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Upper Dolpo Trek

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The Upper Dolpo (Dolpa) region designates the most remote and restricted trekking located in far west part of Nepal near the Tibetan border. Its remoteness adds to the sense of adventure among its visitors. The entire district was closed for foreigners until 1990 and now as well you need to have special permits. Upper Dolpo is a region of mystical beauty. Upper Dolpo trekking is hard to match for its pristine beauty and rugged charm, where one can still have opportunity to meet nomadic people and their life style almost untouched and unexplored. Upper Dolpo Trek offers you the remarkable and worthwhile lifetime experience of immaculate snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, high passes, rich wildlife, ancient Buddhist monastery, beautiful lakes and also to experience the vast array of natural vegetation. Lying in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas, the landscape have a similarity that of the Tibetan Plateau with enthralling beauty and unique culture. The customs and traditions seems here are quite similar to those of Tibet.

Because of the challenging trek travelers are rarely visited this area. Due to surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast surround this sacred sanctuary with unbounded diversity endless variety of landscapes, cultures and great people making Nepal Upper Dolpo a destination to visit over and over again. The trail of the Upper Dolpo Trekking begins from flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla and the amazing hiking begins. The trek goes through ancient villages and through high and remote alpine area and passing beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake. Blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves, and the exclusive snow leopard, Mountain Goat, Jackal are found in this region. The route goes through the ancient Tibetan salt caravan route and high passes like as Numa La (5190m) & Baga La (5070m) and Kagmara –La (4800m) and other very remote area of the country. Dolpo is the home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments; unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. The people of this area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions basically linked with Tibetan.

The main highlights of  the trek is an ancients, spectacular landscapes, mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake, isolated villages of Ringmo and the centuries old monasteries. The movie "Caravan", nominated for the Oscar, which is the Nepal’s first English subtitle movie that shows sketch the true journey of Upper Dolpo expedition. Our classic journey continues to the amazing country of Crystal Mountain following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route, rewarded with views of majestic snow peaks of the Kanjirowa and Dhaulagiri range. Dolpo remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal where time has stood still here for centuries for the inhabitants of Tibetan stock since time immemorial. The Upper Dolpo region trekking takes to natural collection of high passes, rare fauna, and sweeping vistas. Be organizing to experience the most unexplored and ancient upper Dolpo mysterious land and face the real full challenge of the stunning Himalayan wilderness. We Above the Himalayan arrange Upper Dolpo Trekking according to the visitors or trekkers holidays schedule and wish.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight.
Day 04: Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m)
Day 05: Gothichour to Naphukana (3,000 m)
Day 06: Naphukana- Mauria Lagna (3820m) crossing to Balasa
Day 07: Balasa to Hurikot
Day 08: Hurikot to Kagmara Phedi (4000m)
Day 09: Kagmara Phedi to Pungmo (4200m) crossing Kagmara La (5115m)
Day 10: Pungmo to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
Day 11: Phoksundo Lake to Pine Trees
Day 12: Pine Trees to Gand La Base Camp, Overnight in camp
Day 13: Gand La Base Camp to Shey Gompa, Overnight in camp
Day 14: She to Lagmo Che Phedi, Overnight in camp
Day 15: Lagmo Che Phedi to Kyung La Base Camp, Overnight in camp
Day 16: Kyung La Base Camp to Tokkyu, Overnight in camp
Day 17: Tokkyu to Dho, Overnight in camp
Day 18: Dho to Tharap Khola Overnight in camp
Day 19: Tharap Khola Overnight in camp
Day 20: Tharap Khola to Tarakot, Overnight in camp
Day 21: Tarakot to Dunai, Overnight in camp
Day 22: Dunai to Juphal, Overnight in camp
Day 23: Flight Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu, hotel
Day 24: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with Nepali dinner, hotel
Day 25: Final departure, transfer to airport

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight.
Today we will take 1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj with good view of the Himalayas to the north.Nepalgunj is a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal. You can have a look around the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple dedicated to Kali.

Day 4: Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m)
On the very morning we take a flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. From Jumla, we cross the Tila Khola and Chaudabise Khola near their confluence and climb gently to a fertile valley of rice terraces. The trail continues through several villages before passing through a forest of maple and walnut to a meadow which, in season, is covered. Beyond the meadow the trail climbs to a rock cairn at Pattyata Lagna (2830m), and then descends into the magnificent alpine amphitheatre. The trail descends past the project buildings at Gothichour to a stream at the bottom of the valley. Camping at night.

Day 5: Gothichour to Naphukana (3,000 m)
Walkdownstream through forests to a series of mills at Kuri Sangta. Trek follows the northern side of Tila Khola through fields of corn and potato then climbs through the fields of buckwheat, barley and attractive meadows; passing Tibetans Mani walls on the way. The trail enters a forest of oaks, spruces, poplars and maples. A short distance beyond Chotra (3010m) is the Tibetan settlement of Naphukana. The villagers here keep large herds of yaks and horses. Camp site near the village.

