Upper Dolpo Trek- 25 Days

Messanger tours and travel pvt ltd was founded by a team of professional trekking & climbing guides with a decade long experience in adventure tourism in the Himalaya. It is officially registered with the Ministry of Tourism, government of Nepal and associated to different national tourism– related organizations – Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project (KEEP) we are located in the central Kathmandu at Thamel, the tourist hub.

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24 days

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  • What's included :
    • 22x Breakfast
    • 19x Dinner
    • 19x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 23 nights
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Entry/Admission - Phoksundo Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Shey Gompa
    What's excluded :

    • Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

      Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
      You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival.

      No meals included on this day.
      Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

      Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

      Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
      Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

      Day 3: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj

      Stop At: Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj, Bheri Zone, Mid-Western Region
      To get to Dolpa, generally you have to fly to Nepalgunj first. Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai, close to the Indian border, which is just 8 km away. Culturally the areas more resemble India than upland Nepal.

      Take a cycle rickshaw for a ride in town. You pass the hustle and bustle of the bazaar and see horse carts full of colorful people going to or coming from the Indian border. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

      Day 4: Flight Nepalgunj-Juphal (2475 m), walk to Chhepka (2838 m)

      Stop At: Juphal, Juphal, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      It’s just a 35 minutes flight to Juphal over steep mountain ridges with beautiful views of snowcapped mountains. Juphal airport is just a gravel airstrip amidst the mountains, which guarantees a spectacular landing. Stepping out of the plane, you enter in a completely different world.


      Stop At: Shey Phoksundo National Park, Naxal, 21400 Nepal
      From a hot city in the plains, you arrive in a small mountain village, situated in the midst of the Himalaya, breathing in crispy cold air. From Juphal you walk down over a small path among fields with wheat and vegetables to the Thuli Bheri River, which you’ll follow after reaching it. A big iron suspension bridge, the Dhim Bridge (99 m long) forms the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park (SPNP). SPNP is Nepal’s largest National Park, established in 1984, with an area of 3,555 km².

      It aims to conserve the Trans-Himalayan ecosystem and the Tibetan type of flora and fauna. In 1998, and area of 1,349 km² surrounding the park was declared as buffer zone, which is jointly managed by the park and local communities. (You have to pay 1000 NPR entrance fee, except persons from SAARC countries, who pay 100 NPR). Next to the entrance is the small village of Suligad, where you could stop for a tea. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Stop At: Chepkat, 45700, Nepal
      The path is surrounded by pine trees, like spruce, fir, juniper and cypress and passes small bamboo forests and walnut trees. At the other side of the river, the high rocky slope goes up steeply and is dotted with pine trees as well. At the end of the day you reach Chhepka, a small village, surrounded by fields of millet and wheat. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 5: Chhepka to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m)

      Stop At: Chepkat, 45700, Nepal
      The path goes through beautiful pine forests, with some bushes, birches and other broadleaf trees mixed in as well. It’s following the river all the time and most of it is Nepali flat: sometimes going up and sometimes going down, with a couple of steeper climbs and descents. After about four hours you pass the village of Rechi, where there is a camping spot. At the other side of the bridge, there is a small teashop as well.
      The path continues at the other side of the bridge. It’s two hours more to Chunuwar. Close to Chunuwar you can find the Amchi Hospital. This is a very interesting place and worth a visit. In fact it is more a clinic, which is well frequented by local people. An Amchi is a doctor who is educated in traditional Tibetan medicine, and always is a lama (monk) as well.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 6: Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) Duration

      Stop At: Phoksundo Lake, Thamel Jyatha Kathmandu, 10203 Nepal
      it’s a short hike today to Ringmo and the Phoksundo Lake. It includes a long and sometimes steep climb of about 2 hours. Just before the top, you can see Nepal’s highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 167 meters high, the Phoksundo Waterfall (also called Suligad Waterfall). From the pass you have your first view of the Phoksundo Lake.

      The path is going down till it gets close to the river, which you follow until you reach Ringmo. Ringmo is a charming village. People practice the Bonpo religion here. Bonpo is related to Buddhism, but it is a lot older than Buddhism and goes back thousands of years.

