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Dolpa region appears in historical records since c. 8th century. The region lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park at western part of Nepal, between the Tibet plateau and Dhaulagiri range. The Dolpa is divided into two part Upper Dolpa and Lower Dolpa but the entire district was closed to all trekkers until 1989. The region is normally adherents of "Bon" and has preserved its Tibetan culture in fairly pure form. Our trekking to Dolpa is connected by the place named 'Jufal' after taking a short flight from Nepalagunj airport. Jufal is a starting and ending point of Upper Dolpa Trek.

Dolpa was the location for the Oscar-nominated movies "The Himalaya" and “The Caravana” and for the German documentary Dolpo Tulku. The trek to the Upper Dolpa consist passes through many mountain ranges of Annapurna, Kanjiroba and Dhaulagiri and also pass through beautiful villagers, trail route and meet fantastic people. The beauty of the vast Phoksundo Lake during the trek gives lifetime memory. In spite of the near inaccessibility of the region and tourism restrictions for the more remote parts, Dolpa is a popular destination for trekking tourism.

Trip Facts

  • Activity: Trekking
  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Highest Alt: 5360 m
  • Trek Type: Tea house Trek / Camping Trek / Hotel
  • Best Season: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to October)
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), Sherpa Khangri Outdoor representative will pick you up from airport and transfer to hotel.  Depending on time if we have enough time we will hang around thamel and buy some necessary gears.

In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner and short briefing.

In this day we will complete all essential paper works. Today, there will be a meeting to brief all the members about upcoming trip. Here, our guides and Sherpas provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

Included Meals: BB

Nepalgunj is the town which is situated on the south-west Nepal border with India. From Kathmandu domestic airport it will take an hour to land at Nepalgunj airport. Here we visit the local markets and mini zoo in the evening. Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

Included Meals : Breakfast

In the early morning after breakfast we will transferred to the domestic airport of Nepalgunj for the flight to Jufal. The flight duration is 45 minutes. Jufal is situated over the Himalayan foothills, with the imagistic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in its North. With food and water supply for 5-7 days at Jufal we meet our trekking guide and start our trail to Dunai 2850 m. After 3 hours walk from Jufal trek takes to our overnight camp at Dunai village.

Included meals : BLD

Today we continue our trek to Ankhe. After crossing the suspension bridge and turning on west the path shortly begins to ascent up the side of the treeless Thulo Bheri Valley before we wnter the Shey Phosundo River Valley. Our trek lead us to a large side canyon, descending diagonally from the canyon we reach to a stream. The Trail below this stream situated at the height of 2810 m leads to Dhera. From Dhera the route is climbing up to Raha Village and after passing through its lower part we again walk through canyon. Finally, we reach to the Ankhe. 

 

Included meals : BLD

The destination of our trek in this day is Sulighat. The path is little up and down along the forested riverbed. These up and down can be bit monotonous but the several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat, our overnight stay point.

 

Included meals : BLD

The day trek continues along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo river. After crossing the bridge of Pungmo we walk on the Pumgmo's bank. Before reaching the Palma village the trail passes through a cedar forest. From Palam we ascent up to a ridge and enjoy the amazing view of Phoksundo Lake situated at an altitude of 3611 m. The trail goes steep down and takes us to the upper reaches of Phoksundo river and from there to the beautiful village called "Ringmo". After a short walk we can reach to Phoksundo Lake. Overnight stay at Phoksundo Lake.

Included meals : BLD

Today is A well deserved acclimatization day in Phoksundo Lake. From the Lake we can go for a short hike to the village of Ringmo and its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

Included meals : BLD

The trail from Phoksundo Lake continues skirting the  shoreline of the lake as it curves on a rocky  legde. The tottering walk suspended on a gangway of woods supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks symbolizes the remoteness of the area. The path takes us to the Phoksundo river and after crossing the river and passing through village we will reach to the bank of the river for overnight stay.

Included meals : BLD

At the starting of our trail we walk for an hour through a glacial valley, heads due North. There is an old wodden bridge at the meet point of Phoksundo river and another mountain stream. After crossing the bridge we trek to North-East of the valley and a long climb from there the trail brings is to a sheep meadow where our trail veers up a steep ravine. Now, after a hard conquest to the top we reach  to another valley which collect the view of Kang-La pass. We setup our camp at Bhanjyang in a place that Peter Matheson christened 'Snowfields Camp'.

Included meals : BLD

In the morning as we leave from Bhangyang the walk leads ascent up toward the Kang-La pass. It’s strenuous to ascent the top of the pass. From its top there are excellent views of the large valley divided by gushing river. After descending steep to the valley base, we continue our trail through the path which leads a meandering trek along the river's banks crossing and re-crossing its several times. When we finish passing through meadows of hairy yaks, hundred of sheep and mountain goats we arrive at Shey Gompa lies at 4500 m high.

 Included meals : BLD

Today is  an another well-deserved acclimatization day at Shey Gompa. The Gompa which was built in 1655 and has the meaning of Crystal Monastery is noted for a giant statue of a seated Lord Buddha.  We spend the day hiking around the re-Buddhist cultured village. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha.Overnight in Shey Gompa. 

Included meals : BLD

Our trek begins by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which takes us in a descending way into a grey, stony canyon. The zigzag path over plain rocks and rough eroded soil brings us at the top of Saldang-La pass which lies at the height of 5200 m.  After the long and tiring subsequent descent toward north, grazing yaks and nomadic tents made from yak hair comforts the sight. Now after a short walk we reach to Namduna Village 4800 m. We also will visit the monastery of the village. Overnight in Namuda Gaun. 

