Price From TBC
Trip Facts
Activity level
Strenuous
Maximum Elevation
5,548 M
Trip Length
18 Days
Trip Mode
Tent Camp
Minimum Pax
2+

Overview

 Upper Dolpo Trek – “Mysterious Land”

The Upper Dolpo Trek – “Mysterious Land” is one of the hidden tourist destinations of Nepal. Just beyond the Himalaya lies Dolpo, a land that conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries, elusive snow leopards and unusual blue sheep. It remains one of Nepal’s most remote regions. Until recently the isolation of the area has made it strictly off-limits, adding to its air of mystery and intrigue. This protection from the outside world also helped the ancient traditions and age-old way of life in the area to remain intact over generations of time.

As breathtaking and mesmerizing as the stunning mountain scenery is to behold, meeting the people who call this region home is equally as moving. These friendly locals number only into the hundreds and with some villages located higher than 4,300 meters are among the highest dwellers in the world. The Upper Dolpo Trek – “Mysterious Land” trek is also recognized as a region where many Tibetans resides. Though these regions are located in Nepal, they are very Tibetan in both their culture and lifestyle. Isolated for generations, they still practice the pre-Buddhist religion Bon-Po, which was almost completely replaced by modern Buddhist doctrine in the 9th century.

The area was somewhat made known by writers Peter Matthiessen and David Snellgrove. Who visited and wrote books about their journeys. A trek through Dolpo provides the distinct feeling of being a true mountain dweller and is sure to enchant and inspire anyone who follows its mysterious route. In the 1,999 French-Nepalese movie Himalaya. Or The Caravan was the first Nepalese which got a huge success and also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. It was the first Nepalese film to be nominated in the best Foreign films category at the 72 Academy Awards. The film depicts not only the life style of the upper Dolpo. The people of the mid western uphills of Nepal but also their traditional customs, for example celestial burial.

The main attractions of the trek is Shey Phoksundo Lake

Where there is a wide array of flora and fauna. The remote and isolated area is a dream for thrill-seekers and adventurers. Who wish to explore the routes that lead to the mid-western parts of Nepal. It’s most popular for most frequently seen mamals blue sheeps. These are herbivorous animals can be seen bouncing off rocks, and peacefully grazing away at the grass. Most of the time dews to havey snowfall very few foreigners and tourists are allowed access to Upper Dolpo. The culture has been left untouched by the spread of tourism. Twice a year, the Himalayan pilgrimage takes place at the Shey Gompa. Where pilgrims make a kora of the crystal mountain known as Mt. Kailash.

The trekking in Upper Dolpo are particularly challening. As you trek, you will walk between high mountain passes surrounded by dry, arid land, and small tufts of vegetation. You can walk and stroll in rhododendron forests, visit Shey Gompa in the Upper Dolpo Trek – “Mysterious Land”. And witness the Himalayan pilgrimage, Tatopani in Jomsom, and the Muktinath Temple. Stroll through the forests while admiring the beautiful mountains in the south of Upper Mustang and exploration of ancient kingdoms and historical monuments will be the best moment of your life.

The Upper Dolpo Trek – “Mysterious Land” begins from Juphal after a short flight from Nepalgunj. We will cross 12 passes – six of which lie between 16,500 feets and 17,800 feets. And a pass (the highest point on the trek) at 18,250 feets. The Upper Dolpo trek is a hard trek due to many up and down hills. As well as higher elevation though there is hundreds of beautiful breathtaking scenery. If you have good practice to walk up and down hills it is not so hard. Uper Dolpo trek is one of the restricted areas in Nepal. And special permit required for the visitors. It cost US$ 500 per person for 10 days. To extend this trip more than 10 days one needs to pay additional US$ 50 per day/per person.

Trekking routes pass enormous mountain ranges. Such as the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Churen Himal range, Kanjiroba and through Lower Dolpo, once its own small kingdom. The lack of popularity among other trekking groups gives this journey a sense of wild remoteness.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel
    O/ N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 02: Half day city Tour/ trek briefing and preparation and welcome dinner
    O/ N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 03: KTM Transfer airport – fly Nepalgunj (1 hour) – transfer
    O/N Hotel – (BLD)
  • Day 04: Transfer airport – fly Juphal – trek Hanke (2,660m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 05: Hanke –Samduwa (2,960m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Hanke/Samduwa – Phoksundo Lake (3,600m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 07: Rest at Lake Phoksundo
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Phoksundo – Cross Baga –La (5,090m) and camp other side
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 09: Numa – La base camp
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Numala base camp –Cross Numla (5,190m) then trek Dho Tarap (4,040m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Rest day at Dho Tarap
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 12: Dho Tarap – Thulo Odar (Big cave) (3,600m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Thulo Odar – Lahini (3,200m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Lahini – Tarakot (2,800m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Tarakot –Dunai (2,150m)
    O/N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 16: Dunai – Jhupal (2,500m)
    O O/N Hotel – (BLD)
  • Day 17: Fly from Juphal –Nepalgunj
    O/N Hotel – (BLD)
  • Day 18: Fly Kathmandu – transfer hotel
    O/N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 19: Free day in KTM farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 20: Final departure gets back to home, Share experience with family unforgettable memory of Panoramic the Upper Dolpo Trek - "Mysterious Land" Trek.

Important Note

The above itinerary is a guidelines and a standard outline we advise to help you to plan your trip, we can be Expand, modified and also offer Tailor–Made trips according to your requirements and availability of the time frame, before trip booked. But when trip starts your Leader or guide only legally responsibly to change itineraries foremost group interest.

Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. You will be taken to the hotel where you have your time to settle in and freshen up.

