Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper Dolpo Trekking

( 19 NIGHTS / 20 DAYS )

overview

Upper Dolpo is one of the most popular region for trekking in Nepal. It lies between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. In the book, ‘The Snow Leopard’ author Peter Matthiessen describes the awesomeness of the subtle beauty and sophisticated face Nepal’s abundance of natural resources. Home to the rarely seen snow leopards, the blue sheep and many such animals, the Upper Dolpo region leaves you with a feeling for being fulfilled and rejuvenated naturally in the paradise of hills, mountains, rivers and forests.

The Upper and Lower Dolpo treks in Nepal begins and ends at Juphal. The settlement of the villages is 4,000m above sea level. The Tibetan Buddhist culture with a mix of Hindu culture serves as an excellent example of peace and harmony. One of the most beautiful confluences can be seen on the trek to Khanigoan. The experience of walking across the narrow gorges, on riversides and near waterfalls in Upper Dolpo is simply priceless. During the Upper Dolpo Trek 19 Night 20 Days, you will be acclimatizing as you tread along your trek-mates to Buddhist monasteries and vantage points for stunning views of the Himalayan regions.

itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival at the Tribhuwan Int`l Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m) & transfer to hotel.

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan Int`l airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying our agency signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. In hotel, welcome drink followed by tour briefing. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02

    Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

    Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 03

    Kathmandu to Nepaljung

    Fly to Nepalgung, a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal, and stay overnight in this transit city.

  • Day 04

    Nepaljung to Dunai (2796m) via Juphal (2354m)

    We will leave early in the morning on the only flight out to Juphal. It is a short flight with wonderful views of the precipitous hillsides and river valleys. The airstrip at Juphal is at an altitude of 2354m, so we will have a relatively easy trek as we walk along the Thuli Bheri River to Dunai.

  • Day 05

    Dunai to Tarakot (2550m)

    We follow our trail eastwards out of Dunai, along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri ascending slowly upstream on a good trail. We will cross the river many times as we will come closer to our campsite below the fortress of Tarakot village. After dropping our luggage it is worth a climb to the village for a look around (5 hrs).

  • Day 06

    Tarakot to Khanigoan (2540m)

    The trek of today to Khanigoan goes alongside terraced fields following the Barbung Khola river and crosses to the western bank just below its confluence with Tarap Khola. After a few ups and downs the trail crosses this river on a 120m-long, high suspension bridge. At 2540 meter there is a place to camp on the banks of the Tarap Chu (chu is Tibetan for river) in a lovely cedar grove (4 hrs).

  • Day 07

    Khanigoan to Chheur (3610m)

    The Tarap Valley narrows up in a tight V shape gorge ahead. Climbing through cedar forests and fields of cannabis over the tops of some spectacular landslides. The new trail here is excellent, with stone steps and tunnels blasted out the rock through the steepest part of the gorge. The river drops steeply alongside the trail – 600 meter in only 3 kilometre. Finally the gorge opens up at Lahini which is a rough grass slope at 3160 meter. Beyond this the trail passes through grassy meadows, gravelled river beds and one can see waterfalls spraying from the rock walls. We continue climbing over ridges, with the usual ups and downs, to another crest at 3600 meter. The trail stays high for a while before descending to a rushing side stream, the Tilba Khola, at 3570 meter. We have to climb one more ridge to arrive at our campsite at Chheur, where there are large rose shrubs, yellow poppies and magenta-blooming legumes (6-7 hrs).

  • Day 08

    Chheur to Sishul Khola (3770m)

    Our trail stays at the west bank of the river, making some short climbs before reaching Nawor Pani, a shelter at 2620 meter. The valley turns a bit to the west as the trail makes its way to a grassy meadow and crosses and recrosses the Tarap Chu a few times on a series of log and stone bridges. After crossing the Tarap Chu on a very short bridge where the river emerges from a narrow, steep gorge we climb further on the east bank through a true trans-Himalayan landscape to a chorten (Buddhist prayer temple) on a ridge at 3870 meter. We enter ‘blue-sheep country’ now; there are numerous herds living among the yellow rocks and cliffs. We descend from here to the Sishul Khola river, where there is a grassy campsite (5 hrs).

