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Upper Dolpo Trek

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Duration 27 Days

Upper Dolpo trek trail is situated in the western part of Nepal.  It is a long and hard trek of around 23 days with couple of extra days spent in Kathmandu for working out the permit and exploring the historical sites for which it is famous for.  Our Upper Dolpo trek is combination of Lower and Upper Dolpo and exiting to Jomsom. Although bit long but our experience tells us that this is a wonderful way to trek in that region.

Upper Dolpo trek takes you to one of the highest inhabited places on earth. There are scattered villages, ancient monasteries in an extremely isolated region, old age religion with wonderful people. The journey is extremely challenging. It involves crossing high passes. The tracks are treacherous because of constant snowfall. But it is all worth it in the end. While on the Upper Dolpo trek you will also come across Shey Phoksumdo Lake (3,620 m) said to be Nepal’s deepest lake.  It is famed for its intense aquamarine color. Exiting to Jomsom through lower Mustang is a good option for those who love to experience more wilderness. This stunning trail goes southeast crossing some high passes and remote villages to Jomsom.

Upper Dolpo is one of few bastions of authentic Tibetan culture. This area is extremely remote. Few tourists or even Nepalis imagine making this long and difficult journey. But this is precisely why this Upper Dolpo trek appeals to those looking for a real cultural experience and a glorious adventure.

 

Highlights Upper Dolpo Trek:

  • Completely an off beaten challenging trek
  • Stunning Turquoise Phoksumdo Lake
  • Beautiful and remote villages
  • Crossing of High Passes with spectacular Himalayan Scenery
  • Different landscapes
  • Old monasteries both of Buddhist and Bon Po religion
  • Crystal Holy mountain of the Dolpo region
  • Opportunity to see the pure Tibetan culture and meet the inhabitants living in some of the highest villages in the world
  • Wildlife
 
DayTrek
Day

Destination/Activities

Accom/

   Meals

Alt.AWHPD
01 Kathmandu: Arrival & Transfer to Hotel  Hotel1,300 m 
02 Kathmandu: This is a orientation day in Kathmandu you will be visiting some interesting place in and around Kathmandu.Whereas office will be working out the permit. Overnight in the hotelHotel  B  
03 Nepalgunj : Fly to Nepalgunj – O/N HotelHotel  B 45 m
04 01Dunai  - Fly to Juphel and trek to Dunai  (LD)Camp BLD   04 hrs
05 02Chepke – Trek  (LD)Camp BLD  2,670 m06 hrs
06 03Boarding – Trek  (LD)Camp BLD  2,900 m05 hrs
07 04Phuksundo Lake – Trek  (LD)Camp BLD  3,620 m04 hrs
08 05Forest Camp -  Trek (UD)Camp BLD  3,630 m05 hrs
09 06Lar Tsa – Trek  (UD)Camp BLD  4,120 m05 hrs
10 07Snowfield Camp- Trek  (UD)Camp BLD  4,610 m03 hrs
11 08Shey Gompa: Trek  - Cross Kang La Pass 5,240 m (UD)Camp BLD  4,280 m06 hrs
12 09Shey Gompa –  Explore (UD)Camp BLD    
13 10Namgung – Trek  (UD)Camp BLD  4,430 m05 hrs
14 11Saldang – Trek (UD)Camp BLD  3,620 m03 hrs
15 12Cheao Gaon – Trek  (UD)Camp BLD  4,560 m05 hrs
16 13Jang La Phedi – Trek (UD)Camp BLD  4,900 m05 hrs
1714Dho Tarap – Trek  cross Jang La (5,090 m) (UD)Camp BLD  4,050 m07 hrs
18 15Dho Tarap - Rest dayCamp BLD  4,050 m 
19 16Keheng Khola – Cross Chharkula Pass 5100m (UD)Camp BLD  4,500 m07 hrs
20 17Charka Village: Cross another Pass (UM)Camp BLD  4,365 m05 hrs
21 18Molum Sumna: Trek (UM)Camp BLD  4,750 m07 hrs
22 19Sangda Phedi: Cross two Pass 5,490 m & 4,990 m (UM)Camp BLD  4,880 m08 hrs
23 20Sangda Village : Trek  (UM)Camp BLD  3,700 m06 hrs
24 21Phalayak Gaon: TrekCamp BLD  3,150 m 06 hrs
25 22Jomsom – TrekLdg  BLD2,710 m03 hrs
2623Kathmandu : Fly to Kathmandu via PokharaHotel  B1,300 m25+25m
27 Kathmandu: Lay over dayHotel  B1,300 m 
28 Departure : Transfer to the airport for departureB  

