Overview

Upper Dolpo

Trek Name: Upper Dolpo
Grade: Strenuous
Max Elevation: 5460m/17913ft
Accommodation: Hotel/Camp
Meal: All meals in trek and Bed & Breakfast in cities
Transport: Flight or Private vehicle
Trek Days: 22
Total Days: 28

The Upper Dolpo Trek is undoubtedly one of the best experiences out there for both adventurers and explorers alike. The Dolpo region has remained isolated and only opened up to outsiders in 1989. With a sparse population of a few thousand people the inhabitants of this region are followers of the Bon religion which predates Buddhism. The trek is accompanied by spectacular views of rugged cliffs, jagged peaks, untouched lakes, andancient monasteries. The region is also home to various wildlife, like the – blue sheep, mountain goat, jackal, mountain wolf and snow leopard.

21 Nights 22 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • 4 nights’ accommodation (Kathmandu) in twin sharing BB basis (Bed and Breakfast) in Hotel or similar as per the itinerary

  • 1 full day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

  • 1 professional English speaking guide

  • Private transportation during sightseeing

  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

  • 1 nights’ accommodation (Pokhara) in twin sharing BB basis (Bed and Breakfast) in Hotel or similar as per the itinerary 

  • 1 professional English speaking guide

  • Private transportation during sightseeing

  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle

  • Airfare: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu  for clients & one guide

  • Airfare: Nepalgunj – Juphal for clients & one guide

  • Airfare: Jomsom – Pokhara for clients & one guide

  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist coach for clients and 1 guide

  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal transportation in local vehicle for other Nepalese staffs

  • Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu transportation by local vehicle for other Nepalese staffs

  • Domestic airport tax for Nepalese staff only

  • Dolpo Restricted Area fee

  • Annapurna Area National park fee

  • TIMS Card

  • Twin sharing accommodation in tented camp during trek with AP as per the itinerary

  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee) during trek

  • All necessary camping equipment and arrangements

  • Expenses of Cargo for food supply and climbing equipment.

  • Professional licensed Trekking guide

  • Assistant guides as per number of clients

  • 1 cook and 1 assistant cook

  • Porters (weight max. 12 kg per clients)

  • Extra porters for carrying camping equipment and food supply

  • Insurance for Nepalese staffs

  • Necessary equipment for other trekking crew (cooks and porters)

  • Nepalese staffs daily wage

  • Fully loaded medical kit box

  • Trekking duffle kit bag

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)

  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu

  • Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc. 

  • Personal gear (you can hire boots and sleeping bag at $2 per day each)

  • Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)

  • Gratuities for staff

  • Expenses caused due to unforeseen circumstances

  • Services not mention herein 

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu

  • Breathtaking view from Air, during flight to and from trek initiation point

  • Camping in the most remote areas of this region

  • Taste of various indigenous Nepali culture

Itinerary


 

Days Date Itinerary Overnight
01   Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel (1300m/4265ft) Hotel (BB)
02   Sightseeing tour of Baudhanath Stupa , Bhaktapur and Pashupatinath Stupa Hotel (BB)
03   Fly to Nepalgunj (164m/540ft), 50 minutes flight Hotel(BB)
04   Fly to Juphal (2475m/8120ft), Trek to Dunai:( 2140m/7022ft), 3 hours walk: Lunch at Dunai Lodge
05   Trek to Chepka: (2838m/9310ft), 6 hours walk: Lunch at Raktang Lodge
06   Trek to Renje: ( 2940m/9645ft), 5-6hours: Lunch at Renje Lodge
07   Trek to Ringmo: (3733m/12244ft), 6-7 hours: Lunch at Pungmo Khola Lodge
08   Rest and Exploration Lodge
09  

Trek to Chunemba: (3630m/11906ft), 5-6 hours: Lunch at Phoksundo Khola

Lodge
10  

Trek to Lar Tsa: (4120m/13513ft), 4 - 5½ hours: Lunch at Lar Tsa

Lodge
11    

Trek to Mendok Din: (4610m/15122ft), 2-3 hours: Lunch at Mendok

Lodge
12   Trek to Shey Gompa: (4390m/14401ft), 7-8½ hours: Lunch across Sehu la pass Lodge
13   Exploration Day Lodge
14    

Trek to Namgung: (4430m/14532ft), 6-7½ hours: Lunch en-route

Lodge
15   Trek to Karang: (4050m/13286ft), 5-6 hours: Lunch near Namgung River Lodge
16   Trek to Mugaon: (4100m/13450ft), 6-7½ hours: Lunch at Yanger Gompa Lodge
17   Trek to Shimen: (4010m/13154ft), 7-8½ hours: Lunch at Mugaon Lodge
18  

