Upper Dolpo Trek

17 Days
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The Dolpo region is a very isolated area which has been strictly off-limits until only recently, so the traditions and way of life have remained intact. Dolpo had remained a restricted zone for foreign trekkers until a few years back. With the decision of the Nepal government to open this area for trekking this once elusive area has become a hotspot for trekkers visiting Nepal. Dolpo has retained most of its traditions and cultures. Time seems to stand still for people living in this area.
Shortcut Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj (flight)
Day 04: Nepalgunj-Juphal (flight) and trek to Dunai
Day 05: Dunai-Lingdo
Day 06: Lingdo-Laina Odhar
Day 07: Laina Odhar-Nawarpani
Day 08: Nawarpani-Sisaul
Day 09: Sisaul-Dho Tarap
Day 10: Dho Tarap-Numala Base Camp
Day 11: Numala Base Camp- Danigar
Day 12: Danigar-Yakkharka
Day 13: Yakharka-Ringmo / Phoksundo Lake
Day 14: Phoksondo lake –Chekpa
Day 15: Chepka-Juphal
Day 16: Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu (flight) and transfer to Bhaktapur
Day 17: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur
Day 18: Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m /4428ft
You will be greeted by a representative from Travel Corporation Nepal and transfered to your hotel where you have some time to rest. In the evening you have a welcome dinner and we discuss the details of the tour.
Overnight at hotel. in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing 
Today you visit the most important sightseeing locations of Kathmandu. After breakfeast you drive to Swayambunath, the "Monkey Temple" of Kathmandu, a buddhist pilgrimage place with a small stupa. After that you visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square with its pagodes, the home of the living goddess Kumari.
Then you drive further to Pashupatinath. It is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus and a lot believers from India come there every week. There are lots of temples and at the shore of the holy Bagmati River, the believers burn there dead relatives. Then you go back to the big stupa of Boudhnath, which is also known as little Tibet and enjoy your dinner at the rooftop of the hotel with view of the stupa. 
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj
Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai, close to the Indian border, which is just 8km away and also the gate way to Dolpo. Culturally the area more resembles India than the upland of Nepal. Take a cycle rikshaw for a ride in town. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal's most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well.
We stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Flight to Juphal (2475 m), walk to Dunai (2140 m) 2 ½ hrs
It's just a 35 minutes flight to Juphal over steep mountain ridges with beautiful views of snowcapped mountains. From Juphal we walk down over a small path among fields with wheat and vegetables to the Thuli Bheri River, which will follow after reaching it. About 45 minutes before Dunai we pass a beautiful gate chortens (stupa), which is the entrance to the VDC (Village Development Committee) Dunai where we can observe the beautiful Buddhist paintings of mandalas and important Buddhist figures.
Dunai is the headquarter of the Dolpa District. It is situated at the slope at the other site of the river, overlooking Dunai. A bit further away from Dunai, at the same slope, we can find the Dolpo Bon School and Hostels, the Bon School educates children in the Bonpo religion, Tibetan culture and Tibetan language.
Overnight in tent

Day 05: Trek to Lingdo (2391 m) 5 hrs
Leaving Dunai, we soon walk in a beautiful mountain landscape, which sometimes reminds to the European Alps. Rocky slopes are dotted with pine trees, mostly blue pine. At the horizon we see the snowcapped Kang Tokal (6294 m). The path goes slightly up and down, following the Thuli Bheri River. We cross the Buddhist village Byasgar (2427 m). The people who live in this region are Tarali's, a Magar group. After Byasgar, the landscape gets quickly more rough and rocky. The path is sometimes carved out of the rocks, and at a few points very narrow. Walking through the huge challenging finally we reach to Lingdo, a small village where we stay overnight at tented camp.
Overnight in tent

Day 06: Trek to Laina Odar (3370 m) 6 hrs
The path is gradually going up. Along the way we have a good view to some of the villages in this region, like Sarankot, which is situated high on a cliff. These are the last villages we will see till we reach Dho Tarap. We pass some Mani walls and chortens. The landscape is impressive and sometimes very green. Sharp rocks are dotted with junipers and other pine trees. The trail climbs high on a slope and goes high above the Thuli Bheri River, leading to a large suspension bridge (120 meter long), high above the river as well. We reached Laisicap (2772 m). On the other side of the bridge after Laisicap it's a long and strenuous climb of about 3 hours to Laina Odar (3370 m). The path partly goes through forests and we are surrounded by steep cliffs full of pine trees, some of which are huge. Close to Laina Odar, the path goes along the river again. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3475 m) 4 hrs
The trail goes up to a small pass, which takes about 45 minutes climbing to reach it. After the pass, it's a fairly easy walk with a few small climbs. It's a beautiful walk sometimes going through pine forests, with a wonderful smell. About 4 hours after leaving Laina Odar, we reach Nawarpani (3475 m), where we stay overnight at tented camp.
Overnight in tent

