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.
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