Upper Dolpo Camping Trek

Duration: 23 Days

Overview

  • Duration 23 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5360 m | 17,585 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Dunai - Shyanta - Samdu - Phoksundo - Sallaghari - Yak Kharka - Shey Gompa - Namgung Gompa - Saldang - Yak Kharka - Thaksema - Dhotarap - River side - Odar - Eklebhatti - Dunai - Juphal - Kathmandu
  • Best Season Spring | Fall

Highlights

  • Kathmandu city tour
  • Scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake and National Park
  • Crossing passes of Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La
  • Shey Gompa- the Buddhist monasteries
  • Pristine mountains, Flora & Fauna, unique culture

“An amazing region, a beautiful landscape, a perfect blend of nature.”

Dolpo Trekking region is one of the lovely districts comprising numerous monstrous mountain reaches like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjirowa among numerous others. There used to be the little kingdom on the more level Dolpo in the recent past. As this range has various mountains, the trekkers can eye devour the perspective of this grand locale. We have re-designed the track as of late so our trekkers won’t pass up a great opportunity for any genuine piece of this trekking territory. Consistent with the investment of our guests and trekkers from diverse countries, we customized the trek to be brimming with wild remoteness, the staggering mountain view, and the lifestyle of the neighborhood individuals and their blameless and agreeable propensities.

This zone has recently been trekked by prestigious natures like Peter Matthiessen, The Snow panther, and David Snellgrove, a Himalayan Pilgrimage that has helped the persona and fascination of Dolpo. The commitment towards this entrancing locale by these names has given an alternate distinguishing proof to the track where the regular wonders along this territory are constantly exceptionally esteemed. Both essayists went by the Shey Gompa, to the north of the excellent Phoksundo Lake at inward Dolpo. A few trekkers come here with a center for this however Dolpo Trek has in store further all the more than what guests accompany to see. This abstruse area gives the entire average encounter along the trekking track which will undoubtedly be and once a lifetime experience for all. We are here to help you to get joined with this delightful locale as per the length of time of your occasions and investment.

NOTE:It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days prior to the actual day of trekking.

If you are able to arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding some extra days besides actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without having to worry about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

Upper Dolpo Trek Detailed itinerary explains well the trail, altitude, meal, and accommodation and describes the destination where you will stop by for an overnight stay and rest. Going through the itinerary will help you get a general knowledge about the Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail and the hike.

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In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off at our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we definitely will be happy to guide you around the city.

On the second day of arrival and the first day of your trip, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at Company to review their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip we will be taking our guests for a cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley.

The destination for sightseeing includes Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world. After completing the sightseeing around Kathmandu we will fly to Nepalgunj for an overnight stay at Nepalgunj Hotel.  

On the third day of arrival, we will be flying over to Nepalgunj. Where the inhabitants of Tharu locale can be encountered. After arriving at Nepalgunj we will sightsee around the city and we will be staying overnight in Nepalgunj. After sightseeing around the city you will be noticed to pack your luggage for your next flight to Juphal.

Starting early morning we will be checking our trekkers if they are in good physical condition or not as the trek will be starting soon after we reach Juphal. After finishing up with the survey and the breakfast we will manage our luggage and will get ready to fly over to Juphal. After getting off the plane we will get ready for the first day of trekking. We will then, trek to Dunai for our overnight stay.

Starting from today the real adventurous journey begins for our destination i.e. Dolpo. Today we will be trekking for about six hours. Regarding how long we have to trek it will be hard on legs for those who haven’t been trekking before. Our destination for today will be Shyanta. We will be Camping in Shyanta overnight.

Our destination for today will be Samdu. It will take us about seven hours to reach our destination. The trail today will not cover much elevation so it will be easy for us to reach our destination. We will be camping on Samdu for overnight.

Today’s trek will give you an experience of both the ascended and descended trails. As we’ll be descending after reaching the elevation of about 3,300m. After descending sometimes we will switch to ascending toward the highest waterfall In Nepal (Hyatung Falls) after crossing Samdu.

On today’s trek, we will be gaining more elevation i.e. elevation of about 3733m. After crossing a bridge below the Ringmo Village, we will follow the trail toward Phoksundo Lake. We will camp at the national park camping ground for the overnight stays.

