Upper Dolpo -28 Days 28 Days

USD $3500/Person
Trip Code : KAT/DLP01
Accomodation : Camping
Duration : 28  Days
Grading : Moderate
Max Altitude : 4500 M
Activity : Natural wonders
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dunai
Best Season : Mar-may,Sep-Nov

Overview

The hidden gem of Upper Dolpo exists in the isolated vicinities of Western Nepal to the north of the Dhaulagiri range. Dolpo had long remained secluded from the outer world till the successful screening of Oscar-nominated prestigious movie entitled ’Caravan’ brought immense response and soon became best western Nepal Trekking.
 
Upper Dolpo Trek is still a Restricted Area ,trekking that was opened for foreigners only in 1989. Remaining cut off from the outer world made Upper Dolpo Region immune to the negative impacts of modernism and thus enabled them in retaining the decade-old traditions, culture, and way of life alive in its original form. Dolpo is among the few regions where ancient Bon Po religion and Shamanism is still in practice.

Being in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain Ranges, Dolpo Region gets no rainfall even in monsoon due to being in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain ranges which make Upper Dolpo Region feasible even in Monsoon.
 
Our Trekking Expert from ’Khumbu Alpine Travel’ has formulated a 28-days adventure package that commences with a flight to Juphal that marks the initiation of trekking to Dunai and undergo through gorges, woods, villages, lakes, and rivers at different levels before turning up once more in Dunai and Jhupal.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • High Passes
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake and Himalayan wildlife like Musk deer,Himalayan blue sheep
  • Shey Gomba and Namgung Gomba
  • Panoromic view of Mount Dhaulagiri,Nilgiri,Kanjirowa and Annapurna Himalayan Range
  • Exploration of Shey Phokdundo the largest national park of Nepal

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1400 Mtr/4592 Ft)


Our representatives from ‘Khumbu Alpine Travel’ will be there at the Airport, ready to greet you as soon as you land in the International Airport of Kathmandu. A pleasant drive through happening streets of Kathmandu will lead you to the hotel where you will be briefly explained about the itinerary package before you collapse at the comforting bed in our hotel room.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu


It is allocated for Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in and around Kathmandu Valley whereby we will visit many UNESCO enlisted World Heritage Sites including Pashupatinath Temple Complex, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Time permitting; we will pay homage to Changu Narayan before returning to our hotel where evening dinner awaits you.

Day 3: Flight to Nepalgunj


An hour-long scenic flight with engrossing aerial views of mountains and terraces will lead us to Nepalgunj that is the hub of Western Nepal and a city of prime significance existing close to the Indian Border in Western Tarai. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 4: Flight to Jhupal Trek to Dunai


Jhupal that bestows epic views of snow-shrouded Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains can be accessed via a 45-minute flight from Nepalgunj. From Jhupal initiates the sensational trekking experience as we pursue the trail through terraced fields to Bheri River that tapers near gorge to make it to Dunai, the administrative headquarter of Dolpo Region.

Day 5: Trek to Ankhe


Ranging over the suspension bridge, we will walk past the hospital and ascend through Thulo Bheri Valley to a ridge with a headstone. Enjoying the epic view of Kagmara Peak, we will proceed by the way of a huge gully down through dispersed settlement and walnut copse to a ravine. Crossing a ravine, we will walk uphill to the Thakuri Village of Rahagaon and lower down through the grooves to Ankhe that marks the entrance to Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Day 6: Trek to Sulighat


Walking along the river, the serpentine track follows uphill and downhill and lowers down through copse to meet a cliff, lowering down through the yak trail of stone steps whence will lead us to the river. Chasing the trail upstream, we will make it through a bridge to Ryajik Village where we will be staying overnight.

Day 7: ?Trek to Phoksundo Lake:


Arriving at the confluence of Phoksundo and Pungmo Rivers, the trail continues through the western side of the Phoksundo River and the western edge of Pungmo River and traverses cedar grooves to reach Palam, winter settlement of people of Ringmo village. Moving on through Palm, we will make it to a ridge with a fabulous 300m cascading waterfall before lowering down by the way of birch copse leading to Phoksundo River and Ringmo Village right to Phoksundo Lake.