      The religion was founded more than 18,000 years ago by Buddha Tonpa Shenrab Miwo. It is believed that Dolpa used to be the centre of the Bon kingdom, called Zhang Zhung, a big and powerful kingdom in present Western and Northwestern Tibet and surroundings, as in Dolpa you can still find a big concentration of Bonpo practioners. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 7: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m), free day

      Stop At: Phoksundo Lake, Thamel Jyatha Kathmandu, 10203 Nepal
      It is essential to have an extra day in Ringmo, as your body needs time to acclimatize to the higher altitude. As the Phoksundo Lake is such a beautiful place, it’s a perfect place for a free day. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 8: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake to Chunemba (3639 m)

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      Today you enter the restricted area of Inner Dolpo. You follow the famous Demons Trail from the movie Himalaya (Caravan) of Eric Valli, a beautiful movie about the life of people in Dolpa who bring their yaks over difficult passes bearing salt from Tibet to trade with grain from the lowlands.In the movie, this trail is used during the salt caravan and one of the yaks falls in the lake here. It’s a spectacular trail, going high above the lake, spectacular view on the lake, Ringmo, the dark green pine forests and the snowcapped mountain Norbung Kang (6085 m) to the south. It’s now a gradual descend to the lake’s northern shore, which is a good place for lunch. After this the trail climbs through a wide valley, crossing some streams. You have a splendid and nearby view to the flanks and tops of the snowcapped Kanjirowa Himal (6612 m).You arrive at an alpine area with junipers, called Chuneba


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included, Chuneba or Lakeside camp

      Day 9: Chunemba to Snowfields Camp (4400 m)

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      The Phoksundo Valley gets quite narrow now, with high rock walls on both sides. You have to cross a couple of streams. After about half an hour, you leave the main valley and enter a narrow gorge.

      It’s a long, pretty steep climb through the steep sided valley. The campsite is at Snowfields Camp, a name given by Peter Mathiesson in his famous book the Snow leopard. It’s at the foot of the pass that will bring you into the heart of Inner Dolpo tomorrow. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included

      Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Kang La (5375 m

      Stop At: Shey Gompa, Choglamsar Village India
      It’s a long and strenuous climb of about 2½ hours over a dusty path to Kang La (5350 m), locally also called Ngadra La. Prayer flags and cairns mark the pass. At the north side of the pass, there is snow most of the times, which makes the descend a bit difficult.

      The descend is pretty steep the first 45 minutes, but after this, it is going gradually for about 3 hours, till you reach Shey Gompa. Getting nearer, you pass red and white Chortens and mani walls. Shey Gompa is a very small village, with a couple of houses, and of course the gompa (monastery).The 11th century Gompa is located beneath the Crystal Peak on a small grassy plain, at the confluence of two rivers. It is said to be constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, who arrived here on the back of a flying snow lion.Every year hundreds of pilgrims come to visit the gompa and to make a koraof the Crystal Peak. People living here are direct descendents of Tibetans, which you can notice easily by their faces and their dress.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 11: Rest day Shey Gompa (4310 m)

      Stop At: Shey Gompa, Choglamsar Village India
      During this day, you can go to Tsakang Gompa (4575 m), a monastery from the Buddhist Kagyupa sect. This gompa appears in the movie Himalaya as well. It is spectacularly located high on a red rocky slope. The trail to Tsakang Gompa partly follows the same trail as pilgrims follow to make a Kora of the Crystal Peak.

      You will probably see flocks of blue sheep in these areas. Many blue sheep live here, as the abbot of Shey Gompa imposed a ban on hunting them. Besides, in these regions you have the best chance of seeing the snow leopard. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included

      Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430 m) via Shey La (5000 m)

      Stop At: Namgung La, Bhutan
      Another pass to cross today, the Shey La, also called Gelu La, of 5000 m. The climb to the pass goes through a narrow valley. From the pass you have a good view to the north of the arid Tibetan Plateau, which is stretching out seemingly endlessly before you.

      To the east you can see Mustang. After the pass, it’s a long descend to the pastures of Namgung. Scattered in the landscape, you will see some fields, many times with a big Tibetan tent, as the fields are too far from the village to go there and go back each day.

