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22-day Upper Dolpo Trek from Kathmandu, Nepal

Join the guides at Welcome Nepal Treks on an exciting Upper Dolpo Trek and be amazed by the breathtaking wilderness, remote villages, monasteries and more that you will discover on this unforgettable adventure.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration22 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Discover the amazing and remote landscapes of the upper Dolpo.

  • Be inspired by the local Tibetan culture.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable trekking adventure in a unique spot in the Himalayas.

Description

Located in western Nepal, the Dolpo region preserves the local Tibetan culture and is a unique and pristine place to discover. Join us on this 22-day Upper Dolpo Trek and prepare to be amazed by the beauty and generosity of this inspiring location.

Dolpo is divided into four beautiful valleys, which are the Tsharka (“good growing”), Tarap (“auspicious “), Panzang (“abode of monks”), and Nangkhong (“innermost place”). By their names themselves, they speak, and all around these valleys are small local villages where the peaceful people tend to their simple lives. Also, in this region is the stunning Shey Phoksundo National Park, renowned for its beauty.

On this adventure, we will set off from Kathmandu and fly to Juphal where the actual trekking begins. Over the course of the following two weeks, we will explore this amazing location and hike for around 5 – 6 hours per day. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Please keep in mind that you will need a good fitness level to join this trekking program. Of course, we will be happy to help you and guide you on the way.

So, are you ready for a taste of the true Nepal? Then book your place and join us on this exhilarating 22-day Upper Dolpo trek!

Or, check out these other amazing trekking adventures in Nepal that we offer and take your pick!

Details

Accommodation

Tea house and Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu

Meeting point

Kathmandu airport pickup


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Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

On your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and taken to the Hotel. Your first night you will spend in Kathmandu. Overnight at 3 star hotel (Thamel Eco Resort or The address Kathmandu Hotel)

Day 2: Sightseeing day in Kathmandu

After having breakfast we will take you sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. You will visit many Buddhist and Hindu temple which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. In the afternoon we will return you to the hotel. Overnight at 3-star hotel (Thamel Eco Resort or The address Kathmandu Hotel)

Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hour fly) to Juphal (35 minutes fly). O/N at Juphal.

Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hour fly) to Juphal (35 minutes fly). O/N at Juphal at tea house lodge.

Day 4: Juphal to Dunai (2150m)

The trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara and to Kala Gaura. The trail now remains close to the river on its south bank and reach to Roop Ghar with the water mill and simple lodges and finally reach to Dunai, large village with school, police check post and government office. O/N at Dunai.

Day 5: Dunai to Tarakot (2550m)

Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. O/N at Tarakot.

Day 6: Tarakot to Khanigaon (2550m)

After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 2560m. Just above the bridge you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. O/N at Khanigaon.

Day 7: Khanigaon to Chukore (about 3550m)

From Khanigaon the trail leads to Lihini. Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slops down to Chukore. O/N at Chukore.

Day 8: Chukore to Kamokharka (4000m)

Beyond Chukore the trail slopes down to Naurpani. Crossing several streams and bridges, passing the series of low caves the trail slopes down into the large yak pasture of Kamokharka. O/N at Kamokharka.

Day 9: Kamokharka to Dho (4130m)

From Kamokharka the trail set off across the meadow crossing several little streams and wooden bridge. Along line of Mani walls leads to the village. Finally you will reach to Dho. O/N at Dho.

Day 10: Dho to Numa La Camp (4350m)

Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school, the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. O.N at Numa La Camp.

Day 11: Numa La Camp to Bang La Camp (4500m)

The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5318m). From the pass on a clear day, you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralwa and Dhaulagiri I (8169m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Camp. O/N at Bang La Camp.

Day 12: Bang La Camp to Sanu Bheri Valley

The trail crosses the stream then climbs a slope and reaches to Poyun Chu Valley and to Banga La (5190m). Descend from the pass and cross the stream and slant down the right-hand mountainside, finally reach to Sanu Bheri Valley. O/N at Sanu Bheri Valley.

