Friday, 28 July 2017 08:29 pm

Upper Dolpo Trek

Dolpo is also called 'Ba Yul' or the Hidden valley is a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Surrounded by Dhaulagiri and Tibet from south and north, The Dolpo region is the natural embodiment of high passes, rare flora and fauna and sweeping vistas. The medicinal plant, Yarchagumba (Coerdiopsis sinensis) a type of wild mushroom is found in abundance in this region. Extracts from Yarchagumba is believed to significantly improve health and fitness. This trekking is for combination of natural and cultural phenomena which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. It is a rain shadow area and was opened in 1991 for trekking. The whole trekking areas in this region stretches through and around Arun River whose origin dates back to prehistoric period. The Arun valley is one of the most beautiful regions to trek in Nepal.

Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau. Here one can find a well-preserved eco-system of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. A visit to the Phoksumdo Gompa, dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience.

The Upper Dolpo region is another remote hidden destination in far west where Nepal's most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored. The home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments, and unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Trekking around the Dolpo region is an unforgettable journey in every visitor's life. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan griffon. The Upper Dolpo is the home of the Bhotiya and Sherpa people. It's difficult to grow crops there, which makes life difficult for the local people. They depend on barley as sole crop. The stalwart yak is a vital source of food, transport and dung fuel. They also trade salt for grain with those from far away Hurikot and Jumla to compensate their dwindling winter supply of food.

Trip Highlights:

Destination: Dolpo Region

Best season: March & November  

Transportation: By tourist bus / private.

Accommodation: Hotel, Resort & tea house /camping

Grade: Hard

Trekking style: camping only

Highest access : 4702m

Culture: Mixed

Duration:  21 to 22 days

Price: Depending on group size & standard of tour.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival day and Transfer to hotel (1340M)

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by tourist bur /private vehicle - Approx.12 hrs

Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai.

Day 04: Dunai to Shyanta (2520 m.) which takes about six hours walking.

Day 05: Shyants to Somdu (2940 m.) which takes about seven hours.

Day 06: Somdu to Phoksundo (3733m.) which takes about five hours.

Day 07: Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) and it takes about seven hours.

Day 08: Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) which takes about seven hours.

Day 09: Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) and it takes about six hours. 

Day 10: Shey Gompa to Saldang which takes about seven hours.

Day 11: Saldang to Yak Kharka (3965 m.) and it takes about seven hours.

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thaksema (4702 m.) which takes about seven hours.

Day 13: Thaksema to Dhotarap (3944 m.) and it takes about eight hours.

Day 14: Dhotarap to River side (3756 m.) which takes about six hours. 

Day 15: River side to Odar (3475 m.) and it takes about seven hours.

Day 16: Odar to Eklebhatti (2970 m.) which takes about six hours.

Day 17: Eklebhatti to Dunai (2140 m.) and it takes about six hours.

Day 18: Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) which takes about three hours.

Day 19: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 20: Full Day sightseeing of KTM Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath

Day 21: Departure to Airport and Back to Home.

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