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Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal 2021/2022


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Trip Facts

Trip Duration:
1 month
Best Season :
May to October
Trip Grade:
Starting From:
End Point:
5500 meter
Per Day Hiking:
5-7 Hrs
Fully Camping


Himal Eco Treks offer Upper Dolpo trekking in Nepal 2021/2022 which is another hidden destination and challenging trekking of the mid-western region of Nepal. Dolpo is geologically part of the sedimentary Tibetan-Tethys zone. It is surrounded by Himalayan mountain chains including the Dhaulagiri (8,172 meters (26,811 ft)). These cloud barriers cause a semi-arid climate, with reported annual precipitations of less than 500 millimeters.

Upper Dolpo appears in historical records since c. 8th century. In the time from the 6th century to the 8th century, the Tibetan Yarlung dynasty conquered most Tibetan-speaking territories. This seems to have caused a southward migration towards Dolpo and the peripheral areas along the upperKali Gandaki River(Lo and Serb). The 1999 French-Nepalese movie  Himalaya which gives insight into the local customs, was the first Nepalese film to be nominated for an Oscar award and also a huge success in Nepal itself, drawing the country’s attention to the region

We pass through many ancient monasteries and highland villages and wonderful natural scenery as we make our way to Phoksundo Lake and the fabled Shey Gompa. We explore alpine meadows and exotic villages in Upper Dolpo which has kept Bhoriya culture alive. The homely behavior will cultivate the urge to explore and engage with the natives more. You would also come across several forests of bamboo, figs, pine, etc., and feel like your journey through the past has ended as you reach Jomsom, Mustang’sheadquarters. popular Dolpo Circuit we head further north to an area very close to the Tibet border and then walk out on the challenging trail to Jomsom along The Great Himalaya Trail.

At last, This special package will be guided by Bharat Thapa.

Trip map

Detail Itinerary

Pick up from Airport, drop to the hotel.

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing of Buddhanath Stupa & Permit issue day. Evening flight to Nepaljung, Hotel Siddhartha with full board.

Flight to Juphal, staffs arrangement, trekking starts, trek down to Shulighat 2282 M, 4 hrs easy trekking.

6 hrs trek to Chhekpa. along the Phoksundo Khola.

We have a shorter, classic Himalayan day of trekking as we ascend towards Phoksumdo Lake and Ringmo village.

A rest and exploration day in this picturesque Tibetan village of flat-roofed stone houses, mani walls and impressive Chortens surrounded by juniper and larch forests There is a small gompa in the village and an impressive, repainted Kane Chorten (entrance gate), one three hundred the other five hundred years old.

Today we enter to the Upper Dolpo restricted area. we follow the bank of Phoksundo Lake .we will walk a little bit more from the forest campsite to other campsites. (6-7 hrs walking.)

Walk along the Yacksa Khola, about 4 hrs we get the campsite at Lunchtime.

Now begins our trek to the fabled Shey Gompa and neighboring 'Crystal Mountain' (which takes its name from the veins of quartz that traverse its base), the most sacred peak in Dolpo which Dolpo pilgrims circumambulate each July or August, during the full moon, before the yearly grain harvest. The sacred mountain is known as the Kailash of Dolpo
Cross the Ngongda La (Kang La) at an impressive 5345 meters

Now that we're here, let's do some exploring! For those needing a rest day, the 11th-13th century, ochre Shey Gompa is a wonderful monastery, with colorful Tibetan murals and old statues inside which the gate-keeper, a monk from Sikkim, will open up for us. The four-hundred-year-old Kagyupa gompa was fabled to have been constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist lama,

The next few days cover some of the most culturally interesting regions of the trek, and the scenery is equally spectacular. We leave Shey and head east along the Sephu Khola towards the Saldang La (or Shey La), a gradual three-hour hike up the valley past doksas (seasonal settlements) and many ancient mani walls. We may pass Saldang inhabitants en route to or from Shey as the people of Saldang own this region. Turning to the right and starting to climb less gradually following a small stream we soon reach the last steep climb which brings us to the prayer-flag festooned summit at 5075 meters.

A short but spectacular day along the high trail leading to Saldang, with large birds of prey and sometimes migrating Demoiselle Cranes soaring above us and passing several doksas and villagers en route.

A free day in wonderful Saldang village, the largest village in the Nankang region of Dolpo with many exploration options. One is to make a loop through some of the villages north of Saldang, where the autumn harvest will be in full force. Follow the Nagon Khola north to Karang and Marang villages for a look into village life.

Today We take the route to Khoms goun or via long way to Nisal goun.

we leave Khomagaon ('gaon' means village in Nepali), drop down to the river, and after an hour or so cross the Gurchhu Khola on a wooden bridge. Right afterward, we ascend and contour for another hour to a small pass, the Shimen La (4270 meters) Than trek to Mendo.

Heading south along the Panjyan (Panzang) Khola, staying on the eastern bank, we pass two trails leading north to the border of Tibet on our left.

Now we're truly off the map as Thinle leads us along the local trading trail heading to Rapka doksa. En route, we will likely pass villagers from Chharka heading to or from Tibet, or picking up supplies that they stashed, with their yak caravans, a timeless site. The trail is quite easy-going at first, following the Panzang River before it veers south and staying on the left-hand side. We reach the intersection where the Panzang Khola becomes the Sulun Khola after about three scenic hours, and continue along the smaller, intersecting river from here. The trail now climbs and descends often.

