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Ringmo Gaun, Lower Dolpo
Simoder Cave, Lower Dolpo
Phoksundo Lake
Ringmo Village, Lower Dolpo
Kanjirowa Himal Range

Upper Dolpo Camping Trek

Dolpo — one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world, was closed to trekkers until 1989. Those that did get to visit this area needed special permission from the Government. With the changes in the regulations governing visits, a remarkable part of Nepal, hitherto almost unknown, has suddenly become a major destination for trekkers and mountain lovers.

Phoksumdo

It is an area of roughly 2100 square miles inside Nepal's northwestern frontier with Tibet, encompassing some thirty villages and monasteries at altitudes if eleven to fifteen thousand feet. Dolpo is in Nepal but, its people - in race, religion and culture, are Tibetan Buddhists descended from nomadic tribes who settled in this area around the tenth century. Being in Nepal, the Chinese occupation and subsequent "cultural revolution" of Tibet did not affect the Dolpo-pa (People of Dolpo), and their religion and culture has survived as one of the best preserved examples of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. In fact, people living in certain pockets of the religion practice Bon Po, an animistic religion that pre-dates Buddhism and which, some believe, is actually the precursor to Tibetan Buddhism as we know it.

Lower Dolpo, the area opened to trekkers, is thickly forested with conifers and cut by gushing rivers. The upper portion of Dolpo, however, is an extension of the Tibetan Plateau and has the same wild, windswept, open spaces characteristic of Tibet. The region was declared a National Park in 1984, making it Nepal's largest National Park and the only one encompassing a Trans-Himalayan eco-system. The National Park status has helped preserve not only the culture but also the wildlife. The lower Dolpo is home to the endangered musk deer, which may be glimpsed along the trails and to a great variety of birds. Though rarely seen the blue sheep, the Himalayan black bear, snow leopard and the Himalayan Wolf are also found in Dolpo.

Trip Facts

DolporegionCode: DO 03
Duration: 32 Days
Max. Elevation: Kangla Pass (5,360 m)
Walking Hours: 4 - 7 hrs per day
Difficulty: 4boots
Price: on request
Min. Group Size: 4 people
Best Season: May - Sept

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Airport Pick up, Drive to hotel, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu (Swayambunath, Pashupatinath), overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 03: Sightseeing Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudanath), overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 04: Drive from hotel to airport, domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, overnight stay in Nepalgunj
Day 05: Domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475 m). Walk from Juphal to Suli Ghat (2,282 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 06: Walk from Suli Ghat to Chhepka (2,838 m) (7 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 07: Walk from Chhepka to Reiji (2,940 m) (5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 08: Walk from Reijii to Amchi Hospital (5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 09: Walk from Amchi Hosptial  to Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 10: Walk from Phoksundo Lake to Chunemba (Forest Camp) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 11: Walk from Chunemba to Lar Tsa (4,120 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 12: Walk from Lar Tsa via Kangla Pass (5,360 m) to Shey Gompa (4,160 m) (6 - 7 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 13: Rest day (acclimatisaton) in Shey Gompa and surrounding, overnight stay in Camp
Day 14: Walk from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4,430 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 15: Walk from Namgung to Saldang (3,770 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 16: Walk from Saldang to Yangjer Gompa (3,750 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 17: Walk from Yanger Gompa to Musigaon (4,100 m) (5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 18: Walk from Musigaon to Shimegaon (3,870 m) (4 - 5), overnight stay in Camp
Day 19: Walk from Shimegaon to Phalwa (4,092 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 20: Walk from Phalwa to Campside Humlum Khola (4,210 m) (6 - 7 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 21: Walk from Campside Humlum Khola to Yak Kharka (4,820 m) (6 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 22: Walk from Yak Kharka via Mola (Charka) Pass (5,027 m) to Chharka Bhot (4,110 m) ( 7 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 23: Walk from Chharka Bhot to Molum Sumna (4,860 m) (6 - 7 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 24: Walk from Molum Sumna via Niwar Pass (5,120 m)/Duchela (Sangda) Bhanjyang (5,185 m) to Sangda Phedi (4,190 m) (7 h), overnight stay in Camp 
Day 25: Walk from Sangda Phedi to Sangda (3,710 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 26: Walk from Sangda to Kagbeni (2,800 m) (5 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 27: Walk from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,700 m) (4 h), overnight stay in Camp
Day 28: Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, overnight stay in Pokhara
Day 29: Free Day in Pokhara for sightseeing or any other activities, overnight stay in Pokhara
Day 30: Drive  by simple tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 - 7 h), overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 31: Free day  in Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 32: Drive to airport, departure to home country

Additional information

Tour- Highlights:

  • Discover  Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • 23 days camping trek in Dolpo region
  • Phoksundo Lake (3,500 m), the deepest and most beautiful lake in Nepal
  • Fascinating mountain views to  Api Saipal Range, Kanjirowa Range (6,883 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m)

Includes / Excludes

Included:

  • All transfers (Usually by private vehicle) according to tour plan (incl. transport during sightseeing)
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room and two-men-tent) in Kathmandu, in Nepalgunj, in Pokhara and during the camping/trekking tour*)
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu, Special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo region
  • English speaking travel guide/city guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide, porter, cook and staff during the camping/trekking tour
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Juphal
  • Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Airport tax
  • Food (full board) incl. country-typical drinks (tea and coffee) during the trekking/camping tour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu, in Nepalgunj and in Pokhara
  • Camping equipment (two-men-tent, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, plates,
  • etc.  – EXCEPT SLEEPING BAG)
  • Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu

Excluded:

  • Visa Nepal
  • Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water during the camping/trekking tour
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Pokhara
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Pokhara
  • Food and drinks during the bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Other domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges domestic flights
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the trekking/camping tour
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Emergency transport/ emergency evacuation
  • Tips (especially for Driver,City guide, Trekking guide, porter, cook and staff)
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight from home country to Kathmandu and back 

*) single supplement charge has to be added, if requested.