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Upper Dolpo Trek - 26 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Spring / Autumn

Group Size

Min 2 pax to more...pax

Duration

26 Days

Trek Difficulty

Moderate/ Adventurous

Maximum Altitude

5350m

Accommodation

Tea house / Camp

Meal

Available Delicious good food

Region

Dolpo

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Destination

Nepalgunj to dolpo trek

Trip Starts

Kathmandu

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

The Dolpo region is most beautiful trekking regions. Dolpo coveres 15% of the total land of Nepal and has been arbitrarily divided into a Lower (Outer) and Upper (Inner) region. It is the highest inhabited land in Nepal, hidden behind high passes from the south and lying northwest of Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki gorge. Geographically it is a southern extension of Tibet, within the borders of Nepal: a vast arid region of brown ridges in the rain-shadow of the monsoon. The Shey-Phoksundo National Park is the country’s largest conservation area: opened to trekking in the 1990’s.

Dolo region sustains an abundance of wild life including Himalayan blue sheep, musk deer, jackals, and snow leopards. Birds include Himalayan griffons, snow pigeons and several species of pheasant (including Nepal’s national bird: the impheyan pheasant). The Dolpopa are a hardy people of Tibetan origin. They are believed to have migrated into this region from about the 6th Century. Their language and customs are unique to the region. Their religion still contains ancient shamanistic practices of Bon mysticism, amalgamated with Buddhism. Most monasteries in Dolpo are either Bon or Kagyupa (famous for its scholars Tilopa, Marpa and Milarepa) – although there seems to be a trend to convert to Nyingmapa: the oldest sect founded by Guru Rinpoche. The Do Tarap region has numerous Bon monasteries.

The people have had little contact with the south and have maintained their links with Tibet through trade; exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and soda ash (used for cleaning). Yaks are taken onto the Tibetan plateau for summer grazing; although this routine was much disrupted when China officially closed the border after 1959. The spiritual heart of inner Dolpo is the Shey Gompa. It is situated below Riwo Drugdra, the Crystal Mountain – a grey walled bulk, so called because of the unusual veins of mineral stratification lacing its flanks. It guards the northern entrance to the Ngadra La from Shey.This 11th century gompa is said to have been constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who arrived on the back of a flying snow lion. It is widely revered and each July hundreds of Buddhist pilgrims visit the gompa and make a ‘kora’ (pilgrim’s circuit) around the ‘Crystal Peak, Dolpo’s version of Mount Kailas. The ancient Tsakang (red house) Gompa clings to the side of a red cliff on the far side of the kora trail and is worth a visit, en-route to Shey.

The annual festival lasts for several days and is not only a religious matter. It brings people together from remote villages and regions, and is a time for sharing news, doing business, drinking, dancing and singing. During the rest of the year, the gompa remains locked, but may be visited.The main building is modest and its assembly hall seems small, its paintings recent, and the artist is unknown. Musical instruments and religious artefacts are present, but do not appear to be in regular use. Extensive mani walls snake around to fit into the complex. The region was visited in 1973, with special permission, by the scientist George Schaller (Stones of Silence) who was accompanied by Peter Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard) to study rare Himalayan blue sheep and scarce snow leopards. Matthiessen’s book describes his trek and his personal spiritual journey and offers a magnificent introduction to this region. Schaller’s account of the journey and his findings is equally fascinating. Mountain Layers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. . is proud to organise this Dolpo Regions Trek.

Upper Dolpo Trek undoubtedly the most interesting and adventurous journey to fill up in your life.

Mainly the unique traditions, livelihood and the clear visions like that of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjirowa etc. make this expedition quite amazing. Similarly, inhabited areas or villages by human being above 4000 meters would be very key point to figure out. The least developed parts of the country was closed till 1989, has tremendous Himalayan pilgrimage which simply adds up attraction.

Some rime destinations like Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, Numa La, Saldang La etc can be picturesque touch in your life. Even the wildlife and of the rich vegetation especially herbs fresh up your tiredness.To enroll the season between February to June and September to early December.Mountain Layers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is proud to organise this Upper Dolpo Trek

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and pick up at hotel with B/B plan

You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our office representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will give a brief explanation about the program. This day you can stay within the hotel or enjoy the night at Thamel, Kingsway especially famous for clubs and bars.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day 2 : UNESCO world heritage site sightseeing and preparation trek overnight at hotel with B/B plan

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You will be briefed regarding our trek as well as provide us with an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m) 1 hour overnight at hotel.

Generally we go via Nepalgunj to get to Dolpo so, firstly we will fly to Nepalgunj and spent food time in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is situated in the southwestern part of Nepal a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritage. It does include Bageshowri temple, Nepal's one of the important Hindu temples.

