Upper Dolpa Trek

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destination
Dolpo Region
duration 28 days
maximum altitude 5000m
trip difficulty moderate
total cost $3790

itinerary

  • Our representative will pick you up from the airport after your landing and escort you to the Hotel. 
  • You can complete the checking-in procedure and enjoy a night’s rest.
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1400m

  • After breakfast, a brief meeting will be held where we will discuss about your stay in Nepal, trekking details, trekking routes, and required equipment for the trek.
  • After the briefing, head out for the spiritual tour of the Kathamandu Valley. We will the cultural hubs of Kathmandu like the Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, and Boudhanath which are all enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • We take an early flight from Kathmandu to the domestic airport of Nepalgunj.
  • Nepalgunj is one of the most important transportation hubs of Western Nepal and lies near the border of India.
  • Overnight in Nepalgunj.
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150m

  • After breakfast, we take another short flight to Jhuphal.
  • The flight will be around 45 minutes and upon landing, we start our trek and walk towards Dunai which is the administrative capital of the Dolpo region.
  • Today the trail takes us through terraced fields until we reach the Bheri River gorge. There is time to explore the small town before retiring for the night.
  • Overnight in Dunai.
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2850m

  • Trek upwards the Thulo Bheri Valley and enter the Phoksundo River Valley.
  • There are a couple of villages on the way and walnut groves to admire and Kagmara Peak is on display throughout the trail.
  • Trek down the dense forest to reach Ankhe.
  • Overnight in Ankhe.
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2896m

  • We trek up and down through forests and over a grassy slope above the river.
  • We follow the trail downwards and carefully descend the stone staircase to the riverbank and finally reaching Suli Ghat.
  • Overnight in Suli Ghat.
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  • 3180m

  • We follow the valley floor passing Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers and Pine forests.
  • Walk slowly with the pristine lake shimmering below us and find yourself amidst one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal.
  • The trail then descends through birch forests to the pretty village of Ringmo on the edge of Phoksundo Lake.
  • Overnight in Shey Phoksundo Lakeshore.
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3611m

  • To get our bodies familiarized with the high altitude of the region, we will take a day off by the shore of the crystal clear lake.
  • We can wander around the serene surrounding of the lake and explore the gorgeous Ringmo Village on our day-off.
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  • Today leave the lake by following the trail to the west, across the wooden bridge-like structures until we reach a meadow leading to the Phoksundo Khola flood plain.
  • The trail takes us over boggy marsh ground through the valley to the riverbank for our night’s rest.
  • Overnight in Phoksundo River Basin.
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3507m

  • Today walk through a glacial valley to the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another stream, marked by an old wooden bridge.
  • Climbing north-east we reach a sheep meadow and onto a steep ravine.
  • Overnight in Phoksundo Bhanjyang.
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3910m

  • We start the day with a very strenuous climb to the top of the Kang La Pass.  When at the top there are great views of the valley below.
  • The trail descends to the valley floor by a steep trail. We follow the banks of the river, crossing and recrossing the icy waters.
  • Before reaching Shey Gompa we walk through meadows filled with yaks, sheep, and mountain goats
  • Overnight in Shey Gompa.
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4500m to 5360m

  • We take an acclimatization day in Shey Gompa and explore the nearby monasteries and villages around the vicinity.
  • We also explore the Gompa which is of the Bon religion.  This is similar to Buddhism but dates from pre-Buddha times. In this area is also the unique Crystal Mountain. Its name comes from the fact it has quartz and marine fossils embedded in its cliffs.
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  • Today we walk through juniper trees into a canyon where the trail winds over rocks and loose stones until we reach the top of Saldang La Pass.
  • Today we can see nomadic herders with their yaks and sheep.
  • We arrive in Namduna Gaun and we explore the red monastery built  below a gorge cliff.
  • Overnight in Namduna Gaun.
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4800m to 5200m

  • Today the trail takes us through barren mountains to reach Saldang village on a plateau above the Namga Khola.
  • This is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area and is spread over a long (2km) slope. Interestingly it is not just one, but five villages, combining around 80 houses.
  • Overnight in Saldang.
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3620m

  • The terrain is barren as we follow the Nagon Khola through the villages of Marang and Ki.
  • Crossing a tributary of the Panzang River a couple of times we reach another Bon monastery of Yangze Gompa.
  • Overnight in Yangze Gompa.
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4960m

  • Today we pass terraced fields, mani walls (walls with prayers carved into stones), stupas, chhorten, and a monastery to Namdo village.
  • This is another prosperous village of around 60 houses and sits high above the Nam Khong Khola.
  • We will cover another two hours of the trek before reaching the settlement of Sibu.
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4560m

  • Today, we trek to the highland pastures where the Yak and local cattle graze.
  • Overnight in Jeng La Phedi.
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4900m

  • Ascend around 200m from Jeng La Phedi to reach the top of Jeng La Pass.
  • From the pass, we see the amazing sight of the north face of the Dhaulagiri Massif.
  • Crossing the pass, the trail descends along the rough ground to the Tarap Valley and the monastery at Tokyu.
  • Overnight in Tokyu Gaun.
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4209m to 5090m

  • We follow the riverbank trail dominated by different landscapes to what we have been trekking so far.
  • The region is also full of marshes and grass lines.
  • Overnight in Dho Tarap.
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4040m

  • We take a rest day in Dho Tarap to get rid of the built-up fatigue from our long journey.
  • Explore the small village and get to know the local Magar religion and community.
  • There are also some Tibetans living here and Buddhism is still a big feature of the area. There is also a Bon Gompa a short distance from the village.  Today explore the village, Gompa, and surrounding area.
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  • The trail takes us through juniper and wild roses towards a wide valley, narrowing to a gorge.
  • Walkthrough the grazing pasture of the local cattle and pass the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola rivers.
  • Overnight in camp by the Tarap Khola (River).
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3800m

  • Today we meet many local people on the way, mainly taking their herds to lower pastures.
  • We walk over stone slabs, logs, and rough bridges and perhaps even through the river itself!
  • After the approximately 5 hours hike, we reach Khanigaun.
  • Overnight in Khanigaun.
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3150m

  • Today follow the path to Lalberi village and on through forests and a gorge until we are following the river again.
  • There is another monastery we can visit today, sitting on a hill above the Bheri River.
  • Overnight in Tarakot (in a tented camp).
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2537m

  • Today’s walk will be relatively easy as we just descend slowly down the pine-lined gorge and along the Bheri River to reach Dunai.
  • Overnight in Dunai.
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2140m

  • Our trek comes to an end today as we walk an easy and short route back to Juphal.
  • Overnight in Juphal.
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  • Catch a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj where we stop for a quick lunch.
  • Take another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and transfer back to the hotel.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.
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  • Today will be the day to relax and unwind or if you wish, you can explore the wonderful city of Kathmandu and do some souvenir shopping.
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  • Our representative will pick you up from your hotel (approximately three hours prior to your scheduled flight) for you departure.
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excludes

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.