Upper Dolpo Trekking

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Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the most challenging treks in the most remote and least developed regions of Nepal. Dolpo Trekking was restricted for trekkers until 1989. Located between the Tibetan Plateau and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, Upper Dolpo is known to be the highest inhabited land in Dolpo Region. In fact, Dolpo is very isolated part of Nepal and has long been strictly off limit region as well. Upper Dolpo Trekking offers you the unique experience of trekking in highly remote and least beaten tracks of Nepal.

 

Upper Dolpo Trek not only offers you the unique backdrop in the remote Nepal Himalayas, but also a typical culture and lifestyle of Dolpo people, which still is intact and untouched of modernization. We pass through many gigantic mountain ranges including Kanjirowa, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif among others. We begin our actual trek to Upper Dolpo from Jhupal from where we begin to explore the wonderful culture and people, diverse flora and fauna. Crossing several huge mountain ranges and popular Numala Pass, we eventually reach at renowned Shey Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo Lake is situated nearby Ringmo Village. While talking about Upper Mustang, the famous Oscar Nominee movie Caravan comes into account. Actually, Caravan is entirely based on Dolpo Region. In that sense too, Upper Dolpo Trekking is going to be very special for all trekkers from around the globe. It’s indeed one of the must-go destinations in Nepal. Upper Dolpo Trek will also let you explore many other things besides the untouched and unspoiled biodiversity and intact culture. World Sight Journey cordially welcomes you all for this unique and life defining trekking package in Upper Dolpo.

 

Outlined Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel

Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley and Pre-trip Preparation

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2400m) and Trek to Dunai (2150m) – 3 hours

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2660m)–6 Hours

Day 06: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat – 6 Hours

Day 07: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)–5 Hours

Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Lake (3507m) – 5 Hours

Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402m)– 7 Hours

Day 11: Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4126m) via Kang La Pass (5151m)–6 Hours

Day 12: Rest Day at Shey Gompa(The Crystal Monastery)

Day 13: Trek from Namduna Gaun (4400m)via Saldang La (4785m) – 7 Hours

Day 14: Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3903m) – 5 Hours

Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa – 5 Hours

Day 16: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (3942m)– 6 Hours

Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi–6 Hours

Day 18: Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyo Gaun via Jeng La (4369m)–5 Hours

Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap (4090m) – 5 Hours

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Day 21: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3800m)–6 Hours

Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaun (2550m) – 5 Hours

Day 23: Trek from Khanigaun to Tarakot (2281m) – 5 Hours

Day 24: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2052m)–6 Hours

Day 25: Trek from Dunai to Jhupal (2404m)– 3 Hours

Day 26: Flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Day 27: Leisure Day at Kathmandu

Day 28: Final Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel

The representatives from World Sight Journeys will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.

 

Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley and Pre-trip Preparation

Today, we spend the whole for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will have the full day guided sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley covering the major cultural attractions which have also been cited as The World Heritage Cultural Sites. After having breakfast in the morning, we visit Pashupatinath, which is considered the holiest temple of Lord Shiva.  We then head to Bauddhanath, which is also known as Little Tibet and also is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the world. Following the Bauddhanath Monastery, we visit Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which is equally revered by Hindus and Buddhists.   Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the west of Kathmandu. After exploring the Swayambhunath Stupa, we drive to Kathmandu (Basantpur) Durbar Square. If time allows, you can explore the city. Finally, you will have dinner at hotel and stay there overnight.

 

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Today, we transfer to the domestic airport for the scenic flight to Nepalgunj as per the flight schedule. It will take about one and half hours to reach Nepalgunj. We check into the hotel upon Nepalgunj where we stay overnight.

 

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2400m) and Trek to Dunai (2150m) – 4hours

Today, we transfer to the airport early in the morning for the flight to Jhupal. It takes about 40 minutes to reach Jhupal from Nepalgunj. On reaching Jhupal, we begin our actual trek and head towards Dunai. It takes almost three hours to reach Dunai from Jhupal. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2660m) – 6 Hours

Diverting from Dunai, we cross the new suspension bridge and then turn to west. We begin to climb up the side of treeless Thulo Bheri Valley where it crests a ridge and then enters the Phoksundo River Valley. Passing through Dhera and Rahagaun, we finally reach Ankhe where there’s an entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 06: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat – 6 Hours

Today, we follow the route to small ups and downs from our camp at Ankhe along the forested riverbed. Continuing the trek eventually leaves the forests and traverses high above the river. We finally reach Sulighat where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 07: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) – 5 Hours