Day 08: Trek to Sisaul (3750 m) 3½ hrs
The trail goes through the dry or more barren landscape passing by river valley with high rocks towering on our both side. In this barren landscape the blue sheep lives. If we look out for them we have a big chance to see big groups high on the slopes. It's a fairly easy walk, gradually going up. At some parts the path is beautifully carved out of the rock. The path climbs steeply for about half an hour to a small pass with a nice chorten (stupa). From the pass, it's 30 minutes till Sisaul (3750 m).
Overnight in tent

Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4080 m) 4 hrs
The trail climbs to another small pass. Shortly after the pass, the valley suddenly widens. The trail stays besides the river. At the horizon a small collection of houses is appearing in between the mountains: Dho Tarap. Getting nearer to Dho Tarap, we cross many Mani walls and small chortens. A Dho Tarap is a traditional agricultural village, surrounded by fields. Yaks are used to plough the land. Barley, buckwheat and potatoes are among the few crops that can grow in this barren landscapeThe houses are made of stones found in the river valley and are in typical Tibetan style, with small windows and the flat roofs stocked with firewood.
Close to Dho are 2 monasteries which are worth a visit. Ribo Bhumpa Gompa, Gompa belongs to Nyingmapa Buddhism right on the hill behind Dho, and Shipchaur Gompa, which is in the village Shipchowk, 30 minutes walking from Dho. Shipchaur Gompa in Shipchowk belongs to Bonpo Buddhism. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek to Numala Base Camp (4440 m) 3 ½ hrs
As it is only a 3 ½ hours walk to Numala Base Camp, we pass a beautiful gate chorten. After more or less half an hour, we arrive at the Crystal Mountain School which is sponsored by a French NGO and worth to visit. From the school, it's about half an hour to Tokyu (4209 m), a spread out village, which is said to be the highest permanent settlement in the world. The Gompa is at the end of the village, and is worth a visit. It has a beautiful statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha. From the Gompa, it is a gradual climb of about 1 ½ hours over grassy land to Numala Base Camp (4440 m). We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Trek to Danigar (4631 m) via Numa La (Pass) (5318 m) 6 hrs
Early morning trek to Numa la pass give us the spectacular view of the mountain ranges from the pass. It's a long and strenuous climb of about 3 hours to Numa La (la means pass) at 5318 m. The altitude makes that we go slowly and we get out of breath quickly. We have a stunning view from the pass on countless snowcapped mountains. Dhaulagiri (8167 m) , Annapurna and Manaslu Range, the Shey Shikar (6139 m), Kanjirowa (6883 m) and many, many others. In spring there can be snow on the pass, which makes the crossing a bit harder. After the pass we go down steeply for about an hour. Then the path becomes pretty level and later climbs slowly but steadily again for about an hour. It's an amazing spot close to the river (Panklanga Khola). To the south the beautiful snowcapped Norbung Kang (6085 m) is towering high above the campsite. On the other side of the river there are high pastures, which are often used by yaks to graze.
Overnight in tent

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (3982 m) via Baga La (5190 m) 6 hrs
An early start is best. The path continues on the slope on the other side of the Panklanga Khola and climbs pretty steep, going "zig zag" over the slope. Soon we are high above the river. A good 2 hours after leaving the camp we reach the high camp, which is already close to the pass. From here we have an excellent view on the Norbung Kang and the Baga La range Baga La (5190 m). From the pass we have a splendid view on many snowcapped mountains like Kanjirowa and Shey Shikar. After the pass, the path descends pretty steep at the beginning. This part can be icy which makes it slippery, we walk in stunning scenery of huge rocks in all kind of colors with at the Horizon Mountains covered with snow. And then, suddenly, more or less 1 ½ hour after leaving the pass, we will see green bushes and a bit later even trees. Besides, we will see a couple of beautiful waterfalls along the way. It's rather flat and easy walking, very gradually going down, till we reach Yak Kharka (3982 m), another beautiful place to camp. We have a great view of the imposing Kanjirowa Himal (6612 m). Besides, in spring the meadows are full with flowers.
Overnight in tent

