Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo trek, Situated in far western parts of Nepal, Dolpo, one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world, was closed to trekkers until 1989. Those that did get to visit this area needed special permission from the Government. With the changes in the regulations governing visits, a remarkable part of Nepal, hitherto almost unknown, has suddenly become a major destination for trekkers and adventure seekers.

It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles inside Nepal's northwestern border with Tibet, encompassing some thirty villages and monasteries at altitudes of eleven to fifteen thousand feet. Dolpo is in Nepal but, its people - in race, religion and culture, are Tibetan Buddhists descended from nomadic tribes who settled in this area around the tenth century. Being in Nepal, the Chinese occupation and subsequent "cultural revolution" of Tibet did not affect the Dolpo-pa (people of Dolpo), and their religion and culture has survived as one of the best preserved examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In fact, people living in certain pockets of the region practice Bon Po, an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism and which, some believe, is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it.

Lower Dolpo, the area opened to trekkers, is thickly forested with conifers and cut by gushing rivers. The upper portion of Dolpo, however, is an extension of the Tibetan Plateau and has the same wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet. The region was declared a National Park in 1984, making it Nepal's largest National Park and the only one encompassing a Trans-Himalayan eco-system. The national Park Status has helped preserve not only the culture but also the wildlife. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer which may be glimpsed along the trails and to a great variety of birds. Though rarely seen the blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard and the Himalayan wolf are also found in Dolpo.

 

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Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 2  Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 4 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
Day 5 Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
Day 6 Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Day 7 Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 8 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 9 Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Day 10 Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
Day 11 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12 Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Day 13 Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14 Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15 Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Day 16 Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
Day 17 Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
Day 18 Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
Day 19 Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
Day 20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 21 Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 22 Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 23 Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
Day 24 Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
Day 25 Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Day 26 Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 27 Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 28 Final departure.

Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Jungle safari in Chitwan National park and Everest Flight. 

Date & Cost

 

Cost Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping) during the trekking period including gears
  • National park fees and permits for dolpa region
  • Domestic airfare
    •Domestic airport tax
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Further Information
Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

Trip FAQ

Trip FAQ

Trek to Upper Dolpo area is restricted and moderate type trekking, can be attainable by many people nowadays. Our company provides you a porter and a guide with policy or travel insurance. People with very weak ankles, knee, hearts and lungs may have to suffer much difficulty in trekking.

Worrying for safety measurements? Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Alpine Eco Tour will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English language during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding language.

Trek to Upper Dolpo Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room. Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.


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