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Upper Dolpo Trek

Start From:   US$ 3985

Destination:Nepal

Total Duration:28 Days

Trip Grade:Very Strenuous

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Transportation:Private Transportation and Domestic Flights

Accommodation:Hotel, Tea House and Camping

Max. Altitude:5360m/17581ft

Activities:Sightseeing, Day hikes and Trekking including high passes crossing

Trip Starts in:Kathmandu

Trip Ends in:Kathmandu

Trip Route:Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal - Phoksundo Lake - Kang La Pass - Shey Gompa - Saldang - Khoma - Dho Tarap - Dunai - Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

Group Size:02 - 12 Pax

Walking Hour:4 to 8 Hours per day

Fitness Level:Fit & Strong

Trip Code:AAUDT01

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The Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri range. The entire district was closed to foreign trekkers until 1989 when the Southern part of Dolpo was opened for trekkers. Upper Dolpo Trek begins with a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from Kathmandu. We then begin our trek in the Dolpo region which is famous for its exquisite landscape, unique culture and interesting lifestyle of the locals. On our 28 Days trek we pass through traditional villages and meet fascinating locals. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal.

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Exciting trek to the remote Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal
Breathtaking views of the Crystal mountain, Kanjirowa Himal and other mountains
Visit age old monasteries of the region
Exploring the remote villages of the Dolpo region
Observe Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture
Discover the wild West of Nepal Himalaya
Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
Crossing Kang La (5360m/17581ft) and Shey La (5100m/16730ft) passes
Exploring the turquoise Phoksundo Lake

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02:Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj/ 1 hour flight

Day 04:Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2850m/9348ft) 45 mins flight & 2-3 hours trek

Day 05:Dunai to Chhepka (2685m/8805ft) 6-7 hours

Day 06:Chhepka to Chunuwar (3000m/9840ft) 5- 6 hours

Day 07:Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3600m/11810ft) 5-6 hours

Day 08:Acclimatization/ Rest Day in Phoksundo Lake

Day 09:Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola Camp (3750m/12300ft) 5-6 hours

Day 10:Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4500m/14760ft) 5-6 hours

Day 11:Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4500m/14760ft) via Kang-La Pass (5360m/17581ft) 6-7 hours

Day 12:Acclimatization/ Rest Day in Shey Gompa

Day 13:Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa (4360m) crossing Shey La Pass (5100m/16730ft) 6-7 hours

Day 14:Namgung Gompa to Saldang (3770m/12365ft) 4-5 hours

Day 15:Day hike to Yanger Gumba (4590m/15055ft) 4-5 hours

Day 16:Saldang to Khoma (4060m/13315ft) 5-6 hours

Day 17:Khoma to Shimen (3850m/12630ft) 6-7 hours

Day 18:Shimen to Tinje (4110m/13480ft) 5-6 hours

Day 19:Tinje to Yak Kharka (4500m/14760ft) 5-6 hours

Day 20:Yak Kharka to Tokyu (4240m/13910ft) 5-6 hours

Day 21:Tokyu to Dho Tarap (3950m/12950ft) 3-4 hours

Day 22:Dho Tarap to Naworpani (3475m/11400ft) 6-7 hours

Day 23:Naworpani to Laisicap (2775m/9100ft) 5-6 hours

Day 24:Laisicap to Dunai (2140m/7020ft) 5-6 hours

Day 25:Dunai to Jhuphal (2475m/8120ft) 2-3 hours

Day 26:Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

Day 27:Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 28:Drop to the airport for farewell and departure

Cost Include

Necessary ground transportation and airport transfers on private vehicle
Four nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Hotel in Nepalgunj with all meals
Kathmandu valley sightseeing including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
Tented camp accommodation and necessary gears and equipment for the camping trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners in Traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural program
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Juphal - Nepalgunj -Kathmandu)
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide and necessary number of experienced and friendly Trekking staffs
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, meals and accommodation
Necessary trekking equipment including down jacket, sleeping bag, trek poles, gaiters, water bottles, emergency blanket, duffel bag, waterproof bag covers, micro spikes etc. (to be returned after the trek completion)
Authentic Adventures stickers, trekking map and Trip Achievement Certificate are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Special Permits, National Park Entry Permit, TIMS Card and Local Governance Tax)
Basic First-Aid Medical kit
Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Exclude

Nepalese visa fee
International flights and excess baggage charge
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and diners in Kathmandu besides welcome and farewell dinner
Expenses of personal nature like communication bills, laundry bills, spa, bar bills, cold drinks, mineral and boiled water, extra snacks, special coffee drinks (espresso, latte, mocha, Americano etc.) during the trek
Personal trekking equipment and clothing
Extra expenses due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances
Heli Evacuation (if in case of emergency)
Tips and gratuities to the staffs

 

Trip Map

Useful Info

Accommodations
You will be accommodated in a 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu, mountain lodge/tea-houses and tent during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional US$ 375. Authentic Adventures will arrange rooms with attached washrooms when possible; however, mountain lodges/teahouses at most places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations during peak trekking season.

Meals
During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodge/teahouse or Camp where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way around mid-day. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu. However, there will be fabulous welcome and farewell dinners for the group before and after the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Upper Dolpo Trek is a moderate to strenous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5 to 7 hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform Authentic Adventures before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor before the trip.

Best Months to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October and November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be done throughout the year. However, during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone and during monsoon, the trails are a bit wet and the views are not always clear.
Safely Request
Your satisfaction and safety is of paramount concern while traveling with us. Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the original itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we are exposed to weather conditions, health condition of the crew, unexpected natural disasters etc. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Domestic Flights
The Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal flights are very sensitive to the weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best trek seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu, Nepalgunj or Juphal airports due to flight delays or cancellations.
We can organize Helicopter shuttles in such conditions with some extra charge, if it is available and the weather is okay for that.

Any Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by phone, viber, skype or email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977 98511 11907 and/or 00977 98066 00888 or email us on authenticadventures@gmail.com

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