Upper Dolpo (Anti Clock Wise) Trek

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Upper Dolpo region, far-western region trek takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya. Expeditions into Dolpo, also known as rain shadowed territory and can be challenging but definitely fascinating. This remote land rewards witnessing Tibetan Buddhist culture, some of the oldest monasteries in the country, the spectacular Lake Phoksundo and many more like rare wildlife, and a real sense of being in the wilderness. Doing in a anti clock wise route, makes you feel less crowded also is a good idea for having proper acclimatization for the body and fit to attempt all the challenging high passes with ease.

Day 1:

Arrive Ktm, transfer to the hotel

Day 2:

Kathmandu Valley Tour, hotel

Day 3:

Fly to Nepalgunj, transfer to the hotel

Day 4: Flight to Juphal (2475m) and trek to Dunai (4 hrs)

We take early morning flight, around 6.30 from Nepalgunj to Jhupal. After 30 minutes or so scenic flight, we land at small airstrip of Jhupal. Meeting entire trekking crew with brief introduction, we head towards Dunai. The first walk of the trail is going down till Kalaguda village with the dirt making the walk by the river bank of Bheri River. Todays walk is around 4 walk upt o Dunai, a centre or the hub of the Dolpo region with a health post. A small village, where we can purchase all the necessary supplies like ration and other commodities. Nice place to look around.

Day 5: Trek to Tarakot ( 2540 m/ 6 hrs)

Again, we make Veri River on our side walk, cross the river with a iron bridge. We take gradual upward walk till Besi ghat. After passing Besi ghat the trail is slightly down ward, easy one, and, we take the wakl by the bank of the river. The trail is gradual ups & down till we reach Tarakot. We camp little further to Tarabagar, it is in the base of Tarakot after crossing the river with the iron bridge. Our stop of the night at Tarabagar. The views of the small peaks are visible of putha Hiunchuli in far distance.

Day 6: Trek to Laini Odar (3370 m/ 6 hrs)

Cross the stream and climb gently through pink field of flowering buckwheat . Detour south into a side valley with view of Putha Himal (Butterfly Mountain), cross the steam and climb to the south ridge. The trail stays mostly high above the river, past cypress trees and a white chorten to a 120 meters long suspension bridge Laisicap at 2600m. Trek continues through cedar forest as the valley walls starts to close in. Three sided tunnels are blasted are blasted out of the rock through the steepest part of the gorge, as the river drops steeply (600m in only 3km) alongside the trail. The gorge finally starts to widen near Laini, a small meadow at 3260m.

Day 7:Trek to Nawarpani ( 3780 m/7 hrs)

After short flat walk the trail climbs a cliff and switchback to a mini pass marked by prayer flag at 3540m. The trail then makes a dramatic and highly enjoyable high traverse through the gorge. Climb one more ridge before descend Chyugur Khola a small campsite beside the river. Cross the suspension bridge to the river’s true and after 20 minutes pass a side stream Chaya Khola to another potential camp spot beside the cave. Cross the suspension bridge to the true right bank. Where there are no monsoon flows you can avoid a climb here by following the riverside trail before arriving at Nawarpani.

Day 8:Trek to Langa ( 3870 m/ 6-7 hrs)

The trail is mixture of upward & flat with the ridge walk as well. We pass Tarap khola with small bridge, pass through Toltol, a small village. We take a berak for lunch beyond Toltol, somewhere before Ghyamghar by the bank of river. We keep walking till we reach Langa by crossing small bridge. We stop before Ghyamghar for the lunch by the bank of river. We keep on walking, gradual highs & lows trail and sometime flat as well. We finally reach Langa.  

Day 9:Trek to Dho Tarap ( 3944 m/ 5 hrs)

The route crosses the Tarap chu on a very short bridge after passing the narrow slot canyon. Climb on the east bank through a classic eroded Trans-Himalayan landscape to a chorten of Sekham. The trail is rocky as it traverses beneath cliff to a bridge at 3920m. Keep walking through the riverbed wide-opened valley passing mani walls to our final destination Dho Tarap.

Day 10:Explore Dho village

The name Tarap refers to the entire region. The correct name of the village is Do meaning ‘lower end of the valley’ in Tibetan, but most local people refers to the village as Do Tarap. It consist of several cluster of closely packed some houses and corrals, surrounded by fields of ‘Naked barley The Ribo Bhumpa Gompa above the village was rebuilt in 1955, beside it is unique chorten in a chorten containing the remains of a demon killed by Guru Rinpoche. The painting inside the chorten represents both Bonpo and Nyingma traditions, although the Gompa itself is Nyingma. The view over the valley is superb. For leisurely half day excursion head east up to the valley to Dero Gompa and Shipchok Gompa a school of Bonpo.

Day 11:Trek to before Jyarila Khola (approx:4450 m/ 5-6 hrs)

Today, our start of the trek is gradual up for a long range, passing Tokyo village. We cross Tojyo village and take a rest and have lunch before the river by the gorge, nice spot to take a rest and have a lunch break. We continue our walk and stop at the place before Jyarila Khola (river) for the night. It's a not a long walk but first few hours gradual long uphill walk will make you slightly tired. We need some energy to save for tomorrow's first pass (Jengla Pass) to cross of our trip. Which seems tough and long walk.

Day 12:Cross Jengla pass, camp at Lower Phedi (approx: 4300 m/ 9.5 hrs)

Today's walk is long and tough as we cross Jengla Pass that is above 5000 meters. We Start walking by the bank of Jyarila Khola, passing through the valley, keep walking for a long time, obviously with steep walk till we reach the top of Jengla Pass, the magnificent views from the top rewards you and make you forget your fatigue for some time. Now, we again descend down the trail, and passing again with the valley and the gorge, coming down is also makes you stress in your knees, so, we take it as slow as we can. We finally finish the long tiring ups & down of today's trail, probably the longest hours walk of the trail, and pitch our tents near the river where water supply makes you better place to rest and sleep.