Trek to Tinje: (4150m/13615ft), 7-8 hours: Lunch at Shimen village

Lodge
19    

Trek to Rakpa: (4530m/14859ft), 7-8 hours: Lunch at Tarap

Lodge
20  

Trek to Chharka: (4120m13515ft), 7-8 hours: Lunch en-route river bank 

Lodge
21   Trek to Norbulung: (4750m/15582ft), 6-7 hours: Lunch at Norbulung Lodge
22   Trek to Sangda Phedi: (5460m/17910ft), 7-8 hours: Lunch en-route Lodge
23    

Trek to Sangda: (3700m/12138ft), 7-8 hours: Lunch near Chalung river bank

Lodge
24   Trek to Dhagarjun: (3290m/10793ft), 7-8 hours: Lunch at Sangda Lodge
25   Trek to Jomsom (2670m/8757ft). Then fly to Pokhara: 3hours walk and 30 minutes flight Hotel (BB)
26   Drive back to Kathmandu Hotel (BB)
27    

Free day:
Optional activities: 

Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga/meditation/Momo Cooking class & lunch/visit world heritage site

Hotel (BB)
28   Transfer to Airport for final Departure  

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)

Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N at Hotel N  in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites: (BB)

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. O/N at in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj: 164m/540ft, 50 minutes flight: (BB)

We fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which lies in the southwest part of the Terai, right on the border to India. After checking into our hotel we might visit the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple to honor Goddess Kali. Nepalgunj is known for its local bazaars, which have goods with cheap price rates. Here, not only do we see people from all over Nepal, but also people from Tibet and India; they all come here for trade. O/N at Hotel in Nepalgunj (BB)


Day 04: Fly to Juphal 2475m/8120ft, Trek to Dunai: 2140m/7022ft, 3 hours walk: Lunch at Dunai (Full Board)

We take an early morning flight to Juphal. Dolpo flights are always scheduled early in the morning. This is because high winds in the Thulo Bheri Valley begin around 10 am, making later flights impossible. Once we arrive at Juphal, we start out on the short walk from Juphal to Dunai. We walk downhill through meadows and past a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m). From here we follow the river trail upstream to Dunai. We camp near Dunai and explore this bustling little hill town for the rest of the afternoon. O/N Camping in Dunai (AP)

 

Day 05: Trek to Chepka: 2838m/9310ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Raktang (Full Board)

We start trekking from Dunai, cross the big steel suspension bridge and turn west, following the trail past the hospital, and then it's a level walk along the bank of the Thulo Bheri to its confluence with the Suli Gaad at 2070m. We follow the new trail north up the east bank of the Suli Gaad to a collection of teashops run by the wives of army personnel in Dunai. Another hour of walking takes us to Kal Rupi and then on to Raktang (2260m). We cross to the west bank and trek past numerous Goths and horse pastures, over a ridge to the rough stone houses of Jyalhasa, a wintering spot for the people of Ringmo. The trail Phoksundo Lake climbs over a ridge at 2710m then descends on a rocky path to We camp here or at another good spot beside a huge rock in walnut grove about 20 minutes beyond Chepka. O/N Camping in Chepka (AP)


Day 06: Trek to Renje: 2940m/9645ft, 5-6hours: Lunch at Renje (Full Board)

We continue on the new trail, which stays near the river, climbing over a small ridge ,then crossing to the west side to avoid a large ridge and returning to the east side an hour later near a national park camping ground. Alongside the river at 2900m, the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks forming a dyke along the river bank. The trail makes several more ups and downs through forests of firs and larches as it continues upstream to a bridge that leads to nine houses comprising the village of Renje on the opposite side of the river at 3010m. We camp at a good camp site here or another about five minutes further on. O/N Camping in Renje (AP)


Day 07: Trek to Ringmo: 3733m/12244ft, 6-7 hours: Lunch at Pungmo Khola (Full Board)

We follow the Suli Gaad valley, which turns eastward and becomes even steeper and narrower. We then climb over a ridge and descends to a wooden bridge then continue along the ups and downs along the valley floor to the confluence of the Suli Gaad with the Pungmo Khola. From here the trail to Phoksundo Lake and Shey Gompa follows the west bank of the river. The entrance station for Shey Phoksundo National Park is at the south end of the village. After our park entrance ticket is examined, we may be subjected to a baggage inspection-ostensibly for drugs and stolen art objects. It's very peculiar formality in this remote local.  We continue to the shores of the lake near the point where the Phoksundo Khola flows out of the lake. There are national park camping grounds on both sides of the river on the south-east shore of the lake. Park rules prohibit us from camping in other places. O/N Camping in Ringmo (AP)


Day 08: Rest and exploration: (Full Board) 