  • Day 09

    Sishul Khola to Do Tarap (4080m)

    We start by climbing gently to two weatherworn chortens atop a ridge. From here the trail is rocky as is traverses beneath cliffs to a bridge at 3890 meter where we cross to the east bank. We continue climbing up the canyon alongside the river. It will not be long before we see the white Ribo Bhumpa gompa ahead of in Do Tarap. We will continue with a short climb alongside a line of ancient chortens to Do Tarap, where there is a camp site in a grassy meadow south of the village (4 hrs).

  • Day 10

    Rest day for acclimatization

    Visit monasteries during day trip. Crystal Mountain School

  • Day 11

    Do Tarap to Tok-khyu High Camp (4390m)

    Our path heads west out of Do Tarap past a cluster of stone house and past the Crystal Mountain School, which is the first serious attempt to bring education to this remote region. Beyond the school a trail leads uphill to Ga Kar (‘white mountain’) village. We continue our way up the valley to Trangmar (red cliff) and Dorje Phorba gompa at 4170 meter. We continue on to Tok-Khyu village at 4180 meter and from here it is about an hour further following the stream to the campsite at 4390 meter (6 hrs).

  • Day 12

    Tok-khyu High Camp to Pelungtang (4465m)

    We will have to start early to pass the Numa La pass (5318m) under the best circumstances. We have to climb steeply up a grassy slope to a ridge where there are several mani walls and a chorten at 4580 meter. We climb further up along a moraine to Numa La pass, which is about 4 hrs past our high camp. On a clear day we will have excellent views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). From the pass we descend into an U-shaped, rocky valley. We follow the river here downstream and cross it on a combination of rocks and logs and climb back up again on the south bank which climbs gently but continually to a good camp site in a meadow at 4465 meter. This area is known as Pelungtang; tang in Tibetan means meadow (7 hrs).

  • Day 13

    Pelungtang to Dajok Tang (3800m)

    Today is a tough day when the pass is covered with snow, but it is not really difficult when the route is clear. It takes about 3 hrs to reach the Baga La pass (5190m) marked by prayer flags and cairns. From the pass one can see several snow clad peaks including the Kanjiroba massif. We descend steeply down from the pass until our trail levels out staying high above the stream until we enter a huge valley at 4390 meter. From here we make a final descent on steep switchbacks to Dajok Tang (‘prayer flag meadow’) at 4080 meter. The stream drops besides the trail in an impressive series of step-like waterfalls. This is truly a spectacular valley, with a large moraine, said to encompass a lake, at its head and numerous waterfalls shooting of near-vertical rock cliffs. We continue for a short while before reaching our campsite of today (6 hrs).

  • Day 14

    Dajok Tang to Phoksumdo Lake (3730m)

    The trail today remains on the right bank of the Sanu Bheri. It is a magnificent trek with wonderful views every step of the way. In some places there are broad meadows and in others the valley teeters along steep hillside. Along the trail we will see Norbu Kang (6005m), Kagmara peak and other peaks of Kanjelaruwa. Eventually the trail emerges onto an area with thorny shrubs and descends a bit, then climbs on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780 meter. From here is a great view across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksumdo Khola river. The trail levels out again and re-enters the forest as it climbs to another ridge at 3820 meter. It descends gently through a blue pine forest to the national park camping ground near Phoksumdo Lake. It’s a spectacular lake of 4.8 km long and 1.8 km wide. It is said to be 650 meter deep. There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the water brilliantly clear and it has an aquamarine like colour.

  • Day 15

    Phoksumdo Lake to Renje (3010)

    Today we descend to the village of Renje, first crossing the picturesque village of Ringmo, with its flat roofed stone houses and many mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. Ascending through birch forests we will follow our trail past the spectacular 200 meter high waterfall coming from Phoksumdo lake, this is the highest waterfall of Nepal. We keep following this river downwards crossing it many times till we reach our campsite at Renje (5 hrs).