Overnight at Hotel – (BB)

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, you will visit our office there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. After short briefing you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport we take a one hour long flight to Nepalgunj the largest city in the western Terai. Nepalgunj set in the steamy plains of southern Nepal, less than ten kilometers from the border of India. If we take early morning flight we have some time to explore in nearby villages, local market and mini-zoo. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Hotel – (BLD)

After having breakfast we take 45 min flight to Julpal. The town is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. On reaching Jhupal, we begin our actual trek and head towards Hanke. The trail descends and winds through local villages. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with the water mill and finally reach the village of Dunai (2150m). We will follow the route of the confluence of the Thuri Bheri and Suli Gad rivers and turn to the north and follow the Suli Gad River. The trail is fairly undulating. We will walk through some nice villages such as Parela meaning eyelash, Rahagaon meaning eyebrow, and Ankhe meaning eye. Eventually, you will arrive at Hanke, which is also the entry point of Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Overnight at Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast, we start trek towards Samduwa. The trail goes along the Thulo Bheri River towards Tharakot. This village was an ancient fortress and a caravan stop. Along the way, we pass through several deep gorges, hanging bridges and pine trees. After walking for a while, we will reach Samduwa.

Overnight at Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast, we start trek towards Phoksundo Lake. After crossing to the western side of the Phoksundo Khola on a wooden bridge, then the path follows the west bank of the Pungmo Khola which leads all the way to Phoksundo Lake near Ringmo village. From here we can see beautiful views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

Today we spend out day exploring the holy Phoksundo Lake. This lake is of an incomparable beauty. It has an enchanting deep blue color and is emerald green close to the shore. We can walk a part of the famous Demons Trail from the movie Himalaya (Caravan) of Eric Valli. We can visit beautiful Bonpo Monastery where we can observe a statue of Tonpa Shenrab Miwo, the founder of Bonpo religion, who lived thousands of years ago. We spent the whole day roaming around the lake and taking hundreds of pictures.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and Phoksundo lake, walk leads to other side of Dolpo area heading east by an alternative way crossing few passes, walking on a pleasant trail leading uphill to cross over Baga-la at 5,070 meters. A steep climb for 3 hours to reach a the top offering super panorama of Phoksundo lake and Kagmara peaks, after a nice stop walk leads to a long descend to overnight camp at phedi.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast, our walk leads to another pass at Numa-la at 5,190 meters, the highest spot of this awesome trip, walk leads to a climb on the nice grassy slopes for about three hours then reaching the top of Numa-la with impressive views of snow capped mountains from Dhaulagiri mountain range to Kagmara peak and looking down at beautiful valleys and surrounding dramatic landscapes, after an enjoyable moment descend to the base of the pass.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast, we ascend to the top of the Numla pass, which opens to a beautiful valley of upper Tarap. We proceed on to the village of Dho Tarap and camp near the river.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

Today, we have a full rest day or exploration of local areas. During the visit you will have an opportunity to know lifestyles of the local Dolpo people. They wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they prefer Tibetan style Somba (boots with upturned toes) for footwear. Men and women often wear both religious amulets and strings of coral and turquoise. The villagers are both Bon Po and Buddhist of Nyingmapa sect. The Buddhist Gompa is the nearest one to the campsite; the Bon Gompa is further 40 minutes walk.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast we Leave Dho Tarap, andwalk along many Mani walls and small chortens. The path is going down, following the Tarap Khola. From here we have to walk in rugged trail as the valley narrows to a deep gorge. We shall be camping for the night in a big cave.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast we start our trek towards Lahani. Although the distance is short to Lahini we will come to the most difficult part of the trek today. We have to descend to a canyon, on a trail that is normally washed-out.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast we start our trek towards Tarakot. After walking few times uddenly we come to a wide valley, the musk deer country. Here Laskap Khola joins the Tarap Khola. We climb up to Kamigoan (2950m,) the winter residence of the Dho Tarap people then we proceed on to Tarakot at the confluence of the Tarap and Baglung Kholas.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After haing breakfast, we continue our trek along the Baglung Khola and across the bridge to reach Laban, from where we proceed to the district headquarters, Dunai.

Overnight in Tent – (BLD)

After having breakfast from Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip.

Overnight at Hotel – (BLD)

We will take early morning flight from jhupal to Nepalgunj.

Overnight at Hotel – (BLD)

We will take early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. From the airport in Kathmandu, a private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel – (BB)

You are free to spend the day at your leisure to relax, refresh, and perhaps take a trip to explore more of the city, before the group’s final evening celebrating huge achievement with a special dinner. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

Final Departure One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of The Upper Dolpo Trek – “Mysterious Land” Trek.

Dates & Cost

Inclusive

Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation 2-3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed with B/B plan.
  • According to CHOICE of menu 3 times meal B/F, Lunch & Dinner with 2 cups of tea or coffee in breakfast and every meal a cup of while the trekking.
  • Responsible trekking policy of two Trekkers: One porter.
  • Accommodations at clean and comfortable local Tea House – lodge during the trek.
  • All the branded company 2 men Tents, Kitchen & dinning tents as well necessary utensils and all the necessary equipment
  • English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites.
  • All domestic flight, Airport taxes, private transportation starting & ending points of trek.
  • English Speaking Experience local Mountain Guides – by Himalayan Trails trained and Nepal government licensed holder as well as First Aid Eco trained.
  • Along the trek basic complete First Aid Kit.
  • Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed.
  • Trekking Map
  • Insurance of all staffs Guide, Assistants, Cook, porters and Accommodations, food and reasonable salary during the trek All necessary officials pepper work.
  • TIMS and Upper Doplo permit fees
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All the Government Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities.
  • Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek.
  • Hot shower, Electricity Bills during trek
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Expenses deserve due to Natural or man made hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost

Fitness

Upper Dolpo Trek – Mysterious Land

TRAIN AND FITNESS

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipment. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffel bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.