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Upper Dolpo Trek

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Trip Type:

Tea House/Camping

Grade:

Moderate

Altitude:

5115

Meal:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Group Size:

2-16 Persons

Accomodation:

Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp

Transportation:

Flight / Trekking

Best Time:

Feb-May and Sep-November

Activities:

Trekking

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Duration

27
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Overview And Highlights

Durations : 27 Days
Activities : Trekking in Nepal

Explore the remote drylands of western Nepal as you trek to the tranquil SheyPhoksundo, relishing in serenity of Dhaulagiri and the Tibetan peaks along the way

The Upper Dolpo Circuit trek offers a remote yet exciting adventure in the north western reaches of the secluded Dolpo region. Located between the Dhaulagiri range and the Tibetan plateau, this region has managed to remain intact and untouched by modernization for the past millennia, leading to a unique culture and lifestyle that you will rarely ever encounter anywhere else. The Upper Dolpo Circuit trek will also lead you through the adventurous routes that you might have seen in the 1999 movie, Caravan.

The Upper Dolpo Circuit trek generally begins from Jhupal, where we will reach after a couple of short flights. Our trail then takes us from Dunai to Ankhe, Sulighat and eventually to the pristine blue waters of Phoksundo Lake. We will spend a day exploring the tranquil alpine freshwater lake and its surroundings and then set out for our next destination, SheyGompa. Passing through PhoksundoKhola and Bhanjyang, we climb the Kang la pass to reach SheyGompa. We take a day off the trail to explore the nearby Crystal Mountain, which you might know from Peter Matthiessen’s 1978bestseller “The Snow Leopard”. After we get to NamdunaGaun via Saldang pass, we begin our descent through YangzeGompa, Sibu and TokyuGaun. We take another day off to rest at DhoTarap, and then resume our descent through Kamakharka, Khanigaon and Tarakot. All that remains now is to retrace our steps through Dunai to Jhupal, all the way back to the capital.

The Upper Dolpo trek, takes us through the SheyPhoksundo National Park, which is home to various rarely sighted and endangered species of wildlife including the reclusive Snow Leopard, herds of blue sheep, yaks and domestic goats, Himalayan thar and Ghorals among others. Apart from the rich biodiversity, you will also experience the distinct Bon culture of the locals, which has managed to remain intact and unchanged for more than a thousand years now. Treading on the perilous paths through the windy passes of this desert-like yet mountainous landscape, you will also have fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri range and the vast Tibetan plateau as far as the eye can see.

While the Upper Dolpo trek offers a true experience in wilderness, it is not the easiest of trails. As such, this moderately difficult trek is best suited for climbers with at least some experience under their belt. You will also require special permits for the duration of this trip.

Best Times To Visit: Spring (March - May)

Fall (September - December)

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu

Day 02: Get permits, afternoon flight to Nepalgunj (1 hour)

Day 03: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, Trek to Dunai (2150m) 3 hours

Day 04: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2660m) 5 hours

Day 05: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat (3500m) 6 hours

Day 06: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) 5 hours

Day 07: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake

Day 08: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to PhoksundoKhola (3500m) 5 hours

Day 09: Trek from PhoksundoKhola to PhoksundoBhanjyang (4400m) 7 hours

Day 10: Trek to SheyGompa(4500m) via Kang La pass (5100m) 6 hours

Day 11: Rest day at SheyGompa

Day 12: Trek to NamdunaGaun(4400m) via Saldang la pass (4800m) 7 hours

Day 13: Trek from NamdunaGaunto Saldang (3900m) 5 hours

Day 14: Trek from Saldang to YangzeGompa (3850m) 5 hours

Day 15: Trek from YangzeGompa to Sibu (3950m) 6 hours

Day 16: Trek from Sibu to Jeng la phedi (4350m) 6 hours

Day 17: Trek from Jeng la phedi to Tokyugaun via Jeng la pass (4350m) 5 hours

Day 18: Trek from Tokyugaun to DhoTarap (4100m) 5 hours

Day 19: Rest day at DhoTarap

Day 20: Trek from DhoTarap toTarapKhola (3800m) 6 hours

Day 21: Trek from Kamakharkato Khanigaon (2550m) 5 hours

Day 22: Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot (2300m) 5 hours

Day 23: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2150m) 6 hours

Day 24: Trek from Dunai to Jhupal (2500m) 3 hours

Day 25: Flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Day 26: Rest day, sightseeing and farewell dinner

