Upper Dolpo 24 Days

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Upper Dolpo area is one of the beaten tracks lies at far west part of Nepal. It is one of the unique paths for trekking and views are still virgin. In this area you can see the pretty nature with medicinal land, culture and traditions of the people, many monasteries of Buddhists and civilized human society at an elevation.
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All about the Upper Dolpo 24 Days.

Upper Dolpo area is one of the beaten tracks lies at far west part of Nepal. It is one of the unique paths for trekking and views are still virgin. In this area you can see the pretty nature with medicinal land, culture and traditions of the people, many monasteries of Buddhists and civilized human society at an elevation. Trekking at the Dolpo area is a dream for every trekker and it is one of the memorable trips in everyone’s life. While trekking you will get opportunity to see the different species of wild flowers and different types of animals like Snow Leopards, Blue Sheep and giant bird called Himalayan Griffon. The main occupation of the people is trading. They are concerned in salt trade from native country Tibet.  However, this is their tradition and it is going on with one generation to another generation.

Dolpo region is conserved by national park called Shey-Phoksundo which is situated to the northern side of the Dhaulagiri series adjoining to the Tibetan Plateau. In this National park you will get chance to see the different species of plants eco-system and animals such as Himalayan Blue Sheep and indefinable Snow Leopard are well managed and conserved. Similarly, from this point you can see the peak like Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Kanjiroba and also can see the crystal clear view of the Phoksundo Lake. These mountains and lake as well as the Phoksundo Gompa make your trip life time unforgettable. Phoksundo Gompa is devoted to Bonpo religion. The natural beauty of the Dolpo and its life style and culture of the people can be seen in the famous Oscar nominated film called “Caravan”. Dolpo is very famous for its beaten track and the hospitality of the people. And still it is home for many animals like Himalayan Blue Sheep, Wolves, Spotted Leopard and different species of plants.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All the airport pick up / drop by private car / van or bus (Depends of group size)
  • All domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu) including airport tax
  • All the necessary paper work such as national park entry fees, special trekking permit and TIMS card fees.
  • Very high quality north face or mountain hardware or same category camping equipments (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent / mattress and Kitchen untensils )
  • All the trekking crews will be insured as Nepal government regulation.
  • Company guarantees the rescue services incase of emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us
  • Full board meals (B.L.D.) during the trekking period with hot tea and coffee.
  • All the trekking crews (guide, sherpa, porter, helper, cook) salary / accommodation / food.
  • Rain protection duffel bag for client luggage and first aid medical kit bag.
  • 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan and Guest house in Nepalgunj.
  • Supported staffs and camping stuffs will transfer by bus from / to Nepalgunj and by plane from / to Nepalgunj to Juphal.
  • One full day Kathmandu sightseeing in cultural UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}
  • International airfare – from and to Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Extra cost on natural disaster
  • Restaurant food bills, if the client decide to go other restaurant during the trek
  • Extra night hotel Nepalgunj due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather
  • Tips to trekking crews.
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu - (1360m)

    You will be warm welcomed at airport by our office representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will give brief explanation about the program. This day you can stay within the hotel or enjoy night at Thamel, Kingsway especially famous for clubs and bars.

  2. Day 2 Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley

    This day, you will visit many cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world?s heritages like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath stupa and many more. You can do shopping various Nepalese cultural stuffs in this day.

  3. Day 3 Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m)

    Generally we go via Nepalgunj to get to Dolpo so, firstly we will fly to Nepalgunj and spent food time in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is situated in south western part of Nepal a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritages. It includes Bageshowri temple, Nepal?s one of the important Hindu temples.

  4. Day 4 Flight to Juphal - 2475m

    We will reach Juphal just in 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj with beautiful views of snowcapped mountain. Juphal is a small mountain village, where we can breathe cold and fresh air than that of Nepalgunj. We will stay here because we have to arrange porters and other remaining equipments.