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, AWHP = Average walking hour per day

 

Day 01  :  ARRIVE KATHMANDU – TRANSFER TO HOTEL

Upon arrival we will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.  We will assist you for a check in to your room then after we will meet for briefing of the trip. Also today we will collect Passport, 06 passport size photographs for working out the trek permit.

Overnight in a hotel.

Includes: Transfers on a Private AC vehicle & Accommodation

Day 02  :  ORIENTATION DAY IN AND AROUND KATHMANDU VALLEY (B)

In the morning before the tour we do preparation for the trek. Afterwards we visit some of the interesting places in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Also this is the day for working out the permit which will be taken care by the office.

Today’s Highlights: Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur & Pashupatinath.

We take on our one-day sightseeing tour starting with an approx. 2 km drive westward to the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas - Swayambunath.

Built in 250 BC and known to be the largest in Nepal, this stupa displays typical Buddhist architecture. With painted eyes on all four sides symbolizing the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, this historical monument rests on thirteen tiers, and it represents the elevator to Nirvana. The big white dome of the Swayambunath stupa is regarded as a spotless and pure jewel of Nirvana. The vicinity of the Swayambunath stupa is surrounded by hundreds of other Buddhist shrines all around.

Next you will be driven to Bhaktapur which lies 18 km east of Kathmandu and rests at an altitude of 1401 m. Once the capital of the entire valley, Bhaktapur now is the most isolated and unchanged among the three former kingdoms. Covering an area of 4 sq. miles, this ancient Bhaktapur city is utterly peaceful yet its busy streets preserve the medieval atmosphere of the city’s bygone days.

On your way back from Bhaktapur, you will visit the Pashupatinath temple. Considered to be the subcontinent’s holiest Lord Shiva shrine, Pashupatinath with its two-tiered golden roof and a silver door is situated very near to the banks of the sacred Baghmati River. The temple is surrounded by numerous smaller shrines, ashrams, images, idols and inscriptions raised over the centuries. In Nepal the Pashupatinath temple is the most sacred among all Hindu shrines around the country.

Overnight in a hotel

Includes: Accommodation, Breakfast & Private Vehicle for sightseeing tour, local guide and entrance fee during the sightseeing tour.

Day 03  :  AFTERNOON FLY TO NEPALGUNJ (B)

Morning free day – afternoon as per the flight timing drive to airport for 45 minutes flights to Nepalgunj, situated in the west Nepal for connecting your flight to Juphel next morning.

Overnight in a hotel.

Includes: Breakfast, Private vehicle for transfers to the airport and hotel, flight KTM/NEPALGUNJ, local guide & accommodation.

Day 04  :  TAKE A FLIGHT TO JUPHAL AND TREK TO DUNAI  (LD): 2,030 m – Approx. 4 hrs walk

Early morning we transfer you to the airport for flight to Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft). The flight will be over the central Himalayas, with views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. Upon arrival at Juphal our trekking staffs fix up the gear and start our journey to Dolpo.  Today it’s a short 3 hrs walk from the airstrip to our overnight camp at Dunai village (2,030 m). The trek starts with an hour downhill walk through the village below the airstrip, then leading through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge to camp at Dunai.

Overnight in a camp

Includes: Transportation to the airport; flight to Dunai; local guide, trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 05  :  TREK TO CHEPKE (LD) : 2,670 m : Approx. 06hrs. walk

