Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

26 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

5950 m (Kang Taiga)

Group Size

2 - 12 pax

Trial Access:

Private & Comfy Drive. Flight from Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jumla and Juphal-Nepalgunj-Ktm.

Best Season:

Oct - Dec & Feb - Apr

Upper Dolpo at the height of 5950 meters (Kang Taiga)  is one of the most beautiful and pristine territory of Nepal that hasn’t been explored much due to the high passes trail. This trek makes you walk through gorgeous valleys, multi-ethnic settlements, majestic Himalayas, luxuriant forests of rhododendron, pines, oaks and many others.

Trekking in Upper Dolpo makes you experience the splendor of the rugged and remote far western region of Nepal. You get to witness the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake with mountains in the background. This expedition can be challenging but equally exciting and worth the handsome trouble.

Located amidst the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri ranges, Dolpo Region is the epitome of natural beauty.

Some of the rewards of this trek are observing Tibetan Buddhist culture, Shey Phoksundo lake, rare wildlife like snow leopard, epochs old monasteries - for instance, 800-year-old Shey Monastery. This trek further allows you to explore the largest park in Nepal – Shey Phoksundo National Park. 

To get the most out of any trek, it is important to wisely decide the time to travel. The best time to explore Upper Dolpo and the surrounding region is Spring and Autumn. These seasons are regarded as the most favored due to pleasant weather, clear skies, little or no chances of snowfall, safe trails and so on. Since Upper Dolpo is among the restricted area, a special permit is also required for this pursuit.

The perennial rivers, strikingly attractive and roaring waterfalls, green meadows, diverse wildlife will keep you entertained and interested throughout your trekking trails. Beside the rare snow leopard, you might also get some glimpses of other wildlife like himalayan black bear, himalayan blue sheep, goral and several others.

The trekking routes are steep and narrow so requires a fair level of fitness, some basic exercise, a habit of walking in uneven terrains, and some endurance for high altitude. However, the offerings of this trek are definitely worth it and experience of a lifetime. 

Trek Highlights of Upper Dolpa

  • The largest national Park of Nepal - Shey Phoksundo National Park with variety in flora and fauna.
  • Exotic views of Shey-Phoksundo lake and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Glimpse of rare and endangered mammals
  • Explore 800-year-old Shey Gompa
  • The remote lifestyle of locals and follower of Bon Buddhism
  • The best views from Kang Taiga (5950 meters)
  • Views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna II 

Starting Price

USD 3375 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan trekkers and transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Sightseeing of some heritage sites and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

You can spend this day exploring some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Scenic flight to Nepalgunj.

Meals included: BB

We will take an early flight to Nepalgunj, which is in the far west part of Nepal. Nepalgunj is situated to the border of a neighboring country India. This one hour flight gives you the magnificent view of the Himalayan range of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu, as well as Langtang.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day 4

Flight to Jumla and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will take a very first flight of the day to Jumla. The flight will be half hour and at the camping site, we will meet our other members- porters and Kitchen team who will be already there by walking 10 days early and will be waiting for us. The remaining day you can explore the area.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight

Day 5

Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,775m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start our day with the slow speed because it's our first day as days going we will increase our speed also. We will take the trail south of Jumla after trekking an hour we will reach a bridge which is half of Garjankot. While walking ahead we will pass a few settlement and irrigational channel. We will also see the magnificent view of the hill and some small peaks. Our camp is just below 220m at a sheep called Gothi Chaur. We will stay overnight there.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Naphukhona (3,000m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

On this day our path descends for an hour to the bank of the river called Tila. We will walk through the alpine forest and cross small rivers too. After a couple of hours of trekking, we will reach the Munigaon which is a small human settlement and there is a small police Check post too. We will walk towards the east of check post and reach at the bridge within half an hour. While walking you can see the different types of Himalayan range and subtropical forests. After lunch, we march towards the village called Naphukhona, which has a huge Tibetan chorten. From this point, our campsite is just 20 minutes below the Gompa called Chorteng. We will stay overnight there.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Maure-La (3,900m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will walk through the green forest next to the river and start to trek the Maure-La (3900m). The ascend is slightly upwards with the stunning view of the Bheri River and panoramic view of the mountains called Matathumba and Ghyuthumba, the first person to put the feet in Dolpo is Dr. Herbert Tichy in 1953. From there you can see the giant mountain API to the west and also you can see the Annapurna II and Mt. Dhaulagiri while passing through the forest.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Hurikot (2,600m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we pass through the green forests and can see the panoramic view of Kaghmara Lekh and Bheri River. The path is slightly ascending until we reach the village called Chaurkot. After walking for some minutes we can see the village Kaigaon and Rimi and trail descends through Rimi, which is quite rough. We continue our walk by enjoying the scenic beauty until we reach the village called Hurikot (2600m).

