Upper Dolpo Trek, Trekking In Nepal

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Upper Dolpo Trekking
Upper Dolpo Trekking
Upper Dolpo Trekking
Starts from US$ 3550 p/p
  1. 25 Days
  2. Moderate to Strenuous

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Full Board Meal on Trekking, Breakfast in Kathmandu

Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House

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  • Sightseeing Tour of Historical, UNESCO World Heritages Sites in Kathmandu,
  • Explore the mystique hidden land of Inner Dolpo, with its untouched Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture
  • Walk through desolate, stunning landscapes of the Trans Himalayan mountains
  • Admire the incomparable beauty of the holy Phoksundo Lake, with its enchanting blue and emerald colors
  • Cross three high passes of 5000 meters and above with spectacular views over the snowcapped Himalaya
  • Visit the magical Shey Gompa, the spiritual heart of Inner Dolpo
  • Sleep in authentic, Buddhist villages and camp in amazing spots amidst the snowcapped mountains
  • Have encounters with villagers, who are direct descendents of the Tibetans
  • See Nepal’s highest waterfall, the Phoksundo Waterfall, of 167 meters high etc...

Considered as one of the unique trek, this Upper Dolpo trekking route traverses three relatively high passes of the upper dolpa region. However, there is no trekking in the glaciers as in Everest trekking. The trekking trail follows the good paths. Dolpo is one of the remote regions of Nepal which lies in the Mid-western region of the country bordered by Dhaulagiri and Chure range at the East and South and Jumla at the West. It is famous for its pristine beauty and raw charm which is still untouched by the modernity, Dolpo offers you a life time trekking experience that you will cherish forever.

Opened for trekking only since 1989, Upper Dolpo Trek is full of hidden wonders for the trekkers. The heartwarming hospitality and rugged charm of the people residing here and their unique and unexplored lifestyle makes this trek very special one. Magnificent view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, picturesque Shey Phoksundo Lake with crystal clear water, thrilling hardcore landscape, preserved ecosystem and occasional encounter with exotic wildlife species such as Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard etc. leaves you with a yearning to visit the place again and again.

Full of hidden wonders and presenting nature at its best, without trekking to this region no trekker can consider his trekking experience complete the desire for Trekking In Nepal.

Day to Day

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu airport (TIA) (1345meters).Our Airport Representative will come to pick up you and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.BB.

Day 02Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for Trekking.Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath . Overnight at hotel.BB.

