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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek renders a rare peek into the centuries old bon and shamanistic culture that is still prevalent in the Dolpo region of Western Nepal. Shey Gompa- the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo is yet another reason to book for Upper Dolpo Trek. Upper Dolpo Trek was opened for foreigners only in 1989 and even now Upper Dolpo Trek requires special permit from the Nepalese government for which a fee of around US$500 is charged for first ten days and an additional 50$ per day from the day 11. Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, panoramic view of Majestic Kanjirowa Himal and Namgung Gompa are worth the watch during Upper Dolpo Trek. Three High passes namely Nagdalo (5350m), Shey-La (5000m) and Jeng-La (5110m) makes Upper Dolpo Trek indeed an arduous one.
Dolpo boasts in having the country’s largest National Park which provides a shelter for diverse wild species of flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough, you will get a chance to spot animals like Musk deer, Himalayan blue sheep and snow leopard while on the way to the Upper Dolpo Trek.

Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day04: Fly to Jumla and trek to Gothichaur
Day05: Trek to Napakhola
Day06: Trek to Balasa
Day07: Trek to Hurikot
Day08: Trek to Kagmara Phedi
Day09: Trek to Kagmara-La crossing to Pungmo
Day10: Trek to Lake Phoksundo to pine Trees Base Camp
Day11: Trek to Gand-La Base Camp
Day12: Trek to Shey Gompa
Day13: Trek to Lagmo Che Phedi
Day14: Trek to Kyung-La Base Camp
Day15: Trek to Tokkyu Village
Day16: Trek to Dho
Day17: Trek to Tharap Khola
Day18: Rest in Tharap Khola
Day19: Trek to Tarakot
Day20: Trek to Dunai
Day21: Trek to Juphal
Day22: Flight Juphal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
Day23: Departure and Farewell
 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will receive you and the transfer you to the hotel. You will then be briefed in general about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
On the second day, you will be taken out for an excursion to some of the chief sites in and around Kathmandu. Visits include the temples of Pashupatinath, Swayamvunath and Bauddhanath and Durbar squares of Kathmandu and Patan. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
On the third day, we will take about an hour’s flight through the mountains and reach Nepalgunj- the hub of Western Nepal and an important city lying close to the Indian Border in Western Tarai. After reaching Nepalgunj, we will be transferred to the hotel. Later, in the evening we will sightsee around some of the popular places around Nepalgunj. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jumla and trek to Gothichaur
A short flight from Nepalgunj will take you to Jumla. Our trek begins here. We will walk to Tila Khola and pass along its confluence to Chaudabise from where the land starts ascending till it reaches to fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut and finally will make upto a meadow which goes by the name of Gothichaur. We will stay overnight at a camp in Gothichour.

Day 05: Trek to Napakhola (3,000m)
The route follows the Tila Khola through fields of corn, potatoes, buckwheat and barley. Passing Maniwals on the way, we will continue along the river to Napakhola-a small Buddhist Village. We will get to know the culture and lifestyle of the locals and will stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Balasa through Mauria Lagna Pass
The trail from Napakhola continues to be steeper and passes through forests of oak and rhododendrons to reach to Mauria Lagna also known as Honey Pass. The route then descends down to Chaurikot Village and lowers to a stream before ascending to the ridge at 3080m. Balasa lies about 30 minutes far from the ridge. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Hurikot
On the seventh day, we will wake up in the morning and have breakfast. Then we will brace ourselves for the trek as the trail now ascends gradually through thorn bushes before arriving to Hurikot. It requires around 4-5 hours of walking before we reach Hurikot. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 08: Trek to Kagmara Phedi
The trail from Hurikot begins getting steeper afterward. We will chase the trail up to the base camp of Kagmara called Kagmara Phedi which basically is a rugged area. We will set our camp among these rocks and will capture the splendid scenery the Base camp offers. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 09: Trek to Kagmara-La and cross to reach Pungmo
On the 9th day, we will simply walk along the trail through hill and climb alongside Kagmara glacier till we arrive to the Kagmara-La Pass. We will rest there for a while and enjoy the scenic beauty it offers. Later, we cross the Kagmara-La Pass and will pass through pastures of Pungmo Khola and enjoying the view of Kanjirowa peak, we will reach to Pungmo Village where we will stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek to Shey Phoksundo and to Pine trees
We will continue downstream to entrance of Shey Phoksundo National Park in Suduwa before reaching to Shey Phoksundo Lake. After allocating an hour to admire the beauty of this lake, we will walk through bigger waterfalls to Pine forest where wide varieties of pine including juniper and blue pine line up into thickets. We will set the camp among these Pine Trees for the day.

