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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek is Restricted Special Trekking Area of Nepal

Upper Dolpo Trek route is a remote and unspoiled area near the Tibetan border of Nepal. It brings you into a mystical land where centuries-old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions, interwoven with shamanistic influences, are still an important part of daily life. This trekking is one of the most adventurous trips of this region.  This trekking route is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The villages, gompas and people you meet during this trek will leave an unforgettable impression on you. In this trekking route we can see the Snow Leopard, Peter Mathesons describes his journey. Exploring the hidden religious and cultural treasures makes the trip momentous adventure. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. The landscapes here are even more desolate and the villages even more isolated and pure and camping is still necessary for this adventure. Only in the late eighties it opened for trekkers.

Upper Dolpo Trek is the most remote and least-developed district in Nepal and so travelers are rarely visited this area because of high passes trail. The trek is very adventurous and bit difficult and expensive and no pack animals can go through the trail only man power will be used. It also passes through Lower Dolpo, at one time a small kingdom in its own right and the main highlight is Shey Gompa, but lesser-known places include Saldang and Dho Tarap. The people of this region mostly speak Tibetan languages and in this region rarely some people can understand Nepali language. This is only the trek in Nepal that gives you the real experience and realization of the real old Tibetan culture and tradition. The best season for this trekking route is before May or after October because during the agricultural season in the regions nobody is allowed to enter the villages and but the trek in October is still highly recommended. the local train and specialize Government license holder Trekking Guide lead to trekking.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 02: Full day Sight Seeing Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: By Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hour
Day 04 Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai (2150m)
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2540m) 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Laini Odar (3375m.) 4-5 hrs
Day 07: Lain Odhar to Nawarpani (3950m) 6 hour
Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (3950m.) 6/7 hrs
Day 09: At Dho Tarap for Acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 11: Trek below Numala pass (4665m/15301ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 12: Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5-6 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Rest day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)
Day 16: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 17: Trek below Kagmara -La, 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Hurikot village (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Chaurikot (3060m/10036ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 21: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5-6hrs
Day 22: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 23: Trek to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 24: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 25: Final International Departure

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Arrival in Kathmandu, The representatives by Everest Trekking Routes will welcome to you at TIA Upon your Arrival. We transfer to hotel overnight stay.

Day 02: Full day Sight Seeing Kathmandu Valley

After the breakfast, we spend the whole day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley as major point. One of the biggest Stupa in the world, Bouddhanath stupa and Monastry, Old heritage Buddhist temple Soyembhunath and Monastry, Kathmandu Durbar Squer Kumari temple and Patan Durbar Squar krishna temple. The kathmandu sightseeing is real Nepalese traditional culture and heritage touring, After tour will back to hotel and preparation the Lower Dolpo trip overnight stay hotel.

Day 03: By Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hour

After breakfast Kathmandu to Nepalgunj take an hour’s by domestic air, after flight take lunch and visit to Nepalganj City which is biggest city in Southern part of Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04 Fly Nepalgunj- Juphal / Trek Juphal- Dunai (2150m)

After breakfast flight to Juphal take 30 minute by little domestic air and trek to Dunai. Beginning trail is descends and wind cooler through pass several local village continue edge of river side. We will see on the way many of water mill to granted flower from white, corn, millet and some other food. The elevation of Dutai (2125m) the Dunai is middle town has Police check post, school and government offices. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2540m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek to Tarakot following the bheri river bitten track of trail. We will pass several local villages and some Buddhist monastery and also mani wall stones with cultivating field. The tarakot is small settlement of which is thuli very river famous and ancient independent kingdom of Tichorung. And stay overnight at Camp.

Day 06: Trek to Laini Odar (3375m.) 4-5 hrs

 After breakfast trek to tarakot and wonderful landscape and several pass which is Laisicap (2775m.) and Kaigaun (2950m.) Excellent Himalayan scenery Including Putha himchuli, Churen himal and others beauty nature’s stay overnight at Camp sited.  

Day 07: Lain Odhar to Nawarpani (3950m) 6 hour

After breakfast trek to Nawarpani it takes 6-7 hours spectacular Himalayan scenery and several pass Chhyugar (3440m.) and Taltol (3530m.) toward the deepest gorges with scary cliffs stay overnight at Campsite.

Day 08: Trek to Dho Tarap (3950m.) 6/7 hrs

After breakfast trek to Dhor Tarap wonderful trekking along the bank of Larap khola via Ghyamghar and Langa, The Dho Tarap fascinating settlement of that manifests the real attributes Lower dolpo. Famous settlement of lower dolpo Nestles high above the wide valley and stay overnight at camp.  

