Upper Dolpo trekking - itinerary
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m).
Welcome to Nepal, we wish you have a wonderful trip with us. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport one of our trek leaders welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening we will meet and take you for welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant is the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your great trek to Upper Dolpo. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation.
Breakfast at hotel, the day will start with our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including visits to the Pilgrimage sites of Hundus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and legendary Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre –trip meeting and introduce with guide and trekking staff. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj where we will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo region) (2300m) trek to Dunai, 2 to hrs walk.
After a pleasant stay at Nepalgunj, early morning transfer to airport for the 50 flight to Juphal over the Himalayan foothills with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Juphal our trekking crew will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gears and food supply taking 5 to 6 days. Here at Juphal a short 2-3 hours walk from the airstrip leads to our overnight camp at Dunai village. Our first day adventure begins with an hour downhill walk through the village below the airstrip, then leading through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2 to 3 hrs to camp at Dunai. Dunai is a much larger village or small township with a new hospital and it is administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Here we have some time for leisure walk around the village. Overnight under tent or at a local guest house.
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2860m), 5 to 6 hours walk.
Today our trek leads through many tiny streams and follow the Bheri and Barbung river in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river, after a good walk coming to Tarakot where colorful terraced fields greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. Tarakot was a capital before Gorkha dynasty. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu (river). The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight under ten or at a local guest house.
Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,540m), 3-4 hrs walk.
Our trail from here follows the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages of Sahartera and winding gradually towards a small settlement of Kola after 3-4 hrs of good morning walk. From this place descend with few ups to reach our overnight stay at Khani gaun with another 2 hrs of trek and overnight under tent or at a local guest house.
Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Our trek continues walking up the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it, at others rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. On the way we are likely to encounter people from Dolpo herding their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pasture for the winter. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. In some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed by the monsoon flood, and we may opt to cross the cold torrent on foot and overnight under tent or at a local guest house in Kamattarka village.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Today, as we continuing our journey we start our walk pleasantly and with most scenic landscapes and will reach at Yak Kharka. We will have lunch at the middle of the way. Overnight under tent or a local guest house in Yak Kharka village.
Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m), 5-6 hrs walk.
Our morning walks begins with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. At Dho, thirty -four houses are divided into three groups and built in a randomly way. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations and overnight under tent or a local guest house.
Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization.
Well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing today and chance to make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners for ages. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the village while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk. Overnight under tent or a local guest house.
Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m), 5-6 hrs walk.
After a wonderful time here at Dho Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilo meters along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buck wheat, wheat and potato. After 3-4 hrs of good walk in this perfect tranquility coming to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After a break here our walk continues farther up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach the camp beneath the Numa-la and overnight camp on the pasture field.
Day 12: Trek below Numala pass (4665m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Today, we start our trek after breakfast with scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. We will have short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we'll reach at the camp for overnight.
Day 13: Cross Numala (5,190m), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs walk.
This is one of the long and difficult days during the trek. Today we cross the highest pass during this trek where you may feel difficult but can be seen a great view takes 6-7 hrs and after top at Numala we will descends another bottom part known as Phedi and overnight under tent or at a local guest house.
Day 14: Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m) and camp, 5-6 hrs walk.
Our journey continues with after crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to Palungtang or farther for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass, depending upon the duration of walk and fitness of the people, if everybody is all right and on time, our trek might leads over the Baga-la to camp on the other side of this pass making it easier for the next day.
Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m), 6-7 hrs walk.
Morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a great moment here our walk leads to a descend for 2 hours through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo. Overnight under the tent or at a local guest house.
Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m).
The nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and with a great views overnight at camp.
Day 17: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Your day start after a night at this wonderful campsite besides the clear waters of the lake we retrace out steps back down to Sumlo from where we will follow the trail north west up the Pungmo Nala to the small B'on village of Pungmo . Camp is there up near the village after a half-day's walk. Having lunch ample of time to explore the village and the enthusiastic can visit the Bon monastery about two hrs walk up the hillside across the river from here. Overnight under the tent.
Day 18: Trek below Kagmara -La, 5-6 hrs walk.
Walking from Pungmo the trail leads up the valley along the left bank to cross it about two hours from here to the right hand bank. Views of the Kangchunne and Kanjiroba peaks are very nice along today's walk. The valley is well forested with Juniper and birch and wild animals like the musk deer inhabit this area. Further up the valley blue sheep might be seen on the mountain slopes. The trail climbs steadily turning westward once above tree line and keeping high above the river. Camp is made on same level ground below the Kangmara pass. Overnight under the tent.
Day 19: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m), 4-5 hrs walk.
An early start climbing steadily uphill to the pass at an altitude of 16100 ft; from here the summits of Kagwara I towards the south is visible nearby and many other peaks of the range also are visible. Views west towards the Sisne and Patrasi Himal and northwards to Kanjiroba are striking. The trail descends steeply towards the west and a long downfall walk will bring us to a small campsite below the peak of Kagmara Valley. The river we have been following this afternoon is called Garpung River.
Day 20: Trek to Hurikot village (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk.
Our trek following the Garpung Khola high above it along the right bank the trail turns north above the confluence with the Jagdulla Khola to descend down to the Army Check Post. After crossing the Jadulla khola to the right bank here the trail follows well forested valley to the village of Huyrikot where camp is set up for the night.
Day 21: Trek to Chaurikot (3060m), 5-6 hrs walk.
Today crossing the stream coming off the Jagdull Lekh the trail goes up along the ridge to the northwest to climb Barbarey Lekh Pass at an altitude of about 3810m/12,500ft. This is a longish gradual climb and the pass itself is along ridgeline quite unlike most passes. Views north towards the Kanjiroba Himal are very fine from here. Descending into a dense forest of pine, spruce, fir and oak camp is made in a forest cleaning beside of the river flowing down the valley. Overnight under the tent.
Day 22: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m), 5-6hrs walk.
Today our trek leading from camp below Barbarey Lekh follow the trail down stream through oak and pine forest to the village of Chorte another small settlement of newly established village. We set camp on fine meadows past the village.
Day 23: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m), 4-5 hrs walk.
We following the Tila stream the trail runs below the villages of Munigaun and the Kurigaun to climb up a side stream coming down from the left just short of Guthigaun climbing steadily the sheep farm at Guthichaur. This is our camping place for today. Overnight under the tent.
Day 24: Trek to Jumla (2,370m), 6-7 hrs walk.
Our last day of trekking begins by slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town. Overnight at guest house.
Day 25: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj.
Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it's in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj. We then connect with flight back to Kathmandu and received and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 26: Leisure at Kathmandu.
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Jumla. This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening join a fare well dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant with a live culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 27: Final transfer to Kathmandu airport.
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your flight back to home. Have a safe and sound flight to home! Hope to see you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.
Some essential questions and answers for Upper Dolpo trekking:
How can I book this trip?
Once you confirmed the trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.
How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is an easy and popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Europe, America, Australia, Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
Can I do Upper Dolpo trek?
Upper Dolpo trek is suitable for any adventure seeker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.
When should I come for Upper Dolpo trek?
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join a group and we try our best to find some other people to do this trip as a group trek. And you can also tell your friends, families and relatives that you are going to do this trek in Nepal so maybe some of your friends would like to join the trip! We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.
Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.
Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday's tours are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.
What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
In Kathmandu, we do provide standard hotel with breakfast and during the trekking, we provide you tent accommodation and local guest houses. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in a camp and lunches will be pack lunch en-route.
What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trek to Upper Dolpo is an amazing and adventure trip. We trek up to 5200m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info
What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.
Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.
Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).
Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of our company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.
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A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.
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