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Upper Dolpo Trek

Overview

Dolpa is one of the hidden tourist destinations of Nepal. The remoteness of this region is unique and attracts more tourists. The Dhaulagiri range holds Dolpa in the south and the east.

Dolpa is separated as Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo. Upper Dolpo is situated in the far west of Nepal. There are many parts and places left to be explored in this region. The breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, several ethnic villages, splendid Himalayan peaks, Phoksundo Lake and Shey Gompa are the settings of the Upper Dolpo Trekking. Go For Nepal gives you an opportunity to reach to Upper Dolpo and explore the stunning mountain views, diverse landscapes and the wild and rare flora and fauna.

The Phoksundo Lake and Shey-Gompa are attractions of Dolpo. The Phoksundo Lake is also known as Shey- Phoksundo Lake. It is the deepest lake of Nepal. The snow capped mountains surrounding the Shey- Phoksundo Lake from every side. The Shey- Gompa of Dolpo was built in the 11th century.

The Upper Dolpo Trek is graded as extraordinary.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m – 02 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Phuksumdo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours.
Day 07: Rest day at Phuksumdo Lake for local excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Phukshumdo-Khola 3,750 m- 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Phuksumdo Bhanjyang 4,717 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Cross Kang-La 5,350 m and trek to Shey Gompa 4,160 m via -06 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Namgung 4,608 m via Sela (Gela) La 5,094m.
Day 13: Trek to Saldang 3,770 m – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Chagaon 4,910 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Rakyo 4,160 m via Darshamna Dovan – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to camp at 4,542m after Jyanta Bhanjyang 5,231 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Murjung 4,965 m – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,200m via Jeng la 5,090m-06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap 4,040m- 05 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m – 07 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours.
Day 22: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 23: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 24:  Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 25: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Upper Dolpo trekking and other useful details. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to respective hotels.

    As per the flight to start this wonderful adventure to Upper Dolpo, transfer to domestic airport for 50 minutes flight to land at Far South West areas in Nepalgunj, of warmer climate located close to Indian border of UP (Utter Pradesh), this city with much Indian influence on arrival transfer to respective hotels with time browse around the city areas.

  3. Day 03: Fly to Jhupal (2,475 m) then drive to Dunai (2,140 m), 2 hrs.

    After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj and early morning flight of short duration brings you at mountainous areas within inner Dolpo at Jhupal, here meet our other trekking and camping staff and then few hours of an interesting drive on jeep road to reach at Dunai, the headquarter town of Dolpo district for first overnight halt in Dolpo.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Chhepka (2,838 m), 6 hrs.

    With pleasant time and overnight at Dunai, morning walks leads into market areas and then cross a bridge over Thulo Bheri River, where climb leads over a ridge to Phuksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak, from here trek leads downhill passing spread out houses with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera a small cattle herders settlements. A small cattle herder settlement and then a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu tribe of people, with a downhill, walk into the forested area to reach overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Samdua village (2,960 m), 6 hrs.

    From Chhepka near Ankhe village morning a short climb with a downhill into forest reaching a river bank, from here climb after leaving the forested areas, and then downhill back into forest leading upstream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek further to Samdu near Sulighat village for an overnight stop.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Phuksumdo Lake (3,500 m), 5 hrs.

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

  7. Day 07: Rest day at Phuksumdo Lake for local excursion.

    A perfect place for free and rest day, just relax and marvel the beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, or visit this interesting Ringmo village and walk to the lakeside.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Phukshumdo Khola (3,640 m), 5 hrs.

    From this lovely place morning walk starts to higher area of upper Dolpo region to our another highlight and final destination of this awesome journey walk follows to contour around rocky ledge over the river bank on the unsteady path, then approaching at the western side the lake through a summer pasture which opens into a wide plain of Phuksumdo Khola for the overnight camp by the river shore.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Phuksumdo Bhanjyang, 7 hrs.

    After a nice pleasant stop, morning starts on good trail leading north areas of Phuksumdo Khola and then walking up on the hill slopes, after a steep uphill to reach at a ridge top with grand scenery of wide green valley and of Kang-La Pass on route Shey Gompa, setting the camp for the night stop on this nice green summer pasture.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500 m) via Kang-La (5,360 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning walk starts to our main destination at Shey Gompa which the high lights of this adventure after Phuksumdo Lake, the trek continues with a climb on stone and rocky path to cross Kang-La Pass at (5,360 m), the highest point of this adventure. The top offers super views of landscapes with snow clad peaks including Mt. Dhaulagiri. After reaching the top ridge, descend to the bottom of the hill leading by the river then across cattle herder camps, after a short stop continues towards Buddhist prayer monument Chortens and Mani. After a great walk reaching Shey Gompa located beneath Crystal Mountain regarded as a Holy Mountain with an old monastery nearby.

