Upper Dolpo Trek Detailed itinerary explains well about the trail, altitude, meal, accommodation and describes destination where you will stop by for overnight stay and rest. Going through the itinerary will help you get general knowledge about the Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail and the hike.
Upper Dolpo Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
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.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu:
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 guest for a cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. The destination for sightseeing include 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.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj:
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 on Nepalgunj. After sightseeing around the city you will be noticed to pack your luggage for your next flight to Juphal.
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai:
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 survey and the breakfast we will manage our luggage and will get ready to fly over to Juphal. After getting off from the plane we will get ready for the first day of trekking. We will then, trek to Dunai for our overnight stay.
Day 5: Trek from Dunai to Shyanta:
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 for overnight.
Day 6: Trek from Shyanta to Samdu:
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 of elevation so it will be easy for us to reach our destination. We will be camping on Samdu for the overnight.
Day 7: Trek from Samdu to Phoksundo:
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 for sometimes we will switch for ascending towards the highest waterfall In Nepal (Hyatung Falls) after crossing Samdu. On today’s trek, we will be gaining more elevation i.e. elevation about 3733m. After crossing a bridge below the Ringmo Village, we will follow the trail towards Phoksundo Lake. We will camp at national park camping ground for the overnight stays.
Day 8: Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari:
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 view for every trekker. After crossing the trail along Phoksundo we will be reaching the other side of Phoksundo. We will walk past 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 on the beautiful forest of pines for the overnight stay.
Day 9: Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka:
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 mountains panorama. Today we will be trekking about seven hours. Even though we will not cover much of elevation. After reaching Yak Kharka you can get the most beautiful view of the Mt. Annapurna’s. We will be staying overnight over Yak Kharka.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa:
Shey Gompa 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.
Day 11: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa:
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 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 the overnight.
Day 12: Trek from Namgung Gompa to Saldang:
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 monastery in Namgung Gompa which has the same resembles but different special attributes. 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.
Day 13: Rest day at Saldang:
On this resting day on Saldang, we can go explore the Saldang village. Saldang village is the largest village in the inner dolpa area and has a picturesquare 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 stay.
Day 14: Trek from Saldang to Yak Kharka:
After the day of exploration around the Saldang village, we will begin the todays 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 scenerary. Capturing the beautiful scenerary into the lense of our camera we will walk gradually and consistently towards 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 tassel coiled around their head.
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.
Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thaksema:
The path from Yak Kharka gradually rises as we gain the 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 the nature, gigantic Himalayas as well as thick rhododendron forest and wide variety of flora and fauna. We will stay for the overnight in Thaksema.
Day 16: Trek from Thaksema to Dhotarap:
One of the most interesting day of the trek is about to begain. We will hike along the northwest part to the Dhotarap. From this day of trek we will gradually loose the 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 consist of some major sites which are worth exploring. Ribo Bumpa Monastery One of 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 vase (one of sacred Buddhist symbols) can be seen here. We will settle down our camps at Dhotarap for the overnight stay.
Day 17: Trek from Dhotarap to River side:
Today trek pass 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 of trekking, by walking along the riverside. At the shore of Kali Gandaki we will set our camp for the overnight stay.
Day 18: Trek from River side to Odar:
After the breakfast in the morning, we will begin our trip towards 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 vicinity of the 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.
Day 19: Trek from Odar to Eklebhatti:
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 which 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 on this beautiful village.
Day 20: Trek from Eklebhatti to Dunai:
Today we will be descending down to Dunai crossing the trickling streams and cool environment. The todays trek will relatively much easier as compared to the other part of our trekking journey. After the six hour walk form Eklebhatti we will reach the small village in Dunai.
Dunai is the small town at the height of 2140m from sea level and is the head quarter 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 the full view of the city and other village from upper Dunai. We will stay for the overnight in Dunai.
Day 21: Trek from Dunai to Juphal:
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 the leisure time by exploring Juphal.
Day 22: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu:
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 Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time is free time
Day 23: See You Again:
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.