Upper Dolpo Trekking

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Duration

28 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate to Strenuous

Max Height

5160M

Start/End

Kathmandu

Activity

sightseeing/ trekking

Trekking Type

Camping

Best Season

Oct-Dec / Mar-May

Per day Walking

5 to 7 hour

Trip Overview

Dolpo Trekking is designated as the largest park named Shey Phoksumdo National Park (established in 1979, covering 3555 sq .km) situated in the mid-western part of the most remote district in Nepal near the Tibetan border. This Trek is one of the off-beaten routes which is similar to the landscapes and cultures of Tibet and characterized by a barren arid dry climate, and steep valleys along with the beauty of century-old traditions and cultures. The region offers opportunities to visit stunning mountain views, ancient Buddhist monasteries, old traditions and lifestyles, rich wildlife, and the wonderful lakes in this Region.  This region is also known as “Ba Yul” or the hidden valley with fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery, scenery, and peace. Trekking in the lower region takes you to Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake which is the deepest lake in the world, spread over an area of 200 sq. km. It is surrounded by rocky cliffs and its turquoise fresh water can touch the very depth of the human heart wandering in search of peace and tranquility. The trek crosses two high passes of Baga La (5070 m) and Numa La (5160 m) into Tarap village (4040 m) inhabited by the pre-Buddhist religion called “Bon Po”.  This is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal which requires special permits for trekking.

The attractions of the trek: Tibetan Culture, variation in inhabitants, Old Buddhist monasteries, Phoksundo Lake,  magnificent mountain views, challenging special recognized trek, etc.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Trip Highlights:

  • Beautiful Phoksundo Lake
  • Living Antiques of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon
  • Amazing Shey Gompa and Life around it
  • Beautiful Hamlets with Mani walls, Kanies, and Chortens
  • Spectacular Landscapes and wilderness of the Mountains
  • Caravan of Yaks/Mules/Horses/Tzopas

What's Included In The Cost

  • Airport transfer on both domestic and international flights
  • Kathmandu City tour and welcome Nepali Dinner
  • Standard hotel on twin sharing with Breakfast (Bed & Breakfast)
  • Guesthouse and tented camping while on Dolpo trek
  • Full board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Experience license holder English speaking Guide, Cook with a support crew
  • 1 Porter carries 2 clients' baggage with insurance
  • Oxygen Cylinder and First Aid medical kit for safety
  • Trekking gear sleeping bag and warm jacket during the trek
  • All required camping gear, including member and staff tents
  • Restricted special permit (US$ 500 per person for first 10 days, US$ 50 beyond 10 days)
  • Tims and National Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing Room with breakfast(BB)

What's Not Included In The Cost

  • Nepal visa fees and your travel insurance
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax
  • Meals; lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses like battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks, etc
  • Excess baggage on Domestic flights
  • Tips to the trek crew
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Includes section

Trip Itinerary

Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,320m) & trek to Dunai(2,140m) - 3 hours and overnight tented camp
Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,326m) via Kang La -pass (5,160m)- 6 hrs and overnight tented camp
Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaon (4,430m)- 7 hrs via Saldang La pass (5010m)-7 hrs and overnight tented camp
Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4,200m) via Jeng La- pass (5090m)-6 hrs and overnight tented camp

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement and you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

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Useful Information

Arrival:

You will be met at the airport by our representative; holding a play card with your name on it, in front of the arrival gate. After the greeting, you will be transferred to the Hotel, where rooms have been booked for you. In the evening, our trekking guide gives you a trip briefing about transportation, day-to-day lifestyle, difficulty, altitude sickness, accommodation, mountains, culture, food, etc.

Equipment List:

This is a guideline for the gear that is suggested during the trekking. You may consider bringing it with you when you are doing a teahouse or Camping (Tent) trek with us; Most of the gear can be purchased or hired in Kathmandu at reasonable prices.

The following basic equipment checks list help you with your packing.15 kg (33 lbs) is the maximum weight limit for the duffel bag plus your hand luggage for Domestic flights. If you have excess luggage, you have to pay extra money as per airline rules. Per client, 12 to 14 kg weight is limited on the trek.

