Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Upper Dolpo TrekUpper Dolpo TrekUpper Dolpo TrekUpper Dolpo TrekUpper Dolpo TrekUpper Dolpo TrekUpper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek

The Upper Dolpo trek takes you into the high-altitude zone of the Trans-Himalayan Ecosystem in the western district of Nepal. The vast majority of Upper Dolpo is protected by the Shey Phoksundo National Park, which extensively covers 3555 sq.km.It is essential trekkers understand that the greater Dolpo region is culturally and environmentally sensitive and fragile. Your respect and care of this region is a small trade-off for its astonishing beauty, cultural richness and biodiversity.

The Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure’s itinerary through Upper Dolpo ensures a daily experience of contrasts. From arid mountains to walnut groves and dense cedar, birch and pine forests; grassy mountain plateaus and flood plains to gorges of different colored cliff lines, steep valleys and gentle sloping hills; streams laced with stepping stones to a thundering waterfall and the silent Phoksundo Lake – the journey is simply mind-bending.
For nature-lovers, Upper Dolpo’s fauna brings endless splendid encounters with rare bird species, blue sheep and yaks. Endangered species, including the snow leopard and red panda are indigenous to Upper Dolpo.

Upper Dolpo’s people are followers of different Buddhists schools (Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya) and the Bön religion. Some communal blessings involve the use of medicinal herbs. Sky burials are performed in some communities. They mainly depend on agriculture, animal husbandry and trade for their livelihood. Yak caravans mobilise stock to neighboring regions to this day.

There is a popular misconception that Dolpo is purely of Tibetan culture, as Buddhism is practiced and Tibetan widely spoken across the region. The Dolpo people are one of 59 listed indigenous peoples under the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities. There are centuries of connection between Dolpo and Tibet, and in recent history, the 1959 uprising in Lhasa resulted in some Tibetans fleeing to Dolpo. Dolpo was once also a protectorate of the kingdom of Lo (present-day Mustang) and now belongs to Tichurong. During the trek, you will visit places of great historical importance, such as the Shey Gompa which houses an ancient Tibetan scroll describing the myth of Crystal Mountain.

Highlights:

  • Visit the red-painted Shey Gompa, Nepal’s largest monastery, and the hermitage of Tsakang founded during the 17th century
  • Explore the mystical Crystal Mountain, streaked with quartz veins.
  • Traverse the world’s deepest lake of high altitude Phoksundo Lake.
  • A vibrant turquoise blue body of water, this lake is a protected area as it is a habitat for many waterfowl species.
  • Catch breathtaking views of an enormous waterfall formed by Phoksundo Lake’s headwaters.
  • Pass beneath a glacier descending from the upper slopes of Kanjeralwa.
  • Visit the Magar & Bhatia villages in Dho Tarap valley, some of the world’s highest settlements at 4100m
  • Spend a whole day in Ringmo, a traditional village where locals make a range of handicrafts.
  • The Pal Sentan Thason Chholing Gompa, from the Bön tradition, is a short walk from Ringmo.
  • Go from canyon to waterfall in a day between Ghyamgar and Laisicap

Trip Facts


Altitude:
1300m – 5220m

Duration: 23 days 

Accommodation:Teahouse

Difficulty: Medium to hard

Cultural Rating: Identified indigenous culture of Nepal

Min. age: All ages

Min. group size: 2 and above people

 

Itinerary

Day 01;

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)


Day 02;

Half day around KTM tour & trek prepartion


Day 03;

KTM to Nepalgunj (1500 m/ 4921 ft.), 1hr fly


Day 04;

Nepalgunj to Dunai (2140 m/7021 ft.) via Juphal(2475m/8120.079 ft.), 35min fly+3-4hr walk


Day 05;

Dunai to Chhepka (2720 m/8924 ft.), 5-6hr walk


Day 06;

Chhepka to Jharina (2960m/9711 ft.), 6-7hr walk


Day 07;

Jharina to Ringmo/Phoksundo(3640m/11942 ft.),4-5hr walk


Day 08;

