The journey to the Upper Dolpo trek is one of a kind. Located at the Tibet and Nepal we get to witness the amalgamation of the culture and the near extinct pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion.
This trek is famous for its beautiful valleys, peculiar villages and the view of the some of the most beautiful view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Kanjoroba and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Rated as moderate difficulty this journey will take you to the limit as it requires a good physical condition.
Although there are amateurs who have completed Upper Dolpo trek we advise an experience in trekking at high altitude. Acclimatization plays an important as we will be trekking above 4,000m and high altitude sickness can get to you.
Your journey starts with your arrival in the cultural hub of Nepal- Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up from Tribhuwan International Airport and you will be transferred to your hotel via a private tourist vehicle. Breakfast included
This day is reserved for your sightseeing around Kathmandu and further briefing about the trip. After breakfast you will be introduced to your trek leader and all the briefing about the trip will be done. Then after 9:45 am, you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the sight with private vehicle and a tour guide at your disposal. Use this time to shop around for the trek or to take some souvenir back home. Breakfast included.
After your breakfast, we will take a flight to Nepalgunj. The view from flight gives one of the best views of majestic Northern Himalayas. After reaching the hotel, we will have time to stroll around the city. Approximately 1 hour of flight. Breakfast included.
From Nepalgunj, we take another flight to Juphal through Twin Otter. Though sometimes the flight may be canceled due to weather conditions or even technical problem, the majority of the time the service is dependable. There we prepare all the equipment for the trek. We walk along the Bheri River and narrow canyon to reach the village of Dunai. Approximately 35 minutes of flight. Approximately 3 hours of walk. BLD included.
Setting from Dunai, we cross a long suspension bridge and reach the new hospital. Trekking along the river you pass marijuana plantation field. They also have millet, pumpkin, chuck, chilies and sweet corns. Going further, we reach the entrance to Phoksundo National Park. Inside we pass three villages- Parela (meaning "eyelash"), Rahagaon (eyebrow) and Ankhe (eye). We stay overnight in tented camps. Approximately 5-6 hours of walk. BLD included
You start your ascend after crossing two bridges. The narrow path can prove to be troublesome. You will descend down the river and after another steep ascend you reach the camp side of Suligad River where you will stay for the night. Approximately 7 hours of walk. BLD included
After breakfast, we continue our journey. The trail is easy at first but starts to get hectic as you start to ascend steep cliffs. The roads are rockier and the trail becomes harder. Climbing up the ridge, you get to see the amazing view of the highest waterfall in Nepal - Phoksundo waterfall which is over 300m. Here, you get to see the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake. Descending down we reach Ringmo village where pre- Buddhist Bonpo religion is practiced. We can observe the mud plastered chortens, the ritual flags, mani walls and after a short walk, we will reach the shores of Phoksundo Lake. We will stay the night here. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk. BLD included
Following the edge of the lake, we continue through the trail and pass remote regions we admire the serene beauty of Phoksundo. The path needs you to go uphill up to 4,040m and downward to the valley entering the floodplain of PhoksundoKhola. We will camp by the river bank. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk. BLD included.
Instead of a regular trek, we will walk through the streams so we recommend using sandals. And we again continue our trek as we move through the narrow path and vertical cliffs that will test your stamina and fitness. Passing through PhoksundoKhola and mountain streams we cross an old wooden bridge. We again take a long climb reaching to steep the meadow. Few more ascend and we reach a valley that lets us see the glimpse of SheyGompa and him beautiful pass- The Kang La. We camp here and take a well-deserved rest for the long and arduous day. Approximately 7- 8 hours of walk. BLD included.
Crossing the dusty path which will push you to the limit, we get on the way to Kang La/ Ngadra La, we descend through snow covered pass and after a steep downhill descent we reach a small village -SheyGompa ( Shey translates to 'crystal' and hence the monastery is also known as Crystal mountain). The village has few houses and 11th century Gompa. We stay overnight at tented camp. Approximately 7 hours of walk. BLD included.
This is your day to relax and enjoy the majestic monastery. Since we are above 4,000m this is a great time for acclimatization. Roam around the Gompa, visit the meditation center and refill your health to 100%.
Following the juniper field, we cross the stony canyon. Through the rock path we, reach flat land. Going through the long Saldang La we enjoy the view of Mustang and glance at snow peaks in Tibet. Descending down we come across the beautiful sight of yak and sheep grazing. We reach NamdunaGaon. The village has only a few houses and is famo
We climb through the dusty mountains and after some ascend reach the biggest village of Inner Dolpo region- Salding. The village is located on a plateau above the Nam Khongnala. We stay in tented camps and even enjoy with the friendly villagers. Approximately 4 hours of walk. BLD included.
We descend down to the river bed and through some of the artistic and religious Stupas, Mani stones and a Chaiba monastery. After walking further, we reach the next village- Namdo. This is a big village and stretches for more than 5 km. We reach the small settlement of Sibu- on the river bank and stay overnight at camp. Approximately 6 hours of walk. BLD included
After a fairly easy trail and pass another stream before passing a pleasant meadow and rocky lands. We stay overnight at tented camps. We reach one of the highest pass- The Jeng La. Approximately 5 hours of walk. BLD included.
