(Based on trip reviews)
Starting from: Kathmandu
Ending at: Kathmandu
Grade: Not easy
Highest access of the trek: 5630m.
Culture encounter: Majority of Gurung, Magar & Thakalis then their unique culture and religion,
Trekking type: Camping
Himalayan sights: Weastern Region
Most Attraction of the trek: Seventh highest mountain in the world,
Best Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Meal : Menu choice
Transportation: By bus/car
Minimum Group Size: 02 to above
Per day Walking: 5 to 7 hours
Itinerary Type: Customized
Nepal Trekking in Himalayas company design this comping for your satisfaction. Your success is our goal. Dolpo Camping Trekking is opened to trekking in Nepal 1989. Which is hard to match for its pristine beauty and rugged charm. You may opportunity to meet the nomadic people and their life style almost untouched and unexplored. Here you will explore different place which is far from world.
Upper Dolpa stand for wonderful chance to experience a landscape and culture far different from seen in other parts of country . The focal point of the area is Shey Phokundo National park. This remote and rugged protected area is both scenically and culturally attractive. It is the habitat of various rare and endangered plant and wildlife species many of which can be seen nowhere else in the country. Animal species of particular interest in the national park are populations of snow leopard, grey wolf and blue sheep.
The most obvious group of people seen in the northern parts of the area. Particularly in Dopa, are of Tibetan origin. Similar to Tibetans and Sherpas they rely on eking out a living on the high pastures and supplementing this with trade both to the north and the south. For years, their salt caravans have been a common site along the mountain passes. Their religion is a mixture of Tibetan Bhddhisum and the ancient, pre Buddhist , Bon religion, a largely animistic faith. Strangely, their languge is like or Tibetans.
Lower down the people are a mixture of ethnic groups, such as the Magar, Gurung and hill people of Hindu caste origin. Of particular interest are the Thakuri, the royal family caste. Again they are quite different in culture and language
- Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
- Kathmandu Sightseeing
- Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
- Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek to Dunai
- Dunai to Ankhe
- Ankhe to Sulighat
- Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake
- Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake
- Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola
- Phoksundo Bhanjyang
- Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass
- Rest day at Shey Gompa Explore the Crystal Monastery
- Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La
- Namduna to Saldang
- Saldang to Yangze Gompa
- Yangze to Sibu
- Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi
- Jeng-la to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la
- Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap
- Rest Day at Dho Tarap and Exploration
- Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka)
- Tarap Khola to Khanigaon
- Khanigaun to Tarakot
- Tarakot to Dunai
- Dunai to Jhuphal
- Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
- Free day in Kathmandu
- Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few meters from the exit door. Please check your name at Show card. He will bring you to hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After refreshment; we will brief your plan more visibly.
- Kathmandu (1400m) tour
Population: -counted nationwide in AD. 2011, Kathmandu had households: 434344 & population: 1744240. In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour Guide. We will visit Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupati nath in morning then Prepare for trekking.
- Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour wonderful flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj we will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the south-west Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical in character. The BB Plan hotel accommodation is set here for tonight.
- Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek to Dunai After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj, early morning transfer to airport for about 45 minute flight to Juphal (2,320m) over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Juphal our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Here at Juphal a short 2-3 hrs walk from the airstrip leads to our overnight camp at Dunai village (2,850m).
- Dunai to Ankhe From the camp at Dunai, route diverts from the King Mahendra statue to cross the new suspension bridge and turning west, following the trail past the hospital. The path soon begins to climb up the side of the treeless Thulo Bheri valley, where it crests a ridge and then enters the Phoksundo river valley, finally reaching another ridge which is marked by cairns at 2,499m. This wonderful walk leads to a large side canyon, then descending gently on the long downhill slope through the scattered houses and walnut groves to a stream at 2,810m the trail below the stream leads to Dhera, a winter settlement where people from higher villages keep herds of cows and goats, however the route leads the upper trail climbing to Rahagaon, a Thakuri village at 2,900m, having a Gompa dedicated to the local god, Mastha, guardians of this village. Trek from here passes through the lower part of Rahagaon and then descending to the village water supply at the Phoksundo Khola. Passing through another canyon, the path heads downhill through deep dark forests to a large stream, finally emerging at the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park at Ankhe (2,896m) where we will stay for the overnight camp.
- Ankhe to Sulighat The path from this camp leads to small ups and downs along the forested riverbed, then ascending steeply to about 2,900m. The ups and downs can begin to get a bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and traverses a grassy slope high above the river. You can almost look down between your toes to see the fast-flowing river below. After reaching the river at 2,950m, the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks that form a dyke along the river bank. Journey continues upstream to a bridge near Ryajik village for the overnight camp 3,500m.
- Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake Journey continues along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Kholas. After crossing to the western side of the Phoksundo Khola on a wooden bridge the path follows to the west bank of the Pungmo Khola which leads all the way to Phoksundo Lake 3,500m near Ringmo village. The path passes through a cedar forest and finally to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. From here our route heads up to open country, at an altitude of around 3,350m. From the ridge one can see the distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular 300m high waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. After a brief stop here with the great views, finally the walk descent through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the picturesque settlement of Ring mo with its mud plastered chortens and Mani walls. From here it is a short walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake for the overnight at camp.
- Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake A well deserved rest day free from packing, at Phoksundo we can go for a short hike to the village of Ringmo and its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery is well worth a visit.
- Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola From Phoksundo, adventure continues skirting the shore of the lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then the walk leads through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the overnight camp.
- Phoksundo Bhanjyang Today’s first hour walk leads along the level path through a glacial valley that now heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. Here taking the barely distinct path to the north-east of the valley. There is no trail as such, so it is necessary to clamber over the rocks and boulders and to ford a stream that rushes down the steep valley. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where the trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings to yet another valley where one can see the Kang-La pass which will lead towards Shey Gompa. Overnight camp will be just before the pass in a place that Peter Matheson christened ‘Snowfields Camp’.
- Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass Morning walk leads up to a steep climb littered with slate towards the pass. The climb is quite strenuous, especially on the slate screed. From the top of Kang-la 5,360m, there are excellent views down upon a large valley which is bisected by a gushing river. On descending steeply to the valley floor, then the path leads a long meandering trek along the banks of the river, crossing and re-crossing it several times. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river and we pass through meadows where hairy yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra) can be found grazing as well near the odd nomadic hut of the herders. A red Chorten heralds our arrival at Shey Gompa 4,500m where a quaint wooden, log bridge leads up to our destination at Shey Gompa compound for our overnight camp.
- Rest day at Shey Gompa Explore the Crystal Monastery Another well earned rest day for local hike around Shey meaning crystal, this monastery is also known as the Crystal Mountain (well described in Peter Matheson classic novel Snow Leopard). The lama of Shey resides at a red hermitage known as Tsakang Gompa which is north of Shey. It is rather a retreat than a monastery.
- Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La The day begins by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zig zag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la 5,200m. The subsequent descent towards the north which is long and tiring but we finally come upon the welcome sight of pastures of grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair. This signals our approach to Namduna Gaun 4,800m. Like Shey, the Namgung monastery is of the Karma-pa sect. The monastery, a red stone structure, is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The red and white colors of the gimpy and its stupas are the only color in this stark landscape. The village itself consists of only six stone houses and has terraced fields on both sides of the tributary, which flow down to the Nam Khong valley. The economy of the region is based on agriculture, animal husbandry and trading. In Dolpo only one crop a year can be grown and this is mainly barley. In some villages buckwheat, oil seed, potato and radish are also cultivated. Recently the main cliff temple collapsed and the villagers have now built a beautiful new monastery in the village itself.
- Namduna to Saldang On leaving the Namduna Gaun our route leads to a climb up a screw slope. Further on it begins a long traverse along some dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, Saldang 3,620m/ 11,874ft appears below on a plateau high above the Nam Khongmala. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. Though the village lies at about the same altitude as Ringmo it is totally different then Ringmo, a Himalayan village is situated below the tree line while Saldang belongs to the arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope. Saldang consists of five villages having about eighty well built houses with nearly six hundred people. Saldang is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, trade with Tibet was virtually stopped. It has been restored to some extent through the barter system by which Tibetan salt reaches mid-Nepal. The Drokpa people from the western plains of Tibet collect salt from the dried lakes north of Tsangpo.
- Saldang to Yangze Gompa Journey from here diverts further far north to the least unexplored area by westerners or by any other commercial adventure trekking companies. The trail follows the Nang Chu river most of the way on this wild barren windswept terrain. Walk begins along the fairly gradual path with few ups and downs slope and then passing through the small settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon till we reach to our overnight camp at Yangze also known as Yangtsher, just before Yangze near Lurigaon. Here we cross the tributary Panzang River, a short walk from here brings us to an unexplored region of Yangze 4,960m and its very old Bon-Po Monastery for the overnight halt with time for exploration around the villages and the Monastery.
- Yangze to Sibu From Yangze there are two trails that connect Sibu (4,560m), the long way trail heads due west passing through the very remote villages of Nishalgaon and further past Shimengaon. To save time and energy we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village which will be much easier and shorter than the other north western route. From Saldang the trail following the river bed we pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of Mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then passing through the Namdo village which is also prosperous with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near the small settlement of Sibu.
- Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi 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 a nice meadow.
- Jeng-la to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la Morning trek leads to two hours climb towards the top of the Jeng La (5,090m). An excellent view of snow ranges emerges to the south. The north face of the Dhaualgiri massif shines in the morning light. After a wonderful moment here at the pass, our walk leads to descend on the rough path towards Tarap valley. By afternoon we come to the green valley which leads us on the pleasant track down towards Tarap Chu. Tarap is a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains. It extends twenty kilo meters along the river. Tarap Chu is having ten villages with its cultivated fields and many Gompas, Chortens of both sects. We stop for the night at Tokyu monastery (4,200m). This monastery also belongs to the Chaiba sect.
- Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap Today, the route leads eastward along the downhill course of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. In this valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together in harmony. After a short trek on this beautiful valley we come to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft) for the overnight camp with ample time to visit around the villages. This village is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars hill tribe of Nepal who have lived here for many generations.
- Rest Day at Dho Tarap and Exploration Today, we have a full rest day or exploration of local areas. During the visit you will have an opportunity to make friends with the people from Dolpo. They wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they prefer Tibetan style Somba (boots with upturned toes) for footwear. Men and women often wear both religious amulets and strings of coral and turquoise. The villagers are both Bon Po and Buddhist of Nyingmapa sect. The Buddhist Gompa is the nearest one to the campsite; the Bon Gompa is further 40 minutes walk.
- Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) Today can be quite a long day or moderate walk depending upon the choice of several different campsites so the itinerary can be as flexible as you like. From the quite bare country around Tarap, we descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. We walk along the juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys, to just above the tree line. On this route we might see herds of blue sheep. By the afternoon time we reach at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow, this place is also known as Kamakharka (3,800m), while our porters will perhaps take shelter in a nearby spacious cave.
- Tarap Khola to Khanigaon This morning again continues down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it, rising high above on a trail built from the steep slopes might come across people from Dolpo taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. There are many possible campsites by the river. This will be one of the exciting days of this trip walk, as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of any path and we have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, reaching to the camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon (3,150m) we stop for overnight stay.
- Khanigaun to Tarakot Today from Khanigaun the path follows an indistinct trail to the village of Lalberi. Then passing through an area of impressive forest, before descending into another gorge our walk continue following the river again downstream to reach Tarakot where colorful terraced fields greet us. Tarakot (2,537m) is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning ‘fort’. Before the Gorkha Dynasty Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The famous Sandul Gompa lies about 8 km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. It stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River and at one time supervised collections of tolls for the trading caravans traversing an area called Tichu Rong. It is possible to camp by the river about 150 meters below Tarakot, near the police post or we climb a steep hill for over an hour to the small village on a spur on the other side of a valley opposite Tarakot. There are Chortens and a Gompa here on the edge of a grassy plateau, with an interesting solitary tree.
- Tarakot to Dunai In total 5-6 hours, today’s walk continues beside the Bheri River in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meters above the river. On reaching Dunai (2,140m) after completing the circuit with time for celebration, particularly as bottled beers is available in Dunai or else try the local brew. Our full board camping accommodation is set here.
- Dunai to Jhuphal We retrace the journey back to Jhuphal from Dunai in 2-3 hours, which is a short distance walk along the Bheri River to the small airstrip for the last overnight camp with full board of this great memorable adventure.
- Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu Early morning after having breakfast we begin a short scenic flight for about 35 minutes to Nepalgunj from Juphal, over the Himalayan foothills overlooking stunning views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it is in the afternoon have time for few hours’ refreshment in the comfort of some Hotels at Nepalgunj. Then connect with the flight back to Kathmandu.
- Free day in Kathmandu Today is set for your rest day to explore your free time shopping in Kathmandu or a scenic mountain flight of Mt. Everest exploration as an extra activity if required. At the evening Snowy Horizon offers you the Typical Nepalese Cultural Dinner in a renowned local food restaurant.
- All land transport as our itinerary want.
- Four nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and One night’s hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj with B/B plan
- Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
- All camping equipment & Local fresh fruits where available.
- Best available good camping area.
- One map of Upper Dolpo Trekking.
- Kathmandu tour by Tour Guide with entrance fees.
- An experienced Government license holder guide & cook.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa and kitchen staff, Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, Nepali staff.
- Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight Tickets for Clients and Trekking Crews.
- All necessary paper works and Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permits fee. Trekking Permits for Upper Dolpo Restricted Area and TIMS.
- All government taxes and our service charges.
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner,
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
- Water & any kind of Drinks.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver.
- Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies),
- Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc),
- Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses.
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Services not mentioned herein
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