Upper Dolpo Trekking 36 Days

Upper Dolpo Trek is located towards south west from Kathmandu. This is surmise of the Shey - Phoksundo National park of mid- western Nepal behind the Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau which cut off by a series of very high passes and closed by the snow most of the year. Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. 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. Peter Mathesons book - The Snow Leopard and Snell grove - Himalayan pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. One of the highest inhabited realms on the planet, Dolpo is also still a stronghold of the pre-Buddhist, shamanistic Bon-po religion as well as Tibetan Buddhism. It is a tough, mountainous region of fortified villages, `dzongs`, turquoise lakes, sacred mountains and high passes, susceptible to heavy snows which isolate it from neighboring regions for much of the year. And the rewards for trekking through it are immense.

At the core of the region Shey Phoksundo National Park contains what is known as the Crystal Peak, the "Mount Kailas" of Nepal. Each year hundreds of pilgrims kora around the Crystal Peak making this a culturally intriguing trek. To make this journey even more exciting, we are upping the ante: our trek will depart the regular routes and traverse over to the other also once "Forbidden" Kingdom of Mustang along the soon to be famous Great Himalaya Trail. This is a strenuous trek that takes us over nine high passes, including a pass over 18,000`.

To the east lies the Marsyangdi River and to the west lies the world`s deepest gorge, carved out by the wild waters of the Kaligandaki. The biodiversity of the region – entire hillsides swiped with pink and red rhododendron forests bursting with birdsong - is matched by its incredible cultural diversity. Cultural trails will take you right into the homes of Gurungs in the lowlands, and you can enjoy the hospitality of Thakalis around Jomsom, Manangis in the east and Loba and Tibetans in the arid north. Annapurna has been enormously popular with trekkers over the years and the new roads have actually opened up previously inaccessible areas.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
We after having breakfast will take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and stay at hotel.

Day 4: Nepalgunj to Dolpo
Morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2470m) takes nearly 35min. The flight will be enjoyable if the weather is clear you can have a good mountain sightseeing. After landing in the Juphal airport starts the trek to Sangta (2520m). It takes nearly 6hrs. The trail enters to the Shey Phoksundo National Park after passing some villages on the way from Juphal to the entrance of the park area.

Day 5: Sangta to Rheji Gaon (2940m) 6 - 7hrs
The trail goes within the Shey Phoksundo National Park will be pleasant and enjoyable. The trail passes through the wood and small streams.

Day 6: Rheji to Rigmo village / Phoksundo Lake (3600m) 6 - 7hrs
There are some clusters of houses with some tea shops till Polum. Afterwarks the trail goes through stiff up hill and then straight to the lake Phoksundo.

Day 7: Rest day in Phoksundo
You can have a nice time at the edge of the lake and visit surrounding Bon village and Gompas that hold the oldest cultures and traditions.

Day 8: Phoksundo Lake - Sallaghari (3630m)
The trail goes by edge of the lake uphill and after a walk of nearly 3 hrs. the trail goes descending towards the another edge of the lake in another corner, then to the night stop at Sallaghari.

Day 9: Sallaghari - Kang - la (Nangdalo) base camp (4717m)
From Salaghari you will head for the base camp of Nangdalo which is also known as Kang la. While walking you can enjoy the elegant views of the mountains.

Day 10: Nangdalo Pass base camp - Shey gompa
Today you will cross the pass Nangdalo 5350mtrs. and reach Shey Gompa (4343m). Shey gompa is one of the famous and important pilgrimage of Buddhist people. You can observe the majestic view of the holy Crystal mountain which is regarded as the brother of Mt. Kailash.

Day 11: Shey Gompa - Namgong Gompa (4360m)
From Shey Gompa you will walk to Namgong. Namgong Gompa is one of the popular Gompas of Nepal.

Day 12: Namgong - (via Karang, Sibuk,) Marang (4350m)
The trek begins towards Marang via some interesting villages on the trail.

