Upper Dolpo 23 Days Trek

23 Days

The Dolpo region is most beautiful trekking regions. Dolpo coveres 15% of the total land of Nepal and has been arbitrarily divided into a Lower (Outer) and Upper (Inner) region. It is the highest inhabited land in Nepal, hidden behind high passes from the south and lying northwest of Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki gorge. Geographically it is a southern extension of Tibet, within the borders of Nepal: a vast arid region of brown ridges in the rain-shadow of the monsoon. The Shey-Phoksundo National Park is the country’s largest conservation area: opened to trekking in the 1990’s.
Dolo region sustains an abundance of wild life including Himalayan blue sheep, musk deer, jackals, and snow leopards. Birds include Himalayan griffons, snow pigeons and several species of pheasant (including Nepal’s national bird: the impheyan pheasant). The Dolpopa are a hardy people of Tibetan origin. They are believed to have migrated into this region from about the 6th Century. Their language and customs are unique to the region. Their religion still contains ancient shamanistic practices of Bon mysticism, amalgamated with Buddhism. Most monasteries in Dolpo are either Bon or Kagyupa (famous for its scholars Tilopa, Marpa and Milarepa) – although there seems to be a trend to convert to Nyingmapa: the oldest sect founded by Guru Rinpoche. The Do Tarap region has numerous Bon monasteries.
The people have had little contact with the south and have maintained their links with Tibet through trade; exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and soda ash (used for cleaning). Yaks are taken onto the Tibetan plateau for summer grazing; although this routine was much disrupted when China officially closed the border after 1959. The spiritual heart of inner Dolpo is the Shey Gompa. It is situated below Riwo Drugdra, the Crystal Mountain – a grey walled bulk, so called because of the unusual veins of mineral stratification lacing its flanks. It guards the northern entrance to the Ngadra La from Shey.This 11th century gompa is said to have been constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who arrived on the back of a flying snow lion. It is widely revered and each July hundreds of Buddhist pilgrims visit the gompa and make a ‘kora’ (pilgrim’s circuit) around the ‘Crystal Peak, Dolpo’s version of Mount Kailas. The ancient Tsakang (red house) Gompa clings to the side of a red cliff on the far side of the kora trail and is worth a visit, en-route to Shey.

The annual festival lasts for several days and is not only a religious matter. It brings people together from remote villages and regions, and is a time for sharing news, doing business, drinking, dancing and singing. During the rest of the year, the gompa remains locked, but may be visited.The main building is modest and its assembly hall seems small, its paintings recent, and the artist is unknown. Musical instruments and religious artefacts are present, but do not appear to be in regular use. Extensive mani walls snake around to fit into the complex. The region was visited in 1973, with special permission, by the scientist George Schaller (Stones of Silence) who was accompanied by Peter Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard) to study rare Himalayan blue sheep and scarce snow leopards. Matthiessen’s book describes his trek and his personal spiritual journey and offers a magnificent introduction to this region. Schaller’s account of the journey and his findings is equally fascinating. Mountain Layers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. . is proud to organise this Dolpo Regions Trek.

Upper Dolpo Trek undoubtedly the most interesting and adventurous journey to fill up in your life.

Mainly the unique traditions, livelihood and the clear visions like that of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjirowa etc. make this expedition quite amazing. Similarly, inhabited areas or villages by human being above 4000 meters would be very key point to figure out. The least developed parts of the country was closed till 1989, has tremendous Himalayan pilgrimage which simply adds up attraction.

Some rime destinations like Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, Numa La, Saldang La etc can be picturesque touch in your life. Even the wildlife and of the rich vegetation especially herbs fresh up your tiredness.To enroll the season between February to June and September to early December.Mountain Layers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is proud to organise this Upper Dolpo Trek

<p>You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our office representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will give a brief explanation about the program. This day you can stay within the hotel or enjoy the night at Thamel, Kingsway especially famous for clubs and bars.</p>

<p>Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You will be briefed regarding our trek as well as provide us with an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.</p>

<p>Generally we go via Nepalgunj to get to Dolpo so, firstly we will fly to Nepalgunj and spent food time in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is situated in the southwestern part of Nepal a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritage. It does include Bageshowri temple, Nepal's one of the important Hindu temples.</p>

