Upper Dolpo trek offers a real adventure trekking on remote and rugged natural unspoiled corner simply beyond the Himalayan valleys across western Nepal. This upper Dolpo region preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture where the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion is still in practice. High mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast surround this spiritual sanctuary that remain cut off by high passes closed by snow half the year.
Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. The finally preserved Eco system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of flora and fauna, including the blue sheep and elusive snow leopard. This upper Dolpo trek is one of the great trekking experiences in Nepal. It has given birth of Peter Matthiessens masterpiece and best selling book Snow Leopard and Eric Valli Oscar nominated movie CARAVAN (also known HIMALAYA) was featured in this isolated Himalayan sanctuary of Dolpo.
After exploring Kathmandu wonder historical sights and obtaining special permit for the upper Dopla trekking we take our flight to Juphal via Nepalganj. Following up Matthiessen footsteps, we trek north on to Shey Phoksundo National Park before joining ancient Nepal Tibet trade route and steep ascent to cross the Nangdola pass (5110m), enjoy the views of whole of Dolpo valley to Dhaulagiri and the snow capped peaks in boarder with Tibet. The scenery begins to change with the hills becoming shades of red, brown and gray. Eventually you can hear prayer flag fluttering at the top of the pass, and the view opens up dramatically looking east towards the snow peaks of the Kanjiroba and magestice Dhaulagiri range. We soon walk through the pleasant green pastures to the pristine Phoksundo Lake full of crystal deep blue fresh water contrasting with the weathered red and brown hills.
Trip to upper Dolpo trekking pass many mystical stunning peaks and witness the spiritual charms of remote monastery of Shey Gompa, which was established in the eleventh century and little has changed here since then. We cross over other two high passes: the Sela (5094m) and the Jyanta pass (5221m) before trekking descend to the Dho Tarap valley in our way to Juphal airstrip to end our historical trip of lifetime to upper Dolpa, the land of mystery, scenery and peace.
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Option-I : Juphal-Shey Gumba-Saldang-Dho Tarap-Juphal (26 days)
Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu / welcome dinner with cultural program
Day 02:Fly to Nepalgunj / stay at hotel
Day 03:Flight to Juphal, meet all camping trekking crew / start the Dolpo trek start.
Day 04 – 06:Trekking to Shey Phoksundo Lake, Nepal highest situated pristine lake.
Day 07-10:Trek / visit Shey Gompa after crossing Nangdola pass, witness the stunning beauty of Kangirowa Himal.
Day 11-12:Trek to Namgung / cross the Sela pass / Great view of Mustang and Tibetan snow peaks.
Day 13-14:Trekking to Saldang, explore the Trans Himalayan settlement
Day 14-17:Trekking to Tokyu village: cross the Jyanta pass: stunning views of massif Dhaulagiri.
Day 18-23:Trek to Juhpal via Himalayan settlements of Dho Tarap, Ghyamgar, Tarakot, Dunai.
Day 24 -25:Fly to Nepalgung and Kathmandu to end the upper Dolpa trekking / exploration day
Day 26:Trip ends / airport transportation.
Option-II:Upper Dolpa-Jomsom(Mustang) 24 days
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu/ (1400 m)
Day 02:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)/ flight
Day 03:Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m)/ flight and Juphal to Dunai/ 3 hrs trek.
Day 04:Dunai to Chhepka (2687m)/ 6 hrs
Day 05:Chhepka to Chunuwar (3110m)/ 6 hrs
Day 06:Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)/ 5-6 hrs
Day 07:Phoksundo – Rest day
Day 08:Phoksundo- Sallaghari/ 5-6hrs trek
Day 09:Sallaghari to Nangdala HC (4717 m)/ 5-6 hrs trek
Day 10:Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa/ ( 4280m) Crossing Nangdala pass (5240m)/ 5-6hrs
Day 11:Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa / 6-7 hrs crossing Shey La Pass (5100m)
Day 12:Namgong Gompa to Saldang/ 4-5 hrs camping.
Day 13:Saldang to Day hike to Yangjer Gumba/ 4599m
Day 14:Saldang to Khoma village
Day 15:Khoma village to Shimen
Day 16:Shimen to Tinje
Day 17:Tinje to Yak Kharka
Day 18:Yak Kharka (4780m) to Chharka / 5 hrs walk crossing Mola Pass (5030m)
Day 19:Chharka to Norbulung/ Nulungsumda
Day 20:Nulungsumda/ Norbulung to Ghalden Ghuldum (4247m) Crossing Niwala (5120m) and Jungbenla (5550m) passes.
Day 21:Ghalden Ghuldum/ (4247m) to Sangta/ (3777m)
Day 22:Santa to Phalyak/ (3175m)
Day 23:Phalyak to Jomsom/ (2720m)
Day 24:Jomsom to Pokhara/ flight and Pokhara to Kathmandu/ flight.
Option-III: Lower Dolpa Circuit Trek (16 days)
Day 01: Kathmandu – Vol pour Nepalganj.
Day 02: Nepalganj – Juphal : vol et debut du trek jusqu’a DUNAI (env. 3h1/2).
Day 03: Dunai – Tarakot (YALA KOTE) check-post des permis- env.6h de marche.
Day 04: Tarakot – Tarap Khola (Lahini Kharka).
Day 05: Tarap Khola – Bivo Caves (3500m d’altitude).
Day 06: Bivo Cave – Dho Tarap (4200m d’alt.).
Day 07: Dho : visite de l’ecole, des gombas,
Day 08: Dho – Takse (Numla Phedi).
Day 09: Takse – Numla Pass/ Camp de Baga La.
Day 10: Baga La – Bakhra Kharka.
Day 11: Bakhara Kharka – Ringmo.
Day 12: Ringmo – lac de Phoksumdo (visite).
Day 13: Ringmo/ Regi Gaon.
Day 14: Regi Gaon – Roha Gaon (Raktang).
Day 15: Roha Gaon – Juphal Airport.
Day 16: Juphal/ Nepalganj/ Kathmandu.