Upper Dolpo Restricted Area

The Remote and Restricted Area Trekking “Upper Dolpo” is located far west part of Nepal in Shey Phoksundo National Park at 3,555 square km Nepal's largest. The east is bordered by the Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal ranges to the west by Jumla district. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups; Shey is still closed to foreigners. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored this region before this opened. Restricted Area Upper Dolpo region is hard to match for its pristine beauty and rugged charm, where one can still have opportunity to meet the nomadic people and their life style almost untouched and unexplored. Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Trekking offers you the remarkable and worthwhile lifetime experience. The notable figures of here are immaculate snowy peaks, ancient and isolated villages, high passes, rich wildlife, ancient Buddhist monastery, beautiful lakes and also to experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region in Nepal.

Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Trekking Trekking in Upper Dolpo Restricted Area known as real adventure trekking the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal altitude ranges from 2,500m to 5,190m from sea level. The people of this Upper Dolpo Restricted Area are simple and warm-hearted with enthralling culture and traditions basically linked with Tibetan. This trek preserves one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture, Legend says it's a one of the "hidden valleys" created by Guru Rinpoche as a refuge for spiritual Buddhists in anxious times Surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the southeast surround this sacred sanctuary. The unbounded diversity endless variety of landscapes, cultures and great people makes Upper Dolpo a destination you can visit over and over again. It even becomes more interesting and fascinating with every time you return. Lying in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas, the landscape resembles that of the Tibetan Plateau instead of the lush, green, monsoon watered hills, elsewhere in Nepal, at comparative altitudes. The Restricted Area Trekking -Upper Dolpo region preserved Eco-System easiest access is from Tibet, where its people emigrated from perhaps 1000 years ago. So, their language is closely related to Tibetan. This is nestled of blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves, and the exclusive snow leopard, Mountain Goat, Jackal. Dolpo is remains a truly isolated corner of Nepal.

The enthralling beauty and unique culture of Dolpo demonstrate by Eric Valli, the author of the famous book Honey Hunter of Nepal first English subtitled movie on Dolpo- the movie "Caravan", nominated for the Oscar award in the best foreign language film category. Upper Doipo Restricted Area Trekking begins from Juphal, after two small flights to Nepalgunj on first day and Juphal on second day. The trek goes through ancient villages in the beginning and through high and remote alpine area and passes later and finally come down to beautiful Shey Phoksundo Lake (3,600m), to explore around the lake we carry on the journey crossing different passes to Jumla. Where, we catch flight to Kathmandu. The route goes through high passes like Numa La (5,190m) & Baga La (5,070m) and Kagmara –La (4,800m) then others very remote area of the country. We are rewarded the view of opens up dramatically looking east towards the snow peaks of the Kanjiroba and majestic Dhaulagiri range .The country where we should make lot of ascend and descend, therefore we recommend to attempt this trek only for experience trekkers.

Upper Doilpo Restricted Area Trekking can be organizing only camping (Tented Camp), where you will sleep in tents. Our staff includes a guide, cook, Sherpa and sufficient porters to carry all trekking gear. Even if you have never camped before, there is no need to worry that you won’t enjoy the new experience. Trekking in Upper Dolpo Restricted Area is possible to make shorter and longer as our Clients demands. We “Nepal Mother House Treks & Expeditions” operate this ‘off the beaten trail trekking” with our highly experienced guides and staffs considering Clients requirement and holiday schedule. The upper Dolpo Restricted Area Trekking is recommended for those mountains lovers and cultural seekers, who love to test the adventures journey in Nepal Himalaya. We operate this Trekking whole in the year but the best time is fall and spring season.

Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Trekking Trip Key Information:

Trekking Destination: Upper Dolpo,

Activities: Trekking & walking, Sightseeing, Cultural Tour

Difficulty: Moderate and Fairly Strenious

Max Elevation: 5,190m (Numa La) & 5,070m (Baga La)

Trek/Tour Style: Camping

Accommodation: Deluxe hotel in Ktm & Tented camp

Meals: Full board on trek & Breakfast KTM

Operation: Hotel/Lodge

Transportation: Comfortable vehicle/ Tourist bus

Best Month: Aug/ Sept/Oct/Nov & Feb/Mar/April/May

Trip Length: 27 days

Group Size: Min 1 people, Max 12 people

Suggested Itinerary

Note: we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization condition.