We ascend to the top of Jeng- La from where we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m). We descend towards the dream valley- Tarap Chu. The valley has around 10 villages with many Gompas and takes a stop for the day at Tokyu Monastery. Approximately 7 hours of walk. BLD included.
We visit ChaibaGompa where we observe the unique tradition full of Mani walls, Chortens. There is also a "french school" just outside the village. We reach DhoTarap which is a Magarsettlement with some Tibetans who follow the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion. An afternoon walks to the Buddhist Gompa and stays for the night in the tented camp. Approximately 4-5 hours of walk. BLD included.
Going downhill, we follow the course of TarapKhola. We follow the gorges of the river and witness the beauty of nature. The trail has been improved and we pass the long suspension bridge. Following that we pass the narrow path where we reach Serkam and we stay overnight. Approximately 6-7 hours of walk. BLD included.
Following down the TarapKhola we cross the man-made stone staircases. The path is long and tests the limits of your stamina. The rocky path will create hindrance at your smooth path. The trail is steep and narrow. Since the path is near the cliffs, we must tread carefully. Going through the beautiful gorges we reach KhaniGaon. Approximately 7 hours of walk. BLD included.
After breakfast, we go on our way. We cross the suspension bridge and go high and low the river. Climbing high above the river, we again have to descend towards the BarbungKhola and reach the fortress village of Tarakot. Approximately 4-5 hours of walk. BLD included.
The path leads downward and walking along the BheriRiver, we walk at a greater pace. We follow the same path we used before through the narrow canyon. Approximately 5 hours of walk. BLD included
This day marks the end of our trek as we continue to Juphal. As you approach Juphal you may encounter steep ascend but it is not much a problem as you have faced much more in the past two weeks. approximately 3-4 hours of walk. BLD included
After breakfast, the flight leaves from Juphal to Nepalgunj. This 35 minutes flight will feast you with the beautiful Himalayas and stunning views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Reaching the near border of Nepalgunj we will take a flight back to the capital. Approximately 35 minutes from Juphal to Nepalganj. Approximately 35 minutes flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and 1 hour’s flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
This day is reserved for contingency. If the unfavorable weather condition had delayed the flight, this day would make up for it. If we get back to Kathmandu in time this will be your leisure day. We roam around the Kathmandu valley, shop around and enjoy the exquisite nightlife. We will have a farewell dinner. This marks the end of your journey to the beautiful Upper Dolpo Region. Breakfast and dinner included
Our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport before your scheduled flight. Breakfast included
Nestled in the remote and mystical landscapes of Nepal, the Upper Dolpo Trekking offers intrepid adventurers an opportunity to journey through a realm of untouched beauty and ancient culture. This hidden gem of a trek is a tapestry woven with rugged terrains, pristine lakes, and centuries-old monasteries. To unlock the true essence of this captivating journey, timing plays a crucial role. In this article, we unveil the best time to embark on the Upper Dolpo Trekking with Himalayan Partner Treks and Expedition, ensuring an unforgettable and soul-stirring expedition.
The Upper Dolpo Trekking is a high-altitude escapade that demands meticulous consideration of weather, trail conditions, and cultural experiences. Two distinct seasons emerge as the perfect periods for venturing into this ancient realm: autumn (September to November) and late spring (May to June).
Autumn casts a spell on the Upper Dolpo region, transforming it into a symphony of colors and contrasts. The deciduous forests come alive with rich hues of gold and amber, providing a stunning backdrop to your trekking journey. The weather during this season is stable, with clear skies allowing for unparalleled vistas of the snow-capped peaks that embrace the landscape. The chilly air is invigorating, and the trails are relatively dry, making each step a joyous adventure.
Late spring is an equally enchanting time to explore the Upper Dolpo region. As winter's grasp releases the land, the flora blooms in a celebration of life. The meadows burst forth with wildflowers, and the trails are lined with rhododendron blooms, creating a dreamy and romantic atmosphere. The milder temperatures and the crisp mountain air make for comfortable trekking conditions, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes and cultural encounters.
While autumn and late spring offer the most favorable conditions, it's important to exercise caution during the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and the possibility of landslides. Similarly, the winter months (December to February) bring extremely cold temperatures and the challenge of snow-covered trails, making them less suitable for trekking.
Choosing the right trekking partner is of utmost importance when undertaking an expedition as unique as the Upper Dolpo Trekking. Himalayan Partner Treks and Expedition is a reliable choice, offering expert guides, in-depth local knowledge, and a strong commitment to safety. With meticulously planned itineraries, top-notch equipment, and a focus on personalized service, they stand as the ideal companion for unlocking the mysteries of the Upper Dolpo region.
The Upper Dolpo Trekking with Himalayan Partner Treks and Expedition is an immersive journey into the heart of one of Nepal's most secluded and culturally rich regions. By timing your trek during the enchanting seasons of autumn and late spring, you open the door to a world of natural marvels and ancient traditions. Prepare to be captivated by the pristine beauty of Dolpo, the warmth of its people, and the profound sense of exploration that accompanies every step of this extraordinary expedition. Embark on this transformative adventure and create memories that will forever be etched in your heart.
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