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Upper Dolpo Trekking

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The northern part of Dolpo is usuaaly called upper doplpo and the mail goal of trekking here is Shey Gompa. It is without doubt one of the wildest and most remote trekking routes in Nepal - and one, which only the truly adventurous should consider. From Kathmandu either we take a flight in to Dunai in central western Nepal via Nepaljung or a bus drive to Beni and trek all the way to this region. You then commence trek up the Phoksumdo Valley through tiny villages and yak summer grazing lands, all the while with the beautiful Kagmara Peak in sight ahead.

Through deep dark forests and wide river canyons you soon reach the village of Ankhe - entrance point for the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. High ridges and deep gorges draw you on until at last you see the great Phoksumdo Lake, and towering above its western shores the 6612m Kanjiroba Peak, one of the most dramatically beautiful sights in the Himalaya. On your rest day here you will visit the Phoksumdo Gompa - a centuries old temple dedicated to the ancient Shamanistic Bon Po religion, the antecedent of Tibetan Buddhism which is still alive and well in these remote parts of the Himalaya. There is a possibility of sighting the rare blue sheep.

The return necessitates some high pass crossings - the Baga La 5900m and the Numa La 5360m - but the scenery is spectacular, notably the view of the Dhaulagiri Massif from atop Numa. You then follow the valley of the Tarap. Chu through forests of blue pine and juniper, then up and across narrow gorges to eventually return to Dunai and Juphal from where you fly back to Kathmandu. This is an exceptional trekking to take what true Himalaya wilderness trekking can offer

Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trek guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.

Trek staffs : Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.

Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty.
Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help.

Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay.
They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.

Cook: Cooks have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on tour and airport transfers, small plane from kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphaland return to kathmandu.

Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu and good quality two men dom tents during the trek. 

A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will then offer tea or coffee some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali.
Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.

Important note: Our first concern is your safety while traveling with Holiday Mountain Treks.  Please be informed that your trek guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made for a safely completion of the planned itinerary, however as this is adventure travel into the remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Other factor like weather conditions, the health of member can be the reason to changes the itinerary. In such a case, please be prepared to be flexible. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities and you will have free time to pursue your own interests too.  Your trek guide will assist you with information about your options but please be informed that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary.

Acclimatization: Kanchenjunga as being a high altitude trek, the itinerary is planned with a high level of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to be not completed the trek. Walking up to She Gomba 4500m./ and crossing few high are the challenging section of the trek so it requires days of acclimatization, hence your trek itinerary is gradually ascending getting up these heights where you expect less oxygen. It is essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization as your body need to adapt it. A sensible well planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We request you to consult doctor of the heart, lungs or blood diseases. Some of the symptoms of AMS are fever, mild headaches, loss of appetite or stomach disorder.

Travel insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of travelling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.

Washing and toilet facilities – We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.

Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian. 
For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffee, chocolate, soups, squash and juice in different flavor etc.

Equipments check list: For a comfortable, safe and successful trip you should consider following items. Make sure that you have most of them especially which you do not want to use locally made in Nepal. Please chek the trekking equipmetynts chek list at the trekking page.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m.

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu

Begin excursion with tour guide by visiting world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Evening briefing about your trip and meet trek staffs.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 780m. 1.20hrs

Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Nepalgung. Arrive and drive to the hotel in city.

Day 04: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2840m. 3 hrs

Transfer to airport and fly up Juphal 2335m and trek further to Dunai bazzar an administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Evening; walk around the village.

Day 05: Trek to Chhekpa 2930m. 6 hrs

The trail first follows Veri river then enters the Phoksundo river valley with the views of Kagmara Peak up the valley.

Day 06: Trek to Sunduwa 3410m. 6 hrs

The trail enters the Shey Phoksubdo National Ppark following the river bank and through forest crossing some up and down hills.

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3500m. 4 hrs

The trail follows the Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola to reach the picturesque village of Ringmo with a beautifl chortens and mani walls then a short walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08: Phoksundo Lake

An exploration day around the lake and villages of Ringmo, people, monastry and enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty.

Day 09: Trek to Forest Camp 3600m, 5 hrs

Walk along the shore of the lake towards rocky ledge along the western bank then the west edge following a lush meadow crossing the river and reach the forest camp.

