Upper Dolpo Trek
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Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups.
Dolpo region situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. Geographically a southern extension of Tibet, it lies within the borders of the state of Nepal, since 1984 has been the country's largest national park and conservation, the park sustains an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people. The hardy highlanders of Dolpo are traders, exchanging barley for Tibetan rock salt and they take their yaks onto the Tibetan plateau during the summer for grazing.
Nepal's first English subtitled movie on Dolpo -The Caravan- or -The Himalaya- was a huge success and was nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category directed by Eric Valli. Boundaries of the park include within 3,500 square kilometers of land, mostly above 4,000 meters. Before 1989, when the southern regions were opened to trekking groups, very few explorers had visited the area. Two notable visits were the first mountaineering expedition by Dr. Herbert Tichy in 1953 based in Kaigon and the other visit by John Tyson in the early sixties. Dolpo is one of the most beautiful treks in the remote areas of Nepal, very rarely visited by outsider.
During the Upper Dolpo we start from Jhupal village, we begin this wonderful adventure, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Numa La pass at 5,190m till we reach the Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village in the "Phoksundo National Park".
At Ringmo, the highlight of our trip we will have two nights here to enjoy the beauty of the deep blue waters of the Phoksundo lake and the surrounding snow peaks of Kanjirowa Himalayan range, with time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and its Monastery. Our classic journey continues to the amazing country of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gomba, following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and back to Jhuphal for the flight back by an alternative route, giving you more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya. Specially this trek is very suitable from July to October.
|Trip Duration: 28 days Trekking Days: 24 days Maximum Altitude: 5,343m. Trekking Mode: Camping only|
Day 02 : ½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and preparation day
Day 03 : Flight/Drive to Pokhara (930m)
Day 04 : Fly to Jomsom and immediately trek to Daker Dzong (2950m)
Day 05 : Trek to Yak Kharka (3540m)
Day 06 : Trek to Sangdang Phedi (4215m)
Day 07 : Trek to Milung Kharka (4735m)
Day 08 : Trek to Chharka (4540m)
Day 09 : Trek to Ramanan Kharka (4627m)
Day 10 : Trek to Do Tarap (4950m)
Day 11 : Trek to Tokkyu Village
Day 12 : Trek to Chutung Dang (3967m)
Day 13 : Trek to Cibu Kharka (3915m)
Day 14 : Trek to Saldang (4100m)
Day 15 : Trek to Yang Tsser Village (4300m)Dolpo Women
Day 16 : Trek to Karang (4100m)
Day 17 : Trek to Ramanan (4600m)
Day 18 : Trek to Samling Gompa (3800m)
Day 19 : Trek to Shey Gompa (4500m)
Day 20 : Rest Day at Shey Gompa
Day 21 : Trek to Yak Kharka (4500m)
Day 22 : Trek to Ringmu (3600m)(Phoksundo Lake)
Day 23 : Trek to Rachi
Day 24 : Trek to Roha Village
Day 25 : Trek Juphal Airport
Day 26 : Early morning flight to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 27 : Rest day or final shopping day
Day 28 : Final departure to homeland.
All necessary ground transportation as required by itinerary.
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara
1/2 day sight seeing as per itinerary
Domestic flight: KTM-PKH- JOM, JUM-NPJ-KTM with airport tax
TIMs(Trekking Information Management System) Card
Special Restricted Area permit
National Park fee
Standard Camping food
All necessary camping equipment with kitchen utensils and kerosene
All necessary camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules
Company Service charge, VAT and government taxes
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...
15th July 2018/19