Known as the best Western Nepal Trekking, Upper Dolpo Trek is the Restricted Area Trekking into the isolated lands of Dolpa Region which is located to the north of Dhaulagiri Range in Western Nepal. The region was officially opened to foreigners for trekking only in the year 1989. As Dolpa Region remained curtained to the outer world, it is able to preserve its ancient culture and traditions. In fact, Dolpo is among few regions where ancient Bon Po religion and shamanism are still in practice.Entering Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the largest National Park of Nepal, having Himalayan Wildlife View of snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan blue sheep, mounting the High Passes, enjoying the scenic views of Dhaulagiri Range, Annapurna Himalayan Range, Kyangyu Ripa, Kanjorowa Mountain and Nilgiri Mountain, making visit to crystalline blue Shey- Phoksundo Lake, visiting Shey Gompa Monastery and walking through several highland villages with an opportunity to get acquainted with rural way of living are the major attractions of Upper Dolpa Trek.
‘Upper Dolpa Trek’ at Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ is a 24 days adventure itinerary that begins with a pleasant flight to the trade city of Nepalgunj from where we will take the connecting flight to Jumla. The sensational trekking experience gets started at Jumla as we make progress through the meadow with lush green vegetation at Gothichaur and walk through the village to cross the high pass of Maria Lagna and Kagmara La which further leads us to the crystalline blue Shey Phoksundo Lake. Later, we will visit Shey Gompa Monastery before passing through few villages to arrive at Juphal from where we will take a plane back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and thus the gratifying ‘Upper Dolpo Trek’ concludes.
Itinerary Outline of Upper Dolpa Trek: Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m) Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj Day 04: Fly to Jumla and Trek to Gothichaur Day 05: Trek to Napakhola Day 06: Trek to Balasa through Maria Lagna Pass Day 07: Trek to Hurikot Day 08: Trek to Kagmara Phedi Day 09: Trek to Pungmo via Kagmara La Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Lake Trek to Pine Trees Base Camp Day 11: Trek to Gand La Base Camp Day 12: Trek to Shey Gompa Day 13: Trek to Lagmo Che Phedi Day 14: Trek to Kyung La Base Camp Day 15: Trek to Tokkyu Village Day 16: Trek to Dho Day 17: Trek to Tharap Khola Day 18: Rest Day in Tharap Khola Day 19: Trek to Tarakot Day 20: Trek to Dunai Day 21: Trek to Juphal Day 22: Flight Juphal- Nepalgunj- Kathmandu Day 23: Free Day in Kathmandu Day 24: Departure
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative from Tourist Link Treks & Expedition who will then convey you through the vibrant streets in Kathmandu to the hotel where you will receive a brief explanation regarding your trekking package. You will spend the pleasant night in the comfy bed.
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu:
Taking light breakfast early in the morning, our guide will then take you for a pleasant day tour inside Kathmandu which encompasses the UNESCO enlisted sites like the holiest shrine of Shiva at Pashupatinath Temple Complex, the Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple aka Monkey Temple. The tour will conclude by taking you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a historical site. Home of Living Goddess- Kumari, Kasthamandap Temple and Kal Bhairab are some must see sites around Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj:
An hour long flight with a beautiful aerial view of mountains and terraces will lead us to the western central hub of Nepalgunj. Positioned in Western Terai, Nepalgunj is located near to the Indian border which makes it an important trade center for Nepal.
Day 04: Fly to Jumla Trek to Gothichour:
About 35minutes of scenic flight from Nepalgunj will take us to Jumla. The gratifying trekking experience gets triggered in Jumla as we make our way to Tila Khola and pass along its confluence to Chaudabise. From Chaudabise, we will follow the raised path through terraces and woods to the plain land at Gothichaur.
Day 05: Trek to Napakhola:
We will begin our trek early in the morning. Walking along Tila Khola, we will walk past the fields of corn, buckwheat, barley and potatoes from where the trail stretches through the Maniwals to the pretty small Buddhist Village of Napakhola which will bless us with an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the culture and ways of living of friendly locals.
Day 06: Trek to Balasa through Mauria Lagna pass:
Leaving Napakhola early in the morning, we will follow the steep trail which will lead us to the forest of oak and rhododendrons. Later, we will choose the raised path to Mauria Lagna also known as Honey Pass. Enjoying the scenic views of valley from the top, we will take a downward trail through Chaurikot Village to a river from where the trail escalates uphill to the ridge at 3080m. Balasa exists about 30 minutes far from the ridge.
