Upper Dolpo Trek
Let go all your monotonous daily routine and feel the wilderness adventure close to nature. Nepal is an ideal destination to savor breathtaking creations of Mother Nature. Upper Dolpo Trek is the best off the beaten trekking route of Nepal. For years various trekking regions like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Manaslu regions are luring abundance of trekkers in Nepal. If you wish to tame untainted and less explored mystical places of Nepal then Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa trek is the best trekking route of Nepal. Info Trekking Nepal presents meticulously picked itinerary included guided trek in Nepal at the most competitive price. Moreover, explore the new trail and savor the virgin beauty of Mid Western Nepal.
The region got international recognition after the release of Oscar nominated documentary movie “The Caravan” directed by Eric Vallie. The movie featured local artists as well as internationally acclaimed actors showcasing brilliant acting skills on daily lifestyle of Dolpo people. Blue turquoise lake of Shey Phoksundo and varieties of wildlife encounter opportunities inside Shey Phoksunda National Park are the major highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek. A special permit is required to do trekking in this restricted region. After scenic flight to Juphal via Nepalgunj from Kathmandu trekking starts. Traversing through Numa La Pass (5190 m) gorgeous Phoksundo Lake greets trekkers majestically. During Lower Dolpo Trek the journey reaches Phoksundo Lake only. However, during this long detour trekkers reach up to Shey Gompa. Therefore, this trekking in Nepal is full of mythical and mystical attractions. From Mountain views to cultural excursion trekkers can enjoy breathtaking off the beaten holiday in Nepal. Shey Gompa is the spiritual heartland of Upper Dolpo Region. Monasteries lying at the foothill of Crystal Mountain are ultimate pilgrim destination. Kora (circumambulation) ritual is considered as the most sacred form of Bon Po followers’ prayers. Afture such magnificent tour in the Trans - Himalayan region of Nepal trekkers return back to Juphal for flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Upon our landing at Kathmandu, a delegate from Info Trekking Nepal will lift us up from the airplane terminal and take us to our lodging. Toward the evening, we may take a rest or visit Info Trekking Nepal's office. At night, there will be an appreciated supper facilitated by Info Trekking Nepal. For supper, you will be served incredible true Nepalese cooking. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: touring and trek planning
Today after breakfast we begin a guided visit to a few of the most chronicled and profound attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these points of interest are viewed as World Heritage Sites including the noteworthy Durbar Square, the sacrosanct Hindu sanctuary of Pashupatinath, the renowned 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist holy place (Bouddhanath), which is one of the biggest stupas on the planet. At twelve, there will be a pre-trip dialog where we can meet our trek pioneer and other colleagues. Info Trekking Nepal will brief us seeing our trek and additionally give us a chance to pose any inquiries we may have in regards to our up and coming experience. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 60 minutes
After our short journey in Kathmandu, we take 60 minutes in length flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, situated in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town close to the Nepal-India outskirt, is additionally the entryway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an intriguing Terai town that grandstands the assorted culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the neighborhood showcase, smaller than usual zoo and adjacent towns. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal and continue your trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
We travel to Jhupal after breakfast. The town is flawlessly situated over the Himalayan foothills, with perspectives of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri tops to its north. Here, we meet our trekking staff and start the enterprise. We stroll through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its thin chasm. We keep strolling to Dunai, which is the managerial headquarter of the Dolpo district. We investigate the residential community at night and camp there for the night.
Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
We leave Dunai and cross a suspension extension and swing toward the west after a trail past a doctor's facility. The trail climbs up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo stream valley. Amid the walk we get to the perspective of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We go through walnut forests, Dhera and Rahagaun towns, stroll down thick wildernesses lastly achieve Ankhe. Overnight in Ankhe.
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Our trail rises and plummets along a lush riverbank and ascensions on a lofty trail. The good and bad times can be somewhat repetitive, however there are a few streams en route that offer an opportunity to chill. The trail in the end leaves the woods and goes through a green incline high over the waterway. We trek downhill on a trail encompassed by rich woods before achieving a precipice took after by a bewildering drop on a flimsy stone staircase to the waterway bank. We keep trekking until the point when we achieve Sulighat where we spend the night.
