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Trip Facts

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Best Season :
May to October
Trip Grade:
Challenging
Starting From:
Juphal
End Point:
Jomsom
Altitude:
Juben la, 5520msl
Per Day Hiking:
4-6 hrs
Accomodation:
Hotel and camping
Transportation:
Flight, Trekking and Drive
Hotel nights:
6 nights
Camping nights:
22
Phone Network Access:
Partly

Highlights

  • Enter Nepal’s largest national Park- Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • Admire the gorgeous waterfall and azure Phoksundo Lake.
  • Explore the secluded “Upper Dolpo” region that lies beneath Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif.
  • Walk along the path where the movie “Caravan” was filled.
  • Visit Shey Gompa and admire the beautiful views of Tibetan plateau. Trek along world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandagi valley.
  • Trek to Jomson.

Overview

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper dolpo Trek is a remote trekking experience that takes you to the mystic land.  As well as it is an ancient land of Buddhist. This region is not only known for its mystic land but also for its natural beauty. Also this remote region is very rich in its natural stunning beauty and culture.

Firstly the trekking route passes many gigantic mountain ranges. Mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, etc. Similarly, the wild rugged natural beauty, remoteness and stunning mountain make this trek more enthusiastic for the trekkers. Dolpo is a home for about 5000 people who still practice Pre Buddhist Bon Po religion. Nonetheless they are engage in agriculture for livelihood. As a matter of fact, Guru Rinpoche created Dolpo as sanctuary for Buddhist devout by separating it from world by high mountains and snow covered passes.

The Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo also known as Shey Gompa. It’s a magical place, locate at the base of Crystal Mountain. Likewise, hundreds of pilgrims come to visit crystal mountain every year to do Kora. Kora is a religious act which done by taking a circle around the mountain.Upper Dolpo trekking trial follows the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route across the cross three high passes, Nagdalo La of 5350 m, the Shey La of 5000 m and Jeng La of 5110 m.

During summer, the flora blooms in its full splendor. You can encounter orchids, edelweiss, Campanella and forget me not plant all along your way. Phoksundo Lake, a lake with deep blue crystal clear water is the major attraction of this trek. Upper Dolpo region is also remarkably known for its wildlife. Blue sheep, Serow and Snow Leopard are the major attractions.

The wilderness in this seclude region is truly awe inspiring. This is a strenuous hike that involves long climbs and long descends but the unforgettable landscapes. Hence, the views from the passes and the encounter with a very ancient culture makes the hike worth it.


Itinerary Overview

Day 1- 2
Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Accommodation in a hotel

Day 3
Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
Accommodation in a hotel in Nepalgunj

Day 4
Fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj
Trek to Suligad
Accommodation in a guesthouse

Day 5- 26
Trekking ( mostly 5-7 hrs trek a day )
Accommodation in a tented camp as the place is remote
Acclimatization in Ringmo Gaon, Shey Gompa and Saldang.

Day 27
Fly back to Pokhara and sightseeing of Pokhara

Day 28- 30
Drive back to Kathmandu and a free day
And finally a departure Day


Detail Itinerary

As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the UNSECO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Meanwhile, we will prepare your trekking permits. You can also utilize the day in making last hour trekking preparation. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

We take an early flight to Nepalgunj. Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to a hotel in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is one of the hottest places in Nepal. It is also a border city near India. In the evening you can wander around the city. Overnight at a hotel in Nepalgunj.

We take an early flight to Juphal. After 35 minutes of scenic flight, we reach Juphal. From, Juphal, we start our trekking journey. We walk for few hours along the terraced farmland towards Bheri River. We pass Kararsialchaur temple and follow our trail until we reach Sulighat. Overnight at a tented camp in Sulighat.

From Sulighat we pass rice and vegetable fields and descend down to Thuli Bheri river. We cross a suspension bridge and follow our trail to enter Shey Phoksundo National Park. Shey Phoksundo National Park is the largest national park in Nepal and is a home to variety of rare species of flora and faunas that are found in that ecological zone. As we follow the Suli Khola on our way, we will be blessed with the views of beautiful Dhaulagiri range. We further walk through pine, fir, juniper and bamboo forest until we reach Chhepka village. Overnight at a tented camp in Chhepka.

