Trek Highlights

  • Scenes from the movies ‘Himalaya’ & ‘Caravan’
  • Views of snow-capped mountains
  • Tranquil and picturesque wilderness camps
  • Shey Gompa and views of  Majestic Crystal Mountain
  • Tibetan Buddhist and Bon gompas
  • Enchanting turquoise Phoksundo Lake
  • Likely to see herds of blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan fox, marmots, eagles, langur monkey and mysterious snow leopard on the way and medicinal herbs such as Silvery Fil and Yarchagumpa.
  • Experience Tibetan and Buddhist  culture and tradition.
  • Unique rugged landscape.

Trek Overview

The Upper Dolpa Trek is a challenging trek; you are likely to trek for 6-7 hours a day and cross steep hills and high passes. Dolpa region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trek passes through Buddhist region where you will come across colorful prayer flags, Mani walls and monasteries. Our trekking route in this region is different from other routes as our route passes through remote and isolated area where you will trek through more challenging and wilder trail. We start to trek from Juphal and cross few high Himalayan passes along with trek to amazing Phoksundo Lake; finally we will end our trek at the famous town of Mustang, Jomsom.

This region is very prosperous in flora and fauna where you are likely to encounter with herds of blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan fox, marmots, eagles, langur monkey and mysterious snow leopard as well as medicinal herbs as Silvery Fil and Yarchagumpa. Trek to this region will give you insight of Tibetan culture with the unique rugged landscape, culture and Buddhist religion.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom

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Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate in a hotel.

  2. Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Visit UNESCO world heritage sites.
  3. Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 45mins flight

    We will be transferred to the airport and will take our flight to Nepalgunj; if it’s a clear day then you will be able to see amazing views of Himalayan range. After landing in Nepalgunj you will be escorted to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to yourself to explore Nepalgunj or to relax at the hotel. We will stay the night here in the hotel.

    Highlights:

    Splendid vistas of Himalayas

    Explore vibrant town of Nepalgunj

  4. Day 4: Nepalgunj to Juphal 45 mins flight, trek to Dunai (2,100m/6,889ft) 2-3hrs trek

    After an early breakfast we will be transferred to the airport from where we will take flight to Juphal, through the flight we will see amazing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Once we land at Juphal we will meet our accompanying trekking crew, we have an early lunch there and start to trek. As we begin the trail descends through terraced fields to Bheri River, trekking further its narrow gorge to Dunai. The village is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpa region, we will explore the village and find a suitable camping site where we will camp the night.

    Trip Highlights:

    Scenic flight to Juphal

    Pass through huge Dange village where you can see beautiful typical houses

    Beautiful Snowcapped Mukteswor Peak

    Able to see the red flag (symbol of warrior of Thakuri caste) in some houses at Dange Village

  5. Day 5: Dunai to Chekpa (2,660m/8,727ft) 6-7hrs trek

    We have an early breakfast and then rejoin our trail. As we begin to trek we take descend and traverse suspension bridge at the convergence with Suli Gad River flowing down from Phoksondo Lake. Once we cross one more bridge we reach at entrance to Shey Phoksondo National Park where we check all permits. We continue to walk following Phoksondo River passing through dense forests of pine, fir trees. The area is covered with lush vegetation and you will see langur monkey on the way until you get to Kageni Village. We will stop for lunch here. We continue our trek by traversing the suspension bridge. Then walk another side of valley where we walk all the way through dense walnut forests. Gradually, we ascend uphill to lush campsite at Chhepka.  Chhepka is a village of Tibetan settlement

    Highlights:

    Check post to entry all permits

    Traverse several suspension bridges

    Walk through Phoksondo crystal clear river

    Walk through shaded walnut forest along the riverside

    You are likely to see troops of Langur monkeys.

  6. Day 6: Chhekpa to Amchi Hospital (3,110m/10,203 ft ) - 6 ½ hours walking

    We start to trek after having our breakfast; the trail today switches pass to both sides of the valley. We traverse bridges and walk along the river and on a narrow trail up in the canyon. We pass all the way through shaded forest of larch, birch, many bamboo stand and chestnut trees further up to the valley. We take steady ascent for one and half hour and we pass river confluence. We follow Phoksondo Khola heading north where we reach a bridge that takes to Amchi hospital.

    Highlights:

    Pass through boarding school with more than 300 students

    Visit Amchi hospital which is specialized in traditional Tibetan medicine developed specifically for the climatic and cultural conditions of the Tibetan plateau.

