Upper Dolpo Trekking

28 Days, Kathmandu - Kathmandu

An off the beaten path, Upper Dolpo trek in mid-west region of Nepal is encircled by the Shey – Phoksundo National Park, at the backside lies Mt. Dhaulagiri and is close to Tibet border. Upper Dolpo area within Nepal is culturally linked to Tibet. Dolpo is a region that has several Buddhist monasteries in. The area has preserved last odds and ends of inherent Tibetan culture. We put up to 5000m during the walk to Upper Dolpo region.

This region was regarded restricted one for the outsiders and was out of sight from the surface world before 1989. Later, Upper Dolpo region was introduced as a natural collection of high passes, arresting scenery, unique fauna, as well as the very old Tibetan cultural heritage. You can gofor the trekking only if get the permit from government registered travel agencies.

This region is bordered by Dhaulagiri in the south and Tibet in the north. Leopards, Blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Jackal, Himalayan Mouse Hare, yellow-throated Marten, Himalaya black Bear, Himalayan Weasel, Rhesus Monkeys, Musk Deer, Langur and other animals can be seen here. In addition, the wonderful sight of Kanjiroba peak, the Dhaulagiri massif and Phoksundo Lake are the major highlights of the Upper Dolpo trekking. The renowned Phoksundo Lake is over 1500 ft deep and has bluefish green color bounded by dense woods and snow-white Himalayas.

We, Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition have arranged Upper Dolpo region, one of the hidden part and ensuring your special entrance permit. Do not fail to spot the chance of walking around this renowned region for having tranquil environment and natural splendor. The hodgepodge of magnificent trans-Himalayan society as well as Buddhist monuments with ideal beauty of nature making the trek one of the most picked trek options these days.


Day by Day Itinerary

When you enter in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition’s airport representative will meet you and finish the formalities (Visa, etc), you have to verify our agent with a exhibit board at the entry gate. You will then move to the hotel. In the late afternoon, you will have a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant and see a Nepalese cultural program and get pleasure from fine meal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Today, you will be go around cultural word heritage places in Kathmandu valley which is well-off for its culture as well as temples; the most holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), the world biggest Stupa, Boudhanath, and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, and astonishing Kumari extensively known as Living Goddess in Basantapur , Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

We take up an air travel to Nepalgunj leaving Kathmandu which is located on the boundary to India. After reaching at the hotel in Nepalgunj, we can visit the Bageshwari Temple dedicated to Kali. Besides, in Nepalgunj, you can trip the bazaar, which has diverse stuffs on sale. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Today, we will catch the flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. As soon as we reach Juphal (2500m), we begin on our short trek to Dunai from Juphal. We walk downward via pastures and bypass all the way via a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura lying in 2090m. After that, we go at the side of the river trail up to Dunai. We put our camp close to Dunai for staying overnight in Dunai.

Today, we will cross the large suspension bridge and we will go west, passing the hospital, and after that we walk next to the beach of the Thulo Bheri River to its mix with the Suli Gaad river. We go behind the trail to the east shore of the Suli Gaad. After around an hour, we enter at Kal Rupi and then stroll to Raktang (2260m). We will go across the west shore and pass many horses grazing regions over an edge to Jyalhasa. We will then pass through another bridge over the east bank, and walk to teashops and now traverse the Ankhe River (2460m). Also, we will turn on the old way that leads us to national park at Ankhe, and move via Pahela and Rahagoan communities. Now, the path moves to reach Phoksundo Lake and we go up to 2710m, and then we go downward on a wavering trail to Chepka (2670m). Tonight in Chepka.

We go after the route alongside the river climbing elevated than a small strip then move transversely the west side to go by a great peak and turn around to the east area once more. All along the stream at 2900m, our lane moves and makes a few climb and move downhill all the way through forests of larches, and follows upstream that will take you to the community of Renje which falls on the opposite side of the river (3010m). Overnight in Renje.

We go at the reverse side of the valley of Suli Gaad. We will move east and the way becomes narrower. We then go up over a peak and move descending to a bridge and go on trekking all along the valley foot to the union of the Pungmo Khola. Now, the trail leads us to Phoksundo Lake and we will also move to Shey Gompa. We climb in front via woods of cedar and reach Palam village (3710m). The entrance for Shey Phoksundo National Park situated at the southern area of the village. From here we can view a impressive 200m waterfall, uppermost in Nepal. The track moves along from birch forests to the deeply clear Phoksundo River. Then, we go up tenderly to Ringmo village, an attractive settlement with many chortens of mud as well as Mani walls. Just under Ringmo, we pass through a bridge and go to the north to Phoksundo Lake (3730). Overnight in Ringmo.