Day 27: Flight back home

Itinerary Expand All Close All

A representative from our company will be awaiting your arrival outside TIA with a sign board of your name. You will then be escorted to the hotel where you can rest after your flight and prepare for the trek. In the evening, you will be served traditional Nepali cuisine as dinner to introduce you to the country’s culture.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Dinner

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

The Upper Dolpo trek will lead us through the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is a special area designated for conservation. As tourism is regulated there, we will require special permits that our staff will acquire for you today. Meanwhile, you can spend the morning shopping for essentials or exploring the city. In the afternoon, once everyone has gathered, your trek leader will introduce the rest of the crew to the group and shortly brief you regarding the expedition ahead. Finally, you will head to TIA to catch a domestic flight to Nepalgunj which concludes our activities for the day.

Includes: Overnight stay in lodge, Breakfast and Dinner

Food
Breakfast and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we head back to the airport to catch a flight to the bustling market town of Jhupal. You will catch scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the north, basking in the morning sun during the course of this flight. Once at Jhupal, we will have our lunch and being our trek to Dunai. Walking along the Bheri River, we reach Dunai fairly easily. We spend the evening exploring the district centre of Dunai and prepare for the actual trek that begins the next day.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2150

Our trekking journey begins today as we head northwest on the trail past the recently built suspension bridge towards Thulo Bheri valley. We enter the Phoksundo river valley as we walk nearby the roaring Suli Gadi River. Passing through the settlements at Dhera, Hanke, Parela and Rahagaon, we eventually reach the entrance to Shey Phoksundo National Park at Ankhe.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2660

Our journey continues today as we walk past the numerous streams, forested riverbeds and grassy slopes and make a steep ascent towards Sulighat. We cross a bridge and reach Ryajik village where we will take a short break and have our lunch. After feeling somewhat rejuvenated, we resume on our trail and arrive at Sulighat after a few more hours of walking. We spend the night in tented camps beside the village and prepare for the rewarding trek that lies in wait for us tomorrow.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3500

The trail today takes us to the convergence of Pungmo and Phoksundo rivers. We depart from Sulighat after breakfast and cross the old bridge, after which we make our way towards Palam. As we tread past the birch and cedar forests, we eventually arrive at the quaint little settlement of Ringmo where we will be camping for the night. We spend the rest of the evening enjoying the hospitality of the locals.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3600

All the tedious climbing and walking you’ve done so far will have been well worth it because of what’s in store for you today. Phoksundo is an alpine fresh water lake, sitting at an elevation of 3611 meters. It is also the deepest lake in Nepal. We spend most of the day taking a pleasant walk around the enchanting turquoise blue waters around Phoksundo. There are also a few Bon monasteries in the locality for us to visit, along with a fantastic waterfall nearby. We will likely also witness trading caravans like the ones you might have seen in the movie ‘Caravan’ or ‘Himalaya’. We set up camp beside the lake and enjoy the sight of it basking in the moonlight.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3600

Rejuvenated from yesterday’s pleasant rest day, we resume on our trail along the edges of the Shey Phoksundo Lake towards the western end. We ascend quite steeply along the cliffs, upto almost 4000 meters high and then descent once more into the flood plains of the Phoksundo River. We set up camp early, somewhere in the midst of the trees as the cold winds start early in the evening and can be quite harsh at night.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3500

We resume on the trail after an early breakfast as we will need to reach our destination early today and rest for the difficult trek tomorrow. We tread along the narrow paths through the glacial valleys and cross the wooden bridge. We continue climbing north on the barely visible path and treacherous path. Walking past the meadows and streams, we reach the top a ravine that serves as a good vantage point for the Kang La pass as well as Chamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m). 

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4400

We have a strenuous trek ahead of us today as we walk on the steep slate laden trail. A few hours of ascent will take us to the top of the Kang La pass, which is the highest point we will reach during this whole trip. We have our lunch while enjoying views of the valleys, canyons, drylands and mountains in the backdrop. After lunch, we tread carefully on a steep descent and pass through some rivers and pasture lands, coming across herds of Himalayan yaks, mountain goats and sheep. We eventually cross a log bridge and arrive at a red chorten, a sign that we’ve reached Shey Gompa.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4500

As safety is our utmost concern, we will spend the day trying to acclimatize to the thinning air as we’ve gained a lot of altitude in the last few day. The monastery nearby, also known as Crystal Mountain was built almost a millennia ago primarily to teach Buddhist animism and is a popular attraction for newcomers. You may also find it worthwhile to observe the lifestyle and culture of the curious locals who will be more than happy to make friends with foreigners.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4500

Revitalized from our day of rest at the tranquil crystal mountain, we resume on our trail past the juniper forest which leads us into the windy stony gray canyon. Climbing further ahead, we eventually arrive at the top of Saldang la pass where we stop to have our lunch. This vantage point provides a panoramic view of the arid dry lands of Mustang valley as well as the Tibetan Himalayan Chain in the distance. After lunch, we begin the descent towards Namduna Gaun and arrive after a few more hours of walking. We spend the evening visiting the Namduna monastery, which is perched on the northern side of a ridge.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4400

After an early breakfast, we trek through the dusty and barren mountainside for a few hours. You have a good view of the valley down below from the trail. Continuing on the ascent and descent trend for a bit longer, you eventually arrive at Saldang village. Perched on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala, Saldang village is home to almost 600 people and is the largest settlement in all of Inner Dolpo. Apart from agriculture, it also prospers from being located on a strategic trade route to Tibet.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3900

Today, we journey into the even more remote and secluded regions of Dolpo. We follow the Nang Chu River for the most part, treading on this mountainous yet desert like terrain. Passing through the villages of Tiligaon and Lurigaon, we eventually arrive at the small settlement at Yangze Gompa. We have our lunch, after which, we spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby Bon monastery and the Panzang river.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3850

We tread north on these wild and windy lands today along the Nagon River. Following the riverbed, we go past numerous terraced fields and chortens before arriving at Namdo gaun. We stop here for lunch. After a brief rest, we resume on the trail for a couple more hours to reach our camp at the small settlement of Sibu.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3950

We will be following yet another river today, the Nam Khong khola on this fairly easy trail. After treading east for a while, we arrive at a convergence of two small streams. We might also encounter some trading caravans on the way. The path ahead is a steep climb that leads to the base of the Jeng La pass, where we will be setting up camp for the night in a pleasant meadow.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4350

We embark on the steep, yet fairly easy climb towards the top of the Jeng la pass which will take us around a couple of hours. We will have our breakfast at the top while relishing in the view of Dhaulagiri basking in the morning sun in the backdrop. The somewhat rougher descent towards the fascinating Tarap valley will lead us to Tokyu gaun, given a few hours of walking. We set up camp nearby the Chaiba monastery.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4350

The trail today is an easy one compared to the past few days, as the roads are wide and often used. Passing through the numerous chortens and fields on the path, we make our way to the quaint little village of Dho Tarap. We spend the evening visiting the nearby Bon gompa and enjoying the hospitality of the local Magars and Tibetans.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4100

The trail has been quite rough on our bodies the past week. So, we spend the day taking it easy and exploring the stone walled settlement of Dho Tarap. We will try interacting with the locals and try to come to an understanding about their cultures and traditions.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4100