      The people in Namgung are very friendly and open. A friendly Tashi Delek (Tibetan greeting) will always be welcomed with a big smile.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 13: Namgung to Saldang (4060 m)

      Stop At: Saldang, Nepal
      It’s a short hiking day today. The path goes high above the Namgung Khola (River) and then descends steeply to the village of Saldang. Saldang is the largest settlement of Inner-Dolpo. It’s a spread out, traditional agricultural village, surrounded by fields. Barley, buckwheat and potatoes are among the few crops that can grow in this barren landscape.

      Besides, people live from what the yak gives them (cheese, meat, wool) and from trade. Saldang is close to the Tibetan border and some of the salt trade caravans pass through Saldang. The trading of salt for grain and rice is a century old tradition that still prevails in Inner-Dolpo. The people from Saldang are semi-nomadic.

      In the warm months they trek in the highlands with their herds of yaks and sheep. The ones who are better off let the pure nomadic people of Dolpa, the Drokpa, do this work. Sometimes you can see a camp of the Drokpa in these areas.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 14: Saldang to Sibu (4200 m)

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      It’s a fairly easy walk to Sibu, following the Namgung Khola southwards and passing little villages, like Namdo, along the way. The villages are surrounded by terraced fields of barley. The path goes alongside many Mani walls, chortens and some Gompa’s, which makes you realize how important Buddhism is for the people of Inner Dolpo. Buddhism is interwoven in each and every aspect of people’s life here. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 15: Sibu to Lagmo Che

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      The trail starts with an easy stretch, following the river. The last village you pass is Raka. After this, you enter a large, inhabited valley. Look out for blue sheep here. Besides, you may even come across a snow leopard… After 2 hours of trekking, the path turns away from the river and climbs steeply to a meadow of about 4570 m, which is often used by yaks to graze. This is Lagmo Che, the base camp for climbing to the Jeng La. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 16: Lagmo Che to Tokyu (4209 m) via Jeng La (5110 m)

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      It’s a steep climb of about 2 hours to reach the next pass: Jeng La at 5110 m. From the pass you have a spectacular view to the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and many other snowcapped mountains. After the pass you descend into the Tarap Valley.

      You arrive at the village Tokyu (4209), a spread out village, which is the first human settlement after Raka. Tokyu is said to be the highest permanent settlement in the world. The Gompa is worth a visit and has a beautiful statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 17: Tokyo to Dho Tarap (4080 m)

      Stop At: Dho 21400, Nepal
      it’s not far to Dho Tarap. On the way, you pass the Cristal Mountain School, which is educating children from Dho and surroundings. It is sponsored by a French NGO. If you want, you can visit the school, the teachers are very pleased to show you around. From the school it’s about half an hour to Dho.

      At the entrance you pass a beautiful gate Chorten. Also the people of Dho are direct descendents of Tibetans. Besides the typical dark dresses with colorful aprons, most Dho women wear bracelets of big shells and some have beautiful silver and turquoise headgear.
      Dho Tarap is a traditional agricultural village, surrounded by fields. Yaks are used to plough the land. As in the other villages you came across, barley, buckwheat and potatoes are among the few crops that can grow here. But nowadays, small greenhouses enable the people to grow some green vegetables as well.



      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 18: Dho Tarap to Sisaul (3750 m)

      Stop At: Dho 21400, Nepal
      A short day today again, so you have all the time to explore Dho in the morning.
      Leaving Dho Tarap, you come along many mani walls and small Chortens. The path is going down, following the Tarap Khola. Gradually you can see the landscape changing. Some bushes are appearing,

      it’s getting a bit greener. Just before arriving at Sisaul, you have to climb to a small pass. After the pass, the valley gets narrow. It’s a short descend to Sisaul, which has a good campsite next to a tent-hotel. You can choose to camp here, or on one of the spots a bit further down. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Day 19: Sisaul to Laina Odar (3370 m)

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      Soon after leaving Sisaul, you climb to a small pass with a nice Chorten. After the pass you will see the first trees again. You mostly walk in the river valley with high rocks towering above you on both sides.

