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Upper Dolpo trek

Upper Dolpo trek is a 23-day strenuous camping trip in an alpine settlement that is located northwest Himalaya Region of Nepal. Shey-Phoksundo National Park covers the Dolpa and Mugu districts. Tibetan types of Nepalese people with Vajrayana Buddhism are there. It is an extremely remote area where is lacks modern technology and infrastructure such as health post, school, and enough food. The highest waterfall Suligad (167 m long) is situated 3613 m above sea. October to 15th of December and March to May is the best time to hiking there.

Upper Dolpo trek offers to observe wonderful nature with snow capped mountain views, including Kanjirowa South (6886 m), Silkapo Khang (6556 m) and Bej Chuchuro (7139 m). The place is interesting for endanger wildlife, ancient Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, and Bon religion. Shey-Phoksundo Lake (3615 m) has no water creature just beautiful with surrounding nature. Shey Gompa is interesting to meet monks. Villagers should walk several days to headquarters for shopping.

Upper Dolpo trek is an isolated and restricted area. It is required a special permit to hiking there. Households own bumper harvest. During the winter, people are in difficulty with cold. An organized trip starts after Nepalgunj (165 m) to Jufal (2500 m) flight. Friendly people with their lovely children have a red rose middle of their chick. Contact in Yeti Trail Adventure for hiking experience. Read further information and day-to-day itinerary below.

 

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Full day sight seeing in Kathmandu Valley

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165 m) – 50 minute by flight

Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal (2320 m) and hike to Dunai (2110 m) – 3 hours

Day 05: Dunai to Chepka (2670 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 06: Chepka to Renje (3010 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 07: Renje to Ringmo (3735 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 08: Ringmo to Chunemba (3630 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 09: Chunemba to Lar Tsa (4120 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 10: Lar Tsa to Mendok Ding (4610 m) – 3/4 hours

Day 11: Mendok Ding to Shey Gompa (4310 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 13: Namgung to Karang (4050 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 14: Karang to Mugaon (4100 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 15: Mugaon to Shimen (4010 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 16: Shimen to Tinje (4150 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 17: Tinje to Rakpa (4530 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 18: Rakpa to Chharka (4120 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 19: Chharka to Norbulung (4750 m) – 6/7 hours

Day 20: Norbulung to Sangda Phedi (5460 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 21: Sangda Phedi to Sangda (3700 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 22: Sangda to Dhagarjun (3200 m) – 7/8 hours

Day 23: Dhagarjun to Jomsom (2710 m) – 5/6 hours

Day 24: Jomsom to Pokhara (830 m) – 20 minute by flight

Day 25: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350 m) – 7 hours by bus

Day 26: Departure to Tribhuban Internationl Airport

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
When the flight arrives at Tribhuvan International Airport, take the 6 km car ride with our guide, takes 25 minutes to reach the hotel. Check in hotel and guide will brief the programs. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sight seeing in Kathmandu Valley
Professional Tour Guide comes at 9 AM with a car to the hotel door. Ride the car, guide explains about Nepal. The four UNESCO world heritage sites include Swayambhunath (1st century) is popular for the Buddhist Stupa, activity of the Assamese monkey and the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalaya. Kathmandu Durbar Square (12th to 18th century) is popular for royal palace squares, museum, Kasthamandap, the Living Goddess Kumari, Freak Street, wood carving and architecture of the temple. Pashupatinath (5th century) is famous for the cremation ghat, Pashupatinath Temple, the shrines with Shiva Lingam and Yoni, the Hindu holy men (Sadhus) and an activity of the Assamese monkey and deer in the sub-tropical forest. Boudhanath (5th century) is famous for the second largest Stupa in the world, Tibetan refugee settlement, painting school, huge prayer wheel, prayer flag and monastery with the monk and lama.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165 m) – 50 minute by flight
Fly to Nepalgunj in 50 minutes with the views of village, city, forest and mountain. Drive 6 km jeep to the city. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast in Nepalgunj. Bus from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes 16 hour that are 522 km (324 miles) far. It is located in the southwestern Nepal. The bus stand is located 1 km north of the Birendra Chowk. Bus service is available different part of the country. The city is 6 km north of the India border and 17 km from the Nanpara Rail Station. The crowed city has mixed community, including Magar, Thakuri, and Gurung, Newar, Bahun, Tharu, Chhetri, Tibetan, sadhus and Muslim. Here are hotels, shops, colleges, schools, Bageshwori Temple, electricity and hospital. The flight from Nepalgunj to Dolpo, Bajura, Safebagar, Rukum, Surkhet, Jumla, Surkhet, Simikot and Kathmandu is possible. The summer temperature can grow up to 42 Celsius.

Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal (2320 m) and hike to Dunai (2110 m) – 3 hours
Drive 6 km road by jeep to the airport. Take early morning flight to Juphal in 35 minutes with the views of snow capped mountain, forest, village and river valley. Hike through the winding valley. Descend through meadows to reach Kala Gaura (2090 m) with a lodge. Walk along the river valley to Dunai. Stay overnight at a camp in Duani.

Day 05: Dunai to Chepka (2670 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk a little and cross a bridge, then, turn west. Hike bank of the Thulo Bheri and meet the Suli Gaad (2070 m) then, follow east bank of the river. Walk continues to Raktang (2260 m) then, cross to the west bank and reach a ridge with Goth. Cross a bridge, walk continues to Ankhe Khola (2460 m). There are uphill and downhill. You will meet the trail junction and choose the trail that leads to Phoksundo Lake. Climb to a ridge (2710 m). Descend through a rocky trail to Chepka with shop and lodge. Stay overnight at a camp in Chepka.

Day 06: Chepka to Renje (3010 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk uphill to a ridge, then, cross west side and return to the east side. Walk a rocky trail and take uphill and downhill through a forest of larches and fir. Cross a bridge over the stream to reach Renje. It is situated across the river with several houses. Stay overnight at a camp in Renje.

Day 07: Renje to Ringmo (3735 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk through the Suli Gaad valley with steeper and narrower trail. Ascend to a ridge then, descend and cross a bridge. Walk uphill and downhill and reach the confluence of Pungmo Khola and Suli Gaad. Take a west bank of the river and climb through a forest of cedar, pass campsite, then, reach to Palam (3710 m). Register permit at the check post and descent steeply, then, climb to a ridge (3780 m) with the view of the Suligad waterfall (167 m long). Descend with a forest of birch to Phoksundo Khola, then, climb gradually to the Ringmo Village with typical house, Mani walls and chorten. Walks continue, cross a bridge and take a southeast shore of the Phoksundo Lake. Stay overnight at a designated camp in the National Park in Ringmo.

Day 08: Ringmo to Chunemba (3630 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through the rocky trail. Cross a stream, enjoy the glacier view of Kanjeralwa (6612 m). Climb to a crest (4060 m) with views of the lake and Sonam Kang. Descent steeply dust trail through a forest of birch and blue pines the western edge of the lake. Head west, reach the wide valley with thorn bushes and scrub trees in the tributaries of Phoksundo Khola. Reach Chunemba with blue pine. Stay overnight at a camp in Chunemba.

Day 09: Chunemba to Lar Tsa (4120 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk with a flat trail to the north glacial valley. Cross to an east bank of the Phoksundo Khola. Hike continues with main valley to Kang Gompa then, climb to a ridge with the view of Kang Chunne (6443 m) and Shey Shikhar (6139 m). Walk continues to a crest (4200 m) descend gently to Lar Tsa. Stay overnight at a camp in Lar Tsa.

Day 10: Lar Tsa to Mendok Ding (4610 m) – 3/4 hours
Walk little and cross a bridge then, climb to a top (4490 m). Continue climb to a crest (4640 m). Descend gently to Mendok Ding (flower valley). Climb along a stream to a campsite. You can see the blue sheep above the camp. Stay overnight at a camp in Mendok Ding.

Day 11: Mendok Ding to Shey Gompa (4310 m) – 7/8 hours
Walk to an upper part of the Phoksundo Khola, turn north to Riwo Drugdra Peak, and follow across the Sehu La (sacred peak) with circumambulation. Climb uphill to Sehu La (5106 m) then, descend to a stream valley with grassy meadows. Climb steeply with rough trail to a crest (5010 m) and next crest (4860 m). Descend to the Tar Valley and Tsakang Gompa (12th century). Descend to large meadow nearby nomad’s hut below the Shey Gompa. Stay overnight at a camp in Shey Gompa.

Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk continues, then, climbs uphill to Shey La Pass (5010 m). Turn north and descend down. Climb again to reach Namgung. Stay overnight at a camp in Namgung.

Day 13: Namgung to Karang (4050 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk through the Namgung Khola Valley to Karang. Stay overnight at a camp in Karang.

Day 14: Karang to Mugaon (4100 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk continues and descends to Torak Sumdo (3670 m) with a confluence of the Polang Khola and Namgung Khola. Cross to the north bank then, climb to Yanger Gompa (3750 m). Walk along the river valley to the campsite near the stream. Stay overnight at a camp in Mugaon.

Day 15: Mugaon to Shimen (4010 m) – 7/8 hours
Hike through the river valley. Climb continues to Mushi La Pass (5030 m). Descend to Shimen Village. Walk continues to campsite above the Shimen Village. This is a pasture of the domestic cattle. Stay overnight at camp in Shimen.

Day 16: Shimen to Tinje (4150 m) – 7/8 hours
Climb downhill to the Shimen Village (3870 m). Walks continue and climb uphill to Pha (4090 m). Hike continues to reach Tinje. Stay overnight at camp in Tinje.