Day 13: Marang - (via Sungjer Gompa - Lurigaon) Dora Simna (3670m)
From Marang the trail heads towards Dora Sumna through the famous Sungjer Gompa and Luirgaon on the way.

Day 14: Dora Sumna - (viaYanjer Gompa - 4599m) Mishagaon - 4200m(Mugaon)
The day begins trekking towards the popular yangjer Gompa ( one of the richest gompas in that region).

Day 15: Mishagaon - Chanpola Goth near Shimengaon - 3850m
Today you will be crossing Musi La pass 5030m and stop for the night at Chanpola goth near Shimen village.

Day 16: Shimengaon - Tinje gaon (4110m)
From Shimen village you will walk towards the beautiful village of Tinje. The village is located in valley with big spread land mass. The village is observable for its scenic beauty and the tradition of the people there.

Day 17: Tinje gaon - Rapka (4535m)
Leaving this beautiful valley the trail leads you to Rapka for the night camp.

Day 18: Rapka - Chharka (4302m)
From Rapka the next night stop will be in Chharka Crossing Chharka La /Mola pass-(5030m). Here you can observe the Bon Gompa too.

Day 19: Chharka - Tulsi khola (4935m)
Leaving Chharka the trail goes towards Tulshi Khola. The walking will be descending.

Day 20: Tulsi khola - Nakhkem Khola (5066m)
Having a night rest in Tulsi Khola the treks leads to Nakhem Khola.

Day 21: Nakhem Khola - Kharka camp (5445m)
The trail ascends towards Kharka having good views of mountain ranges and lakes.

Day 22: Kharka camp - (Cross Ghami Pass-5694m) Ghami Phedi
Today all the trekkers should be careful and should concentrate on their every foot step. The trail is not distinctly made and not easy as other trails. So the day`s trek will be very challenging.

Day 23: Ghami Phedi - Ghami (3520m)
The trail goes moderately up and down. You will have to cross the rivers several times on the trail.

Day 24: Ghami - Marang - (5hrs)
You can observe the village and the Gompas. The Ghar gompa at the height of 3950m where you can observe the scriptures of Padmasambhav.
Day 25: Marang - Lo-Manthang (3810m) 6hrs
Here it will be wise to have two days stay to visit the following places that still hold the unique Tibetan taste.

Day 26: Lo - Manthang
Here it will be wise to have two days stay to visit the following places that still hold the unique Tibetan taste. 1. Observation of villages and Gompas that have Tibetan culture and traditions. (Namgyal and Tinghar, Kimaling) Nyamdo (4168m)-6hrs.

Day 27: Lo - Manthang - 2. Visti to the villages (Garphu, Dhuk, Barcha, Nenyul)
Lo-Manthang - 2. Visti to the villages (Garphu, Dhuk, Barcha, Nenyul)

Day 28: Lo -Manthang - Yara Gaon (3650m) 6-7hrs
The trail from Lomanthang to Yara is moderate with slight up and down. You will see two villages on the trail before reaching Yara.

Day 29: Yara Gaon
In the vicinity of Yara gaon the place worth to visit is Luri Gompa. Here you can observe the tradition of the people. (6-7hrs.)

Day 30: Yara - Tangge (3240m)
The journey between Yara and Tangee will be moderate.

Day 31: Tangge - Paa Khola
From Tangee you will walk up to Paa Khola to camp for the night.

Day 32: Paa Khola - Chhusang (2980m)
Then from Paa Khola you will proceed to Chusang for the night stop.

Day 33: Chhusang - Jomsom(2720m) via Kagbeni (2810m)
The walk to Jomsom via kagbeni will please you where you can encounter some teashops on the way.

Day 34: Jomsom - Pokhara
We will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on the same day. As soon as you land on Kathmandu you will be accompanied by us to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 35: Rest day in Kathmandu
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 36: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell

  Dolpo Region

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