Upper Dolpo Trekking
Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the most challenging treks in the most remote and least developed regions of Nepal. Dolpo Trekking was restricted for trekkers until 1989. Located between the Tibetan Plateau and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, Upper Dolpo is known to be the highest inhabited land in Dolpo Region. In fact, Dolpo is very isolated part of Nepal and has long been strictly off limit region as well. Upper Dolpo Trekking offers you the unique experience of trekking in highly remote and least beaten tracks of Nepal.
Upper Dolpo Trek not only offers you the unique backdrop in the remote Nepal Himalayas, but also a typical culture and lifestyle of Dolpo people, which still is intact and untouched of modernization. We pass through many gigantic mountain ranges including Kanjirowa, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri massif among others. We begin our actual trek to Upper Dolpo from Jhupal from where we begin to explore the wonderful culture and people, diverse flora and fauna. Crossing several huge mountain ranges and popular Numala Pass, we eventually reach renowned Shey Phoksundo Lake. Phoksundo Lake has situated nearby Ringmo Village. While talking about Upper Mustang, the famous Oscar Nominee movie Caravan comes into account. Actually, Caravan is entirely based on Dolpo Region. In that sense too, Upper Dolpo Trekking is going to be very special for all trekkers from around the globe. It’s indeed one of the must-go destinations in Nepal. Upper Dolpo Trek will also let you explore many other things besides the untouched and unspoiled biodiversity and intact culture. World Sight Journey cordially welcomes you all for this unique and life-defining trekking package in Upper Dolpo.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel
The representatives from World Sight Journeys will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley and Pre-trip Preparation
Today, we spend the whole for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. You will have the full day guided sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley covering the major cultural attractions which have also been cited as The World Heritage Cultural Sites. After having breakfast in the morning, we visit Pashupatinath, which is considered the holiest temple of Lord Shiva. We then head to Bauddhanath, which is also known as Little Tibet and also is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery in the world. Following the Bauddhanath Monastery, we visit Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, which is equally revered by Hindus and Buddhists. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the west of Kathmandu. After exploring the Swayambhunath Stupa, we drive to Kathmandu (Basantpur) Durbar Square. If time allows, you can explore the city. Finally, you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there overnight.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Today, we transfer to the domestic airport for the scenic flight to Nepalgunj as per the flight schedule. It will take about one and half hours to reach Nepalgunj. We check into the hotel upon Nepalgunj where we stay overnight.
Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (2400m) and Trek to Dunai (2150m) – 4hours
Today, we transfer to the airport early in the morning for the flight to Jhupal. It takes about 40 minutes to reach Jhupal from Nepalgunj. On reaching Jhupal, we begin our actual trek and head towards Dunai. It takes almost three hours to reach Dunai from Jhupal. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2660m) – 6 Hours
Diverting from Dunai, we cross the new suspension bridge and then turn to the west. We begin to climb up the side of treeless Thulo Bheri Valley where it crests a ridge and then enters the Phoksundo River Valley. Passing through Dhera and Gahagan, we finally reach Ankhe where there’s an entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 06: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat – 6 Hours
Today, we follow the route to small ups and downs from our camp at Ankhe along the forested riverbed. Continuing the trek eventually leaves the forests and traverses high above the river. We finally reach Sulighat where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 07: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) – 5 Hours
Continuing along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pongma Khola, we reach Phoksundo Lake which is near the Ringmo village. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake
Today will be a well-deserved rest day at Phoksundo Lake. To better utilize the time, you can hike around the Ringmo village and the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Lake (3507m) – 5 Hours
We continue skirting the Shore of Phoksundo Lake as it contours on the rocky ridge along the western bank. Following the unsteady trail, we finally stop at Phoksundo Khola where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402m) – 7 Hours
Walking along the level path through a level path through a glacial valley that now heads due north. Witnessing an old wooden bridge at the confluence of the Phoksundo Lake, we finally reach Phoksundo Bhanjyang where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 11: Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4126m) via Kang La Pass(5151m) – 6 Hours
Making an early start today, we trek up to Kang La. Overlooking the panoramic views down upon a large valley bisected by gushing river, we stop at Shey Gompa at the altitude of 4500m where to stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 12: Rest Day at Shey Gompa (The Crystal Monastery)
This will be another rest day. We can go for local hiking around Shey Gompa which is popularly known as The Crystal Monastery. Our accommodation for tonight will be the tented camps as usual.
