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Upper Dolpo Trekking

Located in the far western region of Nepal, the land of Dolpo and its fabled Crystal mountain were the focus of Peter Matthiessen's classic book 'The snow Leopard'. In 1988, the southern valleys leading to Dolpo's Shey-Phoksundo National park were de-restricted. The visit to Shey Gompa and the rest of the huge park covering 1,373 sq. km above Phoksundo Lake is still restricted and special trek permit is required from Kathmandu to enter the region. The trekking into this remote and agriculturally impoverished landscape requires a mindset to endure hardships and all foods and camping equipment to be carried from Kathmandu. There are several approach routes to Dolpo from Pokhara, and Jumla.

The journey begins with a 35 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Dunai, the district headquarter and check-post the trek route continues along the banks of Barbung Khola to Tarakote, known locally as Dzong for its hilltop fortress. Proceeding along Tarap Khola through grassy meadows, Magar villages and their gompas, the highest point of the trek Numa La (5,190m) is reached, which affords a magnificent views of Dhaulagiri to the south and Tibetan ranges – Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. Blue Sheep, musk Deer, Ghoral, snow Leopard, Tahr and black Bear inhibit the park. Ringmo is across the Baga La (5,070m), a pass surrounded by large glaciers and spiced rock cliffs. The first view of the lake's radiant turquoise-blue waters of Phoksundo set in a cleft between rocks that rise 2,000m into the clear mountain skies and the peaks of Kanjiroba is simply stupendous. The descending trail drops along Suli Gad river to Raha, the park entrance and finally to the hamlet of Juphal.

Day    Description
Day 01 Transfer to the airport and fly Kathmandu/Nepalgunj. Overnight in hotel
Day 02 Transfer to the airport and fly Nepalgunj/Juphal. Trek to Hankhe. (B,L,D)
Day 03 Trek from Hankhe to Regi. (B,L,D)
Day 04 Trek from Regi to Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake. (B,L,D)
Day 05 Trek from Trek from Phoksundo to camp along Poksundo Khola. (B,L,D)
Day 06 Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang. (B,L,D)
Day 07 Cross Kang La and trek to Shey Gompa. (B,L,D)
Day 08 Rest day at Shey Gompa. (B,L,D)
Day 09 Cross Saldang La to Namdo Gaon to Saldang. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Trek from Saldang to Yangjer Gompa. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Trek from Yangjer Gompa to Shimen Gaon. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Rest day at Shimen Gaon. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Trek from Shimen Gaon to Tinje. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Trek along Sarung Khola. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Trek along Sarung Khola. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Trek to Tok Kyu. (B,L,D)
Day 17 Trek to Do Tarap. (B,L,D)
Day 18 Trek to Charka Phedi. (B,L,D)
Day 19 Cross Charka La and trek to Charka Gaon. (B,L,D)
Day 20 Trek along Thajan Khola. (B,L,D)
Day 21 Trek along Thajan Khola. (B,L,D)
Day 22 Trek to Sangda Phedi. (B,L,D)
Day 23 Cross Sangda La and trek to Sangda. (B,L,D)
Day 24 Rest day at Sangda. (buffer day)
Day 25 Trek to Kagbeni. (B,L,D)
Day 26 Trek to Jomsom. (B,L,D)
Day 27 Fly Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu. (B)
Cost:
- US$ 3850 Per person
- Group size: 2 to 5 pax

Discount available on more pax.

Included
Airport transfers, all transport, all accommodation, National Park fees, crew manager (sirdar), guides on trek, porterage on trek, personal trek equipment (sleeping bag, duvet jacket, sleeping sheet, kit bag), climbing equipment (harness, ice-axe, crampons) specialised medical kits, portable altitude chamber.

Not Included
Items of a personal nature, alcoholic drinks, phone calls, laundry, additional tours and meals not listed under 'Included' are not included. Passport, visas, international flights and airport departure taxes, excess baggage charges and tips are your own responsibility.

Meals
- 26 breakfasts
- 26 lunches
- 26 dinners