We have a LONG day in front of us with a pass in the middle of it so we're up early to get a head-start on the day. Continuing down our wide valley for an hour, we have to wade the wide, icy but shallow river to get to the access valley for the Chharka La (Mola Bhanjyang). The Lakkyan Khola turns to the flood-plain like Myantoku Khola, a small river which we have to ford several times (again, bring your Crocs). We have to climb a bit on the right side of the river, drop back down and then at the chortens start climbing again. There is a false summit, or the pass has two summits, so don't let the first one fool you. We have another hour or so to go before reaching the Chharka La (5030m), trek down to Chharka Bot.

On towards the series of passes that will eventually lead us to Jomsom and Lower Mustang! We've got a lovely day of walking ahead of us, crossing the small bridge over the Chharka Khola

We have a shorter day today as we have the double pass in front of us the next day. We follow the Thansan Khola, which widens considerably after the valley on the right emerging from the cluster of 5000-meter peaks, and then narrows after another hour or so. Molum Sumdo is only an extra hundred meters above Norbulung, so we'll have a good chance to acclimatize before attempting the pass.

Double pass day! Passing through the high yak pastures of Molum Sumdo, we follow the riverbed for about an hour and then climb to a ridge just before the Thansan Khola intersects the Malun Khola and branches off to our left. We drop down to the Thansan Khola and cross it on a bridge and then start our pass to the Niwar Pass (5130 meters). We're trekking through a remote region of stark, Himalayan beauty, with varying hues of ochre, sable and tan, classic mountain scenery. The second pass, the Sangda (Bhanjyang) La is perhaps half an hour away, and a 150-meter climb.

Soon after leaving camp, at the chorten to our left, we'll have to cross the Bheri Khola on a small bridge and then hike along the right-hand bank for a bit. We leave the river and descend slowly to Jhyanse where we have to ford the chilly river (bring Crocs). Heading towards Sangtha to the east, we ford one smaller stream, the Dhundok Khola, feeding from the Sadachhe Himal to our right. Dhampus Peak (6012m) is the southwestern most peak in this massif, and moving east from there is the Sechi Lek (5981m), Tashikang (6386m) and Tasartse (6343m). Soon we reach the village of Sangda, a remote outpost of Gurung Tibetans which Carsten says are originally from Mustang. This is blue sheep territory, so have your binoculars out! Stay overnight at tented camp.

From Sangda, we start climbing and spend most of the morning making a high traverse, crossing many ridges until we finally reach the 'pass' at about 4500 meters. From the crest, we have a magnificent vista, looking out to snow-capped peaks and down to Mustang's patch-work of trails and villages far below. Kagbeni, Jharkot, Muktinath, Thorung Peak, the Thorung La, Niligiri, Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki are all visible, an awe-inspiring site! From here, we descend quite steeply into the Kali Gandaki valley, past a monastery cave (somewhere), and branching off to the southern trail after cresting the Jeula Danda (ridge). The northern trail goes steeply and directly down to Kagbeni Wed descend steeply from the small Tiri Pass (3710m) eventually reaching the fortress-like entrances to the small villages of Phalyak and nearby Dhagarjun, where we set up camp for the night. Phalyak is an interesting Mustangi village which holds an annual archery festival as most of the Mustangi and Managi villages do. We stumbled upon one a few years back and followed the pre (or post) festival procession around town, the locals imbibing plenty of chang. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Stick your heads out of your tents to see the sunrise on Niligiri and Dhaulagiri before breakfast in our dining tent. Himalayan sunrises and sunsets are one of the many things that remind us of why we've come all this way, and endured these hard, cold days! We climb to a ridge 400 meters above Phalyak, and then head directly south down a steep down to Jomsom

The end of an amazing trek, and an equally impressive exit as we fly by Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range to reach Pokhara, and connected flight to Kathmandu,

Day for reserved, in case of flight cancellation or any sickness (This day can be used reserve day which can be used for flight cancelation, due to the bad weather or in trekking )

Day for reserved, in case of flight cancellation or any sickness (This day can be used reserve day which can be used for flight cancelation, due to the bad weather or in trekking )

Day for reserved, in case of flight cancellation or any sickness (This day can be used reserve day which can be used for flight cancelation, due to the bad weather or in trekking )

Final departure to home country

Service Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfer by car/Van
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour as per above program.
  • Accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required a number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • Full board meal (veg. /non-veg.) prepared by our expert cook.
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils, if required we can provide Down sleeping bag / Jackets, walking sticks, and other necessary equipment on rent ).
  • Special Trekking Permit and all local taxes.
  • National park entry permit.
  • Round trip flights (Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Juphal/Jomsom/Pokhara) and air cargo).
  • One Night Hotel in Nepalgunj or Surkhet.( Because it depends on the flight Schedule)
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu By Tourist Bus / Flight.
  • ( note: Clients are required to bring their travel insurance, In case of any emergency cases )

Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Extra nights hotels in Nepalgunj In case of flight cancelation due to the bad weather
  • Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance of the clients.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Helicopter charter flight in case of cancelation due to the bad weather

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