Upper Dolpa circuit Trek

Upper Dolpa circuit Trek

25 Days

The mystique of remote Inner Dolpo, closed to foreigners for decades and still culturally Tibetan, has been enhanced by Matthiessen's 'The Snow Leopard', David Snellgrove's 'Himalayan Pilgrimage' and George Schaller's 'Stones of Silence' among many other travel accounts. Legend has it that the ubiquitous Guru Rimpoche, who spread Tibetan Buddhism throughout the Himalayas, discovered this hidden land, a 'beyul' or refuge, over 1700 years ago, and it has been inhabited by Tibetan nomads, called drokpas, for over a thousand years.

Dolpo is now part of the Nepali region of Dolpa, but historically came from the Zhangzhung Bon-po Kingdom which dominated Western Tibet for over a thousand years, later defeated by the first Tibetan dynasty, Yarlung, between the sixth and eighth centuries. Afterwards, Dolpo was governed by the Kingdom of Lo (now Mustang, formerly part of Tibet) until the Gorkha Kingdom took it over during its consolidation of Nepal a century and a half ago. Since then, it has remained isolated, partly due to its remote location, and partly because of the Khampa guerillas using Mustang and Dolpo as a base during their fight against the Chinese occupation of Tibet after 1959. It has only been open for trekking and tourism since 1989, and then only parts of southern Dolpo were opened. There is still a special restricted area permit needed to trek above Phoksumdo Lake in Shey Phoksumdo National Park, which has only been a viable trekking region since 1999 because of the Maoist activities in this region. This is Nepal's largest national park. Inner Dolpo has a population of approximately 5000 inhabitants, many of whom head south for the winter, and is home to some of the highest villages on the planet.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 2 - Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal & trek to Sulighat
Day 3 - Sulighat trek to Chhepka-2838m
Day 4 - Chhepka trek to Amchi Gompa-3110 m
Day 5 - Amchi Gompa trek to Ringmo (Phoksumdo Lake)
Day 6 - Ringmo (exploration day)
Day 7 - Ringmo trek to Forest Camp-
Day 8 - trek to camp Site-5527 m pass-
Day 9 - Camp site trek to Shey Gompa (pass)
Day 10 - Shey Gompa (exploration day)
Day 11 - Shey Gompa trek to Namgung
Day 12 -Namgung trek to Saldang
Day 13 -Saldang (exploration day)
Day 14 -Saldang trek to Khomasgaon
Day 15 -Khomasgaon trek to Shimen
Day 16 -Shimen trek to Thinje
Day 17 -Thinje (exploration day)
Day 18 -Thinje trek to Mid-camp
Day 19 -Mid-camp trek to Tokyu
Day 20 -Tokyu –Dho Tarap Excursion
Day 21 -Nawarpani
Day 22 -Laina Odar
Day 23 -TaraKot
Day 24 -Juphal
Day 25 -Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

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Trip Facts

  • Activity : Trekking Adventure

Includes / Excludes

Offer Includes:

All ground transportation, all meals while on trek (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee), Camping equipments (Two men tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, ) a guide, a cook, cook helper, porter/s, other helping staffs, entry permits, all necessary requirements for Nepalese staffs (meals, insurance, equipments, ground transportation.

Offer Excludes:

any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.

Important Note:

* Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

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