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Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Upper Dolpo Trek


Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan highland and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was blocked to trekkers until 1989 when the southern division of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Our trekking adventures start on with the tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Then we fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region, which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book (The Snow Leopard). Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo (The Caravan), has also created a victory and it was also selected for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. On our 28-day Upper Dolpo trek we pass through remarkable villages, trekking routes and meet polite people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and peaceful beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and come back to Jhuphal where our trek ends. This remote trek in Nepal in reality takes us into the natural west of Nepal.

Summarize circuit

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expeditions will heartily welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu


Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Today we fly from Kathmandu to Nepagunj. It is 1 hour flight. Nepalgunj lies in the Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is located nearby Nepal-India border so you can visit the border area. Overnight in Nepalgunj


Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

From Nepalgunj we take a flight to Jhuphal. It is about 35 minutes flight. We walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge and reach Dunai. Overnight in Dunai


Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours

We leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. We pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages and reach Ankhe. Overnight in Ankhe


Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours

Our trail ascends and descends along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. Crossing the lush forests and grassy slope we reach Sulighat. Overnight in Sulighat


Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

Today we commence our journey along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. Crossing the Pungmo Khola and Palam village we reach Ringmo village. From here it is a short walk of the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake


Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

Today we acclimatize at Phoksundo Lake. During the day we can do a short hike to the village of Ringmo and it’s Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Overnight at Phoksundo Lake


Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours

The trail takes us around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake. This precarious trail is suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs, driven into crevices in the rocks and signals the remoteness of the area you are about to enter. You go very steeply up and then plunge down again to the valley bottom to enter the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Overnight at Phoksundo Khola


Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours

Crossing a few streams we move towards Phoksundo Bhanjyang. A hard climb to the top brings us to another valley from where we can see the Kang-La pass. We camp just before the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened ‘Snowfields Camp’. Overnight at tented camps


Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours

In the morning we ascend towards Kang La pass. From the top of Kang La pass we get excellent views of the large valley dissected by a gushing river. A red chorten heralds your arrival at Shey Gompa where a quaint wooden log bridge leads up to the Shey compound. Overnight in Shey Gompa


Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa

Today we rest for a while and explore the beauty of Shey Gompa. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. the monastery was built in 1655. We spend the day hiking around Shey village which is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. Overnight in Shey Gompa


Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours

Today we trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La pass. The path begins to zigzag over bare rock and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang La pass. Subsequently descending towards the north we reach Namduna Gaun. Overnight in Namduna Gaun


Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours

From the Namduna Gaun we climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains to reach Saldang village. You trekking for 3-4 hours we can see the picturesque village of Salding situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khongnala and the biggest village of the inner Dolpo area. Overnight in Saldang


Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours

The trail goes through few ups and downs and we cross Marang and Ki villages. Crossing the Panzang River we reach Yangze Gompa. Overnight in Yangze Gompa


Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours

From the Yangze Gompa we again go through the Saldang village and reach Namdo village.  The trail passes through the terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chiaba monastery. Our journey continues further down the Nam Khong Khola for another two hours and reaches Sibu. Overnight in Sibu


Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours

We walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and arrive at a confluence of two small streams. The trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass. Our camp will be set up in this beautiful meadow. Overnight in Jeng La Phedi


Day 18: Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours

After 2 hours climb we reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaulagiri massif. From here, a rough track descends towards the Tarap valley. We camp close to the monastery at Tokyu.


Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours

We trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river. Tarap is inhabited by Magars who have lived here for generations but also by a few Tibetans. The peoples of this village are both Bon Po and Buddhist. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap. Overnight in Dho Tarap


Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Today we rest and explore the Dho Tarap village. We will visit Buddhist Gompa and Bon Po Gompa. Overnight in Dho Tarap


Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

From Tarap we descend towards a wide valley. We go through narrow gorges with the river rushing through. You can see blue sheep, yaks and goat during the trek. Overnight in Kamakharka


Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

From Tarap Khola we continue to walk down the gorge of the Tarap River. On the way, we will meet people from Dolpo, taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter. Walking through the broad, smooth and firm to very narrow and crumbly path we reach Khanigaon. Overnight in Khanigaon


Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

From Khanigaon we follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. The trail passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again and reach Tarakot. Overnight in Tarakot


Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours

Today we follow the trail that is mostly down ward and fairly firm. Walking beside the Bheri River, you walk through the ingenious path which is built twenty feet above the river. After walking for a while you will reach Dunai. Overnight in Dunai


Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours

We trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape and return Jhuphal from where we have started our trekking. Overnight in Jhuphal


Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

In the early morning flight we fly to Nepalgunj from Jhuphal enjoying the wonderful view of Himalayas. Then we fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu


Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu

Today you can take rest, explore Kathmandu valley and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your journey in the Dolpo region. Overnight in Kathmandu


Day 28: Final departure

Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey.

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotels or three star equivalents hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast included).
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek.
  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

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