Day 13:Trek to Saldang (3770 m/ 7.30 hrs)

We start our walk with going down, today's walk is mixture of ups & down, waking by between two rivers, passing some small villages, one is Rata Gaun, that means you can see the whole place or the village in red colors. Rata means red that is why they named the village Rata Gaun (red village). Before reaching Saldang is about 45 minutes of steep walk. We pitch our tent here at Saldang. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. Though the village lies at about the same altitude as Ringmo it is totally different then Ringmo, a Himalayan village is situated below the tree line while Saldang belongs to the arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau.

Day 14:Trek to Namgung (4360 m/ 7.30 hrs)

Our start of the walk is up hill, we walk all the way up to height of approximately 4800 meters on top and then we descend down about an hour before we reach to a small chorten. The trail that we passed is wide and uphill in the first phase and then again the same wide trail with coming down. We rest nearby this small chorten or Gumba in Namgung.

Day 15:Trek to Shey Gumpa (4343 m/ 8.5 hrs)

Today's walk is also tough as the start of the walk involves uphill task as we are going up to the top of Sele La Pass that is over 5000 meters in height, it is almost 4 to 5 hours ascent till the top. It is hard & tiring but being on top is another amazing feeling, we rest for a while, enjoy the surroundings and then again take a downhill task, some part of the trail is zigzag rocky trail and reaching to Shey Gumba is gradual upward walk, almost 4 hours walk from the Sele La top,we will reach Shey Gumba.

Day 16:Explore Shey Gumpa, the Crystal Mountain

We take a break today as a rest day after such a long walks since the start of the trek. It’s a relaxing day taking your own time to read or if you are interested going up to the famous monastery of Shey Gumba and enjoying the view of Crystal Mountain on the back drop. Crystal Mountain is to the east of Shey gompa it is one of the strangest mountain, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala River. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Each year people from all over Dolpo region travel great distances to attend the festival at Shey and to complete the circuit of Crystal Mountain. This is an amazing trip to here that certainly makes this trek as special as only few Westerners have ever ventured up to Shey gompa. Today we take slow pace and relax in Shey Gumba.

Day 17:Cross Nagdala Pass & camp at Phedi (approx: 4300 m/ 8.5 hrs)

Todays Nagdaa Pass is not long but it is steep walk and the trail is also narrow. This makes the trail tough and tiring. Above all, if snow falls, it is needed to be very careful walking. Our professional crews are always there with you to help and suggest what to do in such situation. We reach top and descend down all the way again with all the care and reach to Phedi, where we stop for the night.

Day 18:Trek to Phoksundo Khola (approx:3630 m/6-7 hrs)

Today's walk is relatively easy than what we have experienced so far. It is all the way coming down and a flat trail before reaching to Phoksundo Khola.

Day19:Trek to Phoksundo lake (3600 m /5 hrs)

After an initial descent the trail climbs on an exposed , built-up Cliffside trail. You can see village of Ringmo on the left and the trail descends gently through the blue pine forest to the chorten and barley fields of Ringmo village at 3640m. From here it’s 10 minutes walk to the shores of stunning Phoksundo Lake.

Day 20:Explore Ringmo village

It’s nice to have easy rest day after 5 days high passes and long walk. Explore Ringmo village and visit white Thasung Chholing Gompa. The Phoksundo Lake is surreally spectacular. It’s 4.8km long, 108km wide and said to be 650m deep, making it Nepal’s deepest Lake. It is famed for its intense aquamarine color- a miraculous greenish blue likened to Yu or Tibetan turquoise. If you have more energy, you can walk left bank of the lake upward lake source.

Day 21:Phoksundo Lake – Chepka (2670m /6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, trail makes a descent cross a stream then ascends gradually along the birch and Chir pine forest to a hillside and drops steeply with the superb view of the highest waterfall 200 m to the river gorge. Follow the downstream of the river right side and left side equally. Finally trail encounters with slightly opened warmer settlement Chekpa.

Day 22:Chekpa – Juphal (2320m/ 5-6 hrs)

Our trail still follows the river downstream to Sulighat, cross the suspension bridge and pass military camp then another suspension bridge brings you to prime beginning Dunai route. Leave crowd less road and ascend through the typical Juphal village to get our campsite right beneath the runway.

Day 23:

Flight to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

Day 24:

Free day in Ktm

Day 25:

Final departure, transfer to airport.

  • All transfer in a Non Air conditioned private vehicle
  • 4 night Kathmandu hotel (tourist class) on BB basis
  • Trekking on organized camping trek basis
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) a day during trek
  • Sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tents & mattress
  • All necessary Kitchen utensils and the table & chair
  • National park fees & all the permits
  • One English speaking guide (Sirdar)
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 members) one porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • 1 Sherpa (assistant guide) for every 4 members
  • Daily wages of Nepali staffs, meal and accommodation
  • Insurance of guide & porter
  • One full day sightseeing with English speaking guide with all entrance fees.
  • Flight fare as per the program
  • Domestic flight airport tax
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Laundry
  • telephone calls
  • emergency evacuation if required
  • Donation
  • tips All personal nature expenses

Please note: Clients are suggested to give maximum of 12 Kg. of personal luggage to the porter. Also, please note that on the domestic flight you are only allowed to carry your luggage of 20 Kg and 5 Kg as a hand carry.

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