A trail leads from the lakeside through juniper trees to the white Pal Sentan Thasoon Chholing Gompa, a ramshackle Bon-po Gompa overlooking the lake that is said to have been built 60 generations ago. There are five other private Gompa in various houses of small monastic community near the lake. The insides of the temples contain dusty Buddhist paintings and statues, but the trappings also reflect the animistic elements of the Bon-po religion, so some of the chapels are reminiscent of an ancient witch's cavern. A donation to the ragtag collection of dirty monks will gain us entrance to the Gompa; our Sherpas will be equally fascinated by the strange iconography and practice of the Bon-po religion. O/N Camping in Ringmo (AP)


Day 09: Trek to Chunemba: 3630m/11906ft, 5-6 hours: Lunch at Phoksundo Khola (Full Board)

From our campsite near Ringmo on the southern end of Phoksundo Lake, the trail contours on a rocky ledge as it skirts the western lip of the lake. In places it's precariously suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevices in the rocks. As we cross a stream, look up at the glacier descending from the upper slopes of Kanjeralwa (6612m). We then climb to a crest at 4060m for a spectacular view of the lake with the snowy peaks of Sonam Kang in the background. The trail makes a step and dusty descent through birches and blue pines to the westernmost edge of the lake at 3630m where the Phoksundo Khola enters. The route now heads west, up along a wide valley. We follow an indistinct trail through thorn bushes and scrub trees, crisscrossing boggy marshes and tributaries of Phoksundo Khola. We camp in a forest of blue pines at Chunemba, an undeveloped national park camping ground. O/N Camping in Chunemba (AP)


Day 10: Trek to Lar Tsa: 4120m/13513ft, 4 - 5½ hours: Lunch at Lar Tsa (Full Board)

We begin the day along the level path that now heads north through a glacial valley. We then cross to the east bank of Phoksundo Khola. We follow the main valley for another hour to Kang Gompa. We climb steeply from Kang Gompa and stay on the grassy ridge. It's a long climb up the ridge past a few groves of birch trees. There are spectacular mountain views with Shey Shikar (6139m) and Kang Chunne (6443m) dominating the skyline to the west. We continue on a crest at 4200m then the route descends gently on a rocky trail to Lar Tsa, a camp site besides the river at 4120m. It's possible to continue walking, but we have now ascended more than 500m in a day and should spend the night at Lar tsa for acclimatization. O/N Camping in Lar Tsa (AP)


Day 11: Trek to Mendok Din: 4610m/15122ft, 2-3 hours: Lunch at Mendok (Full Board)

We cross a new bridge and climb to the top of a scree slope at 4490m, then make our way up a grassy ridge to a crest at 4640m. We contour and then drop gently into Mendok Din (flower valley). We again climb alongside a stream to a campsite at 4610m. You are almost certain to spot a herd of blue sheep on the slopes above the camp. O/N Camping in Mendok Din (AP)


Day 12: Trek to Shey Gompa: 4390m/14401ft, 7-8½ hours: Lunch across Sehu la pass (Full Board)

We continue on the route that follows the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then we turn north towards the peak of Riwo Drugdra (Crystal Mountain). There is a choice of trails here; we follow the more scenic pilgrim route across the Sehu La to the west of Crystal Mountain, making a Kora (circumambulation) of this sacred peak. The Dolma trail turns north soon after camp while the pilgrim trail starts up a steep screen slope on the opposite side of a stream that flows from the north. The final descent is on a wide trail to a campsite in a large meadow near a few huts of nomads at 4390, just below Shey Gompa. O/N Camping in Shey Gompa (AP)


Day 13: Rest-Exploration: (Full Board)

Cross the river on a log bridge and climb past a big Chorten and a huge field of Mani stones to the Shey Gompa compound at 4390m. The Gompa itself is not large, and there are no artifacts or paintings of note inside. Although the building is said to be 800years old, the wall paintings are relatively recent, probably done in 1970s. The statues on the altar are of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni and Milarepa. The Gompa also houses an ancient Tibetan scroll that describes the myth of Crystal Mountain and Shey Gompa. According to the inscription, there is a holy lake in a crater among the mountains that surrounds Shey. When a pilgrim makes nine circumambulations of this lake the water turns milky. A sip of this milk and the pilgrim can see Mt Kailash in the distance. The ones, who don’t need a day of rest, can try to find this lake. O/N Camping in Shey Gompa (AP)


Day 14: Trek to Namgung: 4430m/14532ft, 6-7½ hours: Lunch en-route (Full Board) 

We trek east from Shey Gompa and across the 5010m Shey La. Here we turn north and descend before climbing again to Namgung. O/N Camping in Namgung (AP)


