28 Days Upper Dolpo Trek

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destination Dolpo
duration 28 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Dolpo
max altitude 5250m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Camping
season All Season

28 Days Upper Dolpo Trek

28 Days Upper Dolpo Trekking route is a remote and unspoiled area near the Tibetan border of Nepal. Only in the late eighties, it opened for trekkers.

28 Days Upper Dolpo Trek till today remains one of the most secluded and remote areas of this Himalayan nation. In any case, the greatness of this area is best in class. Cuddled between the Tibetan level and Dhaulagiri Himalaya Chain, it is your Shangri-La. The Upper Dolpo Trekking Jomsom to Juphal will take you to the most confined and sound pieces of the Mid-West district of Nepal. Dolpo, the land past Himalayans summons the lovely and very close perspective on majestic mounts, most established cloisters and cold turquoise lakes The Upper Dolpo Trekking Jomsom to Juphal passes by a portion of the world's lordliest mounts as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba, and an antiquated medieval realm of Lower Dolpo.

The locale is particularly segregated because of the absence of street access up to this point. That is the reason Dolpo is safe by the tribulations of the cutting edge world, its excellence and colorful culture especially unblemished. In the fall of 1990, the main British visit administrator arranged a trek from east to west, Pokhara to Jumla by means of Lower Dolpo.

The bunched settlement of the Dolpo locale makes it's kin a portion of the "world's most noteworthy occupants". The old towns in Upper Dolpo are 4,300 meters or more! Dolpo is home to uncommon and stunning creatures, for example, Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard and restorative herbs as Silvery Fil. Individuals here training pre-Buddhist religion, the Bon Po. Significantly after the broad spreading of Buddhism in ninth-century Tibet, this district has safeguarded its extremely old religion. You will have the option to be a piece of the most novel and uncommon social act of the world.

The trek passes north of the significant mountain chain, through exciting mountain goes as high as 5,500m towards the Tibetan Plateau. We will go over religious communities, both Buddhist and Pre-Buddhist (Shamanistic) weighed down with beautiful supplication banners. Shey Gompa is regarding human sciences and the strictly significant religious community of the district.

This trek into the wild, with high ups and lows, is reasonable for high height trekkers, the individuals who look for experience. It is additionally for the individuals who would prefer not to trek along with traveler pressed standard trek courses. Consistently we will climb for at any rate 5-7 hours.

Along these lines, come get together with us. With Sherpa Expedition and Trekking on the 28 Days Upper Dolpo Trekking Jomsom to Juphal. Experience firsthand living in the most youthful mounts of the world, wild and with a warm and guiltless grin of mountain individuals, who are totally absent about the life somewhere else the mountains. Make a pocketful of recollections to value for a lifetime with the Upper Dolpo Trekking.

Key Features of upper Dolpo Trekking

  • Trek through parts of Nepal that few visitors ever see
  • Keep an eye out for snow leopards in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentration parks in the world
  • Gaze over the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo
  • Visit Shey Gompa, an 800-year-old monastery at the base of Crystal Mountain, immortalized in Peter Matthiessen's “The Snow Leopard”
  • Witness the spring hunt for yarchagumba—a bizarre caterpillar fungus highly sought after for its medicinal qualities