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Garpung Khola.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start our day after breakfast and the trail ascends slowly above to the Garpung Khola for a couple of hours unless we reach Jagdula Khola and we will take rest and have our lunch there. After the walk, we continue trekking, and while walking we can see the stunning view of Kagmara and scenic beauty of it. We move towards the camping site by crossing Garpung Khola through the bridge.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 10

Explore Village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will walk very little in the morning and in the afternoon we will take rest. We will walk a couple of hours crossing the bridge and enjoying the natural eco-system to arrive at a next camping site. We will stay overnight there.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike

Day 11

Trek to Kagmara-La (5,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we cross the Kagmara-La (5200m) by taking a lunch with us. We take the path from the right bank of the river until the trail turned out to be a vertical ascends. When we reach the top the trail becomes easy to walk. While climbing and walking you will get the opportunity to see the outstanding view of nature with the Himalayan range. We will spend some time thereby enjoying the beauty. Within an hour of walk, we will reach our campsite.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Pungmo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will walk through a peaceful valley to the village called Pungmo. This village offers you true hospitality and you will get a chance to learn about the traditions and cultures of the local people. Our camp is built near the entrance to the village. However, if you are lucky then you can see the Himalayan Blue Sheep and Wild Fox from your camp.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 13

Rest/ acclimatization day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is a rest day and if you want then you can explore the village and the famous Gompa above Pungmo. You can find two Gompas there where "Bon" as well as "Traditional Buddhism" are experienced.

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 14

Trek to Ringmo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

we will walk through the crystal clear Phoksundo lake to reach the village Ringmo. We will walk downwards for an hour to reach the Military camp at the crossroads of the Pungmo and Phoksundo river. From the Military camp, we will take left and follow an amusing trail of Phoksundo Lake to a grassy land for our lunch. After lunch, we walk towards Ringmo which is a beautiful village and you can see the prayer flags in almost every house and from there you can also see the magnificent lake.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 15

Leisure/ free day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is the rest day. Today either you rest or explore a village and monastery. You can also have chat with local people and can gain some knowledge about their lifestyles and cultures.

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 16

Trek to Kang Taiga (5,950m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is an easy day and we walk a couple of hours in the morning to a Yak grazing field by the Manduwa Khola. We can see different hotels and rest house while walking. We can see the stunning view from the Suli Gad and transversely to the Kagmara. After a couple of hours walk, we will reach our campsite below Kang Taiga (5950m), which is one of the suitable and beautiful places for camping.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 17

Trek to Bhanjyang Bagar (5,210m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is a very difficult day passing the Basic Bhanjyang Bagar (5210m). It is one of the favorite places for every trekker, we pass the watershed of the Mountain into the arid Tibetan Plateaus. We follow the path of the river and after that, the trail diverts to the north which is the initial side of the valley and ascends to the pass where we can see the prayer flags.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 18

Trek to Tarap valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will walk through the stunning Tibetan scenery, which is one of the major attractions of the trek. We ascend almost 6 hours to see the panoramic view of Himalayan Range like Mt. Dhaulagiri I, Kanjiroba Mountain as well as Tibetan mountains. After some walk, we will reach to our today's destination Tarap Valley.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 19

Trek to Dho.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we start our walk and pass through the villages Clumaga and Kakar which are very beautiful with the prayer flags. In Dho, you will find two Gompas- Guru Bumba (Chob) and Scipcha Gompa. We will leave Dho and head towards the Tarap Khola by walking a couple of hours. We will have our lunch there and move forwards by crossing the numerous tiny bridges.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 20

Trek to Kanigaon (2,750m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will walk through the narrow gorge to the cliff site. After a couple of hours of the walk-in morning, we will reach to the riverside called Lahini which is also the end of the narrow canyon. While walking if you are lucky then you will encounter with Musk Deer. After some walk, we will reach our camping site.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 21

Trek to Tarakot.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will walk east from the check post to the well-maintained bridge which passed to the left side of the Barbung River, into which Tarap river flow. We will walk three hours following the river to the village called Tarakot where we will have our camping site.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 22

Trek to Dunai.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we walk through the Barbung Khola passing the fine-looking alpine valley to the Dunai. Dunai village is also called Hindu village. We will stay overnight here.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 23

Trek to Juphal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is our final day of trekking and we will walk through the river passing the several guest house and teahouses to reach the Juphal airstrip. The trail ascends slightly through the Juphal village to the airport.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges/ tea house Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 24

Scenic flight to Nepalgunj and connecting flight to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today we have one and a half hour scenic flight from Juphal - Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. Since we have different flight schedule so we need to stay some time at Nepalgunj airport for the connecting flight to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in the afternoon. Free time of your own. In your free time, you can visit a good spa and massage center to realize your pain.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 & 1/2 hrs flight and 30 min drive

Day 25

Free/ leisure day in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

(Note: Since Juphal lies at the mountainous zone and if we have a weather issue or other technical problems and we do not have a flight on the previous day then we can use this day to fly Kathmandu or if everything goes on our schedule then we can use this day as leisure day).

 

Similarly, you can use your free time by visiting some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu valley or you can do last minutes souvenir shopping from Nepal to your friends, families, and relatives. In the evening, joining the team of Himalayan trekkers for farewell dinner with a cultural show. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 26

Departure from the city of temples; Kathmandu.

  You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Have a safe journey and please do visit Nepal on your next vacation too.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided Sightseeing with all applicable entrance fees as per itinerary in Kathmandu
  • 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast 
  • All accommodation during the Trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) during the Trek
  • All Private transfer as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jumla & Juphal-Nepalgunj-Ktm) airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters & Crew
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crewmembers.
  • She Phoksundo National Park Fees
  • Upper Dolpo Special permits
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Trekking & Camping / Kitchen Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All GOVT local taxes

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees 
  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle etc)
  • Lunches & Dinner in cities
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay etc)
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Travel Insurance


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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