Upper Dolpo Trekking

Duration: 28 Days

About Upper Dolpo Trekking

One of the most isolated areas choosing for trekking in Nepal is the Dolpo Region trekking routeDolpo region situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land of western Nepal. Dolpo, a land beyond the Himalaya, conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries, snow leopards and blue sheep; it is situated in the north-west part of the country, and is one of the most remote regions in Nepal. The traditions and way of life have remained intact in Dolpo Regionsince decades.  The first trekking in this route has been organized in autumn of 1990 by the first British tour operator. The trek was scheduled from east to west, from Pokhara to Jumla through Lower Dolpo.

The Upper Dolpo trekking route passes many gigantic mountain ranges of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba, to name but a few and passes through Lower Dolpo, at one time a small Kingdom in its own right. Trekkers are enthused greatly about the wild remoteness, the stunning mountain scenery and the fact that the local people had thatinnocent friendliness peculiar to people who live in excessively remote mountainous regions in this trekking route.

The people living Upper Dolpo region number only a few hundred and are among the world's highest dwellers. The villages in Upper Dolpo are 4,300m and above. This is only the place that the people still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. This early sect was almost entirely replaced after Buddhist doctrine began to spread across Tibet in the 9th century.

The books of Peter Matheson's, the Snow Leopard and David Snellgrove's Himalayan Pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksumdo Lake, inner Dolpo. This is the goal of most trekkers but this Dolpo trek will take you even further into this mysterious land. 

The first English subtitled movie on Dolpo “The Caravana” or “The Himalaya” of Nepal was a huge success and was nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. Boundaries of the Shey Phoksundo Park include within 3,500 square kilometers of land, mostly above 4,000 meters.  

Within the trek route scheduled by Himalaya Hub Adventure, at Ringmo, the highlight of our Upper Dolpa Trekking Trip is to have two nights here to enjoy the beauty of the deep blue waters of the Shey Phoksundo Lakeand the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjirova Himalayan range, with time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and it’s Monastery. Our classic journey continues to the amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gompa, following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and back to Juphal for the flight back by an alternative route, giving you more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya through Trekking in Nepal.


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Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m) at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). pick up by our office representative, transfer you to your hotel, evening brief you about your trip, Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
    After breakfast guided sightseeing of Kathmandu valley UNESCO world heritage sites : - Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple & Bouddhanath Stupa evening get preparation for trek, Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

      On the third day, you take a flight to Nepalgunj which approximately takes 1 hour. Renowned as an industrial and transportation hub, Nepalgunj still has many more things to offer. You can enjoy famous street foods, cultures, and livelihood. You will find the variation or diversity in cultures when you reach Nepalgunj. Spending your whole day exploring the Nepalgunj beauty take a rest at night cause the day after can be more hectic and surprising.

        Early in the morning taking the flight towards the Juphal is quite exciting and you get to see a panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Juphal(2475m) is the only airport in the Dolpa district. After that, your trek to Upper Dolpo officially started. You start to trek from Juphal to Dunai(2140m). It will approximately take 3 hours to reach Dunai. Dunai is the headquarter of the Dopa district which resides on the bank of the Thuli Bheri river. Here you stay at the Tea house.

          On day 5, your trek eventually leads you to Shey phoksundo valley. Crossing the suspension bridge and turning to the west trails, passing the ridges, and canyons, you reach Rahagaon. After Rahagaon you go through the dense forest and finally reach Ankhe(2130m). The territory of Shey phoksundo national park begins from the Ankhe. You stay at a tented camp for the night after 5 to 6 hours of walking.

            For the sixth day, you trek through forests, springs, and streams and follow the rock trails beside the bank of the river and reach Ryajik then to the Sulighat. Here you spend your sixth night of the trip in tented camps. Trekking hours are 5 to 6 hours.

              On day 7, you start your trek and go through the meeting point of the Phoksundo river and Pungmo river. Walking through the wooden bridges, beside the Pungmo river finally takes you to Phoksundo Lake. Trek hours are 5- 6 hours and you accommodate in tented camps.