Day 13: Trek from Namduna Gaun (4400m) via Saldang La (4785m) – 7 Hours
We start our trek following a route amidst juniper trees descending into a gray stone canyon. Trekking through a zigzag path over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil, we eventually reach the top of Saldang La. We then walk further to Namduna Gaunwhere we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 14: Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3903m) – 5 Hours
Leaving Namduna Gaun, we continue to climb up a scree slope and then a long traverse along some dusty barren mountains. After walking further for few hours, we eventually reach at Saldang. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa – 5 Hour
We divert further far north to the least explored area by trekkers. Following the Nang Chu River most of the way, we then pass through the Panzang River to finally reach Yangze Gompa. We stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 16: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (3942m) – 6 Hours
We have now two trails that connect Yangze to Sibu. We follow the long way trail heading due west passing through the very remote village of Nishagaun. Passing through Shimengaun, we finally reach Sibu where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi – 6 Hours
Following the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning walk, we trek across the caravan of laden yaks en route. Continuing the trek for about five hours, we eventually reach Jeng La Phedi where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 18: Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyo Gaun via Jeng La (4369m) – 5 Hours
We trek towards the top of Jeng La Phedi today. Overlooking and enjoying the excellent views of snow ranges to the south including Dhaulagiri Massif,we eventually stop at Tokyo Gaun where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap (4090m) – 5 Hours
Heading eastward along the downhill course of Tarap Chu, we pass through the patches of lush verdant grass both sides of the river. We set up our camp at Dho Tarap where we stay overnight.
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Today will be another rest day for us. And we can explore the local areas in Dho Tarap. We stay overnight at the tented accommodation.
Day 21: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3800m) – 6 Hours
Depending upon your choice of several campsites, today’s trek can be quite long or it can be simply a moderate walk. We have crafted our itinerary as flexible as possible for you. We arrive at Tarap Khola after trekking for about six hours. Tarap Khola is also known as Kamakura and we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaun (2550m) – 5 Hours
We again continue down the gorge of Tarap River today. The river raises high above on the trail built from the steep stones. Following the trail further, we eventually arrive at Khanigaun where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 23: Trek from Khanigaun to Tarakot (2281m) – 5 Hours
Following an indistinct trail to the village of Lalberi today, we pass through an area of the impressive forest before descending into another gorge. Continuing the trail through the river downstream, we eventually reach Tarakot where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 24: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2052m) – 6 Hours
Today, we walk beside the Bheri River in a tremendous gorge with pine forests. We then follow the ingenious path built about seven meters above the river. After the trek of about six hours, we finally reach Dunai where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.
Day 25: Trek from Dunai to Jhupal (2404m) – 3 Hours
Today’s trek marks the end of our Upper Dolpo Trek. We will be retracing the journey back to Jhupal from Dunai which is a short distance walk along the Bheri River. We stay overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 26: Flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Today, we take two scenic flights, the first to Nepalgunj from Jhupaland the second is to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.We stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Leisure Day at Kathmandu (Optional)
If you wish, you canasta at a Kathmandu today and explore the city even more. You can utilize the time by going for the last minute shopping as well.
Day 28: Final Departure
Today, you take the returning flight to your hometown. Our representatives will assist you to reach the airport. You return to your home with an unforgettable travel experience in Nepal.
- All Ground Transportation with Private Vehicle.
- Both way Domestic airfare
- Special Permit
- 2 Night Hotel in Pokhara
- 3-star category Hotel with Breakfast in City
- Simple Lodge In Trek
- 3 times Meal in Trek[ Breakfast Lunch Dinner]
- English Speaking Guide
- Porters for Trek[ 2 person:1 Porter]
- Food Salary and Insurance For Trekking Staff.
- Permits for Trek
- Tims for Trek
- Medical Kit
- All Government and Local Taxes.