5,000 to 5,500m. The lakes themselves Phoksundo (3,641m) in Dolpo and Rara (2,980m) in Mugu are both turquoise jewels set in a craggy, rocky landscape, and in pine forests, respectively. On the way the route, part of the newly opened east to west Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), passes through interesting villages with a Buddhist culture closely linked to Tibet, monasteries and gompa, and the quartz studded Crystal Mountain.

Dolpo is an area where the Bon Po religion (similar but different to Tibetan Buddhism) is still practiced and the majority of the people are more closely tied to Tibet than Nepal. Trade routes along which yaks and mules pass still run from Tibet to the lower parts of Nepal. Shey Gompa, a 12th century monastery, is often referred to as the spiritual heart of Dolpo, and is situated at the base of the Crystal Mountain, a long-standing pilgrimage area.

Mugu is the least developed district of Nepal, where its rugged landscape has meant it remains pretty much as it was in the past. With the opening of the GHT and a push towards local tourism, the beautiful Rara Lake, Nepal’s largest, is making its way onto the map. Rara National Park is the smallest national park in Nepal at only 106 square kilometers. As in the Shey Phoksundo National Park (3,55km2) which covers a large portion of Dolpo, there are several interesting mammal species in Rara National Park including the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, Langur and rhesus monkeys, among others.

Stark landscapes, alpine forests, green meadows, craggy rock faces, tricky trails, high passes, beautiful people and completely stunning lakes await those with the time and willingness to try out this section of the Great Himalayan Trail.

Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)

Nepalgunj – 150 m / 492 ft – 50 minutes

Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Flight) to Chhepak

Chhepak – 2830 m / 9284 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Chhepak to Chunuwar

Chunuwar – 3130 m / 10269 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Chunuwar to Ringmo

Ringmo – 3612 m / 11850 ft – 4 hrs

Day 5: Acclimatization Day

Ringmo – 3612 m / 11850 ft – 2 hrs

Day 6: Ringmo to Chunemba

Chunemba – 3639 m / 11938 ft – 5 hrs

Day 7: Chunemba to Snowfield Camp

Snowfield Camp – 4400 m / 14435 ft – 7 hrs

Day 8: Snowfield Camp to Shey Gompa

Shey Gompa – 4310 m / 14140 ft – 6 hrs

Day 9: Shey Gompa to Bhijer

Bhijer – 3850 m / 12631 ft – 6 hrs

Day 10: Bhijer to Pho

Pho – 4087 m / 13408 ft – 8 hrs

Day 11: Pho to Pung Kharka

Pung Kharka – 4650 m / 15255 ft – 7 hrs

Day 12: Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola

Chyandi Khola – 4830 m / 15846 ft – 6 hrs

Day 13: Chyandi Khola to Takla Khola

Takla Khola – 3785 m / 12417 ft – 7 hrs

Day 14: Takla Khola to Thaju Chaur

Thaju Chaur – 4050 m / 13287 ft – 7 hrs

Day 15: Thaju Chaur to Shilen Chaur Kharka

Shilen Chaur Kharka – 2945 m / 9662 ft – 6 hrs

Day 16: Shilen Chaur Kharka to Tiyar

Tiyar – 2418 m / 7933 ft – 4 hrs

Day 17: Tiyar to Mangri

Mangri – 1950 / 6397 ft – 4 hrs

Day 18: Mangri to Gamgadi

Gamgadi – 2095 m / 6873 ft – 4 hrs

Day 19: Gamgadi to Rara Lake

Rara Lake – 2980 m / 9776 ft – 4 hrs

Day 20: Day Trip To View Point

Rara Lake – 2980 m / 9776 ft – 4 hrs

Day 21: Rara Lake to Talcha

Talcha – 2990 m / 9809 ft – 3 hrs

Day 22: Talcha to Nepalgunj (Flight) to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 2 hrs

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)

  • Flight time: 50 minutes
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Elevation: 150 m / 492 ft

Your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your domestic flight to Nepalgunj.  This flight is 50 minutes but one of the longer flights in Nepal. 

Nepalgunj sit in the western Terai, which is the lowlands of Nepal.  With its border crossing to India, there is a real feel of a mix of Nepali and Indian about the place.  With its hustle and bustle of people crossing the border for business and trade, and its loud temple bells and mosque callings, it is a very different way to start your trek into the remote and high mountains of Dolpo and Mugu!

Over dinner, your guide will brief you about the upcoming journey.

Highlights and Challenges

  • You should get amazing views of the mountains out of the plane window.
  • Entering Nepalgunj is as close to being in India as you can get without a visa.
  • Take a rickshaw ride around town to for the atmosphere.        
  • Nepalganj is noisy, dirty and yet full of life.

Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Flight) to Chhepak (Trek) – Chhepak

  • Flight time: 45 minutes
  • Trek Time: 6 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 2680m / 8792 ft

After breakfast you head back to the airport to catch an early flight to Jhupal. 

At Jhupal airport you will meet your porters and camping crew who will load up supplies and your gear. 

The rest of the way today is by hiking.  After a quick cup of tea and a snack of course. 

The trail is not too difficult today and once you have had your permits checked at Sulighat, you are officially in Shey Phoksundo National Park.  Crossing over rivers and passing through forests, you come across isolated villages where it is obvious that Tibetan Buddhism plays a big part in daily life. 

Overnight at Chhepak – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • The flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal reveals fascinating land and mountain views.
  • Entering Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • Hiking through lush forests and across rivers and streams.
  • Entering a land where Tibetan Buddhism dominates.

Day 3: Chhepak to Chunuwar

  • Trek Time: 6 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 3,130 m / 10,269 ft

Today follow the Phoksundo Khola (river) which you will cross a couple of times.  On the way call into the Amchi Hospital.  An Amchi is a Tibetan medicine doctor – someone who uses herbs and traditional healing methods and mostly works in area where Tibetan Buddhism is strong.

