Upper Dolpo Trek

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Upper Dolpo Trek is the most adventurous trek route of Nepal which lies on the northern trans of Himalayan region. This trek route is the least exposed and the less explored region of Nepal.

Upper Dolpa Trekking begins by meandering through pine and cedar forest enjoying the views of the massif Dhaualgiri range in the background. The entrance to Dolpo lies beyond the Jangla Bhanjyang Pass (4,500m/14,764ft). At the head of the valley lay snow-capped peaks and the desolate Tibetan plateau beyond. Protected from rain, this region is dry where the Dolpo inhabitants have carved out a niche of survival in the harsh surroundings by trading at nearby Tibet border.

Apart from the stunning scenery and mystical gompas, it is remote, little trekked and seemingly largely unchanged. Culturally still tied to Tibet, its hardy people retain a traditional way of life, reliant on agriculture, animal husbandry and trading. The Dolpo-pa are some of the few remaining practitioners of shamanism and Bon religion, the earlier form of Tibetan Buddhism. .

Here a few highlights of Upper Dolpa Trek:

See the aquamarine greenish-blue water of Shey Phoksundo lake.
Trek through a very adventurous and electrifying high passes above 5,000m/16,404ft.
Withness the great contrast of landscape.
Visit a century old Bon and Buddhist Monastries.
Trek through a highland villages.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trips Details

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Kathmandu city sightseeing Tour.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(400m).
Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal(2400m) Trek to Dunai(2150m)
Day 05: Trek from Dunai To Tarakot (2850m) – 5 hours trek
Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Lahini (2350m) – 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 07: Trek from Lahini to Cave camp (serkam 3180m )
Day 08: Cave camp (Serkam) to Dho-Tarap 6hrs(4040m)
Day 09: Visit around Dho Tarap Valley.
Day 10: Dho Tarap to Numala Base Camp(4620m)
Day 11: Numala Base Camp to Numala pass 5220m down to Bagala B.C – 7 hrs.(4465m)
Day 12: Bagala B.C. to Bagala Pass 5115m to Yak kharka – 8hrs (4210m)
Day 13: Yak kharka to Phuksundo lake(Ringmo 3725m)
Day 14: Visit around Phuksundo lake.
Day 15: Phuksundo To Chhekpa – 7 hours
Day 16: Chhekpa to Juphal
Day 17: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 18: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Final departure

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28 Days guide and porter service during the trek
Domestic Flight service Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jhuphal – Nepaljung – Kathmandu.
Guide & Porters transportation
Your Tented camps accommodation during the trek
All accommodation, food & salary for the guide & porters
Guide & Porter insurance
TIMs Card and Annapurna conservation park permit
Government and local taxes.

Nepal Visa
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
Your personal equipment.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver.

How long is the trek?

The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek, therefore it can be anything between 160-230km. It can be done in as few as 16 days, or as many as 21 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes either 15 or 16 days to do the shorter version, and 18-19 for the full route.

Do I need any permits?

Yes. You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) which is $33 and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which are $20 each for individual trekkers. Both can be obtained at the Adventure Connexion (AC) in Kathmandu. You will need your scan passport copy and passport sized pictures with you as well.

What is the lodging like?

The ACT is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Usually you will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room. Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee, so take advantage of that while you can because above Manang you won’t get the chance to shower at all until you reach Muktinath, on the other side of the pass.

Is there are risk of getting altitude sickness?

There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu. There’s also an option to attend the high altitude sickness lecture in Manang organized by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

When is the best time to go?

The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri peaks. Keep in mind that even though it is not monsoon season anymore it will be much warmer and humid in the lower regions (jungle) and you still may encounter an unexpected shower or two. It will also be much cooler above 3500m. Even though it’s not technically winter you will need warm clothes and a down jacket.

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