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Upper Dolpo Trek 21 Days

Trip Highlights

Duration: 21 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 5010 m.

Minimum Pax: 2 +

Mode of travel: Flight/Land Transportation

Grade: Strenuous

The Upper Dolpo trek is a trip to the elusive Upper Dolpo region, a remote hidden destination in the far west rarely visited by tourist. It is host to one of Nepal's most tranquil and natural beauties. The Upper Dolpo trek attractions comprise of a rich biodiversity including varieties of herbs, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, pristine lakes, ancient Buddhist gompas and a unique lifestyle of local people. Sparsely populated, the Upper Dolpo is home to the Bhotiya and Sherpa people. The culture here closely resembles Tibetan customs and locals are followers of Bon religion that predates Buddhism.

The 1999 Oscar-nominated film Himalaya directed by Eric Valli was shot here in Dolpo. Trekking around the Dolpo region takes you to experience an amazing landscape, observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and rare birds like the Himalayan griffon.

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Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai takes about 4 hours.

Day 03: Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2478 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 04: Trek from Shyants to Somdu (3038 m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 05: Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3600m.) takes about five hours.

Day 06: Rest day at Phoksundo to explore the Phuksundo Lake.

Day 07: Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 08: Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) via Nagadlo La Pass (5350 m.) takes about eight hours.

Day 10: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4360 m.) takes about five hours.

Day 11: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3770 m.) takes about four hours.

Day 12: Trek from Saldang to Rakyo (3850 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 13: Trek from Rakyo to Pass Camp (4700 m.) which takes about six hours.

Day 14: Trek from Pass Camp to Dho Tarap (3944 m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 15: Rest day at Dho Tarap to explore and interact with local people and their lifestyle.

Day 16: Trek from Dho Tarap to River side (3756 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 17: Trek from River side to Nawarpani (3475 m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 18: Trek from Nawarpani to Laisicap (2775 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 19: Trek from Laisicap to Dunai (2140 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 20: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) takes about three hours.

Day 21: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and same day fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai takes about 4 hours.

Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai takes about 4 hours. Dunai is the headquater of Dolpo, a remote district of Nepal. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 03: Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2478 m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2478 m.) takes about six hours. You will walk along the forest of pine and rhododendron plants. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 04: Trek from Shyants to Somdu (3038 m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Shyants to Somdu (3038 m.) takes about seven hours. This day, you will walk along the riverside. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 05: Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3600m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3600m.) takes about five hours. En route, you will pass a picturesque waterfall. Along the trekking route, you will cross some mind blowing pasturelands. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 06: Rest day at Phoksundo to explore the Phuksundo Lake.

Rest day at Phoksundo to explore the Phuksundo Lake. It is the deepest lake of Nepal listed in Ramsar sites. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) takes about seven hours. You will camp near to the Phoksundo River. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 08: Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) via Nagadlo La Pass (5350 m.) takes about eight hours.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) via Nagadlo La Pass (5350 m.) takes about eight hours. This is quite tough day of your trek. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 10: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4360 m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4360 m.) takes about five hours. You will pass through a beautiful trail having alpine trees and meadows. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3770 m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3770 m.) takes about four hours. It is a Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12: Trek from Saldang to Rakyo (3850 m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Saldang to Rakyo (3850 m.) takes about six hours. En route you will visit Rapa Gompa. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 13: Trek from Rakyo to Pass Camp (4700 m.) which takes about six hours.

Trek from Rakyo to Pass Camp (4700 m.) which takes about six hours. You will walk alongside the riverbanks of Nagaon River in the beginning and later Dachun River. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 14: Trek from Pass Camp to Dho Tarap (3944 m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Pass Camp to Dho Tarap (3944 m.) takes about seven hours. This village has the human settlement at the world’s highest altitude. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 15: Rest day at Dho Tarap to explore and interact with local people and their lifestyle.

Rest day at Dho Tarap to explore and interact with local people and their lifestyle. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 16: Trek from Dho Tarap to River side (3756 m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Dho Tarap to River side (3756 m.) takes about six hours. You will walk along the riverbank of Tarap River throughout the day. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 17: Trek from River side to Nawarpani (3475 m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from River side to Nawarpani (3475 m.) takes about seven hours. It is also known as Pibuk. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 18: Trek from Nawarpani to Laisicap (2775 m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Nawarpani to Laisicap (2775 m.) takes about six hours. Today, you will walk through the pine forest and pastureland.

Day 19: Trek from Laisicap to Dunai (2140 m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Laisicap to Dunai (2140 m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 20: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) takes about three hours.

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 21: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and same day fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Special trekking permits for Dolpo Region
  • Trekking guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Trekking cook and Kitchen helper/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipments such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj - Juphal – Juphal-Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • All land transportation where ever necessary
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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