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Dolpo Region Trekking is one of the mysterious tourist destinations of Nepal. Dolpo also called 'Ba Yul' or the Hidden Valley, has fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Dolpo region was out of bound for tourists for a long time and was opened for tourists only a couple of decades ago. The district lies completely in the trans-Himalayan region of Nepal and the rugged landscape and its remoteness offer stark and unspoilt natural beauty. Dolpa is a largest but the least populated destrict in Nepal and Dunai is the district headquarters. Animal farming is the traditional and the most important activity for most of the Dolpa households. People mostly keep yak and sheep. The district is the also last stronghold of the Bon-po religion.

 

The Dolpo region is the natural embodiment of high passes, rare flora and fauna, and sweeping vistas, which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. This region, surrounded by Dhaulagiri and Tibet from south and north, respectively, is regarded as a blend of natural and cultural phenomena. It was opened in 1991 for trekking. This region lies on the north side of Himalayas , it is also a rain shadow area and the climatic situation of this place is same as that of Mustang. One of the longest treks in Nepal is Dolpo Trek that takes 34 days to complete. In this trek, the maximum elevation will be 4,530 m. to 5,115 m. and is one of the most arduous treks of the country.

 

Cultural Attractions

There are about 130 gumbas in Dolpa, 25 of which are the major ones, including the famed Shey Gumba. Saldang, Dho, Chharka, and Bhijer VDCs have someof the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries in the Himalayan region. Most of the Nyingmapa monasteries of Saldang and Phoksundo are over 700 years old.

 

Yungdung Gumba in Kaigaon, Pumma and Thashun Gumba in Phoksundo are some of the oldest Bon-po monasteries in the region. The Bon-po faith represents the adaptation of Buddhism in its indigenous form practiced in Western Tibet.

 

Shey Phoksundo National Park

Shey is the name of a famous Gumba, Phoksundo is a lake. Shey Phoksundo, which derives its name by combining these two unique heritages of the district, is the Nepal's largest national park and covers 3,555 square kilometers area extending over Dolpa and Mugu districts. The park was established to protect the unique Trans-Himalayan ecosystem. View from the park includes the Kanjiroba Himal, and many other peaks of over 6,000 meters as well as the famous Shey monastery, the Phoksundo Lake and the Lungu Gorge. The flora inside the park includes pine, walnut, willow, oak, poplar, and cypress in the southern parts. In the higher altitudes, blue pine, spruce, juniper and birch predominate. The alpine areas are vegetated by berries, wild rose, and caragana. The arid trans-himalaya mountains are grassy alpine meadows to the north are almost devoid of trees but have caragana and dwarf juniper.

The wildlife of Shey Phoksundo include a healthy population of blue sheep and goral, musk deer, leopard, wild dog, wolf, marmot, weasel, mouse hare, rhesus and langur monkeys. The higher reaches are the haunt of the elusive snow leopard. The adjoining Tibetan region is home to such rare animals such as the great Tibetan sheep, Tibetan wild ass, Tibetan gazelle and antelope, and wild yak. Bird species of the park include the impreyan, blood and chir pheasant, chough, raven, Tibetan show cock, Tibetan twit, brown dipper, Himalayan griffon and lammergeier. People of Tibetan descent who follow pre Buddhist region inhabit the park. The mostknown of the villages are Gingmo, Pugmo, Sldang, Karang, Kugun,and Tatgaun. On the full moon day in August, all Dolpa Villagers converge at the Shey Mountain in a festival to walk around the holy peak three times in a day.

 

One of the newest areas of Nepal open to trekkers is the southern part of Shey-Phoksundo National Park. The center of attraction is lovely Lake Phoksundo, famous for the ever-changing colors ofits waters. Here one-steps on to the edge of the trans-Himalayan plateau that extends from Tibet down into Nepal. This is the region of some of Nepal’s most remarkable wildlife, including the blue sheep, the serow and the snow leopard. Dolpo (sometimes written Doplpa) is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. The western half of the area has been set aside as SHE- PHOKSUNDO National Park.The lake is within Shey Phoksundo National Park , which was opened in 1981. The park holds in wildlife inhabitants of Snow leopards, blue sheep etc. This land is near by Tibet so the experience of Tibetan land and Tibetan culture can easily be experienced through this trek.

