- Enter Nepal’s largest national Park- Shey Phoksundo National Park.
- Admire the gorgeous waterfall and azure Phoksundo Lake.
- Explore the secluded “Upper Dolpo” region that lies beneath Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif.
- Walk along the path where the movie “Caravan” was filled.
- Visit Shey Gompa and admire the beautiful views of Tibetan plateau. Trek along world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandagi valley.
- Trek to Jomson.
Upper Dolpo Trek remote trekking experience that will take you to the mystic land of Nepal. It is an ancient land of Buddhist. Most of the people residing in this area follow the Bonpo religion. Upper Dolpo is not only popular for its mystic land but also for its natural beauty. This remote region is blessed with natural beauty and culture.
The trekking trail passes many gigantic mountain ranges. Mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, etc. Similarly, the wild rugged natural beauty, remoteness, and stunning mountain make this trek more special for the trekkers. As a matter of fact, Guru Rinpoche created Dolpo as a sanctuary for Buddhist devout by separating it from the world by high mountains and snow covered passes.
The Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo also known as Shey Gompa. It’s a magical place, at the base of Crystal Mountain. Due to this, hundreds of pilgrims come to visit crystal mountain every year to do Kora. Kora is a religious act done by taking a circle around the mountain. Upper Dolpo trekking trail follows the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route across the cross three high passes, Nagdalo La of 5350m, the Shey La of 5000 m and Jeng La of 5110 m.
During summer, the flower blooms in its full splendor. You can encounter orchids, edelweiss, Campanella and forget me not plant all along your way. Phoksundo Lake, a lake with deep blue crystal clear water is the major attraction of this trek. Upper Dolpo region is also remarkably known for its wildlife. Blue sheep, Serow and Snow Leopard are also the major attractions.
The wilderness of this secludes region is truly awe-inspiring. This is a strenuous hike that involves long climbs and long descends but the unforgettable landscapes. Hence, the views from the passes and the encounter with a very ancient culture make the hike worth it.
Day 1- 2
Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
Accommodation in a hotel
Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
Accommodation in a hotel in Nepalgunj
Fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj
Trek to Suligad
Accommodation in a guesthouse
Day 5- 26
Trekking ( mostly 5-7 hrs trek a day )
Accommodation in a tented camp as the place is remote
Acclimatization in Ringmo Gaon, Shey Gompa and Saldang.
Fly back to Pokhara and sightseeing of Pokhara
Day 28- 30
Drive back to Kathmandu and a free day
And finally a departure Day
As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the UNSECO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Meanwhile, we will prepare your trekking permits. You can also utilize the day in making last hour trekking preparation. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
We take an early flight to Nepalgunj. Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to a hotel in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is one of the hottest places in Nepal. It is also a border city near India. In the evening you can wander around the city. Overnight at a hotel in Nepalgunj.
We take an early flight to Juphal. After 35 minutes of scenic flight, we reach Juphal. From, Juphal, we start our trekking journey. We walk for few hours along the terraced farmland towards Bheri River. We pass Kararsialchaur temple and follow our trail until we reach Sulighat. Overnight at a tented camp in Sulighat.
From Sulighat we pass rice and vegetable fields and descend down to Thuli Bheri river. We cross a suspension bridge and follow our trail to enter Shey Phoksundo National Park. Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest national park in Nepal and is a home to variety of rare species of flora and faunas that are found in that ecological zone. As we follow the Suli Khola on our way, we will be blessed with the views of beautiful Dhaulagiri range. We further walk through pine, fir, juniper and bamboo forest until we reach Chhepka village. Overnight at a tented camp in Chhepka.
Today we follow our trail along the river, pass a dense forest and walk few ups and downs to Amchi hospital. On our way, we will meet the people (traders) with dzopas (cross breed of yak and cow) loaded with various materials for sale. Amchi hospital is a popular hospital in this region. Overnight at a tented camp around Amchi hospital.
Today, we climb up steep until we reach top where we can have an amazing view of the largest waterfall in Nepal – Phoksundo waterfall. The view of the pristine waterfall in the bright sunlight is absolutely amazing. From here, we descend down to Ringmo village. We can see the influence of Buddhism amongst the inhabitants in this village. Overnight at a tented camp in Ringmo village.