From the camp at Dunai the route crosses the new suspension bridge then turns west following the trail past the hospital. The trail soon begins to climb up the side of the treeless Thulo Bheri valley, where it crests a ridge and then enters the Phoksundo river valley, finally reaching another ridge which is marked by cairns at 2,499m/8,197ft. During the walk excellent view of the Kagmara Peak up the valley can be seen. This wonderful walk leads to a large side canyon, then descending gently on the long downhill slope through the scattered houses and walnut groves to a stream at 2,810m/9,217ft the trail below the stream leads to Dhera, a winter settlement where people from higher villages keep herds of cows and goats, however the route leads the upper trail climbing to Rahagaon, a Thakuri village at 2,900m/9,512ft, where there is a Gompa dedicated to the local god, Mastha, guardians of this village. Trek from here passes through the lower part of Rahagaon and then descends to the village water supply at the Phoksundo khola. Passing through another canyon, the path heads downhill through deep dark forests to a large stream, finally emerging at the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park at B (2,896m/9,499ft) where we will stay for the overnight camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 06  :  TREK TO BOARDING (LD) : 2,900 m – Approx. 5 hrs. walk.

The trail from the camp ascends a little bit and then drop downs along the forested riverbed, then it again climbs up steeply to about 2,900m. The trail goes up and down for quite a bit which makes it bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and traverses a grassy slope high above the river. After a while the trail once again drops down steeply into forest until it reaches a cliff, whereby a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank has to be undertaken. You can almost look down between your toes to see the fast-flowing river below. After reaching the river at 2,950m, the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks that form a dyke along the river bank. It's hard to imagine how the local people bring their yaks and cows along this trail, but they do. We will have a lunch break at Renje after we will continue our journey to Boarding for a camp.  The walk is along the Phoksundo it is a gradual up and then goes to a flat portion.

Overnight in a Camp. 

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee.

Day 07   : TREK TO PHOKSUNDO LAKE (LD) : 3,680 m : Approx. 4 hrs walk

Our trek continues up and down along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Kholas. 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 3,500m/11,480ft near Ringmo village. The path passes through a cedar forest and finally to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The houses here are almost buried in the sandy soil. From here the trail heads up to open country, at an altitude of around 3,350m/10,988ft. From the ridge one can see the distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular 300m/984ft high waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. After a brief stop here with the great views, finally the walk descent through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the picturesque settlement of Ringmo with its mud plastered chortens and mani walls. From here it is a short walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake for the overnight at camp.

Ringmo village (locally known as Tso-wa, meaning ‘lakeside’) stands about one kilometer from the lake, with a wooden bridge leading across the Phoksundo Khola, which becomes the Suli Gad.  The entrance kani on the Ringmo side above the bridge is fascinating has an elaborate and beautifully decorated ceiling.  This is Bonpo country, where people practice a shamanistic-influenced religion that predates Tibetan Buddhism.

The Lake is surreally spectacular. It is 4.8 km long, 1.8 km wide and said to be 650 m deep, making it Nepal’s deepest Lake.  It is famed for its intense aquamarine colour – a miraculous greenish blue likened to yu, or Tibetan turquoise.  The lack of aquatic life in the lake helps keep the waters brilliantly clear. As per the legend, a village stood where the lake now lies, but in the eighth century Padma Sambhava, the Buddhist saint ‘Lotus Born’ visited Phoksundo in order to get rid of demons from the region.  A Bon-po demoness tried to bribe the villagers with a priceless turquoise in order not to reveal her whereabouts, but the saint caused the turquoise to turn into dung.  Assuming they had been tricked by the demoness, the villages told Padma Sambhave where she was hiding.  In revenge she caused a great flood to drown the village beneath the turquoise water.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 08   :  TREK TO FOREST CAMP  : (R) : – 3,630 m  : Approx.  5 hrs. walk

From Phoksundo, adventure continues skirting the shore of the lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then the walk leads through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the overnight in a camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 09  :  TREK TO LAR TSA - (R) : 4,120 m : Approx. 5 hrs. walk

Our trek continues after a breakfast, today we take the trail which follow the main valley for another hour to Kang Gopa, a pretty camp site in a grove birch trees at 3,710 m .  Then we climb steeply from Kang Gopa and stay on the grassy ridge.  We then make another long climb up the ridge past a few groves of birch trees.  On the way you will have some great views of Shey Shikar (6,139 m) and Kang Chunne (6,443 m) dominating the skyline to the west.  After reaching the top at 4,200 m the trail drops down gently on a rocky path to Lar Tsa.  We will be setting up the camp just beside the river at 4,120 m.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 10  :  TREK TO SNOW FIELDS CAMP- (R) : 4,610 m (Kang La High Camp) -  Approx.  3 hrs.