Today we follow our trail along the river, pass a dense forest and walk few ups and downs to Amchi hospital. On our way, we will meet the people (traders) with dzopas (cross breed of yak and cow) loaded with various materials for sale. Amchi hospital is a popular hospital in this region. Overnight at a tented camp around Amchi hospital.

Today, we climb up steep until we reach top where we can have an amazing view of the largest waterfall in Nepal – Phoksundo waterfall. The view of the pristine waterfall in the bright sunlight is absolutely amazing. From here, we descend down to Ringmo village. We can see the influence of Buddhism amongst the inhabitants in this village. Overnight at a tented camp in Ringmo village.

Today is a leisure day in Ringmo village. We can walk up to the Phoksundo lake and gaze at the alluring beauty of the lake. Or else, we can visit Pal Sentan Thasoon Choling Gompa. We can also walk around the villages nearby exploring the village and the villagers. This will in fact give you some insights on the unique Buddhist culture and Bon religion. Overnight at a tented camp in Ringmo village.

Today is an exciting day when we will enter the restricted area of Upper Dolpo. If you have watched the famous movie – Caravan, then yes, it’s the day when you will follow the same trail. The trail is used by the people of Dolpo for trade with Tibetans. From the top, the view of pine forests, lakes and the mountains is simply spectacular. We further descend and ascend to a valley with the beautiful Kanjirowa Himal on sight. We further head to Forest Camp site (Sallaghari), which would be our camping site for an overnight halt.

Today our trail climbs up steep between high rock walls. The route today is rather demanding and there is a high possibility of change in weather condition and altitude sickness. We continue until we reach Kang La Base Camp. Overnight under the tented camps in Kang La Base Camp.

After a strenuous climb up, we cross Kang La pass and descend through a pass covered with snow until we reach Shey Gompa. Shey gompa is an 11th century gompa situated at a confluence of two rivers under a crystal peak on a grassy plain. People believe that a Tibetan Buddhist who came flying on the back of a snow lion built this gompa. It has a high spiritual value. Many pilgrims from different place visit this gompa for Kora every year. Overnight at a tented camp in Shey Gompa.

We can utilize the day exploring Tsakang gompa which is not actually a gompa but a meditation center for the lamas from Tibet. The area around and nearby Shey Gompa is highly holy and spiritual. The pristine Tibetan Buddhist culture and practices are highly stimulating and enlightening. The view of the Crystal Mountain that lies west to Shey Gompa is fabulous. The prayer flags and prayer mills turned by water mills, everything about this place is pure and holy. Overnight at a tented camp in Shey Gompa.

Today we pass She La Pass and descend down to the pastures of Namgung. The views of the northern part of the Tibetan plateau from the She La Pass is phenomenon. Overnight at a tented camp in Namgung.

We climb a tree slope and ascend to the heights of 4700m from where we go down steep to the village of Saldang. Overnight at a tented camp in Saldang.

Saldang is a small beautiful village situated on a plateau above Nam Khong Khola. We can utilize the day wandering around the village acknowledging the people in the village. The warm greetings from local people will leave you in awe. Overnight at a tented camp in Saldang.

Today, we cross a broad ridge cross Khoma La pass to reach a remote village in Upper Dolpo- Khoma Gaun. Our trail goes along Nagon Khola and pass several white washed villages, mani walls, chortens and old gompas. We follow our trail, cross a river and continue until we reach Khoma gaun. Overnight at a tented camp in Khoma La Pass.

Today, we leave Khoma gaun and continue our trail along the traditional villages and mani walls. We trail goes up and down through the valley and head towards Mendo. Overnight at a tented camp in Mendo.

Today, we continue our trail endeavouring the wild landscapes of Upper Dolpo. We continue our off beaten tracks to Tinkyu. Overnight at a tented camp in Tinkyu.

