Things You need to know about Upper & Lower Dolpo Trek!
Upper Dolpo Region:
Upper Dolpo region is situated in the Upper part of Dolpo region in western part of Nepal, boarded to the north by China. All round surrounded by Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges to the west by Jumla district. This region impressed you with its amazing floras and faunas. Views pass by the trekking trails are amazing. This region is divided into different four valleys like Tsharka Valley, Tarap Valley, Panzang Valley, Nangkhong Valley which provides you their own preserved cultural histories. A chance to diving into the amazing surroundings of Dolpo region provides your lifetime amazing moments. One of the main attractions “Shey Phoksundo National Park lies at the center of Dolpo region. Along with this, you can also explore such spectacular snowy peaks, enchanting rivers & lakes, very virgin ancient and remote villages of their unique presence, beautiful Buddhist monasteries and endangered wildlife like Blue Sheep, Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Red Panda etc. in beautiful forests of blue pines and rhododendron.
History of Dolpo region:
Dolpo was an independent, constant economic and cultural region. In 1789, it was incorporated through the Gorkha tribes in the nation-state. Prithvi Narayan Shah after conquering neighbors by him consolidated power, worked the way towards Kathmandu and conquered it in 1769. Similarly, by 1789, Gorkhalis worked to extend their territorial over Kali Gandaki Valley and the beautiful Kingdom of Lo also known as Dolpo.
Where is Dolpo situated?
Trek leads you to the restricted regions of the country situated in Dolpa district bordered with Tibet in the northeast, Jumla, and Mugu in the west, Jajarkot and Rukum in the south and Mustang in the east. The beautiful land of Bon – Po faith in western Tibet, under the shadow of Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges provides you excellent snowy views.
Where do the Upper Dolpo Trek starts?
Here our trek starts by the Kathmandu, take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj after having the breakfast, explore the views provided by western part of Nepal. Then again take flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla and trek to Gothichaur covering an area of 2700m. Trek from Gotichaur to Napakhola provides you a chance to explore small Buddhists settlements. In similar ways, trekking from Ghotichaur to Napakhola, Napakhola to Chaurikot, Chaurikot to Bheri river side, Bheri river side to Gharpung Khola, Gharpung Khola to Kagmara, Kagmara to Kagmara Base Camp, Kagmara Base Camp to Cross Kagmara La, then to Pungma Khola and from Pungma Khola to Pungmo Gaon, Pungmo Gaon to She Phoksundo Lake, then Phoksundo to Bagala Base Camp, Bagala Base Camp to Cross Bagala Pass, Cross Bagala Pass to Numla Pass Base Camp, Numla Pass Base Camp to Chering Gompa, Cherish Gompa to Do Tarap, Do Tarap to Lahini, Lahini to Tarakot, Tarakot to Dunai and Dunai to Jhupal provides you spectacular views of Himalayas along with different floras and faunas of this region. Now, return back to Nepalgunj from Jhupal and then to Kathmandu. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.
Daily Itinerary for Upper Dolpo:
Day 1: Flight to Nepalgunj (south-western Nepal)
Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jumla by flight and trek to Gothichour (2700m)
Day 3: Ghotichour to Napakhola (3,000 m)
Day 4: Napakhona to Chaurikot (3,000 m)
Day 5: Chaurikot to Bheri Riverside
Day 6: Bheri River Side to Gharpung Khola
Day 7: Gharpung Khola to Kagmara [3500m
Day 8: Kagmara to Kagmara base camp (4000m)
Day 9: Cross Kagmara La (5165m)
Day 10: Pungmo Khola to Pungmo Gaon (3,050 m)
Day 11: Pungmo Gaon to She Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m)
Day 12: Phoksundo Lake
Day 13: Phoksundo Lake to Bagala base camp
Day 14: Cross Bagala Pass (5090m)
Day 15: Numla Pass Base Camp
Day 16: Chering Gompa to Do Tarap
Day 17: Rest day
Day 18: Do Tarap to Lahini 3560m
Day 19: Lahini to Tarakot (2,700 m)
Day 20: Tarakot – Dunai (2,100 m)
Day 21: Dunai – Jhupal
Day 22: Jhupal- Nepalgunj Kathmandu
Day 23: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 24: Transfer to airport for final departure or Join Next Program
Where do the Lower Dolpo Trek starts?
After arriving at Kathmandu the trek starts by the next day by flying to the Nepalgunj, a famous place for Bhageswori temple from Kathmandu in the morning which takes about 1 hour, you can explore the clear views of western Nepal. Again flying from Nepalgunj to Jhupal at 2320 m which takes about 45 min and then trek to Dunai for 3 hours. During the trek, you can explore spectacular views of different mountain ranges with the daily lifestyle of people living in Simikot village at 3000 m height. Now trekking from Dunai to Tarakot passes by deep Georges and streams takes about 7 hours. Similarly trek from Tarakot to Laini, Laini to Nawarpani, Nawarpani to Tarap, Tarap to Numa La Base Camp, Numa La Base Camp to Pelung Tang, Pelung Tang to Cross Baga La, Cross Baga La to Ringmo, Ringmo to Phoksundo, Phoksundo to Shyanta, Shyanta to Jhupal provides you amazing moments of your life with rich biological culture, ecosystem of Dolpo region. Now fly back to Nepalgunj from Jhupal and then to Kathmandu. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company. The next day will be your departure date to your home or if you are interested then you can join other programs.
