Trek through the hidden valleys of Dolpa, visit the ancient Shey Gompa (The Crystal Monastery), touch the icy waters of Phoksundo Lake, see yak caravans cross high-Himalayan passes, visit some of the highest settlments on earth like the Dho-Tarap valley; Dolpa will never cease to amaze you.
Dolpa or Dolpo was popularized by the film “Caravan” which showcases the extraordinary untouched beauty of the region.
It is remote and fascinating, confined by the Dhaulagiri range in the south and east, the mountains Sisne and Kanjiroba in the west and Tibet towards the north. Lake Phoksundo with its turquoise waters is the major attraction in Dolpa.
The people of Dolpa generally settle at altitudes of 3,660 m to 4,070 m and these are probably one of the highest settlements in the world. There are 130 gompas in Dolpa which speaks volumes for the religious nature of its inhabitants.
The trek is enlivened by the sight of yak caravans that even today travel long distances through difficult terrain to barter goods.
Closely linked with Tibet, the people speak Tibetan, have strong Mongoloid features, maintain their Tibetan culture with monasteries that follow closely the Buddhism of Tibet.
The proximity with Tibet has ensured that little has changed since their forefathers crossed the border into Nepal. This trek is an opportunity to meet people who follow a lifestyle that goes back centuries.
These unexplored, high altitude valleys were not opened until 1989. Isolated by the difficult topography, the people in this region have preserved their lifestyle, remaining almost untouched by the trappings of modern society.
Dolpa falls among Restricted Areas. Therefore, trekkers require special Trekking Permit trek to this region. Adler Adventure is there for you to organize your Special Permit for Upper Dolpa Trekking .Trekkers should be physically fit as there are long and strenuous stretches en route.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m): 6-7 hours
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m): 4-5 hours
Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m): 6-7 hours
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m): 5-6 hours
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m): 5-6 hours
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m): 4-5 hours
Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m): 6-7 hours
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m): 4-5 hours
Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m): 4-5 hours
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m): 5-6 hours
Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
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