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
We proceed with our adventure along the valley floor to the conjunction of the Phoksundo and Pungmo streams. Subsequent to intersection a scaffold, we stroll on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail goes through a cedar timberland before achieving Palam town. From here we trek up to an edge and appreciate far off perspectives of Phoksundo Lake and a stupendous waterfall, one of the most elevated in Nepal. Next, our trail drops through birch timberlands to the upper scopes of the Phoksundo Khola, and afterward to the pleasant Ringmo town with its mud-put chortens and mani dividers. From here it is a short stroll to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at PhoksundoLake
Today will be a merited rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. Amid the day we can set out on a short climb to the town of Ringmo and it's Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Amid our short strolls, we additionally get an opportunity to get to know the nearby culture. The Dolpo individuals wear homemade dress that is in some cases colored a maroon shading and they support Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. The two men and ladies regularly wear religious talismans and strings of coral, golden and turquoise. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Our trail moves around the best western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it forms on a rough edge along the lake's western bank. This insecure trail suspended on a corridor of wood bolstered on pegs crashed into chasm in the stones, flags the remoteness of the territory we are going to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the way leads through a rich glade that opens up into the surge plain of the Phoksundo Khola. At that point we stroll through the valley, crossing the stream and maintaining a strategic distance from the infrequent boggy swamp underneath and afterward going ahead the bank of the waterway to the overnight camp.
Day 10: Trek all the way from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
For a hour or so we stroll on a trail that leads us along the level way through a cold valley which heads due north. At the conjunction of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden scaffold. From here, we stroll towards the north-east. A long climb conveys us to a sheep knoll where our trail veers up a lofty gorge. A hard move to the best brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp close to the go in a place that Peter Matthiessen dedicated 'Snowfields Camp'. Amid our trek today we additionally get the opportunity to respect the perspectives of Chhamlang top 6 (6739m) and top 7 (6105m).
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) through Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
In the morning, we rise on a precarious trail covered with slate towards the pass. The move to the highest point of the pass is very strenuous. From the highest point of Kang-la pass we get magnificent perspectives of the huge valley dismembered by a spouting stream. We plummet to the valley floor on a precarious trail. Next, we stroll on a wandering trail along the banks of a stream, intersection and re-crossing it a few times. There are mud hollows coating the slopes sitting above the stream. We likewise go through glades where we see touching yaks, many sheep and residential mountain goat (Chyangra). In the wake of intersection a curious log connect we come to the Shey Gompa compound where we will be spending the night.
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Shey Gompa was worked in 1655 and the religious community is noted for its mammoth copper with plated gold statue of a situated Shakyamuni Buddha. Toward the east of the gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the most odd mountains, as its bended bluffs are bound with quartz and installed with a rich assortment of marine fossils. Today is another all around earned rest day for acclimatization. We spend the day climbing around Shey town which is well known for its antiquated pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. In Dolpo the old Tibetan lifestyle consolidates animism with the instructing of Buddha. Overnight in Shey Gompa.
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) by means of Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
We start the day by following a charming trail in the midst of juniper trees which plunges into a dark, stony gully. At that point the way starts to crisscross finished exposed rocks and coarse disintegrated soil until the point that it in the end conveys us to the highest point of Saldang-la pass. The consequent drop towards the north is long and tiring however brushing yaks and sheep, and migrant tents produced using yak hair is an encouraging sight. In Namduna Gaun we visit Namgung religious community. The red stone monstery is worked against the setting of a bluff on the north mass of a canyon. Overnight in Namuda Gaun.
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/11,874ft): 4-5 hours
We leave the town and move up an incline and start a long stroll along dusty desolate mountains. Following 3-4 hours of hard climb, we start to see Saldang Village beneath us on a level high over the Namga Khola stream. It has a beautiful appearance. Saldang is the biggest town of the internal Dolpo range. The town extends for almost two kilometers on an open slant and comprises of five towns having around eighty well-manufactured houses with about six hundred individuals. It is a prosperous town horticulturally as well as for its key area on an exchange course to Tibet. Overnight in Saldang.
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
From Saldang, we walk assist north along the Nagon Khola (waterway) on a wild and desolate territory. We start our stroll on a genuinely continuous way with few high points and low points. In transit, we go through Marang and Ki towns. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and stroll towards the east and cross the stream again before achieving Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery. Overnight in Yangze Gompa.
Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
From Yangze, there are two trails that associate with Sibu. To spare time we will remember the way back towards Saldang town, which will be significantly less demanding and shorter than the other course. From Saldang we stroll along a waterway and go through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, loads of mani stones and a Chaiba religious community, at that point go through the Namdo town, which is additionally prosperous, with around sixty houses having almost 400 tenants. It extends for more than 5 km on the high slants to one side of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo cloister is situated close to the waterway bed. Our excursion proceeds additionally down the stream for an additional two hours to camp close to a little settlement of Sibu.
