The representative from our company and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the popular off the beaten trekking in Nepal that provides true Tibetan culture and untouched landscape. Dolpo area is located in the mid-western region of Nepal in between the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range to the east and Tibetan Plateau in the north.
The highlights of the trek are walking through the remote area, traverses across the high passes, barren landscape, rugged trails and gorges villages exploring the untouched beauty, observing a scenic mountain range, experiencing the abundant culture as we traverse through villages of spiritual devotees and distinct ethnical tribes.
Upper Dolpo trek mostly falls on the Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the biggest National Park in Nepal. Shey Phoksundo National park accelerates abundant diversity of flora and fauna with some endangered species such as Snow leopard, blue sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar, many species of butterfly, 200 species of birds, and many more.
Additionally, the magnificent landscape of this park makes it one of the most scenic mountain parks in the world. The turquoise lake Phoksundo which is one of the biggest freshwater lakes situated at an altitude of 3625m is another major attraction of the trek.
In 1986 the region was opened for the trekkers to research. Upper Dolpo trek begins after you take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj then next morning you will take another short flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. On the trek route you'll pass through the forest of Pine, Birch, Walnut, Juniper, and Hemlock, Rhododendron, and wild rose bushes passing through Chhepka, Rechi, and Chunuwar village.
A day visiting Bon monastery exploring round the Phoksundo lake and getting acclimatization on this place, then we resume the trek further north to Kang La pass (5350m) also known as Nangdola Pass. Then descend to Shey Gompa which is the famous Buddhist monastery and it is the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo, regarded as mini Kailash.
Following the Shey Gompa, we enter the upper part of Dolpo crossing Shey La pass, the trail winds through the Namgung Gompa, the biggest village of Saldang, through Komas village to the more northern valley of two villages of Shimen and Tinje.
The trail turning south after Tinje village crossing the Choila pass 5050m into the upper Dolpo's leading trading center Dho Tarap valley. As long we encounter the high passes, exotic villages, and sculpted gorges, we also pay a visit to the century-old Bon and Buddhist monasteries and watch the authentic Dolpo Pa culture across the route.
In the end, we return to Juphal round off this experience visit by descending through Tarap valley along the Tarap Khola to Dunai hiking and fly out to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.
* Ancient villages of Dolpo Pa civilization
* Century-Old Bon and Buddhist Monasteries
The representative from our company and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Today you will have half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley and in the afternoon fly to Nepalgunj. From Kathmandu, we fly by domestic flight to Nepalgunj which takes 55minutes. Nepalgunj is the city in the western Terai, closer to the Indian border. Overnight stay will be in the hotel that is 10-15 minutes drive from the airport.
Today we take a 35 minutes flight to Juphal in early morning. Our trekking starts from Juphal. The road from Juphal to Dunai is comfy and simple as the road on this component of trek has a couple of jeeps running to and from. The first forty-five minutes of the trek descends down to Kala gauda followed by two hours of increase along the trail above Thuli Bheri River. We trek by the riverside and pass Roop Ghar with all the water mill and eventually reach the Dunai (2150m) a small city, the headquarter of this district.
The adventure trek starts today via Sulighat, which will be pretty much cozy walk along the valley trail. We check the trekking permit of Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit at Sulighat Check-post. Our trek follows the road beside Phoksundo River till Kageni. As the trek goes further, the landscapes from the area begin to modify. We trek through the lush green forests often emerging at isolated mid-hill villages like Jutung and arrive at Shangta. In Shangta we cross the bridge twice- after over Phoksundo River and once over the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Maiba Khola then continue north towards Chhepka. Trekking upstream along the trail beside Phoksundo Khola for a while we arrive at Chhepka. Overnight in Camping.
Now the trail leads you beside Phoksundo Khola- the course of renowned Lower Dolpa Circuit. As we approach closer to Kharka trekking along the amazingly peaceful area the trail goes above Phoksundo Khola to Rechi village where we stop for the lunch. After Rechi, across the bridge on the other side and the trail leads to Suligad Dovan where we cross the bridge across the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Yulung Khola and arrive at Amchi Hospital. Amchi Hospital is the treatment center of the natives of Dolpo, where specialist Amchis treat the patients. Overnight in Camping.
