Upper Dolpo Trek

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Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to the isolated valley of Dolpo in Trans Himalayan territory of mid-west Nepal. Geographically a part of Tibetan Plateau, this region lies in the remote Shey Phoksundo National Park behind the Dhaulagiri. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989.Unlike most other parts of Nepal Himalayas this region is generally dry, cold and sparsely vegetated with rugged landscapes .Untouched by the development and outside influence of any kind the people living here who are from Tibetan origin still follow centuries old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions mixed with shamanistic influences.

Upper Dolpo trek begins at Juphal after a 45min flight from Nepalgunj. Then we trek to Dunai, administrative headquarter of Dolpo region, and pass through Sulighat reaching Phoksundo Lake. We trek along the banks of Phoksundo Khola to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass. Following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route we go back to Juphal for a flight to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. We encounter interesting places, peoples, and valley and pass many gigantic mountain ranges. Shey Phoksundo national park is home to abundant wildlife including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and elusive Snow Leopard. We can enjoy the blue water of Phoksundo Lake and surrounding Kanjirova range. Amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gompa and Ringmo village still has some old monasteries along with some most beautiful scenery.

Dolpo being one of the highest inhabited land is blessed with nature and rich culture .This mysterious and hidden land with distinctive people, architecture and unique light conditions is a photographer’s paradise. March to May in spring and October-November in autumn season are best times for trek.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Fly to Nepalganj from Kathmandu- 1 hr Flight.
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2,400 m). Trek to Dunai (2,150 m) – 3 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,660 m) – 6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Renje (3,104 m) – 7 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Phosundo Lake (3,600 m) – 6.5 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507 m) – 6 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402 m) – 7 hrs
Day 10: Cross the Kang La pass (5,151 m) and trek to Shey Gompa (4,126 m) – 7 hrs
Day 11: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa
Day 12: Cross the Saldang La pass (4,785 m), and then trek to Namduna Gaon (4,400 m) – 7 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Saldang (3,903 m) – 4 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Sibu (3,942 m) – 6 hrs
Day 15: Trek to foot of the Jeng La (4,369 m) – 5 hrs
Day 16: Cross the Jeng La pass (4,845 m), trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240 m) – 7 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090 m) – 4.5 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Serkam (3,630 m) – 6.5 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,550 m) – 7 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Tarakot (2,281 m) – 4 hrs
Day 21: Trek to Dunai (2,052 m) – 5 hrs
Day 22: Trek to Juphal (2,404 m) – 3 hrs
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder Guide and Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Emergency expenses like rescues, emergency medical treatment.
  • Personal insurance charges.
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 25 Days

Price : 3200 USD

Difficulty Level : Moderate

Minimum Altitude : 1300m

Group Size : 2-15 people

Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Sightseeing

Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep

Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal hotel in Trekking

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