Upper Dolpo Trek | Upper Dolpo & She Gompa Trek
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Upper Dolpo Trek

- 28 Days

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The rugged natural beauty, distinctive people, unique light conditions makes Dolpo a unique Nepali paradise

Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Our trekking adventure begins with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We then fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book – The Snow Leopard. Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, The Caravan, was also a huge success and was also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. On our 28-day trek we pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal.

Overview

Arrival City
Arrival City
Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure City
Departure City
Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals
Meals
24 dinner, 27 breakfast, 22 lunch
Activity
Activity
Trekking and Hiking
Styles
Styles
Active Adventures

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary Walking/Hiking
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 02 Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 2-3 hrs
Day 05 Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 06 Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hrs
Day 07 Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 08 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09 Trek to Phoksundo Khola 4-5 hrs
Day 10 Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang 6-7 hrs
Day 11 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 12 Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Day 13 Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 14 Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 15 Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 16 Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 17 Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 18 Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 19 Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 21 Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 22 Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 23 Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 24 Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 25 Dunai to Jhuphal 2-3 hrs
Day 26 Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 27 Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 28 Final departure
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Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Meals

Breakfast (only) will be available in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek. We can enjoy freshly-cooked, hygienic and nutritious meals on full-board basis prepared by our trained and experienced cook during the trek. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan dishes as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.

Accommodation

Accommodations are included in the trip cost and Himalayan Glacier has chosen the best deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu in a 3-star Hotel, 2 night in lodge in Nepalgunj/Jupal, and rest other nights in comfortable two-men camping tent. To sleep in tent, 4 season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All hotel and camping accommodation is on twin sharing basis, and will provide you single supplement if there is different sex without extra charge. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single room/tent on request by paying single supplement USD 350.

Experience Required

Upper Dolpo Trek is categorized as a difficult trek. In such trek, you are likely to walk for 6-7 hours, cross steep, hilly terrain and occasional high passes of up to 5500 m. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, previous trekking experience, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience is fundamental but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Glacier about your medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization

Upper Dolpo Trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Three separate days are set aside for acclimatization. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. 

Himalayan Glacier advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff.  Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. However, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Team Composition

For the Upper Dolpo Trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if someone in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually a maximum of twelve people is ideal as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip.

DATES & PRICES

All our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don’t match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for and our travel experts will help plan your tailor-made trips in your dream destination.

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October 2021
Monday 04 Oct, 2021
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Monday 11 Oct, 2021
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Monday 18 Oct, 2021
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