Trip Highlights of Upper Dolpo
- Beautiful views as you take flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
- Magnificent scene Phoksundo Lake (Deepest Lake of Nepal).
- Breathtaking view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain.
- Crossing Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La pass
- Adventurous camping trek to the isolated Himalayan region of Nepal.
- Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district.
Overview of the Upper Dolpo Trekking
An area beyond the Himalayas, which conjures up the beauty of ancient monasteries, blue sheep and snow leopard, Dolpo is one of the most remote regions in Nepal and is located in the western part of the country between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The Upper Dolpo Trekking is about 24 days, which requires the trekkers to get special permission from the government. The Upper Dolpo hiking is famous as remote and restricted trekking destination in Nepal. The Dolpo district is an exceptionally isolated region, which hasn’t been in touch with the modern lifestyle, so the culture and way of living have remained same since ancient period. The trekking region was closed to foreigners until late eighties, but still trekkers aren’t allowed to go without any acquaintance, therefore group trekking is suggested for this trek route. Don’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to this trekking if you are physically capable and have got enough time to spare here. You are required to have previous experience is high altitude trekking.
Upper Dolpo Trek goes through lovely valleys, local settlements, intriguing spots, enormous mountains and greenery woods of pines, oaks, rhododendrons and so on. The fundamental feature of the trek is terrific scenes, remote village of Ringmo, astounding Shey Phoksundo Lake, which is the deepest lake of Nepal, Dho Tarap, which is the locality of people at highest altitude in the world, Shey Ghumpa, which is known to be the most important gumba in Nepal and the hundreds years old monasteries. The books called “The Snow Leopard” and “Himalayan Pilgrimage” written by Peter Matthiessen and David Snellgrove has added to the persona and fascination of Dolpo. Both of them went by the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksundo Lake, Inner Dolpo. This is the objective of most trekkers yet this Upper Dolpo trek will take you significantly into mystique area. The exotic half plant, half animal species, Yarsa Gumba is also found in this region.
Upper Dolpo region is remote from the city area, and your arrival will be arranged in two flights. From Kathmandu, you’ll fly to the town of Nepalgunj and stay overnight there. Next morning you will get into forty five minute flight to Juphal and that same day you’ll be able to trek on to Chunuwar. June, July and August are considered to be the best month of the year for this trek .Regardless, it’ll still be cold, particularly at night, so ensure to pack your warm jacket and a four-season sleeping bag.
Physical Conditions and Experience Requirements
24 days of upper Dolpo Trekking is considered as moderate. If you jog or perform morning walks regularly then it would not be any problem for you to walk on the trail. However, it is highly recommended that you should start doing mild exercises one month prior to your trekking date. This would help in creating best Himalayan walking holiday experience. Having said that, it should be noted Technical Skill are not needed. The major hurdle is an altitude. Therefore, person having past medical history of lung, heart and blood diseases are extremely advised to consult your doctor before embarking on this journey.
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj .1 hr Flight.O/N at Hotel.
Day 04: Flight from Nepalganj to Juphal then trek to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m)
Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,660m) – 6 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek to Phosundo Lake (3,600m) – 7 hrs.O/N at Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m) – 6 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m) – 7 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 10: Cross the Kang La pass (5,151m) and trek to Shey Gompa (4,126m) – 7 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 11: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa. O/N at Camp.
Day 12: Cross the Saldang La pass (4,785m), and then trek to Namduna Gaon (4,400m) – 7 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Saldang (3,903m) – 4 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Sibu (3,942m) – 6 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 15: Trek to foot of the Jeng La (4,369m) – 5 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 16: Cross the Jeng La pass (4,845m), trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240m) – 7 hrs.O/N at Camp.
Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m) – 4.5 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 18: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 19:Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 20: Trek to Tarakot (2,281m) – 4 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 21: Trek to Dunai (2,052m) – 5 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 22: Trek to Juphal (2,404m) – 3 hrs. O/N at Camp.
Day 23: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to to Kathmandu.O/N at Hotel
Day 24: Farewell friend.