Upper Dolpo is the hidden land in the wilderness area of the Dolpo region. The region is sweeping, windswept vistas and traditional Tibetan culture with ancient monasteries and Gompas. The biggest National Park of Nepal She Phoksundo, Shey Gompa and Shey Phoksundo Lake are all located in this region and it can be reached your dreams fulfil by Upper Dolpo Trek. The trekking region is quite strenuous and due to geographical remoteness. Trekking to high passes is Kang La 5365m, Jeng La Pass at 5110m and Shey La at 5000m. It is very challenging to the trekkers. But as with all challenges in Nepal nature will reward you with great views and memories.
Through Upper Dolpo Trek, we can find an inspiring region of the deep valleys, unclimbed peaks and landscape of natural vegetation and rare wildlife which makes the region one of the interesting regions to explore. Likewise, the highlights of the Trek in Upper Dolpo region are Juphal, Kageni, Dunai, Chhepka, Shey Gompa, Saldang, Rinje, Dho and Lingdo. However, the trekking can be strenuously long and technically difficult and so Top of the World treks & Expeditions does recommend a good level of fitness before undertaking this trek.
Upper Dolpo region found that the valleys of the upper Bheri and Langu (Dolpo) watersheds have been divided into subregions. Tarap, Tsharbung, Namgung and Panjang are the sub-regions. These four areas compose the Tibet – Like culture region of Dolpo. People believe that Guru Rimpoche had blessed this region. It is seen to be a very spiritual place away from hustle and bustle of everyday life. The opportunity to explore this region also gives you an opportunity to see the wildlife of the area. Moreover, it includes different endangered animals like blue sheep and snow leopard and precious plants like silvery fir.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All necessary trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permit and Upper Dolpo Restricted area permit.
Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jupha and Juphal – Nepalgunj- Kathmandu Round flight ticket.
All domestic airport taxes.
Trekking Leader, and Guides.
One Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.
One Cook and One kitchen supporter/s as per group size.
Required kitchen utensils
Cooking fuel and lighting service
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment
All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.
All the transporting.
Government taxes and service charge.
Medical supplies (first aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Kathmandu Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1300m).
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Fly to Nepalgunj 540m.
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj we will look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. It is quite hot and tropical. (Breakfast)
Nepalgunj to Jhufal (2500m), Trek to Dunai (2100m)
We take an early morning flight to Jhufal as they are always scheduled early in the morning because of high winds in Thulo Bheri Valley. Once we arrive at Jhupal, we start our short trek from Jhupal to Dunai. Marching downhill through meadows and few houses, small hotels at Kala Gaura 2090m. From here we follow the river trail upstream to Dunai. We camp near Dunai and explore this amazing little hill town for the rest of day.
Dunai to Hanke 2660m.
Today you will trek about 6-7 hours to reach Hanke. You will follow the route of the confluence of the Thuri Bheri and Suli Gad rivers and follow the Suli Gad River also walk through some nice villages such as Parela, Rahagaon, and Ankhe. Eventually, you will arrive at Hanke, which is also the entry point of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Overnight at tented camp.
Trek to Sumdo 3200m.
The trail starts becoming very hectic but once you cross the river twice on well made bridges, you then make a steep ascent on a very narrow path hugging the cliff face. Having descended to the river again the trail takes another steep ascent requiring frequent stops to watch the panorama of the landscapes and also for some rest. After a long walk for about 6 hour we settle at Sumdo. Overnight on tented Camp.
Sumdo to Shey Phoksundo Lake 3738m
After Breakfast we trail uphill which is steep and ascend through ridge from where waterfalls and view of Shey Phoksundo Lake is seen. We descend through the forest through the village of Ringmo and we rest at the shores of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Tented camp.
Acclimatization Day at Shey Phoksundo 3738m
Today is our rest day but we recommend you visit the surroundings of this lake. We admire the beauty of this great lake and head to visit nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist Settlers. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.
Trek to Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola 3500m
With breakfast we now trail that skirts the edge of the lake itself and going very steeply up and then plunge down again to the valley bottom to enter the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola and trek to your night stop alongside the river. Night at Tented Camp.
Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang 4400m
Today we walk along the glacial valley to north. We pass by the Phoksundo River and other glacial streams that rush down the steep valley, then through sheep meadows up to another valley from where Kang La Pass is viewed. Finally we settle at village of Phoksundo. Night at tented camp.
Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa 4126m via Kang la Pass 5365m
Today with early breakfast we trail up very steeply. It will take 2/3 hours to reach on the top of the La from where the views are magnificent with those great strength and effort. We now descend to valley floor and trek along the banks of the river and finally we arrive at Shey Gompa. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board
Rest day Shey Gompa
As Shey means crystal so monastery is also known as the Crystal Mountain. The monastery was built during the 11th century which belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. Crystal Mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangju nala and Yeju nala. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. After knowing about place, monastery and nearby places we rest tonight at tented camp.
Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun 4400m
We leave this crystal monastery and trail towards Namduna Village. We arrive at Saldang La pass after few hours of walk and descend downward to Yak grazing fields. Along the way we encounter Namduna Monastery and after visiting it we head down to its valley and settle at Namduna village. This is an agricultural land too. Overnight at tent.
Namduna Gaun to Saldang 3900m
We leave Namduna and follow our trails to dusty Barren Mountain and after 4 hour we arrive at Namkhong Mala from where Saldang seems spectacular. We climb down and reach Saldang. It is combo of six villages which is prosperous in agriculturally and because of its landscape for perfect Tibet trade route. Night at Tented camp.
Saldang to Yangze Gompa
We now trail to further north to the least unexplored area by westerners or agencies. We follow the Nang Chu River, and then passing through the small settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon. Passing through Panzang River, old Bon-Po Monastery and other villages, we reach to Yangze and visit its Gompa. Overnight at tented camp.
Yangze Gompa to Sibu 4000m
We trail all the way down to the river bed you pass through terraced fields, stupas, Chortens, heaps of mani stones, Chaiba monastery, Namdo Village, Nam Khong Khola, Namdo monastery which is located near the river bed finally we arrive at Sibu. You camp near the small settlement of Sibu, right on the river bank. Overnight at tented camp, BLD.
Sibu to Jeng La Phedi 4480
The trail follows the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning walk coming across caravan of laden yaks that are on their way towards Tibet border. After days of following the same river, finally we part turning east till we arrive at the confluence of two small tributaries, from here our walk leads to a steep climb to the bottom of Jeng la 4,900m where we stay for the overnight on tent at nice meadow.
Jeng la Phedi to Tokyu Gaun 4240m
Today we cross Jeng la pass in morning and follow our trails to steep down to Tarap Valley and Tarap chu River. Tarap is also known as the dream valley with vast plains in high valley. Then we follow our trails and rest at Tokyu monastery of Chaiba’s. Tokyu is combination of ten villages and many stupas, Gompas, hortens and many more. Overnight at tented camp.
Tokyo Gaun to Dho Tarap 4100m
After breakfast we continue our walk through the hill side of Tarap chu to green valley and following it we reach at the Dho tarap where people of both Bon Po and Chaiba live in harmony and explore this area. Along the way we enjoy great scenery of Tibet mountains and Ladakh Himalaya. Overnight at tented camp.
Dho Tarap to Khani Gaun 2550m
We continue our trails down the gorge of Tarap river and follow the rough trails and after long walk of 7 hour we settle at pleasant meadows of Khani Gaun. Overnight at tented camp.
Khani Gaun to Tarakot 2280m
You leave Khanigoan by the new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river, sometimes going very high before reaching down to the water again. Some of the going is quite demanding and one bridge, said to have unusable for six years, necessitates crossing on wet stepping-stones. Finallly we arrive at Tarakot after walk of about 4 hour. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Tarakot to Dunai 2100m
Today we head down to Dunai besides the Bheri river in a tremendous Gorge with pine trees and path built just about 7 meter above the river. Finally we arrive at Dunai from where we started our trek. We will recall the pleasures, moments and tough times we had in our journey and party at night. Overnight at Tent camp.
Trek Dunai to Juphal and Flight From Nepalgunj to Kathmandu Via Juphal
We leave Dunai in this morning and fly to Nepalgunj and take another flight from there all the way back to Kathmandu. Overnight at fine Hotel.
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting thelargest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and aplace which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arran ge this for you.
For the Dolpo Regin Treks, you will be flying from Kathmandu –Nepalgunj to Juphal and then at the end of the trek, you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks, we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It may be possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time. We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final. [email protected]
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.