There is a winter settlement on this trail which is used by the people of Ringmo during the harsh winter months.

Once you have crossed the confluence of the Phoksundo and Yulung rivers you continue on to Chunuwar.

Overnight at Chunuwar – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • The beautiful Phoksundo Khola.·      
  • Perhaps learning something about traditional medicine.

Day 4: Chunuwar to Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake)

  • Trek Time: 4 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 3,612 m / 11,850 ft

Ringmo is the closest settlement to Phoksundo Lake, and you will pass through this village on the way to the campsite nearby.  By campsite, we do not mean there are facilities, just land dedicated to those who are camping. 

The village of Ringmo  has walls made of stones with Buddhist mantras carved into them, (known as mani walls),  and chortens (stupas). You will get your permits checked again as you are now about to enter the Shey Phoksundo National Park proper.  

Tonight, you will camp near Phoksundo Lake with its beautiful water, stunning setting and calm, spiritual ambiance. 

Overnight at Ringmo/ Phoksundo Lake – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Ringmo is a famous village in these parts.
  • Getting really close to Phoksundo Lake to set up camp there.
  • Being in Shey Phoksundo National Park with its unique flora and fauna.
  • Seeing the highest waterfall in Nepal.·      
  • Sleeping your first night at high altitude, which may affect some people.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Phoksundo Lake

Because of the high altitude, and because it is just so beautiful here so how could we resist, you will take an acclimatization day here by the lake.

You can hike around a bit, explore Ringmo village more closely, hike to the nearby Bon monastery, or simply relax while doing some simple yoga or meditation in this spiritually uplifting location. Bon is a religion similar to but pre-dating Buddhism. Very few Bon gompas remain in Tibet and Nepal.

If you haven’t seen  Eric Valli’s 1999 film ‘Himalaya’ we suggest you go check it out before you come.   

Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake feature in this film, as do many of the locals who simply played themselves in the film. Naturally there were a few professional actors – all with Tibetan/ Tibetan Nepali backgrounds.  One of the real stars of the film was a native of Dolpo who spent his whole life there.  He worked closely with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to preserve the biodiversity and culture of his beloved land.  Sadly, Thinle Lhondup passed away in 2016, pretty much as dramatically as he passed away on film.  (No spoiler alerts!)

Overnight at Phoksundo Lake – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Enjoying the surrounding lake, mountains and national park.
  • Interacting with the locals in Ringmo.
  • Visiting a Bon monastery.
  • Wondering if you can relocate and become a yak herder yourself!

Day 6: Ringmo to Chunemba

  • Trek Time: 5 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 3,639 m / 11,938 ft

Today you will circle the lake on a trail sitting high above it.  The location is spectacular, but the trail can be very narrow in places due to landslides.  Care must be taken.  As the trail climbs up to a ridge there are fabulous views of Kanjirowa Himal (6,612 m /21,692.9 ft ), the lake, and Ringmo.

Descending to the lake, the trail then climbs back up and through a wide valley.  You will be camping in an alpine juniper landscape.

Overnight at Chunemba – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • More stunning views of the lake.
  • Wonderful mountain views.
  • Take care on the narrow trail with the cliff edge down to the lake.
  • Monitor your body for altitude-related signs.

Day 7: Chunemba to Snowfield Camp

  • Trek Time: 7 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  4,400 m / 14,435 ft

While Phoksundo and other locations in Dolpo have been made famous through film, Snowfields has been made famous through a book!  Peter Mathiesson’s book The Snow Leopard gave the name Snowfields Camp to this area.   It may be interesting to read the book before you come for this trek. You have so much homework to do before getting on the plane to Nepal!

On this day, the Phoksundo Valley narrows so much you will be surrounded by high rock walls which may feel a little intimidating.  Then there is a steep climb up through the valley to reach the campsite.

Overnight at Snowfields Camp – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Knowing you are in a place made famous by an author.
  • Unique landscape of a narrow valley and high walls.
  • Feeling uneasy, only briefly, surrounded the high cliff walls of the valley.

Day 8: Snowfield Camp to Shey Gompa

  • Trek Time: 6 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  4,310 m / 14,140 ft

Trekking at this altitude can take it out of you.  Especially when you have to spend the first couple of hours climbing over the high Kang La Pass (5,350 m / 17,552.4 ft).   The reward for your tough climb is a panorama of peaks from the top of the pass. The downhill side of the pass is steep at first, then becomes more gradual. 

The village of Shey Gompa is only a few houses big, while the monastery attracts hundreds of pilgrims annually.  The monastery is considered the heart of Dolpo because it is near to the Crystal Mountain where pilgrims come to circumambulate around the full moon in July or August.

The Crystal Mountain gets its name from the quartz that is embedded in its base, and which shine in the sun, glinting like crystal.

Overnight at Shey Gompa – camping. 

Highlights and Challenges

  • Shey Gompa village is surrounded by many red chortens.
  • Crystal Mountain is famous for its location on the confluence of two rivers.
  • Mythology says Shey Gompa was constructed by a Tibetan who arrived on the back of a flying snow lion to fight a mountain spirit.
  • The sparkling quartz at Crystal Mountain.
  • Climbing the Kang La Pass  at 5,350 m / 17,552.4 ft.      
  • The landscape is barren and forbidding.  You can imagine that bad mountain spirit.

Day 9: Shey Gompa to Bhijer

  • Trek Time: 6 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  3,850 m / 12,631 ft

Leave the beautiful Shey Gompa area behind and head to a small village that is a little off-the-beaten-track (even for Dolpo!).  Like other settlements you have seen, you might notice that the livestock live on the bottom ground floor of the houses, while the people live above them. 