      The landscape is still pretty barren and this is your last chance to see the blue sheep or snow leopard. It’s a fairly easy walk of about 3 to 3½ hours from Sisaul to Nawarpani. The path gradually goes down. At some parts the path is beautifully carved out of the rock, so that you find yourself walking in a kind of three sided tunnel.

      After Nawarpani, the landscape gets quickly greener and the path is sometimes going through pine forests, with a wonderful smell. It’s a fairly easy walk over a pretty large path, which sometimes goes very high above the river. You reach Laina Odar where there is tent-hotel, located at the riverside. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 20: Laina Odar to Lingdo (2391 m)

      Stop At: Dolpo, Dolpo, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      From Laina Odar the trail goes down pretty steep to Laisicap (2772 m). The path goes partly through forests and you are surrounded by steep cliffs full of pine trees, mostly spruce, fir, juniper and cypress, some of which are huge. Sometimes the river is far below you.
      The walk to Laisicap takes about 3 hours. At Laisicap you cross Thuli Bheri river over a large suspension bridge of 120 meter, high above the river. The trail goes down pretty steep for about 45 minutes.

      After this, it’s a fairly easy walk, gradually going down, with some flat parts as well. The landscape is impressive and sometimes very green. The sharp rocks are dotted with junipers and other pine trees.
      Behind you, you can see the beautiful snowcapped Kang Tokal (6294 m). Getting closer to Lingdo, you can see some other villages in the distance, like Sarakot, which is situated high on a cliff.
      These are the first villages you see after Dho Tarap. Lingdo is a small village with one guesthouse with a camping site.

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 21: Lingdo to Dunai (2140 m)

      Stop At: Dunai, Dunai, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      The first part goes through rough landscape. The path is sometimes carved out of the rocks, and at a few points very narrow. There are plans to make a motor able road all the way to Dho Tarap.
      After about 2 ½ hours your reach the small village of Bazar (2427 m).At the horizon you see the snowcapped Kang Tokal (6294 m). The path goes slightly up and down, following the Thuli Bheri River, once and a while passing a couple of houses. Dunai is the headquarters of Dolpa District.
      Up the hill, there is a Buddhist monastery, the Dolpa Kendriya Gompa, which is worth a visit. It is situated at the slope at the other site of the river, overlooking Dunai.The monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa lineage, the oldest Buddhism linege and was built in 1998. Inside the Gompa you can observe a beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha (Gautama Buddha), the Kengyur (the holy scriptures of Buddhism) and big thankas (Buddhist paintings on cotton).


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 22: Dunai to Juphal (2475 m)

      Stop At: Juphal, Juphal, Karnali Zone, Mid-Western Region
      It’s a short walk to Juphal. After about 45 minutes you reach a beautiful gate Chorten (stupa), which is the entrance to the VDC (Village Development Committee) Dunai. Inside the Chorten you can observe some beautiful Buddhist paintings of mandala’s and important Buddhist figures.

      You pass the big iron suspension bridge, which you crossed on the first day to get into the Shey Phoksundo National Park. From the bridge, it’s about 2½ – 3 hours to Juphal. The first part goes over a large path, passing through the small village of Kalagaonda.

      Then you leave the main road and walk over a small path, through fields of barley and wheat, with walnut, peach and apricot trees. It’s a pretty steep climb to reach Juphal. Just before arriving, you pass the Hindu village Dangiwada. Juphal is a large village with a small bazaar where it is nice to spend some time looking around. Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.


      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight at tented camp, full board meals included.

      Day 23: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

      Stop At: Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj, Bheri Zone, Mid-Western Region
      Early in the morning you fly to Nepalgunj. Especially the first part of the flight through the mountain valleys is spectacular. Later in the day, you fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

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      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

      Day 24: Departure

      Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
      Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
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      No meals included on this day.
      No accommodation included on this day.
    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
      • Tribhuvan International Airport, Ring Rd, काठमाडौँ 44600, Nepal
      Departure Time :
      12:15 AM
      Return Detail :
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      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Language

    English - Guide, English - Written

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    10

    Organised by Messenger Tours and Travel

    Activity ID: V-216279P14

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