Continuing along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pongma Khola, we reach at Phoksundo Lake which is near the Ringmo village. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

Today will be a well-deserved rest day at Phoksundo Lake. To better utilize the time, you can hike around the Ringmo village and the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

 

Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Lake (3507m) – 5 Hours

We continue skirting the Shore of Phoksundo Lake as it contours on the rocky ridge along the western bank. Following the unsteady trail, we finally stop at Phoksundo Khola where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402m) – 7 Hours

Walking along the level path through a level path through a glacial valley that now heads due north. Witnessing an old wooden bridge at the confluence of the Phoksundo Lake, we finally reach Phoksundo Bhanjyang where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 11: Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4126m) via Kang La Pass(5151m) – 6 Hours

Making an early start today, we trek up to Kang La. Overlooking the panoramic views down upon a large valley bisected by gushing river, we stop at Shey Gompa at the altitude of 4500m where stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 12: Rest Day at Shey Gompa (The Crystal Monastery)

This will be another rest day. We can go for local hiking around Shey Gompa which is popularly known as The Crystal Monastery. Our accommodation for tonight will be the tented camps as usual.

 

Day 13: Trek from Namduna Gaun (4400m) via Saldang La (4785m) – 7 Hours

We start our trek following a route amidst juniper trees descending into a gray stone canyon. Trekking through zigzag path over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil, we eventually reach at the top of Saldang La. We the walk further to Namduna Gaunwhere we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 14: Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3903m) – 5 Hours

Leaving Namduna Gaun, we continue to climb up a scree slope and then a long traverse along some dusty barren mountains. After walking further for few hours, we eventually reach at Saldang. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa – 5 Hours

We divert further far north to the least explored area by trekkers. Following the Nang Chu River most of the way, we then pass through the Panzang River to finally reach Yangze Gompa. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 16: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (3942m) – 6 Hours

We have now two trails that connect Yangze toSibu. We follow the long way trail heading due west passing through very remote village of Nishagaun. Passing through Shimengaun, we finally reach Sibu where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi – 6 Hours

Following the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning walk, we trek across the caravan of laden yaks en route. Continuing the trek forabout five hours, we eventually reach Jeng La Phedi where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 18: Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyo Gaun via Jeng La (4369m) – 5 Hours

We trek towards the top of Jeng La Phedi today. Overlooking and enjoying the excellent views of snow ranges to the south including Dhaulagiri Massif,we eventually stop at Tokyo Gaun where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap (4090m) – 5 Hours

Heading eastward along the downhill course of Tarap Chu, we pass through the patches of lush verdant grass both sides of the river. We set up our camp at Dho Tarap where we stay overnight.

 

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Today will be another rest day for us. And we can explore around the local areas in Dho Tarap. We stay overnight at the tented accommodation.

 

Day 21: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3800m) – 6 Hours

Depending upon your choice of several campsites, today’s trek can be quite long or it can be simply a moderate walk. We have crafted our itinerary as flexible as possible for you. We arrive at Tarap Khola after trekking for about six hours. Tarap Khola is also known as Kamakharka and we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaun (2550m) – 5 Hours

We again continue down the gorge of Tarap River today. The river raises high above on the trail built from the steep stones. Following the trail further, we eventually arrive at Khanigaun where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 23: Trek from Khanigaun to Tarakot (2281m) – 5 Hours

Following an indistinct trail to the village of Lalberi today, we pass through an area of impressive forest before descending into another gorge. Continuing the trail through the river downstream, we eventually reach Tarakot where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 24: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2052m) – 6 Hours

Today, we walk besides the Bheri River in a tremendous gorge with pine forests. We then follow the ingenious path built about seven meters above the river. After the trek of about six hours, we finally reach Dunai where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

 

Day 25: Trek from Dunai to Jhupal (2404m) – 3 Hours

Today’s trek marks the end of our Upper Dolpo Trek. We will be retracing the journey back to Jhupal from Dunai which is a short distance walk along the Bheri River. We stay overnight at local guesthouse.

 

Day 26: Flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Today, we take two scenic flights, the first to Nepalgunj from Jhupaland the second is to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.We stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 27: Leisure Day at Kathmandu (Optional)

If you wish, you canstay at a Kathmandu today and explore the city even more. You can utilize the time by going for the last minute shopping as well.

 

Day 28: Final Departure

Today, you take the returning flight to your hometown. Our representatives will assist you to reach the airport. You return to your home with an unforgettable travel experience in Nepal.