 

Oveviews 

General Facts of Upper Dolpo Trekking:

Trip Days : 25 Days
Trekking Days: 20 Days
Maximum Altitude: 5400 m.
Weather : Be well equipped for coldness.
Accommodation : Camping.
Transportation: Fly from Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Juphal.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Rescue Operations : Helicopter Flights from Kathmandu.
Per Day Trekking: 5 to 7 hours.
Season : May - October
Tour Code: UDT 67

 

Upper Dolpo Trekking Summary:
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu
Day 02: Full day sight seeing
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj, overnight hotel
Day 04: fly to Dolpo (Juphal) then trek to Hanke (2660m)
Day 05: Trek Hanke - Samduwa
Day 06: Trek Samduwa - Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
Day 07: Rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 08: Trek Phoksundo Lake - Cross Baga La (5090m) camp next side
Day 09: Numla base camp (5190m)
Day 10: Trek Numla base camp - Chutung Dang (3967m)
Day 11: Trek Chutung Dang - Chibu Kharka (3915m)
Day 12: Trek Chibu Kharka - Saldang (4100m)
Day 13: Trek Saldang - Yang Tsser village (4300m)
Day 14: Trek Yang Tsser village - Karang (4100m)
Day 15: Trek Karang - Ramanan (4600m)
Day 16: Trek Ramanan - Samling Gompa (3800m)
Day 17: Trek Samling Gompa - Shey Gompa (4500m)
Day 18: Rest day at Shey Gompa, Explore Chakang Gompa
Day 19: Trek Shey Gompa - Yak Kharka (4500m)
Day 20: Trek Yak Kharka - Ringmu (3600m)
Day 21: Trek Ringmu - Rachi
Day 22: Trek Rachi - Roha village
Day 23: Trek Roha village - Juphal
Day 24: Fly Nepalgunj, and then fly to Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure.


Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu
Day 02: Full day sight seeing
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj, overnight hotel
Day 04: fly to Dolpo (Juphal) then trek to Hanke (2660m)
Day 05: Trek Hanke - Samduwa
Day 06: Trek Samduwa - Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
Day 07: Rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 08: Trek Phoksundo Lake - Cross Baga La (5090m) camp next side
Day 09: Numla base camp (5190m)
Day 10: Trek Numla base camp - Chutung Dang (3967m)
Day 11: Trek Chutung Dang - Chibu Kharka (3915m)
Day 12: Trek Chibu Kharka - Saldang (4100m)
Day 13: Trek Saldang - Yang Tsser village (4300m)
Day 14: Trek Yang Tsser village - Karang (4100m)
Day 15: Trek Karang - Ramanan (4600m)
Day 16: Trek Ramanan - Samling Gompa (3800m)
Day 17: Trek Samling Gompa - Shey Gompa (4500m)
Day 18: Rest day at Shey Gompa, Explore Chakang Gompa
Day 19: Trek Shey Gompa - Yak Kharka (4500m)
Day 20: Trek Yak Kharka - Ringmu (3600m)
Day 21: Trek Ringmu - Rachi
Day 22: Trek Rachi - Roha village
Day 23: Trek Roha village - Juphal
Day 24: Fly Nepalgunj, and then fly to Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure.


Include & Exclude

Cost Include:

Airport pickup and drop by non car.
3 Nights Accommodation on Kathmandu on twin room with breakfast.
1 Nights Accommodation on Pokhara on twin room with breakast.
Accommodation during trekking will be in tent.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner during trekking days.
Trekking Guide and porter.
Park Entry permit fee.
Restricted area permit fee.
Staff insurance.
Guide airfare.

 

Cost Exclude:
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Personal nature cost.
Beverages, mineral water etc.
Hot water and attach bath during trekking.
Hot and cold drinks.
Laundry, telephone, insurance.
Tipping for guide and porter.
Personal gear.
Emmergency rescue charges.
Travel insurance of client (we suggest you to have travel insurance).
Any cost due to uncertainities like earthquake, landslide, natural or political.