  5. Day 5 Trek to Chhepka - (2838m) - 6 hrs Walk

    From Juphal, we have to descend through wheat and vegetables field to reach Thuli Bheri River. A big suspension bridge will lead us to the entrance of Shey Phoksando National Park (SPNP), Nepal?s largest National Park with the area of 3,555km/sq. It is comprising the Trans Himalayan ecasy stem and the Tibetan type of floras and faunas. You have to pay 1000NPR, except tourists from SAARC countries. We will follow Suli Khola viewing a part of the Dhaulagiri Range. We have tea while we pass through the village as can stay there. We can enjoy the tea with honey, pure and fresh honey. Then we will trek through the trail surrounded by pine tree line spruce, fir, Juniper and Cyprus and bamboo forest. Really a beautiful time to get close with nature. At the end of the day we will reach Cheep Ka, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  6. Day 6 Trek to Palam - (3820m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

    To reach to Palma, we have to pass through beautiful forest, following a river. We have to ascend sometimes and descend sometimes. On the way we can see the local people with their mules as dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow). Loaded with thongs to sell. After 4 hrs we will reach Reechi village, leaving behind Reechi we will reach Chumuwar after 2 hrs. There is a Amchi Hospital, an Amchi is a doctor who is educated in traditional Tibetan medicine. You can have treatment from herbs and numerals. Interested person can donate for this Hospital. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  7. Day 7 Trek to Phoksundo Lake - (3620m) 4 hrs Walk

    It takes about 4 hrs to reach Phoksundo Lake. We have to climb steep about 2hrs. before reaching the top, we can have the new of Nepal?s highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 107m high knows Phoksundo waterfall as known as sunlight waterfall. Then we will descend from the top to get Ringmo village a small charming village. People residing here practice Bonpo religion, religion related to Buddhism but it is older than Buddhism. The religion was founded by Buddha Lonpa Shanrab Miwo, 18000 years ago. It is believe that Dolpa used to be the centre of Bon Kindom called Zhang. It a big and powerful kingdom in present western and north western Tibet. It is believed that in the century Zhang was defeated by the Buddhist kingdom of Tibet and Bonpo disappeared completely, but still some people practice it. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  8. Day 8 Exploring Day

    Walking for many days, it is most that we should have rest at least for one day to admire the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and visited nearby villagers inhabited by Bon and Buddhist religion. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  9. Day 9 Trek to Salla Ghari - (3640m) - 5-6 hrs Walk

    This day, we will enter restricted area of Upper Dolpo. We will follow the famous trail where the famous movie called CARAVAN of Eric Valli was casted. This trail is used by peoples of Dolpo and other trade with Tibetans. Ti is really adventurous to pass through the trail. When we reach the top we will have beautiful view of Lane Ringmo, the dark green pine forests and snow capped mountain to the South. We will have to descend first and ascend through a wide valley which will let us to have spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal (66612m) then we will reach an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lake side camp, a beautiful place of camping. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  10. Day 10 Trek to Lar Tsa - (4120m) 6 hrs Walk

    This day we will have Salla Ghari, trekking through between high rock walls on both sides and crossing a couple of streams. We will enter a arrow gorge where will set our camp. We can continue trek but there is possibility of altitude sickness problem. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  11. Day 11 Trek to Shey Gompa - (4320m) - 7-8 hrs Walk

    We will start trek by a long and strenuous climb of about 2 and half hrs over a dusty path to Kang La (5350m), also called as Ngadra La. We have to descend through pass covered with snow which is very steeply and after about 3 hrs we will reach Shey Gompa, a very small village with a couple of houses and the Gompa. It is a 11th century gompa, situated beneath the crystal peak on a small grassy plain, at the confluence of two rivers people believed that it was constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, who arrived here on the back of flying snow lion. It is also called spiritual heart of Dolpo. Every year many pilgrims visit his gompa to make Kora (clockwise circuit) of crystal peak. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  12. Day 12 Rest Day - Shey Gompa

    You can explore around Tsakang Gompa which is at about 457m. It is not really a monastery but a retreat. Tsakang had been a meditation centre of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Many years ago he came to Dolpo and came across a wild people whose supreme God was a ’fierce mountain spirit’. Crystal mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangju nala and Yeju nala. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  13. Day 13 Trek to Namgung - (4430m) - 6 hrs Walk

    To get to Namgung, we have to cross the pass Sheyla which is also called Geln La is about 5000m. While we are through the Glen pass, we can see beautiful view of northern part of Tibetan plateau, which is highest plateau in the world. To the east we can see Mustang. After through pass we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung. Peoples of Namgung heartily welcome us. It is a beautiful place with friendly environment. Overnight at tented camp inclusive all board of meals.

  14. Day 14 Trek to Saldang - (4046m) - 3 hrs Walk

    Our Trek to Saldang starts with climbing a tree slope. We have to ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to picturesque village of Saldang, situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala and the biggest villages of lower Dolpo area. The village is prosperous, not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight at tented Camp inclusive of full board meals.

