Upper Dolpo Trek

Days 27




Upper Dolpo Trek world’s highest horse racing, a glimmering turquoise lake. The Dolpi folks will welcome you with a heart that’s warm. Most of Dolpo falls behind the rain shadow zone of the Dhaulagiri Mountains (range) and this is desert land at higher elevations that’s so much like the arid plateau of Tibet. This is why you can go to Dolpo at any time of your choosing, or a time that suits your conveniences…perfectly. Some trekkers would like to compare Nepal’s mountains to the Patagonia or even the Alps of Europe, these are all mountains anyway, but Nepal’s mountains will take your breath away, maybe even forever, but for those who live to tell their stories of Nepal’s Himalayas have written books of which some are ‘bestsellers’’ on the planet…passed down to the generations till eternity…within this scenario falls the heady landscapes of the Dolpa region; which was till now, not heard off accept from artistic thangkas or spiritual accounts from the earliest of visitors.

From the early ‘90s, Dolpa began to get only a small portion of the hordes of visitors that make a beeline into the different tourism spots of Nepal. most trek operators seem to venture more into the Inner Dolpo – but with Gurkha Adventures, we begin with lower Dolpa & gradually wade into the inner & upper sanctums of mystical Dolpa with entry that goes beyond Phoksundo Lake to the ancient 800-year-old Shey Gompa – and this gives visitors a fantastic introduction to hidden cultural mysticism which is an experience to encounter when visiting this region (even in the monsoon!). Your eyes take in the vistas of mighty Dhaulagiri at (8167m), once assumed to be the tallest mountain in the world.

Tantamount to this, Approximately 3,555 km of Dolpa area has been demarcated to protect the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. This park is home to blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves and the hard to pin down snow leopard – which also has a trek to its namesake. The Dolpo is more Bon-Po country, where the local folks practice an ancient shamanistic religion that predates Tibetan Buddhism. A lot of the Bon-Po cult of spiritualism is based opposite to normal Buddhist practices. As you walk to the right side of medieval mud chortens, inscriptions of swastikas point to the opposite direction to the Buddhist chant of “om mani padme hum”, whereas the Bon-pos chant ‘om ma tri mu ye sa le du”, in Tibetan jargon this translates into “in clarity unite’.

Dolpa’s mysticism is evident all over the region – stories of myth say Dolpa is a Beyul, an assumed “hidden valley” created by Guru Rinpoche as a last resort for those of remarkably pure mind. In present day Dolpa, its northern zones are inhabited by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet, who are blocked from the rest of Nepal by snow almost throughout the year. These folks live out their lives in some of the highest inhabited villages on planet earth, perched within mountains of bleak, Spartan beauty that could drive your imaginations to another world…in any case, there are no two Dolpas on earth, there’s only one…a natural phenomenon of nature’s wonders, God’s gift to a world that seems to have forgotten where true beauty lies…

Even in such desolate territory, the display of Nepal’s deepest lake, the Phoksundo, can defy the very depths of your ability to describe something. The local folks go by a legend that says Phoksundo took shape when a wicked avenging demonness flooded a village for letting the saint Padmasambhava know about her whereabouts. The dreamlike view of the lake, which has no aquatic life and seems to fluctuate between a turquoise and ultramarine hue – appears to validate the myth. If you are to walk in the footsteps of a lineage of nomads, look deep for the wretched village below the lake’s surface…is it there???. if you are the unusual unique kind that seeks a holiday that goes off the normal route, and if you want to race horses of an unknown Mongolian breed in some of the highest altitudes in the world – but then this only happens once in every dozen years, a tradition that goes back over 8 centuries in time – or pick the Yarchagumba fungus between May 15 through June 15…or just interact with the local folks & hear their stories of legends & frightening superstitions in the backdrops of massive peaks glimmering on a scary full moon night…then call up GURKHA ADVENTURES for more information on holidays that enhance your efforts in discovering the unknown…from the known

Includes and excludes :

  1. All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee).
  2. Arrival pick up & departure.
  3. All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  4. Internal flights
  5. All trekking arrangements including trekking permits, climbing permits, National Park entrance fees.
  6. Accommodation in twin sharing local lodges or best available places for accommodation,
  7. Trekking & Climbing leader & porter (salary, insurance, food, accommodation & other allowances).
  8. Basic first aid kit is carried by your leader.
  9. All hard ware gears
  10. Fare well dinner after the trip
  1. Kathmandu food lunch & dinner,
  2. International flights to Kathmandu
  3. Tips for Porter, guide & other
  4. Personal climbing gears and climbing boot, clothing & equipment
  5. Personal expenditure, all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain region, mineral water, snacks, desserts.
  6. Medical examination (if required) & vaccination costs
  7. Optional trips. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  8. Visa fees & Travel insurance. Airport taxes
  9. Meals or drinks except the 3 main meals specified in itinerary
  10. Anything else not specified in the ‘included costs’ section above

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Itinerary breakdown

Upper Dolpo Trek

Day 01:Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02:Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 04:Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)
Day 05:Trek to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06:Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft), 3-4 hrs walks
Day 07:Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft), 4-5 hrs walks
Day 08:Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 09:Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5-6 hrs walks
Day 10:Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Day 11:Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 12:Trek below Numala pass (4665m/15301ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 13:Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs walk
Day 14:Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 15:Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 16:Rest Day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m/12234ft)
Day 17:Trek to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 18:Trek below Kagmara La, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 19:Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 20:Trek to Hurikot village(3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 21:Trek to Chaurikot(3060m/10036ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 22:Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5-6hrs walk
Day 23:Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 24:Trek to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 25:Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
Day 26:Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 27:Departure from Kathmandu


Lower Dolpo trek

Destination Map