ITINERARY

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Welcome to Kathmandu! A city full of vibrant markets, bustling streets, and discover colorful temples and grand pagodas. Our representative guide will receive you from an international airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day you’ll explore this amazing city. In the evening, our tour guide will give you a brief orientation about the trek. You can do the shopping and buy your necessary trekking gears near the city. Finally, you’ll meet with the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Your sightseeing in this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First, we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built-in Shikhara style. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture. We will brief you on the journey that starts tomorrow. You can do some last-minute shopping for the trek in Thamel.
Early morning after breakfast, we will travel to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. The scenic bus ride will be around 6-7 hours long. We can see western Himalayans, on our way. Beautiful but tad tiring bus ride to the beautiful valley of Pokhara, it is our gateway to the mounts. We can explore around this beautiful lake city in the night or go for boating in the grand Phewa Lake. We will spend the night at the local guest house.
Early in the morning, hike to View Tower for Sunrise View over the Annapurna Massif and other high mountains. Enjoy with the majestic view of Annapurna Range, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri Range, and scenic Pokhara Valley. Back to Hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast, preparing for the Paragliding from Sarangkot to Pokhara Valley for an hour flight. Once you are landed from Paragliding and transfer to Hotel. Late afternoon, again our guide will bring you to other interesting places following down there;- Bindhabasini Temple Davis Fall Gupteshwor Cave Seti River Gorges Tibetan Refugee Camps World Peace Pagoda International Mountain Museum
We will catch a plane from Pokhara to Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang. It will take around 20 minutes to reach the beautiful town of Jomsom. We will fly North-West from Pokhara towards a great portal between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You can enjoy beautiful views of the lofty hills and mountains during your flight. From Jomsom, we will trek uphill for 3 hours alongside Kali Gandaki to reach Dhangarjung, the gateway to the Himalayas.
We will trek through wooded gorges, along the river and through Bamboo, Fir and Birch trees. You can witness distinctive Tibetan culture and very ancient monasteries and Gompas. After crossing several bridges leading us westward, we will ascend towards the Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo, the gateway to upper Dolpo. After crossing the small dwindling Phoksundo Khola, we will ascend through Larches’ and Birches’ forests. After ascending for an hour or so through the rocky trial to a ridge at 3,800m we can finally view the emerald Phoksundo Lake. Then, we will climb downhill to reach the small village of Sangda, where we will be spending the night.
We will continue our trek through rocky ledge. We will trail along the valley of Kang Gopa. We will climb a small crest at 4,060m. From there we can see the spectacular view of the Sonam Kang, Shey Shikar (6,239m) and Kang Chunne (6,443m). The trail is rough and dusty and we will pass through Birches’ and Blue Pine forests.
We will hike to Yak Kharka where we will be spending the night in an overnight camp. We will cross two passes Niwar La (5,250m) and Tudje La (5,185m) from where we can see the mountains even up-close. We will walk down the rocky terrain for around 3 hours to reach Yak Kharka. The two passes are the highest altitude we will set foot on during the trek.
From here, we will trek downhill along the bank of the river to Rakpa. We will cross the Shey La Pass at 5,010m and ascend before walking down to Namgung. We will cross a bridge and walk downhill to the top of the scree slope. We will then cross the Dolma La Pass and ascend the steep and narrow trail to Shey. We will walk through the grassy meadows and also visit the Tsakang Gompa.
After crossing the Dolma La and descending the steep and narrow trail to Shey, we will cross the Shey La Pass at 5,010m and descend for some time before climbing Namjung. The trial will then ascend and descend along the Namjung Khola to Karang. Then, the trial will steeply descend to Torak Sumdo and climb up Yanger Gompa at 3,750m. We will trek along the river to the valley. From there, we will continue our descend further into the valley of Mugoan. We will climb towards the Mushi La at 5,030m and then walk to the Shimen village (4,010m). From here, we will continue our long trek along the river to Pha in 4,090m to reach Tinje. We will continue our trek along the river to Chanla Phedi where we will spend the night in a camp.
We will ascend to Charkala (4,920m) and then descend down the side of the valley. The trail then climbs to the crest and descend to the dwindling river. The valley becomes narrower. On reaching Do Tarap we will take a good rest and spend the night in a camp.
We will explore the beautiful valley of Dho Tarap, once an important cultural and political center of Dolpo. Dho and Tarap are also very famously known as the highest altitude human settlement in the world. Here are some monasteries and remains that dates back to pre-Buddhist times. Here, people who resemble very closely the Khampas of Tibet follow animistic religion Bon Po as well as Buddhism. From here you can have breathtaking views of western mountains and the magical Shey Phoksundo Lake. You can relish the experience of Yak Caravans, and warm smile of people unknown to the modern world. Travelling in Dho Tarap will give you truly primeval experience.
Ascending through the beautiful valley of Dho Tarap, we will walk through the primeval village of Tok-Khyu. We will cross the challenging pass at 5,000m and the views of peaks and hills from there will more than compensate. From there, we will descend along with the Payon Khola. Walking along the uphills and downhills from Dho Tarap to Namjung, Mungaon, Shimen, Tinje, Rakpa and Norbulung we will reach Pangjang Khola Dovan, where we will spend the night in an overnight camp.
From here, we will walk downhill to reach settlement of Tinjegaon, a small mountain village. We will descend to Musigaon, and cross the exciting Lnag-La pass. From there we will walk down the steep trail. From here, after walking for around 4 hours we will reach Tinjagaon.
We will mainly trek downhill today. The trek will be approximately 6 hours long. You can see Yak Caravans, horses and mules walking along the rocky trail on you way. On reaching Shimengaon, we will spend the night in an overnight camp.
After breakfast we will trek to reach the small village of Koma. We will cross yet another pass at 4,270m known as Shimen La Pass from where we will mainly trek downhill. It will take us around 5 hours at maximum to reach our destination.
It is a small stretched out village at the bottom of the valley. We will walk northward towards the Tibetan border to reach Saldang. We will walk through the valley of Nankhang. On reaching our destination, we can go explore this beautiful village of around 1500 population. The view of the Kanjiroba is truly magnificent from here.
Today we will trek to the inner Dolpa. To reach Shey Gompa we will cross a high pass known as Sela La Pass (5,095). The view of the Himalayans from here is very gratifying. On reaching here, we will take a good rest and prepare for exploration day tomorrow.
We have allocated a full day for the exploration of this historic place. We will visit the Shey Gompa, which is historically and culturally is an important monument. The Shey Gompa is a complex structure located in the hilltop. Once the prosperous capital, this place is deserted most time of the year except for two major festivals. The monastery was built in the 1665 AD.
Lar Tsa is a small village in the footsteps of the mountains. We will continue our ascen uphill for at least two hours before crossing a pass at 5,360m, Kangla Pass. Then, we will descend along the river, in a rocky trail to reach Lar Tsa. We will spend the night in an overnight camp.
Shey Phoksundo is one of the main attraction of the whole trek. We will enjoy in the chilly water of the lake. Rich and azure Phoksundo is truly a gem. The water in this lake never freezes, despite the high altitude. We will spend the night in Ringmo. There are several trails to Ringmo. The trek should be relatively easier today.
From Ringmo, we will descend to Sanduwa. Sanduwa literally means three trials. It lies between the Kagmara Khola and the Phoksundo Khola. A national park and an army check post sit here. We will spend the night in an overnight camp.
We will now descend to Chhepka leaving the beautiful mountains in the backdrop. We will follow the stream going south and cross a beautiful forest to reach Chhepka where we will spend the night.
We will trek to the Dunai, which is in the bank of the very big Bheri River. The trek will be around 4 hours long. Dunai is the district headquarters, which is going through a minor construction boom. The panoramic view of the mountains from here is memorable.
From Dunai, we will hike to Juphal, the familiar hill. This is our last day of trekking. We will stay the night in an overnight camp.
We will board the two planes on the 14th day. We will fly from to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (60 minutes). After a tiring day, you can spend the evening in your hotel or explore this vibrant city.
You can spend the day further exploring this historic city. You can also go travel to the outskirts of the valley. Buy souvenirs at Thamel, Basantapur and old towns of Patan and Bhaktapur to take back home.
Your last days' adventure comes to an end today! Our company representative will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your nearest next adventure in the wonderful country, Nepal.

