Upper Dolpo Trek located in an isolated area of west Nepal. As it lies on rain shadow area formed by the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges, any one can trek even in Monsoon season in Nepal. The trek begins at the STOL airstrip of Juphal after a short flight from Nepalgunj. Nepaljung is very popular city with well connected by both road and air from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
routes local people practice pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. We do recommend experienced trekkers to trek in this region as it is very remote and goes over three high passes: Kagmara La [5115m], Baga La [5090m] and Numa La [5360m] passing the deep-blue tranquil Phoksumdo Lake and finally concludes at Juphal descending the gorge-side path of Tarap Khola. Best time to discover lower dolpo trekking is starting from mid April to mid October. November can be a bit risky as the passes are covered by the snow and blue ice. However we at Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency intends to make your journey a memorable one for your life time. With a carefully designed package and a team of experienced manager, guide and porter, your journey with Gokyo Treks will be reliable and full of fun!
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu (1348m/4,408ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu valley. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 2Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
We take an hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj city of west Nepal. Nepalgunj is a big town is also a gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal with influences from both the Nepal hills and plains well as local Hindu & Muslim cultures. Get experience visiting some sightseeing places in Nepalgunj with our guide. We prepare for your tomorrow’s flight to Jhupal airport.
Day 3 Fly to Jhupal [2,320m/7,610ft]. Crew management. 45 minutes flight.
After an early breakfast, we take a 45 minute morning flight to get Jhupal airport. We will reach Juphal just in 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj with beautiful views of snow capped mountain. Juphal is a small Bazzar / small village, where we can breathe cold and fresh air than that of Nepalgunj. We will stay here because we have to arrange porters and other remaining equipment.
Day 4 Trek to Chhepka (2838m/9,280 ft), 6 hrs Walk
We walk through wheat and vegetables field to reach Thuli Bheri River, crossing a big suspension bridge leads us entrance of Shey Phoksando National Park (SPNP). Phoksundo national park is the largest National Park with the area of 3,555km/sq in Nepal. We follow Suli Khola viewing a part of the Dhaulagiri Range. We can enjoy the tea with local pure honey. Then we trek through the pine trees, fir, Juniper and Cyprus and bamboo forest. Really a beautiful time to get close with nature. Some hours later will reach millet and wheat field called Cheep Ka where we fix our camp for overnight stay.
Day 5 Trek to Palam (3,820m/12,491 ft), 7 hrs walking.
We walk through beautiful forest, following a river and ascend sometimes and descend sometimes. On the way we can see the local people with their mules as dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow). Loaded with thongs to sell. Some hours later you arrive at Reechi village, leaving behind Reechi we will reach Chumuwar. There is a Amchi Hospital, an Amchi is a doctor who is educated in traditional Tibetan medicine. You can have treatment from herbs and numerals. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 6 Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,620m/11,837 ft), 4 hrs Walking
We have to ascend about 2 hours but before reaching the top, we can have the new of Nepal?s highest waterfall (107 meter high) knows Phoksundo waterfall or commonly known as sunlight waterfall. Then we will descend to Ringmo village where people residing practice Bonpo religion. The religion was founded by Buddha Lonpa Shanrab Miwo, 18000 years ago. It is believe that Dolpa used to be the center of Bon Kindom called Zhang. It a big and powerful kingdom in present western and north western Tibet. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 7 Exploring day to discover around
Special day to admire the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and visited nearby villagers inhabited by Bon and Buddhist religion.
Day 8Trek to Salla Ghari (3,640m/11,903 ft), 6 hrs Walking
From here onward, begins the Upper Dolpo section. We will follow the famous trail where the famous movie called CARAVAN of Eric Valli was castes. Trek route is used by local peoples of Dolpo and other trade with Tibetans. It is really adventurous to cross over the pass. When we reach the top hill, we will have beautiful view of Lane Ringmo, the dark green pine forests and snow capped mountain to the South. Than some minutes later, you will have a spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal (66612m) then we reach an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lake side camp where we stay overnight at camp.