  15. Day 15 Trek to Sibu - (4000m) - 6 hrs Walk

    We will leave Saldang village and on way to Sibu we have to pass through terraced fields, Stupas, Chortens mani and a Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having nearby four hundred in habitants. It streaches 5km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. We will set camp near the small settlement of Sibu, right on the river bank. Overnight at tented camp inclusive of full board meals.

  16. Day 16 Trek to foot of the Jengla - (4480m) - 4-5 hrs Walk

    We will follow the line of the river valley and the trail is easy going initially. But after two hours, we must make another stream before turning into side valley where the rise becomes very sharp. Overnight at tented camp with full board of meals.

  17. Day 17 Trek to Tokyo Gaon - (4240m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

    To reach to Tokyo Gaon we have to cross the Jeng La which is about 4850m. It will take about 2 hrs climb to reach the top of Jeng La. Form the top of the peak we can have good views of Dhaulagiri, beautiful goldy views in the morning then we will descend towards Tarap valley. By the after we will see green valley which leads us by a beautiful trail down. Towards Tarap Chu. Tarap is a spectacular valley with vast plants in high mountains extending to twenty kilometer along the Tarap Chu River. It consist of ten villages with cultivated fields, many Gompas and Chhortens. Overnight at tented camp with full board of meals.

  18. Day 18 Trek to Dho Tarap - (4200m) - 2 hrs Walk

    To reach to Dho Tarap we will walk east along the downward lower of Tarap Chu. The trail is easy as it is well travelled. There are many mani walls, we can see but some of the Chhortens are in a bad situation. The Frencch School is just outside the village of Dho Tarap. Dho is surrounded by an irregular stone wall and consist of thirty four houses. Both Bonpo and Buddhist is inhabitant here. We will visit Buddhist Gompa where a Lama lives. He is very happy to show his monastery and might even let you see his private Gompa and the Thankas which he has made himself. Overnight at tented camp with full board of meals.

  19. Day 19 Trek to Serkam - (3623m.) - 7 hrs Walk

    The next two days are longish with a choice of several different campsites so the itinerary can be flexible. Your route follows the course of the Tarap Khola, generally downhill. You go through narrow gorges with the river rushing through. One may see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep and goats and perhaps meet people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter. The afternoon brings more undulations in the path when it leaves the immediate course of the river. There is evidence of improvements to the trail where parts of the rock have been blasted out. You will also see the first of the modern steel suspension bridges which have been built to facilitate movement of people and animals. The track is very narrow in places. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  20. Day 20 Trek to Tarakot - (2280m) 5 hrs Walk

    You leave Khanigoan by the new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river, sometimes going very high before reaching down to the water again. Some of the going is quite demanding and one bridge, said to have unusable for six years, necessitates crossing on wet stepping-stones.Coming into the broad fertile valley of the Barbung Chu, you walk amongst the various crops of millet, sweet corn, barley, buckwheat, green beans, chillies and marijuana. Your lunch and night stop is high above the river but there is a standpipe for water. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning ’fort’. Before the Gorkha dynasty Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The famous Sandul gompa, which lies 8km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu, stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River and at one time supervised collections of tolls for the trading caravans traversing an area called Tichu Rong. As an alternative to camping at Tarakot, you may camp down by the river as there are good cooking facilities there and a clean, locked toilet for trekkers’ use. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  21. Day 21 Trek to Dunai - (2109m) - 5 hrs Walk

    The trail is mostly down and fairly firm underfoot. Walking beside the Bheri River you use the ingenious path built twenty feet above the river. All too soon you have reached the village of Dunai and the camp site you used before. You will now have completed the circuit and can mark the occasion with a celebration party! Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  22. Day 22 Trek to Juphal - (2404m) - 3 hrs Walk

    You now retrace your steps to Juphal. Initially the way is flat but the final hour up to your destination seems steeper than you remember on Day One! Camp overnight in the grounds of one of the lodges. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

Upper Dolpo Trek, Nepal

In this area you can see the pretty nature with medicinal land, culture and traditions of the people, many monasteries of Buddhists and civilized human society at an elevation.

  • Adventurous camping trek to the remote trans Himalayan region of Nepal.
  • Superb view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain and many more.
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district.
  • Explore remote areas of western region.
  • Observe Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Crossing Kang La (5350m) and Jyagla pass
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest lake of Nepal).

Oct – Dec, Feb – Apr

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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