The path today ascends on switchbacks through open fields to an altitude of 3300 meters, then starts up another pair of dusty switchbacks to a ridge at a viewpoint of a lake and highest waterfall in Nepal (200 meters high). Our route then continues on to Ringmo village, a picturesque settlement of flat-roofed stone houses with lots of mani walls. At Phoksundo Lake, where we camp at the national park camping ground.
Today we explore the area around Ringmo Village and also the magnificent Phoksundo Lake. First, we explore around Ringmo Village and visit to Tshowa (the lake-shore Bon Monastery). Exploring this rich Bon Monastery is a fascinating experience. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake along steep-sided cliffs. The lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and stunning scenery
Today's trek is probably among the best trekking days of Dolpo. It climbs along the narrow trail cut a cliff position vertically directly over Phoksundo Lake. It climbs along the narrow trail which is standing vertically directly over Phoksundo Lake. This treacherously fascinating trail brings us to another side of Phoksundo Lake. For the Phoksundo Khola camp on another side of the lake, we descend across the beautiful forests. The final portion of today's trek continues up into the beautiful campsite at Sallaghari. Overnight in camping.
Today's trek is relatively longer as we trek for almost 6 hours to achieve Kangla/Nangdala Base Camp. The first part of the trek is easy and we follow the valley gradually up and then the trail switches to the right side of the valley up and we cross the stream many times. Further higher up we all come across the wide valley followed by the canyon which brings us the possible campsite. A walk for some time further reaches to the huge rock slab, which is Kang La/Nangdala Base camp. Overnight in camping.
After Sey Gompa, we follow the Shephu Khola valley gradually for a few hours. Then we turn left valley and the landscape during this section of the trek are normal Dolpo landscapes- barren and enchanting. Then we start to climb towards the top of Shey La Pass, which can be almost two hours steep up. The Shey La Pass has magnificent views of Dolpo into the East, Tibet to the North and Kanjiroba, Kagmara, and Riu Dhukta, along with the Crystal Mountain, to the West. The last push down from the pass, which is nearly two hours of walk brings us into Namgung. We spend our night at Namgung, a Neighborhood nomadic herding settlement visiting the Monastery there. Overnight in Camping.
The trek from Namgung Gompa begins following Namga Khola and passing summer herding stains and emerge out of spur to get a short hike down to Saldang. Saldang is a gorgeous village with a lot of dry lands surrounded mountains. Amchi tradition and Buddhism in Dolpo thrives here at Saldang. We'll get an opportunity to visit some local homes in the village.
Today we are going to take a day hike to Yangjer Gompa which is the one of the biggest monasteries in Dolpo so we take an early breakfast. We will have packed lunch and will come back into Saldang for the night.
Today, the trail descends to the riverside and then follows the Saldang Lekh across the Rapyha Khola to the bare hillside. Then we ascend up to the ridge of nearly 4600m, the road descends down to Komash Village a village which bears similarity to a Tibetan village. Overnight in Camping.
Today we trek from Komash village and on the way we might see some endangered animals such as snow leopard and Blue sheep. The landscapes in the area are full of highland deserts. After almost 3 hours of easy walk, brings us to Shimen Pass then descend to the village as we arrive at Shimen.
Today the trail goes by the side of Panjang Khola. There are some villages and gompas on the way to Tinje. Tinje is a really beautiful big village in the most northern corner village.
Today, the trail to Yak Kharka follows upstream the trail beside Panjang River to the small settlement of Chhamdang. Past Chhamdang the trek across the river bank proceeds into the confluence of both Chholtam Khola and Panjang Khola. Trekking further we cross the bridge over Thalum Khola, which flows out of Thalum Lek and arrive at Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is open grazing ground for yaks and sheep. Overnight in camping.
Today, the trek begins with the bridge crossing over Sulun Khola. The trail to Choila North BC is an arduous and hard trek. Nearly two hours of steep climb brings us into the very top of Choila Pass(5360m) from where the fascinating sights of Dho Tarap valley will be seen. Then we descend to Tokyu village and continue further to Dho Tarap. Overnight in Camping.
As we start the trek, we hike along the flat trail beside Tarap Khola to Mirububane Khola Dovan- the confluence of Tarap Khola and Mirubabane Khola. Then the trek slides down to the bridge over Kang Khola at Langa Camp. The trail continues to follow Tarap Khola with the gorgeous views of arid landscapes. As the path goes further the trail emerges and cross passes several villages like Sisaul, Gyamghar, Toltol and finally, we come to Nawarpani. Overnight in Camping.
