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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Facts

Duration:

25 days

Highest access:

5350 Meters

Group Size:

Minimum - 2 People

Location:

Dolpo Conservation Area

Grade:

Moderate - Adventure

Best season:

March-May & Sept–Nov

Culture:

Traditional Sherpa and tibetan

Transportation:

As per program

Accommodation:

Standard Hotel - Camping

Meals:

BLD

Arrival:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure:

Kathmandu

Upper Dolpo Trek is an adventure trekking destination with an isolated corner of the Himalaya, The spectacular corners of the Himalayas region of Nepal, ancient Buddhist sites, nomadic camps and fortified villages. Upper Dolpo Trekking is situated at largest park of Shey Phoksundo National Park in the Karnali providence at Dolpa district. 
The remote area of Dolpo trail traverses a variety of landscapes ranging from fertile rice terraces and eye-catching mountains as well as Buddhist culture. The Dolpo are generally adherent of Bon a religion whose origins predate Buddhism but whose modern form is officially accepted as a fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism. The distant region has preserved its Tibetan culture in relatively pure form, making it attractive to Westerners recently for the German documentary Dolpo Tulku. In 1999 French-Nepalese film Himalaya, which gives insight into the local customs, was the first Nepalese film to be nominated for an Oscar award and also a huge success in Nepal  
Dolpo Trekking access to higher part of Numla - Bagla and Kagmara passes, pristine far western region of Nepal. Upper Dolpo trekking trail had been successfully explored by some anthropologists and geographers since 10th century Dolpo has been the homeland for Tibetan stock still leading the primitive life and Tibetan inhabitants. When this area was part of the western Tibetan region of Ngari but time has been changed now people live, cultivate their land, trade livestock, salt and follow traditions, heard their flocks that have been held since time immemorial. The praise movie “Himalaya” is the poignant portrayal of striking land. The Upper Dolpo Trek offers us centuries some of the old Buddhist monastery, Gaze over the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo, Bonpo tradition culture, knit with shaman influences are still part of Dolpo region has still conserve Eco- system encircling a wild and glorious variety of plants, wildlife, containing the blue sheep and Snow Leopard.  

Important place to visits at Kathmandu:

Visits world heritage sights Pasupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa, Durbar square, Garden of Dreams, Royal Museum, Kumari temple, Monkey Temple (Swoyambhunath), Narayanthan temple are absolutely interesting once to visits in your life time.

Recommended souvenirs & shopping:

We will suggest to our guests for the souvenirs of Nepal to bring in your home such as Pasmina, Thangka, Himalayan salt, Nepali Carpet, Gorkha knife, Buddhist prayer flags etc 

Suggestions:

Before doing activities in local area ask your guide to take permission and support local peoples and respect them properly. Use local Foods and drinks to support economy for the mountain peoples of the area. Protect wildlife and interesting Himalayan creatures
-    Carry out what you carry in
-    -Buy only what won’t pollute or carry it out
-    Use Safe drinking water (Ozonated) or purify water yourself
-    Return batteries to your home country for proper disposal
-    Minimize the use of plastic materials
-    Use the toilets in certain place, in the wild to avoid water source pollution
-    We need sustainable Tourism in Nepal, Never Trek alone, hire a guide
-    Choose reliable trekking agency with eco friendly concepts
-    Carry a good medicine kit
-    Take compulsory entry permit into conservation Area as per government rule & regulations from authorized company 

Upper Dolpo Trek Highlight’s

Tripe Name: Upper Dolpo Trek
Organizer: Himalayan Magic  Treks
Responsibilities: Responsible Guide of Himalayan Magic Treks
Grade: moderate difficult
Best Season: Spring, autumn, summer
Duration: 29 Days
 

