Upper Dolpo trekking is out-of-the-way and hidden trek destination in Nepal and is situated mid-western region of Nepal inside the Shey - Phoksundo National Park, behind Mt. Dhaulagiri and near Tibet border. Upper Dolpo region is falls within Nepal but ethnically it is associated to Tibet. Dolpo is a region embraces a number of Buddhist monasteries plus those of pre-Buddhist belief of Bon Po. The region has preserved ultimate leftovers of long-established Tibetan culture. We elevate approximately up to 5000m while trekking to Upper Dolpo region.
Before 1989 this region was restricted area for the foreigner and was detached and hidden from the outer world. Since 1989, Upper Dolpo region has been introduced as a natural compilation of passes far above the ground, exceptional fauna, and eye-catching scenery which is boosted by the ancient Tibetan cultural heritage. The trekkers who are fascinated to trek to Upper Dolpo region must take aid from trekking agencies to get the trekking permit.
This region is bordered by Tibet and Dhaulagiri from north and south respectively. Leopards, Blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Jackal, Himalaya black Bear, Himalayan Mouse Hare, Himalayan Weasel, yellow-throated Marten, Musk Deer, Langur, Rhesus Monkeys and other Himalayan animals can be spotted here. Moreover, the view of Kanjiroba peak, the Dhaulagiri massif and Phoksundo Lake are the major attractions of the Upper Dolpo trekking. The famous Phoksundo Lake which is more than 1500 feet deep is of greenish blue color bordered by dense forest and snow-topped Himalayas
Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks will help you trek in this hidden region assuring your entry permit which is renowned for serene and natural beauty but so far unknown area. The combination of perfect trans-Himalayan culture and Buddhist monuments with natural beauty makes the trek most memorable experience you would ever get.
After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day is all yours and overnight at hotel.
You take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which lies on the border to India. After you reach at hotel, you can go and visit the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple to tribute to Kali. Also, in Nepalgunj you can go around the bazaar, which has lots of things on sale. Tonight in Nepalgunj.
Today, early in the morning you take the flight to Juphal. As soon as you reach Juphal (2500m.), you begin your short walk from Juphal to Dunai. You walk downward through pastures and pass through a few houses to the tiny hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m.). Then, you go after the river path upstream to Dunai. You set your camp near Dunai and walk around this lively little hill settlement for the rest of the day. Overnight in Dunai.
Leaving Dunai you traverse the large steel suspension bridge and move west, passing the trail past the hospital, and after that you walk along the bank of the Thulo Bheri to its union with the Suli Gaad river (2070m.). You follow the path north up to the east shore of the Suli Gaad to a group of teashops in Dunai. After an hour, you reach Kal Rupi and then move to Raktang (2260m.). You come across the west bank and walk passing numerous goths and horses grazing lands over a ridge to the uneven stone houses of Jyalhasa. You cross another bridge to the east bank, and make your way to teashops and cross the Ankhe Khola (2460m.). Also, you walk on the old path which takes you to national park post at Ankhe, and pass through the villages of Pahela and Rahagoan. Now, the path moves to Phoksumdo Lake and you ascend up to 2710m, then you move down on an unsteady path to Chepka (2670m.). You set your camp about 20 minutes ahead of Chepka.
You follow the route alongside the river climbing above a small edge then come across the west side to pass up a large crest and go back to the east side again. Along with the river at 2900m, your path moves ahead and makes several ascend and descend through jungles of firs, larches and follows upstream that takes to the village of Renje on the reverse side of the river (3010m.). You camp in Renje today.
You go behind the valley of Suli Gaad, which moves east and turn out to be narrower. You then ascend over a crest and move down to a bridge and continue all along the valley base to the meeting point of the Suli Gaad and the Pungmo Khola. Now, the track leads you to Phoksumdo Lake and Shey gompa which follows the west shore of the river. You go up all the way through a forest of cedar and then reach Palam village (3710m.). The doorway for Shey Phoksumdo National Park lies at the southern part of the village. Here, your entrance permit ticket is checked and then you follow the route which is steep, on a sandy path to an altitude of 3300m, then you begin up one steeper place to a ridge at 3780m. From here you can see a stunning 200m waterfall, highest one in Nepal. The track descends from birch forests to the vividly clear, speeding up waters of the Phoksumdo Khola. After that you go up quietly to Ringmo village, a charming settlement of stone houses with lots of chortens plastered with mud and mani walls. Just beneath Ringmo, you traverse a bridge and go behind a track north to the station at Phoksumdo Lake (3730). You carry on walking to the banks of the lake near the spot where the Phoksumdo River pours out of the lake. We camp in Ringmo tonight.
Today you have a rest day. From lakeside, you today might pass through juniper trees and come across the white Pal Sentan Thasoon Chholing gompa, a tumbledown Bon-po monastery built 60 generations before lies above the lake. Also, you will see five other monasteries which indoors Buddhist paintings, statues, but the accessories also mirror the animistic basics of the Bon-po religion.Tonight in Ringmo.