Being the village is located in a more open location, there is some cultivated land where the main crop is barley.  There is also a small school, shop and health post.

Overnight at Bhijer – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  •  Witness local lifestyles. 

Day 10: Bhijer to Pho

  • Trek Time: 8 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  4,087 m / 13,408 ft

It’s a long and tough day today as the trail zig-zags upwards on a rocky and scree trail.   Be careful when crossing the loose scree.

 You may pass the deserted village of Potal as you descend down to the Tora Khola (river).  Heading downstream you come to another steep uphill section leading you to the almost deserted village of Pho.  It is said Pho is one of the most remote villages in Nepal with few people living there now. 

You will be camping nearby the village, where the surrounding mountain views are stunning.

Overnight at Pho – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • The views are wonderful.
  • The scree slopes are challenging no matter how many times you hike them.
  • It is sad to see a dwindling population in this area.

Day 11:  Pho to Pung Kharka

  • Trek Time: 7 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  4,650 m / 15,255 ft

The trail continues to gain altitude as you ascend to the Nyingma Gyazen La Pass with its scree slopes.  The pass is high at 5,563 m / 18, 251.3 ft with stunning views of Kanjiroba Himal, the mountain range that separates Dolpo from Mustang.  Depending on the weather conditions you may see Dhaulagiri, and Churen Himal.  On the subject of weather, it will be extremely windy on this pass, so care is required.

After crossing the pass, trek on to your overnight stop at Pung Kharka.

Overnight at Pung Kharka – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • The mountain views.
  • The sense of achievement at crossing such a high pass.
  • Crossing a pass on screen and in high wind can be exhausting.

Day 12: Pung Kharka to Chyandi Khola

  • Trek Time: 7 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  4,830 m / 15,846 ft

There is another high mountain pass to cross today, the Yala La Pass at 5,250m / 17,224.4 ft.

First, after a good breakfast, follow the Swaksa Khola (river) to come out of the valley and ascend across a grassy hill to reach the pass.  

Once again the views from the top of the pass are marvelous. After crossing the pass, descend into the Chyandi Khola valley where you will camp.  Tonight, you sleep at a high altitude so check your body for any signs of illness such as a headache, dizziness etc, and report anything to your guide.

Overnight at Chyandi Khola – camping

Highlights and Challenges

  • The views from the top of the Yala La Pass.
  • The high altitude at which you are sleeping can potentially cause problems.

Day 13: Chyandi Khola to Takla Khola

  • Trek Time: 7 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  3,785 m / 12,417 ft

With no defined trail to follow today, it’s a challenging trek through difficult terrain that requires fording a river a few times.  You may have to climb above the river a few times to enable your guide to seek out the best route possible.  Finally, you descend through a birch forest to the Talka Khola (river). Thankfully tonight you will be sleeping at a lower altitude so there is a chance to recover from this exhausting day.

Overnight – Takla Khola – camping.  

Highlights and Challenges

  • You could say a highlight is a feeling of achievement.
  • While the challenge is an extremely taxing day.

Day 14: Takla Khola to Thaju Chaur

  • Trek Time: 7 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  4,050 m / 13,287 ft

Yes, there is another mountain pass to cross today – Chyargo La Pass at 5,100 m / 16,732.2 ft.

It takes around 5 hours of hiking to reach the pass through a rocky and deserted-looking trail, but again the views of the surrounding lands are superb. 

Descending the other side of the pass you enter a forested valley and have to cross several rivers to get to Thaju Chaur.

Overnight at Thaju Chaur – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Seeing the landscape set out before you from the top of the pass.
  • River crossings that can be slippery at times.

Day 15: Thaju Chaur to Shilen Chaur Kharka

  • Trek Time: 7 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  2,945 m / 9,662 ft

Plenty more rivers to cross today as you hike through a forested valley and into the Mugu Khola valley.   You will come across a main trail used by locals to link Rara with Mugu village and Tibet. 

Overnight at Shilen Chaur Kharka – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Are these river crossings a highlight or challenge?  We remain unsure!

Day 16: Shilen Chaur Kharka to Tiyar

  • Trek Time: 4 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  2,418 m / 7,933 ft

Today you are following the Mugu Karnali Valley over reasonable trails that connect local villages within the valley.  The route  is mainly downhill, and with the ever declining altitude this is a pleasant trek today.

Overnight at Tiyal – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • You have now left Dolpo behind and are in Mugu district.
  • It’s a short trek today at a lower altitude.

Day 17: Tiyar to Mangri

  • Trek Time: 4 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  1,950 m  / 6,397 ft

You have been on the Great Himalayan Trail for the past few days and will continue for the next few days.  If you get a chance to meet a trekker doing this amazing 157 day plus trek across the northern part of Nepal from the Everest region to Humla, do stop to say hello to this extreme adventurer!  

There is a longer version of the GHT  that takes in Tibet, Bhutan and Pakistan that is currently under consideration for the future. Will you try it?

Meantime, you are heading towards the beautiful Rara Lake.

Overnight at Mangri – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

·   It’s a short trek today at a low altitude.

Day 18: Mangri to Gamgadi

  • Trek Time: 4 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  2,095 m / 6,873 ft

It’s another short hike today to reach the district headquarters of Mugu district, Gamgadi.  Despite being the administrative and trading center of Mugu, Gamgadi is not a large town, but reflects the remoteness of this district.  There will be some shops where you can stock up on any available goodies. 

Overnight at Gamgadi – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • You are just a short trek away from the beautiful Rara Lake.·      
  • Enjoy the relatively bustle of this market town.

Day 19: Gamgadi to Rara Lake

  • Trek Time: 4 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  2,095 m / 6,873 ft

Enter Rara National Park today as you hike towards this beautiful lake.  There will be some ups and downs as you hike from Gamgadi to Rara but overall it’s a short day through beautiful forests.  

