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Upper Dolpo trekking is a remote and unspoiled area lying near the Nepal-Tibet border and situated in the high altitude of Tibetan region in western Himalayan of Nepal. This region is rich in ethnic Tibetan arts, customs and tradition as mainly Tibetans are inhabited here. The people here rarely speak and understand the Nepali language as they mostly speak the Tibetan language. It is the Prohibited Kingdom and the Restricted area trekking destinations of Nepal. It was only since the eighties when this region was opened for trekkers and foreigners. Upper Dolpo trekking inaugurates at the north-west region behind the Dhaulagiri geological formation, towards the Tibetan highland. This region is the habitat of Himalayan wild animals such as Himalayan Blue Sheep, rare Snow Leopard and Musk Deer which makes it as Eco-trekking trail too.
Duration: 24 days Max Elevation: 5360m Group Size: 1 to 20 People
Accommodation: Hotels/ Tent Meal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Trip Routes: Nepaljung-Jhupal-Renge-Shey Phoksundo Lake-Shey Gumpa-Kang La Pass-Shaldang La Pass-Sibu-Do Tarap-Khanigaun-Dunai
Price Range: Price varies from the group of size. Please send us the email for further inquiry. Note: permit price per week 10$ per person for a foreigner.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Our tour guide or any representative team from Great Vision Trek and Expedition will pick you up and drop to your hotel. You have to book a hotel before your arrival.
Day 02: Trek preparation and city tour
For sightseeing we guide you to UNESCO world heritage site includes the Pashupatinath temple, Buddhist holy pilgrimage (Buddha and Shyambhu), Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar square. After took we drop you back to your hotel room through our private vehicle.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and stay at the hotel
Next day, we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepal experiencing Himalaya views. After we reach Nepalgunj, we will transfer to the Hotel we have booked.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and same day trek to Sulighat (2070m) 3 hours
After we take our breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Nepalgunj where we take a flight to Jhupal experiencing high mountains. After arrival at Jhupal, local porters will carry our luggage then we have our lunch then walk down towards Thuli Bheri Riverbank, passing the terraced field and beautiful village. The trail heads to the today’s destination Sulighat crossing the bridge. Here we stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 05: Trek from Sulighat to Renje (3010m)5-6 hours
Next morning we head to Renje. The trail passes through the bridge and heads Jyalhasa which is the settlement of Rimgmo village. Walking up and down the hill, we reach the trail junction to Phoksundo Lake then to Chepka. From Chepka, we climb up a small ridge crossing west side and continue upstream and finally reach range campsite.
Day 06: Trek from Renje to Ringmo Village (3640m) and Phoksundo Lake (3630m) 5-6 hours
From the Renje, we walk through up ridge then down the wooden bridge leading us to Pungma River and the Phoksundo River lying along the valley floor. We cross the Phuksundo River and to the forest of Birch and Chir pine from where we climb up to the Ringmo a charming village.
Day 07: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (3630m)4-5 hours
After breakfast, the hike continues peripheral the shore of the lake because it curves on a rocky ridge on the western bank of the lake. The path is uneven and is suspended on a gangway of wood that's maintained by pegs driven into the cleft within the rocks -the 1st example of the remoteness of the realm. As we have a tendency to reach the west fringe of the lake, the trail leads through lush grassland that later reveals into the floodplain of the Phoksundo stream. From here forward, we practice the vale, cross the stream and avoiding the rare boggy land will stop today’s hike at the bank of the Phoksundo stream. Overnight camping close to Phoksundo stream.
Day 08: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4120m) 6-7 hours
After taking breakfast, we continue our trail from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,120m) which takes about 6 to 7 hours of walk. During the trail, we come across Ghyampo Kapuwa River through a glacial valley, cross the wooden bridge. Through the top, we can view Kang La pass. We will camp in Bhanjyang.
Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4390m) Via Kang La- Pass (5160m) 5-6 hours
We wake up early, have breakfast and head to Kang La pass. The steep path affected by slate talus makes the walk quite strenuous. The highest of the past presents the superb read of the big vale cut across into 2 halves by a gushing watercourse. As we tend to descend from the pass, the trail leads us on an extended winding trek on the banks of the river that needs to be crossed it many times. we walk past the grassland and also the previous roving hut of the herders. Before long we'll see a red chorten that marks our arrival at the Shey Gompa. We stay overnight.
Day 10: Acclimatization day
Today, each with the aim of exploration and acclimation we visit a monastery, Shey Gompa and also the Crystal Mountain, engineered throughout the eleventh century. The monastery belongs to the Chaiba community, who are the followers of saint Padmasambhava and is that the 1st Kagyaupa monastery. Shey Gompa is found higher than the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala stream. When exploring the monastery we additionally visit the crystal mountain and so go back to the camp for overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek from Shey Gumpa to Namgung Village (4430m) via Saldang La- Pass (5010m) 6-7 hours
The Namgung Village is the destination set for the day. At first, the path is pleasant because it runs through the juniper and descends into a grey, stony canon. Then a zigzag path over blank rocks and coarse scoured soil can lead us to the highest of Saldang La. The long, exhausting path steeply descends north till we see the primary sight pastures of grazing yaks and sheep and wandering tents. This is often an indication that we are approaching towards the Namgung village. Before long we are going to see a red stone structure build against the background of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The structure is the Namgung monastery of the Karma-pa sect that has currently folded. We are going to explore the monastery, village and therefore the close area. The night is spent in the tented camp in Namgung village.