Day 8: ? Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake:


It is the rest day necessary to get acclimatize with the high altitude of Phoksundo Lake. Experts advise mild walking rather than lying idle for better acclimatization. A brief trek to nearby Village of Ringmo can be arranged where we can befriend the ever-smiling natives and pay a visit to a venerated local monastery.

Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Khola


Continuing along the edge of Shey Phoksundo Lake, we will saunter gleefully through the meadow with lush green vegetation at the westernmost end and pass through the valley to arrive at Phoksundo Khola where we will be pitching our camp for the night at its bank.

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo banjyang


Treading through a glacial valley will turn us up at a confluence of Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream. Crossing the wooden bridge, the trail escalates to lush green meadow and progresses further up to valley with view of Kang La Pass to Phoksundo Bhanjyang.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang La Pass:


The trek for the day commences with ascending the steep incline to the apex of Kang La Pass. Enjoying the mesmerizing views of terrains of valley and river, we will lower down the slope and continue walking along the river bank to the pasture land which eventually winds up in Shey Gompa.
 

Day 12: Rest day in Shey Gomba


This would be the day to ease our aching body. We will visit the Shey Gompa popular as Crystal Monastery that belongs to the Chaiba community which happens to be the first Kagyupa Monastery. A bit further is located Tsakang Gompa, a meditation center.

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon via Saldang La


Traversing the juniper grooves, the trekking trail lowers down to rocky bed continuing through which will lead us to Saldang La. Mountaineering the arduous Saldang La, we will descend through the northern face to a meadow which further proceeds to Namduna Gaon that possess Namgung Monastery.

Day 14: Trek to Saldang


Clambering the steep incline, we will move along arid mountains that offer the first glimpse of Saldang. Lowering down, we will be in Saldang that is the largest Village of Inner Dolpo area expanding over two kilometers on an incline that locates itself on a plateau high above Nam Khongmala.

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa


Heading north of Saldang, we will continue walking along Nang Chu River and undergo a few ups and downs to make it to small hamlets of Tiling and Lurigaon. Crossing Panzang River, we will ultimately arrive at Yangze Gompa that happens to be ancient Bon Po Monastery.

Day 16: Trek to Sibu


Two alternatives are available to make the transit to Sibu. We will undoubtedly pursue the easy and short way through Village of Saldang that leads us through terraced fields and shortens to Namdo Village. Stopping by the Namdo Monastery at the proximity of the river bed, we will advance along the river for another couple of hours to wind up in Sibu.

Day 17: Trek to Jeng La Phedi


Proceeding through Nam Khong Khola, we will arrive at the confluence whence the trail stretches upward to foothill of Jeng La located at 4900m altitude where we will be staying overnight.

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La


Escalating through the challenging slope for a couple of hours lead to the apex of Jeng La. Enjoying the finest view of Dhaulagiri Mountain, we will lower down to Tarap Valley. Advancing towards Tarap Chu, we will stay overnight at Tokyu Monastery.

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap


Traveling east, we will descend through Tarap Chu that opens up to a plain valley. Moving forth the exquisite Valley, we will make progress to Dho Tarap located at 4040m altitude.

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap


This day is allocated as a rest day to provide solace to our strained limbs. After lunch, we can take a short trek to nearby Buddhist Gompa or to the Bon Gompa that exists a bit further from the camp. Exploring the village of Dho Tarap and befriending people is also a fine idea.

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka):


Leaving Dho Tarap behind, we will have a gentle descend to a wide valley. Passing the tapered gorge, we will move forth juniper and wild rose bushes to the confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Rivers. Bit further from the confluence is a meadow with lush green vegetation known by the name of Kamakharka where we will be staying overnight.

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon


The trek on the 22nd day initiates with a walk down the gorge of Tarap River. Mostly we need to make our way as the old trail at most of the places has been deserted. Advancing forth the thrilling and adventurous way for 5-6 hours, we will finally set our camp in Khanigaon for the night.

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot:


With early breakfast, we will proceed through the Village of Lalberi and traverse grooves before lowering down to meet another gorge, a brief walk whence will lead to Tarakot, an old fortress town.

Day 24: Trek to Dunai:


We will chase the course through Barbung Khola which lies downstream along the southern edge of the village of Laban and will head to Dabung. A casual stroll from Dabung will take us to Dunai.

