Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration

28 Days

Grade

Moderate (3)

Altitude

** m / ** ft

Service Level

Basic

Rating

Overview

Dolpo region is situated on the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Our trekking adventure begins with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We then fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book - The Snow Leopard. Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, The Caravan, was also a huge success and was also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. On our 28-day trek, we pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal.

Trip Itinerary

01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

02 Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

05 Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours

06 Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours

07 Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

08 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

09 Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours

10 Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours

11 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours

12 Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa

13 Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours

14 Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours

15 Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours

16 Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours

17 Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours

18 Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours

19 Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours

20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap

21 Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

22 Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

23 Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

24 Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours

25 Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours

26 Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

27 Rest day in Kathmandu

28 Final departure

Inclusion

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide and assistant trek Guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek Guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusion

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