Exploring and enjoying the secluded tracks, we continue our trail to Rapka. Overnight at a tented camp in Rapka.

We take our trail uphill to Chharka La/ Mo La Pass. The route is quite rough but we continue until we reach top and descend down through the side of the valley to Chharka village. Overnight at a tented camp in Chharka village

We descend down to a river and follow our trail in and out of the valley through a tough trail that emerges in to a valley. Then we head towards Norbulung, our camping site for the night.

Today, we climb up to Molum Sumdo. Molum Sumdo is a yak pasture which is our camping site for the night.

From Molum Sumdo, we continue climbing up before we traverse to reach the foot of Niwar Pass. From here, we make a final climb, cross the Niwar Pass and Jungben La Pass and descend our trail to Sangda Phedi. Overnight in a camp in Sangla Phedi.

Today, we descend down, cross a river and continue our trail up until we reach Sangda Dada. Overnight at a tented camp in Sangda Dada.

Today we climb uphill and make high traverses to cross various ridges. Then we descend down to Kali gandaki valley and then to Phalyak. Overnight at a tented camp in Phalyak.

Today, we climb up a ridge until we descend down towards Jomson. Jomsom is a popular place in the reason known for its unique landscapes and warm hearted people. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jomson.

We take an early flight to Pokhara and take a tour around the city. We visit the lakeside, opt for boating to visit Talbarahi temple in the middle of the Fewa Lake and continue our sightseeing tour to the David falls, Gupteshwor temple and the International Mountaineering Museum. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Today, we drive through the lush landscape along Trishuli river make to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today is your leisure day in Kathmandu. You can either rest or stroll across the valley for shopping or anything else as per your preference. In the evening, you will be treated with an authentic Nepalese cuisine as a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Finally, it is time for us to bid you a goodbye. Your guide will escort you to the airport before your scheduled flight for your journey ahead.


Service Includes

  • Accommodation for nights spent at the hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj inclusive of breakfast at the hotel.
  • Domestic Flight to/from Nepalgunj and Juphal.
  • All the road transport along with pick up and drop at the airport upon your arrival and departure.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing tour inclusive of the entry fees, a travel guide and a private vehicle.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • The accommodation in tented camps throughout trek.
  • A guide and a porter to assist you throughout your journey.
  • Permit fees of Shey Phoksundo National Park/ restricted area of Upper Dolpo.
  • Fees to be paid for Trekkers Information Management System - TIMS. (Note : You are required to bring two passport size photo  for this purpose)
  • All other government fees and taxes.
  • All trekking necessary equipment
  • First aid safety kit with basic medicines essential.

Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Nepal Entry visa fees.
  • Meals (lunch, dinner) in the hotel in Cities
  • International Airfare
  • Snacks, soft drink during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment are not provided by HET.
  • Tips to the guide, porter, driver or any other trekking staff
  • Extra baggage charge

Trip reviews

Micheal Below

German
2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Namaste!

Dear Bharat and team of HET,

Meanwhile it is almost seven years ago, when I travelled from Simikot to holy mountain Kailash, where we made the kora. This trip was my first experience with HET and it was such an extraordinary ones – I will never forget. Why? Because it was such an impressive and relaxing journey at the same time – I haven’t made before. It was well organized, the team took care of the clients in a very professional and friendly way. In addition and especially for me it was good to see that you take over the ecological responsibility for your country as well.

Since then I came back as individual traveller and trekked with HET to Dolpo, Mustang and Rara Lake and I am just thinking about another trip…

And for sure I will choose HET as my trekking agency, because I like to enjoy the trekking and the beauties of Nepal during my holidays without thinking about transport, overnight stays, food, etc. Beside this one get a lot of information about the country and mingle with the local people.

I highly recommend HET and I wish you all the best for the future

 

With best regards

Your and Nepals friend

Michael Below

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Str. 1a

30952 Ronnenberg OT Benthe, Germany

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