Upper Dolpo Restricted Area trekking Suggested Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m) Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks Our Tour Guide led you explore around Kathmandu valley for the sight seen. Have explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill knows as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICECO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, Sadhus and pilgrims bathing at occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. Finally we have sightseeing beautiful Patan Durbar squares; the Krisna Temple has build just by stone with incredible crafts, Patan king’s palace, Golden temple and much more. It is very famous for woodcarving, Metal works, Temples and Monasteries. If we have time there are still more remark site; the one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley “Bhaktapur” is known as Living Museum. Where, old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. After these activates back to hotel and pre- prier for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj -1 to 1 ½ munities As per day flight schedule, we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgung. We will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India, and stay overnight in this transit city.

Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m) - 45 munities & Trek to Dunai (2,850m) – 2 to 3 hours As your trip begging day, after an early breakfast you transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jhupal, a super scenic flight of 45 minutes brings you at Jhupal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Himalayan peaks to the north. On arriving at Jhupal we manage the gears for the trekking. Our first day adventure begins through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2 to 3 hours to camp at Dunai -the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. You have time to stroll around for village and stay overnight at the camp.

Day 05: Trek Dunai to Tarakot (2,850m) – 5 to 6 hours After breakfast we start our journey continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. A tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river, to Tarakot where colorful terraced field greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight camp is made by the river about 150 m below the village, near the police post or we climb a steep ridge for an hour to the village on a spur, where there are chorten in a Gompa on the edge of lush plateau, with a lonely tree.

Day 06: Trek Tarakot to Khani Gaon (2,543m) -5 to 6 hours Today, we continuous our journey to follow the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing same river twice. Then the trail leads us through the farm terraces and rural villages of Sahartera and winding gradually towards a small settlement of Kola after 3 to 4 hours of pleasant walk. From here, we descend with few ups to reach our overnight camp at Khani gaun with another 2 hours of trek and overnight camp near by the village backyard.

Day 07: Trek Tarakot to Tarap Khola (3,450m) – 4 to 5 hours We continue our trip up to the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Sometimes the path disappears for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also offers unexpected adventure and thrills. In some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed by the monsoon flood and we may choose to cross the chilly torrent on foot and overnight at camp nearby the river before Kamattarka village.

Day 08: Trek Tarap Khola to Yak Kharka (3800m) – 4 to 5 hours Today, we start our trip with a lovely walk and with most scenic landscapes and easily get to the Yak Kharka. We may have lunch at the middle of the way. Our camp will set at Yak Kharka. Rest of the day, we wonder around the area or rest in the camp.

Day 09: Trek Yak Kharka to Dho Tarap (4,090m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast the trail leading us gradual up at Kamattarka confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours pleasant walk the trail leaving the narrow gorge and leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Next 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Here are thirty -four houses are divided into three groups and built in a randomly way, Bon Po and Chaiba both sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations and few Tibetans and overnight Camp by the village backward.

Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization Today is the pleasant day free from the hassle of packing and chance to make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners. People of here wear home spun clothing that is sometimes painted maroon and they favor Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk.

Day 11: Trek Dho Tarap to Tokyu Gaun () -5 to 6 hours After a wonderful time at Dho Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush grassy pasture on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap chu upstream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilo meters along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buck wheat, wheat and potato. After 3 to 4 hours pleasant walk in this perfect tranquility we get in to the village of Tokyu. After visit this village our walk continues further up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa La.

Day 12: Trek Tokyu Gaun to Numa La (5, 015) – 3 to 4 hours We start our trek with scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. This is short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we'll reach at the camp for overnight stay.

Day 13: Cross Numa La (5,190m), and camp at Phedi () – 6 to 7 hours After breakfast our trip continues to crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, and the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa La with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. This is one of the long and difficult days during our trek. It takes 6 to 7 hours and after top at Numala, we will descend another bottom part known as Phedi for overnight camp.

