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Upper Dolpo Trek - 28 Days

Upper dolpo trek is more adventurous but difficult one. It is because of the high passes. In spite of tough trails and rugged topography journey to Dolpo area is a lifetime experience. The Dolpo is famous for deepest Lake Phoksundo in entire Himalayan Region. Upper Dolpo reveals a land of unparalleled beauty and splendor. Geographically and culturally similar to the neighboring region of Mustang, Upper dolpo's unique desert/mountain terrain is home to many famous Buddhist gumbas, including Shey Gumba found at a breathtaking 4200meters.

 

The first part of trek is not difficult and provides delightful walking before joining ancient trade routes and the steep ascent to cross the Kagmara La (5225m), our entrance to upper Dolpo. The scenery begins to change with the hills becoming shades of red, brown and gray. Eventually you can hear prayer flag fluttering at the top of the pass, and the view opens up dramatically looking east towards the snow peaks of the kanjiroba Himal and the five peaks of Dhaulagiri. We soon walk through the pleasant green pastures to the beautiful Phoksundo (Rigmo) lake. The scenery is outstanding with the deep blue waters of the lake contrasting with the weathered red and brown hills.

 

Upper dolpo trek gives you lifetime experience and you forgot all your exhaustion when you enjoy the beauty of nature gifted you by dolpo.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
We will send our representatives to pick you up and transfer to hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Today we will have breakfast and start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
This day we will take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai -45 mins flight
We will fly to Jhupal after breakfast. The town is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. From here we will begin our trekking. We will walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge and Dunai.
Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe
We will leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. The trail ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk we will get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. Then we will reach to Ankhe.
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat
We will go throught a wooden river bank and climbs on a steep trail.We will pass several streams ,forests and then will trek downward which will take us to cliff followed to the river bank.Then we will reach Sulighat where we will stay overnight.
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft)
We will walk to western bank of Pungmo khola which will take us to Palam village.From there we will trek up from where we can see beautiful views.Then wew will reach to Ringmo village and after short walk we will reach to Phoksundo lake.
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Today will have rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During the day we can embark on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and it’s Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola
We will start our trek through the edge of lake which leads us to a meadow tha opens up into the flood plain of Phoksundo khola and we will walk through the valley crossing the river and then coming on the bank of the river .Overnight camp.
Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang:
On this day we will walk towards the north east climbing up the meadow .Then we will reach to another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass and Chhamlang peak.Camp at Phoksundo bhanjhyang.
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass
We will climb to the top of the pass from where we will get excellent views of large valley.Then we will walk on a trail along the banks of the rivers and will pass through meadowds where we can see grazing yaks, sheeps ,goat.After crossing a bridge we will reach to Shey Gompha.
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
We will rest this day on Shey Gompha orelse we can visit east of Gompha from where we can see strange mountain Crystal mountain.We can have a short trek.
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
We will begin the day by following a pleasant trail . Then after crossing some zigzag road we will reach to Saldang La.We can see yak and sheep grazing on the way to Namduna Gaun and we also visit Namgung monastery. Overnight in Namuda Gaun.
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
We will leave the village and climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we begin to see Saldang Village below us on a plateau high above the Namga Khola stream. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight in Saldang.
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
We will walk further north along the Nagon Khola (river) on a wild and barren terrain and will begin our walk on a fairly gradual path with few ups and downs. On the way, we will pass through Marang and Ki villages. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the river again before reaching Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery. Overnight in Yangze Gompa.
Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
From Saldang we will walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then pass through the Namdo village, which is also prosperous, with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near a small settlement of Sibu.
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
We will walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, we arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Next, the steep trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass. Our camp will be set up in this beautiful meadow. Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi.
Day 18: Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
We will get up early in the morning andstart our trek to Tokyu Gaon . It will take us two long hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif.Then we will descend on a rough trail to the Tarap Valley, a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains that extends twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu river.
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
We will trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap. Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
We will spend today resting and strolling in the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Our walks will help us get acquainted with the local culture of the area..Overnight in Dho Tarap.
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
From Tarap we will descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge and will walk along juniper and wild rose bushes just above the tree line. On our trek we see herds of blue sheep and by the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka and spend the night.
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
We will continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During our walk we pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we will spend the night.
Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
We will follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. Our trail then passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. After reaching Tarakot, we can visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8 km east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The monastery stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Overnight in Tarakot
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
We will begin our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will continue alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadil. We will cross the river again near the Lochakhola Gaon and ascend to Dunai for an overnight stay. Today’s trek will mostly be on a wonderful gorge with pine trees. Overnight in Dunai.
Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Fron Dunai, we will trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, we will pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple and continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip. Overnight at Jhuphal.
Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
We will take the earliest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we will return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu
This day we will have rest day in Kathmandu .On this day we will visit small markets in thamel and ason.During night we will take you to for the dinner.
Day 28: Final departure
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Gogo trek will take us you to the airport.
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