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Boudha-6, Kathmandu, Nepal

Upper Dolpa Trek in Nepal

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Trip Profile

Dolpo, a land beyond the Himalayas, conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries, snow leopards and blue sheep. It is situated in the western part of the country, and is one of the most remote regions in Nepal.

The Dolpo region is a very isolated area which has been strictly off-limits until only recently, so the traditions and way of life have remained intact. In the autumn of 1990 the first British tour operator organized a trek from east to west, from Pokhara to Jumla through Lower Dolpo.

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

The people that live here number only a few hundred and are among the world's highest dwellers. The villages in Upper Dolpo are 4,300meters and above. It is here specifically that 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.

Peter Matthiessen'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.

Upper Dolpa Trekking Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 - Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu-1 hr flight . Overnight at a hotel.

Day 04 - 35 minutes flight to Juphal (2,400m). Trek to Dunai (2,150m) - 3 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 05 - Trek to Ankhe (2,660m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 06 - Trek to Renje (3,104m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 07 - Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m) - 6.5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 08 - Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 09 - Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 10 - Cross the Kang La pass (5,151m) and trek to Shey Gompa (4,126m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 11 - Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 12 - Cross the Saldang La pass (4,785m), and then trek to Namduna Gaon (4,400m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 13 - Trek to Saldang (3,903m) - 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 14 - Trek to Sibu (3,942m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 15 - Trek to foot of the Jeng La (4,369m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 16 - Cross the Jeng La pass (4,845m), trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 17 - Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m) - 4.5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 18 - Trek to Serkam (3,630m) - 6.5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 19 - Trek to Khani Gaon (2,550m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 20 - Trek to Tarakot (2,281m) - 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 21 - Trek to Dunai (2,052m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 22 - Trek to Juphal (2,404m) - 3 hrs. Overnight at tented camps .

Day 23 - Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj- Total 1 hr and 35 minutes flight . Overnight at a hotel.

Day 24 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 25 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.

Accommodations

Hotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses during trekking Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking

On Trek

Normally you will walk about 5-6 hrs a day. You will have plenty of time to stop for refreshments. Our guide will be there to assist you every step of the way during your trek. Your meals will be provided in teahouses according to your choice. Your guide will take your order from the menu and check in the kitchen that everything is fresh and well cooked. For accommodation you will be provided with a double room. Your guide will also act as your interpreter and be able explain about our culture and traditions and any other queries you may have. Our guides are well versed in English and their main duty is to help you in any way at all times. Our porter will be well equipped and insured. We want to you to feel safe and taken care of so that your trek is as enjoyable as possible.

Included and not included service/cost

Services included

  • Pick up & drop off at arrival and departure to/from Kathmandu Airport
  • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guide
  • Porter
  • Trekking Entry permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during trek
  • Accommodation during the trek
  • Flight for you and guide to Kathmandu-Lukla- Kathmandu
  • Road transportation
  • Emergency rescue arrangement (Makes sure your insurance will cover it)
  • Insurance for guide & porter that includes their emergency rescue
  • Necessary equipment for guide & porter
  • First aid kits
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