Today your route moves on a stony ridge as it go round the western area of the lake. As you traverse a stream, you can see the glacier moving down from the upper incline of Kanjeralwa (6612m.). You then go up to a summit at 4060m for a fabulous sight of the lake with the snow-capped peaks of Sonam Kang in the backdrop. The track moves forward and descends through blue pines, birches to the western edge of the lake where the Phoksumdo Khola lies. The path now moves west up to a long a broad valley. You follow a hazy track through spike bushes and scrub trees, interweaving boggy marshes and branches of Phoksumdo Khola. You set your camp in woods of blue pines at Chunemba (3630m.).
You start the day walking along the path that now moves north all the way through a glacial valley. You then come across to the east shore of Phoksumdo Khola. You continue walking on the main valley for next one hour to reach Kang Gompa. You go up abruptly from Kang Gompa and keep on walking on the grassy edge. You will see amazing peak views with Shey Shikar (6139m.), Kang Chunne (6443m.). You follow a crest at 4200m then the path moves down steadily on a rocky track to Lar Tsa where you set your camp at 4120m.
Today, you come across a bridge and go up to the height at 4490m, after that you make your way up a lush ridge to a peak at 4640m. You curve and then go down gently to Mendok Ding. You once more go up next to a river to a camp (4610m.).
You keep on moving that takes you to Phoksumdo Khola, and then you move north to the peak of Riwo Drugdra. You follow the more picturesque pilgrim route across the Sehu La to the west of Crystal Mountain. The Dolma path now turn north in a little while after camp whereas the pilgrim track starts up a vertical slope on the reverse side of a river that pours from the north. Now, the path moves down a slope to a green field besides a river valley and start a sequence of long ups and downs across edges. You now have a rough ascend to a crest (5010m.) and another at 4860m, you start walking down to the Tar valley. Soon you arrive at Tsakang, 800years old gompa that is hanging spectacularly beside a cliff. The final drop on a wide track takes you to a spot where you set your camp at 4310, just beneath Shey gompa.
You have a rest day today. You cross the river on a bridge and go up passing a big chorten and a gigantic ground of mani stones to the Shey gompa area (4390m.). The gompa comprises of an antique Tibetan scroll that explains the fable of Shey gompa and Crystal Mountain. Overnight at Shey Gompa.
Leaving Shey Gompa, you trek east and transverse the 5010m Shey La. Now, you twist north and move down before ascending again to Namgung at 4430m.
You pass through the Namgung Kola to reach Karang (4050m.). Then, you descend to Saldang beside the shore of the river. Overnight in Karang.
You move down to Torak Sumdo at 3670m, the union of the Namgung and Polang river and then go across the northern shore. You then ascend to Yanger gompa (3750m.) and trek all along the river side valley. You camp alongside the river (4100m.) near to Mugaon.
You go up the valley to Mugaon and climb towards the Mushi La at 5030m. Then you descend to Shimen village, you finish your trek today setting your camp above the village (4010m.).
You go down to Shimen village at the height of 3870m and make a extensive trek up to the river through Pha at 4090m to Tinje (4150m.). Overnight at Tinje.
You trek passing the airstrip on Tinje and walk along a crossroads (4130m.), where a towering path leads you to Tarap. You carry on walking southward to reach to a camp site on the shore of the river at Rakpa (4530m.). Overnight at Rakpa.
You start your day with a lengthy ascend to the Chharka La at 4920m. You go behind the track downhill and keep on walking down until you reach a side valley at 4290m. You then make an extensive traverse behind the charming village of Chharka on the shore of Barbung Kola (4120m.). Overnight at Chharka.
You ascend to an edge at 4380m and then move down again to a river today. You go after the right divide southward, ascending along the side valleys on an uneven trail. The gorge narrows, you then come out into a big field and go up to the campsite at Norbulung at 4750m.
You start the day ascending to a yak meadow at Molum Sumna (4860m.) then on to a peak at 5130m. After that you make a long walk across pastures to the base of the Sangda La, followed by a long, sheer final ascend to the pass at an elevation of 5460m. You set your camp for overnight stay in Sanga Phedi by a stream at 5100m.
You go up to a lower Sangda La (4990m.), after that move down towards the community of Sangda Ghunsa (4190m.). You go down to the Chalung Khola, going across at 3750m, and then go up the opposite bank. You then move to a set of vertical way down to a river at 3580m. You today have one more climb to the condensed settlement, Sangda, where you stay overnight.
You go up the hill at the back of Sangda and make go across nine ridges to a last peak at 4280m. You then move down into the Kali Gandaki valley, crossing under high cliffs and moving down to the big village of Dhagarjun at 3290m.
You climb to a point at 3360m and make a last drop on a difficult track of movable rocks to Jomsom at 2670m.Overnight at Jomsom.
All flights to Pokhara run in morning only since the strong breeze blows in the day making the flights tricky to operate, so you have to get up up early and arrange for flight to Pokhara. Explore Pokhara for the rest of the day. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
You today take flight from Pokhara, to Kathmandu which takes around 30 minutes. Our representative will wait for you at the Kathmandu airport and transfers you to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is free day on your own in Kathmandu. You need have one extra day as reserve since there is a chance of flight cancel and delay. You can go around for sightseeing to major places in Kathmandu if any remaining. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will take you to the airport for your way back your country.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph