Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Trip Duration28 Days
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  • Group SizeMinimum 2 Pax
  • Trip GradeStrenuous

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Accommodation: Camping

Trek Style: 2

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Upper Dolpo Trek Highlights

Why should you go on an Upper Dolpo Trek?

  • Rewarding journey to the hidden and mystical landscape of Nepal

  • Experience the windswept elevated altitude desert types landscapes

  • Enjoy the cultural awe-inspiring heritages and natural dazzling sceneries

  • Explore the Buddhist monasteries as well as those of the pre-Buddhist faith of Bon

Upper Dolpo Trek details

What are interesting facts about Upper Dolpo Trekking ?

Trip duration : 20 days

Max. Altitude:

Start / Finish:Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Difficulty : Moderate

Trek style : Lodge (Teahouse)

Acclimatization:

Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Trek Luggage:  Carried by local porter

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Best Season/ Month: Feb-May/Sep-Dec

Battery Recharge:

Internet Connection:

Group Size: Min. 2 Pax

Activities:

Wi-Fi: Every day

Per day walk: 4-7 Hours

Trip Route:

Upper Dolpo Trek details

Upper Dolpo Meditation Trek is a rewarding journey to the hidden and mystical landscape of Nepal. It is filled with cultural awe-inspiring heritages and natural dazzling sceneries. It is a land where people come to meditate around this sacred region. This western part of Nepal is located beyond the Dhaulagiri peak. 

It is an incredible trip to the windswept elevated altitude desert types landscapes promises to mesmerize every single trekker who has the strength and bravery to venture into this pouch of real established Tibetan culture.

Flying to Juphal, Upper Dolpo trek begins with a journey above the River and head towards the Phoksundo Lake, which is the real representation of the beauties of Dolpo. The villages in Higher Dolpo are placed at 4,300 meters attitude and above. The people of Dolpo have to import grain, so yak-caravan transactions, in the past salt from Tibet in transactions for grains from midlands of Nepal, was the mainstay of life.

This itinerary includes a high pass, Nangda-La Pass 5360m to reach the Shey Gompa. It is a crystal monastery, which is the center of attractions with cheerful surroundings. During the trek, you can explore the Buddhist monasteries as well as those of the pre-Buddhist faith of Bon. Meditating at the high altitude with blessing of nature, you can get a peaceful and new insight.

For the natural exploration and meditation in the sacred valley, Alpine Excursion Treks and Expedition recommends Upper Dolpo-Meditation Trek for the mystical trek in the Dolpo region. Please, contact us for more details.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek documents preparation day. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m). Overnight at lodge.

Day 05 Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft). Overnight in Ankhe.

Day 06 Ankhe to Sulighat. Overnight at Sulighat.

Day 07 Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft). Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

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

Day 10 Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402m)

Day 11 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft). Overnight at Shey Gompa

Day 12 Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa Shey Gompa. Overnight in Shey Gompa.

Day 13 Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La pass (5,200m). Overnight in Namuda Gaun.

Day 14 Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m). Overnight in Saldang.

Day 15 Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft). Overnight in Yangze Gompa.

Day 16 Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft)

Day 17 Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m). Overnight in Jeng la Phedi.

Day 18 Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m)

Day 19 Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m). Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap.Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 21 Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m).

Day 22 Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m).

Day 23 Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537)

Day 24 Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m). Overnight in Dunai.

Day 25 Dunai to Jhuphal. Overnight in Jhuphal.

Day 26 Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

Day 27 Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 28 Final departure.

Visa Requirements and Permit:

What are the visa requirements to visit Nepal? Do we need any special permit to visit Everest 3 pass trek?

Immigration of Nepal offers visa on arrival to most of the foreign nationals except few countries. The fees structure are available based on the number of stay.

  • Visa Fee Structure for on arrival Visa:

           15 Days – 25 USD

           30 Days – 40 USD

           90 Days – 100 USD

Detailed information on Visa Information for Nepal is available in official Website. 

You can apply for visa online via official website of Department of Immigration.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)Namaste and welcome to Nepal. Alpine Excursion Treks and expedition's representative welcome you warmly at the Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek documents preparation day After the breakfast, you set out for the sightseeing trip in the Kathmandu valley. Our expert tour guide shows you the UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Pashupatinath (the Hindu temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist stupa), Swayambhunath (Buddhist stupa and temple). Then, return back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hrs After the breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport of Kathmandu to fly Nepalgunj. It is located in the border region of Nepal and India. is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. We can take a walk around the local market place and come back to the hotel, where we wait for the flight to Juphal tomorrow. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m): 45 mins flight, 3-4 hrs trek This morning, we fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal, Dolpo. The remote part of the Dolpo region and the desert looking countryside can be explored from the flight along with the Himalayas little bit far away. Reaching our crew at Juphal, we begin to trek to Dunai, which is the district center of the Dolpo region, which is a short walk. Overnight at lodge.

Day 05Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft):6-7hrs After our hot Breakfast We leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. The trail ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk we get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe. Overnight in Ankhe.

Day 06Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hrs After our hot Breakfast we start our Journey again, our trail ascends and descends along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat. Overnight at Sulighat.

Day 07Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hrs After our hot Breakfast, today we continue our journey along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge, we walk on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail passes through the forest before reaching Palam village. From here we trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Next, our trail descends through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola (River), and then to the picturesque Ringmo village with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. From here it is a short walk to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake After our hot Breakfast, Today will be a well-deserved rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During the day we can embark on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and it's Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. During our short walks, we also get a chance to get familiar with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 09Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hrs After our hot Breakfast Today we leave from pieces of paradise place. Our trail moves around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the lake’s western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then we walk through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the overnight camp.

Day 10Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402m) 6-7 hrs After our hot Breakfast,For an hour or so we walk on a trail that leads us along the level path through a glacial valley which heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. From here, we walk towards the north-east. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where our trail turns up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp near the pass. During our trek today we also get to admire the views of Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m).

Day 11Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hrs After our hot Breakfast, in the morning, we ascend on a steep trail littered with slate towards the pass. The climb to the top of the pass is quite strenuous. From the top of Kang-la pass we get excellent views of the large valley dissected by a gushing river. We descend to the valley floor on a steep trail. Next, we walk on a meandering trail along the banks of a river, crossing and re-crossing it several times. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river. We also pass through meadows where we see grazing yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra). After crossing a quaint log bridge we reach the Shey Gompa. Overnight at Shey Gompa

Day 12Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa Shey Gompa was (built in 1655 BS) and the monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated God Shakyamuni Buddha. To the east of the gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Today is another well-earned rest day for acclimatization. We spend the day hiking around Shey village which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Overnight in Shey Gompa.

Day 13Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La pass (5,200m): 7-8hrs We begin the day by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la pass. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and exhausting but grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair is a comforting sight. In Namduna Gaun we visit Namgung monastery. The red stone monastery is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. Overnight in Namuda Gaun.

Day 14Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m): 5-6hrs We leave the village and climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we begin to see Saldang Village below us on a plateau high above the Namga Khola stream. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope and consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight in Saldang.

Day 15Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours Again after brekfast, we walk further north along the Nagon Khola (river) on a wild and barren terrain. We begin our walk on a fairly gradual path with few ups and downs. On the way, we pass through Marang and Ki villages. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the river again before reaching Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery. Overnight in Yangze Gompa.

Day 16Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours After hot breakfast from Yangze, there are two trails that connect to Sibu. To save time we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village, which will be much easier and shorter than the other route. From Saldang we walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then pass through the Namdo village, which is also prosperous, with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near a small settlement of Sibu.

Day 17Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m): 6-7hrs We walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, we arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Next, the steep trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass (4,900m/16,072ft). Our camp will be set up in this beautiful meadow. Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi.

Day 18Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m): 7-8hrs We get up early in the morning and set forth on today’s trek. It will take us two long hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif. From here we descend on a rough trail to the Tarap Valley, a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains that extends twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu River. We near to the monastery at Tokyu.

Day 19Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m): 4-5 hrs We trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap). Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 20Rest Day at Dho Tarap We spend today resting and strolling in the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Our walks will help us get acquainted with the local culture of the area. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who are a hill tribe of Nepal. While here, we can visit a Buddhist Gompa which is closest to our campsite or we could embark upon a 40-minute walk and visit a Bon Po Gompa.Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 21Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m):6-7hrs From Tarap we descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. We walk along juniper and wild rose bushes just above the tree line. On our trek we see herds of blue sheep and by the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka and spend the night.

Day 22Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m): 6-7hrs We continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During our walk we pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of a path and we may have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we spend the night.

Day 23Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537): 5-6hrs From the camp we follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. Our trail then passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. After reaching Tarakot, we can visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8 km east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The monastery stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Today we camp by the Tarap Chu River about 150 meters below Tarakot, near the police post. Overnight in Tarakot

Day 24Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m): 5-6 hrs We begin our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will continue alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadi. From here the trail moves towards the west on a relatively easy trail. We cross the river again near the Lochakhola Gaon and ascend to Dunai for an overnight stay. Today’s trek will mostly be on a wonderful gorge with pine trees. Overnight in Dunai.

Day 25Dunai to Jhuphal: 3-4hrs From Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small Airstrip. Overnight in Jhuphal.

Day 26Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu We take the earliest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner hosted Alpine Excursion Treks.

Day 27Rest day in Kathmandu This is an extra day set aside for you to explore Kathmandu on your own. You can spend the day getting ready for your next day’s flight, do some souvenir shopping, or if there is a place is Kathmandu that you really want to final visit, then Alpine Excursion Treks can arrange that too. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Alpine Excursion Treks to celebrate the successful completion of your journey in the Upper Dolpo region of western part Nepal.

Day 28Final departure Finally our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Alpine Excursion Treks will take to the Tribhubhan International Airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

Cost Include

  • Airport pickups and drops by  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 in Kathmandu
  • 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 leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter for bags)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Alpine Excursion Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag All necessary paperwork and  special upper Dolpo trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes 

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (bring 4 copies passport size picture too)
  • International airfare - from and to Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Restaurant food bills, if the client decide to go other restaurant during the trek
  • Extra night hotel Nepalgunj due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter charter if incase
  • Tips to trekking crews

Trip Note

  • In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Alpine Excursion Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.
  • If the flight became delayed or canceled because of bad weather or any other technical problems Alpine Excursion Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. will not be responsbile for such issues.

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