Upper Dolpo Trek / NPL – 32

Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups.

Dolpo region situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. Geographically a southern extension of Tibet, it lies within the borders of the state of Nepal, since 1984 has been the country’s largest national park and conservation, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing.

During the Upper Dolpo we start from Jhupal village (Jumla), we begin this wonderful adventure, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Numala pass at 5,400m till we reach the Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village in the "Phoksundo National Park".

At Ringmo, the highlight of our trip we will have two nights here to enjoy the beauty of the deep blue waters of the Phoksundo lake and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjirowa Himalayan range, with time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and its Monastery. Our classic journey continues to the amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gomba, following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and back to Jhuphal for the flight back by an alternative route, giving you more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya

Featured Pictures (Dolpo Region)
 
Brief Itinerary
Day

Activities

01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
02 Free day in Kathmandu.
03 Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj and transfer to the hotel.
04 Fly from Nepalgunj - Jumla.
05 Trek Jumla – Goti Chaur (trek starts)
06 Goti Chaur – Naphukana
07 Naphukana – Mauria~La – Chaurikot
08 Chaunrikot – Toijem
09 Toijem – Kagmara Phedi
10 Kagmara Phedi – Kagmara~La – Daju
11 Daju – Phoksundo Tal
12 Free day in Phoksundo Tal
13 Phoksundo Tal – Phoksundo Beach
14 Phoksundo Beach – Mandhala Ice Camp
15 Mandhala Ice Camp – Kang~La – Shey Gompa
16 Free day in Shey Gompa.
17 Shey Gompa – Saldang~La – Namgung
18 Namgung – Yangjer Gompa
19 Yangjer Gompa – Musi Gaun
20 Musi Gaun – Lang~La – Shimen Gaun
21 Shimen Gaun – Tinje
22 Tinje – Keheng
23 Keheng – Chharka~La – Chharka
24 Chharka – Yak Kharka
25 Yak Kharka – Sangda~La – Sangda Phedi
26 Sangda Phedi – Sangda
27 Sangda – Dangarjong
28 Dangarjong – Jomsom (trek ends)
29 Fly Jomsom – Pokhara and transfer to the hotel.
30 Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
31 Free day in Kathmandu.
32 Departure transfer to the airport for onward journey.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj and transfer to the hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj - Jumla.
Day 05: Trek Jumla – Goti Chaur (trek starts)
This morning we fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Leaving the airport at Jumla, we cross the Tila Khola and the Chaudabise Khola near their confluence and climb gradually to a fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut to a meadow which, in season, is covered in wildflowers. Beyond the meadow, the trail climbs to a small pass before descending again to Gothi Chaur and our first night's camp.
Day 06: Goti Chaur – Naphukana
Today's walk follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potato, buckwheat and barley until the valley narrows and we enter a forest of oaks, spruce and maples. We pass through the village of Chotra with it's typical Tibetan mani walls and a short distance beyond, come to another Tibetan-looking village, Naphukana. Above this village, there is a large gompa.
Day 07:  Naphukana – Mauria~La – Chaurikot
From Naphukana the trail becomes steeper and climbs through a forest to a pass named Mauri Lagna [3820m]. From the pass there are views of snowy peaks to the north and east. Descending from the pass, the trail traverses a steep slope before dropping into a forest of pine and oaks. We then enter the Bheri Valley and, after following the trail in and out of side valleys, we come to the village of Chaurikot. Our camp will be near the village.
Day 08: Chaunrikot – Toijem
Day 09: Toijem – Kagmara Phedi
Day 10: Kagmara Phedi – Kagmara~La – Daju
Day 11: Daju – Phoksundo Tal
Day 12: Free day in Phoksundo Tal
Day 13: Phoksundo Tal – Phoksundo Beach
Day 14: Phoksundo Beach – Mandhala Ice Camp
Day 15: Mandhala Ice Camp – Kang~La – Shey Gompa
Day 16: Free day in Shey Gompa.
Day 17: Shey Gompa – Saldang~La – Namgung
You start by following a pleasant track amidst juniper, which ascends to a grey, stony canyon. This then begins to zig-zag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings you to a flat spot suitable for a brew or lunch if the weather is fine. You then continue very steeply up for 20 minutes before traversing to the top of the Saldang La. Here you can enjoy great views towards the arid landscapes of Mustang and the distant snow peaks of Tibet . The subsequent descent towards the north is long and tiring but you finally come upon the welcome sight of pastures of grazing yaks and sheep and nomadic tents made from yak hair. This signals your approach to Namduna Gaon. Like Shey, the Namgung monastery is of the Karma-pa sect. The monastery, a red stone structure, is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The red and white colours of the gompa and its stupas are the only colour in this stark landscape. The village itself consists of only six stone houses and has terraced fields on both sides of the tributary, which flow down to the Nam Khong valley. The economy of the region is based on agriculture, animal husbandry and trading. In Dolpo only one crop a year can be grown and this is mainly barley. In some villages buckwheat, oilseed, potato and radish are also cultivated. Recently the main cliff temple collapsed and the villagers have now built a beautiful new monastery in the village itself.
Day 18: Namgung – Yangjer Gompa
Day 19: Yangjer Gompa – Musi Gaun
Day 20: Musi Gaun – Lang~La – Shimen Gaun
Day 21: Shimen Gaun – Tinje
Day 22: Tinje – Keheng
Day 23: Keheng – Chharka~La – Chharka
Day 24: Chharka – Yak Kharka
Day 25: Yak Kharka – Sangda~La – Sangda Phedi
Day 26: Sangda Phedi – Sangda
Day 27: Sangda – Dangarjong
Day 28: Dangarjong – Jomsom (trek ends)
Day 29: Fly Jomsom – Pokhara and transfer to the hotel.
Day 30: Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 31: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 32: Departure transfer to the airport for onward journey.
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include:
- All necessary airport transfers
- Domestic airfares and airport tax wherever applicable
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- Twin sharing accommodation in Tea House/Lodge/Camp during trekking on full board basis with English speaking Sherpa guide and porters
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All applicable surface transfer by private vehicle
- Insurance for our trek crew members only
- National Park and TIMS fee wherever applicable
- Monument Entrance fee.
Cost Exclude:
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Restricted area permit fees or Special permit fees wherever applicable
- Peak Climbing fees
- High altitude Climbing Sherpa/Porters and equipment
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
 
Trekking Destinations
Langtang Sector Everest Region Trek Annapurna Sector East Sector West Sector
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Kanchanjunga Trek
- Makalu Trek
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
Trip Destinations
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
 
Highlight of this Trek
Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups.
 
Trip Facts
Minimum altitude: 1100m.
Maximum altitude: 6465m.
Grade: Easy
Mode: Camping Trek
Duration of Trek: 12 Day
Entry: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Exit: Pokhara - Kathmandu
 
 
 
 
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