Day 07: Trek to Hurikot:
Trekking on 7th day begins immediately after having a light breakfast. We will make an advance through the trail that escalates uphill. The path progresses through thorn bushes to eventually arrive at Hurikot. It takes about 6hours duration to complete the journey to Hurikot which is located at 2835m altitude height.
Day 08: Trek to Kagmara Phedi:
The trail on this day begins getting steeper. Following the trail, we will arrive at the rough terrain of Kagmara Phedi which is considered as the basecamp for Kagmara. We will be staying overnight at the foothill of Kagmara La as the next day, we will be having a bit difficult ascent of Kagmara La.
Day 09: Trek to Pungmo via Kagmara La:
Climbing alongside the Kagmara Glacier, we will ascend through the bit strenuous trail towards the apex of Kagmara La where we will enjoy the scenic views of mountains from the summit before taking a downward trail to Pungmo Khola from where we will follow the trail that offers the gratifying view of Kanjirowa peak to Pungmo Village.
Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Lake Trek to Pine trees:
Moving further ahead, we will arrive at an entrance of Shey Phoksundo National Park in Suduwa from where we will make progress to Shey Phoksundo Lake. Indulging ourselves in the beauty of the crystalline water of Shey Phoksundo Lake, we will pass through the cascading waterfall to Pine Forest where we will be staying overnight in a camp.
Day 11: Trek to Gand La Base camp:
The trekking on 11th day begins early in the morning. It takes about 6hours of walking through the streams, woods and a valley to arrive at Gand La Base Camp where we will be staying overnight.
Day 12: Trek to Shey Gompa:
Shey Gompa which is also known as ‘Crystal Mountain’ is the Bonpo monastery which locates itself at an altitude of 4500m height in the most isolated part of Dolpo where the locals still practice shamanism. Shey Gompa Monastery was built around 800years back and it belongs to Chaiba community.
Day 13: Trek to to Lagmo Che Phedi:
Leaving the wonderful Shey Gompa premises, we will move further to Lagmo Che Phedi. Lagmo Che Phedi is a high camp destination that exists below the Jeng La pass on the northern side between Saldang and Dho Tarap. We will stay overnight in a camp at Lagmo Che Phedi.
Day 14: Trek to Kyung La Base Camp:
Kyung La Base Camp exists near to Shering Gompa and it demands special permit to step into the land of Kyung La base camp. We will have a strenuous trek with scenic views that passes through dispersed settlements to arrive at Kyung La Base Camp where we will be staying overnight.
Day 15: Trek to Tokkyu village:
About 7 hours of walk will be enough to shift us from Kyung La Base Camp to the Tokkyu village. The pleasant trekking begins with an ascend to the summit of Jeng La Peak from where we will follow the downward trail towards the pretty small highland village that is known as Tokkyu Village.
Day16: Trek to Dho:
Continuing through the trail that lowers down, we will walk past a huge mani wall to make it to Tarap region. Advancing further through the barley fields, we will eventually arrive at the village of Dho where we will be staying overnight.
Day 17: Trek to Tharap Khola:
Leaving Tarap Valley, we will chase the trail that lowers down through the wide valley to a gorge. A brief trek through juniper bush and wild rose will lead us to the confluence of
Tarap khola and Lang Khola which is popular among locals as Kamakharka. We will pitch our camp at the bank of Tharap Khola.
Day 18: Rest Day in Tharap Khola:
It is taken as the rest day. We will be preparing ourselves for the trekking to be done in upcoming days. If you are interested, we can arrange a short hike to nearby village which will allow us to be acquainted with the rural way of living.
Day 19: Trek to Tarakot:
From Lahini, we will make an advance through the wide Valley where Laskap River meets with Tarap Khola. Progressing further, we will make it to Kamigoan village which is located at 2950m altitude. Kamigaon Village is the winter residence of people from Tarap village. Walking down to the river, we will reach to the Barbung Khola from where we will reach the Tarakot Village.
Day 20: Trek to Dunai:
Continuing our journey through Barbung khola, we will move through the southern edge of Laban Village to Dabung which further leads us to Dunai which is the district headquarter of Dolpa. We will be staying overnight in Dunai.
Day 21: Trek to Juphal:
We will follow the short and easy trail all the way to Juphal which is located at 2345m altitude height. Since we will be catching the plane from Airport at Juphal only in the next day, we will stay in a lodge at Juphal for the night where we will be busy packing things for our departure to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Flight Juphal - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu:
A brief yet pleasant flight of about 30minutes duration from the airstrip at Juphal will take us to Nepalgunj. We will then board another plane from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu:
This is taken as a leisure day. You can take a stroll around the freak streets of Thamel where you can select from wide range of handicraft goods and other gift items to take along with you as memoir of Nepal. Rickshaw ride especially in the evening will be fun.
