Round Upper Dolpa Trekking

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Round Upper Dolpa is one of the most famous adventurous trekking destination in Nepal which is located between the Tibetan level and the stunning Dhaulagiri ranges. After 1998 Upper Dolpa is officially opened as a trekking destination. Round Upper Dolpa trek is one of the isolated and pristine wilderness, near the Tibetan border of Nepal, which is also regarded as a region of mystical beauty and its beauty of aloofness makes to the various travelers feel a sense of adventure. It is also one of the popular shooting sites in Nepal. Round Upper Dolpa is the most beautiful and least developed district of Nepal which provide you an opportunity to explore beautiful valleys, local settlements, interesting places, gigantic mountains and greenery forest of rhododendrons, pines, oaks and many more. Beside this, you can also admire mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake, spectacular landscapes, isolated villages of Ringmo, the centuries-old monasteries and many more. This adventurous trek offers you to explore beautiful So-Phoksundo lake, the deepest lake of Nepal along with soaring snowcapped peaks, centuries-old Buddhist monasteries “Shey gompa”, a pristine lake which are major attractions of Round Upper Dolpa.
 
 We will begin our trekking from the Kathmandu, The capital city of Nepal. Then the way to Upper Dolpa offers you to witness native settlements, stunning Himalayans and let you admire the impressive Soo-Phoksundo Lake during your trail. From the Shey Gompa, we follow a part of the old Transport Himalayan Trade Route and return back to Jhuphal to finish our trek. The beauty of this trek is the wildlife and remote areas of Nepal. This adventurous Upper Dolpa trek offers you to encounter with native people of remote mountain and provide you an opportunity to learn their unique culture and traditions. Not only that you will also get chances to witness spectacular Soo-Phoksundo Lake, ancient Shey monastery and many more. The best time to visit this adventurous trek is in the spring and fall season (April, May, October, and November). In this season in Nepal, the temperature is fine and skies are clear which helps to make one of the best treks in Nepal.


outline Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 4 : Nepalgunj to Juphal

Day 5 : Juphal to Chhepka - (2838m)

Day 6 : Chhepka to Palam - (3820m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

Day 7 : Palam to Shey Phoksundo Lake - (3620m) 4 hrs Walk

Day 8 : Exploring Day

Day 9 : Trek to Salla Ghari - (3640m) - 5-6 hrs Walk

Day 10 : Trek to Lar Tsa - (4120m) 6 hrs Walk

Day 11 : Trek to Shey Gompa - (4320m) - 7-8 hrs Walk

Day 12 : Rest Day - Shey Gompa

Day 13 : Trek to Namgung - (4430m) - 6 hrs Walk

Day 14 : Trek to Saldang - (4046m) - 3 hrs Walk

Day 15 : Trek to Sibu - (4000m) - 6 hrs Walk

Day 16 : Trek to the foot of the Jengla - (4480m) - 4-5 hrs Walk

Day 17 : Trek to Tokyo Gaon - (4240m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

Day 18 : Trek to Dho Tarap - (4200m) - 2 hrs Walk

Day 19 : Trek to Serkam - (3623m.) - 7 hrs Walk

Day 20 : Trek to Tarakot - (2280m) 5 hrs Walk

Day 21 : Tarakot to Dunai - (2109m)

Day 22 : Trek to Juphal - (2404m)

Day 23 : Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 24 : Departure to your destination

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will warmly greet you and you will transfer to your hotel where you can do some rest and fresh yourself. In the evening, our representative will give you a brief explanation of the further trek. Overnight at hotel.


Day 2 : Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley

This day, we will manage you to visit major national and cultural heritage site; Pashupatinath, monkey temple Swyambhunath, Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, largest stupa called Bouddhanath and many more. Overnight at hotel.


Day 3 : Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will take a flight for Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Around 45 minutes flight takes you to the western part of Nepal, a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritage. It includes Bageshowri temple, Nepal one of the important Hindu temples.


Day 4 : Nepalgunj to Juphal

Today, after early breakfast we will reach Juphal, around 35-minute flight from Nepalgunj, offers you attractive areal views of snowcapped mountains. Juphal is a small beautiful mountain village, where you can get chances to interact with the native people of the mountain. Overnight at Jhupal.


