Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Peter Mathesons books – The Snow Leopard and Snell grove – Himalayan pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo.
Dolpo region situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. Geographically a southern extension of Tibet, it lies within the borders of the state of Nepal, since 1984 has been the countrys largest national park and conservation, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing.
Nepals first English subtitled movie on Dolpo -The Caravan- or -The Himalaya- was a huge success and was nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. Boundaries of the park include within 3,500 square kilometers of land, mostly above 4,000 meters. Before 1989, when the southern regions were opened to trekking groups, very few explorers had visited the area. Two notable visits were the first mountaineering expedition by Dr. Herbert Tichy in 1953 based in Kaigon and the other visit by John Tyson in the early sixties. Dolpo is one of the most beautiful treks in the remote areas of Nepal, very rarely visited by outsider.
During the Upper Dolpo we start from Jhupal village, we begin this wonderful adventure, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Numala pass at 5,400m till we reach the Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village in the “Phoksundo National Park”.
At Ringmo, the highlight of our trip we will have two nights here to enjoy the beauty of the deep blue waters of the Phoksundo lake and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjirowa Himalayan range, with time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and its Monastery. Our classic journey continues to the amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gomba, following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and back to Jhuphal for the flight back by an alternative route, giving you more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
Day to Day Itinerary for Upper Dolpo Camping Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/ (1400 m) Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m) and Trek to Dunai/3 hrs. Overnight at Tent.
Day 05: Dunai to Chhepka (2687m)/ 6 hrs
Day 06: Chhepka to Sunduwa (3110m)/ 6 hrs
Day 07: Sunduwa to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)/ 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Phoksundo – Rest & exploration day
Day 09: Phoksundo- Sallaghari/ 5-6hrs trek
Day 10: Sallaghari to Nangdala High Camp (4717 m)/ 5-6 hrs trek
Day 11: Nangdala High Camp to Shey Gompa/ ( 4280m) Crossing Nangdala pass (5240m)/ 5-6hrs
Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa / 6-7 hrs crossing Shey La Pass (5100m)
Day 13: Namgong Gompa to Saldang/ 4-5 hrs
Day 14: Saldang to Day hike to Yangjer Gumba/ 4599m
Day 15: Saldang to Khoma village
Day 16: Khoma village to Shimen
Day 17: Shimen to Tinje
Day 18: Tinje to Yak Kharka
Day 19: Yak Kharka (4780m) to Chharka / 5 hrs walk crossing Mola Pass (5030m)
Day 20: Chharka to Norbulung
Day 21: Norbulung to Yakkharka Crossing Niwala (5120m) and Jungbenla (5550m) passes.
Day 22: Yakkharka to Sangda Phedi (3777m) Overnight at Tent.
Day 23: Sangda Phedi to Sangda
Day 24: Sangda to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 25: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 26: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 27: Pokhara valley sightseeing
Day 28: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 29: Departure
Included in the Cost
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Three-nights Hotel (3 star) in Kathmandu (B & B only)
- One-night Hotel in Nepalgunj (B & B only)
- Two-night Hotel in Pokhara (B & B only)
- All meals & accommodation during the trek
- Airfare Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal
- Airfare from Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced English-speaking trekking guide including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Lower & Upper Dolpo restricted area permit fees
- All necessary permits including Shey Phoksundo National Park
- Office Service charges & all government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
- Nepal Visa fee http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- International airfare
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides, Sherpa and porters