Day 13: Sanu Bheri valley to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)

The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. O/N at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Pungmo Valley (3304m)

From Phoksundo Lake the trail you will take the down valley trail through meadows and reaches a high p [point about 377om and descends very steeply to Palam (3230m) and then to Sumduwa where you will see the National park headquarters. The trail continues on the right bank of Pungmo Khola, finally reach to Pungmo Valley. O/N at Pungmo Valley.

Day 15: Pungmo Valley to Lasa Meadow (about 4300m)

The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a Chorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons. In the way, the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can be seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. O/N at Lasa Meadow.

Day 16: Lasa Meadow to Garpung khola Valey (4000m)

From Lasa Meadow, the trail climbs up with magnificent views and finally reaches to Kagmara La. From Karmara La the trail descends quite steep and came to the head of Garpung Khola valley and finally reaches the camping area of Garpung Khola Valley. O/N at Garpung Khola Valley.

Day 17: Garpung Khola Valley to Hurikot (2600m)

The trail forward following down the Garpung Khola Valley and descending quite steeply you come to a bridge and to Toljem (2920m) where you can see the army check-post. Just below the check-post cross the Jagdula Khola and walking sometimes you will reach to Hurikot, a collection of somber grey, flat-roofed. O/N at Hurikot.

Day 18: Hurikot to Forest Camp (3250m)

Passing Kaigaon, Majgaon, and Rimi you will pass through the dense forest of holly oak, bamboo and tree juniper. After then you will reach to Chaurikot, a medium-sized Khamoa village. Crossing several minor streams in the forest you will reach Forest Camp. O/N at Forest Camp.

Day 19: Forest Camp to Churta (3010m)

Leaving Mauria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. O/N at Churta.

Day 20: Churta to Jumla (2370m)

Leaving Mani Sangu you will reach to Gothi Chaur. From here the trail climbs to Pattyata Lagna (2830m) and to Dochal Ghara. The trail descends gently in a fertile valley and crosses the river and finally reaches to Jumla. O/N at Jumla.

Day 21: Jumla to Kathmandu

Jumla to Kathmandu. Overnight at 3-star hotel (Thamel Eco Resort or The address Kathmandu Hotel)

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for your onward destination.

After breakfast, rest or shopping until your departure time. We will drop you at the airport in a private car.


About the guide

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At Welcome Nepal Treks we offer the best guided programs to some of the most amazing locations in the Himalayas!
Nepal is a premier trekking destination, with some of the most amazing mountains in the world. However, mountaineering in the Himalayas requires adequate preparation, handling complex logistics, paperwork and more. In order to have the best possible trekking experience, it is paramount to go with a certified guide from a qualified agency that can both point you in the right direction and take care of your needs and queries. As one of the leading trekking companies in Nepal, we are approved by the Government of Nepal, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, and are an active member of TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal), NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association and NTB (Nepal Tourism Board).
Join us on one of our many trekking programs and we will make sure to point you to the best places in the region while making sure that you acclimatize properly and are safe, that all your logistics are taken care of, and that you have an overall unforgettable wonderful experience!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2400 each

Group of 2

USD 2400 each

Group of 3

USD 2400 each

Group of 4

USD 2400 each

Group of 5

USD 2400 each

Group of 6

USD 2400 each

Group of 7

USD 2400 each

Group of 8

USD 2400 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Camping equipment: Tents

Price details

INCLUDED:

All the ground transportation by private tourist vehicles.

Flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj– Juphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.

Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking.

Tea house and Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two-man tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)

Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu -accommodation as per the itinerary with breakfast.

Comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary.

Professional tour guide on a day trip in Kathmandu.

Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu city tour.

Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.

Travel & Rescue arrangement.

Special Dolpo Trekking Permit.

All necessary paperwork Permit.

Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.

First aid medical kit.

Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole if necessary.

Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with a cultural dance show.

All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges.

NOT INCLUDED:

International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee.

Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu).

All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea/coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge, etc.

Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for the trek.

Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory).

Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing, etc. which are not under our control.


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