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Short Itinerary

Upper Dolpo Trek : 25 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1310 m, Welcome program by Himalayan Magic Treks then direct transfer Hotel 
Day 02: Permit preparation day in Kathmandu overnight at Hotel with Breakfast
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight overnight Hotel
Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal by Morning Flight and Overnight at Dunai 2150 m, the trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara, Khala Gaura and a big village on the bank of Bheri River is Dunai.
Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot 2537m -6 Hours, Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Bheri and crossing to the north then follow the river bank until you reach Tarakot
Day 06: Tarakot to Lahini Odar 3370 m-6 Hours, A long zigzag ascending and descending along the Tarap, Laisi cave, Khanigaun to Lahini odar pastureland for overnight.
Day 07: Lahini Odar to Ngawar Pani 3575 m, 7 Hours, The trail forwards on stone stairways and twisting bare earth to reach the high point of about 3650m then downhill to Chukore and gradually flat to Ngawar pani.
Day 08: Ngawar Pani to Dho 4000 m, 9 Hours, Crossing the streams and bridges, passing the series of caves, the large yak pasture of Kamokharka, and along flat up and down to Dho.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Dho 4000 m. We can climb a little hill in front of Dho for ensuring acclimatization and day excursion around the village
Day 10: Dho to Upper Takshi Camp 4300 m, 7 Hours. The trail follows the splendid valley, Chrystal school, and Tokyo village, and turns to the right valley. Leave the left trail that goes to the lower Dolpo trek. Pass some nice old stupas and continue uphill valley through a small river stream bank. The trek climbs slowly up to the open wide barren fields leaving the right trail to Chhoila- La pass. Overnight at tents
Day 11: Upper Takshi Camp -Via Jyantla Bhanjyang 5221 m, Yak Kharka 4524 m, 7 Hours. Today we have to make a Jyanta-La pass at an altitude of 5,221m. The path is not rocky but steep uphill to the pass. The summit is easily recognizable by prayer flags, stone piles as stone men, and some Buddhist marks. We have long descends via yaks and animal pasture field. Finally, you will arrive at a greenery field there we make a camp. Overnight at tent
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Chagaun 4,100 m- 6 Hours. We keep walking in at flat and easy landscape. Passing several pastures fields, and ruins of old houses, cross the River and again walk in a long and wide valley. It has no big ascending and descending however the way is very tough until a little village
Day 13: Chagaun to Saldang 3770 m- 7 Hours. The trail is quite interesting and enjoyable for the day. It has a mysteriously beautiful landscape, Buddhist shrine and life style along the valley. We arrive Salday by the Noon time and free time after the lunch at Saldang village
Day 14: Saldang to Namgung Gumba 4430 m, 5 Hours. Walking uphill to the pastures fields to the small pass, there are often blue ships grazing. The trail does not seem steep however it is mostly an inclining walk through the beautiful arid landscape. Cross a small vertical gorge with higher arid hills, hidden fields appear on the bottom of the hills, where the very old and historical monastery is situated. Overnight at a corner field camp on tend
Day 15: Namgung Gumba-Gela pass 5,095 m, Shey Gumba 4,160 m- 8 HoursCross a small river stream and steep walking to the pass, a long incline climbing by the side of the river stream will bring you to the , top of Gela la 5,095m and then descends the trail via wide pasture fields until you arrive at Shey Gumba.
Day 16: Shey Gumba, There are so many different optional activities in Shey Gumba, you can go for Chrystal Moutain walking or Visiting Seto Gumba. Seto Gumba visit takes at least 3 hours for up and down or enjoying the day at camping side. Overnight at tent
Day 17: Shey Gumba -Nangdala pass 5,110m- Phedi 4430 m, 8 Hours. Follow the classic trail for the Nangdal pass. You must have to bring a picnic for the day because hot lunch will waste your time. It is quite longer way until you arrive at the pass 5,110 m then you have strong descending until you arrive at a shelter. Overnight at tent
Day 18: Nangdala phedi to Corner camp 3800 m- 6 Hours. Keep descending by following the Phoksundo Khola, the Mt. Kanjirowa view is incredible for the day. You may take off your shoes and must cross the river several times today. You are entering the jungle today which makes a different experience of trekking. Long descending through the river bank, an alpine forest trail leads you finally to the Lakeside. That place is called corner camp overnight in tents
Day 19: Corner camp to Phoksundo Lake 3733 m- 5 hours. A couple of hours of incline walking through the forest takes you to the beautiful viewpoint. Today you will have a beautiful view of the lake from Morning to evening, it ascends and descends but provides the majestic view of a big blue Phoksundo Lake. You must walk carefully because several narrow passes come through. Overnight a tent near the lakeside.
Day 20: Phoksundo Lake to Rechi 2,940 m- 6 Hours. Beyond the lake there is a permanent Ringmo village, pass the village and follow riverwards for descending. After a couple of hours of walking you will arrive at the viewpoint place under a towering hut. Beyond the hut, there are amazing waterfalls from the Phoksundo River. Descend to Jharna and follow the whole day downwards the river valley to Rechi.
Day 21: Rechi to Shyangta 2,520 m-6 Hours. Today we trek alongside Phoksundo Khola, we cross the river several times over traditional and suspension bridges. Walking in deep alpine forests and bushes by passing several villages to Shyangta for overnight
Day 22: Shyangta to Juphal 2,475 m, 7 Hours. Follow the same river valley until Sulighat. There is Phoksundo national park office and check post of your Dolpo permits. Cross the bridge and turn to the Bheri river bank to the Rupghat. Walk for a while along the road and follow the village path just up to Juphal airport

Day 23: Juphal to Nepalgunj- KTM, Take a morning flight to Nepalgunj and direct another flight to Kathmandu
Day 24: An Extra day in case of flight cancels to be secured your International Flight overnight Hotel with Breakfast
Day 25: Departure to the airport for onward destination to return

What are included in my Package?

  • Airport pick up and drop by private transport
  • All Ground Transportation
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
  • 4 Nights Hotel star in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunj flight including Guide
  • Flight to Jhuphal including Guide and Team
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight 
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide and Necessary porter during the trek.
  • Special cook for Camping
  • Special Permits for Upper Dolpo Per Person $ 500 for 10 days +extra days 
  • All Necesorry Trekking Staff for the Camping to be comfortable 
  • All Government local Taxes
  • National park Fees
  • (TIMS)Trekkers  Information Management System
  • First Aid kit and general equipment for Porter.
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Duffle Bags refundable to protect your Luggage
  • All Field Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per Demand.
  • Tour Certificate
  • Company T-Shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali Restaurant

What are Excluded from my Package?