  11. Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.

    A perfect place for the rest day in a remote and isolated mountain area, in the harmony of pristine nature with monks chanting a prayer, with time to visit its interesting monastery also known as Crystal Monastery, this place well described in classic novel 'Snow Leopard' by Peter Matthiessen.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Namgung (4,608 m) via Sela (Gela) La (5,094 m).

    From this mystical and interesting place, journey continuous into a walled canyon, the trail meanders atop Saldang-La, offering great views of landscapes and of Mt. Dhaulagiri peaks, downhill on the grazing area with a pleasant walk to Namgung Gaon for an overnight stop.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Saldang (3,770 m), 5 hrs.

    After a pleasant stop at Namgung village walk on dusty windswept terrain, leading to steep uphill to reach our overnight camp at Saldang, another impressive large village of the region, situated higher side of the plateau.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Chagaon (4,910 m), 5 hrs.

    From here, morning walk follows Nang Chu River all the way with short ups and down in between and then past cattle herders settlement to reach our overnight camp at Chagaon a small village with an old Rapa Gomba of pre-Buddhist Bon-Pa culture.

  15. Day 15: Trek to Rakyo (4,160 m) via Darshamna Dovan, 6 hrs.

    Morning walking leads on the main trail towards South West direction to Rakyo and beyond, after crossing a river through farm fields, walk into Darshama Dovan another village of farmers and cattle herders, from here walk leads to green pasture land at Rakyo for overnight camp.

  16. Day 16: Trek and Camp at (4,542 m) after Jyanta Bhanjyang (5,231 m), 6 hrs.

    Walk today leads away from human settlement and villages to camp within pure wilderness, heading higher towards south with impressive views of inner Dolpo vast landscapes as our route leads over Jyanta Bhanjyang and a pass of above (5,231 m) high, one of the highest pass of this adventure after Kang-La and then heading downhill to camp around pasture field at about (4,542 m) high.

  17. Day 17: Trek to Murjung (4,965 m), 6 hrs.

    After nice stop around summer pasture walk towards small streams for short while, and then coming across yaks and mules laden caravan on route to Tibet border, where caravan route for trade with Tibet still exist since past hundreds of years, our route follo0ws on old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route, and then ending beautiful walk at Murjung, a small interesting village for overnight stop.

  18. Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,200 m) via Jeng La (5,090 m), 6 hrs.

    From Murjung, morning begins with an uphill climb to a ridge with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri mountain range, and then with a long downhill to Tarap valley, one of the longest valley within Dolpo which is 20 km. distance as the trail extends following Tarap Chu River, after an easy walk for hours reaching at Tokyo Gaon for overnight, this is one of the most interesting villages around Dolpo, consists of more than ten villages with well-tended farm fields and old monasteries.

  19. Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,040 m), 5 hrs.

    After Tokyu Gaon, morning starts on downhill towards Tarap Chu around much wider and green valley, this is one of the most scenic valleys many Sheppard’s settlements herding Yaks and Sheep, from here walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, another interesting village of mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar people.

  20. Day 20: Trek to Ghyamgar (3,759 m), 7 hrs.

    From here adventure leads to a long descend within Tarap valley, one of the largest valleys of Dolpo area where it 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.

  21. Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,652) via Chhyugar (3,440 m), 6 hrs.

    Today walk takes you at Tarap nice valley, entering a narrow gorge with less vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol a large overhanging cave, around this area might spot 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.

  22. Day 22: Trek to Tarakot (2,540 m), 6 hrs.

    Starting the 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 the overnight camp is placed.

  23. Day 23: Trek to Dunai, 5 hrs then drive to Jhupal, 2 hrs jeep ride.

    After a wonderful stop at Tarakot, last day walk of the adventure leads to Dunai with short walks and then taking a short drive back to Jhupal for the flight to Kathmandu. The morning starts following many spreads out villages and farmers huts, walking on a wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai, on reaching Dunai time permitting having lunch. From here jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.

  24. Day 24: From Jhupal morning fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

    Last day of this fantastic adventure completes with short morning and a scenic flight from Jhupal to reach Nepalgunj for transit, connecting with next flight to Kathmandu after a most memorable and fabulous time around Upper Dolpo.

  25. Day 25: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Upper Dolpo Trekking.

What's included !

  • Airport – hotel -airport pickup and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per category.
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj on BB Plan as per category.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  • Local fresh fruits where available.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse/tent camp.
  • Upper Dolpo Trekking map, one in a group.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by City Tour Guide with entry fees and Transportation.
  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
  • Trekking porter /Sherpa to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
  • All necessary paper works and Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permits fee.
  • Trekking Permits for Upper Dolpo Trekking Restricted Area.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All government taxes and our service charges.
  • Farewell Dinner before departure.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Any extra activities and items not mentioned in “our services section”.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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