Day 5 : Juphal to Chhepka - (2838m)

From today we will officially begin our trekking towards Chhepka, which is situated at the altitude of the 2838m. we have to descend through wheat and vegetable field to reach Thuli Bheri River. The further trail will lead you to the Shey Phoksundo National Park (SPNP), largest National Park with the area of 3,555km/sq, where you will get chances to encounter varieties types of floras and faunas. We will also follow wonderful Suli Khola where you will view stunning Dhaulagiri Range. there. The way to the Chhepka, you will witness forest of pine tree line spruce, fir, Juniper and Cyprus, bamboo forest and many more. Overnight at Chhepka.


Day 6 : Chhepka to Palam - (3820m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

In this day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will follow beautiful forest, side by a river. Today, our trail will be sometimes ascending and sometimes descend. On the way, we can witness the indigenous people with their mules as dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow). The further trail will lead us to Reechi village, Chumuwar, Amchi Hospital, and finally, reach Palam. Overnight at Palam.


Day 7 : Palam to Shey Phoksundo Lake - (3620m) 4 hrs Walk

Today, after early breakfast, we will trek around 4 hours and reach to a beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake. After exploration of Shey Phoksundo Lake, we will continue our trail following highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 107m high knows Phoksundo waterfall as known as sunlight waterfall. You will also get chances to explore ancient Buddha Lonpa Shanrab Miwo, Bon Kindom called Zhang, a powerful kingdom in present western and northwestern Tibet. It is believed that in the century Zhang was defeated by the Buddhist kingdom of Tibet and Bonpo disappeared completely, but still some people practice it. Overnight at Shey Phoksundo.


Day 8 : Exploring Day

Today is our rest day in the Shey Phoksundo Lake and get chances to admire beautiful Shey Phoksundo lake and visit native villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist religion. Overnight at Shey Phoksundo Lake.


Day 9 : Trek to Salla Ghari - (3640m) - 5-6 hrs Walk

This day, we will enter a restricted area of Upper Dolpo. We will follow the famous trail where the famous movie called CARAVAN of Eric Valli was cast. This trail is used by peoples of Dolpo and other trade with Tibetans. Ti is really adventurous to pass through the trail. When we reach the top we will have a beautiful view of Lane Ringmo, the dark green pine forests and snow-capped mountain to the South. We will have to descend first and ascend through a wide valley which will let us have a spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal (66612m) then we will reach an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lakeside camp, a beautiful place of camping. Overnight at a tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


Day 10 : Trek to Lar Tsa - (4120m) 6 hrs Walk

This day we will have Salla Ghari, trekking through between high rock walls on both sides and crossing a couple of streams. We will enter a narrow gorge where will set our camp. We can continue trek but there is the possibility of altitude sickness problem. Overnight at a tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


Day 11 : Trek to Shey Gompa - (4320m) - 7-8 hrs Walk

We will start trek by a long and strenuous climb of about 2 and a half hrs over a dusty path to Kang La (5350m), also called as Ngadra La. We have to descend through pass covered with snow which is very steeply and after about 3 hrs we will reach Shey Gompa, a very small village with a couple of houses and the Gompa. It is an 11th-century gompa, situated beneath the crystal peak on a small grassy plain, at the confluence of two rivers people believed that it was constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, who arrived here on the back of flying snow lion. It is also called the spiritual heart of Dolpo. Every year many pilgrims visit his gompa to make Kora (clockwise circuit) of crystal peak. Overnight at a tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


Day 12 : Rest Day - Shey Gompa

You can explore around Tsakang Gompa which is at about 457m. It is not really a monastery but a retreat. Tsakang had been a meditation center of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. In Dolpo, the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Many years ago he came to Dolpo and came across a wild people whose supreme God was a fierce mountain spirit. Crystal mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangju nala and Yeju nala. Near the confluence, there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Overnight at a tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


Day 13 : Trek to Namgung - (4430m) - 6 hrs Walk

To get to Namgung, we have to cross the pass Sheyla which is also called Geln La is about 5000m. While we are through the Glen pass, we can see a beautiful view of northern part of Tibetan plateau, which is the highest plateau in the world. To the east, we can see Mustang. After through pass, we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung. Peoples of Namgung heartily welcome us. It is a beautiful place with a friendly environment. Overnight at tented camp inclusive all board of meals.


Day 14 : Trek to Saldang - (4046m) - 3 hrs Walk

Our Trek to Saldang starts with climbing a treed slope. We have to ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to the picturesque village of Saldang, situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala and the biggest villages of lower Dolpo area. The village is prosperous, not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight at tented Camp inclusive of full board meals.