Then there is time to relax around the lake, perhaps even going boating after lunch while the camp crew set up for dinner.  Take in the beautiful scenery and take videos and photos to take away.

Rara National Park is the smallest national park in the country at 106 square km.  Rara Lake itself takes up almost 11 square km of this.  The park was gazetted in 1976 but in 2006 a large 198 square km buffer zone was declared to preserve the surrounding area.   With 54 species of mammals the most impressive are perhaps the Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard Cat, and Himalayan Thar.  Birds number around 296 species so if you love birdwatching this is an ideal spot for you.  The vegetation of the area is mainly blue pine, with different species of rhododendrons.

Overnight at Rara Lake – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • A short hike through beautiful countryside.
  • Lush forests and landscapes.
  • Arriving at the biggest lake in Nepal.
  • Paddle boating on the lake is possible.
  • The wonderful flora and fauna of the national park.

Day 20: Day Trip To View Point

  • Trek Time: 4 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  2,095 m / 6,873 ft

After breakfast  you can hike up to Murma Top which, at 3,800 m / 12,467 ft, provides you with an incredible view of the lake and surrounding countryside.  What a wonderful view and experience! And let’s not forget the mountain peaks visible overhead.

On the return journey from  Murma Top you can visit Murma village and the Chaprun Mahadev temple.

Overnight at Rara Lake – camping.  

Highlights and Challenges

  • Climbing up to the view point at Murma Top.
  • Stunning views of the surrounding foothills, forests and glorious Rara Lake.
  • Visiting Chaprun Mahadev, a Hindu temple.
  • Knowing your adventure is coming to an end.

Day 21: Rara Lake to Talcha

  • Trek Time: 3 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  2,990 m / 9,809 ft

After breakfast say farewell to Rara Lake, perhaps after taking another short boat ride and head out of camp.  It’s a short hike through forests and over hills to reach Talcha where the airport is, and you will arrive by lunch time, unless you can suggest to the guide you have lunch at Rara and make your way over to Talcha – which is basically only an airstrip – in the afternoon.

Overnight at Talcha – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Hiking one last time through beautiful blue pines and rhododendrons.
  • Having to say goodbye to the lake. 

Day 22: Talcha to Nepalgunj (Flight) to Kathmandu (Flight)

  • Trek Time: 2 hour
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation:  1,300 m / 4,265 ft

Say goodbye to your trekking crew as you leave the wonderful Rara National Park for the busy and crowded Nepalgunj. 

Actually, there are two flights to catch today.  The first being in the morning out of Talcha to Nepalgunj. The second being in the afternoon from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. There is probably not enough time to make your way from the airport into Nepalgunj proper between flights, but your guide will find a good place for lunch. Then its off back to Kathmandu.

Highlights and Challenges

  • The wonderful views out of the plane windows.
  • Sadly, it’s the end of your trek from Dolpo to Rara Lake. What stories you have and what pictures to show your loved ones back home.

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  • 21 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses and tents
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj (Hotel Sneha or similar)
  • Guide for 22 days
  • Cook for 22 days
  • Required number of porters for 22 days
  • Kathmandu Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj Jhupal flight
  • Jhupal Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj Kathmandu flight
  • Shey Phoksundo national park and Rara national park permits
  • Restricted area permit
  • 22 x breakfast, 21 x lunch and 21 x dinner while on the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepalgunj

Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek Map

dolpo region trek map

Location of the Dolpo to Rara Lake Trek

To reach the Dolpo to Rara Lake Trek you need to take two flights: one to the lowland western part of the country, the next into the high Dolpo region. 

On this trek you will start in the Shey Phoksundo National Park and end in Rara National Park.  In between you will traverse between the two districts and distinctive landscapes for 22 days. 

You will be crossing high mountain passes, crossing rivers, and trekking through forests, dry landscapes and pastures.  All the while the Himalayan mountains will be above you. 

Required Experience for the Dolpo to Rara Lake Trek

This adventurous trek takes over three weeks to complete as you trek through remote and often desolate countryside.  It is a camping trek, where you will be staying almost every night in a tent. 

Being that it is a long, arduous and remote camping trek, this trek is only suitable for those with advanced trekking experience and a great level of physical fitness.  Sleeping at high altitude is also challenging.  Prior camping and trekking experience is a must for this trek.

Physical Fitness – What You Need to Know

This is a trek for those with extensive trekking experience at high altitude and preferably while camping. It is not a trek for beginners, regardless as to how fit you think you are, or may actually be. 

It takes experience and stamina to complete and enjoy this trek.

While there are some shorter days of around 4 hours, on average you will be hiking for 6 to 7 hours a day.  Sleeping and walking at high altitude takes its toll on most people and you should be prepared for that.

By increasing your fitness regime before you come and following our guidelines on how to stay safe at altitude, you can help to mitigate any altitude related illnesses.   Stay hydrated, do not go too fast, be aware of your body, and always let your guide know if you feel unwell.  We do not know who will fall prey to the altitude – it has nothing to do with age or fitness level.  That is why we recommend this trek to those who have trekked at high altitude before.

To know more about altitude related illness, check here.

A Day on the Dolpo to Rara Lake Trek

Early morning at the camp site will look something like this: you will be given hot water to wash while in the camp chef is preparing breakfast.  You will also receive boiled drinking water for the day.  While you enjoy breakfast the guide will give you a quick briefing on what to expect that day, based on the trail and weather.

When you leave the camp you can expect to experience a lot of forest trails, scree slopes, rivers and villages, depending on the day and location. The landscape is stunning and varied throughout this trek, and the mountains are ever present

Lunch will be taken on the trail, and may be a packed lunch prepared earlier that morning.

The day continues with more hiking, perhaps passing gompas (monasteries) of which there are many.    When you reach the overnight camp site, there is hot tea and snacks to enjoy while waiting for dinner to be prepared.

