Upper Dolpo Trek 

24 Days

Nature rewards this isolated western part of Nepal with exceedingly amazing landscapes and serene beauty that resemble the ones of Roof of the world- Tibet. In places, the beauty of Dolpo by far surpasses the striking views people get to behold in Tibet. Explore Dolpo a company that solely targets to bring trekkers around the globe to Dolpo and its neighboring region undoubtedly is the expert of treks in Dolpo. Dolpo is a paradise unexplored.

Overview

The Dolpo region is familiar with the Tibetan Plateau, but it is yet to be unexplored. It has maintained its natural beauties although the territory is less frequent by the waves of modernization. However, making you an essential destination for trekkers who admire the value of serenity. Upper Dolpo Trek is a restricted area only opened for tourism since 1989. It belongs to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, and the Upper Dolpo trek route usually goes above 4000 meters, and this unknown land influences the Tibetan culture. So, this is a complete guide of Upper Dolpo trekking that helps you to plan a trek to Upper Dolpo with a one-in-a-million experience.

The trail goes on the way to leaving a small airstrip at Juphal and passes through the settlements. The views of the forest and high snow-capped mountains get to the deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake, which lies at 3600 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, the Kang – La Pass connects the Phoksundo valley and Shey Gompa. The Kang – La Pass is the highest point of the trek where you may see the beautiful mountains and landscapes. The Upper Dolpo trek joint with a visit to the Shey Gompa after the exploration of the Shey Phoksundo Lake. Shey Gompa and the crystal mountain provide a retreat and personal charm with the serenity since it possesses.

Despite the natural beauties and impressive scenery, the trail brings you the hidden Saldang and Yangtser Gumpa, which is about the secret of Upper Dolpo no one is talking about. Hence, the journey makes you a beautiful retreat of the Upper Dolpo region.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu

During the free day, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley. We conduct the pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet the trek guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

As per the flight schedule; about an hour superb airstrip to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. It is crossing a whole range of the western part of the Himalayas like Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Comparatively, it is warmer than Kathmandu. Nepalgunj lies near the Indian border.

It requires making a fight in Juphal in the morning. Forty-five minutes of amazing flight provides super visibility of Himalayan foothill, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mastiff. After reaching Juphal and arranging luggage and other kinds of stuff, then an easy walk to Dunai.

The first day of the adventure takes a bit more time to set up all the luggage. As we cross a bridge over the Bheri River takes a left trail that leads us to Shulighat, the entry point of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The trail goes along the Phoksundo Khola, passing through the several small settlements to Chhepka.

The trail goes gradually climbs up along the valley through the forest. The trail follows several small ups and downs paths; need to be cross the river over small bridges that lead you to Raichi for lunch. At one point between Raichi and Chunuwar, there is a dramatic point where two rivers of distinctly different colors merge to form a single Phoksundo River. Then we continue to walk to Chunuwar.

The trek goes steeply uphill for the first three hours. There is minimal vegetation, and hills are very dusty in the dry season. As we arrive at the view tower, we can see the highest waterfall in Nepal with a height of 107 meters, mind-boggling sceneries surrounding hills. Ten minutes uphill from the view tower, we can get the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake. Then, the trail goes gradually descending through the pine forest to the small village of Ringmo.

Today, we will admire the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and possibly hike a small village of Ringo and its Tibetan monasteries. The people of this area are following the Bon Buddhist known as pre-Buddhist too.

Ringo village is the boundary between Lower and Upper Dolpo. We will enter a restricted area of Upper Dolpo and follow the trail Oscar-nominated movie HIMALAYA, directed by Eric Valli. The trail is a salt trade route between the people of Dolpo and Tibet. The twisted trail is more adventures along the lake. As we reach a height of 4085 meters, after which it gradually descends through the dense forest and climbs up towards an open valley with a spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal with an elevation of 6612 meters. Then, we reach a beautiful camping place.

The Trekking trail is unique. We enter through high rock walls on both sides and cross a couple of streams without bridges. The river flows inside the gorge; the walk is uphill but not steep. There is wide open space on the river shore, with stony ground and thorny juniper bushes.

The trail goes inclined steeply for the first two and a half hours over Sandy Mountain to Kang-La with an elevation of 5350 meters. The feet slid at every step, and altitude sickness may take hold at this point. After walking down the hill from the pass for about 4 hours, we get to Shey Gompa.

You can explore around Tsakang Gompa. It is not a monastery but a retreat. Tsakang had been a meditation center of many great 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 the Shey monastery. It is an extraordinary mountain, indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a wide variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kwangju Nala and Yeju Nala. Near the confluence, there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels.

We have to cross a pass with a height of 5,000 meters named Shey-La. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil. The trail subsequently descends to the pastures. It means our approach to Namgung.

The trek leads us steeply climb up, feeling very hard as we arrive at 4700 meters pass. Then we walk down the picturesque village, Saldang. It is one of the largest villages of this region’s strategic location of the trade route to Tibet.

The trek goes to pass through the terraced fields, stupas, chhortens, mani wall, monasteries, and several villages. We walk along the gorge where the bottom is populated with the green field of local barley. As we arrive at the campsite, we need to cross a knee-deep river twice. A beautiful open ground, thorny juniper bushes are only the vegetation.

This is the last pass of the journey; mentality requires preparing. We walk up a mild horizontal along with a river site. We cross the river twice at some point in the trail for a long stretch. But towards ends become steeper. As we left valleys and villages, enter the barren hill, an almost highest camp of the journey.

Today, we cross the last pass of the journey that walks up steeply uphill to the pass. We can see the beautiful sceneries of the Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri and the barren lands of Inner Dolpo. The trail goes down from the pass, gradually descending at first then steep down towards Tarap valley. Further 2 hours walk from Tokyo Goan, we get to Dho- Tarap (the highest village of the Dolpo.) and a junction from where the route diverges to Jomsom, Mustang, and Tibet.

The trail leads you downhill in a windy gorge along the Tarap River. There are hanging ridges on both sides; sometimes, it even disappears between and under the hills. The trail goes through the narrow gorges with the rushing river. Many mules, horses, and Yak will encounter along the trail to transporting the goods. In the afternoon, the trail seems some improvement of construction and sees a modern steel bridge to facilitate the movement of people and animals.

The same course, walk along the river to the narrow gorge a gentle incline through the dense forest. Sometimes, several ups and downs appear along the trail due to the huge rocky stones that represent the quality of the trail and take attention while on trek possibility of slippery.

The trail is easy to walk gradually inclined along the shore of the River. The trail sometimes climbs to the top of the hill and sometimes deep to the level of the River open space trail that leads us to Dunai.

The trail retrace the steps to Juphal while the journey to mountain. Just walk along the motorable road to Kala gouda. A steep climb up to Juphal passing through the cultivated rice fields

Early morning, we take a flight to Nepalgunj. It is a wonderful 35- minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. You then catch up on the connection flight back to Kathmandu.

The day can occupy as security day in case of flight interruption. Alternatively, you have a chance to explore the Heritage site of Kathmandu if you arrived on the scheduled itinerary.

You will be transfer to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country

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Upper Dolpo Trek 
  • 24 Days
  • Jeng-La Base Camp (4480 m)
  • 15
  • 2pax to 12pax + Above
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