Day 12: Trek from Namgung to Salang (3660m) 4-5 hours
Leaving the gorgeous village of Namgung, we are going to head towards today’s destination, after breakfast. Initially, we ascend a formation slope then continue on the dust-covered barren mountains. after some hours of an arduous climb, we will be greeted by the picturesque read of Saldang (the largest village of the Inner Dolpo) below on a highland high on top of the Nam Khongmala. we walk all the manner all the way down to Saldang. If time permits, we additionally explore the village and also the manner of individuals living in the village. The night is spent in an exceedingly camp in Saldang village.
Day 13: Trekking from Sadlang to Yangjze (4960m) 4-5 hours
After breakfast, the path heads towards the north from Sadlang Yangze Gompa. A reasonably gradual path with few ups and downs on the Nagon river also will make us walk past the little settlement like coating, Kigaon, and Lurigaon. we cross the bridge over the Panjyang river and a brief walk from here will lead us to a seldom-explored space of this region, the Yangjze Gompa – an awfully old Bon-Po monastery. we'll pay the remaining day exploring the monastery and also the village. Overnight in an exceedingly camp in Yangjer Gompa.
Day 14: Trek from Yangjze to Sibu (4560m) 6-7 hours
Our today’s destination is Sibu. There area unit 2 path choices to Sibu. However, so as to avoid wasting time, we tend to retrace the trail leading towards Saldang village. As we reach Saldang, following the river bed we walk past the stupas, terraced fields, Namdo, chortens, mani stones, Chaiba monastery, and many stones village placed left of the Nam Khong river. From here, we more continue for about 2 hours to achieve the destination, Sibu. The night is spent in an exceedingly tented camp in Sibu.
Day 15: Trek from Sibu to Jeng- La Phedi (4900m) 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we depart from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi. First, we continue following constant Nam Khong stream. However, later we flip east and continue till we stumble upon the confluence of 2 tiny tributaries. From here, we walk all the far to rock bottom (Phedi) of the Jeng La. The night is spent in a tented camp in Jeng La Phedi.
Day 16: Trek from Jeng- La Phedi to Do Tarap (4080m) via Jeng- La Pass (5090m) 6-7 hours
After breakfast at the Phedi, around 2 hours of an uphill climb can take us to the highest of the Jeng La pass that greets us with an exquisite view of snow ranges and therefore the north face of mountain peak geological formation. When spending your time here on the pass, we descend through rough path towards the Tarap valley. Round the afternoon, we return to the inexperienced valley, that more leads us on a nice track down towards Tarap Chu. On the way, we conjointly visit Tokyu monastery belonging to Chaiba sect. The path more leads east on the downhill course of Tarap Chu in an exceedingly plain valley with patches of lush abundant grass on each side of the stream. After a brief trek within the valley, we reach Do Tarap. The night will be spent in an exceedingly tented camp in Do Tarap.
Day 17: Acclimatization day
After seven days of effortful walk, this day is about aside for exploration and acclimatization. Therefore, after we have our breakfast, we began for a leisurely half day excursion up to the valley to Dero Gompa and Shipchok Gompa –a faculty of Bonpo. We conjointly visit Ribo Bhumpa Gompa higher than the village, restored within the year 1955 and also the village of Do Tarap. The night will be spent in a tented camp in Do Tarap.
Day 18: Trek from Do Tarap to Tarap Khola (3800m) 6-7 hours
After breakfast, the path descends towards the wide valley then into the gorge. we then walk on the juniper bushes and wild roses, simply on top of the timberline. Around the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and also the Lang stream. We walk more towards the grassland in Karmakharka, where we started our camp for the long stay. If time permits, we are able to conjointly go and visit near caves. The night is spent in a tented camp.
Day 19: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaun ( 3150m)
After breakfast, we continue on a path down the gorge of Tarap River. We walk past several possible campsites by the river, narrow deep gorges, stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls acting as the bridge. We'll continue till we reach the encampment spot beside the Tarap River at Khanigaon. The night is spent in an exceedingly tented camp in Khanigaon.
Day 20: Trek from Khanigaun to Dunai (2030m) via Tarakot (2537m) 5-6 hours
We walk through the dense forest and gorge continuing the river flow downstream to reach Tarakot. We cross the terraced fields, cross the bridge and descend down the bank of Thuli Bheri River leading us to Dunai. We stay overnight.
Day 21: Trek from Dunai to Jhupal (2330m)3 hours
From Dunai, we continue our walk to the flat trail along Thuli Bheri River, crossing terraced fields and villages, we will reach Jhupal which is about 3 hours of walk.
Day 22: Jhupal to Nepaljung
We have a flight that takes you from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. After arrival in Nepalgunj, we will go to a Hotel and relax.
Day 23: Nepaljung to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Next morning, we will take a flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Then head to Hotel where you can relax, have fun and have delicious dinner.
Day 24: Final Departure
This is your last day in Kathmandu so you can enjoy your meal, go shopping before a flight. Our representative with driver will take you to the airport for departure.