Tour Details

  • 25 Days(s)

  • Professional Upper Dolpo Mountain Guide

  • English

  • 5090

overview

Upper Dolpo trek takes you along the region between the Dhaulagiri range and the Tibet plateau. This region is home to the “Bon” and has its Tibetan culture intact. First, we head to the place named Jhupal to begin our journey to the upper Dolpo. We first take a flight to Nepalgunj via Kathmandu and then get here.

We enjoy the striking views of the Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna ranges on our way as we walk past beautiful villages with friendly and hospitable people. We will be amazed by the spectacular beauty of the Shey Phoksundo lake. Despite the tourism restrictions in this region, this region remains very popular for carrying out trek.

We cross the high Kang La pass to get to the Crystal monastery/ Shey Gompa relishing our time trekking and then we get back to Jhupal as we walk along with the beautiful villages namely Saldang, Dho Tarap, Tokyu along with Tarakot. We witness the high passes namely Khang La, Saldang La along with others. This trek helps you explore the amazing landscape of west Nepal, the rich culture and lifestyle of the local people.

Tour Highlights

  • Unspoiled areas of Dolpo region that very few travelers have witnessed
  • Eight hundred years old Shey Gompa of the Crystal Mountain which is even mentioned in Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard”
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park home to many vegetations and wildlife
  • Exhilarating high passes namely Saldang La, Khang La and so on
  • Diverse landscape, desert, and valleys like Saldang, Tarakot, and Dho
  • Panorama of Tibetan peaks as well as Mt. Dhaulagiri

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Itinerary

  • 1 day
  • 3 Star Hotel

Upon your arrival at the international airport at Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking and will be escorted to the hotel of your stay in Thamel. After taking a break, the trek leader or guide shall provide you with the briefing on the trekking journey and a tasty dinner awaits you in the evening at a Nepali restaurant serving authentic Nepalese cuisines alongside cultural shows.

  • 45 minutes
  • Guest House

You have the choice to go for a tour around Kathmandu to the world heritage sites namely Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, royal palaces, and courtyards and monasteries.  During the afternoon, we take the flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj is situated near the Indian border and the flight will take around fifty minutes.  Overnight stay at a hotel in Nepalgunj.

  • 3 to 4 hrs
  • Campaigns

After a hearty breakfast, we head to the Jhupal by flight and then meet our trekking leader or guide. From Jhupal, we reach Dunai via drive where we stay overnight. Dunai is one of the major towns in the Dolpo area where we can spend time exploring its natural surrounding and the market area.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Campaigns

On this day, we move ahead from Dunai to walk along the Thulo Bheri river and climb over a ridge which leads us to the Phuksundo river valley. We can enjoy the sight os the peak Kagmara and then descend down as cross several villages which have walnut trees.  We follow the stream in Dhera,  and settlements after which we ascend to the Rahagaon village occupied by the Thakuri folks. We descend down to a forest after which we get to ANkhe where we stay overnight. Ankhe is the entry point to Shey Phoksundo National Park.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Campaigns

We climb uphill for some time and then move down to a forested area after we reach near a riverbank. We ascend to a ridge and enjoy the amazing views. We descend down to cross the bridge near the village, Ryajik. We move ahead to Sumdu which is near the Sulighat village where we stay overnight.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

We reach one of our main destinations that are Phoksundo Lake after walking past many streams and moving along the Pungmo river. We descend downhill to birch and pine trees to get to the upper part of the river, Phoksundo. With short breaks while walking, we get to the village, Ringmo. Ringmo is an interesting village with Mani walls and plastered chortens of mud. We head to Phoksundo Lake and stay there in camps by the lake.

  • 1 day
  • Campaigns

The lake, Phoksundo is a great spot for you to relax and spend time exploring. We take this day to explore and acclimatize since we have reached a higher altitude now. We explore the nearby surrounding and watch the view of the Kagmara peak; we stroll around Ringmo village and around the lake.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

After having a great time around the lakeside, we start scaling higher elevation as we move to the upper Dolpo region. We walk across rocky path above the bank of the river as w move ahead to the lake towards the west side. We get to e pasture land which then takes us to the plain of the Phoksundo Khola where we stay overnight.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Campaigns

On this day, we walk on a relatively easier path towards the north of the Phoksundo Khola and then we ascend to get to a ridge which has to offer majestic views of the green valley below the Kang La Pass which takes us to Shey Gompa. Overnight stay at the pasture land.

  • 6 Hours
  • Campaigns

We head to our destination that is Shey Gompa on this day. We climb up on a rocky trail over the pass of Kang La (5360 meters).  This is the highest point of our trekking journey. We savor the amazing views of the  Dhaulagiri mountain. We get down to the bottom of the hill along the river and then walk past the camps of the cattle herders and then move ahead to the chortens and Mani as we reach Shey Gompa which situated below the Crystal Mountain popular as the Holy Mountain which has an ancient Monastery.

  • 1 day
  • Campaigns

We take this day to acclimatize as we have scaled higher elevation now. Shey Gompa is a great place for exploration given it is a mountainous area rich in scenic natural beauty where we can go tour around the Shy Monastery which is also called the Crystal Monastery.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Campaigns

We move along the Saldang La on this day savoring the views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri and then descend down a grazing area and stop at the Namduna Gaon for the night.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

We move across an arid landscape as we move ahead to reach Saldang. A steep climb up takes us to Saldang. Saldang is a large village in the Dolpo region located at a high altitude in the windswept plateau. We stay here overnight.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

On this day, we follow the Nang Chu river and have many ascends and descends as we pass Lurigaon and Tiling which are both herders’ settlements.  We stay at Yangtze in a camp for the night; there is an ancient Gompa of the Bon Pa culture here.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Campaigns

We walk ahead along the same path to reach Sibu which is on the northeast direction. We follow a river across farmland en route Namdo village. We walk ahead to reach the pasture land in Sibu where we stay overnight.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Campaigns

After we stop at the grazing area, we walk along the Nam Khong Khola for some time and we may witness the mules and yaks along the trail to Tibet where trading is done. We finally reach the flat area at the base of the Jeng La pass where we stay overnight.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Campaigns

We climb up a steep pass from Jeng La Pass enjoying the sight of the majestic Dhaulagiri range and then we descend to the valley of Tarap which is the longest and largest valley in Dolpo (20 kilometers). We reach Tokyogaon after walking for hours. This is our overnight stop.  This is one of the most intriguing villages in inner Dolpo and is home to beautiful farm fields as well as age-old monasteries.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

We walk downhill to reach Tarap Chu across a lush green valley.  This is a beautiful valley with herders’ settlements and yaks and sheeps grazing here.  We walk to our overnight stop in Dho Tarap. This place is occupied by people of the Tibetan and Magar origin.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Campaigns

On this day, we walk a gradual path at first and then across a slender gorge with bushes of wild rose and juniper.  W may spot the Bharal or Blue Sheep and other animals as w walk to the confluence of the rivers Lang Khola and Tarap Chu.  We stay here for the night.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

We walk along the river Tarap and walk past a gorge initially. We move ahead to cross some broken bridges to then cross a river. We finally reach Tarap Khola which is near Kharigaon. We stay here overnight.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

We move across the lower Dolpo on this day en route Lalberi and then we walk along a river to reach Tarakot. Tarakot is a big village which has a history associated with the Malla regime.  It has beautiful farm fields and a fortress which guards the village. Tarakot is home to the popular Sandul Gomba situated at the junction of the Tarap Chu river and Barbung Khola where we stay overnight in a camp.

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

After having an enjoyable time in Tarakot, we get back to Dunai and then drive back to Jhupal. We walk along a wide path with some uphill climbs to the valley and then descend down to the river. Thulo Bheri to finally reach Dunai. If time permits, w get lunch and drive to Jhupal. This is our last night here at Dolpo. We celebrate the completion of the trek on this day.

  • 35 minutes
  • Guest House

We board on the flight to get back to Nepalgunj and then w fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. You will be transferred to your hotel upon reaching Kathmandu where you can take rest.

  • 1 day
  • 3 Star Hotel

This day is separated for individual activities after the tiresome trekking journey. If you like, you can go for the sightseeing tour around the major tourist destinations around Kathmandu including the major cities of Bhaktapur, Patan as well as Kathmandu. You can go for individual activities along with souvenir shopping on this day.

  • 1 day
  • 3 Star Hotel

This day marks the final day at Nepal. Our representative at Sherpa Expedition and trekking will escort you to the airport before your scheduled flight and you return back to your native country or your next travel destination. Thank you for traveling with Sherpa Expedition and Trekking.

What’s included/excluded

What is Included

  • Airport and hotel pickup and drop off facility
  • Accommodation facility at Kathmandu in a hotel inclusive of breakfast
  • Accommodation facility at teahouses and tents while trekking
  • Necessary permit to Dolpo and TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card.
  • Guide and porter (covers their food, lodge, salary, gear, transport, and insurance)
  • Flight for Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal and back
  • Welcome and farewell dinners while in Kathmandu alongside cultural shows
  • All the meals while trekking (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Sleeping bags, down jacket and medical kit
  • Transportation before and after the trek according to the itinerary
  • First aid box
  • Complete briefing on the trek and confirmation on international tickets

What is Excluded

  • Nepal Visa charge
  • Airfare for international flights and medical and travel insurance
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service via any means of transport or helicopter along with the medical kit
  • Expenses for personal items like laundry, batteries, shower, extra porters, bar bills, heaters and so on
  • Tipping to porter, guide, and drivers
  • Additional expenses arising out of personal or medical issues should be paid by the client; this includes additional accommodation expenses, extra guide or porter staff and so on

cancellation

Kindly contact your tour operator for cancellation of the trip.

Good to know

Trekking in Nepal is a unique understanding in itself since the ethos as well as the surrounding is stunning. Here are some key points that you will need for trekking in the Himalayan land of Nepal listed as do’s and don’ts.

Dos

  • Smile and greet the locals by saying the phrase “Namaste” or “Tashidelek”
  • Walking in the group is beneficial as well as maintaining distance from people you see walking in front or behind you is appropriate for your safety.
  • Please refer to your guide if you are scheduling on trying something new during the trekking
  • Make sure you are well prepared for the upcoming day; Request the guide about the things you might need next day as you can pack it in your pouch while rest is carried by the porter for expediency
  • Contribute aids in the donation boxes at monasteries around the trekking route where they do not charge any tickets for visitors
  • If you have some problem while ascending higher altitude make sure you inform your guide so that certain plans can be done accordingly for your safety

Don’ts

  • Criticizing the local culture and beliefs should not be done throughout the trek even though you are not used to it.
  • Authorization of local people is a must before you take images of the local people while you are on the trek.
  • People here are welcoming in nature; Do not feel cautious when folks stare at you; they are just concerned in visitors and have no ill aims.
  • Overgenerous facilities are difficult to be found out during the trek while basic services can only be provided seeking the difficulty of the geographical regions you are located at for the time being.
  • Destructive nature towards floras and faunas along the trek should be avoidable at any cost as you should be in authority towards the environment.
  • Contributing money to folks will inspire children and beggars to have an observation to plead more from the visitors which is why such performance should be completely dejected.

Note About Itineraries

We will try to review the timeline stated in the itinerary while they are subject to change if any external events occur in the trek which is beneath our control as safety is our priority while you travel with us. Such external events can be an alteration in weather, campsite availability, and group’s health condition. Please recall that this trek is complex logistically so alterations may have to be made. Our trekking leader or guide will orient you to the next day’s plan each evening and note that their rational judgment has been the key to the successful trips offered by our company. Please note that these alterations are made to ensure maximum safety and for successful accomplishment of the trekking journey.