Day 6: Naphukana- Mauria Lagna (3820m) crossing to Balasa
The trail becomes steeper as it climbs past the rocky fields of Rapati Chaur to forests of oaks and birch trees tangled with Spanish moss. After crossing a side stream, the trail crosses the Churta/Bapila/Tila Khola and starts a climb through birch, oak and rhododendrons forests to Mauri Lagna ''Honey Pass". From the pass there are the views of snowy peaks of Gutumba, Matatimba and Bhalu Himal. The trail makes few ups and downs and passes side valleys and fields of corns and potatoes. Beyond the ridge is Balasa, the best place for our camping.  

Day 7: Balasa to Hurikot
The trail descends a stream and then climbs to the ridge in a forest of walnut trees. We pass villages inhabited by blacksmiths and tailors. The trail contours past the corn and potato fields and apple orchards to Hurikot. Climb gradually through lots of thorn bushes to the camp site. 

Day 8: Hurikot to Kagmara Phedi (4000m)
Pass Hurikot and its Bonpo Gompa to a sign proclaiming the entrance of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The trail stays high above the river to the confluence where the Jagdula Khola and Garpung Khola join to form the Bheri. The valley narrows and the river becomes the series of waterfalls as the trail climbs to a moraine at 3900m. Make a high camp in boulders at Kagmara Phedi. Overnight stay camping.

Day 9: Kagmara Phedi to Pungmo (4200m) crossing Kagmara La (5115m)
The panoramic views of the peaks are sensational through out the way. Wildflowers are of the hardy alpine species, including blue poppies, buttercups, mint, gentians and puffballs. Climb alongside the Kagmara Glacier to the Kagmara La. Then descend about 900m along a stream to a camp site on pastures in the Pungmo valley; a fortress-like village with an atmospheric Bonpo monastery and apple orchards. Camping at night.

Day 10: Pungmo to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
We continue downstream to the national park headquarters at Sumduwa before joining the trail up the Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Lake. The trek to Phoksundo Lake up the Suligaad is a short one but boasts a lot of varieties, with some lovely forested sections, dramatic Phoksundo Lake and a tiny pocket of the unusual Bonpo culture.
The lake is within Shey Phoksundo National Park established in 1981. The lake and the trail are snow bound from mid-November to mid-May. Majestic view of snowy peak known as Kanjirolba and Kagmara and Batrasi Himal. Visit nearby villages and Ringbo Gompa.

Day 11: Phoksundo Lake to Pine Trees

Day 12: Pine Trees to Gand La Base Camp, Overnight in camp

Day 13: Gand La Base Camp to Shey Gompa, Overnight in camp

Day 14: She to Lagmo Che Phedi, Overnight in camp

Day 15: Lagmo Che Phedi to Kyung La Base Camp, Overnight in camp

Day 16: Kyung La Base Camp to Tokkyu, Overnight in camp

Day 17: Tokkyu to Dho, Overnight in camp

Day 18: Dho to Tharap Khola Overnight in camp

Day 19: Tharap Khola Overnight in camp

Day 20: Tharap Khola to Tarakot, Overnight in camp
The trail today is steep, narrow and dangerous as it clings to the cliffs, and the bridges along here can often be washed out. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river. The colorful terraced field of Tarakot greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. 

Day 21: Tarakot to Dunai, Overnight in camp
We follow the Barbung Khola downstream along the south bank to the village of Lawan, before crossing to the north bank and walking for several more hours to Dunai. Dunai is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. Explore Dunai in the evening.

Day 22: Dunai to Juphal, Overnight in camp
Following the trail gently sloping upwards, we march towards Jhupal via Sulighat. We meet tall birch trees on our way.  After reaching Jhupal, we can spend our afternoon exploring the busy market town or simply pursuing whatever we feel like.

Day 23: Flight Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu, hotel
We take a flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. And then flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

Day 24: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with Nepali dinner, hotel
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural show in Hotel.

Day 25: Final departure, transfer to airport
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu.
  • Flight Ticket from Nepalgunj to Jumla back to Nepalgunj from Jhupal.
  • All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
  • Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking on  local tea houses.
  • Permit for Upper Dolpo Trek.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Flight delay:

Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 25 Days

Max. Altitude: Crossing Kagmara La (5115m)

Trek Grade: Strenuous

Best Travel Time: May, June, July, August, September and October are the best time, Upper Dolpo is rain shadow area, Winters are notoriously cold and with very heavy snowfalls.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Full Board Camping ( Tented) during trekking.

Transportation:  Car/ Van/ Plane

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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Upper Dolpo Trek

Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com