Upper Dolpo Trek


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You need to be in average physical condition, able to walk up to a maximum of 5 hours a day on unpaved trails and track.

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Upper Dolpo Trek, where interested people and trekkers can join in this beautiful adventure within Nepal Far Western Himalayan region, leads you to complete isolation away from the rest of the world. An amazing country one of Nepal best trekking areas to experience in and around Himalaya within pure wilderness and undisturbed region of Upper Dolpo, visiting its lovely cultural villages interwoven with Buddhism and ancient Bon religion of pre-Buddhism.

The areas around inner and Upper Dolpo falls within Nepal largest national park of Shey and Phoksundo with an area of 3,555 sq. km covering as far towards east to Dhaulagiri Himalaya and far west to Mugu and Jumla. The park protects rare and endangered elusive snow-leopard and herds of blue sheep with other wild animals and exotic bird-life with various species of plants and herbs to tree lines.

An amazing country where you can soak in time-forgotten villages enriched with the ancient culture of both Buddhism and Bon sect that worships nature and mountains considered as the sacred abode of holy spirits. Upper Dolpo Trek starts with preparation from Kathmandu and then flying to Nepal Far South West at Nepalgunj city and its airport, where next day flight takes you to Jhupal in Dolpo on the smaller plane. Where walk leads first at beautiful Phoksundo Lake near Ringmo village, with time here to marvel the beauty of surrounding peaks of Kagmara and Kanjiroba then heading further high into restricted areas at Upper Dolpo to reach Shey Gompa, a famous old Crystal Monastery.

The walk leads to cross the highest pass of the adventure over Kang-la at above 5,350 m high also called Nangdo-la, at Shey enjoy the hidden corners of Upper Dolpo with a tour of its old monastery enriched with ancient treasures of religious and historical items. From Shey Gompa heading towards inner Dolpo areas past traditional Saldang village and over high pass of Jyang-la to reach charming villages of Tokyu with more than 20 smaller villages tucked into one around scenic Dho-Tarap valley.

Enjoying times around impressive villages where walk leaves Dho-Tarap River valley and Yak grazing fields to reach at historical villages in Tarakot, from here heading back to Jhupal for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city. An awe-inspiring adventure around Nepal Far West Himalaya, our enjoyable and thrilling journey concludes at Kathmandu with wonderful memories and experience on Upper Dolpo Trekking.

What to expect on Upper Dolpo Trek?

Upper Dolpo trek, one of the least visited region around most beautiful and remote adventure destinations of Nepal Himalaya. Where you can witness and explore its medieval era villages with tremendous farming, cattle herding sheep-goats and yaks.

The area around Upper Dolpo an extension of Tibet far and remote South West plateau with arid and barren landscapes but with scenic views of its amazing terrain of high hills, verdant valley, and snow-capped peaks. Due to remoteness with least accessibility means of transportations where flights involve both ways, the best way to begin and end this wonderful journey. Like other areas in Nepal with fewer facilities of a lodge, where camping services the best ways to travel around Upper Dolpo.

Places and Culture of interest:

Upper and Lower Dolpo areas the people and villages very much similar to across the border Tibetans with culture, custom, and Buddhist religion.

Beside Buddhism Dolpo people also worship ancient religious sect of Bon a pre-Buddhism cult, which is almost forgotten in most parts of Tibet-Mongolia and in Nepal Himalaya, but still exists at Western parts of Nepal, an old practice worshipping mountain and other nature spirits. Around this trek where you can witness villages and monasteries interwoven with both Bon and Buddhist religions. A colorful culture and in festive occasions where you can observe women and men in ritual traditional interesting outfits and dress as it was since past hundred of centuries.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our staff who will transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed from jet lag, View Nepal guide/leader will brief on Upper Dolpo Trek includes information of hotels, lodges on the route with evening welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment.

Meal

Dinner

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1400 m

Morning optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest full of World Heritage Sites, the Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old Royal Palaces courtyard; after the tour back to the hotel for an afternoon flight to Nepal Far South West at Nepalgunj city. Nepalgunj located close to UP state of India border, during 50 mins flight excellent views of Mountains, at Nepalgunj in a nice hotel for an overnight halt.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Lodge

Altitude

150 m

Starting with early breakfast and then connect the flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, on reaching Jhupal meet our trekking/camping staff, and then a short drive to Dunai for an overnight stop. Dunai an interesting and major town of Dolpo districts with time to explore its markets of shops and stores.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

2,850m

After overnight in Dunai, morning walk past market crossing a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then climb over a ridge to Phoksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak, from here trek leads downhill passing farm villages with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera, a small cattle herders settlements, from here a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe, then downhill walk into forested area to reach overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

2,838 m

From Chhepka near Ankhe area, morning walk with short climb and descend through forest reaching a river bank, from here climb on leaving the forest, from the top walk downhill to forested area leading upstream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek further to Samdua for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

2,960 m

Morning leads towards our first destination at Phoksumdo Lake after crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach upper side of Phoksumdo Khola, after short stops continue to walk to Ringmo village.
An interesting and attractive Tibetan like a village with mud plastered chhorten and Mani (prayer) walls. From here short walk to Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp by the turquoise Phoksumdo Lake.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,500 m