Day 14: Cross Baga La (5,070m) and camp on the other side of the Phedi (4,470m) – 5 to 6 hours After breakfast, our journey start with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a wonderful moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to the Phedi for the overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek Phedi to Ringmo (3,600m) -6 to 7 hours Our trek starts through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo view from our camp.

Day 16: Rest Day at Ringmo for a hike to Phoksundo Lake This is another pleasant day free from the hassle of packing. You have chance to visit Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the tranquil Crystal Lake areas and with a great views overnight at camp.

Day 17: Trek Phoksundo to Pungmo village (3170m) – 4 to 5 hours We had excellent night at this wonderful campsite besides the clear waters of the lake. Our journey retraces out steps back down to Sumlo, and then we will follow the trail North West up the Pungmo Nala to the small B'on village of Pungmo. Our camp will set up near the village after a half-day's walk. Having lunch ample of time and explore the village Bon monastery about two hours walk up the hillside across the river from camp.

Day 18: Trek Pungmo village to below Kagmara –La (4,800m) – 5 to 6 hours Walking from Pungmo the trail leads up the valley along the left bank to cross it about two hours from here to the right hand bank. Views of the Kangchunne and Kanjeilarwa peaks are very nice along today' walk. The valley is well forested with Juniper and birch and wild animals like the musk deer inhabit this area. Further up the valley blue sheep might be seen on the mountain slopes. The trail climbs steadily turning westward once above tree line and keeping high above the river. Camp is made on same level ground below the Kangmara pass.

Day 19: Trek below Kagmara –La to Cross the Kagmara-La (5,115m) – 4 to 5 hours Today, we begin our trip climbing steadily uphill to the pass, from here the summits of Kagmara I towards the south is able to be seen nearby and many other peaks of the range also are visible. Views west towards the Sisne Himal and Patrasi Himal and northwards to Kanjiroba Himal are outstanding. Then, trail goes down steeply towards the west and a long downfall walk will bring us to a small campsite below the peak of Kagmara Valley.

Day 20: Trek Kagmara-La to Hurikot village (3600m) – 5 to 6 hours After breakfast, the trail following the Garpung Khola high above along the right side of river bank then it turns north above the confluence with the Jagdulla Khola to down to the Army Check Post. Again the trail turns right bank follows well forested valley to the village of Hurikot for the night camp.

Day 21: Trek Hurikot village to Chaurikot (3060m) -5 to 6 hours We continue our journey after cross bridge, and ahead for Jagdull Lekh the trail goes up along the ridge to the northwest to climb Barbarey Lekh Pass at an elevation of about 3810m. We gradual climb and the pass itself is along ridgeline quite unlike most passes. We have breathtaking view of Kanjiroba Himal Kanjiroba Himal towards north. Now, the trail descends into a pine, spruce, fir and oak dense forest. Our camp set in a forest cleaning beside of the river flowing down the valley.

Day 22: Trek Chaurikot to Chorte Gompa (3200m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast, the trail leading us from camp below Barbarey Lekh and downstream through the oak and pine forest to the Chorte village. We walk another small settlement of newly established village, where we set camp on fine meadows past the village.

Day 23: Trek Chorte Gompa to Gothi Chaur (2,700m) – 4 to 5 hours Today, we follow the Tila stream to the Munigaun villages and the Kurigaun to climb up a side stream coming down from the left just short of Guthigaun climbing increasingly the sheep farm at Guthichaur. We will set our camp here.

Day 24: Trek Gothi Chaur to Jumla (2,370m) -6 to 7 hours This is our last day of trekking, the trek begins slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and finally into a fertile well farmed valley. This is little beautiful villages such as Padmara and following the same river all the way down to Jumla for overnight stay. Remaining time we will walk around in Jumla bazaar.

Day 25: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj We take a flight from Jumla to Nepalgunj. Reaching Nepalgunj we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. The rest of the day in Kathmandu can be spent shopping and general sightseeing.

Day 26: Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 27: Final Departure to your Destination Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

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