Today is a leisure day in Ringmo village. We can walk up to the Phoksundo lake and gaze at the alluring beauty of the lake. Or else, we can visit Pal Sentan Thasoon Choling Gompa. We can also walk around the villages nearby exploring the village and the villagers. This will in fact give you some insights on the unique Buddhist culture and Bon religion. Overnight at a tented camp in Ringmo village.
Today is an exciting day when we will enter the restricted area of Upper Dolpo. If you have watched the famous movie – Caravan, then yes, it’s the day when you will follow the same trail. The trail is used by the people of Dolpo for trade with Tibetans. From the top, the view of pine forests, lakes and the mountains is simply spectacular. We further descend and ascend to a valley with the beautiful Kanjirowa Himal on sight. We further head to Forest Camp site (Sallaghari), which would be our camping site for an overnight halt.
Today our trail climbs up steep between high rock walls. The route today is rather demanding and there is a high possibility of change in weather condition and altitude sickness. We continue until we reach Kang La Base Camp. Overnight under the tented camps in Kang La Base Camp.
After a strenuous climb up, we cross Kang La pass and descend through a pass covered with snow until we reach Shey Gompa. Shey gompa is an 11th century gompa situated at a confluence of two rivers under a crystal peak on a grassy plain. People believe that a Tibetan Buddhist who came flying on the back of a snow lion built this gompa. It has a high spiritual value. Many pilgrims from different place visit this gompa for Kora every year. Overnight at a tented camp in Shey Gompa.
We can utilize the day exploring Tsakang gompa which is not actually a gompa but a meditation center for the lamas from Tibet. The area around and nearby Shey Gompa is highly holy and spiritual. The pristine Tibetan Buddhist culture and practices are highly stimulating and enlightening. The view of the Crystal Mountain that lies west to Shey Gompa is fabulous. The prayer flags and prayer mills turned by water mills, everything about this place is pure and holy. Overnight at a tented camp in Shey Gompa.
Today we pass She La Pass and descend down to the pastures of Namgung. The views of the northern part of the Tibetan plateau from the She La Pass is phenomenon. Overnight at a tented camp in Namgung.
We climb a tree slope and ascend to the heights of 4700m from where we go down steep to the village of Saldang. Overnight at a tented camp in Saldang.
Saldang is a small beautiful village situated on a plateau above Nam Khong Khola. We can utilize the day wandering around the village acknowledging the people in the village. The warm greetings from local people will leave you in awe. Overnight at a tented camp in Saldang.
Today, we cross a broad ridge cross Khoma La pass to reach a remote village in Upper Dolpo- Khoma Gaun. Our trail goes along Nagon Khola and pass several white washed villages, mani walls, chortens and old gompas. We follow our trail, cross a river and continue until we reach Khoma gaun. Overnight at a tented camp in Khoma La Pass.
Today, we leave Khoma gaun and continue our trail along the traditional villages and mani walls. We trail goes up and down through the valley and head towards Mendo. Overnight at a tented camp in Mendo.
Today, we continue our trail endeavouring the wild landscapes of Upper Dolpo. We continue our off beaten tracks to Tinkyu. Overnight at a tented camp in Tinkyu.
Exploring and enjoying the secluded tracks, we continue our trail to Rapka. Overnight at a tented camp in Rapka.
We take our trail uphill to Chharka La/ Mo La Pass. The route is quite rough but we continue until we reach top and descend down through the side of the valley to Chharka village. Overnight at a tented camp in Chharka village
We descend down to a river and follow our trail in and out of the valley through a tough trail that emerges in to a valley. Then we head towards Norbulung, our camping site for the night.
Today, we climb up to Molum Sumdo. Molum Sumdo is a yak pasture which is our camping site for the night.
From Molum Sumdo, we continue climbing up before we traverse to reach the foot of Niwar Pass. From here, we make a final climb, cross the Niwar Pass and Jungben La Pass and descend our trail to Sangda Phedi. Overnight in a camp in Sangla Phedi.