Day 15 : Trek to Sibu - (4000m) - 6 hrs Walk

We will leave Saldang village and on way to Sibu we have to pass through terraced fields, Stupas, Chortens mani and a Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having nearby four hundred inhabitants. It stretches 5km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. We will set camp near the small settlement of Sibu, right on the river bank. Overnight at tented camp inclusive of full board meals.


Day 16 : Trek to the foot of the Jengla - (4480m) - 4-5 hrs Walk

We will follow the line of the river valley and the trail is easy going initially. But after two hours, we must make another stream before turning into side valley where the rise becomes very sharp. Overnight at tented camp with the full board of meals.


Day 17 : Trek to Tokyo Gaon - (4240m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

To reach Tokyo Gaon we have to cross the Jeng La which is about 4850m. It will take about 2 hrs to climb to reach the top of Jeng La. Form the top of the peak we can have good views of Dhaulagiri, beautiful goldy views in the morning then we will descend towards Tarap valley. By the after we will see green valley which leads us by a beautiful trail down. Towards Tarap Chu. Tarap is a spectacular valley with vast plants in high mountains extending to twenty kilometers along the Tarap Chu River. It consists of ten villages with cultivated fields, many Gompas, and Chhortens. Overnight at tented camp with the full board of meals.


Day 18 : Trek to Dho Tarap - (4200m) - 2 hrs Walk

To reach Dho Tarap we will walk east along the downward lower of Tarap Chu. The trail is easy as it is well traveled. There are many mani walls, we can see but some of the Chhortens are in a bad situation. The French School is just outside the village of Dho Tarap. Dho is surrounded by an irregular stone wall and consist of thirty-four houses. Both Bonpo and Buddhist is inhabitant here. We will visit Buddhist Gompa where a Lama lives. He is very happy to show his monastery and might even let you see his private Gompa and the Thankas which he has made himself. Overnight at tented camp with the full board of meals.


Day 19 : Trek to Serkam - (3623m.) - 7 hrs Walk

The next two days are longish with a choice of several different campsites so the itinerary can be flexible. Your route follows the course of the Tarap Khola, generally downhill. You go through narrow gorges with the river rushing through. One may see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep, and goats and perhaps meet people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter. The afternoon brings more undulations in the path when it leaves the immediate course of the river. There is evidence of improvements to the trail where parts of the rock have been blasted out. You will also see the first of the modern steel suspension bridges which have been built to facilitate movement of people and animals. The track is very narrow in places. Overnight at a tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


Day 20 : Trek to Tarakot - (2280m) 5 hrs Walk

You leave Khanigoan by the new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river, sometimes going very high before reaching down to the water again. Some of the going are quite demanding and one bridge, said to have unusable for six years, necessitates crossing on wet stepping-stones. Coming into the broad fertile valley of the Barbung Chu, you walk amongst the various crops of millet, sweet corn, barley, buckwheat, green beans, chilies, and marijuana. Your lunch and night stop are high above the river but there is a standpipe for water. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning fort. Before the Gorkha dynasty, Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The famous Sandul gompa, which lies 8km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu, stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River and at one time supervised collections of tools for the trading caravans traversing an area called Tichu Rong. As an alternative to camping at Tarakot, you may camp down by the river as there are good cooking facilities there and a clean, locked toilet for trekkers use. Overnight at a tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


Day 21 : Tarakot to Dunai - (2109m)

Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will make our trail towards Dunai, which is situated at the altitude of 2109m. The way to the Dunai, we will have a gentle trail through beautiful scenic surrounding and small native settlements. We will walk beside the Bheri River and finally reach Dunai. Overnight at Dunai.


Day 22 : Trek to Juphal - (2404m)

Next morning, after early breakfast, we will make our step toward Juphal, which is situated at the summit of 2404m. The way to Jhuphal, you will pass beautiful native settlement with scenic surrounding and eventually, you will reach to Juphal. Overnight at Juphal.


Day 23 : Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, you can take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and again you will take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Todays, flight journey offers you Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.


Day 24 : Departure to your destination

Today is your departure day, our representative will drop you to the International airport for the final destination.


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Trip Facts

  Trip Code : AN/T-06
  Duration : 24 days
  Best Season : September to December and February to May
  Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  Accommodation : Hotel, Lodge

Trip Highlights

  • Adventurous camping trek to the remote trans Himalayan region of Nepal
  • Superb view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain and many more.
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district.
  • Explore remote areas of the western region.
  • Observe Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Crossing Kang La (5350m) and Jyagla pass.
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest lake of Nepal).

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