Day 03Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj.To get to Dolpa, generally you have to fly to Nepalgunj first. Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai, close to the Indian border, which is just 8 km away. Culturally the areas more resemble India than upland Nepal. Take a cycle rickshaw for a ride in town. You pass the hustle and bustle of the bazaar and see horse carts full of colorful people going to or coming from the Indian border. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 04Flight Nepalgunj-Juphal (2475 m), walk to Chhepka (2838 m) 6 hrsjust a 35 minutes flight to Juphal over steep mountain ridges with beautiful views of snowcapped mountains. Juphal airport is just a gravel airstrip amidst the mountains, which guarantees a spectacular landing. Stepping out of the plane, you enter in a completely different world. From a hot city in the plains, you arrive in a small mountain village, situated in the midst of the Himalaya, breathing in crispy cold air. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 05Chhepka (2838 m) to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m) 6 hrsThe path goes through beautiful pine forests, with some bushes, birches and other broadleaf trees mixed in as well. It’s following the river all the time and most of it is Nepali flat: sometimes going up and sometimes going down, with a couple of steeper climbs and descents. At some parts the valley gets very narrow and the impressive steep rocks are towering high above you on both sides. On the way you encounter local people with their mules or dzopas (crossbreed between yak and cow) loaded with things to sell. After about four hours you pass the village of Rechi, where there is a camping spot. At the other side of the bridge, there is a small teashop as well. The path continues at the other side of the bridge. It’s two hours more to Chunuwar. Close to Chunuwar you can find the Amchi Hospita. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 06Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) 3 hrsa short hike today to Ringmo and the Phoksundo Lake. It includes a long and sometimes steep climb of about 2 hours. Just before the top, you can see Nepal’s highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 167 meters high, the Phoksundo Waterfall (also called Suligad Waterfall). From the pass you have your first view of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 07Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m), free dayfree dayIt is essential to have an extra day in Ringmo, as your body needs time to acclimatize to the higher altitude. As the Phoksundo Lake is such a beautiful place, it’s a perfect place for a free day. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 08Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) to Chunemba (3639 m) 5 hrsToday you enter the restricted area of Inner Dolpo. You follow the famous Demons Trail from the movie Himalaya (Caravan) of Eric Valli, a beautiful movie about the life of people in Dolpa who bring their yaks over difficult passes bearing salt from Tibet to trade with grain from the lowlands. In the movie, this trail is used during the salt caravan and one of the yaks falls in the lake here. It’s a spectacular trail, going high above the lake. At some parts it gets very narrow due to landslides. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 09Chunemba (3639 m) to Snowfields Camp (4400 m) 7 hrsThe Phoksundo Valley gets quite narrow now, with high rock walls on both sides. You have to cross a couple of streams. After about half an hour, you leave the main valley and enter a narrow gorge. It’s a long, pretty steep climb through the steep sided valley.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 10Trek to Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Kang La (5375 m) 6 hrsa long and strenuous climb of about 2½ hours over a dusty path to Kang La (5350 m), locally also called Ngadra La. Prayer flags and cairns mark the pass. At the north side of the pass, there is snow most of the times, which makes the descend a bit difficult.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 11Rest day Shey Gompa (4310 m)During this day, you can go to Tsakang Gompa (4575 m), a monastery from the Buddhist Kagyupa sect. This gompa appears in the movie Himalaya as well. It is spectacularly located high on a red rocky slope. The trail to Tsakang Gompa partly follows the same trail as pilgrims follow to make a Kora of the Crystal Peak.You will probably see flocks of blue sheep in these areas. Many blue sheep live here, as the abbot
of Shey Gompa imposed a ban on hunting them. Besides, in these regions you have the best chance of seeing the snow leopard. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 12Shey Gompa (4350 m) to Namgung (4430 m) via Shey La (5000 m) 6 hrsAnother pass to cross today, the Shey La, also called Gelu La, of 5000 m. The climb to the pass goes through a narrow valley. From the pass you have a good view to the north of the arid Tibetan Plateau, which is stretching out seemingly endlessly before you. To the east you can see Mustang.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 13Namgung (4400 m) to Saldang (4060 m) 3 hrsIt’s a short hiking day today. The path goes high above the Namgung Khola (River) and then descends steeply to the village of Saldang. Saldang is the largest settlement of Inner-Dolpo.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 14Saldang (4060 m) to Sibu (4200 m) 5 hrsIt’s a fairly easy walk to Sibu, following the Namgung Khola southwards and passing little villages, like Namdo, along the way. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 15Sibu (4200 m) to Lagmo Che (4570 m) 4 hrsThe trail starts with an easy stretch, following the river. The last village you pass is Raka. After this, you enter a large, inhabited valley. Look out for bluesheep here. Besides, you may even come across a snow leopard… After 2 hours of trekking, the path turns away from the river and climbs steeply to a meadow of about 4570 m, which is often used by yaks to graze. This is Lagmo Che, the base camp for climbing to the Jeng La. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 16Lagmo Che (4570 m) to Tokyu (4209 m) via Jeng La (5110 m) 7 hrsit’s a steep climb of about 2 hours to reach the next pass: Jeng La at 5110 m. From the pass you have a spectacular view to the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and many other snowcapped mountains. After the pass you descend into the Tarap Valley. You arrive at the village Tokyu (4209), a spread out village, which is the first human settlement after Raka. Tokyu is said to be the highest permanent settlement in the world. The Gompa is worth a visit and has a beautiful statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 17Tokyo (4209 m) to Dho Tarap (4080 m) 2 hrsit’s not far to Dho Tarap. On the way, you pass the Cristal Mountain School, which is educating children from Dho and surroundings. It is sponsored by a French NGO. If you want, you can visit the school, the teachers are very pleased.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 18Dho Tarap (4080 m) to Sisaul (3750 m) 4 hrsA short day today again, so you have all the time to explore Dho in the morning.Leaving Dho Tarap, you come along many mani walls and small Chortens. The path is going down, following the Tarap Khola. Gradually you can see the landscape changing. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 19Sisaul (3750 m) to Laina Odar (3370 m) 7-8 hrssoon after leaving Sisaul, you climb to a small pass with a nice chorten. After the pass you will see the first trees again. You mostly walk in the river valley with high rocks towering above you on both sides. Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 20Laina Odar (3370 m) to Lingdo (2391 m) 5 hrsFrom Laina Odar the trail goes down pretty steep to Laisicap (2772 m). The path goes partly through forests and you are surrounded by steep cliffs full of pine trees, mostly spruce, fir, juniper and cypress, some of which are huge. Sometimes the river is far below you.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 21Lingdo (2391 m) to Dunai (2140 m) 5 hrsit’s an easy walk today. The first part goes through rough landscape. The path is sometimes carved out of the rocks, and at a few points very narrow. There are plans to make a motor able road all the way to Dho Tarap. Walking here, it seems that this is a huge challenge, and it surely will take a couple of years. But, may be a reason not to wait too long if you want to visit Dolpa.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 22Dunai (2140 m) to Juphal (2475 m) 3½ hrsIt’s a short walk to Juphal. After about 45 minutes you reach a beautiful gate chorten (stupa), which is the entrance to the VDC (Village Development Committee) Dunai. Inside the chorten you can observe some beautiful Buddhist paintings of mandala’s and important Buddhist figures.Overnigh at tented camp. B.L.D

Day 23Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-KathmanduEarly in the morning you fly to Nepalgunj. Especially the first part of the flight through the mountain valleys is spectacular. Later in the day, you fly back to Kathmandu.Overnight at Hotel.BB

Day 24Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel. B.B

Day 25Transfer to international Airport for Your onward destination.

Cost Include

To quote you with an exact or approximate price, we need the number of persons in your group, the category of hotel, the mode of transportation (by plane or by bus or by jeep etc) & any alternation in your itinerary. Please contact us with these important details first so that we can get back to you on the cost.

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and drops by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan at 4 star hotel
  • All grounded transportation as per program
  • All flights tickets as per program with domestic airport taxes.
  • A highly experience well trained government license holder trekking guide, cook, sherpa, required porters (1 porter between 2 people) and their meals, accommodations, salary, insurances and equipments.
  • Meals in Trekking (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) with hot drinks cooked by our expert cook.
  • All necessary Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils)
  • First Aid kit.
  • Special trekking permit for Dolpo region and TIMs (Trekkers information management system)
  • Duffle bag, Sleeping bag, Down Jacket and Walking Pole (if needed)
  • All government taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • Meals in Kathmandu apart from breakfast.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International flight tickets to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, which is easily issued upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport at Kathmandu.
  • Your personal first aid kit, equipment and items of personal nature.
  • All kind of drinks (Water/Coke/alcoholic beverage and hot drinks) and hot shower during the trek.
  • Tips for field staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory).

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Trip Note

Above itinerary can be Change along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more days, you can do white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.

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