A wonderful spot for free and rest day, relax and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, explore interesting Ringmo village and walk around the lakeside.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,500 m

From this scenic place starts morning walk towards higher upper Dolpo area to our next highlight and destination, walk contours around rocky ledge above the river bank on unsteady path, then approaching western side of the lake into a summer pasture which opens up into a wide plain of Phoksumdo Khola to stop for overnight by the river.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,640 m

Morning walk leads on a good path around northern area of Phoksumdo Khola and then climb up to reach a ridge top, offering incredible views of a wide green valley overlooking at Kang-La pass which leads to Shey Gompa, here overnight stop on nice green pasture.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

4,340 m

Starting the day towards our destination at Shey Gompa the high lights of this trip continue to walk with a climb on stone and rocky path over Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, the highest point of the adventure. The top offers superb views of snow-clad peaks including the Dhaulagiri mountain range. After the top descend to the base of the hill by the river then across cattle herder camps, then continue towards Buddhist prayer monument Chortens and Mani on reaching at Shey Gompa located below Crystal Mountain, regarded as Holy Mountain with an old monastery.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

5,360 m

A fascinating place for rest day around a high mountainous area, in complete harmony of nature and monks chanting, tour of Shey Monastery also known as Crystal Monastery, this area is well described by Peter Matthiessen in his classic novel “The Snow Leopard”.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

5,360 m

From here journey continues through a wall canyon, as the trail meanders atop Saldang-la, offering views of Dhaulagiri peaks, then downhill to grazing area and end the walk at Namduna Gaon for an overnight stop.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

5,200 m

After this village walking on dusty and dry terrain, leading to the steep climb to reach overnight camp at Saldang, another impressive and large village of Dolpo area, situated higher side of the windswept plateau.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,620 m

From here, morning walk following river Nang chu all the way with short ups and down and then passing Sugugaon and Dechen Lapran a cattle herders settlement, and then heading to our overnight camp at Chagoan village with an old Rapa Gompa of pre-Buddhist and ancient Bon-Pa culture.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

4,910 m

Morning walks south towards Tarap valley around Tokyu and Dho Tarap village, then taking southern direction to reach Dachu Khola and beyond, after crossing the same trail following the river through farm fields, and then walk into Yak herder areas for overnight camp.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

4,700 m

After a nice stop in this summer pasture area walk follows the river for short while, and then encountering yaks and mules laden caravan on route Tibet, trade with Tibet exists since hundreds of years, and this walking route lies on the old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route. From the base of Jyanta-la, morning starts with steep climb to reach top of the pass with views of massive Mt. Dhaulagiri range, from here a long descend to the base of the pass on route Tokyu village.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

5,220 m

From the camp of Jeng-la pehdi, morning starts with a steep climb to reach atop Jeng-la pass, with fantastic views of Dhaulagiri mountain range, from here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo areas which is about 20 k.m. which stretches all the way to Tarap Chu River. After a good walk for hours reaching at Tokyogaon for an overnight stop. This is one of the most-lovely and interesting villages of inner Dolpo; consist of more than ten villages with nice tended farm fields and old monasteries.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

5,090 m

After Tokyu-gaon, morning walk starts with downhill towards Tarap Chu on a wider green valley, this is one of the scenic valleys with many Sheppard’s settlements tending and grazing Yaks and Sheep. The walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, this is another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

4,040 m

From here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls heading due south following the trail after Sisaul and small place of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

3,759 m

Today walks on Tarap nice valley, as the trail enters into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might see some wildlife like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals.
As the walking progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of about 6 hours.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,440 m

Start morning walk passing smaller villages and then into a small wooded area, following river all the way at Tarakot, a large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village.
Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where overnight camp situated.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

2,540 m

After a great time at Tarakot, our last day walk takes to Dunai and then with a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu. The Morning starts following spread out villages a, walking on much wider trail with few short uphill into a valley and downhill towards Thulo Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai town.
From here time permitting with lunch stop then a jeep drive to Jhupal to make the day shorter. Last night in Dolpo celebrate the night among fellow staff and porters.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Lodge

Altitude

1,750 m

As per the flight time to Nepalgunj board on the small aircraft for a short flight to Nepalgunj, and then connect to another flight to Kathmandu on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels.

Meal

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel

Altitude

1.400 m

A free and leisure day in Kathmandu after an adventurous journey and tough trekking, on this day if interested book for sightseeing tour around places of interest in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur or Patan with rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Meal

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel

Altitude

1,400 m

Today, last day in Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Upper Dolpo Trekking, as per your time for international flight, View Nepal staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Meal

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel

Altitude

1,400 m

What is Included ?

    • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
    • Three Star (Tourist Standard) hotel in Kathmandu with bed / breakfast basis.
    • A guide who can speak English and government licensed.
    • Porter (2 clients: 1 porter).
    • Food in Trekking (B-L-D).
    • Lodge accommodation during trekking.
    • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card.
    • Necessary permit for restricted area.
    • Private transportation before and after trek as per the itinerary.
    • Domestic airfare as per the itinerary Kathmandu / Nepalgunj /Jhupal-Dolpo / Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
    • Service of trekking guide and porter daily wages-medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance.
    • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
    • Note: We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

What is Excluded?

    • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
    • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
    • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
    • Tips for guide and porter.
    • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you. We also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.

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