Minimum Number of Trekkers for this Trek

Permits for these areas are given to a minimum of two trekkers.  It is also not viable to conduct a camping trek with less than two trekkers so keep that in mind when you are booking. If you are alone, please talk with us.

What You Will See on This Trek – Highlights of the Best on Offer

This trek takes you to two districts in Nepal: Dolpo, being the largest district, and Mugu, being the most remote and underdeveloped district.

While Dolpo is heavily influenced by Tibet, being that it is on the trading route between the two countries, and the people there are mainly Tibetan Buddhists with a few Bon also, Mugu is mainly a Hindu district, with the largest percentage of the population being of the  Chhetri caste.  While we can confidently say the people of Dolpo came, in the distant past, from Tibet for trade and settled in Dolpo – as is evident by the Buddhist artifacts throughout the landscape and villages, it is hard to find a single origin for the people of Mugu.  It appears they are a mix of indigenous communities and incoming settlers from other parts of Nepal.

  • The Culture: Buddhist in Dolpo, with a scattering of Bon followers.  Hindu in Mugu.  Dolpo definitely has the most interesting culture, with its monasteries, myths, and bonds with Tibet.  Mugu is far behind the rest of the country in terms of development. Animal husbandry and agriculture is a big source of income, but perhaps the largest is Yarsagumba (caterpillar fungus) which is a rare fungus used in herbal remedies and  harvested once a year. Unfortunately this traditional source of income is depleting as it is becoming over-harvested.
  • Flora and Fauna: Blue sheep, musk deer,  Himalayan Black Bear and the Snow Leopard can be found in Dolpo.  Most can also be found in Mugu, There are an abundance of rare and special herbs growing in both districts, particularly Dolpo, which are used for healing purposes.
  • Phoksundo Lake: Nepal’s deepest lake, made famous in the film Himalaya. 
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park: This park is the biggest in Nepal and covers both Upper and Lower Dolpo.
  • Shey Gompa and the Crystal Mountain: Crystal quartz makes this mountain shine in the sun.  It is a major draw for the district’s Buddhist community. Shey Gompa sits nearby and is both a settlement and famous monastery with its formation steeped in myth.  
  • Rara Lake:  The largest lake in Nepal is very beautiful yet very different from Phoksundo.  You can get right down to the lake edge and even paddle a boat here.  The surrounding countryside is rich in blue pine trees and other lush vegetation, including Nepal’s national flower, the rhododendron.
  • Rara National Park: It is the smallest national park in Nepal, totally at the other end to Shey Phoksundo National Park.  Yet it has a beauty all of its own.
  • Mountains:  You are high in the Himalayas when you are in Dolpo and Mustang with superb mountain peaks and foothills all around you.

Places of Interest on This Trek 

Shey Phoksundo National Park

Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest national park in Nepal at 3,555 square km.  The lowest elevation is 2,130 m / 6,988  ft   while at its highest it is 6,885 m / 22,588.5 ft, making it very varied indeed.

Shey Phoksundo National Park’s climate is perfect for supporting unique vegetation such as herbs used in local medicines.  Unique species of mammals including the Snow Leopard, blue sheep, and Himalayan Black Bear, and more, live in this area.  A recent study (published in May 2024) has found there are 30 Snow Leopards living outside of the protected areas in Dolpo. 

The Beautiful Phoksundo Lake

At an altitude  of 3,612 m / 11,850 ft, Phoksundo is not the highest lake in Nepal –  Tilicho Lake at 4,919 m / 16,138 ft is – but Phoksundo is the most interesting.  Maybe.

Its remoteness makes it hard to reach, so anyone who does go there should feel very privileged indeed.  Geologists think (unproven) the lake is the result of a massive landslide 30-40,000 years ago, which dammed the valley, creating the lake. There is some evidence that before that there was glacier influence in this area. 

The lake was made famous by the Eric Valli film Himalaya which highlighted local life in Dolpo in a fictional work which lies very close to reality.   

The Crystal Mountain and Shey Gompa

Sometimes referred to as the Kailash of Dolpo, the Crystal Mountain is located near Shey Gompa.  The village of Shey Gompa is very small and surrounded by red coloured chortens (stupas). Its history is just as intriguing as its location.   Mythology tells that Shey Gompa was built when a follower of Buddha arrived on the back of a flying snow lion to fight  a fierce local mountain spirit. Shey Gompa was built on the site of this battle.

This is the most revered monastery in Dolpo, with the Crystal Mountain also holding spiritual significance to Buddhists. 

The mountain’s name comes from the veins of quartz crystal on its base, which sparkle in the sunlight.   During the full moon in July/ August many pilgrims come to circumnavigate the mountain.

The Stunning Rara Lake

Situated in Mugu, Rara Lake is already receiving more visitors than Phoksundo.  Although also sitting in a remote area, it is possible to access Rara though a short flight, followed by a three hour hike, or by road from the western side.

Rara is the largest lake in Nepal and is surrounded by stunning forests and foothills.  It has similar wildlife to Dolpo, and is a great place for bird watching. 

Due to the topography of the lake, it is possible to go boating here or hike up to a view point to get a complete picture of the lake and its surroundings.

Rara National Park

Rara National Park is the smallest in Nepal, although it does have a large buffer zone.  A buffer zone around a national park is a designated area around the core park area – a transition zone between park and communities.  It provides alternative resources and income opportunities to locals who may, in the past, harvested what is now a national park. It provides locals with the opportunity to have some say in the park management activities. Overall, a buffer zone creates a healthy ecosystem.

Camping Trek in a Remote Area

There are very few larger settlements which can provide accommodation for trekkers in these remote areas.  Camping is the only solution. 