Today we have a rest for acclimatization today. We today might get ahead from juniper trees and come diagonally on the white Pal Sentan Thasoon Chholing Gompa, a go down Bon-po monastery put up 60 generations prior to lies on peak of the lake. Also, we will observe five other monasteries which have Buddhist paintings, statues, etc. Tonight in Ringmo.

Today we will walk on a pebbly edge as it goes around the western area of the lake. As we pass from side to side on a river, we can see the glacier moving downhill from the upper slope of Kanjeralwa. We then walk up to a crest at 4060m for a breathtaking sight of the lake with the snow-white peaks of Sonam Kang in the background. The path moves ahead and walks down from first to last blue pines, birches, to the western crest of the lake. The trail now makes way p to a long a big valley. We go after a cloudy path through scrub trees as well as prickly bushes. We will set our camp at Chunemba (3630m).

We will move all along the path that takes us to the north region via a glacial valley. We then cross the east bank of Phoksundo River. We go on trekking on the major gorge for another hour to get a hold to Kang Gompa. We walk upright from Kang Gompa and after that walk on the green rim. We will observe astonishing mountain views of Kang Chunne (6443m) as well as Shey Shikar (6139m). We will go after a apex lying at 4200m then the track moves down slowly on a stony trail to Lar Tsa. Here we locate our camp for staying overnight.

We cross a bridge and walk to the height at 4490m, after that we will go up a lush edge to a peak at 4640m. We afterward go down gently to Mendok Ding. We once more go up next to the river to a campsite at 4610m.

We will hike up to Phoksundo River, and after that we will twist north to the peak of Riwo Drugdra. We go at the back the more delightful pilgrim way diagonally to the Sehu La located at west of Crystal Mountain. Now, the trail descends to a slant to a green field beside the river valley and commences a series of long falling and climbing transversely all the way through edges. We now have an uneven climb to a peak (5010m) and another at 4860m. We begin descending to the Tar valley and we reach at Tsakang, an 800years old monasteries that are clinging exceptionally beside a cliff. The last way down today is on an extensive trail that takes us to a site where we will put our camp.

Today we have a rest for acclimatization today. Also, we may go crossways the river all the way through a bridge and go up via a big chorten and a huge ground to the Shey Gompa (4390m). The Gompa includes an antique Tibetan sway that tells tale about Shey Gompa plus Crystal Mountain. Overnight at Shey Gompa.

Leaving Shey Gompa, we will walk east and move crossways to get to an elevation 5010m where Shey La is situated. Now, we go round North and drop downhill before moving up another time to Namgung situated at 4430m. Overnight in Namgung.

We pass via the Namgung River on this day to reach Karang (4050m). After that, we will move down to Saldang at the plane of the shore of the river. Overnight in Karang.

We move downhill to Torak Sumdo situated at an altitude of 3670m where Polang River and Namgung unites and then hike crisscross to the north shore. We make way up to Yanger Gompa (3750m) and stroll next to the flowing river side valley. We camp next to the river at 4100m near to Mugaon.

We will walk up the valley to reach Mugaon today and make way up to the Mushi La at an elevation of 5030m. Then we will go down to Shimen village, we conclude our trek and place our camp above the village (4010m).

We walk downward to Shimen community at the elevation of 3870m and craft a far-reaching walk to the river all the way via a path to arrive at Pha at a altitude of 4090m. Then we will march to our final placefor today, to reach Tinje (4150m). Overnight at Tinje.

We trek leaving at the back the airfield on Tinje and stroll next to an intersection spot (4130m), where a high trail takes us to Tarap. We will move south to turn up at a camp on the shore of the river at Rakpa situated at a elevation of 4530m. Overnight at Rakpa.

We start on our day with an extensive way up to get to the Chharka La at a height of 4920m. We take the track downward and keep on trekking downhill to reach the valley at 4290m. We will walk at the back of the pleasing village of Chharka on the shore of Barbung River (4120m). Overnight at Chharka.

We will today walk up to an edge at 4380m and then go downhill another time to a river today. We go following the partition situated southward, and move up along the flat valleys on an uneven trail. The ravine narrows, we then come to a big plain and walk up to the campsite at Norbulung at 4750m.

