Nepal lion Treks & Tours

Name: Greg Brick
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Upper Dolpo Trekking

Activity Level

Trekking, Hiking ?

Group Size
Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,717m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Destination:
Upper Dolpo
Duration:
27 Days
Transportation:
Jeep/ Flight

Trip Highlights

Upper Dolpo Trekking takes you to the far-western side of Nepal. The area is remote, but the scenery is to die for. Moreover, it lies around She Phoksundo National Park, Nepal’s largest national park. 

This region doesn’t provide independent trekking permits, so you must consult a travel agency for a visit. Moreover, you must carry food supplies and such for the trek to a remote area. 

For this trekking experience, we offer a 27-day package with accommodation facilities. Our team has expertise in trekking and tourism, so you will be in the hands of professionals.

Summary of Upper Dolpo Trekking

The journey begins on a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in the southwest. Then, we will board a flight to Juphal to reach the Dolpo district. Direct flights aren’t available from Kathmandu because of the topographical structure and remoteness of the area.

Next, the trekking adventure begins, starting from Dunai. The walk is unexpectedly comfortable as we head to Chhepka, showing our trekking permits at the check post. We will trek through the Shey Phoksundo National Park from here on. Along the way, you will also explore the beauty of deep Shey Phoksundo Lake. 

Besides, you will enjoy Nepal’s cultural experience and diversity throughout the journey. Indeed, the scenery will be there to take your breaths away with each climb, keeping you motivated. The natural resources available there are unbelievably refreshing and reassuring. 

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trekking

  • Explore the Shey Phoksundo Lake and National Park.
  • Get astounding views of diverse landscapes. 
  • Learn cultural importance and religious practices in Nepal.
  • Cross high passes like Cang Mara La Pass (5,115 m), Nagdala La Pass (5,353 m), and Tyonta Pass (5,220 m).
  • Explore the beautiful flora and fauna of Nepal. 

 

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Itinerary

On the first day of your trip, you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will receive you from Tribhuwan International Airport. From here, we will drop you at your comfy hotel, where you can get refreshed. You can also explore the nightlights of the city. 

 

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,400m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The following day, we will take you sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. We will only be able to cover the major tourist attractions sights. You will be fascinated by the historical and religious heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bauddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and many more. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,400m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will board the flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. It lies in the Terai region of Nepal, and the climate is hot. It is also close to the border of India-Nepal. Once you arrive, our team will transfer you to the hotel, where you’ll stay for the night.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
150m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will now drive to Nepalgunj airport for the Nepalgunj-Juphal flight. The flight duration will be approx—35 min. After landing at Juphal, we will start our trekking journey. As this is the starting point of the trek, the trail is not challenging yet. 

You will walk comfortably and descend for 45 minutes to reach Kalagauda. Then, you will walk another 2 hours along the Thuli Bheri River to get to Dunai. After arriving at Dunai, we will assign rooms as per the reservation.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,475 m (Juphal), 2,140 m (Dunai)
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The following day, our trek begins along the classic route of Dolpo. At the Silughar check-post, we will present our trekking permits to Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park. From here, we are officially inside Shey Phoksundo National Park. 

 

Furthermore, walking through a tropical forest, we will witness a drastic change in the landscape. Next, we will pass Kageni, Jutung, and Shangta, after which we will cross a bridge over the Phoksundo lake and at the confluence of Phoksundo and Maiba Khola. We will head north to reach Cheppka. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,687 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will be walking along the famous Lower Dolpa Circuit trek trail in the opposite direction of the river flow. We will cross the bridge over the Phoksundo river twice. Once we reach Rechi, our lunch stop, the altitude will be 3010 meters.

Afterward, we will walk along the riverside and cross a bridge to pass the confluence of the Phoksundo river and Yulung Khola. Then, we will reach Amchi Hospital, where we will put our camps for the night.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,000 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will walk along the direct pathway to Shey Phoksundo Lake. We will climb the forest of cedars to reach Palam, up to a ridge about 3,875 m from where we will have the most staggering views of a 300 m waterfall, the highest in Nepal, and get our first view of Shey Phoksundo Lake. 

We will then descend birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo river to the picturesque settlement of Ringmo village. From the settlement, it is a short hike to the shores of Phoksundo Lake, where we will set up the camps.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,600 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, we will have an exploration day around Shey Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. Firstly, we will explore Ringmo village. Ringmo village is a typical Tibetan village with its unique culture and tradition. 

Then head towards Tshowa, a Bon monastery at the lake shore. It was built around 900 years ago. We will explore the sanctuary, which will be a fascinating experience. After that, we will descend to Phoksundo Lake.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,600 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The following morning, we will climb the narrow trails along the cliffs above Phoksundo Lake. We will descend along the beautiful forest for around one and a half hours. 

Afterward, we will reach the other side of the lake, Phoksundo Khola camp. Then, we will ascend the final part of today’s trek and reach Sallaghari. We will put our campsite in the beautiful pine forest.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,630 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will have a short trek up to Nangdala High camp this day. We will begin our walk by ascending the narrow trail of the Tuk Kyaksa river. We will switch the riverside several times.