The trek today begins along the Tarap Khola and the landscape is starting to change. The green forest begin to emerge. For a while, we walk up high over Tarap Khola into Lamchaur. Cross passing Lahini Odar, we descend down the hill to Chhedhul Gompa. Once again, a short walk along the trail beside Tarap Khola we arrive in Lashicap. Overnight in Camping.
Today we trek along the lush green forest high above Thuli Bheri River towards Tarakot. Just before coming to Tarakot, we cross the bridge across the small stream. The final day of the trek is more interesting. We trek on the road that stretches beside Thuli Bheri River into Dunai via Lawan and Byasgad. The trail has a forested region on the west, Thuli Bheri River and cultivated terraced areas on its East. We now have our lunch in Dunai. After lunch, we drive by jeep to Juphal. Overnight in Lodge.
Today, we will have an early morning flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj. Then from Nepalgunj, we are going to take another flight back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Overnight in Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today we will bring you to the International airport for your departure flight back home.
Nepal Entry Visa Procedures
Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid Passport (6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to a passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.
You can obtain the Nepal visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. And you can apply for the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport-sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visas. We suggest you take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied for the online visa then a visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.
Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.
Nepal Trekking Season’s
The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months, flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be a bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.
The Autumn season is considered from September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures.
December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from mid-June through August. This period is considered the monsoon season.
Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.
A Typical Day of the Trekking
The trekking day begins early at around 6.30 AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting a good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight.
We reach the teahouse/camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check-in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips, or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for dinner around 7 PM and sleep.
Geography of Nepal
Nepal covers a land area of 147,181SQKM, stretching 800 km from east to west and 90 to 230 km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region, and the plains region.
Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 meters. Nepal is divided into seven states and seventy-seven districts. Where the high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000 m to above 8,848 m.
This region accommodates eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m), and Annapurna I (8091m).
Currency in Nepal
Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1 and 2 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.
Credit Cards: All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.
Effects of Global Warming & Climate Change
Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address the impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice.
With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields.
The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood-prone in the world. Currently, Nepal's Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak floodwaters.
Nepal's potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. The current development of rivers is sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.
Clothing in Nepal
From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purposes should be comfortable and lightweight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly.
In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the daytime but in the evening and night, it is advisable to carry a light jacket.
The Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers, etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance with Nepali weather, you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.
Health Issues Regarding Altitude Sickness
Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.
Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involve high altitude and can be strenuous. A simple headache, fever, loss of appetite, or stomach disorders can happen before acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously.
The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end. As altitude increases, especially above 3,000 meters, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength, and fitness make no difference here.
The only prevention is to give one's body time to adjust to high altitudes. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness. To minimize its threat, we recommend following this advice:
01. Drink adequate fluids. At 4,300 meters, for example, the body requires 3 to 4 liters of liquid a day. At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 liter a day.
02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.
03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention, and/or swelling of the body. The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.
04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate. If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying Best Nepal Trekking facilitators immediately.
05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.
People and Religions of Nepal
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here.
The ethnic diversity and customs of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicate that the Nepali population of around 35 million includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.
History of Nepal
Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in molding Nepal to the present day’s Modern Nepal. Karin's ruled Nepal from 9th century BC to 1st century AD Later Lichchhavis took over Karin from the 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty.
Then the Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern-day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Jung Bahadur Rana back seated the power of the monarchy and made the Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy.
A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahindra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established the Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system,' by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government, and enforcing a ban on all political activities.
People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with a heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency, corruption, and downfall in the national economy.
The royal family massacre in 2001 left the whole world in complete shock. Gyanendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006, all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days of strikes to restore democracy. Finally, Gyanendra Shah handed over the political power to the Nepali people, and democracy was once again restored in Nepal. Then Maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.
Shopping in Nepal
In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sportswear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food, and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping for both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed prices tagged along with their goods.
But in the case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, New-road, and Durbar-Marg are the most popular Shopping centers.
What Foods You Will Expect In Nepal
Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers. Besides Nepali food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican, Thai, etc to continental at a remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises steamed rice, lentil soup, and varieties of vegetables/non-vegetable curries.
Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Pokhara also has numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains (trekking routes) also fresh, hygienic, and delicious.
Travel Insurance For Traveling in Nepal
Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue), and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Hotels in Nepal
Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-priced guesthouses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you high-quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.
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