Acclimatization Day in Ringmo/Phoksundo, Day hiking


Day 09;

Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola (3750m/12303 ft.), 5-6hr walk(sp1)


Day 10;

Phoksundo Khola to pass camp (4810m/15781 ft.),5-6hr walk(sp2)


Day 11;

Pass Camp to Shey Gompa (4,343m/14249 ft.),5-6hr (sp3)


Day 12;

Acclimatization Day in Shey Gomp ,Day hiking(sp4)


Day 13;

Shey Gompa to Namgung (4,360m/14304 ft.), 6-7hr walk(sp5)


Day 14;

Namgung to Saldang (3, 770m/12369 ft.), 4-5hr walk (sp6)


Day 15;

Saldang to Chagaon (3,840m/12598 ft.),4-5hr walk(sp7)


Day 16;

Chagaon to Pass Camp (4,700m/154110 ft.), 6-7hr walk(sp8)


Day 17;

Chagaon to Tokyo (4,209m/13809 ft.),5-6hr walk(sp9)


Day 18;

Tokyu to Ghyamgar (3, 755m/123110 ft.), 6-7hr walk(sp10)


Day 19;

Ghyamgar to Laisicap (2,775m/9104 ft.),7-8hr walk


Day 20;

Laisicap to Dunai (2, 140m/7021 ft.), 4-5hr walk


Day 21;

Dunai to Nepalgunj (1, 500 m/ 4921 ft.) via Juphal, 3-4hr walk+35min fly


Day22;

Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1,350m/4429 ft.), 1hr fly


Day 23;

Depart from Kathmandu

Trek Duration:

Standard itinerary – 23 days. Can be shortened or extended depending on time and fitness

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally


+ 3N Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel in KTM with Bed and Breakfast on twine sharing bed [upgrade possible]


+ 2N Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with Bed and Breakfast in PKR with twine sharing bed [upgrade possible]


+ Half day Sightseeing around KTM by private vehicle and professional English speaking tour guide


+ Private trek with an English speaking trekking guide


+
1 professional local porter between two clients to carry your luggage during the trek (max 24 kg; i.e. max12 kg pP)


+
Full Board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the trek


+
KTM to Nepalgunj,Nepalgunj to Dunai and return


+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses


+ All trekking permits fee, Government taxes and TIMS card


+ First Aid kit


+ Guides’ and porters’ medical and accidental insurance

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country


- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)


- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]


- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu


- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek


- Tips for Guide & Porter (not mandatory but expected)


- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)


- Unforeseen cost not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.


- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.


- Entrance fees during tour in Kathmandu

Equipment

Equipment for trip

  • Treking pole
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
      » Click to zoom ->
 

Useful Information

Permits:

Upper Dolpo is a special zone and part of the Trans-Himalayan

Ecosystem. Trekkers must be issued a special permit through a registered trekking agency. All trekkers are required to trek through Upper Dolpo as part of an organised trek.

Festivals/Religious Events:

Winter: Losar or Chhongo (Tibetan New Year- falls in Falgun, during February/March)
Summer: Shey Gompa (celebrating 12 year cycle in the Buddhist calendar, next festival in August 2024); Saldang’s horse racing festival (in honour of the Black Goat King, July)
Autumn: Annual Buddhist pilgrimage (September)

Films and books on the region:

The Bon Landscape of Dolpo, written by Marietta Kind in 2012
Dolpo Tulku - Return to the Himalayas, a documentary by Martin Hoffman and Daniela Hartmann in 2010
Caravan/Himalaya, a film directed by Eric Valli and Michel Debats in 1999
The Snow Leopard, written by Peter Matthiessen in 1973
Himalayan Pilgrimage: a study of Tibetan religion by a traveller through Western Nepal, written by David Snell grove in 1961

Start from: US$ 4795
Duration
23 days
Season
Spring&Fall
Region
Dolpa
Grade
Medium to hard
Altitude
5360m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Teahouse