  7. Day 7: Amchi to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs trek

    After having our breakfast we begin to trek by passing arid settlement called Palam and climb uphill for an hour to ridge at about 3800meters (12,467 ft). Once you reach at view tower you will get to see spectacular highest waterfall in Nepal and Ringo Mo Village with Phoksaondo Lake. On the way, you likely to encounter with blue sheep. We walk down through a birch forest passing Chorten and Mani walls at the doorway to Ringmo village. After a short walk we reach at Phoksondo Lake.

    Highlights:

    Campsite near stunning Phoksondo Lake

    Spectecular view of highest water fall, Ringo mo village and Phoksondo Lake from 3800 meters

  8. Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day

    Today is an important for acclimatization as we will be trekking to higher altitude; altitude sickness can be a problem so to avoid altitude sickness we stay back and let our body adopt the altitude. As we stay back a day hike to Bon monastery which is believed that this religion origin prior to Buddhism, explore Ringo mo village can be organized for acclimatization. We will return back to our camp and stay the night here.

    Highlights:

    Explore Ringo village of Tibetan settlement

    Visit Bon Monastery

  9. Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Lake North Camp (3,630m/11,909 ft) - 4 to 5 hours walking.

    After breakfast we start our trek for today. We will have to recheck Inner Dolpa restricted area permit before we enter to the north of Phoksondo Lake. The trail offer magnificent views of the lake and amazing Himalaya. We follow the western part of Phoksondo Lake along a narrow cliff trail.

    We climb to a ridge with magnificent vistas over the enchanting lake to Ringmo village and the snow capped mountain of Kanjiroba (6,612m), Norbung Kang (6,085) and Jhyarko Dingla (5,892m). Further we take steady decline through birch trees that lead to our Phoksondo Lake North Camp.

     Highlights:

    You can see superb view of peaks like Kanjiroba (6,612m/21692ft), Norbung Kang (6,085/19963ft) and Jhyarko Dingla (5,892m/19330ft).

    Eye –Bird view of Ring-Mo village from the ridge

  10. Day 10: Trek to Lar Tsa Camp (4,200m/13,779 ft) - 7 hours walking.

    After breakfast, we leave Phoksondo North Camp and head towards a wide valley with couple of river stream.  On the left side of valley you can see superb views of Kanjero Himal. After four hours trek we will stop for lunch at Dobhan (river confluence) camp. After lunch we ascend uphill for approximately three hours towards Lar Tsa Camp.  Lar-Tsa camp is popularly known for producing Yarchagompa “Caterpillar fungus” which is used by the practitioner of Tibetan and Chinese medicine for cancer and fatigue treatment.  You can also see the beautiful view of Kanjiroba Himal (6,612m) from Lar Tsa camp

    Trek Highlights:

    Spectacular view of Kanjiroba Himal (6,612m/21,692 ft)

    You can see local people collecting Yarchagompa

  11. Day 11: Trek to Snowfields Camp (4,650m/15,255 ft) - 4 hours walking.

    We have an early breakfast and begin to trek by walking up to the valley and traverse river on a bridge. Then start walking uphill to the small pass. Then you step towards narrow gorge. Once you cross narrow gorge you will see Snow field high camp. After one and half hour trek, you will reach snowfield camp.Snowfields Camp is at the base of Kang La that traverse into Dolpo

    Key Highlights:

    You are likely to see herds of blue sheep in this area.

    You will see the people from different area collecting Yarsagumba

    View of Kangero Himal

  12. Day 12: Snowfield camp to Shey Gompa (4,400m/14,435 ft) - 10 hours walking.

    The trail is steep and challenging all the way up to Kang La pass. From the top of the pass we will be offered with view of the large valley divided by river. Now we descend steeply to the base of the valley then trek along the bank of the river until we arrive at Shey Gompa, Shey means crystal so the famous Buddhist monastery is located beneath Crystal Peak. We camp the night here in a suitable camping site.  

    Our campsite will set up in a meadow area with several herders

    Trip Highlights:

    Views of huge valley from Kang La pass

  13. Day 13: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa

    Today is also a rest day; we stay back in Shey Gompa. After a decent breakfast we can either rest in the tent or explore the area, an optional day hike will be organized to Tsakang gompa, an hours of walk from Shey. We will return back to the camp and stay overnight here.

    Highlights:

    View of Crystal Mountain

    Visit famous Shey Gompa

    You are likely to see herds of blue sheep along the trail as well as marmot, weasels, pika, red fox

  14. Day 14: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaon (4,400m/14,435ft) [via Namgung La (4,785m/15,698ft) 7hrs trek]

    After an early breakfast we rejoin our trail, leaving Shey gompa behind. We trek a pleasant trail through juniper trees descending into a grey, stony canyon. From here the trail becomes zigzag and we further trek to the top of Namgung La Pass, from the pass you can enjoy views from north into Tibet and east towards Mustang. From the top we then descend northwards to a small village of Namduna Gaon where we will camp the night.