At the campsite we will provide you with a comfortable tent and sleeping mat, a toilet tent and dining tent.  The chef will have his kitchen tent from where he will prepare good, wholesome food and safe drinking water for you.

We will try to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible.  Mother Nature will have her hand in this too – from the star filled skies to the snowy peaks, right through to the icy winds!

Food at the Camp Sites

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner are provided at the camp site.  While breakfast, afternoon snacks and dinner are eaten at the campsite, lunch will be taken on the trail. 

Meals are certainly plentiful and freshly cooked, we find it a good idea to bring some comfort food like dried fruits and nuts, chocolate bars, power bars etc from home.  A bit of luxury for those long days.

Possible Menu While Camping:

Breakfast may be porridge with bread (probably roti – a Nepali flat bread)

Lunch and dinner can be pasta, noodles, dal bhat (Nepali vegetable curry), pizza, etc.  

Afternoon snacks may be fried potatoes and popcorn.

We will not buy meat on the trail but will bring some canned meat / tuna fish.  However, there is always vegetarian food available at every meal. 

Tea/ coffee/ hot water is unlimited, with  powdered milk and sugar.

We will not carry alcohol as we do not recommend its consumption at altitude. It’s just too heavy to carry anyway.  Same goes for soft drinks – too heavy to carry.  Sorry.

Drinking Water While Camping

The kitchen tent will provide you with boiled water for drinking.  A Lifestraw is probably the best idea as it filters out some, not all, larger bacteria, and if you add sterilizing drops/ liquid to spring water it will be drinkable.

What to Bring for a Camping Trek

Take a look at our list of trekking equipment / gear  you need on any trek.  We suggest a few additional items for a camping trek, such as:

  • Clothing for the cold at high altitudes.
  • Portable solar panel (one which hooks onto your day pack) to recharge equipment.
  • Headtorch with batteries and extra batteries.
  • Medicines – any ones you take regularly plus items such as headache tablets, stomach tablets etc.  And a small first aid kit.
  • Four-season sleeping bag. This can be rented in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletries in small, travel sized containers, and some clothes washing soap.
  • Things for blisters and a few bandages in case of sprains.
  • Nepali rupees in case there is something you wish to buy on the trek.  There will be limited places to spend money on this trek but you will need money for donations at monasteries, and in the very few places that have a shop.
  • Your favorite snacks from home or from Kathmandu.

Carrying Your Gear – Porters

Porters will be carrying the tents, kitchen equipment and food for this trek.  It is also possible for them to also carry your gear.  Please be considerate and keep your gear down to a sensible weight of essentials! 

 Best Time to Come

While Dolpo can be visited for most of the year (except winter) due to the fact it falls in the  monsoon rain shadow, we do not recommend visiting Rara during the monsoon.

Therefore, the best time for the Dolpo Rara Trek is in the spring or autumn.  Within these two seasons the best months are April to May (when its not too cold after the winter), and mid-September through to the end of October.  By November it will be getting cold again.

Keep in mind that flights in and out of Mugu (Talcha airstrip) can be delayed by the weather (less so flights from Nepalgunj to Jhupal in Dolpo), and book your flight out of Nepal some days after the proposed date of return to Kathmandu.

Before the Trek

Arriving in Kathmandu

If you wish, we can meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival, saving you time and effort.  Just let us know on the booking form but please note there is a charge for pick up. 

Hotels in Kathmandu

Included in your trek is camping accommodation on the trail, and one night in a hotel in Nepalgunj.  

You will have to book your own hotel in Kathmandu (although we can advise you if you wish.) and will give you a selection of hotels in Kathmandu.  Thamel is geared up for tourists with lively cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, and is a great place to stay while visiting.  Our office is also in Thamel.

Explore Kathmandu:

There is so much to see in Kathmandu on a tour or simply exploring by yourself. Highlights of any tour will include Boudhanath (Tibetan area), Swayambhunath (also a Buddhist stupa) and Pashupatinath (Hindu temples and ghats). There are three Durbar Squares within the Kathmandu Valley, dating back to when there were three kingdoms in what is now Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.  These are among the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But there is so much more, from other heritage sites, to nightclubs and trendy hotel bars.

Visa for Nepal

Visa on arrival is available for people from most countries, via the Immigration Department of Nepal’s on-line site.   Complete the form, print it out and bring it with you.  Bring USD cash (exact money) to make payment on arrival at the airport. 

Visa on arrival is valid for 15 days, 30 days or 3 months and costs: 

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

Trekking Permits You Need for this Trek  

For the Dolpo Rara Lake Trek you need the following permits.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Upper Dolpo: – USD500 per person for 10 days.  USD50 per person per day for any additional days.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Lower Dolpo: USD20 per person for one week, US5 per day for an additional day.

Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit: USD30 per person for the duration of your trek.

Rara National Park Permit: USD25 per person for the duration of your trek.  (SAARC nationals pay approx. USD10)

We shall organize these permits for you.

Why You Need These Permits

The fees from these permits go back into conservation and cultural preservation of the area to help keep the ecosystem for future generations.

 It is also a way to keep track as to where trekkers are in the area.  When you go through a checkpoint it is noted down, which is invaluable should you get lost between checkpoints. 

Safety on the Trek 

This trek is quite a high altitude one, where you are also sleeping at high altitude. In fact you will be sleeping at over 3,000m / 9842.5 ft for around two weeks Therefore, one of the main concerns for this high altitude trek is altitude related illness.

This is, again, one reason we stress that to undertake this trek you should have prior high altitude trekking experience.

You can, however, take steps to  mitigate the effects of altitude by being sensible and following a few guidelines such as drinking enough water to stay well hydrated, going slowly and taking lots of breaks. Our guides are trained in first aid and in recognising signs of altitude illness so do not hesitate to inform them if you are feeling unwell.