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects. we Advice you to take out personal Travel Insurance.
  • Tips and Gratuities.

Route Map

Airport Reception:

Upon your arrival at the airport our representatives person with a Himalayan Magic Treks (LOGO) sign board, to show you on your arrival exit gate. Who taking care of you with reception then safely drive to the hotel, Briefing about program details before going to Mountains. At the airport we cannot enter the interior of the airport because a person who doesn’t have a plane ticket is not allowed to enter.

Accommodations:

We give our first priority to serve the customers with the most standard level. As for the accommodation, we have been providing star hotels in Kathmandu and even Mountain guest houses during the trek according to their need and requirement. We provide convenient Guest House with sound environment and hygienic foods for the guest to make healthy their trip. Everest region is popular and has wonderful accommodation facility compared to the condition of elderly times.

Meals:

We get a paradise of delicious food in Kathmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the Lodge trek we get to eat Continental, Indian and Nepali menu choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo: Mo, Soup, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc. Our Guides (Leader) will manage and advice the Food for beloved Guests to be satisfy

Trekking Team:

Being homeland of Himalayas, it’s obvious to have challenging routes, dangerous weather, health issues; any of these situations is enough to ruin your trip. Leading around the steeply hills and rocky routes is not a job of common climbers and trekkers. Himalayan Magic Treks have been providing native leaders and staffs working in this field perfectly since many years to overcome tough challenges and make your trip a golden memory. Our Guides are trained and well certified by the Government of Nepal. Our staffs have received proper emergency guidance and evacuation education in the Himalayas. They are also entirely aware of correct knowledge of first aid to the victims. We have never and will never compromise on the safety to our clients; therefore, we provide insurance and medical services during the trek and compensation when they needs.

Field Staffs Rules:

To pass through challenging routes and to ensure your safety and comfort, we need adequate number of staffs. It includes guide, porter, driver, assistant guide and so on. We provide guide in every trip while one assistant guide to every 4-9 group of guests and two with every 10 crew. As for the porters, we send 1 porter for every 2 guest. The number of porter also varies to the load of the clients; a porter’s maximum load is 25kg. Our staffs are professional and expert guides (leader) who can speak languages like English, French, Germany, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other as required. We can also manage any other staffs as per your demands.

Trekking Equipment:

Equipment does matter to make your trip comfortable and better so you must be serious about check list before going to trek. We advice to take general equipment for the trek click here on link about equipment lists

Safety & Security:

Security is our primary concern from your first day you will be under our service and protection. Our staff will pick you up at the airport and will assist you to your hotel. We have proper remedial services during the trek with professional staffs and services like first aid, and we will help to arrange oxygen bag and helicopter service for emergency rescue. We also focus on acclimatization days to get rid of altitude sickness. We will take care of you on arrival to till on in your final departure date airport drop services.

Best Season to Trek in Nepal:

Autumn (September - November) and spring (March - May) is the best season for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly clear and temperature is moderate in these seasons which offer beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring grants you beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals. Walking is favorable during these seasons.

Summer (June - August) and winter (December - February).

Though summer has heavy monsoon rainfall, it is very much clearer to trek around Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek and Nar Phu Valley Trek since they are rain shadow areas. Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, Rara Lake Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, Everest View Trek, Lower Mustang Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek as well as Nepal Tour Packages are always better to trek in winter season.

Experience & Fitness:

Trekking can be challenging and exhausting. So you might need some fitness training and experience for some tough trial. Nepal Trekking in Everest Base Camp does not require past experience or extreme fitness even though we have more challenging routes in different region compared to that of Everest. Trekking in Himalayas always takes us to challenging altitudes and rocky routes. You could ask for proper rest time and acclimatization to sustain your strength. Mountains can never be achieved in a day. We always provide the detail in our itinerary. However certain training like running, skipping and other workouts will definitely be beneficial in such challenging routes.

Acclimatization:

Altitude sickness is a major risk when trekking. You might experience it on any trails above 2,500 m however; good health, proper care and drinking plenty of water will definitely help you to prevent from altitude sickness. Every trekkers needs to be familiar with the heights and altitude so, for this we have life saving appropriate acclimatization days during the trek, We also provide certain medical support for your relief and emergency rescue through helicopter whenever the situation gets worse.

Eco Friendly:

Our only goal in the Himalayas is to leave the memories and foot prints Himalayan Magic Treks is concerned on environment pollution issue and global warming. We are always serious and genuine about our garbage during the trek especially during camping. We collect the rubbish and dump it to the proper place to protect our environment and also appeal our clients to do the same. We partake in every program conducted in KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) and other environmental conservation programs. We want to promote Safe environment act and stand against pollution & global warming.

Tailor-Made Itinerary:

Sometimes trekking in the Himalayan region passes through unexpected complication like natural calamity, health challenges and many other problems that might result to the changes of the itinerary. So, we kindly request you to cooperate with your guide and the team in such situation.

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