    Highlights:

    Walk through Juniper trees

    Beautiful views of Tibet Landscape from Namgung La Pass.

    Explore Tibetan settlement

    Handful of stone houses in the village as well as monastery.

  15. Day 15: Namgung Gaon to Tora Sumda(3,770 m/12,139 ft) via Saldang 7-8 hrs trek

    We start our trek today after having breakfast. As the trek begins the trail ascends up a slope and as we climb higher we will see Saldang village below and mountain in Tibet to the north with vulture flying high in the blue skies. Saldang is the largest village of inner Dolpa. It is a prosperous village for agriculture and its location that is used as a trade route to Tibet We will trek further to Mr. Thinle Lama’s house for lunch. Mr. Thile Lama is a main character from the film Caravan and Himalaya. After lunch, we walk through high level trail to picturesque village namely Karang. We walk down to the valley along the river bank.  After few hours walk you will reach at Tora where you will accommodate at tent.

    Highlights:

    Bird-eye view of Saldang village from the top

    Lunch at Mr. Thinle house

    Observe people ploughing and planting their fields

     

     

  16. Day 16: Trek to Mischagaon village (4,200m/13,779 ft) - 7 hours walking

    We have an early breakfast and leave Dora behind.  We cross suspension bridge after half an hour trek. Then you pass through Chorten, Mani wall and climb up to Yangur village. Further we walk through Mischagaon village. We descend down to river. After you cross the river we start to climb gradually up to the place where we stop for lunch. After lunch we will walk around 2 hours and lead us to Mischagaon camp.

    Highlights:

    You can see marmot, weasels, wild pheasant, pike, vulture and herds of blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan red fox and snow leopard

    Pass through mani walls and Chorten

    Visit Yangur Gompa which is the oldest gompa of Dolpo surrounded by mani walls and nine Chorten

  17. Day 17: Mischagaon to Chanpola Goth near Shimen village (4,250m/13,943 ft) - 7 hours walking.

    After having an early breakfast we start take steep ascent for hours to Muri  La. You can see the beautiful landscape of Upper Dolpa area and Tibet. We start to heading down for three hours that lead us to Chapula Goth. We stay overnight in camp

    Highlights:

    Beautiful landscape of Upper Dolpa area and Tibet

    You are likely to see marmot, weasels, pike, red fox, vulture, blue sheep, and wild pheasant along the trail

    Camp in meadow area next to a yak herders’ settlement

    Follow a gorge passing a small waterfall to Chanpola Goth.

  18. Day 18: Trek to Tinje village (4,180m/13,713 ft) - 8 hours walking.

    After breakfast we start to walk downhill for one hour to Shimen village with huge areas of terraced fields of buckwheat, barley and potatoes.  You will see the longest mani wall (600m) of Dolpo. We start walking along the Tinje Khola. We will stop for lunch here. After lunch we walk along the river and you will see the rocks inscribed in mantra . Once you get to Phal Gaun, there is road on the left side of valley that leads to Tibet. We will continue to trek taking right side trail towards beautiful Tinje village of Tibetan settlement. You can still see airstrip which was used during the conflict between Tibet and China in the past. Tinje is a main village in a broad valley with widespread fields with two gompas and an old fort. We stay overnight in camp at Tinje.

    Highlights:

    You are likely to see marmot, weasels, pike, red fox, vulture, blue sheep, and wild pheasant

    Unused airstrip

    Pass through longest Mani wall of Dolpo

    Observe Tibetan settlement of Tinje village

  19. Day 19: Acclimatization and exploration day:

    After breakfast you can either take rest or explore Tinje Village of Tibetan settlement. You can walk through beautiful terraced fields.

    Highlights:

    Explore Tibetan settlement and observe their traditional lifestyle

    Observe beautiful terraced fields

  20. Day 20: Trek to Rapka (4,550m/14,927 ft) - 7 hours walking.

    Follow Panzang Khola past ruins of an old settlement on the other side of the river, after two hours we arrive to river confluence where we take the left tributary Kehen Khola for a further hour to reach our lunch spot in gassy area next to the river. After lunch we continue walking up left bank of Kehen Khola passing several doksas before arriving to Rakpa where we camp for the night.