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) 2 ½ hrs
The path is beautifully carved out of the rocks and leads to a small pass. After the pass, the path goes into a pine forest. Leaving the forest, we cross a small bridge from which we climb in a couple of minutes to Ringmo.
Ringmo is a charming village. Ringmo lies at the shore of the holy Phoksundo Lake. This lake is of an incomparable beauty. It has an enchanting deep blue color and is emerald green close to the shore .If we want; we can walk a part of the famous Demons Trail from the movie Himalaya (Caravan) of Eric Valli. This is a beautiful movie about the life of people in Dolpa, At the other shore, there is a beautiful Bonpo Monastery which we can visit. In the monastery we can observe a statue of Tonpa Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Bonpo religion, who lived thousands of years ago.
Phoksundo Lake is part of the Shey Phoksundo National Park. It's Nepal's largest National Park, established in 1984, with an area of 3,555 km². It aims to conserve the Trans-Himalayan ecosystem and the Tibetan type of flora and fauna. we can camp at the shores of Phoksundo Lake.
Overnight in tent

Day 14: Trek to Chhepka (2838 m) via Rechi (2940 m) 7 hrs
Walking time to Rechi is about 3 ½ hours and from Rechi to Chhepka is 3 ½ hours as well. The path is rather flat at first, but soon climbs steeply up the hill. The walk to Rechi goes almost entirely through beautiful pine forests, with some bushes, birches and other broad leaved trees mixed in. Soon after the top we'll come across Nepal's highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 167 meters high, the Phoksundo Waterfall. More or less one hour after the viewpoint we reach the Amchi Hospital. It's about 1 ½ hours more to Rechi (2940 m). We walk through the forest, with birds singing. The river flows rapidly and is beautiful emerald green at some places. The village Rechi is at the other side of the river. It's a very small village and consists of just a couple of houses and a primary school.
The trail stays flat to Chhepka, following the river all the time. We notice that we are descending; not only by the increasing temperature, but also by the difference in vegetation. After about 3 to 3 ½ hours we reach Chhepka, a small village, surrounded by fields of millet and wheat.
Overnight in tent

Day 15: Trek to Juphal (2475 m) 6 hrs
Descending with some small climbs. We can see a part of the Dhaulagiri range. We pass villages like Sangta (2520 m) and Kagbeni (2413 m) and reach the checkpost of the Shey Phoksundo National Park (SPNP) again. After crossing a big iron suspension bridge (the Dhim Bridge, 99 m long) we go left (west) to Juphal .From the bridge, it's about 2½ - 3 hours to Juphal. The first part goes over a large path, passing through the small village of Kalagaonda. It's a pretty steep climb to reach Juphal. Just before arriving, we pass the Hindu village Dangiwada. Juphal is a large village with a small bazaar where it is nice to spend some time looking around.we stay overnight at local guest house.

Day 16: Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
Early in the morning we fly to Nepalgunj. Especially the first part of the flight through the mountain valleys is spectacular. Later in the day, we fly back to Kathmandu and drive to Bhaktapur. Then you have free time for shopping or sightseeing

Day 17: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur

After having breakfast you will go for sightseeing in Bhaktapur which is located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is an ancient Newar city abought 8 miles far from the capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newa kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great "Malla" Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is famous for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. Because of this it is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the evening you will have a farewell dinner with the guide of your tour because it will be the last evening all together.
(If the weather is very bad in Nepalgunj, it is difficult to get a flight from there. So if the flight is cancelled the day before, this will be the reserve day.)

Day 18: Departure
Approximately 3 hours before a representative from (AMN) will transfer to airport for flight onwards on your destination.
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Cost Included

  • Transfer as per program with private transportation
  • Flights as described in the program
  • Hotel in Bhaktapur; Sweet Home Bhaktapur or same standard hotel with bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 star standard hotel with bed and breakfast.
  • Hotel in Pokhara: 3 star standard hotel with bed and breakfast.
  • Necessary entrance fee for trekking and sightseeing
  • Simple clean lodge accommodation or tent during the trek
  • Meals during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide.
  • One porter for 2 people.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at typical nepali restarant
  • Insurance of staff
  • All our government taxes and office expenses


Cost Excluded

-         Visa for Nepal (EUR 35,- or USD 40,-)
-         International flights
-         Sightseeing which is not described in the program
-         Personal expenditure: e.g. drinks, souveniers, laundry, snacks, etc.
-         Vaccination and travel insurance
-         Extra payment in case of illness, rescue, changes of the program because of acts of nature beyond control, and additional expenses for overnight accommodations, etc. resulting from this 

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Seasons : Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
Type: average
Activities : Trekking, Walking
No. of Pax : 02-15
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Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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