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Upper Dolpa Trekking

Destination:Nepal

Total Duration:24 to 33 Days

Trip Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Accommodation:Camping

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Located in mid-western Nepal near Tibet-Nepal border, Dolpo is the largest district of Nepal. But the region is sparsely populated. The region uniquely falls in the rain shadow trans-Himalayan region. Since it is in the trans-Himalayan region it can be trekked even during rainy season, from June-July, besides Autumn and Spring. 

Also called hidden valley, Dolpa is a land of mystery. The Buddhist inhabitants of Dolpa have many cultural and lifestyle similarities with Tibet. A visit to Dolpo brings closes to Dhaulgari mountain ranges including the clear, majestic view of Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world. Dolpa gained international recognition with the release of 1999 oscar nominated film Himalaya directed by the French Eric Valli as well as the novel The Snow Leopard written by Peter Mathiessen.

Trekking in Dolpo will reward with some of unique attractions. The area is a storehouse of herbal plants, Buddhist chortens and supas, and distinct lifestyle of locals. Shey Phoksundo National Park and Shey Phoksundo Lake (3660m), one of the high altitude lakes, are two eternal attractions of Dolpo trek. Shey Phoksundo National Park is home to endangered animals like the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Griffon, the Musk Deer, Blue Sheep etc.

Very sparsely populated, the Upper Dolpo is home to the Bhotiya and Sherpa people. Whose culture and lifestyle closely resembles the Tibetans across the border. The locals follow the unique and ancient Bon religion that predates Buddhism. In fact Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated and sanctified Dolpo as one of the peaceful place in the Himalayas. You will have plenty of opportunities to visit Buddhist monasteries and observe Tibetan influenced culture and tradition of local people. Yatsher Monastery is the oldest and biggest monastery in Dolpo believed to have been established by Buddhist Guru Chogyal Pasang in 13th century. The monastery has well preserved artifacts of statues, sacred manuscripts, masks and mural paintings.

In terms of trekking itineraries, Dolpo can be distinctly divided into two regions: Upper and Lower Dolpo. The trek traverses the ancient trade route of the Trans Himalayan people and stretches through and around the Arun River whose origin dates back to the prehistoric period. The Dolpo trek is challenging trek that involves crossing rocky trails and high passes such as Ganda La (4850m), Numala Pass (5115m) and Bagala Pass (5100m). The trekking trail offers spectacular panorama of Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8167m), seventh highest mountain in the world, Annapurna and Kanjiroba peak (6883m).

Trekking in Dolpo is usually suitable from May-Sept.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival to Kathamndu

Day 02:Seight seening

Day 03:Dolpo permit Arrangement

Day 04:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 05:Flight Nepalganj to Jumla

Day 06:Jumla to Ghuthicahur

Day 07:Ghuthicahur to Chaurikharka

Day 08:Chaurikharka to Kaigaun 2610m

Day 09:Kaigaun to Toijum 2920m

Day 10:Toijum to Kagmara Phedhi 2900m

Day 11:Kagmaraphedi to Cross Kagmara-La 5115m and Kagmara Base Camp 4800m

Day 12:Kgmara Base Camp to Pungmo village 4336m

Day 13:Pungmo village to Ringmo vllage (Phoksondotal) 3600m

Day 14:Rest in Phoksundo Tal

Day 15:Ringmo vllage (Phoksondotal) to Phoksumdo Khola/Salle khola 3756m

Day 16:Phoksumdo Khola to Kang La Phedi 4120m

Day 17:Kang La Phedi to Sheygumba 4160m

Day 18:Rest in Shey Gompa

Day 19:Rest in Shey Gompa

Day 20:Shey Gompa to Namgung 4430m

Day 21:Namgung to Saldang 3770m

Day 22:Saldang to Namdo Khola 3960m

Day 23:Namdo Khola to Kyung La.-Tok Kyu 4209m

Day 24:Tok Kyu to Do Tarap 3944m

Day 25:Do Tarap to Sisaul 3800m

Day 26:Sisaul to Nawarpani 3475m

Day 27:Nawarpani to Laina Odar 3370m

Day 28:Laina Odar to Tarakot 2800m

Day 29:Tarakot to Juphal 2445m

Day 30:Jufal to Nepalgunj

Day 31:Nepalgunj o Kathmandu

Day 32:Free and shopping day in Kathmandu

Day 33:International Departure

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