The Upper Dolpo is the remote and hidden valley but much loved destination among the clients of Budget Adventure Treks & Expeditions. This far western region is one of the Nepal’s tranquil and natural heavens but yet unexplored area. It is the home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments; unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Trekking around the upper Dolpo is an unforgettable journey in every visitor's life.
Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake TrekkingDolpo 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. Dolpo is the homeland of the Spotted Leopard, Blue Sheep, wolves, and many other varieties of flora and fauna. The trekking in upper Dolpo is designed for those who are exceptionally fit and prepared to face the full challenge of the Himalayan wilderness. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksumdo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of this trek. The Oscar award nominated movie entitled ‘Caravan’ was produced in the Dolpo region with the blend of lifestyle, unique culture and enchanting natural beauty of the area. Dolpo was open to the outsiders only after 1990; therefore, tourists are required to obtain special permit for the government registered company.
We begin our trekking to Dolpo from Juphal, where we reach by direct flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and catch another place to Juphal and rest a night there. Next day, we head to Dunai and then to Ankhe, Renji and Phosundo lake(3600 m), we take rest along the lake and explore the area and we head to Mandala camp (4570 m) and then Shey Gumba, crossing the saldang pass (5010 m). Subsequently, we head to Namgung, Yanger Gumba, Musi Gaun, sime Gaun crossing Lang la pass (5002 m) and then we head to Tinja, Kheng and Charka crossing the Charka Pass and we proceed our trek to Yak Kharka, Sangdang Phedi (5110 m) crossing Sangdang pass (5490 m) and then we reach Sanda, subsequently, we proceed our trek to Phale Gaun and we finally reach at Jomson (2710 m), where we catch our airstrip to Pokhara and then we return to Kathmandu either by bus or by plane.
Upper Dolpo Trekking Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Nepalganj - Juphal by flight & trek to Dunai.
Day 02: Dunai - Ankhe.
Day 03: Ankhe - Somdu.
Day 04: Somdu - Phoksundo.
Day 05: Phoksundo - Sallaghari.
Day 06: Sallaghari - Yak Kharka.
Day 07: Yak Kharka - Shey Gompa.
Day 08: Shey Gompa - Saldang.
Day 09: Saldang - Yak Kharka.
Day 10: Yak Kharka - Thaksema.
Day 11: Thaksema - Dhotarap
Day 12: Dhotarap - River side.
Day 13: River side - Odar.
Day 14: Odar - Eklebhatti.
Day 15: Eklebhatti - Dunai.
Day 16: Dunai - Juphal.
Day 17: Juphal - Nepalganj by flight.