Food BLD
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 150

Day 4 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpa) 45minutrs and trek Dunai (2475m) 3hrs overnight at lodge

The trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara and to Kala Gaura. The trail now remains close to the river on its south bank and reach to Roop Ghar with the water mill and simple lodges and finally reach to Dunai, a large village with school, police check post and government office. Overnight at lodge

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2475

Day 5 : Trek from Dunai to Chhekpa (2687m) 6hrs. overnight at lodge

Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. Overnight at lodge

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2687

Day 6 : Trek from Chhekpa to Chunuwar (3000m) 6hrs.overnight at camp.

After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 3000m. Just above the bridge, you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. Overnight at Camp

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3000

Day 7 : Trek from Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) 6hrs. overnight at camp.

rek from Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) 6hrs.  Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slopes down to Chukore. Overnight at Camp

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3600

Day 8 : Rest day and acclimatize hiking around overnight at camp

Today, we will have an exploration day around Phoksundo Lake and the Ringmo village. Firstly, we will explore around the Ringmo village. Ringmo village is a typical Tibetan village with its own unique culture and tradition. Then head towards Tshowa, a Bon monastery at the lake-shore. It was built around 900 years ago. We will explore inside the monastery which will be a fascinating experience. After that, we will descend down to Phoksundo Lake. We will visit some other monasteries and Bon-po religious sites on this day. Shey Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake of Nepal with its famous turquoise colored water and mind-blowing scenery. We will enjoy the wonderful natural sceneries and spend overnight at the campsite.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 4000

Day 9 : Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3630m) 6hrs. overnight at camp.

The one of the best trekking days of the Dolpo trek. We will climb along the narrow trails along the cliffs above Phoksundo Lake. This part of the trek is similar to the fantasy walk described by writers in their fiction novels. We will then descend along the beautiful forest for around one and half hour. After that, we will reach the other side of the lake, Phoksundo Khola camp. Then, we will ascend the final part of today’s trek and reach Sallaghari. We will put our campsite among the beautiful pine forest.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3630

Day 10 : Trek from Sallaghari to Nagdala high Camp (4717m) 6hrs. overnight at camp

Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school, the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. Overnight at Numa La Camp

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 4717

Day 11 : Trek from Nagdala high Camp to Shey Gompa (5350m) 6hrs. over night at camp

The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5350m). From the pass on a clear day, you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralawa and Dhaulagiri I (8167m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Overnight at Camp.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 5350

Day 12 : Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgong Gompa (4360m) 7hrs. via Shey La pass (5100m) overnight at camp

This monastery is believed to be 800 years old with ancient scroll describing the myths behind the Crystal Mountain. Shey Gompa is locally known as Shelri Sumdho Gompa. This monastery hosts a summer festival popular as Shey festival. Shey Gompa is well described in “The Snow Leopard” written by Peter matthiessen and pictured in Eric Valli’s “Caravan” movie as Thinley’s son’s Gompa. We will begin our trek after the exploration. We will follow the trails along Sephu khola for around two hours. You will be very surprised with the typical Dolpo landscape. We will ascend Shey LA top in around two hours. Magnificent view of Mustang, Tibet, Kanjirowa, Kagmara and the crystal mountain can be admired during the trek. We will descend another 2 hours to reach Namgung. We will set up the campsite.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 4360

Day 13 : Trek from Namgong Gompa to Saldang (3780m) 5hrs overnight at camp

The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3,730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Camp

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3780

Day 14 : Rest day and acclimatization and hiking up to Yangjer Gompa overnight at same camp.

This beautiful monastery is set on a flanking high cliff. After that, we will begin our trek. We will follow the trails along Namga Khola. We will pass more summer herding spots to reach Saldang village. Saldang is a beautiful village including a lot of dry land which are surrounded by amazing hills. We will explore around the village and interact with the locals. Do not forget to taste some salt butter tea or Chyang (Barley beer) at Saldang. Ancient Buddhist tradition and Amchi tradition in Dolpo flourished at this village.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3780

Day 15 : Trek from Saldang to Komash village (4060m) 6hrs overnight at camp

The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a Chhorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons. In the way, the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can be seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. Overnight at Camp.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 4060

Day 16 : Trek fromKomash village to Shimen (3850m) 64hrs. overnight at camp

During our trek this day, we might encounter some rare species like Blue sheep and snow leopard. We will pass various small villages during today’s trek. This part of the trek is filled with highland deserts with shrub like vegetations. The trails are comfortable and not so difficult. After walking for around 4-5 hours, we will reach Shimen. We will set up the camp at a potential campsite.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3850

Day 17 : Trek from Shimeny to Tinje village (4100m) 6hrs. overnight at camp

We will pass some beautiful villages and monasteries along the trails to reach Tinje. The walk duration will be around 5 hours. Tinje is a beautiful valley with a natural air strip where a British aircraft landed and took off once. We will set up our camp at Tinje village.