As experienced trekkers you know the risks on the trail and know not to wander off on your own without telling the guide, right? Always be aware of your surroundings in the mountains and let the guide know if you are wishing to go explore on your own.

Tips for Safety on the Trek:

We know as experienced trekkers you know these tips; this is just a reminder.

  • Trekking poles for stabilizing yourself on risky trails.
  • Do not go off on your own at the rest/ overnight stops. without telling your guide.
  • Drink at least 4ltrs of water per day. While camping you will be provided with boiled drinking water.
  • It is important not to skip meals. In case you do not feel up to eating, let your guide know and he will try to arrange something ‘light’ for you that day. And/ or that is when your snacks from home come in handy.
  • Do tell your guide if you feel unwell; even slightly unwell. 
  • Have the correct insurance.
  • Wear the correct gear. Bring waterproof gear in case of rain or snowfall even when it’s not forecast.
  • Bring your own regular medicines and a medical kit.
  • Pay attention to the guide in tricky or dangerous areas such as scree slopes.

Expenses You May Encounter

The cost of the trek, namely, transport, food, accommodation, guide and porters has already been covered, and because it is a remote camping trek, there really isn’t many places to spend your money.   

You will need money for donations at the monasteries (gompas) you visit.  It is normal, and yes, locals will do the same.  Around Ns150-500 for each gompa is good, with some extra if you light butter lamps.

There is not likely to be any opportunity to buy souvenirs on this trek – but you never know.  You might want to have money to spend in Nepalganj although your time is quite short there. 

We can suggest you bring around USD5-10 per day just in case there is anything interesting to buy such as a soft drink, at any point.

What is Included and Not Included in the Cost of Your Trek

Transport: Four domestic flights are included in the cost.

Accommodation: Tented accommodation is included in the cost.  The hotel in Nepalgunj for one night is included.   

Food: When camping you will get breakfast, lunch, dinner,  and afternoon snacks. In the hotel in Nepalgunj you will get dinner and breakfast. 

Permits: The permits required for this trek are included in the cost of your trip.

Tips: Tips are not included in the cost of your trek.  Please calculate the tips for your guide and porters.  Tips can be in Nepali rupees or other currencies.

Before you come expenses:  .

  • Trekking / camping gear, good  trekking boots.
  • Flight ticket, visa fee, and insurance.

Tipping the Guide, Chef and Porters

It is the norm to tip your guide and porters on treks.  For camping treks, you also have a camp chef who you should also tip. 

This is a long trek with challenging terrain even for locals (which most of our porters are) when carrying weight.  Your appreciation of these amazing men can be shown through the tips you give them at the end of your trek.  Your guide is also working hard to keep you safe, supported, and up to date on information  about the landscapes, people, mountains etc.   And you could not do this trek without the camp chef! 

Please be aware,  100% of your tips go to the staff. 

We suggest the following:

  • Tip the guide 10% of your trip cost. 
  • For the porters  it is normal to tip around a total of USD150  for each porter.
  • Tip the chef USD200 as the norm.
  • The tips for the guide and crew members are divided by the number of trekkers on a trip So, the larger your group, the less you pay as an individual!

Trip Extensions

Bardia National Park

At the end of this trek you will be back in Nepalgunj in the West Terai region of the country.  From there you will take a 50 minutes flight back to Kathmandu.  

If you wish to extend your trip while in the west of the country, we can recommend Bardia National Park.  This is a place for wildlife safaris, much like Chitwan National Park but much more rural and underdeveloped. It is also the exact opposite of the landscape you have been hiking through for the past three weeks!  A change is as good as a rest they say!

Bardia (or Bardiya) was established as a wildlife reserve in 1976 and was given national park status in 1988.  Being the biggest lowland national park in Nepal at 968 square km, Bardia is home to a wide range of wildlife and flora.  The area is sub-tropical so the forests are lush and the grasslands rich with mammals and birdlife.

There are 61 species of mammals and 513 species of birds in the park.  Most interestingly there is a large community (the largest in Nepal) of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants (who are migratory) and Gangetic dolphins.  One Horned Asian Rhinos are not native to this area, but have been re-located from Chitwan National Park due to their success in Chitwan where the population is high.

There are a number of hotels and homestays around Bardia National Park and within the buffer zone area, offering a range of facilities.  All hotels offer walking and jeep safaris into the park.

The park lies approximately 80 km / 50 miles from Nepalgunj and takes around two hours by private vehicle to reach.  Most visitors spend 3 nights / 4 days there due to its distance from Kathmandu, although you are welcome to spend less or more time!

Should you be interested in visiting the park, please ask us about this. 

**We can also assist you with other trips or treks around the country and in Bhutan and Tibet.  Ask us!**

Why Book with Magical Nepal

Diversity – Equality – Inclusion: Keys to a Great Experience

We at Magical Nepal are a team of highly trained travel enthusiasts.  

We started Magical Nepal in 2017 and pride ourselves in growing a great team. From our climbing guides, trek guides, and liaison staff to our camp staff, porters and camp chef, we all love to explore and travel in the Nepal Himalayas. We also love to introduce our beautiful country to our clients.

We are committed to human dignity, security, and safety for all – for our clients and for the communities we visit. We are also committed to the environmental sustainability of the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the Himalayas.

We also pride ourselves on offering great value for money and a price guarantee – if you can find the same trek at a lower price, we will match it – guaranteed.

Please check the reviews from our past clients to see what they say about us.

FAQs For Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek:

General Information

What is the Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek?

The Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek is a challenging 22-day trek that traverses through the Upper Dolpo region and ends at Rara Lake, highlighting two of the most beautiful high-altitude lakes in Nepal.

How long is the Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek?

The trek lasts for 22 days, covering a diverse and rugged landscape in the Dolpo and Mugu districts.

What are the main attractions of this trek?

