Upper Dolpo Trekking

20 Nights 21 Days

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Upper Dolpo Trekking

Dolpa is remote region of Nepal and the focal point of this area is Shey Phoksundo National Park. The east and south of it is bordered by the Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges and to the west by Jumla district. The noteworthy figure seen here are immaculate snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, rich wildlife, reliable Buddhist monastery and wonderful lakes. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions.

Cost Details:

Deluxe: Deluxe hotels (4 – 5 star), best available private transport with A/C car and coach, Tourist guide during sight seeing, tour escort for entire the tour etc.

Standard: Standard hotels (3 – 4 Star), best available private transport with A/C or non A/C Car and Coaches, Tourist guide during sight seeing, Tour escort for entire the tour / trek etc.

Budget: Includes Tourist standard hotels (1 – 2 stars), choice of available transport, private or tourist bus – transfer, Tourist guide during sight seeing, etc.


Day 01: Kathmandu
Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and meet and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu
After your breakfast, starts your Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley Pshupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhu and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Over night in Hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepaljung
Fly to Nepalgung (1 hour flight), a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal, and stay overnight in this transit city. Overnight in Hotel.

Day04: Nepalgunj to Dunai (2,796m/9,200ft)
We will leave early in the morning on the only flight out to Juphal. It is a short flight (35 min’s) with wonderful views of the precipitous hillsides and river valleys. The airstrip at Juphal is at an altitude of 2,354m/7,745ft, so we will have a relatively easy trek (9km/3.5hrs) as we walk along the Thuli Bheri River to Dunai. Overnight in teahouse.

Day05: Dunai to Tarakot (2,550m/8,366ft)
The route continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Upper Dunai is seen perched high above on the right as our route drops to the left crossing over the river on a wooden bridge. This 18km (5hrs) trek has many bridge and meadow crossings with views of snow clad peaks. Overnight in teahouse

Day 06: Tarakot to Khanigoan (2,500m/8,202ft)
The 6km (3.5hrs) trek to Khanigoan goes alongside terraced fields following the Barbung Khola (river) and crosses to the western bank just below its confluence with Tarap Khola. As the trail rolls over the flank of high hills, views of villages atop the ridges appear brilliant. 15 minutes after crossing the suspension bridge, we arrive at Khanigoan. The trek can easily be extended by going two hours further to a splendid campsite. Overnight stay in tents .

Day 07: Khanigoan to Chukore (3,550m /11,647ft)
The Tarap Valley narrows up in a tight (V) shape ahead. Climbing through the deciduous forest with walnuts, nettles and cannabis, it opens up in Lahini which is a rough grass slope. Beyond this the trail passes through grassy meadows, graveled river beds and one can see waterfalls spraying from the rock walls. (13km/5.5hrs) . Overnight stay in tents

Day 08: Chukore to Kamok Kharka (4,000m/13,123ft)
Today we will trek 16km/6hrs across an unstable section of trail that is constantly changing due to floods and landslides. The trail swings to the either bank of the Tarap Khola passing through the narrow gorge, the wall of which is sometimes 15m apart. Kamok Kharka is a large yak pasture which will be reached after subsequent crossing of the river over locally made log bridges. Overnight stay in tents

Day 09: Kamok Kharka to Dho (4,130m/13,550ft)
The trail to Dho from Kamok Kharka is a short and easy one without too much height gain. The trail comes across meadows and crosses several streams to come to the river bed. Dho stands at a junction of two valleys providing plenty of camping ground. (9km/3hrs) .Overnight stay in tents

Day 10: Rest day for acclimatization
Visit monasteries during day trip . Overnight stay in tents

Day 11: Dho to Numa La Camp (Shering Gompa) (4,350m/14,272ft)
As the trail rises gently, the mountains appear small and shapeless. After passing the village of Tok Khyu the valley forks and we follow it as it veers a little to the left. The trail then ascends to the monastery, where we will be camp. (11km/3.5hrs) .Overnight stay in tents.

Day12: Numa La Camp to Baga La Camp (4,500m/14,928ft)
We will trek 13km/7.5 hrs and cross the Num La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft), which is regularly crossed by the Dolpo-pa traders with their yak trains. Though the trail is frequently used, it can still be confusing under fresh snow. The pass can be reached in four hours and the trail then descends down to the narrow gorge of Chhadka Khola before climbing again to Baga La Camp. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 13: Baga La Camp to Sanu Bheri (3,800m/12,503 ft)
The 11km (5.5 hr) trek begins with a descent to the stream before climbing to reach the Baga La pass (5,090m/16,746ft). It takes about 3 hrs to reach the pass marked by prayer flags and cairns. From the pass one can see several snow clad peaks including the Kanjirowa massif. After taking in the view we will make a rather straightforward descent into the deep Sano Bheri Valley. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 14: Sanu Bheri to Phoksundo Lake (3,627m/11,900ft)
The trail today remains on the right bank of the Sanu Bheri. It is a magnificent trek (8km/3hrs) with wonderful views every step of the way. In some places there are broad meadows and in others the valley teeters along steep hillside. Along the trail we will see Norbu Kang (6,005m/19,756ft), Kagmara peak and other peaks of Kanjirowa. Overnight stay in tents .

Day 15: Phoksundo Lake to Lasa Meadow (4,300m /14,108ft)
From Phoksundo Lake we descend past the spectacular waterfall draining the lake. Leaving the main route we follow the Durjam Khola through the village of Pungmo (2,918m/9,600ft), to the base of Kagmara Pass. Since crossing the last pass we have entered the verdant side of the Himalayas. Beautiful forests of pine, spruce, hemlock and birch are common in this region. (29km/7 hrs). Overnight stay in tents.

Day 16: Lasa Meadow to Kagmara Phedi (4,000m/13,123ft)
Climb 3,000ft to the summit of Kagmara Pass (5,106m/16,800ft), than descend the same along Kagmara Glacier to Kagmara Phedi camp. (13km/5hrs) .Overnight stay in tents.

Day 17: Kagmara Phedi to Mauriya Phedi (3,100m/10,200ft)
Today’s 32km/7hr trek begins with a descent along Garpung Khola to Hurikot and the park boundary. We continue our descent to the Bheri River (2,614m/8,600 ft) and then through villages and apple orchards past potato and corn fields before climbing to camp at Mauriya Phedi. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 18: Mauriya Phedi to Chotra (3,009m/9,900ft)
A steep 700m/2,300ft ascent through forests of pine and oak and across avalanche tracks takes us to Mauriya Pass (3,799m/12,500ft). Views of the snowy peaks to the north and east are exceptional. From here we make a steep descent (790m/2,600 ft) through birch, oak and rhododendron forests to Chotra. (11km/5 hrs). Overnight stay in tents.

Day 19: Chotra to Jumla (2300m/7,546ft)
The trail descends the Tila Valley through spruce forests, past barely fields and rice terraces, irrigation works and water driven mills to Jumla, the administrative center for the region. (32km/6 hrs) .Overnight stay in tents.

Day 20: Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
From Jumla we fly back to Nepalgunj and then fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 21: Kathmandu
Leisure until transfer to the airport for onward flight.

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