Upper Dolpo Trek

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Trip duration : 23 Days Trip Cost : USD 3490

Ba-Yul, the hidden land of Dolpo, was first settled by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century. It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-like villages and monasteries nestling amongst mountains of stark, ascetic beauty. Though part of Nepal today, Dolpo remains culturally and economically firmly tied to Tibet, the people of this desolate area are cut of from their southern neighbors by snow-covered passes for much of the year. This is fascinating and difficult country to travel in.

Most of Dolpi is protected by Shey Phoksumdo National Park. It is bounded in the east and south by Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges and in the west by the Jumla district. Dolpo has been bypassed by development and until recently by tourism. Although a few Anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed of to foreigners until 1989, when southern parts of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups.

Peter Matthiessen's the Snow Leopard and David Snellgrove's Himalayan Pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksumdo Lake, in inner Dolpo. Also the great Movie HIMALAYA was shot BY Frech director ERRIC VALLI in Dolpo was nominated in the Oscar, which was This is the goal of most trekkers but this Dolpo trek will take you even further into this mysterious land…

Upper Dolpo is Bon-pro country, where people practice a shamanistic religion predating Tibetan Buddhism.
Much of Bon-po symbolism is the opposite of Buddhist practice. You should walk to the right of ancient mud chortens, which are inscribed with swastikas with their arms pointing in the opposite direction to the Buddhist chant of "om mani padme hum", the Bon-pos chant 'om ma tri mu ye sa le du", in Tibetan means "in clarity unite'.

Phoksumdo Lake
The lake is spectacular, it is 4.8km long, 1.8km wide and said to be 650m deep. It is known for its aquamarine color a greenish blue similar to a special Tibetan turquoise .There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the waters brilliantly clear. If you toss a rock in, you can watch it for a long time as it sinks to the bottom. According to legend, Phoksumdo Lake was formed by a spiteful female demon

In Buddhist Himalaya, David Snellgrove recounts how the demon was fleeing from the saint Padmasambhava and gave the village people a turquoise after they promised not to tell that she had passed by. Padmasambhava turned the turquoise into a lump of dung, which upset the local people so much they revealed the demon's whereabouts. She, in return caused a flood. It is said you can see the remains of a village below the lake's surface.


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S.N. Start Date End Date Status
DAYS PROGRAM Night PLAN
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu transfer to Hotel Hotel D
Day 02: Flight to Nepalgunj with great view of Himalayas Siddhartha Hotel AP
Day 03: Fly to Dolpo Juphal  (2425m.) and Trek to Chepka Camp AP
Day 04: Trek to Champak  (2830m.) 5-6 hrs Camp AP
Day 05: Trek to Bon amchi Hospital (3100m.) 6-7 hrs Camp AP
Day 06: Trek to Ringmo Phoksundo Lake  (3750m.) 6-7 hrs Camp AP
Day 07: Rest and Explore Camp AP
Day 08: Trek to Bhanjyang Camp AP
Day 09: Trek over Kang La pass base camp.  5-6  hrs Camp AP
Day 10: Trek over Kangla ( 5360 m) to Shy Gonpa ( 4160m) Camp AP
Day 11: Rest and Explore the Shy Gonpa and Clinic Camp AP
Day 12: Trek to Namung Gonpa ( 4430m) Camp AP
Day 13: Trek to Saldang Village ( 4050m) Camp AP
Day 14: Trek to Chaha Gaon (3760m) Camp AP
Day 15: Trek to Kharka ( 3870m) Camp AP
Day 16: Trek over the pass and to Tokyo Camp AP
Day 17: Trek to Dho Village Camp AP
Day 18: Trek to Nawarpani Camp AP
Day 19: Trek to Lainaodar Camp AP
Day 20: Trek to Tarakot Village Camp AP
Day 21: Trek to Dunai. Camp AP
Day 22: Drive to Juphanl and Fly to Nepalgunj and catch flight to Kathmandu Hotel MAP
Day 23: Drive to airport and fly to back to home   BB

Note: BB: Room with breakfast; AP :Room with all the meals included

Price Includes

  • Airport picks up and drop services.
  • Hotel with Breakfast and dinner only for 2 nights.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu..
  • Double sharing room with all meals in  Nepalgunj
  • Airfare Kathmandu /Dolpo//KTM
  • Phosundo conservation fee
  • Trek staffs walk in walk out charge.
  • All meals during trek, Camping and cooking equipment.
  • Guide, Cook and Supporting Team. And Mules for luggage during trek
  • Upper Dolpo trek permit fee $ 500 per person for 10 days and USD 50 per day after that.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Local Donations.Tips for supporting staff.
  • Insurance of client, emergency evacuation cost.
  • Domestic excess baggage charges

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