Upper Dolpo Trek

Occupying a large area in the north-west of Nepal, Dolpo (also called Dolpa) is an arid, desert like high mountain region lying in the Himalayan rain shadow. In fact the region falls between the Great Himalayan Mountain range running along the southern edges of this region and the lesser Himalayan range bordering Tibet. Lying as it is beyond the Himalayas, it is one of the remotest districts in Nepal. But it has been a region of curiosity for anthropologists and geographers. Eric Valley made the harsh lives of people, who live here by adjusting with the extremely hostile environment, the subject of his film “Caravan.” The images of this film, released in 1997, have since lingered on everyone’s mind.

But alpine desert like land alone does not dominate this region. Nepal’s biggest national park, the Shey Phokshundo, is located in this region. The park derives its name from a monastery named Shey, and a huge glacial lake named Phoksundo. Together the park is meant to protect both natural ecology and culture of the area. The park is the home to such rare wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard.

The occupations of people living here are animal husbandry and trade with Tibet. They speak Tibetan language and go over high passes to Tibet with their yaks in summer for grazing. The land formation of this region is like that of Tibet and people’s interaction with Tibet is also considerably more than that of the other areas of Nepal. This trek is intended to take you to this mysterious place, explore their unique lifestyle and strange land formations. Opened to trekking only in 1998, this region has always remained a virgin destination with only a few people visiting it every year.

In the Upper Dolpo trek, we will pass through several villages, valleys, and forest areas with coniferous vegetation above a number of passes. Finally we pass through Numala Pass (5400m) before reaching Phoksundo Lake. We will spend a day or two in Ringmo village near the lake and then visit the legendary Shey monastery as well.


Day 1: Arrival, transfer to hotel 

Day 2: Trek preparation day. Introduction with guide and final check of equipment and documents.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2320m) and Trek to Dunai (2850m), 2-3 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Ankhe (2896m), 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Sulighat (3500m), 5-6 hrs

Day 7 Trek to Phoksundo Lake, 4-5 hrs

Day 8: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4-5 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass (5360m), 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa (the crystal monastery)

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La (5200m), 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Saldang, 4-5 hours

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Monastery, 4-5 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Sibu, 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi, 5-6 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la, 5-6 hrs

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap, 4-5 hrs

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka), 6-7 hrs

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon, 4-5 hrs

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot, 4-5 hrs

Day 24: Trek to Dunai, 5-6 hrs

Day 25: Trek to Jhuphal, 2-3 hrs

Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu. Cultural diner in the evening

Day 27: International departure


Day 1: Arrival, transfer to hotel 

Day 2: Trek preparation day. Introduction with guide and final check of equipment and documents.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2320m) and Trek to Dunai (2850m), 2-3 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Ankhe (2896m), 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Sulighat (3500m), 5-6 hrs

Day 7 Trek to Phoksundo Lake, 4-5 hrs

Day 8: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4-5 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass (5360m), 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa (the crystal monastery)

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La (5200m), 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Saldang, 4-5 hours

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Monastery, 4-5 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Sibu, 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi, 5-6 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la, 5-6 hrs

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap, 4-5 hrs

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka), 6-7 hrs

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon, 4-5 hrs

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot, 4-5 hrs

Day 24: Trek to Dunai, 5-6 hrs

Day 25: Trek to Jhuphal, 2-3 hrs

Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu. Cultural diner in the evening

Day 27: International departure


Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek. Skills: Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be desirable.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Camping tent
  • Cooking equipments
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu (Either Hotel Mums Home or Hotel Friends or similar); Tented camp in the remote trekking area on sharing basis
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu; 3 meals a day during the trek (meals will be prepared by the cook that we provide)
  • Transportation: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj-Juphal and VV flight tickets for clients and guides.Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers by private transport.
  • Human resource: Professional English-speaking trekking guide and required porters, with their entire expenses covered (wages, meals, insurance, etc.)
  • Equipment: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, kitchen equipment, etc.
  • Permits: Lower Dolpo permit, Upper Dolpo permit (costs $500 per person per week), TIMS (Trekker's information management system ) Card 
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Country: Nepal
Climbing Destination: Phoksundo Lake
Duration: 27 days
Grade: Strenuous
Highest Alt: 5400m
Best Season: May-November
Group Size: 2 and more
Mode of Travel: Difficult
Start/End: Nepalgunj/Nepalgunj
Trekking Hours: 6-9 Hours
Climbing Destination: Phoksundo Lake
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