Upper Dolpo Trek - 25 Days

Upper Dolpo

Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote and strenuous non touristy trekking in the far western region of Nepal into the vastness of Himalayan valleys. Discover remote bon monasteries, land of Snow Leopard.

This 25 days real adventure trekking visits Inner & Outer Dolpo, one of the least accessible and yet most alluring corners of Nepal. Few travellers have penetrated to the heart of Dolpo, a region beautifully portrayed in Eric Valli’s excellent film – ‘Himalaya’.

Upper Dolpo trekking is very much the land that time forgot, with a mix of ancient Tibetan religions and a hardy people who make their living through farming and through trade with both Tibet and Nepal.

The spiritual heart of Inner Dolpo is the ‘Crystal Mountain’ and the 11th century Shey Gompa at its base. The region was visited in 1973 by Peter Matthiessen accompanying George Schaller, during his study of the rare Himalayan blue sheep and the even rarer snow leopard.

Matthiessen’s subsequent book detailing both his trek and his personal spiritual journey has become a classic of its genre. Flying to Dolpo’s only airstrip at Juphal, our holiday adventure begins with a trek north to the lush green fields of Ringmo and the stunning blue Phoksumdo Lake.

After a day acclimatising in this beautiful spot we continue across the Kang La to Inner Dolpo and Shey Gompa. Our return route crosses the Shey La to the major Dolpo settlement of Saldang and then the Jeng La to reach Dho Tarap.

We round off this special trekking holiday with a descent of the impressive Tarap Gorge to Tarakot and from there return to Juphal. For the connoisseur of Himalayan trekking and for anyone who wishes to visit an unspoilt region of near mythical status, this Upper Dolpo Trek is an absolute must.

Highlights

  • Visit the Crystal Monastery (Shey Gompa) established in the 11th Century.
  • Follow the footprints of the ancient trans-Himalayan traders
  • Explore the region in a dry weather without worrying about the rain
  • Amazing time on this trek around the lake, Crystal mountain, and the views of Dhaulagiri
  • Catch a view of diverse flora and fauna in the Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Get an insight into the life and culture of the followers of Bon Buddhism.
  • The tranquil Shey Phoksundo lake “Nepal deepest lake”
  • Travel in the footsteps of `The Snow Leopard` author, Peter Matthiessen
  • Trek to Saldang Village home to Tibetan salt traders

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft) & Transfer to Hotel.

Day 2
Upper Dolpo trek preparation and Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - 1 hour

Day 4
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

Day 5
Trek Dunai to Chhepka (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours

Day 6
Trek Chhepka to Rachi (3010m) 5-6 hours

Day 7
Trek Rachi to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 8
Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft)

Day 9
Trek Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari (3630m/11,949 ft). 5-6 hours

Day 10
Trek Salla Ghari to Kang La Base Camp: 6-7 hours

Day 11
Trek Kang La Base Camp to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours

Day 12
Trek Shey Gompa to Namdo Gumba (4,800m/15,744ft) 6-7 hours

Day 13
Trek Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft) 4-5 hours

Day 14
Trek Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours

Day 15
Trek Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours

Day 16
Trek Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours

Day 17
Trek Jeng-la Phedi to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours

Day 18
Rest Day at Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft)

Day 19
Trek Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kama kharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

Day 20
Trek Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

Day 21
Trek Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

Day 22
Trek Tarakot to Jhuphal (2,140m/7,019ft): 6-7 hours

Day 23
Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 24
Rest day in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 25
Final Departure Home Country

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj with bed and breakfast basis.
  • Tented accommodation during the trek ( 18 days on a Tented Camp)
  • All meals (breakfast,lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek are provided
  • Very high quality north face or mountain hardware or same category camping equipments (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent / mattress and Kitchen untensils )
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal and Same way fly back)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle and cultural guide
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Himalayan Trip’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and upper dolpo trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj.
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
  • All monasteries donation.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Any kind of personal expense.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).

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Upper Dolpo Trek
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From $5,500 $4,980
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Flight
  • 2-15
  • Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft)
  • Camping Trek
  • July - Nov