Key highlights include Rara Lake, Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, Bon cultural activities, and the diverse flora and fauna of Rara National Park.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the trek?

The highest point on the trek is at an altitude of 5,490 meters (18,011 feet).

What kind of terrain can I expect?

The terrain varies from barren landscapes, alpine forests, green meadows, rocky trails, and high passes.

Is this trek suitable for beginners?

No, the Dolpo Rara Traverse Trek is graded as challenging and is recommended for experienced trekkers.

What is the best time to undertake this trek?

The best time to trek is from April to October, avoiding the harsh winter months.

Are there any cultural experiences included?

Yes, the trek includes interactions with local Bon and Buddhist cultures, especially at Shey Gompa and nearby villages.

What type of accommodation is provided?

Accommodation includes mountain teahouses and tents throughout the trek.

Are permits required for this trek?

Yes, you need Shey Phoksundo and Rara National Park permits, as well as a restricted area permit.

Preparation and Packing

What physical fitness level is required for this trek?

A high level of physical fitness is required due to the challenging nature and high altitudes of the trek.

What essential items should I pack for the trek?

Essentials include warm clothing, trekking boots, a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and personal toiletries.

Do I need any specific trekking gear?

Yes, trekking poles, a headlamp, a rain jacket, and a good quality backpack are necessary.

How should I prepare for high altitude trekking?

Acclimatization is key. Our itineraries is designed with sufficient acclimatization day.

Are there any health risks associated with this trek?

Altitude sickness is a significant risk. It’s crucial to recognize symptoms early and take necessary precautions. Our guide are trained to do that. It is best to consult with a guide.

Is travel insurance necessary?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance covering high-altitude trekking is essential.

What type of training should I undertake before the trek?

Cardio exercises, strength training, and endurance hikes at high altitudes are recommended.

Are there any vaccination requirements?

Check with your doctor for recommended vaccinations for Nepal. Common ones include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus.

Should I carry cash or are there ATMs available?

Carry enough cash for the trek as ATMs are not available in remote areas.

What kind of food is provided during the trek?

The trek includes 22 breakfasts, 21 lunches, and 21 dinners, offering vegetarian and vegan options.

Trekking Logistics

How do I get to the starting point of the trek?

The trek starts in Jhupal, which is reached via a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal.

What is the daily itinerary like?

The itinerary includes specific trekking hours each day, acclimatization days, and cultural visits, detailed in the trek schedule.

How many hours do we trek each day?

Trekking hours vary from 4 to 8 hours daily, depending on the terrain and altitude.

What kind of support is provided during the trek?

Support includes a guide, a cook, and the required number of porters for the entire duration.

Are there rest days included in the itinerary?

Yes, there are acclimatization and rest days, such as the one in Ringmo.

What happens in case of an emergency?

Guides are trained for emergencies and will arrange for necessary evacuation if required. Ensure your insurance covers this.

Can I customize the itinerary?

Yes, Magical Nepal offers customization of the trek to suit your preferences and requirements.

Are there any special permits required?

Yes, specific permits for Shey Phoksundo National Park, Rara National Park, and restricted areas are required.

How are meals managed during the trek?

Meals are prepared by the cook accompanying the trek, ensuring nutritional needs are met in remote areas.

What is the group size for the trek?

This is not a common trek thus it is very hard to form a group on this trek. We recommend at least 2 person to book this trek.

Health and Safety

How do I prevent altitude sickness during the trek?

Gradual ascent, staying hydrated, and taking acclimatization days are crucial to preventing altitude sickness.

What should I do if I feel unwell during the trek?

Inform your guide immediately. They are trained to handle altitude sickness and other health issues.

Are medical facilities available during the trek?

Medical facilities are scarce in remote areas. Basic first aid is available, but serious conditions require evacuation.

How is hygiene maintained during the trek?

Hygiene is maintained through proper waste disposal, clean cooking practices, and personal hygiene measures.

What kind of first aid support is provided?

Guides carry a first aid kit, but trekkers should bring personal medications and any specific medical supplies.

Are there any wildlife risks during the trek?

Encounters with wildlife like snow leopards and bears are rare, but trekkers should follow the guide’s instructions.

How can I stay hydrated during the trek?

Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or filters to ensure safe drinking water.

Are there any specific vaccinations required for the trek?

Check with a travel clinic for recommended vaccinations for Nepal, such as Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus.

How do I manage personal hygiene during the trek?

Use biodegradable soap, wet wipes, and hand sanitizers to maintain personal hygiene.

What kind of diet is followed during the trek?

The diet includes vegetarian and vegan options, with a focus on nutrition and energy-rich foods.

Cultural and Environmental Considerations

What cultural norms should I be aware of?

Respect local customs, dress modestly, and ask for permission before photographing people or religious sites.

How can I contribute to sustainable tourism during the trek?

Follow Leave No Trace principles, support local businesses, and minimize plastic use.

What languages are spoken in the trekking regions?

Nepali is widely spoken, but you will also encounter Tibetan dialects in the Dolpo region.

How do I interact respectfully with local communities?

Be polite, learn a few basic phrases in Nepali, and show respect for local traditions and lifestyles.

What are the main religious practices in the region?

The region practices Bon and Tibetan Buddhism, with many monasteries and religious sites to visit.

How can I minimize my environmental impact during the trek?

Use biodegradable products, avoid littering, and stick to established trails to protect the environment.

What wildlife might I see during the trek?

You may encounter snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan black bears, and various species of monkeys.

What should I know about the Bon religion?

Bon is an ancient Tibetan religion that predates Buddhism, with unique rituals and traditions.

Are there any cultural festivals I can experience?

Depending on the timing, you may witness local festivals, dances, and religious ceremonies.

How do I respect local wildlife and natural habitats?

Observe wildlife from a distance, do not feed animals, and avoid disturbing natural habitats.

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