  • Day 16

    Renje to Chepka (2670m)

    Also today we will follow the river further downwards making many ups and downs alongside it. We will go through forests of firs and larches till the trail becomes more rocky and forming a dyke on the side of the river. If we are lucky the small village of Chepka has just been restocked by cargo helicopters and we will be able to buy some refreshments like soft drinks or cold beers. We will camp on a meadow next to a walnut grove (5 hrs).

  • Day 17

    Chepka to Juphal (2490m)

    Today we walk to the region famous for its lotus-like plant called chuk, which is used to make vinegar and medicines. We pass through the villages of Ankhe, Rahagaon and Parela, meaning ‘eye’, ‘eyebrow’ and ‘eyelash’ respectively. We keep walking downstream following the river to Dunai. From here we ascend to Juphal climbing through wide meadows. In Juphal we will spend the night in one of its hotels where a well deserved hot shower awaits us (7 hrs).

  • Day 18 & 19

    Juphal to Nepalgunj/Kathmandu

    From Jumla we fly back to Nepalgunj and then fly to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 20

    Airport Drop

prices

Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board

include/exclude

cost include
  • Meet / Greet with flower on arrival terminal of Kathmandu international airport.
  • Transfer from International airport to hotel (vehicle will be provided as per group size). Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks on arrival at Hotel.
  • 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel on twin sharing basis for 03 nights with bed and breakfast.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary.
  • Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley covering major UNESCO listed sites.
  • Three course of delicious meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.) Depending on the types of Trekking.
  • Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route.
  • Travel crews including local Guide, Sherpa, Cook, Kitchen boy, Porter. The total no of crews are fixed as per the group size & route.
  • Trekking equipments including Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Toilet Tent, Shower Tent, Shower Bag, Table and Chair, Sleeping Bag, Mattresses and Pillows Etc.
  • All meals, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance and other expenses of travel crews.
  • Annapurna Conservation fees & TIMS permit.
  • First aid kit box / Gamow Bag / and other supplement equipments for high altitude treks such as; Upper Dolpa, Nar-Fu, AmphuLapcha, TashiLapcha, Manaslu round, Upper Kanchenjunga, Makalu high pass, Round Dhaulagiri, etc.
  • Emergency rescue services by helicopter from any parts of the country. (But not included in tour cost)
  • Trek memorial souvenir.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant) including transfers.
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu international airport
  • All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
  • One Trekking Map for each Member.
cost exclude
  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VEHICLE ALLOCATION

Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 ADULTS Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 ADULTS Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
11–14 ADULTS Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
15–21 ADULTS Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22–30 ADULTS Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31–35 ADULTS Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

HOTELS WE USE

Properties Kathmandu
Luxury Hyatt  Regency / Dwarikas Village
5 Star Deluxe SoalteeCrawn Plaza /Yak & Yeti / Annapurna / Radission
5 Star Everest / Shangri – La / Hotel Malla
4 Star Airport Hotel / Grand / Vaishali / Royal Singi
3 Star Manaslu  / Manang / Samsara Resort
Standard Hotel Thamel / Moonlight / Hotel Harati

Note

TRIP PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Payment Terms :

  • 30  % payments : At the time of confirmation.
  • Full payment: 7  Days Prior to Nepal arrival in our account only.

 

Cancellation:

  • 60 – 30 days prior to departure 10% of the tour cost
  • 29 – 15 days prior to departure 20% of the tour cost
  • 14 to 7 days prior to departure 40 % of the tour cost.
  • 6 days or less no refunds

 

Our cancellation policy applies in every instance. There will be no exception for any reasons therefore; we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. This low cost insurance protects all deposits and payments should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness. Should you or anyone in your choice purchase this insurance, please deal directly with the insurance company. Baggage and accident insurance are also available.

 

 

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