Included meals : BLD

As we leave the Namduna Gaun the route is steep up and further on it begins a traverse. After hard ascending up for some hours, Saldang appers below on a plateau high above the Namga river. Saldang is the largest village of the inner part of Dopla reigion. The village stretches for nearly a mile on an open slope. Saldang is a prosperous village with agriculturally and for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet.

Included meals : BLD

The trek from Saldand diverts further far north to the least unexplored area by westerners along with the Nang Chu River on a wild barren windswept terrain. The trail is gradually up and down later. Then after passing through the small settlement of Tiling and Luri Gaun we cross the tributary Panzang River, a short walk from here brings us to an unexplored region of Yangze 4,960m and its very old Bon-Po Monastery> Finally we reach to our night camp at Yangze Gompa. we cross the tributary Panzang River, a short walk from here brings us to an unexplored region of Yangze 4,960m and its very old Bon-Po Monastery.

Included meals : BLD

Today our trail follow the route toward Sibu. Actually there are two connecting route to Sibu, to save the time and for easy access we will retrace the path bit back toward Saldung village. From Saldung after passing through, stupas, terraced field, a Chaiba monastery  and heaps of Mani stone we reach to Namdo Village. This village occupy the space nearly 3 miles on the high slope to the left of Nam Khong river. Now, our trail continues steep down to the river for about two hours to Sibu.

Included meals : BLD

Today's morning our trail follows the Nam Khong river and passes by the Caravans of laden yaks that are on the wat towards Tibet. Now, after a long walk finally we part turning east till we arrive at the confluence of two small tributaries. The trail from here is steep up to the buttom of Jeng-La Phedi situated at the height of 4900m. Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi. 

Included meals : BLD

Our morning trail will be couple of hours long to climb the Jeng-La Pass top 5090 m from where we get the excellent views of the north of Mt. Dhaulagri shining in the morning. The trail  descends down on the rough path towards Tarap Valley. Taras is considered as a fantastic vally with vast plains in high Himalayas. By the mid of the day we come to the green valley which leads us on the pleasant track down towards Tarap Chu. Finally, we stop our treak at Tokyu village for overnight stay.

Included meals : BLD

Today from Tokyu Gaun the trek downhill on a plain valley collecting the beauty of patches of lush grass on both sides of the river, completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. We can see a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valleyNow, after trekking a while we reach Dho Tarap.

Included meals:BLD

Today will be our rest day at Dho Tarap. Visiting the village which has is surrounded by stone walls. More than 40 houses at Dho tarap are divided into three clusters and has built in a haphazard way inhabited nbt Tibetans and Magars.  We also will  visit a Buddhist Gompa which is closest to our campsite.

Included meals : BLD

At the starting the trek takes us descending down towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. After walking along the Juniper bush and wild rose by the mid day we reach at the confluence of the Taraop Chu and Lang River, a river which joins with Tarap river from further east. The night camp will be set up at a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka which lies at 3800 m height.

Included meals : BLD

In this morning we continues our trail down to the gorge of the Tarap river, at times alongside it, rising high above on a trail built from the steep slopes might come across people from Dolpo taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. As the valley becomes so narrow in a geep gorge, in some places we can jump from one side to another, this is an exciting part of the journey. At some of the places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away so we have to cross the icy torrent by foot. Finally today's trip ends at our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon 3150 m.

 

Included meals : BLD

As we leave Khangaon by crossing the new suspension bridge, the trail takes us to the cillage of Lalberi. After coming in the board fertile valley of Barbung Chu, we walk through the various crops of millet, sweet corn, barley, green beans, chilies and marijuana and now we reach to Tarakot. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong.. Before the Gorkha dynasty Tarakot was the capital and had a Dzong. Here we will visit Sandul Gompa lying at 5 miles east of the village at the junction of Barbung river and Tarap Chu. Today our camp will be set up near by the Tarap Chu river about 160 m below the Tarakot.

Included meals : BLD

Our today's trail is  mostly down and fairly firm, beside the Bheri river. Here we have to use the ingenious path which is almost 7 meter above the river. Trail will be continues until we reach to Byas Gadi. From Gadi we descent down near to Lochakhola Gaun and ascent to Duani. Now, we have completed the circuit of mysterious land Dolpo. overnight stay at Dunai.

Included meals : BLD

Today from Dunai we retrace the journey back to the Jufal, the journey along the Bheri river via Kalagaonda and Motipur village to the small airstrip for the last overnight camp.

Included meals : BLD

In the early morning we take 35 minutes flight from Jufal to Nepalgunj. Overnightstay in Nepaljung.

Included meals : Breakfast

Today we will fly from Nepalgunj to kathmandu and It will be the leisure day in Kathmandu and in the evening we will have a farewell dinner with a traditional Nepalese cuisine . Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Included meals : Dinner

Sherpa Khangri Outdoor representative  will drop you to airport according to your flight schedule. 

Included meals : B

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Hotel and tea house during trekking.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj on BB Plan as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jufal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight Tickets.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permits fee.
  • Trekking Permits for Upper Dolpo Restricted Area.
  • Experienced Trekking guide and porter services with their food and accommodation.
  • Staff Insurance and Salary.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and all meals during the trek.
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and others.
  • Comprehensive First aid medical kit.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Internet Access during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
  • Personal trekking staff if requested.
  • Tips for guides and porters.