Private vehicle / By Air
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season March, April and October and November
- You will lose at least 8-12 lbs
- Explore remote part of Nepal
- Study and observe cultural influence of Tibet
- Study and observe unique life style and its hardship.
Dolpo lists top among least developed districts of Nepal. It is the most remote part of the country too. It was opened for trekking in 1989 by the government of Nepal. Dolpo is situated in between Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Country’s largest national park and conservation area is located in this area.
The park inhabits Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and Snow Leopard. Most of the people from Dolpo are traders. They exchange barley for Tibetan rock salt. During summer, Dolpo people take their yaks to Tibetan plateau for grazing.
Oscar nominated movie for best foreign language film category- The Caravan- shows the real picture of Dolpo. Fortunate are people who get chance to trek at Upper Dolpo region.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 02:Preparation of trekking
- Day 03:Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
- Day 04:Fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj and trek to Dunai
- Day 05:Trek to Ankhe
- Day 06:Trek to Sulighat
- Day 07:Trek to Phoksundo Lake
- Day 08:Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake
- Day 09:Trek to Phoksundo Khola
- Day 10:Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang
- Day 11:Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass
- Day 12:Rest day at Shey Gompa
- Day 13:Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La
- Day 14:Trek to Saldang
- Day 15:Trek to Yangze Gompa
- Day 16:Trek to Sibu
- Day 17:Trek to Jeng-La Phedi
- Day 18:Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La
- Day 19:Trek to Dho Tarap
- Day 20:Rest Day at Dho Tarap
- Day 21:Trek to Tarap Khola ( Kamakharka)
- Day 22:Trek to Khanigaon
- Day 23:Trek to Tarakot
- Day 24:Trek to Dunai
- Day 25:Trek to Jhuphal
- Day 26:Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and catch connecting flight to Kathmandu
- Day 27:Back to your destination country
- Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu The representative of NTA will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. He/she will transfer you to hotel. If you have enough time, you can visit some tourists’ spots in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
- Day 02:Preparation of trekking On the second day of your visit, we will help you start preparation for trekking.
- Day 03:Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu NTA will transfer you to airport for flight to Nepalgunj. Around an hour you will land on Nepalgunj airport. You can roam here for some hours. It is one of the hottest town of the country that borders India. Overnight stay at Nepalgunj.
- Day 04:Fly to Juphal from Nepalgunj and trek to Dunai It is around 45 minute flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj. Our trekking staff will receive you at Juphal. They have walked all the way from Nepalgunj to Juphal carrying your trekking gears and food supplies. It takes 5-6 days for them to arrive at Juphal from Nepalgunj.
Our next stop Dunai village is just 2-3 hours (on foot) away from Juphal airport where we will be spending our night.
- Day 05:Trek to Ankhe From Dunai camp, early in the morning, we move towards Thulo Bheri Valley and enter into Phoksundo River Valley. While on walk we will enjoy Kagmara Peak. After sometime we reach at Dhera. It is a place for winter settlement where people from high altitude with their cattle come down to skip cold. Walking for few more hours through dense forest we reach at Shey Phoksundo National Park at Ankhe. Here we will arrange overnight camp.
- Day 06:Trek to Sulighat The path towards Sulighat is full of up and down. Streams on the way is very pleasing for the trekkers here. The trail passes through grassy slope above the river. The trail path is very narrow but exciting equally. You can see river flowing in great current down under below your feet. After some hours we reach at Ryajik village where we will setup our camp.
- Day 07:Trek to Phoksundo Lake Our journey continues towards Phoksundo Lake, Rigmo village. We walk to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola (River). On the way we can enjoy waterfall (300m) which is Nepal’s highest waterfall. After some time we reach Phoksundo lake and arrange camp for night.
- Day 08:Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake It is acclimatization day where we will enjoy the lake and roam around Ringmo village.
- Day 09:Trek to Phoksundo Khola Trail to Phoksundo Khola is very interesting. It is an example of walk in remote area. Our trail leads through the valley, river and flushing meadows to arrive at bank of the river where we will set camp for the night.
- Day 10:Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang Way to Phoksundo Bhanjyang is very challenging. We walk through rocks and boulders. A hard walk will bring us to a place from where we can see Kang-La Pass. We setup our camp here at Phoksundo Bhanjyang.