Day 25: Trek to Juphal


A short walk pursuing the easy trail from Dunai would be able to lead us to Juphal where we will be staying overnight.

Day 26: Flight to Nepalgunj and Flight to Kathmandu


45 minutes of scenic flight through mountains will transit us to Nepalgunj. We will then board another plane from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu where it all started. From the airport, we will be transported back to our hotel. Evening dinner will be hosted to commemorate the successful trekking of the Dolpo Region accompanied by the Nepali Cultural Show.

Day 27: Restday in Kathmandu


This is a free day. Spend the day shopping souvenirs from Thamel or taking a casual stroll down the street. Enjoy your dinner with a Local cultural show in the evening.

Day 28: Transfer to Airport for final departure for homeland


Our representatives will assist you in last moment preparation and will drive you back to the Airport from where you will return to your beloved ones. We hope to see you again.

What's included

  • • All airport/hotel pick ups and drops within Nepal
  • • Flight Fare for both way (Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jufal )
  • • All trekking permits , TIMS card,Government and local taxes for the trek
  • • All Meals (Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner ) During the trek
  • • 3 Star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itenerary
  • • An experienced English speaking and government licensed trekking guide
  • • Medical kit incase of Emergency
  • • Insurance for Nepali Staffs
  • • Sleeping Bag for the trek
  • • All the tents, kitchen equipment etc
  • • Staffs Cost including their Salary, food , accomodation and equipments
  • • Welcome and farewell dinner

What's not included

  • • Nepal Visa Fee
  • • Personal Trekking gears
  • • International Flight fare
  • • Lunch and Dinner in the city , extra night accomodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure and early return from the trek due to any reason than the scheduled itenerary
  • • Any rescue cost
  • • Tips for Guide and Staffs
  • • Personal Travel and rescue insurance
  • • Personal expenses as phone calls, laundry , Bar, Battery charge, extra porter, shower and bottled or boiled water
  • • Helicopter charter flight
  • • Excess baggage charges ( can be carried only 15 Kg including in Airfare)

Good to Know

1) Physical Fitness
One should be physically fit  before to do the any trekking and mountaineering. It is long hike so without any training the first two/three days will tough for you. So some basic physical fitness like  squat, Mountain climbers ( which can be done in home),running,biking , stair climbing,and swiming will help lot to do trekking  in the mountains, so it is highly recommanded  2/3 months prior to your departure for the trekking or mountaineering.

(2)Foods and Drinks
While in the mountain,  it is highly recommanded you to drink plenty of fluids like water,soups, teas  as well as foods. We will provide the sufficient and hygiene food as per your choice in whole trek.This is camping trek we provide plenty of chocolates bar, snacks However some private snacks as chocolates bars, cookies are also highly recommanded which you can take from kathmandu.

(3)Drinking water
One should drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day in order to get  hydrated the body which helps lot to be away from altitude sickness.We highly recommend you to carry the reusable water bottle for filled up the boiled water  which also makes your sleeping bag very warm while going to bed, to use sterpin or take chlorine or iodine tablets  to purify the drinking water.

(4)Best time to Travel
Spring ( Mar-May)and Autumn ( Sep- Nov) are  known as best months to trek in Nepal becuase of the stable clear dry skies which permits to enjoy the spectacular mountain views but mostly lodges, hotels and trails are busy and crowded. Spring season is pleasant and suitable with warm tempreture for trekking and climbing the big mountains as well, so there will be many groups to climbing the Makalu world fifth highest mountain. Until end of october, the tempreture will be mild cold. Weather will be stable with clear blue sky, dry.
Winter and summer are also good if you would prefer less crowdy, and ready to face the some challanges like snow, cold, and rain.Even in winter weather will always be clear but the these three months are coldest month of the year and sometimes snow falls. In Summer, It is very good to do trekking, tempreture will be warm, those who are keen to botanist, summer is the best but the due to unstable weather the views of mountains are very rare.


5) Altitude Sickness
Trekking inUpper Dolpo  is one of the highest trekking in Nepal.In high altitude , the mass of oxygen will be less, so everyone feels difficult to breath as well as mild headache, dizziness etc.This is one of the biggest challanges in mountain.In the altitude, there are many rules to make our body adaptable to the  altitude. Acclimatization is one of the important factor  to adjust our body get used to the altitude. All our itineries are designed with proper acclimatization  day in every 1000 mtr climbing.The most important rules that we have to follow in altitude is walk slowly, keep drinking plenty of  fluids as water , soups etc to make our body hydrated, and keep our body warm. Our staffs and guide will always do their best  as they can, eventhough incase of any sickness,injury one should avoid their rest trip and should come down.