Day 15: Trek to Karang: 4050m/13286ft, 5-6 hours: Lunch near Namgung River (Full Board)

We traverse high above the Namgung Khola to Karang. It's also possible to descend to Saldang on the banks of the river, but this village is of little interest. O/N Camping in Karang (AP)


Day 16: Trek to Mugaon: 4100m/13450ft, 6-7½ hours: Lunch at Yanger Gompa (Full Board)

We descend to Torak Sumdo (3670m), the confluence of the Namgung and Polang Kholas, and cross to the northern bank. We then climb to Yanger Gompa at 3750m and trek along the river side valley. We camp at one of the campsites along the side of the stream at about 4100m before Mugaon. O/N Camping in Mugaon (AP)


Day 17: Trek to Shimen: 4010m/13154ft, 7-8½ hours: Lunch at Mugaon (Full Board)

We continue up the valley to Mugaon and climb towards the Mushi La at 5030m. Then we descend towards Shimen village, we end the day at a good campsite in pastures above the village at 4010m. O/N Camping in Shimen (AP)


Day 18: Trek to Tinje: 4150m/13615ft, 7-8 hours: Lunch at Shimen village (Full Board)

We drop down to Shimen village at 3870m and make a long trek upriver through Pha (4090m) to Tinje. O/N Camping in Tinje (AP)


Day 19: Trek to Rakpa: 4530m/14859ft, 7-8 hours: Lunch at Tarap (Full Board)

We trek past the runway of mysterious Tinje airport to a trail junction at 4130m, where a high route leads to Tarap. We continue southward to a campsite on the banks of the river at Rakpa. O/N Camping in Rakpa (AP)


Day 20: Trek to Chharka: 4120m13515ft, 7-8 hours: Lunch en-route river bank (Full Board)

We begin our day with a long climb to the Chharka La. We continue on the trail descending along the side of the valley, then make a big drop into a side valley at 4290m. We then make a long traverse down to the picturesque village of Chharka on the banks of Barbung Kola at 4120m. O/N Camping in Chharka (AP)


Day 21: Trek to Norbulung: 4750m/15582ft, 6-7 hours: Lunch at Norbulung (Full Board)

Another Climb to a crest at 4380m begins this day. We then descend again to a river. We follow the right fork southward, climbing in and out of side valleys on a rough trail. The valley narrows, we then emerge into a big meadow and climb to our campsite at Norbulung. O/N Camping in Norbulung (AP)


Day 22: Trek to Sangda Phedi: 5460m/17910ft, 7-8 hours: Lunch en-route (Full Board)

We begin the day climbing to a yak pasture at Molum Sumna (4860m) and on to a crest at 5130m. We then make a long traverse across meadows to the foot of the Sangda La, then a long, steep final climb to the pass at 5460m. Switchbacks descend down to our camp site by a stream at 5100m. O/N Camping in Sangda Phedi (AP)


Day 23: Trek to Sangda: 3700m/12138ft, 7-8 hours: Lunch near Chalung river bank (Full Board)

We climb to a lower Sangda La, and then descend through loose shale towards the village of Sangda Ghunsa (4190m). We drop to the Chalung Khola, crossing it at 3750m, and then climb steeply up the opposite bank. A long high traverse leads to a cairn at 4090m, we then come to a set of steep switchbacks descends to a stream at 3580m. We do another climb to the compact settlement of Sangda, were we end a long day at 3700m. O/N Camping in Sangda (AP)


Day 24: Trek to Dhagarjun: 3290m/10793ft, 7-8 hours: Lunch at Sangda (Full Board)

We climb the hill behind Sangda and spend most of the day making a high traverse, crossing nine ridges to a final crest at 4280m. We then descend into the Kali Gandaki valley, traversing under high cliffs and descending to the large village of Dhagarjun. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N Camping in Dhagarjun (AP)

 

Day 25: Trek to Jomsom (2670m/8757ft). Then fly to Pokhara: 3hours walk and 30 minutes flight (BB)

We climb to a ridge at 3360m and make a final descent on a challenging trail of loose rocks to Jomsom. We take an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara - a fantastic way to round off the trek, flying right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. In Pokhara we check into the Hotel, get the dust of the last three weeks washed off and head out for a nice dinner. O/N at Hotel Meera in Pokhara (BB)


Day 26: Drive back to Kathmandu: (BB)

Today we'll have an early morning drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a clean & comfortable Tourist Coach. It will take 6-7 hrs to drive. We'll reach Kathmandu late afternoon then enjoy our night at Thamel. Upon arrival, any hired gears will be collected and your international flight tickets will be distributed. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 27: Day at leisure: 

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel
Optional activities:
Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB) 

 

Day 28: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. Tour concludes