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Upper Dolpo Trek

Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Our trekking adventure begins with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
We then fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book - The Snow Leopard. Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, The Caravan, was also a huge success and was also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category.
On our 28-day trek we pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal.

Upper Dolpo Trek
Duration 28 Days
Primary activity: Trekking and Hiking
Group size: 2-12 people
Trip grade: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accomodation: 3-star accomodation in Kathmandu and camping (in tents) during the trek
Transportation: Private ground transportation, domestic flights
Max-Altitude: 5,360m/17,581ft
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft):
Day 05 Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06 Trek to Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Day 07 Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 08 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09 Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Day 10 Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5/6 hr
Day 11 Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12 Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Day 13 Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14 Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15 Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Day 16 Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
Day 17 Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
Day 18 Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
Day 19 Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
Day 20 Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 21 Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 22 Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 23 Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
Day 24 Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
Day 25 Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Day 26 Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 27 Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 28 Final departure