This is an exciting trek full of adventure through one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Upper Dolpo is like nowhere else on the planet and a special area of rugged contrasts and astonishing beauty. Its geography and culture has been compared to Tibet before the Chinese arrived in the 1950s. The spectacular region has received international recognition through the prizewinning film, Caravan, filmed on location in Dolpo, and fascinating books about the area, including The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen, and Himalayan Pilgrimage by David Snell grove. Even still, because it is remote and requires special permits, a limited number of people visit Dolpo each year. The isolated area was opened to trekkers in 1989, but few people have witnessed the timeless way of life there and the culture retains much of its mystique.
Dolpo is bordered by the Tibetan plateau to the north, and has long maintained trade with its northern neighbor. The residents of the region share many similarities with Tibetans with their Buddhist culture and life style is influenced by the Bon religion that predates the modern practices of Tibetan Buddhism.The journey starts with a scenic flight to Jhupal, in Lower Dolpo. We then begin our trek, which passes through rich forests and magnificent villages as we make our way north. Along the way we will have views of Dhaulagiri, Churen, Kanjiroba, the Annapurnas and Nilgiris and Macchapuchre among many others as we cross remote passes with breathtaking viewpoints.
A main attraction of the journey is the deep-blue Phoksundo Lake and its nearby waterfalls and the regal village of Ringmo. We follow an ancient trade route over a high pass to the famous Shey Monastery next to Crystal Mountain. This is the ultimate destination of our journey and we will spend an extra day here with an optional kora(circumambulation) of Crystal Mountain. The name of the monastery has been shortened from She Re Drugda, which means Crystal Mountain of the Dragon’s Roar.
We enjoy more Himalayan landscapes with mountain views as we head east over another remote pass and descend to the airport at Jomsom, headquarters of Mustang District. From there we take a scheduled flight back to Kathmandu.
Upper Dolpo is a camping trek,and we will have porters to carry supplies, a dining tent, sleeping tent and more for your comfort. The Himalaya Hikes chef will prepare delicious meals and the camp will be a cozy place to reminisce about of the day’s highlights over food and drink, under the heavenly stars.
There are many choices for more trekking in the Dolpo and Mustang areas, and if you would like to extend your travels, just let us know and we will arrange according to your schedule!
We have fixed departures and custom treks that can be arranged any day to suit your needs and schedule. Himalaya Hikes looks forward to guiding you into the spectacular Dolpo Region and the most breathtaking scenery in Nepal!
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2:Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (160 m /533 ft) Advisory: In some circumstances, flights to and from Nepalgunj might be delayed for a few hours to a day or more because of poor weather. We therefore recommend scheduling extra time in Kathmandu, and if all goes wel
Day 4:Fly to Juphal (2500 m/ 8,330 ft), Trek to Dunai(2030 m/6770 ft) 3 hours
Day 5:Trek to Chepka(2670m/8900 ft)
Day 6:Trek to Renje(3010 m/10035 ft)
Day 7:Trek to Ringmoand Phoksundo Lake (3730 m/12435 ft)
Day 8:Rest and Exploration Day
Day 9:Trek to Chunemba(3630 m/12100 ft)
Day 10:Trek to LarTsa(4120 m/13735 ft)
Day 11:Trek to Mendok Ding
Day 12:Trek to SheyGompa(4300 m/14335 ft)
Day 13:Rest and Exploration Day
Day 14:Trek to Namgung(4430 m/14770 ft)
Day 15:Trek to Karang(4025 m/13417 ft)
Day 16:Trek to Mugaon(4090 m/13635 ft)
Day 17:Trek to Shimat(4005 m/13350 ft)
Day 18:Trek to Timche(4150 m/13835 ft)
Day 19:Trek to Lakpa(4525 m/15080 ft)
Day 20:Trek to Charka (4125 m/13750 ft)
Day 21:Trek to Norbulung(4745 m/15815 ft)
Day 22:Sangtang Phedi(5095 m/16980 ft)
Day 23:Rest day
Day 24:Trek to Dhagarjun(3300 m/11000 ft)
Day 25:Trek to Jhomson, fly to Pokhara
Day 26:Fly to Kathmandu
Day 27:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (160 m /533 ft) Advisory: In some circumstances, flights to and from Nepalgunj might be delayed for a few hours to a day or more because of poor weather. We therefore recommend scheduling extra time in Kathmandu, and if all goes wel
Day 4Fly to Juphal (2500 m/ 8,330 ft), Trek to Dunai(2030 m/6770 ft) 3 hours
Day 5Trek to Chepka(2670m/8900 ft)
Day 6Trek to Renje(3010 m/10035 ft)
Day 7Trek to Ringmoand Phoksundo Lake (3730 m/12435 ft)
Day 8Rest and Exploration Day
Day 9Trek to Chunemba(3630 m/12100 ft)
Day 10Trek to LarTsa(4120 m/13735 ft)
Day 11Trek to Mendok Ding
Day 12Trek to SheyGompa(4300 m/14335 ft)
Day 13Rest and Exploration Day
Day 14Trek to Namgung(4430 m/14770 ft)
Day 15Trek to Karang(4025 m/13417 ft)
Day 16Trek to Mugaon(4090 m/13635 ft)
Day 17Trek to Shimat(4005 m/13350 ft)
Day 18Trek to Timche(4150 m/13835 ft)
Day 19Trek to Lakpa(4525 m/15080 ft)
Day 20Trek to Charka (4125 m/13750 ft)
Day 21Trek to Norbulung(4745 m/15815 ft)
Day 22Sangtang Phedi(5095 m/16980 ft)
Day 23Rest day
Day 24Trek to Dhagarjun(3300 m/11000 ft)
Day 25Trek to Jhomson, fly to Pokhara
Day 26Fly to Kathmandu
Day 27Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Trek.
The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.
Note:The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.