Food BLD
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 4100

Day 18 : Trek from Tinje village to Yak khaka (4650m) 6hrs. overnight at camp

Yak Kharka which will be around 5-6 hours walk. We will follow the trails along Panjyan River passing small settlement of Chhamdang. After Chhamdang, we will walk along the river bank for some times and then to the confluence of Chholtam khola and Panjyan Khola. We will cross a bridge over Thalum khola and then reach an open grazing ground for yaks and sheep. This open ground is known as Yak Kharka.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 4650

Day 19 : Trek from Yak khaka to Tokyu (5040) 4hrs. overnight at camp

Leaving Maria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. Overnight at Churta.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 5040

Day 20 : Trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap (3944m) 6hrs. overnight at camp

Dho Tarap. It is a very short trek of around one and half hour. After reaching Dho Tarap, we will explore around the village of Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a large village settlement beautifully decorated with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. There are various chortens, mani walls and monasteries around Dho Tarap. Beautiful fields of wheat, buch wheat, barley, potatoes and other green vegetables add more beauty to this village. There are small tea shops and lodges at Dho Tarap. People here resemble the Khampas of Tibet. This refer to men with ponytail and red tassel coiled around their head. Women wear musk deer’s teeth necklaces. This village is well pictured in Eric Valli’s popular movie “Caravan”, where Karma, Thinley and their groups set off with their salt trade for Barley over the high passes. We will enjoy wonderful natural tour as well as participate in cultural programs performed by the villagers with their traditional Tibetan dance and songs. You will have choice to explore some monasteries around Dho Tarap so choose wisely. Some of the monasteries are Ribo Bumpa Monastery, Drakmar Dewa Monastery, Mekhyim Monastery & Dhoro Monastery.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3944

Day 21 : Trek from Dho Tarap to Nawarpani (3475m) 6hrs overnight at camp

We will trek along the flat traail which will takes us to the confluence of Tarap Khola and Mirubabane Khola. Then, we will cross a bridge over Klang Khola, Langa Camp. We will continuously follow the trails along the Tarap Khola. Beautiful picturesque view of the magnificent landscape can be admired during this part of the trek. We will pass various beautiful settlements of Sisaul, Gyamghar and Toltol. After that, we will reach our campsite destination, Naworpani. We will set up the camp at Naworpani.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 3475

Day 22 : Trek from Nawarpani to Lashicap (2775m) 7hrs overnight at Camp

We will witness some change in the view and landscape. Green forest will start to emerge as we move more forward. We will then ascend to Lamchaur high over Tarap Khola. After crossing Lahini Odar, we will descend down and reach Chhedhul Gompa. Again, after following some time along the Tarap Khola, we will reach Laisicap where we will set up the camp.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 2775

Day 23 : Trek from Lashicap Dunai (2010m) 5hrs. overnight at camp.

 We will trek along the green lands above Thuli Bheri river to reach Tarakot. After reaching Tarakot, we will cross a small bridge over a stream. We will pass Lawan and Byasgad on this day. Today’s trek will offer some greenery and forested region and cultivated terraced fields. Reaching Dunai, rooms will be assigned.

Food BLD
Accomodation Camp
Elevation 2010

Day 24 : Trek fromDunai to Juphal (2400m) 6hrs overnight at lodge.

We will follow the trail along the Bheri river until we reach Kalagawda. After Kalagawda, we will ascend some times to reach Juphal. It will be a short trek of around 3 hours up to Juphal.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2400

Day 25 : In the morning Fly from Juphal to Nepalgung after lunch fly from Kathmandu same day overnight at hotel with B/B plan

In the mornig after breakfast we will have our breakfast and head towards Juphal airport for the early morning flight to Nepalgunj. We will fly to Nepalgunj this day. At Nepalgunj, you will have some time to explore around depending on your flight schedule. In the afternoon, you will approach to Nepalgunj for Kathmandu flight. At Kathmandu, our office representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore and enjoy the nightlife of Thamel. Farewell dinner will be provided at a typical Nepali restaurant with some musical program.

Food BLB
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day : 26 Departure own your destination drove from hotel to TIA by private transfer

On your departure day, bid farewell to Kathmandu and make your way to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your onward journey. Arrange for transportation to the airport based on your flight schedule. Take with you cherished memories of your adventure in the Himalayas and the warm hospitality of Nepal. Safe travels and until we meet again!

Cost Includes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj with Standers bed & breakfast.
  • Your meal (Breakfast-lunch-dinner) during the trek ,
  • One experience trekking guide & one porter for each two tourist & Kitchen staff.
  • All land transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Upper Dolpo special permit .
  • Trekkers' information management system (TIMS)
  • Insurance for guide, porters & other staff.
  • All accommodation during the trek available lodge & camp.
  • Airport -hotel-airport transfer
  • Our service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Personal equipment for trekking.
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide, porter & other staff
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.

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