- Trip Duration : 20 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 5400 m
- Difficulty : Strenous
- Season : May-October
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Upper Dolpo Trek
Dolpo region is still one of the off the beaten trek due to its remoteness and gives you the life time experience. It is one of the strenuous treks with some steep up and down hill crossing over passes of Nagdalo la 5350m, Sela la 5095m and Syanta la 5220m.
We enter to inner dolpa through Nepal`s largest national park situated in the trans- Himalayan region of northwest Nepal having important habitat for some endangered species including the snow leopard, grey wolf and musk deer. The area offers variation of landscapes from green pasture to barren rocks, Nepal`s deepest lake "Phoksundo" famous for its magnificent turquoise color, spectacular mountain views, small authentic Tibetan villages and its spiritual tradition and many old monasteries and religious sites. The most famous Shey monastery was established in 11th century and Thasung monastery near Phoksundo lake was built about 900 year ago makes it one of the worth places to visit in the high Himlayas.
|Day 01 :||Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj|
|Day 02 :||Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal & trek to Chhepka (2678 m)|
|Day 03 :||Chhepka to Chunuwar ( 3130m)|
|Day 04 :||Chunuwar to Ringmogaon (3641m)|
|Day 05 :||Rest Day and explore Phoksundo Lake|
|Day 06 :||Ringmo village to lake side camp (3630m)|
|Day 07 :||Lake side camp- Tuk kyaksas khola camp (4600m)|
|Day 08 :||Tuk Kyakas khola - Nagdola la pass (5350m)- Shey gompa(4343m)|
|Day 09 :||Explore Shey Gompa|
|Day 10 :||Shey Gompa- Sela la (5095m) to Namgung(4400m)|
|Day 11 :||Namgung- Saldang (3800m)|
|Day 12 :||Saldang- Sibu (4200m)|
|Day 13 :||Sibu- Syanta la base camp(4600m)|
|Day 14 :||Syanta la base camp- Syanta la pass (5220m)- Tokyu (4240m)|
|Day 15 :||Tokyu- sisual (3750m)|
|Day 16 :||Sisual- Laina (3370m)|
|Day 17 :||Laina - Lingdo (2931m)|
|Day 18 :||Lingdo- Dunai (2140m)|
|Day 19 :||Duani- Juphal (2435m)|
|Day 20 :||Juphal fly Kathmandu via Nepaljug|
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Attend a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung which is the south west lowland of Nepal close to the Indian boarder. The city is extremely hot during summer. Explore the city on man pulling rikshaw or take a horse cart and stay overnight.
Flight time: 1hour
Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal & trek to Chhepka
Another short scenic flight from Nepalgunj allows you to land in a small mountain village of Juphal. From juphal we walk down hill through fields to thulu Bheri river and follow the river to Suligad Ghat village which is the entry point for Shey phoksindo national park and pass through some small villages following the Sulighat river and enter to beautiful mixed forest and arrive at shyangta from here its steep up hill walk up to our camp site of Chhepka village.
Flight time: 45 minutes
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Juphal 2353m, Chhepka 2678 m
Day 03. Chhepka to Chunuwar
We follow the phoksundo river through mixed forest with lots up hill and down hill walk and sometime narrow valley with hug rocks towering above us we arrive at another village of rechi and anothertwo more hour of walk takes us to our overnight place at chunuwar.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Day 04. Chunuwar to Ringmogaon
It’s a short walking day today but some of the climb are steep up. We pass through one of Nepal biggest water fall on the way and little above waterfall you could have first view of beautiful phoksundo lake and descend down to the river again and follow it all the way to Ringmo village which lies on the shore of phoksundo lake. The lake is Nepal`s deepest and second largest lake and famous for its magnificent turquoise color and the spectacular scenery. The water is crystal clear and steep cliffs and mountains surrounds the lake.
Trekking time: 4hrs
Day 05. Rest Day and explore Phoksundo Lake
Nothing could be better than this when you sit next to Phoksundo Lake and contemplate. The blues surface of the lake resembles heaven when it reflects the white clouds and mountains. It also makes us realize our state being in remote landscapes when some yak caravans pass by. Then we visit a centuries old monastery in Ringmo village.
Day 06. Ringmo village to lake side camp
Today we leave the lower section of Dolpo and enter the upper and inner section though the spectacular trail going high above some narrow trail climbing to a ridge from where you could have amazing view of phoksundo lake and village and forests. Spending some time on the top we descend down to the other side of lake and climb up through wide valley and arrive to alpine zone and make a camp at lake side.