Day 09: At Dho Tarap for Acclimatization

Acclimatization day at Tarap Explore Dho Tarap visit to beautiful Monastery  like Ringo Bumpa Monastery which is secrete monastery build by Jimge Nyima  Gyaltzen and lama tenzing  Tragye 1000 years ago . To get rid of spirits wondering in the region, Amazing architecture of samye Monastery in Tibet, 12th Century Lots of history related and general information explain by mountain guide. And stay overnight at Camp.  

Day 10: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs

After breakfast Trek to Tkyo gaun, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilo meters along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buck wheat, wheat and potato. After 3-4 hrs of good walk in this perfect tranquility coming to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After a break here our walk continues farther up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach at Tokyu gaun overnight campsite.

Day 11: Trek below Numala pass (4665m/15301ft), 4-5 hrs walk

After breakfast trek to Nmala Pass, we start our trek after breakfast with scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. We will have short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we'll reach at the camp stay overnight at campsite.

Day 12: Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs

After breakfast trek to Phedi. Today we cross the highest pass during this trek where you may feel difficult but can be seen a great view takes 6-7 hrs and after top at Numala we will descends another bottom part known as Phedi and overnight campsite.

Day 13: Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek to Baga La pass with after crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. After a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to Palungtang or farther for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass, depending upon the duration of walk and fitness of the people, if everybody is all right and on time, stay Overnight at campsite.

Day 14: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6-7 hrs

After breakfast Trek to Ringmo a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a great moment here our walk leads to a descend for 2 hours through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo. Stay overnight at campsite.

Day 15: Rest day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)

Today we are Explore day and Acclimatization at Ringmo, the nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and with a great views overnight at camp.

Day 16: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4-5 hrs

After breakfast trek to Pungmo Village and start after a night at this wonderful campsite besides the clear waters of the lake we retrace out steps back down to Sumlo from where we will follow the trail north west up the Pungmo Nala to the small B'on village of Pungmo . Camp is there up near the village after a half-day's walk. Having lunch ample of time to explore the village and the enthusiastic can visit the Bon monastery about two hrs walk up the hillside across the river from here. Stay overnight at Campsite.

Day 17: Trek below Kagmara -La, 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek to Kagmara, Walking from Pungmo the trail leads up the valley along the left bank to cross it about two hours from here to the right hand bank. Views of the Kangchunne and Kanjeilarwa peaks are very nice along today' walk. The valley is well forested with Juniper and birch and wild animals like the musk deer inhabit this area. Further up the valley blue sheep might be seen on the mountain slopes. Stay overnight at campsite.

Day 18: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4-5 hrs

An early start climbing steadily uphill to the pass at an altitude of 16100 ft; from here the summits of Kagwara I towards the south is visible nearby and many other peaks of the range also are visible. Views west towards the since and Patrasi Himal and northwards to Kanjiroba are striking. Stay Overnight at Campsite.

Day 19: Trek to Hurikot village (3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek to Hurikot village,Our trek following the Garpung Khola high above it along the right bank the trail turns north above the confluence with the Jagdulla Khola to descend down to the Army Check Post. After crossing the Jadulla khola to the right bank here the trail follows well forested valley to the village of Huyrikot stay overnight at Campsite.

Day 20: Trek to Chaurikot (3060m/10036ft), 5-6 hrs

After breakfast trek to Chaurikot to crossing the stream coming off the Jagdull Lekh the trail goes up along the ridge to the northwest to climb Barbarey Lekh Pass at an altitude of about 3810m/12,500ft. This is a longish gradual climb and the pass itself is along ridgeline quite unlike most passes. Views north towards the Kanjiroba Himal are very fine from here. Stay Overnight at lodge.

Day 21: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5-6hrs

After breakfast trek to Chorte Gompa and from camp below Barbarey Lekh follow the trail downstream through oak and pine forest to the village of Chorte another small settlement of newly established village. Stay overnight at Campsite.

Day 22: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4-5 hrs

After breakfast Continue to following the Tila stream. The trail runs below the villages of Munigaun; The Kurigaun to climb up a side stream coming down from the left just short of Guthigaun climbing steadily the sheep farm at Guthichaur Stay overnight campsite.

Day 23: Trek to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6-7 hrs

After breakfast trekking begins by slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. Stay overnight lodge.

Day 24: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it's in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj; when we arrived in domestic airport in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel stay overnight at hotel.

Day 25: Final International Departure

We will drop you to the TIA for your final departure and happy journey your hometown, hope to see you again and good bye.

Manual Note :

According to plan extend date on trip above the custom Itinerary the cost will be additional. We cannot guarantee it if weather, road condition bad, and vehicle breakdown mountain acute sickness for trekkers. We will try to ensure that our official schedule trip run, And if you have more extra days pre-plan then let us inform we assist by your requirement.

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