Upper-Lower Dolpo Trekking

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Trip overview
Trip Starts
Kathmandu
Trip Ends
Kathmandu
Group Size
1-16 Persons
Max Altitude
Crossing Kang-La 5,350 mm
Fitness level
Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Destination
Upper and lower Dolpo

About : Upper-Lower Dolpo Trekking

‘enjoy dynamic experience with an adventure around Nepal Far Wild-West’

“Adventurous trekking on remote and isolated corners of Nepal Wild Far Western Himalaya range.
Enjoy trekking around nice lovely villages interwoven with Buddhist and ancient Bon religions
Far and away within complete wilderness of high mountains and deep scenic valleys.
Crossing high passes to reach from one end of Dolpo to other exciting and exotic areas.
Explore remote villages and monasteries of great interesting cultures and colorful custom
breathtaking scenery on walks and above high scenic pass overlooking dramatic landscapes in during upper and lower Dolpo trekking.”

Highlights:

“Adventure in the heart of world fifth highest Mt. Makalu within scenic and beautiful Barun Valley. On less trekked areas of Far North Eastern Nepal Himalaya seldom ventured by few groups of visitors. Enjoy fabulous walks to Mt. Makalu base camp facing grand mountain views within great wilderness. Scenic flight both ways overlooking uninterrupted panorama of Himalayan wide range of mountains. Trekking into rural farm villages of interesting mix cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.”

Best time and season for Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking:

The best time from April and May as well during autumn in September till early November months, April and May days are warm with enough day lights cold in the morning and late afternoon till night time, can expect snow sometimes on high hills and over the pass.

An enjoyable time in spring when wild flowers are in full bloom of various species from tall trees to bush another best months from September to early November where days clear and fine for views and pleasant walks but short sun-light hours due to autumn season, much colder morning till night times can expect snow sometimes during walks on higher altitude areas.

Upper and Lower Dolpo can be visited during June to August months of the year during monsoon wet rainy times, where Dolpo area falls within rain-shadow area where dark heavy rain clouds are blocked by high Himalayan mountains, as you can notice the landscapes of Upper and Lower Dolpo with dry and arid terrains, with less rain falls but heavy snow during winter months from mid November to March.

Introduction:

Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking with Jugal Holidays a great wonderful adventure around Nepal Far Western Himalaya and close on route to Tibet border, where you can notice the native of Dolpo with similar culture and custom of Tibetan ancient heritage and religions of both Buddhism and old Bon sect (pre Buddhism).

Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking probably the most remote Himalayan destinations within Nepal an enjoyable walk especially for travelers in search of isolated and hidden areas for peaceful adventure, as on this trek you can encounter few trekkers on this remote route very seldom.

Due to its remote location makes this adventure quite special and exclusive to venture where walk takes you around in the midst of glamorous scenery of high snow capped peaks with rolling hills and verdant valleys, walking around villages is equally interesting as few visitors hardly trek around Upper and Lower Dolpo.

Upper and Lower Dolpo trekking route falls within country’s largest National Park called as Shey-Phoksumdo National Park covers an area of 3,555 sq.kms where exotic vegetation and wild-life are found like elusive Snow-Leopard and herd of blue sheep often sighted on walks.

Adventure of great scenery and culture to witness during three weeks of exploration around its nice lovely villages and beautiful Lake of Phoksumdo with remote and mystical place of Shey of Gompa are the main highlights of the adventure including grand views from high passes.

Upper and Lower Dolpo trekking begins with exciting flights from Kathmandu to reach first at low warmer south in Nepalgunj city, then taking short flight to land at Dolpo in Jhupal, and then our adventure starts walking first to scenic Phoksumdo Lake, with time here to explore nice and beautiful surroundings visiting Ringmo village to witness fascinating cultures of local Dolpo villagers.

From Phoksumdo Lake walk continues to our next destination to remote and isolated Shey Gompa, also called Crystal Monastery as this holy spot located close to amazing Crystal Mountain, reaching at Shey Gompa crossing one of the highest pass of the adventure over Kang-La at above 5,350 m high facing tremendous views of Dolpo beautiful landscapes with high snow capped mountains.