                An acclimatization day! You can trek around Shey Phoksundo lake which beholds the heavenly beauty in turquoise color. On the eighth day, you can visit the neighborhood village Ringmo and do sightseeing in the Tibetan monastery.

                  Day 9 has come. The Shey Phoksundo Lake is bordered by the route on its western side. You stroll down the lake's western end's rocky hillside path. The path continues across a beautiful grassland to the Phoksundo Khola floodplain. For the accommodation, you get the tented camps.

                    The tenth day involves walking through a glacier valley in a northerly direction until you reach the intersection of the Phoksundo River and a stream. You start an upward trek as soon as you cross the bridge and move in the direction of the northeast. You can see Kang-La pass as you go to the top of a steep hillside. It takes 6-7 hours for the trek.

                      You'll arrive at Kang-La Pass on the tenth morning after making your way through a challenging track. At a height of 5,360 meters, Kang-La Pass offers sweeping views of empty valleys, Crystal Mountain, and the U-shaped canyon leading to Shey-Gompa.

                      After leaving the pass, you travel across meadows where yaks and animals may be seen grazing. You also cross the same river many times. A scarlet Buddhist temple greets you at Shey Gompa as you pass past a row of modest houses.

                        You will take a well-deserved break at Shey Gompa to allow your body to adjust to the elevation shift. Take a stroll and explore Shey Gompa. The most well-known monastery in Upper Dolpo is Shey Gompa. Every year, Shey Gompa is visited by hundreds of Buddhist devotees. Crystal Mountain is located to the east of Shey Gompa ( Ribo Drugta). Every year, before they harvest their crops, the locals assemble and walk around this peak.

                          The trip continues. You go down a path that winds through a Juniper woodland before arriving at a rocky canyon. To get to the summit of Saldang-La Pass, you have to trek along a winding path. The route then falls steadily for a considerable distance in the direction of Namduna Gaun. Visit Namgung monastery, which is located on a ridge's northern wall after you reach there. It takes approximately 6 to 7 hours of day trek. ?you can accommodate yourself in the tea house.

                            You begin your adventure in the morning by spending hours climbing desert hills. You begin to glimpse Saldang Village, which extends across a slope above Namga River, after 3–4 hours of walking. The largest village in Inner Dolpo is Saldang Village. Over 600 people are living here. Saldang is an Inner Dolpo town with thriving agriculture that is surrounded by terraced fields.

                              The third week of your walk starts in Saldang village and takes you to more uncharted territory in the north. On your way to Tiling and the settlement of Lurigaon, you follow the Nang Chu River. To reach Yangze village, continue walking. You may tour the Panzang River, the Yangze area, and the Bon-Po monastery here.

                                Several pathways lead from Yangze to Sibu. To get to Sibu, the longer path travels through Nishalgaon and Shimengaon. By going back the way we came to Saldang village, we choose the shorter trail. The next destination is Namdo village, which is 5 km long and home to 400 people. Near the Nam Khong River is the Namdo Monastery. The final two hours of your walk are dedicated to reaching Sibu.

                                  You start your walk on the seventeenth day, following the Nam Khong river. You could pass through herds of yaks traveling in groups. You reach the meeting of two small creeks after a few hours of walking. You then start your climb to the Jeng La pass's base. Trek hours (6 to 7).

                                    The day begins with a two-hour trek to the summit of Jeng La Pass (5110). Views of the Dhaulagiri range are spectacular from Jeng La Pass. You then make your way down into Tarap Valley. You arrive at a brook and proceed along it to Tokyu village.

                                      Day 19, you walk towards Dho Tarap. The path is simple in this area. Walking across a wide, productive valley, you stop at various Chortens along the way. You must hike for around 4-5 hours to reach Dho Tarap.

                                        The twentieth day is spent relaxing at Dho Tarap (4080m). You may tour the village, and see the gompas.

