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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

Shelamukchung

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.

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 02
Duration: 33 Days
Max. Elevation: Nengla Pass (5,368 m)
Walking Hours: 2 - 8 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, Durbar Square), Welcome Dinner in the evening, 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. Walk from Juphal to Rupgat (2,070 m) (2 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 06: Walk from Rupgat  to Chhepka (2,838 m) (5 - 6 h),  overnight stay in camp
Day 07: Walk from Chhepka  to Rechi  (2,940 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 08: Walk from Rechi to Ringmo (Phoksundo lake)(3,733 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 09: Rest da at Ringmo (Phoksundo lake), ovrnight stay in camp
Day 10: Walk from Ringmo (Phoksundo) to Forest camp  (3,870 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 11: Walk from  Forest camp  to Lar Tsa (4,120 m) (4 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 12: Walk from  Lar Tsa to via Kangla pass (5,360 m) Shey Gumba(4,160 m) (7 - 8 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 13: Rest day at Shey Gumba, visit monastery in Shey Gumba, overnight stay in camp
Day 14: Walk from Shey Gumba to Tata (4,090 m) (6 - 7 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 15: Walk from Tata via Shyamling Gumba to Bhijer (4,012 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 16: Walk from Bhijer via  Nengla Pass (5,368 m) to Yak Kharka Campsite (4,790 m) (7 - 8 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 17: Walk from  Yak Kharka campsite to Saldang (3,770 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 18: Walk from Saldang to Yangjer Gumba (3,750 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 19: Rest day at Yangjer Gumba, visit monastery, overnight stay in camp
Day 20: Walk from Yangjer Gumba to Shimengaon (3,870 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 21: Walk from Shimengaon to Khomagaon (4,060 m) (5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 22: Walk from from  Khomagaon to Rakya (4,160 m) (5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 23: Walk from Rakya to Yak Kharka Campsite (4,542 m) (5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 24: Walk from Yak Kharka Campsite to Tokyu (4,209 m) (6-7 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 25: Walk from Tokyu to Dho Tarap (3,944 m)(3 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 26: Walk from Dho Tarap to Gyamgar (3,756 m) (5 - 6 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 27: Walk from Gyamgar to Chhyugar (3,475 m) (4 - 5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 28: Walk from Chhyugar to Tarakot (2,391 m) (6 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 29: Walk from Tarakot to Dunai (2,140 m) (5 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 30: Walk from From Dunai to Juphal (2,475 m) (4 h), overnight stay in camp
Day 31: Domestic flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, airport pick up, drive to hotel, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 32: Free day in Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 33: Drive  to airport, departure to home country

Additional information

Tour- Highlights:

  • Discover  Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • 26 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 and during the camping tour *)
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu, special permit for Upper Dolpo Region
  • English speaking travel guide/city guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide, porter, cook, kitchen staff, Muli during the camping tour
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Juphal
  • Domestic flight from Juphal - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • Airport tax
  • Food (full board) incl. country-typical drinks (tea and coffee) during the camping tour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu und Nepalgunj
  • 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 tour
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Other domestic flights
  • Excess baggages charges domestic flights
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the 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.