Day 10: Trek to Seula Phedi 3710m, 6 hrs

The trail first follows the river passing the forest and ascends toward the Seula Phedi for the camp.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa 4500m. 5hrs

The trail ascends towards the Kang-La pass 5300m through the forest crossing small stream. After the great views at the pass, descend steeply to the valley floor following a long meandering along the banks of the river and cross the river several times eventually a red chorten Shey Gompa appears.

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa

A day is spent here for an exploration of the Shey Gomba a crystal monastery standing above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala River. Shey Bomba is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture the Bon Po.

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4700m. 6hrs

A pleasant walk after a wonderful time at Shey gomba bring to the yak Kharka through the rocky and grassy trail.

Day 14: Trek to Saldang 3610m. 5 hrs

The trail begins with ascend along the long traverse and dusty barren mountains eventually picturesque and the largest Saldang village of the inner Dolpo area just above the Nam Khongmala.

Day 15: Trek to Komache 3920m. 6 hrs

The trail begins along the fairly gradual path with few ups and downs slope passing nag Chu river and few villages along the way then reah to Komache village.

Day 16: Trek to Simen 4200m. 6 hrs

The trail follows the river bed passing through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery and continue further to the Simen village.

Day 17: Trek to Tileje 4300m. 6 hrs

The trail follows small stream first then ascends through the forest and interesting small villages and finally reach the beautifull village of Tilje.

Day 18: Trek to Yak Kharka 4540m. 6 hrs

The trail goes through the bush forest crossing the river and ascends toward the Yak Kharka for the over night.

Day 19: Trek to Molala base camp 4890m. 5hrs

The trail ascends toward through the forest and rocky mountains until the Base Camp of Molala It is a complete walk into the wild and remote part during the trek.

Day 20: Trek to Dho Tarap 4060m. 5 hrs

The trail ascend to the top of mountain crossinbg Molala pass 5200m then follow the eastward downhill course of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass then reach to the beautiful village Dho Tarap.

Day 21: Rest day

After passing some of difficult section and passes; a day is spent here to relax and explore the valley and its surroundings of the inner Dolpo.

Day 22: Trek to Tarap Khola 3810m. 7 hrs

The trail descends towards a wide Tarap valley along the juniper bush and wild rose just above the tree line then reach to Tarap Khola where the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola joins with Tarap River.

Day 23: Trek to Khanigaon 3200m. 5 hrs

The trail continue descends along the Tarap River and between the valley’s narrow and deep gorge eventually after crossing few times the river the camp site Khanigaon appears.

Day 24: Trek to Tarakot 2540m. 5 hrs

The trail passes the Lahini village and beautiful landscape with forest until descending to another gorge following the river then reach to Tarakot which stands on the south sides of Bheri River.

Day 25: Trek to Dunai 2125m. 6 hrs

The trail follows the Bheri River gorge along with pine forest and an easy walk brings Dunai Bazaar

Day 26: Trek to Jhuphal, 2-3 hrs

A short distance trek brings to Juphal aside of the river with small airstrip.

Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepaljung

Fly to Nepalgunj and catch onward flight to Kathmandu on the same day. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 28: Kathmandu

A full day at leisure for your own activites. Evening emjoy the fare farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with live culturl program hosted by Holiday Mountain Treks.

Day 29: Departure

Transfer to airport and fly back to home with great experience of the trip.

Trip Cost: 4200$ per person

Trip cost includes

  • We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and as much as possible while in Nepal and let them just to enjoy the holiday.
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Hotels, sightseeing tours, domestic flight/ground transportation as per the program, airport transfer
  • Accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag
  • Cost for a first Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide, cook, sherpa, assistances, Porters
  • Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag
  • All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits
  • All government and local taxes where applicable.
  • Welcome & farewell dinner

Trip cost does not includes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges with domestic flight
  • Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency rescue and medical expenses
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures if required
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required

The trek and command Abir prepared for us was perfect

The trek and command Abir prepared for us was perfect for our purpose and needs. Great landscape and friendly people, very helpful.

The trek fulfilled all our expectations as it was diverse both culturally and with regards level of difficulty. Dolpo is an amazing and still to explore where only few foreigners visit. We would strong Abir’s service his company to all our friends and as well to those who read this.

Aida, Aneta, Dime and Ivan

From Russia

Dolpo Trek

Trip Fact

Grade: Medium-Hard

Max alt: 5325m

Min alt: 1500m

Walking hrs: 5-7 hrs

Seasons: Mar-Oct

Trek Style: Camping

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