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Upper Dolpo Trek 22 days

Type of Venture Code Duration Size Type of Treks Elevation Grade Price Best Season
Adventure Trek NTC-017 22 Days Above 2 Person Camping Trek 4702M

Fairly Strenuous

In List Autumn/Spring

Upper Dolpo Trek 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.

Upper Dolpo Trek 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.

Day 01 Kathmandu Fly to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International airport and be met by a member of our crew. We will be driven to our hotel and later go on a familiarization walk with one of our guides & Team at seven start trekking & Tour office.
Day 02 Kathmandu Spend the early part of the day on a guided tour of sacred Tibetan stupas and monasteries. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Nepalgung (1 ½ hour flight), a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal, and stay overnight in this transit city. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 Dunai (2,796m/9,200ft) We will leave early in the morning on the only flight out to Juphal. It is a short flight (35 min’s) with wonderful views of the precipitous hillsides and river valleys. The airstrip at Juphal is at an altitude of 2,354m/7,745ft, so we will have a relatively easy trek (9km/3.5hrs) as we walk along the Thuli Bheri River to Dunai. Overnight in teahouse
Day 05 Tarakot (2,550m/8,366ft) The route continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Upper Dunai is seen perched high above on the right as our route drops to the left crossing over the river on a wooden bridge. This 18km (5hrs) trek has many bridge and meadow crossings with views of snow clad peaks. Overnight in teahouse>
Day 06 Khanigoan (2,500m/8,202ft) The 6km (3.5hrs) trek to Khanigoan goes alongside terraced fields following the Barbung Khola (river) and crosses to the western bank just below its confluence with Tarap Khola. As the trail rolls over the flank of high hills, views of villages atop the ridges appear brilliant. 15 minutes after crossing the suspension bridge, we arrive at Khanigoan. The trek can easily be extended by going two hours further to a splendid campsite. Overnight stay in tents
Day 07 Chukore (3,550m /11,647ft) The Tarap Valley narrows up in a tight V shape ahead. Climbing through the deciduous forest with walnuts, nettles and cannabis, it opens up in Lahini which is a rough grass slope. Beyond this the trail passes through grassy meadows, graveled river beds and one can see waterfalls spraying from the rock walls. (13km/5.5hrs) Overnight stay in tents.
Day 08 Kamok Kharka (4,000m/13,123ft) Today we will trek 16km/6hrs across an unstable section of trail that is constantly changing due to floods and landslides. The trail swings to the either bank of the Tarap Khola passing through the narrow gorge, the wall of which is sometimes 15m apart. Kamok Kharka is a large yak pasture which will be reached after subsequent crossing of the river over locally made log bridges. Overnight stay in tents
Day 09 Dho (4,130m/13,550ft) The trail to Dho from Kamok Kharka is a short and easy one without too much height gain. The trail comes across meadows and crosses several streams to come to the river bed. Dho stands at a junction of two valleys providing plenty of camping ground. (9km/3hrs) Overnight stay in tents.
Day 10 Rest day for acclimatization Visit monasteries during day trip Overnight stay in tents.
Day 11 Numa La Camp (Shering Gompa) (4,350m/14,272ft) As the trail rises gently, the mountains appear small and shapeless. After passing the village of Tok Khyu the valley forks and we follow it as it veers a little to the left. The trail then ascends to the monastery, where we will be camp. (11km/3.5hrs) Overnight stay in tents.
Day 12 Baga La Camp (4,500m/14,928ft) We will trek 13km/7.5 hrs and cross the Num La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft), which is regularly crossed by the Dolpo-pa traders with their yak trains. Though the trail is frequently used, it can still be confusing under fresh snow. The pass can be reached in four hours and the trail then descends down to the narrow gorge of Chhadka Khola before climbing again to Baga La Camp. Overnight stay in tents
