Upper Dolpo Trek - 27 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 27 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: Contact
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The Upper Dolpo Trek courses through a mystical land of Buddhist monasteries and a Tibetan culture largely untouched by the world outside the region's borders. A hike to the area presents a considerable logistical exercise in light of the almost non-existent infrastructure for dealing with trekking parties, but the benefits of such splendid isolation are many for the intrepid visitor willing to deal with the route's numerous challenges.

The austere landscapes and villages strike a unique chord of rustic authenticity that speak to a timelessness enveloping Dolpo like a protective blanket, with ancient Buddhist and Bon Po traditions delicately interwoven with shamanistic influences to create a local culture unlike any other in Nepal. To journey through the region is to be touched by experiences and sights that will live long in the memory of the few who are fortunate enough to pass through the area.

The trek to Shey Gompa encompasses an extraordinary journey to one of the most rugged and remote parts of the country, with landscapes that hark to the sparse Tibetan plateau to the north. Built in 1655 and situated at the base of the sacred Crystal Mountain (also known as Ribo Drugta), the monastery of Shey Gompa constitutes a pilgrimage site of some significance to the people of western Nepal. En route the trail leads through some of the most consistently high trekking territory to be found, with three passes stretching up over 5000 meters in height — Nagdalo La (5350m), Shey La (5010m) and Jeng La (5220m) — together with long stretches lingering at altitudes over 4000 meters, guaranteeing many a cold night during the trek. Such challenges of environment and terrain are made for the hardy trekker willing to meet them head on in the full knowledge that the ultimate and highly unique rewards on offer far outweigh the considerable effort.

If that isn't enough the trek also offers another of Nepal's crown jewels, Shey Phoksundo National Park and the spectacularly beautiful Phoksundo Lake, a serene body of water ringed by precipitous mountains and forests that are home to some of the Himalaya's rarest animal species, including the fabled snow leopard.

Permit

Upper Dolpo is a restected area with a fee of US$500 for the first 10 days and an additional US$50 per day thereafter. The relatively high permit fee limits the number of trekkers to the area and thus contributes to Upper Dolpo's preeminence as one of Nepal's most exclusive and memorable experiences.

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring a well-preserved Tibetan culture and its monasteries
  • High altitude trekking and camping, including three 5000 meter passes
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park and its extraordinary range of flora and fauna
  • Observing the turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake and its magnificent setting

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj then drive to Dunai (2140m)

Day 04: Dunai to Chhepka (2678m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 05: Chhepka to Chunuwar (3130m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 06: Chunuwar to Phoksundo (Ringmo 3641m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 07: Explore an amazing Phoksundo Lake and back to Phoksundo for overnight.

Day 08: Phoksundo to Phoksundo khola camp (3750m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 09: Phoksundo Khola Camp to Nagdalo high camp (4700m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 10: High camp to shey Gumpa via Nagdalo La pass (5350m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 11: Acclimatization day

Day 12: Shey Gumpa to Namgung Gumpa 4360m via Shey La pass (5094m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 13: Namgung Gumpa to Saldang (3770m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 14: Hike to Yangtsher Gumpa 4559m and back to Saldang

Day 15: Saldang to Khomagaun (4210m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 16: Khomagaun to Shimengaun (3885m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 17: Shimengaun to Tinjegaun (4110m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 18: Tinjegaun to Yak kharka

Day 19: Yak kharka to Tokyu (4240m)

Day 20: Tokyu to Dho Tarap 3944m

Day 21: Dho Tarap to Ghyangmar (3755m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 22: Ghyangmar to Chhyugar (3440m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 23: Chhyugar to Tarakot (2540m, 6 hrs)

Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (6-7 hrs)

Day 25: Dunai to Juphal (2475m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 26: Fly Juphal to Nepalgunj then Nepalgunj to Kathmandu via connected flight

Day 27: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits such Shey Phoksundo National Park, Upper Dolpo special permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • Connecting flights to and from Kathmandu, Juphal and Nepalgunj
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied then please feel free customize according your own taste and duration of holidays.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation

Day 03Fly Kathmandu to Juphal via Nepalgunj then drive to Dunai (2140m)

Day 04Dunai to Chhepka (2678m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 05Chhepka to Chunuwar (3130m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 06Chunuwar to Phoksundo (Ringmo 3641m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 07Explore an amazing Phoksundo Lake and back to Phoksundo for overnight.

Day 08Phoksundo to Phoksundo khola camp (3750m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 09Phoksundo Khola Camp to Nagdalo high camp (4700m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 10High camp to shey Gumpa via Nagdalo La pass (5350m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 11Acclimatization day

Day 12Shey Gumpa to Namgung Gumpa 4360m via Shey La pass (5094m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 13Namgung Gumpa to Saldang (3770m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 14Hike to Yangtsher Gumpa 4559m and back to Saldang

Day 15Saldang to Khomagaun (4210m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 16Khomagaun to Shimengaun (3885m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 17Shimengaun to Tinjegaun (4110m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 18Tinjegaun to Yak kharka

Day 19Yak kharka to Tokyu (4240m)

Day 20Tokyu to Dho Tarap 3944m

Day 21Dho Tarap to Ghyangmar (3755m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 22Ghyangmar to Chhyugar (3440m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 23Chhyugar to Tarakot (2540m, 6 hrs)

Day 24Tarakot to Dunai (6-7 hrs)

Day 25Dunai to Juphal (2475m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 26Fly Juphal to Nepalgunj then Nepalgunj to Kathmandu via connected flight

Day 27Departure

Useful Info

  • Respect the local culture.
  • Kindly ask permission before taking photos or videos of locals.
  • Manage your garbage for the sake of the environment.
  • Respect wildlife. Killing animals is totally prohibited.
  • For your own safety, always stay close to the walls when being passed by donkeys or porters on narrow trails.
  • Drink plenty of water each day. Dehydration can be one of the contributing causes to AMS.
  • Remain attuned to your body as it pertains to symptoms of altitude sickness and be honest with yourself.
  • Consider the enormous benefits to trekking with a local guide who's thoroughly familiar with the region.
  • Please recheck your trekking gears before begins trek
  • Bring your medical kit and personal insurance coverage during mountain
  • Good acclimatization is key of successful trip
  • Minimum 2 trekkers required to obtain special permit and trek

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