We start climbing to a yak grazing land at Molum Sumna placed at a height of 4860m then stroll to a peak at 5130m. We make an extensive stroll across meadows to the base of the Sangda La. Next we will have a long, steep final ascend to the pass at an elevation of 5460m. We put our camp in Sanga Phedi for overnight stay.

We rise to a lower Sangda La located at 4990m, after that we will move down to the community of Sangda Ghunsa (4190m). We go descending to the Chalung River, going crossways at 3750m, and after that make way up through the reverse bank. We afterward go to a set of vertical way down to a river at 3580m. We have one more climb to the Sangda. Overnight in Sangda.

We make way up the hill at the reverse side of Sangda and make go crosswise nine edges to a last crest at 4280m. We then move downward into the Kali Gandaki valley, after crossing under elevated cliffs and moving downhill to the big community of Dhagarjun at 3290m.

Leaving Dhagarjun, we will return to Jomsom taking around 3 hours. Overnight in a lodge.

Today, after finishing our breakfast we will soar from Jomsom to reach Pokhara and will have extra time in afternoon in Pokhara and go around the valley. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

We can then fly back or take a vehicle to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. In the evening, in Kathmandu we will have farewell dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Our journey ends on the 28th day. Our representative will guide you to the airport and present farewell greetings.

What's Included?

Service includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking.
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • trekking map.
  •  kathmandu to fly Nepalgunj and fly to Juphal Airport and Jomsoom to POkhara  and pokhara to kathmandu Via tourist bus.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and special Manasalu permit with TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Service excludes

  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

Essential Infos

Infos - Before departure

Travel Insurance

It’s a situation upon becoming a member of any of Nepal Planet’s journeys that everyone customers be insured for extensive costs that could incur because of medical issues or injuries (this consists of helicopter rescue, treatment costs and air ambulance). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell coverage.

Accomodation

Nepal planet company is the best all kinds of hotel accommodation provided in Kathmandu pokhara, and among other city, with teahouse for during the trek, like your suitable budget requirements as well. Also an all-inclusive listing of tea houses, homestay, guest houses and hostels are available. The most wonderful issue about those accommodation services is the perfect combination of international standard and Nepalese hospitality. Even though single rooms are available in Kathmandu and the trekking areas at lower elevation, it might be hard to locate them at higher elevations.

Meals

Some point of our trekking area, we are able to enjoy real Nepalese meals as properly the common international delicacies food (Tibetan, continental, Indian, Italian and so on.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a hotel menu wherein we spend the night time whereas lunch may be served on the next following destination. All meals can be supplied at some stage in trekking while only breakfast could be available at Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will also welcome and farewell dinners for visitors.

Acclimatization

To make a sure you go back from trekking and hiking trip in the Himalayas in Nepal with a lot of satisfied and unforgettable memories, it’s far essential which you’re aware of the altitude acclimatization required through the human body in mountain situations. Advisable acclimatization is most important in our trekking routes are planned specifically to allow a sluggish gain in altitude with lots of our treks having extra days to permit time for acclimatization. By using slowly gaining height we attain the blessings of a gradual advantage in fitness and acclimatization. We provide advice about acclimatization and with the sensible technique we take all of our treks, anyone who is suit and healthy must have few issues.On our Trekking and climbing trip in Nepal.

Leader & Staffs Arrangements

We have professional and experienced Leaders who are responsible for tours and treks. They’re the only who keep our name and fame of our workplace. We’re proud to have them as our leaders. Leaders lead the excursion and trek in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. We have experienced of workers who have worked in excessive altitude for long time with us. Our staffs are loyal, faithful, hardworking and constantly dedicated to their paintings. Our group is continually at the pinnacle. The trek and expedition leaders have passed through the subsequent trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • mountaineering, mountaineering and mountain climbing (for excursion leaders)

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Fitness is wealth. Last healthful we would have the ability to finish the journey (trek and tour) with none trouble. So, preparation must be completed months ago. Like for Kailas journey we would be heading to over 5620 meter pass. So, for this experience we should be organized from around 3 months in advance.Like we would need to walk every day. Do normal workout which maintains us healthy at the same time as we are at discipline.Enjoy is different essential factor.We have to hike to hill. We should sluggish down our pace. It is right to be blanketed from the wind, rain.Like we should wear down jackets with layers to get protected.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guiding principle that will help you to your adventure. Also keep in mind that the gadgets listed below will vary a little consistent with the season and the trek length. The weight limit for your bags is 20 kg. Remember the fact that your bags will be carried by using your porter. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport),
  • Proof of insurance
  • 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
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
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