The wonderful 24days ‘Upper Dolpa Trek’ comes to an end on this day as you will be transferred back to Tribhuvan International airport by our representative. We are happy to serve you and we will be looking forward for your next visit.
Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Tample, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
3 – Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the Trek
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) during the Trek
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic Airfare (flight: Kathmandu- Nepaljung and Juphal- Kathmandu)
An experience English –speaking and Government – licensed holder trek leader
Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter)
Staff Costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
Restricted Area permit for Upper Dolpo
TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
All Local/Government Taxes
Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance Company
Nepal Visa fee
International airfare to & from home town
Excess baggage charges
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
Tips and donations for guides and porters.
Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
SUGGESTED TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST
1 Pair of hiking boots
1 Medium size backpack
1 Day pack
1 Sleeping bag (-20 C)
1 Down Jacket/Gore tax Jacket
1 Light wind & water proof jacket
1 Inner sleeping sheet
2 Long sleeve T-shirts
1 Water bottle
1 Pair gaiters/over trousers
1 Pair sport shoes or sandal
2 Pairs light weight trousers
1 Pair shorts
1 Fleece / warm sweater
2 Pair’ light socks
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 Sweatshirts / light sweater
1 Torch & spear batteries
1 Swimming costume / bathing suits
1 Medium size towel
1 Washing kit including washing powder, small clothesline and pegs, insect repellents etc. & personal toiletries
Moleskin for blister
Swiss type of army knife
Toilet paper, biodegradable soap/shampoo
Underwear (including thermals)
Warm hat/ gloves
Sunglasses, sun hat and sun cream
Spear plastic bags for wrapping clothes
You should satisfy that your cold weather clothing will keep you comfortable down to – 20 degree Celsius. Most of the items mentioned above can easily & cheaply be hired either in Kathmandu or in Pokhara (if you are travelling to the Annapurna Region). Similarly Namche Bazaar has also alike options.
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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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Joe wakefield From Uk
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
I had an awesome trip, great price the best guide (Nigma Sherpa) and very strong happy porter. I did EBC kala pather, Gokyo, Gokyo RI good food good accommodation. Learnt so much about the mountains, climbing the mountains, treated like a king. A very big thank you to Nigma sherpa always felt safe and in good hands thanks for organizing a great trip Hom at a great price.
Scott Blake From Australia
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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Compared to the other guide , Elmi was really well prepared and equipment after the 4th day . I went sick and Elmi gave me medicine and managed to shorten our trip . He even carried my backpack when i was very weak . All we were very satisfied with our guide and the trek . The view from poonhill was amazing , Elmi explaned all the Mountain we could see . so it was a great pleasure and a very good choice
Best regards : Julia & Sascha Michely
julia & Sascha Michely From Germany
Saturday, December 27th, 2014
We , two girls of arround 25 from the Netherlands , booked the Langtang Trek with Tourist Link Trek . we hired a guide and a porter , who took a lot of work out of our hands . The Langtang Trek was very beautiful and our guide had a lot of hummer . He made a new plan when one of us had an injury (ankle) , which was very nice . He told us about local traditional , mountain , animals ,history and local alcohol .
Our porter was never tired , he walked from our endpoint back to carry our other bags .
In short , amazing trip , good organisation .
Kind regards , Maartje and emmely
Maartje Verhoeven and Emmely Vender Steen From Netherlands
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Personally , i don't have that much experience with guide but i know that Raju is am 'A' calss guide , i'm almost certain that guy saved my life or ( my eyes feet etc ) my life times, he's a hardworking guy that will put all his effort on it to keep you going and to make you as comfortable as possible .
Handrik de peeker From Holland
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
To Hom and Niraj ,
Thank you for an excellent and memoriable journey to the Everest Base camp .The itinerary was well planned and guide is very knowledge and attractive .
This is a trip of A lifetime and worth every ....much thanks and until next time , Will zeng
Will Zeng From Australia
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
We had a trip organized by Tourist link from KTM to Langtang for 8 days . The price was excelent and we had great experience with our poter \ guide Elmi . He was a fantastic guide , helping us catch our bus in Ktm . All the way throught the trek until . We were back into Tourist link trek office in Ktm . Our trip was well organized , convenient and very enjoyable . I would recommend Tourist Link without a doubt !! Many Thanks