After breakfast we continue our journey by taking the trail which goes up the valley with sporadic juniper and azalea before crossing the river on a bridge.  Then the trail climbs to the top of a scree slope at 4,490 m, than continues way up a grassy ridge to a crest at 4,640 m.  After, it drops down to Snowfields Camp which is just beside the river.  The camp is at the foot of the pass that will lead us to Inner Dolpo. Name Snowfields Camp was used by Peter Mathiesson in his book “Snow Leopard”.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 11  : TREK TO SHEY GOMPA CROSSING KANG LA PASS  5,380 m (R) : 4,280 m : Approx. 6 hrs. walk

Today we start the day by crossing the river then continue up in the grassy slopes towards Kang La Pass.  It will take around 3 hours to reach the pass by following the trail climbing up the steep hill littered with slate. From the pass you can get a spectacular panoramic view of Tibetan mountains in the north and huge massif of Dhaulagiri in the east.  We then descend down steeply on the soft scree trails towards the valley floor which then winds up along the banks of the river crossing and re-crossing it many times.  There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river and we pass through meadows where hairy yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chengra) can be found grazing as well near the odd nomadic hut of the herders. A red chorten heralds our arrival at Shey Gompa 4,500m/14,760ft where a quaint wooden, log bridge leads up to our destination at Shey Gompa compound for our overnight camp. Shey is located at a river confluence under Crystal Mountain which is regarded as a holiest mountain by the people of Dolpo.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 12  :  EXPLORE SHEY GOMPA (R) – 4,2,80 m

This is a rest day we can use this day to explore Shey meaning crystal, this monastery is also known as the Crystal Mountain (well described in Peter Matthissen classic novel Snow Leopard). The lama of Shey resides at a red hermitage known as Tsakang gompa which is north of Shey. It is rather a retreat than a monastery. Tsakang had been a meditation centre of many famous lamas from Tibet.

Shey Gompa belong to the Chaiba community, followers of great saint Padmasambhava, known as Guru Ringpoche and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Tenzing Ra-Pa, built during 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture the Bon Po. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe first introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Hundreds of years ago he came to Dolpo encountering a wild people whose supreme God was a 'fierce mountain and nature spirit'.

Crystal Mountain is to the east of Shey gompa it is one of the strangest mountain, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala River. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Each year people from all over Dolpo region travel great distances to attend the festival at Shey and to complete the circuit of Crystal Mountain. This is an amazing trip to here that certainly makes this trek as special as only few people have ever ventured up to Shey gompa. Overnight in a camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 13   :  TREK TO NAMGUNG GAON  VIA SALDANG PASS 5,200 m  (R): 4,430 m : Approx.  5 hrs. walk

Our trek today heads east following Sephu Khola which passes through mani walls, isolated fields and doksas (seasonal settlements for yak herders).  After sometime we follow the zig zag trail which goes over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil towards the top of Saldang La 5,200 m. From the top of Saldang La you can get some great views of the Tibetan Mountains in the north, Mustang in the east with Crystal Mountain and Kanjiroba in the west. We then turn north make a long descent to the pastures at Namgung (4415m) for an overnight stay. Namgung consist of a few stone houses and a relatively new gompa.

Like Shey, the Namgung monastery is of the Karma-pa sect. The monastery, a red stone structure, is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The red and white colors of the gimpy and its stupas are the only color in this stark landscape. The village itself consists of only few stone houses, terraced fields on both sides of the tributary, which flow down to the Nam Khong valley. The economy of the region is based on agriculture, animal husbandry and trading. In Dolpo only one crop a year can be grown and this is mainly barley. In some villages buckwheat, oil seed, potato and radish are also cultivated. Recently the main cliff temple collapsed and the villagers have now built a beautiful new monastery in the village itself.  Overnight in a camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 14  :  TREK TO SALDANG  (R) : 3,620 m – Approx. 3 hrs. walk

Today after breakfast we continue our walk through a region similar to Tibet and culturally interesting.  We start by traversing high above the Namgung Khola then steep descent to the Saldang village.  It is quite a prosperous village not only because of the agriculture but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet.