Enjoying interesting time and visiting Shey Gompa enriched with ancient treasures of religious items and statue of Lord Buddha and other great Gurus that includes both Buddhist and Bon sects of ancient religion that is slowly fading.

From Shey Gompa adventure takes you around arid and barren country crossing few high passes to reach at interesting village of Saldang and visit Yangtse Gompa then over Jyanta-La and Jyang-La at 5,220 m to reach marvelous village of Tokyu-Gaon, a group of village scattered around.

A great place to explore and to catch local impressive colorful culture of age-old heritage as walk continues on return journey heading through great Dho-Tarap valley one of the longest of Dolpo area then slowly reaching at historical village of Tarakot, in old days during Malla regime around 7th to 16th century an important place guarding the area of Dolpo from outside invaders hence known as Tarakot means fort, from here on gradual road to Dunai a large headquarter town of Dolpo district then ending our fabulous adventurous walks at Jhupal.

Next early morning where sweeping scenic flights brings you back at hustle bustle city life in Kathmandu after a short interval at Nepalgunj to connect the flight for Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotel with great grand memories and experience on Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking.

Trip Outlook:

Trek Mode: Hotel in Kathmandu / Nepalgunj with local lodge and camping on treks.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Trekking Region: Nepal Far North West within Dolpo district of Karnali zone
Highest Elevation: Crossing Kang-La 5,350 m high.
Trek Duration: 20 Nights and 21 Days (with flights and drives both ways)
Total Trip: 24 Nights and 25 Days (from arrival to main departure)

Short outline Itinerary:

Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for tour with time for trek preparations.

Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal 2,475 m drive to Dunai 2,140 m -02 hrs.

Day 04:  Trek to Chhekpa 2,678m -05 hrs.

Day 05:  Trek to Samduwa 3,038 m-06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,600m -05 hrs.

Day 07: Rest day for local excursion at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08: Trek to Phoksundo Khola Camp 3,750 m- 05 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Low Camp 4,500 m-05 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa 4,343m/14245 ft crossing Kang-La pass 5,350m/17,548 ft -06 hrs.

Day 11:  Rest day at Shey Gompa for local exploration.

Day 12:  Trek to Namgung 4,360 m via Sela-la pass 5,094 m-06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Saldang 3,770 m-06 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Yangtshe Gompa 4,960m -05 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Sibu 4,560 m-05 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Jeng La Phedi 4,900 m-05 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,240 m -06 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Dho-Tarap village 3,944 m -05 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,800m-06 hrs.

Day 20: Trek to Khani Gaun 3,150m -06 hrs.

Day 21: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m-05 hrs.

Day 22: Trek to Dunai 2,140m -05 hrs and drive to Jhupal -02 hrs.

Day 23: Fly from Jhupal to Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 24: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Day 25: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

Landing at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, where our guide or staff receives you for short drive to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu.

After checking into your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with other group member of Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking, our guide will brief you with information regarding the treks, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts.

Evening enjoy grand welcome dinner in typical Nepalese restaurants with various native cultures as entertainment.

Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for tour with time for trek preparations.

At Kathmandu as free day where one can join in our interesting sightseeing tour as options, as the capital Kathmandu of Nepal steeped with historical and religious monuments of world heritage sites.

Afternoon with for preparation for long journey to Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking, starting next day for exciting flight to Nepal Far Western areas.

Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal 2,475 m drive to Dunai 2,140 m -02 hrs.

From Kathmandu taking panoramic flight to reach Nepal Far South-West with grand views of Himalayan range of mountains, as flight lands at low warm area at Nepalgunj city airport, an interesting place influenced with much Indian culture due to its close border with India.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal 2,475 m drive to Dunai 2,140 m -02 hrs.

Early morning transfer to Nepalgunj airport to connect flight towards Jhupal at Dolpo, on air catch views of Dhaulagiri with Api and Shaipal mountains includes more of western Himalaya range, before landing in Jhupal after 35-40 minutes air journey.

From Jhupal, short drive to Dunai for overnight stop, Dunai headquarter and administrative town of whole Dolpa district, afternoon with time to observe local interesting culture as well its exciting traditions.

Day 05: Trek to Chhekpa 2,678m -05 hrs.