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
We stroll along the Nam Khong Khola for some time and go via troops with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan fringe. In the wake of turning east and strolling for some time, we touch base at an intersection of two little streams. Next, the lofty trail climbs to a touching range beneath the Jeng La pass (4,900m/16,072ft). Our camp will be set up in this delightful glade. Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi.
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) through Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
We rise at a young hour in the morning and put forward on the present trek. It will take us two extend periods of time to achieve the highest point of the Jeng La go from where we get astounding perspectives of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif. From here we slip on an unpleasant trail to the Tarap Valley, a captivating valley with tremendous fields in high mountains that broadens twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu waterway. We camp near the religious community at Tokyu.
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
We trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of rich grass on the two sides of the stream which is totally not the same as different parts of inward Dolpo. There is additionally a swamp which is a typical component in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist groups are honed in the valley. After a short trek, we achieve Dho Tarap). Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
We spend today resting and walking around the town of Dho Tarap which is encompassed by a sporadic stone divider. Our strolls will enable us to get to know the neighborhood culture of the region. At Dho, around 40 houses are separated into three bunches and inherent a heedless route occupied by couple of Tibetans and for the most part Magars who are a slope tribe of Nepal. Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
From Tarap we plunge towards a wide valley which in the long run limits into a crevasse. We stroll along juniper and wild flower shrubs simply over the tree line. On our trek we see crowds of blue sheep and by the evening, we achieve the intersection of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from assist east. We will make our camp on a pleasant glade otherwise called Kamakharka and spend the night.
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
We keep strolling down the canyon of the Tarap River, on occasion nearby it. Amid our walk we go by the neighborhood individuals will's identity taking their crowds to bring down fields for the winter. This will be a standout amongst the most energizing days of this outing as the valley turns out to be so limited in a profound crevasse that in a few spots we can hop starting with one side then onto the next. Here and there is no hint of a way and we may need to stroll crosswise over stone chunks fitted on sign in the middle of the dividers which go about as an extension. The chasm additionally gives surprising enterprise and rushes. At a few places, the scaffolds are either harmed or washed away and we might be compelled to cross the cold deluge by walking. At long last, we achieve our outdoors spot close to the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we spend the night.
Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
From the camp we take after a trail that takes us to the town of Lalberi. Our trail at that point goes through a rich woodland, dives into another crevasse and keeps on following the stream once more. Subsequent to achieving Tarakot, we can visit Sandul Gompa which lies around 8 km east of the town at a point of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The cloister remains on a slope toward the south of Bheri River. Today we camp by the Tarap Chu waterway around 150 meters beneath Tarakot, close to the police post. Overnight in Tarakot
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
We start our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before intersection an extension close to the Lawan town. Our trail will proceed nearby the huge Bheri Rriver rising until the Byas Gadi. From here the trail moves towards the west on a moderately simple trail. We cross the stream again close to the Lochakhola Gaon and climb to Dunai for an overnight remain. The present trek will generally be on a brilliant crevasse with pine trees. Overnight in Dunai.
Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Fron Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River appreciating the excellent scene. In transit, we go through Dhupichaur and Rupgad towns and a sanctuary. We keep trekking through Kalagaonda town and Motipur town before achieving the little airstrip. Overnight in Jhuphal.
Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and afterward to Kathmandu
We take the most punctual flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. After achieving Nepalgunj, we profit to Kathmandu for the following accessible flight. In the wake of touching base in Kathmandu, we will be exchanged to our inn. There is nothing to do except for exchange messages with travel friends and compose the photographs. To praise the effective consummation of our voyage, we will have a goodbye supper facilitated by Info Trekking Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu
This is an additional day put aside for you to investigate Kathmandu all alone. You can spend the day preparing for your following day's flight, do some trinket shopping, or if there is a place is Kathmandu that you truly need to visit, at that point Info Trekking Nepal can organize that as well. At night, there will be a goodbye supper facilitated by Info Trekking Nepal to commend the effective finish of your excursion in the Dolpo area of western Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 28: Final flight
Our experience in Nepal arrives at an end today! An agent from Info Trekking Nepal will take us to the air terminal around 3 hours before the planned flight.
Included in the Cost
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Info Trekking Nepal’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- 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)