After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, trade with Tibet was virtually stopped. It has been restored to some extent through the barter system by which Tibetan salt reaches mid-Nepal. The Drokpa people from the western plains of Tibet collect salt from the dried lakes north of Tsangpo. Overnight in a camp

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 15  :  TREK TO CHEIOA GOAN  (R)  :  4,000 m  - Approx.  5 hrs walk

From Saldang the trail follows the river bed, goes through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then passing through the Namdo village which is also prosperous with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for some more hours to camp in the last village in that region. Overnight in the camp

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 16  :  TREK TO JANG LA PHEDI  (R) : 4,900 m -  Approx. 5 hrs. walk

The trail follows the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning coming across caravan of laden yaks that are on their way towards Tibet border. After days of following the same river, finally we part turning east till we arrive at the confluence of two small tributaries, from here our walk leads to a steep climb to the bottom of Jeng la (4,900m/16,072ft), where we stay for the overnight on a nice meadow. Overnight in the camp

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 17  :  TREK TO DHO TARAP  VIA JENG LA, 5,090 m (R) : 4,050 m : Approx. 7 hrs. walk

Morning trek leads to two hours climb towards the top of the Jeng La (5,090m/16,695ft). An excellent view of snow ranges emerges to the south. The north face of the Dhaualgiri massif shines in the morning light. After a wonderful moment here at the pass, our walk leads to descend on the rough path towards Tarap valley. By afternoon we come to the green valley which leads us on the pleasant track down towards Tarap Chu. Tarap is a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains. It extends twenty kilometers along the river. Tarap Chu is having ten villages with its cultivated fields and many gompas, chortens of both sects. In this valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together in harmony. After a short trek on this beautiful valley we come to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft) for the overnight in a camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 18  :  REST DAY in DHO : (4,040 m)

Today explore and rest in DHO before heading towards Jomsom.

Dho meaning ‘the lower end of the valley’ stands at a junction of two valleys. This village consists of several clusters of closely packed stone houses and corrals, surrounded by fields of ‘naked’ barley (uwa). In summer the broad valley beyond is carpeted with fields of barley and buckwheat.  In the autumn after the harvest, women in gaily-striped homespun fabric, and wearing strange metal head-gear, are seen at work threshing in low-walled compounds.  The Dho is inhabited by few Tibetans, but mostly by Magars. Having lived there for generations, they speak Tibetan and wear Tibetan dresses. 

Overnight in a Camp

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 19  :  TREK TO KEHENG KHOLA  (RA) : 4,500 m : Approx. 7 hrs. walk

Today we start a long trek by taking a trail which leaves the village in an easterly direction, immediately entering the steep defile of the Doto Chhu beneath towering limestone cliffs.  The path is not that difficult to follow – indeed it is visible all the way to the pass from the Num La some 20 km (13 miles) to the northwest.  Early on you pass two small gompas, one Bon and one Nyingma-pa, both of which are worth seeing.  Our journey continues by climbing the steep screes immediately above to cross the Chharkula Bhanjyang and spending the night high in the upper reaches of  Keheng Khola.  Overnight in a Camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 20  :  TREK TO CHHARKABOT (RA) : 4,365 m : Approx. 6 ½ hrs

Today  the trail is not that steep and after a gentle climb stays above 5000 m for more than 5 km before descending to Chharkabot.  Ascend some of the small hills either side of the trail along this stretch for sensational views of the Mukut and Dhaulagiri Himalaya. Overnight in the Camp.

Chharkabot , the highest village in the Barbung Khola valley is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this trek.  Remote, mediaeval and thoroughly exotic, this fortified cluster of ancient stone houses sits spectacularly poised atop a cliff above the rushing Barbung Khola, set against a panoramic backdrop of bleak, snow-capped peaks.  Outlandish whitewashed chortens, decorated with terracotta and ochre panels, bear the icons of Buddhist faith and stand in vibrant contrast to the desolate surrounding country.  On flat roofs piled with brushwood and in dusty yards, women weave their distinctive narrow strips of darks, striped woolen cloth for bankets and shawls on primitive back-strap looms.  Huge mastiffs lie chained in the midday sun while eagles and vultures soar overhead.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 21  :  TREK TO MOLUM SUMDO (RA) :  4,750 m : Approx. 7 hrs. walk

After breakfast we cross Chharka Tulsi Khola on a metal box girder bridge and then at river confluence cross on a suspension bridge to follow left bank of Thanjang Khola. The trail contours high above the river following a number of undulating ridges, after crossing a landslip zone we then descend to a grassy area. We then continue walking up the valley where the gorge narrows and after two hours you reach doksa at Norbulung, if we time we might consider continuing for a further hour up to Molum Sumna in order to shorten tomorrow’s walk.