Today, we descend down, cross a river and continue our trail up until we reach Sangda Dada. Overnight at a tented camp in Sangda Dada.
Today we climb uphill and make high traverses to cross various ridges. Then we descend down to Kali gandaki valley and then to Phalyak. Overnight at a tented camp in Phalyak.
Today, we climb up a ridge until we descend down towards Jomson. Jomsom is a popular place in the reason known for its unique landscapes and warm hearted people. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jomson.
We take an early flight to Pokhara and take a tour around the city. We visit the lakeside, opt for boating to visit Talbarahi temple in the middle of the Fewa Lake and continue our sightseeing tour to the David falls, Gupteshwor temple and the International Mountaineering Museum. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Today, we drive through the lush landscape along Trishuli river make to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is your leisure day in Kathmandu. You can either rest or stroll across the valley for shopping or anything else as per your preference. In the evening, you will be treated with an authentic Nepalese cuisine as a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Finally, it is time for us to bid you a goodbye. Your guide will escort you to the airport before your scheduled flight for your journey ahead.
- Accommodation for nights spent at the hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj inclusive of breakfast at the hotel.
- Domestic Flight to/from Nepalgunj and Juphal.
- All the road transport along with pick up and drop at the airport upon your arrival and departure.
- Kathmandu Sightseeing tour inclusive of the entry fees, a travel guide and a private vehicle.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- The accommodation in tented camps throughout trek.
- A guide and a porter to assist you throughout your journey.
- Permit fees of Shey Phoksundo National Park/ restricted area of Upper Dolpo.
- Fees to be paid for Trekkers Information Management System - TIMS. (Note : You are required to bring two passport size photo for this purpose)
- All other government fees and taxes.
- All trekking necessary equipment
- First aid safety kit with basic medicines essential.
Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.
- Nepal Entry visa fees.
- Meals (lunch, dinner) in the hotel in Cities
- International Airfare
- Snacks, soft drink during the trek.
- Personal trekking equipment are not provided by HET.
- Tips to the guide, porter, driver or any other trekking staff
- Extra baggage charge
Regarding your arrival
As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, you will have to pay the Visa charges to enter in to Nepal. Two passport size photos are necessary for this purpose.
Your guide will be there at the airport to pick you up and escort you to the hotel for check in. After a bit of refreshment, your guide will explain your itinerary and your plan ahead.
We offer you the best accommodations possible. The rooms will be clean, comfortable and homely. In Kathmandu, you will stay at a hotel with deluxe rooms. During the trek, you will stay at the best guesthouses or lodges. Generally, accommodation during the trek in guesthouses are on sharing basis. However, the rooms are clean, comfortable and the warm welcome of the people in the guesthouses will make you feel greeted and homely.
Meals and Drinking water facility
The meals during the trek are included in the package that we offer. The meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek. Other snacks and personal preference items are not included in our package.
If you want to exchange your currency with the Nepalese currency, you can exchange it at the counters in airport. It is reliable when you exchange the currency through banks or other certified money exchangers. You can find the exchange rate for the day in website of Nepal Rastra Bank.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended as it is for your own safety and security. Our package doesn’t include the cost of travel insurance. You are responsible for your travel insurance.
Import and Export during the travel
You can import some duty free items prescribed by the Custom Act in Nepal. You can bring a 1.15ml bottle of distilled liquor, 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars. Also you can also bring laptop, video camera, binoculars and other portable items that are essential for you. In case of export, it is prohibited to carry the paintings, manuscripts or other things of cultural importance which carries over 100 years of history. In case you purchase any kind of statues of paintings, you need to verify it at the Department of Archaeology before export.
High altitude sickness
Many people suffer from high altitude sickness while they opt out for trekking in high altitude regions. There might be various causes for high altitude sickness. It may be due to lack of your body endurance or due to lack of proper acclimatization and many more, Therefore, one needs to be alert about the possible risks. Himal Eco Treks (HET) team always carries a first aid tool with them in case of emergencies. However, it is recommended for you to keep the knowledge of high altitude sickness.
The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.
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