SERVICES

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private car or microbus depending upon your group size.
  • Four-night standard hotel in Kathmandu and one-night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Guided city tour as per the above program with private vehicles.
  • Full board meal (veg./non veg.) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with tea & coffee.
  • Boiled and purified drinking water.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and other equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully water proof two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, etc.
  • A Government Licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, cook, kitchen helper, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicines.
  • First Aid medical kit will be available.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Down Sleeping bags/Jackets, Walking Pole, and other necessary equipments during the trek. (If you don’t have you own).
  • Upper Dolpo Permit, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and other required paper documents.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara-Jomsom and Juphal-Nepalgunja-Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
  • All our Government Taxes tourist service charges and official expenses.
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fees (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar for one month visa.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance(compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).
  • All sightseeing tour entrance fees.
  • Any other expenses which are mentioned on include section (please ask if you are not sure).

EQUIPMENTS

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Getting There & Away

Western Nepal is remote, making access more difficult than other parts of Nepal. First, you have to get to Nepalgunj, on the plains, and then to Juphal in Dolpo district.
Most people fly to Nepalgunj from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. From Nepalgunj, you then fly to Juphal. (It isn’t possible to fly directly to Juphal from Kathmandu, although expensive charter flights can be arranged from Pokhara.) Most organized tours will fly from Kathmandu. Keep in mind that the airport at Juphal is no more than a tiny mountain airstrip, where bad weather can often delay flights.
Nepalgunj is also accessible by road, but it is a long trip from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Roads are improving throughout Western Nepal, but Juphal is currently several days’ walk from the nearest road-head.

Permits & Regulations

Permits for Upper Dolpo are expensive and strictly enforced. You also need to purchase a permit for Lower Dolpo, which you pass through on your way to Upper Dolpo. On top of that, only 250 foreigners are permitted to enter Upper Dolpo each year.

Lower Dolpo: $10 USD per week

Upper Dolpo: $50 USD per day (10-day minimum)

There is also an Rs. 1000 entry fee to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. As it’s mandatory to trek with a guide on an organized tour in Upper Dolpo, your tour operator will arrange all permits and these fees are generally included in the total cost of your trip.

Best Season

Like much of Nepal, the best time to visit Upper Dolpo is the spring (April to May) and the fall (October to November) when temperatures are pleasant, skies are the clearest, and there is minimal chance of snow at high altitudes. Late/early snow can affect this trek in April and November, making some passes impossible to cross. Phoksundo Lake, Shey Phoksundo National Park

Difficulty

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is considered strenuous. There are steep ascents, three passes above 5000 m., several nights spent above 3500 m. and some long trekking days of six hours or more. The fact that this is a camping trek adds to the physical challenge and discomfort of trekking in Upper Dolpo, and rest days are recommended.
This is not a beginner’s trek or one to attempt if it’s your first time in Nepal. But it will be a worthwhile challenge for experienced trekkers and repeat visitors to Nepal alike!

Accommodation & Meals

Most treks in Upper Dolpo are fully-catered camping treks given accommodation and food supplies are hard to come by along the trail. (Upper Dolpo is known to have food shortages.) Some basic teahouse/lodge accommodation is available in some villages, but shouldn’t be relied upon.
It is advised to take as many food provisions when trekking in Upper Dolpo (and anywhere in Western Nepal, in general). If participating in an organized trek (essential in Upper Dolpo), your food needs will be taken care of. It is still important to be mindful of the fact that restocking provisions can be challenging for guides and porters in this region, and that resources are scarce.

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Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

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No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 4,200
2 Pax USD 4,150
3 Pax USD 4,050
4 - 6 Pax USD 3,980
7 - 12 Pax USD 3,850
13 - 18 Pax USD 3,750
19 - 24 Pax USD 3,650
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