(6)Travel Insurance
It is compulsory to buy the proper travel insurance policy with genuine insurance company, it should cover the emergency helicopter evacuation as well as medical treatment incase of severe injury or sickness and Policy  should include coverage at the altitudes up to 6000 Mtr.

(7)Bag pack and duffel bag
Our duffel bag should be maximum 15kg including hand bag. Only the neccesary things should be packed and the stuffs which are not neccesary on trek will be stored in hotel in Kathmandu.One porter will carry max 30 Kg,among two clients one porter will be provided.

(8)Internet Connectivity and cell phone Signal
As per your arrival in Kathmandu airport, there you can buy nepalese Sim card ncell or you can buy anywhere around city. As the Dolpo region is remote area, all the facilities are limited where   cell phone and internet facility is rare. Our guide will have  satellite telephone incase for emergency.

(9)Flight to/from Nepalgunj/Jufal
For the upper Dolpo Trek, we have fly from kathmandu to Nepalgunj and another shor flight to Jufal which is main entry and exit  point of Trekking to Upper Dolpo. There is regular flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

(10)Sanitation
In mostly places toilet are  common and need to use the same toilet  using by everyone else. Mostly place there may not be available of hand washing water, so highly recommend to take hand sanitizer by yourself and most importantly toilet papers or wet tissue paper should always  be in your day bag.

(11)Government permits and National park permit
To enter in Upper dolpo region you have to buy several permits as follows , the cost will be included in trip cost.

Upper Dolpa

  1. Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 4 to 6)
  2. Shey Phoksundo Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 7)
  3. Charka Tangsong Rural Municipality (All areas of ward no. 1 to 6)

USD 500 per person (for the first 10 days)

USD 50 per person /Day  (beyond 10 days)


(12)Guiding and staffing
In Upper Dolpo trek average walk per day is 6-7 hours. Leisurely and pleasant guiding will definitely take you to destination.  More you gaining altitude more hard to walk, Your experieced guide and porter will always be there to help you in every moment.Guide is the key factor for the every challanging in mountain so one should follow the instruction of guide pleasantly.Every day after dinner your guide will do brief about the next days trip.

(13) Budgeting
 Budegeting depends upon many factors specially in Kathmandu where there are too many choices.Hotels in Kathmandu include in trip cost on basis of BB plan. So average expenses per day in Kathmandu will be Rs 2000 for lunch and Dinner, if you prefer some other activities as  drinks, to do massage, or to go in bar/pub Rs 5000 ( equivalent to USD 50 ) is enough. On the trek, all the meals and hot drinks will be provided by company, Extra expeses as Hot shower, battery charging, wifi, boiled water for bottle, extra snacks  bars, Soft drinks and hard drinks should borne by  oneself,In average Rs 2000(eqivalent to 20 USD) is enough on the trek. Finally  few tipping is highly recomended and compulsory in the last day to your guide and porter as per your budgeting.

14)  Clothings and gears

Head

    Warm Hat
    Cap
    Face Mask / Muffler


Upper Body:


    Wind stopper/Waterproof Jacket
    Down Jacket
    Fleece Jacket/ trousers
    Thermol
    T-shirts
    Woolen gloves/Water/wind proof gloves


Lower Body

    Trekking Trousers(light weight long Paint)
    Underwear
    wind stopper/waterproof Paint
    Fleece or woolen pants


Feet

    Thin Lightwear/heavy poly or wool Socks
    Sandals
    Trekking Boot
    Gaiters
    Spare Shoes


Accessories

    Medium Rucksack (50-70 Ltr)
    Small Day Pack
    Personal Medical Kit
    Chapstick/Sunscreen
    Water bottle
    Large Duffel bag
    Trekking Pole
    Spare batteries for Camera and Flash Light
    Hand Towel
    Head lamp with extra Batteries
    Sun Glasses with UV protection
    Suitcase (For stored in Kathmandu hotel for not needed   items for trek)

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