After walking around 30 minutes from the bridge, we will reach a broad valley. We will step another 2 and half hours along the canyon. Then, we will set our campsite at the massive rock slab, Kang La/ Nangdala Base Camp.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,717 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our next destination is Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain, the most sacred peak in the Dolpo region. On this day, we will enter the entire Dolpo region. However, before reaching there, we must cross the Kang La, or the Nangda La pass.

 

The magnificent view from the top will show you Crystal mountain, the Tibetan territory mountain, and the mesmerizing landscape of the Dolpo region. During the walk, you can also admire peaks like Shey Shikhar and Kang Chunne. Finally, we will put our campsite at Shey Gompa.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,343 m 
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will begin our trek after the exploration of Shey Gompa. Then, we will follow the trails along Sephu Khola for around two hours. Moreover, you will be amazed at the typical Dolpo landscape. 

During the trek, you can admire magnificent views of Mustang, Tibet, Kanjirowa, Kagmara, and crystal mountain. After two hours of descent, we will reach Namgung to set up the campsite and stay overnight.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,360 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Now, we will follow the trails along Namga Khola and pass more summer herding spots to reach Saldang village. Saldang is a beautiful village with dry lands surrounded by amazing hills. 

We will explore the town and interact with the locals. Do not forget to taste some salt butter tea or Chhyang (Barley beer) at Saldang.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,770 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will rest in Saldang and explore the village. The environment is relaxing, and the people are friendly. You can explore their culture and enjoy your stay.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,770 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will ascend toward Komash village. We will follow the Saldang Lek along the Rapha Khola. We will climb to 4500 m and then descend to Komash village. This village is similar to most Tibetan villages. We will set up our camp at Komash village.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,060 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will begin our hike after a refreshing breakfast. During our walk this day, we might encounter some rare species like Blue sheep and snow leopards. We will pass through many small towns during today’s trek. 

This part of the trek is filled with highland deserts with shrub-like vegetation. After walking for around 4-5 hours, we will reach Shimen. We will set up the camp at a potential campsite.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,850 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will follow the trails along the Panjang Khola. Moreover, we will pass some beautiful villages and monasteries along the routes to Tinje. Besides, the walk will be for around 5 hours. Tinje is a lovely valley with a natural airstrip where a British airplane landed and took off once. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,110 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, we will head towards Yak Kharka, following the trails along the Panjyan River and passing the settlement of Chhamdang. After crossing Chhamdang, we will trek along the river bank for some time and then to Chholtam Khola’s confluence and Panjyan Khola’s confluence. 

Furthermore, we will cross a bridge over the Thalum Khola and reach an open grazing ground for yaks and sheep called Yak Kharka.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,000 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we will head to Tokyu from Yak Kharka. We will cross a bridge over the Sulun Khola, taking us to Choila North pass at an altitude of 5040 m. This part of the trek is more challenging. We will ascend for almost 2 hours to reach the top of Choila pass. 

The top offers a beautiful sight of the Tokyu camp. After descending from the pass, we will reach Tokyu, where we will set up our campsite.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,240 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, we will trek to Dho Tarap. It is a very short trek of around one and a half hours. After reaching Dho Tarap, we will explore the village of Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a large village settlement beautifully decorated with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. 

There are various chortens, mani walls, and monasteries around Dho Tarap. Beautiful fields of wheat, buckwheat, Barley, potatoes, and other green vegetables add more beauty to this village. People here resemble the Khampas of Tibet.

We will enjoy a wonderful natural tour and participate in cultural programs the villagers perform with traditional Tibetan dances and songs.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,944 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our trek to Naworpani is going to be a long one. We will cross bridges over rivers and walk through forests to reach our destination. The rivers we cross are Tarap, Mirubabane, and Klang Khola. Finally, when we get to Naworpani, we will relax for the night.

 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,475 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will follow the path along the Tarap Khola after breakfast. After walking for a while, we will notice changes in the views and landscapes. Green forests will start to emerge as we move forward. We will then ascend to Lamchaur high over Tarap Khola. 

After crossing Lahini Odar, we will descend and reach Chhedhul Gompa. After some time along the Tarap Khola, we will get to Lashicap, where we will set up the camp.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,775 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will head toward Dunai today as we return home. We will cross the green lands above the Thuli Bheri river to reach Tarakot. After reaching Tarakot, we will cross a small bridge over a stream. We will pass Lawan and Byasgad on this day. Today’s trek will offer some greenery, forested regions, and cultivated terraced fields.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,140 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the last day of our adventurous trek. We will follow the route along the Bheri river until we reach Kalagawda. After getting to Kalagawda, we will climb for a while to reach Juphal. It will be a short trek of around 3 hours up to Juphal.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,475 m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your day starts with an early flight back to Nepalgunj, 35 minutes. Today, we have back-to-back flights, so we will fly back to Kathmandu again. After a 50 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, our day ends.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
150m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a successful trip to Upper Dolpo, you deserve a day to yourself. On this day, you will spend your time in Kathmandu city. Moreover, you can explore the culture and have fun. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,400m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your 27-day trip successfully ends today. So, you’ll be returning home after a long, exhausting, and excellent trek. Today, we’ll drive you to the Tribhuwan International Airport according to your scheduled flight.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,400m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Trip Duration 27 Days days
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