The tedious part of the trek is behind us now. Nonetheless, we embark on the trail after an early breakfast and descend towards the valley which eventually narrows in a gorge. Walking past the juniper bushes and wild roses, as well as the occasional herds of blue sheep and domestic goats, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. We stop for a quick rest and have our lunch here. We continue further to the meadow at Kamakharka, where we will be camping for the night.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3800

We continue treading along the gorge of the Tarap River. It is necessary to be careful as the occasional man made stone stairs are not the most reliable and are vulnerable to derailing. Jumping across the narrow but deep gorge from one side to another and crossing some wooden bridges, we eventually manage to descend all the way down to Khanigaon.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2550

We cross the new suspension bridge at Khanigaon and follow the barely distinguishable path to the village of Lalberi. We descend through a lush forest, into a gorge and begin following the river again. We arrive to the old fortress town of Tarakot for lunch. We set up camp on the grassy plateau nearby the Gompa and spend the rest of the evening exploring the old capital.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2300

We set out after breakfast on the wide trail above the Thuli Bheri River ascending until the Byas Gadi. Then, the trail leads us westward for an easy ascent to the regional headquarters in Dunai where we will be camping for the night. Since bottled beers as well as local specialties are available, a small celebration is customary.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2150

Retracing our steps from the beginning of the trip, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as we tread alongside the Bheri river. We arrive pretty easily at the small grassy airstrip of Jhupal and spend the rest of the day exploring the town.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2500

We breathe in the last of the mountain air as our early morning flight takes us from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. We have our breakfast in Nepalgunj after which another flight will take us back to the capital. Once at Kathmandu, your trek leader will escort you back to the hotel. Afterwards, you can choose to rest at the hotel, or spend the rest of the evening shopping, as per your preference.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Food
Breakfast and Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will have the day to yourself today. You can spend the day resting at the hotel after your long trip. You also have the option of joining the rest of the group for a quick tour around the capital, where we’ll visit some of its major attractions including Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath. You may also spend the day shopping downtown for any mementos if you like. In the evening, you’ll be taken to a restaurant serving traditional Nepali cuisine as well as some cultural performances.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Food
Breakfast and Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

We will have a brief farewell program after breakfast, during which you’ll be able to meet up with the all the crew and group members one last time. Afterwards, one of our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before your flight.

Includes: Breakfast

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop off services
  • One day cultural tour in Kathmandu with licensed driver
  • All the hotel and lodge accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Domestic air tickets and taxes
  • Bus transportation tickets
  • An experienced English speaking trek leader, assistant trek leaders and guides as well as one porter per 2 people (2:1)
  • Down jackets, tented camps and other necessary equipment
  • Special permits and all necessary governmental documents
  • All food costs (B,L,D) as included in the itinerary
  • Emergency medical supplies and first aid kit

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa
  • International airfare
  • Extra food costs (B,L,D) outside of those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for drivers, guides and porters
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, extra food and showers, laundry, water)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Upper Dolpo Trek Altitude Profile

Route Map

Additional Information

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.
Most of the equipment in general and standard lists for all seasons while on the trek, but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.


For head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece headgear.
  • Sunglasses and snow goggles with UV protection

 
 For Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

 For Feets:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

For Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket 

 For Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Other Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC * (4 seasons down sleeping bags)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  •  Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit/duffel bag.
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches / 10-15 liters / kgs capacity)
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Water bottle (2) or cameo bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people in a group are snoring) as optional.

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

On Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extra Luxuries as optional:

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pen and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble.

Day

27

Saving

US$ 200

From US$ 2899

US$ 2699

7% OFF TODAY
  • Best price guaranteed
  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher

Response Time 3 Hours , Response Rate 100%

Trip Facts

Trip Type:

Tea House/Camping

Grade:

Moderate

Altitude:

5115

Meal:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Group Size:

2-16 Persons

Accomodation:

Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp

Transportation:

Flight / Trekking

Best Time:

Feb-May and Sep-November

Activities:

Trekking

WiFi

Abailable

Duration

27
US$2899 US$2699
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