                                        The trail intersection for Mustang, Jomsom, and Tibet is located in Dho Tarap, one of the world's highest villages. About three dozens of homes are there. Magars and Tibetans make up the majority of the population. In Dho Tarap, there are several Buddhist shrines. The iconic Bon Gompa is located above Dho Tarap.

                                          The following day, you begin your walk by dropping down a valley, which as you continue, eventually transforms into a gorge. The walk ultimately arrives at the intersection of Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola after passing through juniper woods. After that, you arrive in Kamakharka to end your walk.

                                            You walk near the Tarap Khola Gorge. Sometimes the gorge is so narrow that you can jump across the river to get across. Consequently, the gorge's edge trek might be thrilling. Your trip comes to an end when you arrive at Khanigaun.

                                              You begin your day's hike by following a route to the settlement of Lalberi. After that, you travel beside the river after passing through a forest and descending to a canyon. After walking from Khanigaun for a total of 4-5 hours, you finally arrive in Tarakot.

                                              Tarakot is a tiny village that formerly used to be a castle. It used to be the capital of the Tichorung Kingdom and was a famous commercial location. Even if it no longer emits the same intensity, it nevertheless charms tourists with its allure.

                                                You go to Dunai by following the Bheri River after breakfast, traversing several gorges, towns, and bridges. To go to Dunai, you pass via Lawan village, Byas Gadi, and Lochakhola Gaon.

                                                  The path keeps going after Thuli Bheri. To get to Juphal, you go through Dhupichaur, Rupgad, Kalagaonda, and Motipur. At Juphal, the incredible trek comes to an end.

                                                    You will board the earliest aircraft from Juphal to Nepalgunj that is available. Following that, you will travel on the same day to Kathmandu via plane. Rest in your hotel room or, if you want, go for a stroll in the neighborhood. Most travel agencies will provide a goodbye dinner for you if you are going with them.

                                                      You can explore Kathmandu or take a rest from the long hurdler trip.

                                                        The last day of your Upper Dolpo excursion has arrived. our office representative will transfer you to the airport 3hrs before your international flight back home or to your onward destination or an additional trip in Nepal

                                                          What’s Included

                                                          • International & Domestic airport pick up & drop by private transport.
                                                          • Domestic flight tickets + Airport taxes for both ways (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu)
                                                          • Guided tour in Kathmandu (Private car + tour Guide)
                                                          • 3 night standard accommodation on B/B plan at Hotel Peace and Park or similar category in Kathmandu
                                                          • Guide during the trek (his salary, food, insurance, accommodation, Our Company Sherpa guide Kathmandu their flight tickets)
                                                          • Your food 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek in the guest houses.
                                                          • Porters (their salary food, insurance, accommodation from Lukla, 1 porter for two clients)
                                                          • Your accommodation in the mountain(Normal but neat & clean on twin sharing basis) in the teahouse during the trek
                                                          • Upper Dolpo Special Permit fees
                                                          • Permit fees ( Annapurna Conservation Area )
                                                          • TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
                                                          • Medical kits
                                                          • Sleeping bag & Down jacket during the trek (need to be return after finish your trek)
                                                          • Rescue Arrangements for emergency evacuation (just in case if you have any problem in the mountain during your trek rescue help from our company but money paid by your insurance company, need personal insurance)
                                                          • Register your name in the embassy
                                                          • Last Night cultural/Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant
                                                          • All Government tax
                                                          • All bar bills during the trek (soft drinks, hot drinks & alcoholic drinks)
                                                          • Monument entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
                                                          • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
                                                          • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
                                                          • Travel insurance required for emergency rescue and evacuation.
                                                          • Sweets, Cigarette, Telephone bills, hot shower, Battery Charge, Wi-Fi, Heater Charge and your personal expenses, equipment during your trek beyond I mentioned above in a price included section
                                                          • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances is beyond Himalaya Hub Adventure.
                                                          • Tips for field staff (Driver,Guide,porter)

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