<p>The trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara and to Kala Gaura. The trail now remains close to the river on its south bank and reach to Roop Ghar with the water mill and simple lodges and finally reach to Dunai, a large village with school, police check post and government office. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Thulo Bheri and crossing north bank beyond Dunai and then south bank reach to Lawan finally reach to Tarakot. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>After a few ups and downs, you will cross the high suspension bridge at 2560m. Just above the bridge, you will see Tarap Chu joins the Barbung Khola and then reach to Khanigaon, the village complete with Gompa. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>From Khanigaon the trail leads to Lihini. Now the trail forwards sometimes on stone stairways and sometimes on a twisting bare-earth and reaches to the high point about 3650m. From here the trail slopes down to Chukore. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>Beyond Chukore the trail slopes down to Naurpani. Crossing several streams and bridges, passing the series of low caves the trail slopes down into the large yak pasture of Kamokharka. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>From Kamokharka the trail set off across the meadow crossing several little streams and wooden bridge. A long line of Mani walls leads to the village. Finally, you will reach to Dho. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>Head west out of Dho passing stone houses then you will reach the Crystal Mountain School. Beyond the school, the trail leads uphill to the Tok-Khyu village (4180m). Then the trail crosses the Tarap Khola and finally reaches to Numa La Camp. Overnight at Numa La Camp</p>

<p>The route crosses a small stream and makes a long climb along a moraine to Numa La (5318m). From the pass on a clear day, you will see the Shey Shikar (6139m), Kenjeralawa and Dhaulagiri I (8169m). Descend from the pass into the U-shaped rocky valley and reach to Bang La Overnight at Camp.</p>

<p>The trail crosses the stream then climbs a slope and reach to Poyn Chu Valley and to Banga La (5,190m). Descend from the pass and cross the stream and slant down the right-hand mountainside, finally reach to Sanu Bheri Valley. Overnight at Camp.</p>

<p>The trail downs to the meadow then descend into a forest reach to the yak pasture. Trek through more meadows, forest, and yak pasture then climb on a high Cliffside trail to a ridge at 3780m. There are good views across the valley to the huge waterfall formed by the Phoksundo Lake. Then the trail descends gently through a blue pine forest and reaches to Ringmo (3,730m) and near to the shores of Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>From Phoksundo Lake the trail you will take the down valley trail through meadows and reaches a high p [point about 377om and descends very steeply to Palam (3230m) and then to Sumduwa where you will see the National park headquarters. The trail continues on the right bank of Pungmo Khola, finally reach to Pungmo Valley. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>The trail slopes down through trees to the riverside and comes to a Chhorten at the confluence of two streams. At around 400m you will see the band of rhododendrons. In the way, the wedge peak is no longer seen but the mass of Kanjelaruwa can be seen clearly. The trail climbs and reaches to Lasa Meadow. Overnight at Camp.</p>

<p>From Lasa Meadow, the trail climbs up with magnificent views and finally reaches to Kagmara La. From Karmara La the trail descends quite steep and came to the head of Garpung Khola valley and finally reach to the camping area of Garpung Khola Valley. Overnight at Camp.</p>

<p>the trail forward following down the Garpung Khola Valley and descending quite steeply you come to a bridge and to Toljem (2,920m) where you can see the army check-post. Just below the check-post cross the Jagdula Khola and walking sometimes you will reach to Hurikot, a collection of somber grey, flat-roofed. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>Passing Kaigaon, Majgaon, and Rimi you will pass through the dense forest of holly oak, bamboo and tree juniper. After then you will reach to Chaurikot, a medium sized Khamoa village. Crossing several minor streams in the forest you will reach to Forest Camp. Overnight at Forest Camp.</p>

<p>Leaving Maria Bhanjyang descends among the rhododendrons and into the forest of birch, pine and oak you will reach the settlement of Naphukana. About 20-25 minutes later crossing side stream you will reach to Churta, a Tibetan village. Overnight at Churta.</p>

<p>Leaving Mani Sangu you will reach to Gothi Chaur. From here the trail climbs to Patyata Lagna (2,830m) and to Dochal Ghara. The trail descends gently in a fertile valley and crosses the river and finally reaches to Jumla. Overnight at Camp</p>

<p>Return flight to Nepalgunj and rest day.</p>

<p>Early morning flight to Nepalganj. This is a wonderful 35- minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. You then connect with the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.</p>

<p>Today is your departure day, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.</p>

Cost Include

  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj with Standers bed & breakfast.
  • Your meal (Breakfast-lunch-dinner) during the trek ,
  • One experience trekking guide & one porter for each two tourist & Kitchen staff.
  • All land transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Upper Dolpo special permit .
  • Trekkers' information management system (TIMS)
  • Insurance for guide, porters & other staff.
  • All accommodation during the trek available lodge & camp.
  • Airport -hotel-airport transfer
  • Our service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Personal equipment for trekking.
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide, porter & other staff
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.

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Upper Dolpo 23 Days Trek


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