Upper Dolpo Trekking
Dolpo region is one of the most fascinating destinations, as it possess rich culture, ethnic diversity and natural landscapes. It is distinctly categorized as Upper Dolpo and Inner Dolpo. Since 1989 A.D, the potential of this region came to light, as the government permitted arrival of foreigners to trek. Since the country itself is very rich in giant mountains and lakes, Dolpo region too consists of oligotrophic Lake Shey phoksundo and offers unbelievable sights of the enormous peaks like Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, Araniko chuli, Mukot Himal etc.
Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal: time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. The ecosystem encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and snow leopard. A trek through Dolpo is an experience not easily forgotten. We trek through birch and silver fir forest to Chaurikot.
Scenic views of Patrasi and Jagadu Himal are visible to the north. This region is very famous for the herbs cultivation given the suitable climate and land formation. The scattered forests of Pine, Oak, Birches, Cypress, Walnut, Bamboo, and Maple can be seen in this region. Dolpo is found to be primal habitat for snow leopard, sheeps, ghoral, musk deer, wild dog, wolf, marmot, weasel, mouse hare, rhesus, langur, Himalayan thar, screw, leopard, jackal, himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten & various species of birds.
From the beginning till the end of the trekking one will be mesmerized by the various features that Dolpo has to offer starting from the distinct beautiful lands to the high passes. Dolpo is a home to various ethnic groups namely Hindu, Buddhist, Shaman and Bonpo. Throughout the trek one will bump into different people of different communities showcasing their culture, hospitality and their unique civilization.
SHORT TRIP INFORMATION
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Day tours and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Final departure
BEST TIME TO EXPLOER DOLPO
Spring season in Nepal is one of the most beautiful time period for trekking and mountain climbing. This season offers varieties of flora blossoming of giant rhododendrons above 3000m. During this time higher altitude trekking are more comfortable and provides excellent mountains view.
The main rainy season month in Nepal is June, July and August. Due to the heavy rainfall the trekking condition on this time period is unfavorable. However this season is ideal for trekking in Tibet and the regions of Nepal connected to Tibet and parts of Nepal like Mustang and Dolpo regions which are alternative behind Himalayas.
In Kathmandu, we will have a 3-star hotel room which will be shared in a twin-share basis and will have a supplement of breakfast alongside. The rooms will have attached bathrooms and will have all the facilities that will at least help you have a semi-urban experience judging from where you come. But, during the trek, we will have to forfeit the luxury of a 3-star hotel in the pursuit of what nature has in store for us and travel through the wildlands in local teahouses, which will be very comforting as well but just not luxurious enough in terms of the facilities provided.
We can have a myriad a local and international cuisines to choose from during the trek though the list of meals will not be as elaborate as you might think, but still we do have options and they surely do taste awesome. We are very careful for providing you with food that is both hygienic and heavy for sustaining your energy throughout the trek. All kinds of meal fall under the package costs during the trek except for when you stay in Kathmandu where we will only be able to offer the breakfast. And, we will also end our lovely soulful trekking experience with a lovely farewell dinner at the end of our trek in Kathmandu.
Physical Condition Requirements
Though it might seem very daunting in the face of it, but we are pretty sure an average human being with average walking capability will be able to complete the trek with no trouble. Our guides are very supportive in terms of your walking abilities during the trek and if needed, s/he will change the entire trek stuructre for you as well. (But, that will come alongside its own repercussions, like longer trekking days). Walking in higher altitude will surely be more tiresome than in lower altitude but the transition between the two will be as smooth as possible. We do recommend to consult with your personal doctor before making the trip though just to make sure. consult your doctor(s) before the trip.
Trip Start Dates and Cost
We have a perfectly customisable trip flexibilty depending upon your preferred dates and times. We are extremely you-specific in providing our services because we think that is what ultimately matters at the end of the day, how much you enjoy the trip.
We will be more than happy to discuss whatever aspects you find confusing in mail or directly in phone if you prefer.
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