Upper Dolpo Trek
Duration: 21 Nights / 22 Days
Altitude: 5,190m
Location: Dolpo Region

Trekking in Nepal’s far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya. Expeditions into Dolpo can be challenging as the tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent, and organized tours are essential. But the rewards are worth it—Tibetan Buddhist culture, some of the oldest monasteries in the country, the spectacular Lake Phoksundo, rare wildlife and a real sense of being in the wilderness.

Phoksundo Lake is the best part of the entire Upper Dolpo trek which is more than 1500 feet deep. Its water is of greenish blue color surrounded by dense forest and snow-capped Himalayas. The path passes through a cedar forest and finally to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The houses here are almost buried in the sandy soil. From here our route heads up to open country, at an altitude of around 3,350m. From the ridge one can see the distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular 300m high waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Likewise, a large fraction of Dolpo has been set sideways as Shey Phoksundo National Park at 3,555 square kilometer. It has been home for blue sheep, Himalayan Black bear, leopards, wolves and the exceptional snow leopards.

Day 1 : Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 2 : Nepalgunj to Dolpo (Juphal) to Hanke (2660m): Fly early morning and trek.
Day 3 : Hanke to Samduwa: Trek.
Day 4 : Samduwa to Shey-Phoksundo Lake (3600m): Trek.
Day 5 : Rest at Shey-Phoksundo Lake: Excursion and acclimatization.
Day 6 : Shey-Phoksundo Lake to Baga~La (5090m) cross and camp: Trek.
Day 7 : Baga~La to Num~La base camp (5190m): Trek.
Day 8 : Num~La base camp to Chutung Dang (3967m): Trek.
Day 9 : Chutung Dang to Chibu Kharka (3915m): Trek.
Day 10 : Chibu Kharka to Saldang (4100m): Trek.
Day 11 : Saldang to Yang Tsser village (4300m): Trek.
Day 12 : Yang Tsser village to Karang (4100m): Trek.
Day 13 : Karang to Ramanan (4600m): Trek.
Day 14 : Ramanan to Samling Gompa (3800m): Trek.
Day 15 : Samling Gompa to Shey Gompa (4500m): Trek.
Day 16 : Rest day at Shey Gompa, visit Chakang Gompa: Excursion.
Day 17 : Shey Gompa to Yak Kharka (4500m): Trek.
Day 18 : Yak Kharka to Ringmu (3600m): Trek.
Day 19 : Ringmu to Rachi: Trek.
Day 20 : Rachi to Roha village: Trek
Day 21 : Roha village to Juphal: Trek.
Day 22 : Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Nepaljung - Juphal - Nepaljung - Kathmandu flight
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Tented Accommodation as per the itinerary during the trek
  • Permits and TIMs card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Soft drinks including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

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