Trekking time: 5hrsHeight: 3630m
Day 07. Lake side camp- Tuk kyaksas khola camp
Today its is going to be hard day we follow the narrow valley going steep climbing with high rocks on both side and climbing boulders and rocks we arrive at our camp side and ready for our pass of nagdolo la the next day.
Trekking time: 7 hrs
Day 08. Tuk Kyakas khola - Nagdola la pass (5350m)- Shey gompa
Another hard day of the trek, the trail climbs steep up to the top of Nagdola pass 5350m and descend steep down to the valley and meandering trek following the river for about three hours takes us to Shey Gompa. Passing mane walls and Chorten we arrive in a small village of Shey gompa where the most popular monastery in Dolo region lies, established in 11th century.
Trekking time: 7 hrsHeight: Nagdola la pass 5350m, Shey Gompa 4343m
Day 09- Explore Shey Gompa
Today we relax and explore the area and visit another interested monastery situated high on the red rocky hill known as Taskang monastery which lots of chances to see blue sheep and if lucky snowleopard.
Day 10- Shey Gompa- Sela la (5095m) to Namgung
Another day of pass, the day begins with pleasant trail and go throw narrow stony canyon and rock climbing steep up to the pass of sela la 5095m with good view of Tibetan plateau and descend steep down to the pasture for yak and nomadic tents which gives the signal of reaching to Namgung village. Namgung is a small village with few houses and has got Namgung monastery built against the back drop of the cliff in red color structure.
Trekking time: 7 hrsHeight: Sela la pass 5095m, Namgung 4400m
Day 11: Namgung- Saldang
After namgung village it’s a hard climb above the river through Barren Mountain and descends down to the large village of saldang. The village is stretches out surrounded by fields and a trade route to Tibet.
Trekking time: 4 hrs
Day 12: Saldang- Sibu
Today we follow the nagaon khola southward and pass through small villages and monastery to Sibu.
Trekking time: 5 hrsHeight: 4200m
Day 13. Sibu- Syanta la base camp
We continue following the river pass through the Rakyo village and enter to the large valley and climb steep up to the base camp of the syanta la pass.
Trekking time: 5 hrs
Day 14. Syanta la base camp- Syanta la pass (5220m)- Tokyu 4240m
We have a steep climb waiting for us up to the pass from where you could have great view over the snowcapped mountain and descend down the valley of Tokyu. situated at the height of 4240 m with a beautiful monastery.
Trekking time: 7-8 hrsHeight: Syanta la pass 5220m, Tokyu 4240m
Day 15. Tokyu- sisual
Pass by the Crystal mountain school where the people from Do and other surrounding area gets education and arrive to beautiful village of Dho tarap. People from Dho Tarap are distinct in terms of attire, lifestyle and dialects. We spend some time exploring the village and leave the beautiful Dho village passing some mane wall and chortens we countinue down hill trail following tarap river and narrow valley. The landscape changes to some greenery when we arrive to sisual.
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Day 16. Sisual- Laina
Following the river valley with high rock towering above us we arrive at nawal pani and fairly descend through some forest to the river side of Laina.
Trekking time: 7-8 hrs
Day 17- Laina - Lingdo
Trail goes steep down through forest and hug cliffs following the tarap river. At laisicap we cross Thuli Bheri river and follow the thuli bheri river down ward with impressive landscape and you start seeing villages in distance after just before we arrive at small village of lingdo we pass by some mane wall and chortens.
Trekking time: 5 hrsHeight: 2931m
Day 18. Lingdo- Dunai
Continue following thulo bheri with some rough landscape and narrow path with up hill and down hill passing small village of Byasgad we arrive at Dunai, the district headquarter of Dolpo. Dunai is a large village mixed of hindu and Buddhist people. Explore around dunai and visit to Dolpa Kendriya Gompa which is situated at a slope just the other side of the river.
Trekking time: 5 hrsHeight: 2140m
Day 19. Duani- Juphal
Today is the last day of walking, we following the river pass by small villages and fields and take our final steep up hill to reach the village of Jhuphal.
Trekking time: 4 hrsHeight: 2435m
Day 20. Juphal fly Kathmandu via Nepaljug
Taking a morning flight saying bye to the spectacular Dolpo we land in the lowland area of Nepaljung and take another flight back to Kathmandu.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)