    Highlights:

    You can see marmot, weasels, pike, red fox, vulture, blue sheep, wild pheasant, and snow leopard

  21. Day 21: Rapka to Chharka village (4,300m/14,107 ft) - cross Chharka La (5100m/16,732 ft) - 9 hours trek

    After breakfast, we walk leveled path for one hour and cross the river. Again start walking onto riverside of different valley that will lead towards Chharka La. if the weather is apparent, you can see the superb view of Dhaulagiri 2.  The gradual climbs to the pass take 5 hours walking and further three and half hours walk leads you to Chharka village. Chharka is last village of Upper Dolpa. We stay overnight here.

    Highlights:

    You will see Dhaulagiri 2 from Chharka La pass

    You can see marmot, weasels, pike, red fox, vulture, blue sheep, wild pheasant, and snow leopard

  22. Day 22: Exploration day at Chharka village

    After breakfast you can take rest or explore around Chharka village.

    Trip Highlights:

    Enjoy shopping handicrafts and shawl made up of yak wool.

    Visit Bonpo and Buddhist Gompa

    Explore Chharka village and observe their lifestyle.

  23. Day 23: Chharka village to Norbulung (4,750m/15,583 ft) 7-8 hours trek

    After having breakfast, we start our trek through gentle walk. After 20 minutes we cross suspension bridge then walk along the river side for one and half hours. We cross over another suspension bridge. We start gradual ascent uphill to our lunch place. After lunch, we take a short walk along the river for two and half hours. Then we reach at beautiful Norbulung campsite.

    Highlights:

    Traverse over suspension bridge

    You can see marmot, weasels, pika, red fox, vulture, blue sheep, and wild pheasant

     

     

  24. Day 24: Norbulung to High Camp; (5100 meter/16732ft); 7 hours trek

    After breakfast, we start our trek to High camp. We will walk on flat path then ascend up hill. After taking ascent you will reach at big valley where there are two small lakes. From here, you walk for 3 to 4 hours to get on the summit of Sangda La pass which is the highest pass on Upper Dolpa Trek. After that we will walk one and half hour that takes you to High camp which is a part of Mustang.

    Highlights:

    You can see peaks towards Hidden Valley such as Sita Chuchura,

    You can see spectacular view of peaks Tashi kang, Tasartse situated above Sanda village

    Grassy plateau with grazing yaks

  25. Day 25: High Camp to Sangda (3800m/12467ft); 7-8 hours trek

    After breakfast, we walk for 45 minutes to get over Newar Pass.  From here, there is a steep downhill to the bridge where we trek for 3 hours. We stop for lunch and after lunch we climb for half an hour. We walk on nice and gentle trail towards the ridge for another an hour. Soon, you will start take descent to the river. After crossing river, we walk for one hour to reach new suspension bridge. From here, walking for 45 minutes will take you to Sangda village which is the doorway to Jomsom.

    Highlights:

    Cross suspension bridge.

    View of Tashi kang, Tasartse Mountain

    You can see blue sheep, pheasant, snow leopard and several other species

  26. Day 26: Trek Sangda to Pangling (2,900m/9,514 ft) 8 hours trek

    After breakfast, we start to climb uphill for one hour. Then we continue walking on dirt road all the way to Pangling. We take gentle and gradual ascent for couple of hours and then descend towards Pangling Gaun. During trek, the trail is mostly dusty and windy. We will have packed lunch.

    Highlights:

    If the weather is clear, you can get views into Upper Mustang, Muktinath and Kagbeni.

     You can see superb view of several peaks such as Thorong Peak, Nilgiri and Annapurna and Tilicho peak

  27. Day 27: Pangling to Jomsom (2,670 m/8,759 ft); 4 hours trek

    After breakfast, we leave Pangling behind and follow the trail down all the way through the valley by traversing Kali Gandaki River. After crossing suspension bridge, we start walking Upper Mustang and Muktinath main road. After 2 hours walk, we arrive at Jomsom. Jomsom is a district headquarters of Mustang. We stay overnight in tea house.

    Highlights:

    Walk along Kali Gandaki River

    Explore Jomsom town

    Enjoy hot shower after a long days trek

  28. Day 28: Jomsom to Kathmandu

    We will have an early breakfast and walk up to the airport nearby the hotel in Jomsom.  After a short flight we reach Pokhara and from here we will take another flight to Kathmandu, once we reach Kathmandu you will have free time to either explore the valley or rest. We will stay the night here in Kathmandu.

  29. Day 29: Spare day in Kathmandu

    We will wake up late and have a good proper breakfast. You will have the whole day to yourselves to either rest in your hotel or explore Kathmandu valley. We will rest the night in Kathmandu.

  30. Day 30: Back home

            

    Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.

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