After Dunai, morning heads into market place to cross Thulo Bheri River, and then climb starts to reach a high scenic ridge to head into Phoksumdo River valley facing views of Kagmara peak.

On reaching a hill top descend past farm villages an interesting area with farm fields and terraces to reach near a stream of Dhera, a small cattle herder settlements and then short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe.

As walk leads to downhill path into forested area to reach our overnight stops at Chhepka a small farm village.

Day 06: Trek to Samduwa 3,038 m-06 hrs.

This village Chhepka which is close to Ankhe village, morning with short climbs and then descend back into forest to reach a river bank, and climb again on leaving forested area.

After reaching on a hill top descend into forest that leads you to a small bridge reaching at Ryajik village, as walk heads to Samduwa for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,600m -05 hrs.

Today walk takes you to first highlight at Phoksundo Lake morning lead towards Phoksundo Lake after walking past Pungmo Kholas valley to cross few streams, as trail follows to Pungmo Khola on downhill within alpine woodland of pine, oaks and birch trees to reach higher side of Phoksumdo Khola.

After a short refreshing breaks as walk continues towards Ringmo village, an interesting Tibetan origin village adorned with mud plastered Chorten and Mani (prayer) walls.

From here a short walk leads to Phoksundo Lake for overnight by the shore of beautiful turquoise Lake of Phoksundo.

Day 08: Rest day for local excursion at Phoksundo Lake.

A great place for rest day and to chill with scenic surrounding with enough time to enjoy and marvel beautiful landscapes with peaks of Kagmara, then explore interesting village of Ringmo with age-old heritage and custom.

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola Camp 3,750 m- 05 hrs.

From here walk to high Upper Dolpo areas and to our major destination of this adventure, as walk follows around rocky ledge high over river bank in between unsteady path.

As walk leads further towards far end of the lake past summer pasture which opens up into a wide valley at Phoksundo Khola (stream) for the overnight stop and camping by the bank of stream.

Day 10: Trek to Low Camp 4,500 m-05 hrs.

Morning walk on nice path heading north past Phoksundo Khola and then up on hilly slopes, after a climb reaching a ridge top with grand views of green wide valley as far towards Nagdalo-la or Kang-La pass on-route to Shey Gompa, where overnight camp pitched on a nice green summer pasture at Low Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa 4,343m/14245 ft crossing Kang-La pass 5,350m/17,548 ft -06 hrs.

Morning climb to reach our main destination at Shey Gompa also called Crystal Monastery, as it is close to Crystal Mountain at mere distance.

From Low Camp, walk leads to a climb on stone and rocky path to reach over Nangdo-la also known as Kang-la pass at above 5,350 m high, the highest spot of the adventure.

On the high spot rewards you with great views of landscapes with snow-peaks that include as far to Mt. Dhaulagiri.  From the top of the pass descend to reach the bottom of a hill which leads to a river, and then across heading towards cattle herder camps, after a short break continue walk approaching Buddhist prayer monument with Chorten and Mani.

From this nice spot a short walk to reach at Shey Gompa situated at the bottom of Crystal Mountain regarded as Holy Mountain with an old monastery closeby.

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa for local exploration.

Great spot for rest day around high mountain area, here enjoy the harmony of natural surrounding with and chanting of monks, visit Shey Monastery or Crystal Monastery, the area well described in the novel ‘Snow Leopard’ by American author Peter Matthiessen.

Day 13: Trek to Namgung 4,360 m via Sela-la pass 5,094 m-06 hrs.

From Shey Gompa journey heads into wall canyon, as path meanders to reach atop Sela or Gela-la at 5,094 m offers beautiful views of landscapes with Mt. Dhaulagiri, then downhill on grazing area with pleasant walk to Namgung Gaon for overnight stop.

Day 14: Trek to Saldang 3,770 m-06 hrs.

After Namgung walk on dusty windswept country to a steep uphill to reach our overnight stop at Saldang, another interesting large village of the region, situated on high side of a dry and arid plateau.

Day 15: Trek to Yangtshe Gompa 4,960m -05 hrs.