Day 11: Trek to Gand La Base Camp
The trail through Pine trees follows the river through the valley to a waterfall. We will rest for the day in Gand La Base Camp. Journey from Shey Phoksundo to Gand La Base Camp is a short one and we will reach in a short while, admiring the beauty of the region. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Shey Gompa
Shey Gompa which also goes by the name of Crystal Mountain is the Bonpo monastery located at an altitude of 4500m in the most remote part of Dolpo where shamanism is still in practice. Shey Gompa is believed to be 800yrs old and it belongs to Chaiba community. We will stay overnight at Shey Gompa in a camp.

Day 13: Trek to Lagmo Che Phedi
Lagmo Che is a high camp destination which is positioned below Jeng-La pass on the northern side between Saldang and Dho Tarap. Lagmo che phedi would be the day where we will spend today’s night.

Day 14: Trek to Kyung La Base Camp
Early in the morning of 14th day, after breakfast, we will head towards Kyung La Base camp which lies near to Shering Gompa. Special permit is necessary to visit Kyung La base Camp. We will stay overnight in a tented camp at Kyung La Base Camp.

Day 15: Trek to Tokkyu village
It takes about 6-7 hours walk to reach to Tokkyu village from Kyung La Base Camp. We will ascend the peak to the top of Jeng La and then descend down till we reach Tokkyu Village.
Day16: Trek to Dho
You will find the trail has descended past a huge mani wall to reach to Tarap region. Passing through the barley fields will ultimately lead to village of Dho where we will rest for the day.

Day 17: Trek to Tharap Khola
From Tarap Valley, the trail descends towards a wide valley which leads to a gorge. A short journey through juniper bush and wild rose will eventually take us to the confluence of
Tarap khola and Lang Khola. Locals call this place- Kamakharka. We will rest for the day here in a tented camp.

Day 18: Rest in Tharap Khola
After coming this far, you have earned yourself a well deserved rest. Stretch yourself and pull yourself up for the journey to be conquered in upcoming days. The shore of Tharap Khola will be the place where we will camp for the night.

Day 19: Trek to Tarakot
An early journey from Lahini will take us to the wide Valley where Laskap River meets with Tarap Khola. A little further lies Kamigoan (2950m) which is popular as the winter residence of people of Tarap village. The route continues through the river before descending to the Barbung Khola and will finally lead to our destination for the day- Tarakot Village.


Day 20: Trek to Dunai
The journey for the 20th day begins with early breakfast. We will follow the course through Barbung khola which lies downstream along the southern edge of the village of Laban and will head to Dabung. A casual stroll from Dabung will take us to Dunai.

Day 21: Trek to Juphal
A short walk from Dunai would be able to lead us to Juphal where we will rest for the day and prepare for the flight we will be taking tomorrow. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse in Jhupal.

Day 22: Flight Juphal - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
A short flight of about 30 minutes from Jhupal the next day takes us to Nepalgunj. We will then board another plane from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu the same day and reach the capital in the afternoon.

Day 23: Departure and farewell from Kathmandu
On the last day of the trekking package, you will take a flight to your home country from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We bid you farewell and hope to serve you again!!
 

 

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