Today’s trek will be the most adventurous trek as the trail we will be following today will climb along the narrow trail cut on a cliff standing vertically straight above Phoksundo Lake. You will be able to insight the Phoksundo lake from above which is one of the most breathe taking views for every trekker. After crossing the trail along Phoksundo we will be reaching the other side of Phoksundo.

We will walk through the dense and beautiful forest of pines. After walking for about seven hours we will be reaching the destination for the day i.e. Sallaghari. Today we will be camping in the beautiful forest of pines for an overnight stay.

We will be encountering the great view of beautiful mountains like Annapurna II, IV, And III, and Gangapurna. Throughout the trail, you will never get the chance to miss the view of the panorama of the mountains. Today we will be trekking for about seven hours. Even though we will not cover much elevation. After reaching Yak Kharka you can get the most beautiful view of Mt. Annapurna. We will be staying overnight over Yak Kharka.

Shey Gompa is the holy pilgrimage, where the people pay their homage and circumnavigate the holy mountain known as Crystal Mountain. In the interval of every twelve years, a holy festival is celebrated here to honor the Dragon year.

For Today our destination will be Shey Gompa the holy pilgrimage. After reaching our destination we will be encountering the 800 years old monastery, with murals inside and an ancient scroll describing the mythology behind the Crystal Mountain. The monastery is locally known as Shelri Sumdho Gompa. It will take us about six hours to reach Shey Gompa. We will be staying in Shey Gompa for our overnight stay.

Today we will explore the Shey Gompa traveling along the trail towards the Namgung Gompa. You will be encountering the most beautiful landscape along the path which is barren and enchanting. We will elevate towards the Shey la pass which will take us about two hours of walk. As we reach the Shey la pass we can encounter the magnificent view of Mustang to the east, Tibet to the north, and mountains like Kanjiroba, Kagmara, and Riu Dhukta.

We will be descending from the pass toward Namgung Gompa. It will be about 2-3 hours of the trek and our final destination for the day. We will be staying in Namgung Gompa for an overnight stay.

For today we will be doing a short trek to Saldang. While trekking we can cater the view of yak caravans as the Saldang is a village where traders throng to trade with the caravans of the yaks.

Before starting our short trek we will warm up a little by exploring the Namgung Gompa. There is also a monastery in Namgung Gompa which has the same resemblance but different special attributes. The monastery here hosts terracotta images of Sakyamuni Buddha, Dorje Chang, and Guru Rinpoche. We will descend down to Nagma Khola and cross it over to the northern side and chase the upstream trail to the west. After trekking for four hours we will reach the final destination for the day and will be staying in Saldang for the overnight stay.

On this resting day in Saldang, we can go explore the Saldang village. Saldang village is the largest village in the inner Dolpa area and has a picturesque appearance. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope and consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. We will camp for the night's stay.

After the day of exploration around the Saldang village, we will begin today's trek to the Yak Kharka. It takes about seven hours of trek to reach Yak Kharka from Saldang. The path of the Yak Kharka is full of astonishing scenery. Capturing the beautiful scenery into the lens of our camera we will walk gradually and consistently towards the most prominent town in Dolpo, Dho, Dho has tea houses, shops with minimal supplies, and lodges. The people closely resemble the Khampas of Tibet, the men with a ponytail and red tassels coiled around their heads.

We will rest for some time at Dho and again begin our trip to Yak Kharka, which is an open grazing ground for Yak and Sheep. The grassy meadow of Yak Kharka makes for an excellent camping site. We will camp at the verdant meadow of Yak Kharka for the night.

The path from Yak Kharka gradually rises as we gain altitude. After spending a night at Yak Kharka we will trek towards Thaksema. We will gain an altitude of 4702m from the sea level today. It will take about seven hours of trek to reach the Thaksema.

The path of tow the Thaksema village gradually rises insighting the most astonishing beauty of nature, gigantic Himalayas as well as thick rhododendron forest and a wide variety of flora and fauna. We will stay for an overnight stay in Thaksema.

One of the most interesting days of the trek is about to begin. We will hike along the northwest part to the Dhotarap. From this day of the trek, we will gradually lose altitude and move towards the inner valley of Dolpo. The trek to the Dhotarap takes about eight hours.