- Day 11:Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass Walk is strenuous to Shey Gompa. We cross many rivers several times. Hairy yaks, sheep and domestic mountain goat are seen grazing on fields. A red chorten signifies that we have arrived in Shey Gompa. Here we setup camp for overnight.
- Day 12:Rest day at Shey Gompa Shey means crystal in English and this monastery is also known as Crystal monastery. It is a kind of retreat centre. Lamas of Shey put off in red hermitage which is also known as Tsakang Gompa. It is situated at north side of Shey.
Many Lamas from Tibet had meditated in Tsakang. This Shey Gompa belongs to Chaiba community. They are the followers of saint Padmasambhava who is also known as Guru Rinpoche and Kagyu.
During 11th century Lama Tenzing Ra-Pa for the first time built this Kagyupa Monastery. It will your unique experience as few tourist from west had been here.
- Day 13:Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La We begin our trail through zig-zag rocky course which takes us to Saldang La. From there a bit long walk towards north will bring us to Namduna gaun. At this place there is another monastery called Namgung. It belongs to Karma-Pa sect.
- Day 14:Trek to Saldang A tough 3-4 hours of climbing will take us to a cliff from where we can see Saldang. It is a largest village of inner Dolpo region. The village covers around two square kilometer. There are five villages inside Saldang. It inhabits more than 600 people and 80 well built houses. It is a prime trade route to Tibet.
- Day 15:Trek to Yangze Gompa From Saldang our journey further moves to northern part. Many tourists had not visited this inner area. We will follow barren windswept path with many ups and downs. After passing Tiling and Lurigaun we reach Yangze where we will set up our camp for the night.
- Day 16:Trek to Sibu There are two routes that connect Sibu with Yangze. To save our time and energy we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village as it is much easier and shorter.
We pass through Chaiba Monastery, Namdo village and reach Nam Kong Khola. Another couple of hours walk will take us to Sibu where we will arrange our night halt.
- Day 17:Trek to Jeng-La Phedi The trek will go ahead following Nam Khong Khola. A steep climb thereafter will bring us to the bottom of Jeng-La where we will setup out camp for the night.
- Day 18:Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La Around two hours of climb and we will reach at the top of Jeng-La. From here we descend through rough path towards Tarap Valley. By noon we reach Tarap Chu. It stretches 22 kilometers. We will spend night in Tokyu Monastery.
- Day 19:Trek to Dho Tarap After a short trek on this beautiful valley we come to Dho Tarap where we will spend another beautiful night. We will have enough time to visit other nearby villages.
- Day 20:Rest Day at Dho Tarap Today is rest day. You can purchase home spun clothes and Tibetan style Somba (boots with upturned toes).
- Day 21:Trek to Tarap Khola ( Kamakharka) Today’s journey is going to be a bit long. We descend towards wide valley which ultimately narrows into gorge. By noon we reach at confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola which further flows towards east as Tarap River. We will arrange our camp at Kamakharka.
- Day 22:Trek to Khanigaon Trek to Khanigaon is a life time memory as the valley becomes so narrow that in some places we jump from one side to other. Sometimes the path seems missing and we walk across stone slabs screwed on longs in between the walls which act like bridge. It is a thrilling experience. Finally, after overcoming all hardships we reach Khanigaon where we halt for the night.
- Day 23:Trek to Tarakot From Khanigaon we head towards Lalberi village. Then passing forest and gorge we reach at Tarakot. It is an old fortress known as Dzong by locals. Dzong means fort in English.
- Day 24:Trek to Dunai We walk beside Bheri River to reach Dunai. On reaching Dunai we complete a circuit, henceforth, we enjoy the trip with bottle of beers or local brew available at Dunai.
- Day 25:Trek to Jhuphal We take short route towards Jhuphal and after reaching there we setup our camp.
- Day 26:Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and catch connecting flight to Kathmandu We take flight to Nepalgunj from Jhuphal. After arriving at Nepalgunj we wait for connecting flight to Kathmandu.
- Day 27:Back to your destination country On this day you will take flight for your country with lots of beautiful memories of Himalayan nation, Nepal.
- Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Three times meals during the trek
- Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire) and trekking map
- All permits, special permits and necessary paper work, TIMS
- First aid kit
- All taxes, be it local or government
- Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- International or domestic flights
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Size of Trekking Group
For Upper Dolpo Trek, there will be one leader and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.
While on trek, we will spend nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 350 US. But some places in this region do not allow single accommodations.
During our Upper Dolpo Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.