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UPPER DOLPO TREK

upper dolpo trek 28 days

Upper Dolpo trek 28 days is the most remote and least developed trek area in Nepal. Entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Dolpo region situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. Geographically a southern extension of Tibet, it lies within the borders of the state of Nepal, since 1984 has been the country’s largest national park and conservation, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing. Boundaries of the park include within 3,500 square kilometers of land, mostly above 4,000 meters. Before 1989, when the southern regions were opened to trekking groups, very few explorers had visited the area. During the Upper Dolpo trek 28 days we start from Jhupal village, we begin this wonderful adventure, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Numala pass at 5,400m. till we reach the Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village in the “Phoksundo National Park“.

At Ringmo, we will enjoy the beauty of the deep blue waters of the Phoksundo lake and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjirowa Himalayan range, with time  to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and its Monastery. Our classic journey continues to the amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gomba, following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and back to Jhuphal for the flight back by an alternative route, giving you more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya.

Upper Dolpo Trek 28 Days

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival day in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal & trek to Dunai, 2-3 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe, 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Sulighat, 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 4-5 hrs.

Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4-5 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 6-7 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass, 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa.

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La 6-7 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Saldang, 4-5 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa, 4-5 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Sibu, 6-7 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi, 5-6 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la, 5-6 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap, 4-5 hrs.

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap.

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola ( Kamakharka), 6-7 hrs.

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon, 4-5 hrs.

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot, 4-5 hrs.

Day 24: Trek to Dunai, 5-6 hrs.

Day 25: Trek to Jhuphal, 2-3 hrs.

Day 26: Return to Kathmandu.

Day 27: Leisure at Kathmandu.

Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu.

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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, here our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’t, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Upper Dolpo Trek.


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

We will fly from Kathmandu with a scenic mountain flight over the massive Himalayas to the town Nepalgunj, border to India. This town is a major trading center near the Indian border, located subtropical region of Nepal. It is home to an excellent cultural blend with mixed architecture and heritage.


Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal & trek to Dunai, 2-3 hrs.

We will meet our trekking team in Juphal after we take another scenic mountain flight. Walking  a peaceful section of the Barbung Khola, following a trial makes an enjoyable morning hike. We will do our picnic lunch and head to the Dunai, walking relatively flat path. We will learn more about the local culture and customs and take a time to chat with local people.


Day 05: Trek to Ankhe, 5-6 hrs.

We will cross a suspension bridge and pass through the green Thulo Bheri Valley along the way. This valley is popular for its scenic ridge views. Continuing along a canyon bring us through several small villages of tradition farmers grazing their goats and cattle. We then reach to town of Rahagaon, famous for its traditional gompa and home to the Thakuri people. Furthermore, we will walk through another canyon to Ankhe passing through a dense forest. Overnight camping at Ankhe.


Day 06: Trek to Sulighat, 5-6 hrs.

While following the ascent and descent route we will enter to the dense forest, offers to view a wide range of seasonal flowers and greenery. Our trial follows the river bank leading down to the river before passing along a rock trail to Ryajik village. Overnight at village Ryajik.


Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 4-5 hrs.

In beginning, we will  not leave the river bank but after we switch trails, our trail leads us to the timeless Phoksundo Lake. Leaving behind the town of Palam on the way we will reach at scenic ridge that offers views of the crystal clear glacial lake. We will admire the beauty of Nepal’s tallest natural waterfalls and then explore the Lake. Overnight camping at Phoksundo Lake.


Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake.

Although, we consider today a rest day we will explore the natural beauty of the sapphire lake and travel to a few particularly scenic locations to enjoy the mountain views. We can found the small temples around the lake, spiritual travelers can make a traditional journey to Upper Dolpo or in Phokshundo Lake. This Lake often considered as sacred lake.


Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4-5 hrs.

Our journey begins to a rocky ledge following the lake leads us to a difficult trail, which uses a traditional pegging system to allow trekkers to move along the path. Next, we will move to the Phoksundo Khola valley through a scenic meadow. After reaching Phoksundo Khola valley we will continue through the wetland and search a dry place to make a camp for the overnight stay.


Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 6-7 hrs.

All the way, we will pass through a timeless glacial valley leading north to a peaceful mountain stream. We then cross an old wooden bridge of the valley, again we cross a rocky area walking through a different trial and head to a traditional sheep-grazing field situated below ravine. We then take a scenic ascent offering views of the Kang La Pass on the way. Overnight at Phoksundo Bhanjyang. Enjoy the scenic sunset!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass, 5-6 hrs.

Today, we start with a strenuous climb leading up to the Kagmara la Pass passing along an ancient glacial formation. We will stop for a while to spot the elusive blue sheep of the region. We then descend down to Shey Gompa and explore the local villages visiting local monks and monasteries. Overnight at Shey Gompa.


Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa.

Today, as a rest day we will visit the local lama in his red hermintage in Tsakang. Hermintage provide shelter to many spiritual locals those who wish to learn more about the traditional Buddhists practices. We will visit the scenic vantage point to view the unusual crystal mountain and its winding quartz cliffs. Return back to camp for overnight stay.


Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La. 6-7 hrs.

We will walk a relaxing descent trial to the Saldang Pass situated at 5,200m passing through canyon and barren rock. Then, we will continue to Namduna Gaon, a traditional nomadic region home to many grazing cattle and sheep. We just found only 6 traditional stone houses in this tiny town which is renowned for its traditional agriculture and red & white stupa.


Day 14: Trek to Saldang, 4-5 hours.

Today, we will hike up a slope passing through a barren mountain region making for a strenuous hiking. After continuing our walk, we then reach a scenic plateau and we can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding scenery. We arrive in the Inner Dolpo that serves as a traditional trading town of a Saldang. In evening, we will explore local market and gossip with locals. Overnight camping at Saldang.


Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa, 4-5 hrs.

Our trial leads to north side of this remote region rarely visited by travelers. We will pass through barren wilderness past the small settlements of Lurigaon and Tiling along the banks of the river Nang Chu. With taking a time we will visit the ancient Bon-Po monastery to see the unaltered religious ceremonies before stopping the day at Yangze. Overnight in Yangze.


Day 16: Trek to Sibu, 6-7 hrs.

To reach today’s destination we found the main trial splits in two section, one shorter and easier trail along the river whereas the other one is following the long traditional village tour. The option to choose your trial is depend upon your energy and preference which will lead us through traditional agricultural fields, mani walls and local monastery. Along the way, we will also explore the agriculture village of Namdo situated on a sloping hill. Overnight camping at Sibu.


Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi, 5-6 hrs.

Early morning we will enjoy with the beautiful view of sunrise, continuing along the river Nam Khong Khola reaching traditional yak grazing pastures. Next, we will follow steep path heading east leads us to the scenic Jeng La Pass. We can enjoy with a beautiful local panoramic views, in the evening. Overnight at Jeng-la Phedi.


Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la, 5-6 hrs.

We will climb uphill to a height of over 5,000 meters where Jeng La Pass is situated. It is home to timeless views of the massive Himalayan emerging in the distance. We will head towards Tarap valley, along a way offering pleasant and relaxed path. We will also pass through the lush greenery and reach to Tokyu Gaon where we will visit the Chaiba monastery.


Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap, 4-5 hrs.

Our trial leads to eastward where we invade a riverside valley and it is a traditional marsh serving as the home to the spiritual local people. Similarly, our continuous walk pass through relatively flat marsh to the town of Dho Tarap. It is popular for its large defensive stonewall and Tibetan ethnic groups.


Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap.

We will explore the local scenery while we spend a day as a rest day. Today we will acclimatize for upcoming high hills strenuous climbs. We have a different option of doing a hike to a particularly scenic location which offers timeless views of the valley below.


Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola ( Kamakharka), 6-7 hrs.

We will walk through barren landscape of the valley continuing to a George. We will stop for a picnic lunch near the river. This area provides shelter to a wide range of animals like blue sheep and musk deer. We will follow the bank of river to a large meadow called as Kamakharka. Overnight camping at Kamakharka under the peaceful star filled sky.


Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon, 4-5 hrs.

After breakfast, we will descend with no fixed path along a gorge that gradually narrows and makes for a fun and challenging hike. This area is underdeveloped, because of which many bridges have washed away during the monsoon season, so we need to make our own path following the rivers. Lastly, we will reach our destination beside the Tarap valley. Overnight camping in a region known as Khanigaon.


Day 23: Trek to Tarakot, 4-5 hrs.

The trial is quite slippery cliff along with a difficult and steep climb. We will use a enough time to make our ascent for a relaxing walk to Tarakot. We will cross a series of traditional bridges before entering a valley where we will know more about the local lifestyle of the ancient fort town.


Day 24: Trek to Dunai, 5-6 hrs.

Our trial continues along a peaceful section of the river Barbung Khola making our hiking more enjoyable and fun. We will do our picnic lunch and continue along the relatively flat path and arrive in Dunai.


Day 25: Trek to Jhuphal, 2-3 hrs.

A last day of our trekking makes us to stop at several spots to admire the local scenery and culture. Upon arrival in Jhupal, we will spend some time discussing with locals. During the evening, we will celebrate the day as a ending of our trek.


Day 26: Return to Kathmandu.

First we will take a flight to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj we again take other flight to Kathmandu. We arrive Kathmandu with plenty of time to enjoy the backpacker haven of Thamel in late afternoon. You even can do some memento shopping at the countless stores offering traditional Nepalese products and handicrafts before taking some well-deserved rest at the hotel.


Day 27: Leisure at Kathmandu.

As a leisure day we will spend relaxing or travelling to additional places of interest in the bustling capital city. You can relax with a coffee and massage in Thamel or even you can visit some local temples before joining the Visit View Nepal Trek staff for a celebratory cultural dinner with traditional food, dance and music to make sure you get the most out of your trip to Nepal.


Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Upper Dolpo Trekking.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj – Jhupal round trip)
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow