Tour Details

  • 26 Days(s)

  • Live

  • English

  • 5,350m

overview

The Upper Dolpo Trekking package takes you on an exhilarating adventure to the isolated and unspoiled regions of the Far West Himalayas of Nepal; this is situated on the Western Nepal- Tibet route which was used for salt trade before. This is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Your journey begins from Kathmandu, you will reach Jhupal from Kathmandu by flight with a short stop at Nepalgunj city in the Southern West plains of Terai. Our adventure then begins from Jhupal from where we head to the pristine lake of Shey Phoksundo and then visit the Ringmo village. Our intrepid adventure even continues to cross the Kang La pass which is above 5350 meters to each the Shey Gompa alongside the picturesque landscape of Dolpo and the panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks.

You will love the tranquil environment at the historic monastery when moving to the inner Dolpo, the green wide valley of Dho Tarap and the beautiful village of Tokyu. You are going to love every bit of your adventures, and experience.

Tour Highlights

  • Examine the hidden zones of Upper Dolpo and the Far West Himalaya
  • Mind-blowing scenery within the extension of the Tibetan plateau and landscapes
  • Explore the Inner and Upper Dolpo and the Bon traditions of the pre-Buddhism culture
  • Beautiful Ancient monasteries and villages with picturesque views of mountains and valley 
  • Move across the scenic Kang-La pass relishing the exceptional scenery of snowy peaks 
  • Walk across the lush green forests to the arid landscapes 
  • Majestic views of snowy peaks like Dhaulagiri, Kagmara, and Kanjiroba 
  • Watch the hidden areas of Shey Gompa Monastery along the Crystal Mountains 

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Itinerary

  • Arrival
  • 3 Star Hotel

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel for your stay. After you take a break and get refreshed, you can join members of the group heading for Upper Dolpo with you for a briefing on the journey.  You can put forward your queries to the trek leader during this time. A fun dinner program awaits you at an authentic restaurant alongside the cultural show.

  • 5 hrs
  • 3 Star Hotel

You will depart from your hotel in the morning for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour around the places which have significant cultural, religious and historical importance like the major stupas, temples, monasteries all included in the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO.  You will get time to prepare for Upper Dolpo trek in the afternoon.

  • 50 min flight
  • 3 Star Hotel

On this day, we take a flight to Nepalgunj (50 minutes) as we relish the scenic views of snowy peaks from the plane. We will stay overnight at a hotel located in the city area.

  • 2 hrs drive-40 min flight
  • Guest House

After early morning breakfast, we head to Jhupal (35-40 minutes) via flight and then reach Dunai(two hours)  via drive.  Dunai is an important administrative zone for the whole Dolpo area and is the main headquarter. Overnight stay at Dunai. 

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Guest House

Our morning walk takes us to a ridge to Phoksumdo river valley as we cross the bridge of Thulo Bheri river. We reach the stream of Dhera, a summer settlement of cattle herders and then to the Rahagaon village. We descend to Chhepka, a tiny farm village.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Guest House

Our destination of the day is Samdua village; we reach there as we climb and then descend through the jungle to reach the river bank and then move to a ridge to get to the Ryajik village from where we trek to Samdua for an overnight stay.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Guest House

Our morning walk will take us to the Phoksundo lake as we walk over the valley named Pungmo Kholas and cross streams following the Pungmo river as we ascend pine and birch forests to reach Upper region of Phoksumdo Khola. 

As we walk to the interesting Ringmo village; a short walk from here takes us to turquoise Phoksundo lake where we stay overnight by the shore.

  • rest day
  • Guest House

We will take some time and savor the beauty of the natural environment of Phoksundo exploring its varied landscape, watching the snowy peaks of Kagmara, strolling around the Ringmo village, studying the local lifestyle and culture along with the important heritage. 

  • 5 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

On this day, we head to the Upper Dolpo which is the main destination of our thrilling adventure; we ascend rocky ledge high alongside river bank with several ups and downs.

As our walk takes us to the end of the lake past the summer settlements which then takes us to the Phoksundo Khola where we stay overnight camping beside the banks.

  • 4 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

In the morning, we head to Phoksundo Bhanjyang as we walk past Phoksundo Khola and ascend hilly slopes to reach a high edge with majestic views of the lush green valley to Kang La pass en route Shey Gompa. We stay overnight camping in the green pasture land.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Guest House

We start our trek by climbing uphill to reach Kang La pass from Phoksundo Bhanjyang, this is one of the highest elevations of our adventure.  We will see the scenic view of mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri. We move towards Shey Gompa which is located at the bottom of the Crystal Mountain known as the Holy Mountain with the old monastery at close proximity.

 

  • rest day
  • Campaigns

We will get some rest on this day; we will visit the Shey Monastery or Crystal Monastery. We will get to savor the natural surroundings of this place.

  • 5 hrs walk
  • Guest House

We continue to move to Sela or Gela La (5094 meters) which has to offer an amazing view of landscapes and the Mt. Dhaulagiri peak.  We then head to Namgung Gaon which is our final destination for the day.

  • 5 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

We head to our overnight camp at Saldang; we move across the dusty terrain and ascend uphill to reach Saldang.

  • 5 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

We make our way to Chagaon village as we follow the Nang Chu river with several ups and downs as we pass through Dechen Laparan and Sugugaon, a summer settlement for cattle herders. Then we head to Chagaon village which has Old Rapa Gompa and the historic Bon Pa culture.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

We move south to the Tarap valley which is around Dho Tarap and Tokyu village, we then head to Dachu Khola and walk beyond. We take the same route following farm fields and then camp at the summer settlement nearby.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

On this day, we walk through summer pastures for some time and then from the base of Jyanta La, we ascend to the top of the Mt. Dhaulagiri range. We then descend to the base of the pass en route Tokyu village.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

We will have an easy walk to Tokyu Gaon today and stay there overnight as we reach there moving through Jeng La (5090 meters).  Tokyu Gaon is an interesting village of Dolpo region with more than 10 villages and beautiful farms and historic monasteries. 

  • 5 hrs
  • Campaigns

We move downhill to Tarap Chu as we head to our overnight camp at DHo tarap which is an intriguing village with tribes from Tibetan origin as well as the regional Magar tribe. 

  • 7 hrs
  • Campaigns

We descend to Tarap valley which stretched to Tarap Chu river to join Thuli Bheri river close to the Tarakot village. We trek past Langa observing beautiful waterfalls as we cross Sisaul and Kesila. Overnight stay at Ghymagar.

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

On this day, we walk on the Tara valley and the route takes us through the narrow gorge. We walk past Toltol which has a big cave; we may get lucky and see the wild animals like the Blue Sheep, Naur and so on. 

After a long walk of six hours, we will stay overnight at a camp at the union of Lang Khola and the river Tarap Chu. 

  • 6 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

We walk past small villages, and forests following pristine rivers to reach Tarakot which is one of the largest villages in Dolpo. Tarakot has a historic Sandul Gomba at the junction of Tarap Chu river and Barbung Khola.  Overnight stay here at camp.

  • 2 hrs drive - 5 hrs walk
  • Campaigns

After having a good time in Tarakot, we head to Jhupal en route Dunai. We walk till Dunai and then take a short drive to Jhupal. We will have lunch at Dunai and then via jeep, we drive back to Jhupal where we take a morning flight for Nepalgunj and then Kathmandu.

  • 55 min flight
  • 3 Star Hotel

On this day, we will take an early flight to Nepalgunj and take a break; after this, we take another flight to return Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will leave you to your hotel; you can spend your afternoon as per your preference.

  • free day
  • 3 Star Hotel

This is a free day for you to do any activity of your preference. You can go shopping or stroll around the streets of Kathmandu-Patan-Bhaktapur.

 

  • Departure
  • None

This is your last day in Nepal. You will be transferred to the airport so you can leave for your home country or for your next destination.

What’s included/excluded

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop via private vehicle (International and domestic flights)
  • Tasty welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant
  • Four-night twin or double sharing deluxe lodging facility inclusive of breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One night twin or double sharing deluxe lodging facility on full board in Nepalgunj
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu via private vehicle (additional entrance fees)
  • Flight for Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal and Jumla-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
  • Important trek permit and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • Licensed guide, proficient in English (Inclusive of salary, drinks, lodging, transport, insurance, and food)
  • One porter for two guests (inclusive of salary, food, lodging, insurance, and equipment)
  • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
  • Top notch twin sharing lodging facility throughout the trek (Note that private bathrooms with hot showers will be available at Phakding, Lukla, and Namche) 
  • All the three main meals throughout the trek along with tea/coffee
  • Snacks like seasonal fruits, peanuts/biscuits available during the trek
  • First aid kit available
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, cap, duffle bags, T-shirt and city as well as trekking route maps from Trekking planners if required
  • Emergency evacuation service (Insurance is mandatory for this and it will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oximeter to check pulse and oxygen saturation as well as heart rate twice daily throughout the trek (this is to check if you have Altitude Mountain Sickness symptoms).  This is to make your trek the safest.
  • Government and local taxes as per itinerary
  • 1-hour complimentary spa or massage in Kathmandu post trek

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa charge (kindly bring adequate fee in USD along with two passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (departure tax is not required to be paid for international flight)
  • Dinner and lunch at Kathmandu
  • Travel and health insurance along with insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation along with lunch and dinner in Kathmandu due to circumstances like early arrival or late departure or early return from the mountain is subject to an additional charge
  • Personal expenses including baggage charge, phone calls, bar bills,  extra porters, shower, laundry, bottle or boiled water, etc.
  • Tipping to trekking staffs or driver
  • An additional expense due to external vents out of our control like flight delays, weather conditions or strikes
  • Other items not included in the service column

cancellation

Note that free cancellation is possible if the notice for written cancellation is sent as soon as a tour has been booked. The cancellation notice must be clear and will be valid upon the approval of the company.

And if due to unfavorable circumstances your tour is canceled without you wanting it to get canceled, we will offer you an alternative tour package.

If the offered package does not match your preference, you will be given the choice to cancel it along with the complete refund of the amount paid to us. Nevertheless, we shall not be accountable for any further claims or damages.

Good to know

  • Well trained and experienced guides and porter to reduce the trekking hassles
  • Best Hospitality services to our esteemed clients
  • Reasonable tour prices based on the itinerary
  • Well thought and planned  itinerary to match the interest and needs of the travelers
  • Properly equipped guide with apt knowledge of minor sickness, and injury; and the ability to provide reassurance to trekkers
  • Itineraries based on seasons (Since spring and summer have longer days and autumn and winter have shorter days and lesser sunlight)
  • Provision to contribute to charity funds for the growth of local villages, rural kids with education funds, maintenance and development of trails and availing pure drinking water for everyone.