Dolpo is a remote region of far western Nepal, most of which is now protected by Shey-PhoksundoNational Park. Lying midway between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himal is one of the highest inhabited plateau on earth - Dolpo. Geographically a Southern extension of Tibet, lies within the borders of the kingdom of Nepal. Dolpo has been bypassed by development and by tourism. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups.
Trekking in upper Dolpo includes Tibetan style ‘inner Dolpo’ village in Tarap and at Phoksundo Lake (Nepal's deepest lake). Much of Dolpo remains culturally and religiously linked with Tibet and the people continue to trade with Tibet and on the ancient ‘grain for salt' trade routes, but the southern part of Dolpo is a region of Hindu Influence.
The landscapes of Dolpo can only be described as stark, although the villages with their irrigated terraces of barley appear as green jewels amid barren craggy hillsides, topped by the high snowbound Himalayan peaks of Kanjiroba and the six summits of the Dhaulagiri range. Once you have trekked in Dolpo other regions pale by comparison. Little wonder that in the whole vastness of the Himalayas, it remains the most treasured trekking region.
One great opportunity that comes in a lifetime to explore this interesting remote village and lakeshores of the Bon-Po and legendary Gompas (Monestry) situated on the edge of the lake.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and briefing
Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Trek preparation and Packing
Day 3Flight to Nepalgunj, 45 min flight
Day 4Flight to Jupal - trek to Dunai (2,140m), 3 hours
Day 5Trek to Hankhe (2,670m), 5 hours
Day 6Trek to Rechi (2,940m), 5 hours
Day 7Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,641m), 5 hours
Day 8Explorations to PhoksundoLake - Rest day
Day 9Trek to PhoksundoKhola (3,630m), 5 hours
Day 10Trek to PhoksundoBhanjyang (4,717m), 5 hours
Day 11Trek to SHEY GOMPA (4,160m) via NangdalaPass (5,350m), 6 hours
Day 12SHEY GOMPA - Rest & Explorations day
Day 13Trek to NamgungGaon (4,530m) via Sela La Pass (5,094m), 6 hours
Day 14Trek to Saldang (3,770m), 5 hours
Day 15Trek to Sugugaon (3,840m), 5 hours
Day 16Trek to JyantlaPhedi (4,700m), 5 hours
Day 17Trek to Tokyu (4,209m) via JyantlaPass (5,220m), 6 hours
Day 18Trek to DhoTarap (3,944m), 5 hours
Day 19Trek to Chhyugar (3,440m), 4 hours
Day 20Trek to KhaniGaon (2,950m)
Day 21Trek to Dunai (2,140m)
Day 22Trek to Juphal (2,475m)
Day 23Flight to KTM via Nepalgunj
Day 24Free day in KTM
Day 25Int’l departurefor onward flight to home
This kind of trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be helpful. Your fitness is really important for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate.
You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However, at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue, etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with a daypack.
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not an important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you to trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions, and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.
Published on : June 06, 2017
Our party of six have just returned from a fantastic 19 day trek around the upper Dolpo circuit. Our Sherpa guides and cooking team, led by the very able Tenzing, provided excellent support.
This is the third time I have had Dawa and Dream Himalaya Adventures look after logistics on trekking and climbing expeditions. I have become accustomed to the high standards of care, good communication and attention to detail that Dawa continues to provide.
Other family members and friends of ours have also enjoyed trips to Nepal using services provided by Dream Himalaya Adventures. Dawa and many of the staff have become our good friends. We would recommend Dawa and the team at Dream Himalaya Adventures as your first choice for logistics if you are considering a trek or climb in the Himalayas.
Nick Shearer, Oamaru, New Zealand
To: Dream Himalaya Adventures c/o Dawa, The service you have provided during my trek was superb. Your services are excellent and worthy of recommendation. You deserve this recognition and appreciation!!! There is always a touch of excellence in your work! Thank you and God bless! Keep it up!
Thank you to Dawa and Dream Himalaya Adventures for making our trip an adventure of a lifetime! Very professional with outstanding communication even during our preparation. All our expectations were exceeded! Staff was very kind and professional as well. Shout out to our Sherpa Pasang and our porters for a job well done. They took care of us well. Thanks to my hiking buddies Gary and Vlad your the best! Dream Himalaya Adventures is the way to go! 🙏
A great experience & adventure even though quite challenging. Dawa from Dream Himalayan Adventures was excellent & very accommodating ,he makes sure you are well equiped for the adventure ahead. The accommodation on the trek is serviceable & the food surprisingly very good considering the remoteness. The staff at base camp ,sherpas & porters are all friendly ,helpfull & know their stuff. I would be very happy to use Dream Himalaya Adventures again.
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