Morning walk follows river Nang Chu all the way with short up and down then past Sugugaon and Dechen Lapran a cattle herder settlement, then to reach our overnight at Yangtsher Gompa near Chagoan village an interesting old Gompa of pre Buddhist and ancient Bon-Pa culture.

Day 16: Trek to Sibu 4,560 m-05 hrs.

Start morning walk towards south at Tarap valley where Tokyu and Dho Tarap villages located, taking south route to reach at the bank of Dachu Khola, after crossing back on same trail following river through farm fields, and then walk into Yak herder areas for overnight at Sibu.

Day 17: Trek to Jeng La Phedi 4,900 m-05 hrs.

After pleasant stop at summer pasture field walk follows river for short while, and then encounter yaks and mules laden caravan on route to Tibet, trade with Tibet still exists since hundreds of years, and this walking route falls on old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route the reaching our camp at the base of Jeng-la pass.

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,240 m -06 hrs.

Head to cross over Jeng-la pass after steep climb reach on top of the pass facing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri range, from here with long descend to the base to reach Tokyu village.

After steep climb of previous day, today an easy walk to reach Tokyu Gaon for overnight, this is one of the most impressive and interesting village of Dolpo area, consist of more than ten villages and nice tended farm fields with old monasteries.

Day 19: Trek to Dho-Tarap village 3,944 m -05 hrs.

After Tokyu Gaon, morning on downhill to Tarap Chu walk towards wide green valley, one of most scenic and large valley of Dolpo, on walks notice several cattle herder settlements with Yaks and Sheep, as walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, another interesting village of mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,800m-06 hrs.

From this village long descend to Tarap valley most of the close to Thuli Bheri River which is near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa facing beautiful cascading waterfalls then head southward following the trail after Sisaul and Kesila around Yak herder temporary camps to reach overnight stop at Tarap Khola a small place as walk reach on the confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola for overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of more than six hours.

Day 21: Trek to Khani Gaun 3,150m -06 hrs.

Walk onward towards scenic valley of Tarap River then enter into a narrow river gorge covered with some green vegetation juniper, wild rose bushes and shrubs.

Our route heads to a nice place of Tol-Tol with large overhanging cave on the side of the trail, with chances of spotting wild animals Naur or Blue Sheep and other mountain animals.

Finally trek ends at a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola at Khani Gaun for overnight camp by the side of a raging fast flowing river.

Day 22: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m-05 hrs.

Journey takes you to nice village at Tarakot as walk lead past smaller villages and then entering into small forest area, following a river all the way to Tarakot, this is one of the important and large village of Dolpo with interesting history houses an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) to guard the village from outsiders in early days. Tarakot village with famous old Sandul Gompa located at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River.

Day 23: Trek to Dunai 2,140m -05 hrs and drive to Jhupal -02 hrs.

From Tarakot with interesting time here with last day walk heading towards Dunai, as morning walk leads past scattered farm villages and fields yielding millets, barley and wheat, walking on wide trail with short climb and then following downhill path to reach Thuli Bheri River and then valley to reach Dunai 

Enjoy great time at Dunai one of the interesting place around Nepal Far West where you can witness local people of mix tribes both Hindu, Buddhist as well Bonpa religions.

After a time at Duna drive on nice winding road through farm villages and forested area to reach our last and final overnight stop at Jhupal, before taking a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 24: Fly from Jhupal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

From Jhupal morning as time for the flight walk into airport terminal where short flight to land at Nepalgunj airport, with time here for refreshing stops and continue flight to reach at Kathmandu airport, and then get transferred to your hotels.

Day 25: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

A spare and contingency day in Kathmandu reserved as extra day where trekking can be delayed with unfavorable bad weather which leads to flight delay and cancellation sometimes, in the beginning or end of the trek as Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes even in best time of the year.

If all goes well as per our guideline and set itinerary, enjoy the day with individual activities or join in for exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.

Day 26: International departure for home ward bound.

After a wonderful time in Nepal with amazing time in high Himalayan mountains around Nepal Far West 

After an amazing adventure on Upper and Lower Dolpo Trekking, with your last day in the country of 

amazing wide high Himalaya, our staff and guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back home 

or to next port of call.

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