Overnight camping.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 22  :  TREK TO SANGDA PHEDI (RA) : 4,880 m : Approx. 08 hrs. walk

Today is a hard day as we will be crossing two pass. From here we walk to a crest at 5,130 m and make a long traverse across meadows to the foot of the Sangda La, then a long, steep final climb to the pass at 5,460 m.  The views from this col are outstanding, and certainly make the effort required to reach it worthwhile.  Beyond the Mukut Himal to the south Tukche Peak, Dhaulagiri I and Dhaulagiri II are clearly visible, while to the east the distinct notch of the Thorung La can be seen north of Dhamphus Peak. Beyond this col the trail drops into a beautiful hidden valley before ascending to a second pass with views across the upper Chalung Khola towards the Khamjung Himal and Brikhuti in Mustang.  From here descend steeply through shale towards  and camp at Sangda Phedi (4,880 m).  We will camp here for tonight.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 23  :  TREK TO SANGDA VILLAGE (RA) : 3,700 m – Approx. 6 hrs.

After breakfast we start trekking to our next destination  crossing Bheri river on a small bridge and then trek along the right-hand bank for a bit. We leave the river and go down slowly to Jhyanse where we have to cross the cold river. Continue our hike towards Sangtha to the east, we cross another small stream, the Dhundok Khola, feeding from the Sadachhe Himal to our right. Dhampus Peak (6012m) is the southwestern most peak in this massif, and moving east from there is the Sechi Lek (5981m), Tashikang (6386m) and Tasartse (6343m). After sometime we will reach Sangda.  We will set a camp here for the night.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 24  :  TREK TO PHALYAK (RA) : 3,150 m : Approx. 6 hrs. walk

Today the trail goes up crosses many ridges until we finally reach the 'pass' at about 4500 meters. From the top we can get a wonderful vista, looking out to snow-capped peaks and down to Mustang's patch-work of trails and villages far below. Kagbeni, Jharkot, Muktinath, Thorung Peak, the Thorung La, Niligiri, Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki are all visible, an awe-inspiring site!  We then continue our trek descending down steeply into the Kali Gandaki Valley crossing the monastery cave and taking the southern route to the small village of Phalyak. Overnight in a camp.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, tented camp, dinning tent, toilet tent, sleeping mattresses; Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee

Day 25  :  TREK TO JOMSOM (LD) : 2,710 m –Approx. 3 hours walk.

In the morning you can get the wonderful view of  sunrise on Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. We have our breakfast and the we start climbing a ridge above Phalyak and then head directly south down a steep, sandy trail towards Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang.  Overnight in a lodge.

Includes: Trekking crew; porter support, lodge, Meals= breakfast, lunch and dinner; utensils, table & chair; Special permit, TIM’s card and conservation park fee.

Day 26  :  FLY JOMSOM-POKHARA-KATHMANDU – Approx. 25 m + 25 m

We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara.  Our assistant will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day for independent activities.

Overnight in the Hotel.

Includes: Breakfast, Guide, flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara, airport transfer to Hotel, accommodation.

Day 27  :  FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU   

This is kept as a layover day in case of any problem.

Includes: Breakfast & Hotel Accommodation

Day 28  :  DEPARTURE  : (Hotel check Out time is before 1100 Hrs)

Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

Includes: Breakfast and airport transfer.

 
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Facts File

  • Area:

    Upper Dolpo Western Nepal

  • Treks & Travel:

    22 Days Trek & Travel Time

  • Max. Elevation:

    5,460 m

  • Season:

    May/June and September till mid October

  • Style:

    Camping

  • Permit:

    Requires special area permit

  • Price:

    On Request

Departure

2017

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