Day13 Sanu Bheri (3,800m/12,503 ft) The 11km (5.5 hr) trek begins with a descent to the stream before climbing to reach the Baga La pass (5,090m/16,746ft). It takes about 3 hrs to reach the pass marked by prayer flags and cairns. From the pass one can see several snow clad peaks including the Kanjiroba massif. After taking in the view we will make a rather straightforward descent into the deep Sano Bheri Valley. Overnight stay in tents
Day 14 Phoksundo Lake (3,627m/11,900ft) The trail today remains on the right bank of the Sanu Bheri. It is a magnificent trek (8km/3hrs) with wonderful views every step of the way. In some places there are broad meadows and in others the valley teeters along steep hillside. Along the trail we will see Norbu Kang (6,005m/19,756ft), Kagmara peak and other peaks of Kanjelaruwa. Overnight stay in tents
Day 15 Lasa Meadow (4,300m /14,108ft) From Phoksundo Lake we descend past the spectacular waterfall draining the lake. Leaving the main route we follow the Durjam Khola through the village of Pungmo (2,918m/9,600ft), to the base of Kagmara Pass. Since crossing the last pass we have entered the verdant side of the Himalayas. Beautiful forests of pine, spruce, hemlock and birch are common in this region. (29km/7 hrs) Overnight stay in tents
Day 16 Kagmara Phedi (4,000m/13,123ft) Climb 3,000ft to the summit of Kagmara Pass (5,106m/16,800ft), than descend the same along Kagmara Glacier to Kagmara Phedi camp. (13km/5hrs) Overnight stay in tents
Day 17 Mauriya Phedi (3,100m/10,200ft) Today’s 32km/7hr trek begins with a descent along Garpung Khola to Hurikot and the park boundary. We continue our descent to the Bheri River (2,614m/8,600 ft) and then through villages and apple orchards past potato and corn fields before climbing to camp at Mauriya Phedi. Overnight stay in tents
Day 18 Chotra (3,009m/9,900ft) A steep 700m/2,300ft ascent through forests of pine and oak and across avalanche tracks takes us to Mauriya Pass (3,799m/12,500ft). Views of the snowy peaks to the north and east are exceptional. From here we make a steep descent (790m/2,600 ft) through birch, oak and rhododendron forests to Chotra. (11km/5 hrs)
Overnight stay in tents
Day19 Jumla (2300m/7,546ft) The trail descends the Tila Valley through spruce forests, past barely fields and rice terraces, irrigation works and water driven mills to Jumla, the administrative centre for the region. (32km/6 hrs) Overnight stay in tents.
Day 20 Nepalgunj/Kathmandu From Jumla we fly back to Nepalgunj and then fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 21 Kathmandu spends the day sightseeing in Kathmandu or take a free day to rest or go shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 22 Final departure to home destination.

Trekking Route Name Day Group size Cost

Upper Dolpo Trek

22 Days 1-3 $150 Per person, Per day
4-10 $145 Per person, Per day
11-20 $140 Per person, Per day
21 above $130 Per person, Per day

 

  • Necessary entry/permit fee.
  • Accommodation at Kathmandu standard tourist Hotel on BB Basis.
  • Trekking/Climbing equipment Tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent and Mattresses.
  • Food: Food for trekking period.
  • Necessary guide staff and assistance charge.
  • Insurance for all local staffs.
  • Necessary domestic flight ticket.
  • Necessary Land Transportation.
  • Sufficient Tea & coffee during the Trekking.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Staff: Experience Guide and staff who have been many these area.
  • Trekking food & Transport allowance for trekking assistances
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required (Seven Star team will give you full services but your insurance most cover it).
  • International Air fare.
  • Any kind of Alcoholic and Hard soft Drinks.
  • Personal equipment for trekking.
  • Insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • International cargo/Air mail charge.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Any valuable equipment damage.
  • Optional – Personal security Guard.
  • Optional – Personal Medical doctor.
  • Any other additional extra package charge.
  • Tipping for your assistance.

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