Daily Itinerary for Lower Dolpa:
Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj -1 hrs
Day 2: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)- 45 mins, about 3 hrs trek
Day 3: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot (2,543m/8,341ft)- about 6 hrs
Day 4: Trek from Tarakot to Laini (3,160 m/10,365 ft)- about 7 hrs
Day 5: Trek from Laini to Nawarpani (3,545m/11,627 ft)- about 6 hrs
Day 6: Trek from Nawarpani to Do Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft)- about 7 hrs
Day 7: Tarap: acclimatization
Day 8: Trek to Numa La Base Camp (4440m/14,563 ft)- about 7 hrs walk
Day 9: Cross Numa La pass (5,190m/17,023ft), camp at Pelung Tang (4465m/14,645 ft)- about 6 hrs
Day 10: Cross Baga La pass (5,070m/16,630ft), trek to Dajok Tang (4,080m/13,382ft)- 6 hrs
Day 11: Trek from Dajok Tang to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft)- about 4 hrs
Day 12: Hike to Phoksundo Lake
Day 13: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Shyanta (2520m/8265 ft)- about6 hrs
Day 14: Trek from Shyanta to Jhupal
Day 15: Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure/Farewell
What are the differences between Upper and Lower Dolpo Trek?
The National Tourism Board of Nepal declares different trekking trails of the country under restricted trails, passes through the regions belonging to the cultural and natural heritages are very untouched and preserved by the government of Nepal. Thus, to explore the regions the National Tourism Board fixed rates of permits regarding the significance of different regions. Trekking to Upper Dolpo costs $500 per person for the first 10 days and trekking to Lower Dolpo costs $10 per person per week. Dolpo is the west wild land of Nepal with isolated and tranquil features. One of the restricted regions of the country mainly divided into two parts as Upper and Lower Dolpo region with amazing remote cultures and spectacular views of Himalayas brings awesome moments of your life. Upper Dolpo is surrounded by the huge Tibetan influenced people. Thus, you can explore the Tibetan cultures, traditions and norms there. Whereas, Lower one takes you to the Buddhism world along with Hindu villages and cultures. Trekking in Dolpo offers you the ever wild worth experience exploring the very untouched regions with the spectacular views of stunning mountains.
Phoksundo Lake is spectacular, situating in Dolpo district of the country. Lake with no any aquatic living lives in water makes the lake cleaner and provides a greenish blue like a color. The lake is 5.15 km long, 800 m wide and 145 m deep. The lake contains more than 20 stupas in southern belt and different Gompa in eastern. The ancient history reveals the incarnation of the lake by the female demon.
What about permits and regulations during Trek to Upper & Lower Dolpo?
Government policies of Nepal declared some of the regions as the restricted region in the country. Trekking to such regions required special permits from the Government of Nepal. The region is very untouched and sacred from the outer world. The main objective of implementing permits is the special protection and preservation of historical monuments and monasteries. For the permit to Upper Dolpo, you have to pay US$ 500 per person (for the first 10 days), US$ 50 per person /Day (beyond 10 days) and for Lower Dolpo, you have to pay US$ 10 per person /Week. The country is opening bordered and has connections with other countries like China and Tibet permit is strictly applied. Least two individuals are needed if not then one can issue two different permits. Similarly, the trekking routes like Tsum Valley, Lark Pass Valley, and Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit etc. required permits. Here in restricted regions, individuals are not allowed. Thus, you have to find a reliable trekking agency to process the permits with another one individual.
Is it necessary to have a guide during the trek to Upper & Lower Dolpo?
Upper or Lower Dolpo Trek takes you to the hidden world of Buddhism kingdom, sharing the border with China and Tibet must need the trekking staff i.e. guide with trekking license with the tourist. According to Nepal immigration law at least one governmental authorized person is required to visit those restricted areas.
What is the best season for trekking to Upper & Lower Dolpo?
Nepal contains mainly four seasons: summer, winter, autumn, and spring. Simply, foreigners don’t trek at monsoon because the time is very muddy, rainy with leeches and the most important thing it lacks the proper views of stunning Himalayas. The best time for attracting tourism in Nepal is autumn, summer, and spring as the weather is excellent and you get the magnificent views in this time. Trek to Upper and Lower Dolpo provides you incredible views of landscapes in such seasons with moderate temperature and clear sky which include the months of March to November. The time also provides you the best scenarios filled with enchanting flowers. But the region can also trek in monsoon time because Dolpo lies at the rain shadow formed by Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
What about the accommodation and meals available during Upper & Lower Dolpo Trek?
Sunrise Adventure Trek provides services as per the guest requirements. Here trekking to Upper and Lower Dolpo includes lodge or guest house for accommodation with twin bed sharing room if you are in a group and if you are a solo traveler, you have a private room and for meals, we have some options like continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. Whereas, for drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from the hotel either you can bring water tablets.
How physical do I need to be for trekking and what about AMS?
Upper Dolpo is one of the restricted regions but is moderate for trekking and is suitable for most of the trekkers. Though being the grade of moderate difficulty, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Thus, the walking hours for the region is five to seven hours on average and the trip is long of about 26 days. Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to an elevation of 5360 m. Though the altitude sickness is not so common under the altitude of 4000m.
Trek to Upper and Lower Dolpo takes you to the hidden world of Tibetan people where you can explore their own way of living life along with their distinct unique cultures, traditions, norms, and values. Views of many spectacular Himalayas, enchanting lakes, and lush green valleys with rhododendron forests are amazing. In every step passes by you will get the new experience of unbound natural resources. Trekking with the services provided by Sunrise Adventure Trek guarantees for your perfect trip with expertise.
Simple Trekking Facts highlighted you need to know about:
Difficulty grade:moderate to difficult
Seasons many: March to May and October to November
Accommodations: Tea house or trekking lodges, camping
Elevations: 5360 m
Permits: compulsory per person