Day 17: Tinje to Rakpa (4530 m) – 7/8 hours
Walk through runway (airport) trail. Here is the trail junction (4130 m). The high route goes to Tarap. Continue to walk southward to Rakpa that is situated bank of the river. Stay overnight at a camp in Rakpa.

Day 18: Rakpa to Chharka (4120 m) – 7/8 hours
Walk continues uphill to Chharka La (4920 m). Descend through the side of the valley then, ascend uphill to the valley (4290 m). Descend to Chharka Village that is situated bank of the Barbung Khola. Stay overnight at a camp in Chharka.

Day 19: Chharka to Norbulung (4750 m) – 6/7 hours
Walk downhill to the river then, follow the right fork southward. Walk through a rough trail with uphill and downhill. It is a narrow valley at first afterward a big meadow is reached. Climb to Norbulung. Stay overnight at a camp in Norbulung.

Day 20: Norbulung to Sangda Phedi (5460 m) – 7/8 hours
Climb uphill to Molum Sumna (4860 m) that is a yak pasture. Continue climb uphill to a crest (5130 m). Continue walk through the meadows to the foot of Sangda La. Climb steeply to reach a pass, then, Sangda Phedi. Stay overnight at a camp in Sangda Phedi.

Day 21: Sangda Phedi to Sangda (3700 m) – 7/8 hours
Climb to the lower part of Sangda La (4990 m) then, descend to Sangda Ghunsa Village (4190 m). Climb downhill and cross a bridge over the Chalung Khola (3750 m). Climb steeply to a cairn (4090 m), descend steeply to a stream (3580 m). Ascend to a settlement of Sangda. Stay overnight at a camp in Sangda.

Day 22: Sangda to Dhagarjun (3200 m) – 7/8 hours
Climb to a hill behind the Sangda. Cross several ridges and reach the last crest (4280 m). Descend to the Annapurna round trail in the Kali Gandaki valley. Walk through a side of a cliff and descend to Dhagarjun that is a big village with Bhotia people. Stay overnight at a camp in Dhagarjun.

Day 23: Dhagarjun to Jomsom (2710 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb uphill to a ridge (3360 m) then, descend through the loose rock trail to Jomsom. This is a Thakali town with shop, hotel, army camp, police post and airport. It is a windy valley with the view of Nilgiri (7061 m). Reconfirm your flight ticket to Pokhara for tomorrow morning. Stay overnight at a camp in Jomsom.

Day 24: Jomsom to Pokhara (830 m) – 20 minute by flight
Take an early morning (before 10 AM) flight to Pokhara in 20 minutes with the views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ghorepani, Sarangkot, Pokhara city and the Phewa Lake. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast in Pokhara.

Day 25: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350 m) – 7 hours by bus
Kathmandu is located 204 km to the east. Tourist bus takes 7 hours to approach there. During the bus drive between the Pokhara and Kathmandu the scenery are interesting, such as snow-capped mountain, Marsyangdi River Valley, cable car station, Trishuli River Valley highway town, terraced field, village, domestic animal and forest-clad hill. The Gunadi is 45 km next where the buse stop for 30 minutes. The Gunadi is Malekhu is 87 km next where the bus stops for 30 minutes. The Kathmandu is 72 km next where bus stops. Take a taxi to the hotel with a 1 km road. Stay overnight at the hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.

Day 26: Departure to Tribhuban Internationl Airport
Airport is 6 km far, which takes 25 minutes car drive. Get airport 3 hours before your flight. Hope you enjoyed trekking trip in Nepal and welcome back again with a new program. We wish you safe and happy flight.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by car with professional tour guide.
  • 5 night’s hotel with breakfast in twin sharing bed in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Pokhara.
  • 20 night’s stay in tent with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • Professional trekking guide & porter.
  • Lodge, food, salary, transport and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • Farewell meal & breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Trekking permits and TIMS card
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist bus ticket.
  • All camping gears, cook, Sherpa, helper, tents and fuels.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea, coffee and hot chocolate in Mountain.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except farewell meal.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower and battery charge in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.

 

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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 26 days
  • Activities : Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Maximum Altitude : Sangda La (5460 m)
  • Trek Grade & Mode : Hard/CampingTrek
  • Himalayan Sights : Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Kanjirowa South (6886 m),Churen Himal
  • Valley & River : Dolpo, Kaligandaki (the deepest valley)
  • Transportation : Private vehicle/flight
  • Trek start and end : Nepalgunj (165 m) and Jomsom (2710 m)
  • Accommodation : 5 nights hotel in Kathmandu,Pokhara & Nepalgunj, 20 night’s in Mountain
  • Meals : Full board, farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Best Time : March/April/May/October/November/December-15th

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