Day 9Trek to Lar Tsa (4,120m/13,472 ft), 6 hrs walking
We trek through pine forest between high rock walls on both sides and crossing a couple of streams. We will enter a arrow gorge where will set our camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10Trek to Shey Gompa (4,320m/14,126ft), 7 hrs Walking
We ascend adventurous journey to Kang La (5350m), also called as Ngadra La. Than we descend downhill walking to reach Shey Gompa, a very small village with a couple of houses and the Gompa. It is a 11th century gompa, situated beneath the crystal peak on a small grassy plain, at the confluence of two rivers people believed that it was constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, who arrived here on the back of flying snow lion. Shey Gomba is also called spiritual heart of Dolpo where many pilgrims visit to this gomba to make Kora (clockwise circuit) of crystal peak every year. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11Rest Day at Shey Gompa
You can explore around Tsakang Gompa which is at about 457m. It is not really a monastery but a retreat. Tsakang had been a meditation center of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Many years ago he came to Dolpo and came across a wild people whose supreme God was a ‘fierce mountain spirit’. Crystal mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12Trek to Namgung (4,430m/14,486ft), 6 hrs walking
We cross the pass Sheyla which is also called Geln La (5000m), we can see beautiful view of northern part of Tibetan plateau, which is highest plateau in the world. To the east we can see Mustang. After through pass we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung. Namgung is a beautiful place with friendly people and great environment. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 Trek to Saldang (4,046m/13,230 ft), 3 hrs Walking
Our Trek to Saldang starts with climbing a tree slope. We have to ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to picturesque village of Saldang, situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala and the biggest villages of lower Dolpo. The village is prosperous because of agriculture and business / trade route to Tibet. Overnight at tented Camp .
Day 14Trek to Sibu (4,000m/13,080ft), 6 hrs walking
We will leave Saldang village and on way to Sibu we have to pass through terraced fields, Stupas, Chortens mani and a Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having nearby four hundred in habitats. It stretches 5km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. We will set camp near the small settlement of Sibu, right on the river bank. Overnight at tented camp .
Day 15Trek to Jengla phedi (4,480m/14,650 ft), 5 hrs Walking
The first part of our journey before Lunch, the trail is easy ascend but after two hours, we must make another stream before turning into side valley where the rise becomes very sharp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16Trek to Tokyo Gaon (4,240m/13,865 ft), 7 hrs Walking
Walk to Jeng La (4850m) about 2 hrs ascend to reach the top. Jeng la offers an excellent Golden view of Mount Dhaulagiri in the morning. Then descend towards Tarap valley. Tarap is a spectacular valley with vast plants in high mountains extending to twenty kilometer along the Tarap Chu River. It consist of ten villages with cultivated fields, many Gompas and Chhortens. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17Trek to Dho Tarap (4,200m/13734 ft), 2:30 hrs Walking
Trek along the downward lower of Tarap Chu where the trail is easy as it is well traveled. There are many mani walls along the journey. The French School is just outside the village of Dho Tarap. Dho is surrounded by an irregular stone wall and consist of thirty four houses. Both Bonpo and Buddhist is inhabitant here. We will visit Buddhist Gompa where a Lama lives, he is happy to welcome you to show his monastery and might even let you see his private Gompa and the Thankas which he has made himself. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18Trek to Serkam (3,623m/11,847 ft.), 7 hrs Walking
Your route follows the course of the Tarap Khola, generally downhill. You go through narrow gorges with the river rushing through. One may see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep and goats and perhaps meet people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter. You will also see the first of the modern steel suspension bridges have been built to facilitate movement of people and animals. The track is very narrow in places. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19Trek to Tarakot (2,280m/7,456ft), 5 hrs Walking
You leave Khanigoan by new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river, sometimes going very high before reaching down to the water again. Coming into the broad fertile valley of the Barbung Chu, you walk among the various crops of millet, sweet corn, barley, buckwheat, green beans, chilies and marijuana. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning ‘fort’. Before the Gorkha dynasty Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The famous Sandul gompa lies 8km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu, stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River and at one time supervised collections of tolls for the trading caravans traversing an area called Tichu Rong. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 20Trek to Dunai (2,109m/6,896 ft), 5 hrs Walking
The trail is mostly down and fairly firm underfoot. Walking beside the Bheri River you use the ingenious path built twenty feet above the river. All too soon you have reached in Dunai and the camp site you used before. You will now have completed the circuit. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 21Trek to Juphal (2,404m/7,861ft), 3 hrs Walking
You now retrace your steps to Juphal. After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like. Initially the way is flat but the final hour up to your destination seems steeper than you remember on Day One. Fix the camp overnight in the grounds of one of the lodges.
Day 22Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city
We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj town. On reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with us. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 23 Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Boudhanath Stupa, visit Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu.
Day 24Transfer to international airport for your final destination flight.
The following listed equipment is suggested and essential for Tea house trekking and camping trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Make sure that below list as a guideline proposal. Some of the Trekking equipment can be hired or bought in the many adventure shops in Kathmandu.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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