Visa:

You can get your Nepal visa either at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu or any land border when you arrive in Nepal or leave home.

Temperatures & Clothing:

Spring and autumn are the main trekking season in Nepal. During the spring season (March-May) is usually warm (T-shirt, sandals, light pants or skirts) in the day in Kathmandu and in autumn it is a bit chilly (light fleece or windproof top) in the afternoon.

In the afternoon for a fleece, sweater, or light Jacket, and evening, cold enough that you can wear a light down Jacket, if you’re sitting outside in the much colder winter, you won’t leave the hotel without your down jacket. It’s not snowing in Kathmandu; leave your snow boots behind. Keens or lightweight sports shoes, sandals great for wandering around Kathmandu and for trekking in lower altitudes

Trekking is a mixed bag of temperatures. LAYERS are the key as hot can change quickly to freezing crossing the passes, and snowfalls are common. We often have some rain below 3000 meters in the spring and early autumn. It can rain hard in the summer. Have a wide range of layer-able trekking clothes for summer to winter temperatures. Keep a lightweight down jacket or windproof jacket with you at all times, available inexpensively in Kathmandu. A lightweight rain poncho for trekking is recommended in spring and summer, Be prepared; Check our GEAR LIST for all details on gear, shoes, clothing, electronics and medicine for the trek.

There are lots of real gear shops (North Face, Mountain Hardware, Marmot, Sherpa Gear) and of course many fake ones in Kathmandu, so if you don’t think you have the right gear starting the trip it will be easy to pick up stuff once in Kathmandu. We provide sleeping bags, duffel bags, and down Jackets, especially for the camping trek and peak climbing. If you are doing a tea house trek you can buy or hire (rent) trekking gear in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Dress conservatively in Kathmandu and on the trail as a rule. Shorts are okay if they aren’t too short; a mini-skirt isn’t recommended. Sleeveless t-shirts are fine, but perhaps avoid tank- tops on the trail. Super tight doesn’t go over so well with the village elders.

Important Documents:

Hotel / Accommodations:

We provide accommodation in a standard 3*star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepalgung, and Lumbini as well as Bhutan, Tibet, and India Tour as per itinerary and stay in the best available guesthouse in the mountains during the trek. You may have to share a bed with a companion during the mountainous trip. But if you need, a single supplement you have to pay extra yourself.

Food:

You will be served with bed and breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu. All other meals Lunch and Dinner will be paid for clients themselves but Himalayan High Path Adventure provides welcome dinner before the trek. We provide 3 meals (breakfast, Lunch, dinner) during the trek. 

When you are on the trip, you will get the menu and choose a food that you like to have but we suggest not to have oily foods or nonvegetarian (meat is not fresh) foods. Sometimes we prefer to eat local food such as Dal Bhat (Lentil soup and rice), noodles, Tibetan bread made of buckwheat, spaghetti, different types of soup fried potato, and many more.

Best time to travel:

The best time for trekking in Nepal is either in the spring season (March to May) or in autumn (September to November). It offers magnificent views in these two seasons. Trekking is also possible in other seasons despite having extremely cold weather, climate, and temperatures which may not suit, and we do not guarantee to see the panoramic views.

Points to consider:

The mountain flight and Kathmandu /Lukla / Kathmandu flight may be delayed depending on the weather conditions. It is very likely to delay the flights from one to two hours until the next day. In case you miss the scheduled flight due to the weather conditions, you will have to wait or you may pay US$ 600 for an emergency helicopter lift. So, it would be better if you keep a few days more in reserve to cope with such conditions. Depending on the time and situation concerning your safety and security, your Guide may change the itinerary in Mutual understanding.

Tips for staff:

A tip is expected, so we recommend at least $ 10 – $15 per client/per day tips for the staff end of the trekking. Please bring Nepali currency (NPR) with you on the trek for your expenses (see cost includes/excludes section) and for tips. It’s nice to buy the drinks for the staff and the group will celebrate the last day party in the night.

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