DhoTarap is a highland settlement dotted with monasteries. After reaching the Dhotarap you will have time to explore this wonderful settlement. Dhotarap consists of some major sites which are worth exploring. Ribo Bumpa Monastery One of the most sacred monasteries of Dolpo Ribo Bumpa Monastery was built almost 1000 years ago by Jigme Nyima Gyaltzen and Lama Tenzing Tragye to get rid of evil spirits wondering in the region. The monastery resembles the architecture of Samye Monastery in Tibet. As per its name, the Bumpa which refers to a vase (one of the sacred Buddhist symbols) can be seen here. We will settle down our camps at Dhotarap for the overnight stay. 

Today's trek passes along the flat trail beside Tarap Khola to Mirububane Khola Dovan- The confluence of Tarap Khola and Mirubabane Khola. The trek slides down to the valley along the gorge of Kali Gandaki. When we reach the river side of Kaligandaki River, we will have time for fishing or remove our tiredness from trekking, by walking along the riverside. At the shore of Kali Gandaki, we will set our camp for the overnight stay.

After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our trip toward Odar. Today’s trek runs beside the Tarap Khola. Along the path of this trek, the scenery begins to change. We will gradually encounter the green forest on the path to Odar. Observing and capturing the change in the vicinity of Nature, we will slide up above the Tarap Khola to Lamachaur. Then we will descend to the Odar where we will set up the camp for the overnight stay.

The path of today’s trek won’t stop going up and down until we reach Eklebatti. We will trek for about six hours to reach the beautiful and culturally rich village, Eklebhatti. Eklebhatti which literally means “One inn” is a small village that lies halfway between Jomsom and Kagbeni village in the George of Kali Gandaki. From the upper Path of the village, the views are nice and panoramic, and also observe the fields beautifully contrasted with the arid landscape. We will spend the night in this beautiful village.

Today we will be descending down to Dunai crossing the trickling streams and cool environment.  Today's trek will relatively much easier as compared to the other part of our trekking journey. After the six-hour walk from Eklebhatti, we will reach the small village in Dunai.

Dunai is a small town at the height of 2140m from sea level and is the headquarter of the district. When we reach Dunai, you can visit the Bon Stupa and school, Central Buddhist Monasteries, and the very first English medium school. You can also have a full view of the city and other villages from upper Dunai. We will stay for an overnight stay in Dunai.

Today’s trail from Eklebhatti to Dunai is comfortable, easy, and shorter. We can also find the jeeps running to and fro along the path. We will trek for about three hours to reach Juphal. We will have sufficient leisure time when we reach Juphal. We can utilize our leisure time by exploring Juphal.

Early morning, we walk to the airport in Juphal from where we fly to the airport in Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj, we board a plane that directly connects us to Kathmandu. On arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time is free time

    All good things must end as we come to your final day in Nepal. You can squeeze in some last-minute shopping before our transport arrives to send you to the airport for your flight home. We bid you farewell, and may you leave with beautiful memories and a wonderful experience of the Himalayas.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
    • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, duffel bag, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • Restricted Area Trek Permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport-size photos for permit)
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails travelling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concern. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation:

    We provide you with the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Higher Dolpo Trekking, we provide you with the tented camp accommodation. In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages:

    All the food and Beverages included on the package of Higher Dolpo Trekking are provided by the company itself. The foods are professionally prepared and provided in the tented camp on the trail. We will have the breakfast and dinner at the camp. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for the lunch. We also provide the boiled drinking water at the camp. During the trek, there are options for buying the bottled water as well.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful trekking journey, we will provide farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines and live cultural music.

    Transportation:

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide the flight to and from Nepalgunj Airstrip for the Higher Dolpo Trekking.

    Luggage and Backpack:

    The main luggage of your will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave the things which are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip to ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek:

    We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg form each trekker). We provide the one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide the additional guide for your trip.

    Personnel Expenses:

    Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Higher Dolpo Trekking. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get the significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy the drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation:

    Nepal is the country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seeker all around the globe. In spite of the fact that, Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover, thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with the serious hazard. The most exciting, and the joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like the sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing off to your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive at the Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.  

    Join a fixed date group trek or private departure:

    The Higher Dolpo Trekking is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departures dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 20 to 30 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellation of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearranging the schedule.

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