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Upper Dolpo Trek takes trekkers to cross Sheula Pass from Phoksundo Lake to the legendary Crystal Mountains heading towards Shey Gompa (4,500m), a Buddhist monastery and further to Samling Gompa, a Bon Po monastery. This region has a long aura of mysticism about it. Eric Valley’s Oscar nominated movie "Caravan" was shot here. People here trade salt for grain with traders from far away land of Hurikot and Jumla to compensate their dwindling supply of food during winters. The return trek visits Saldan Gompa to Do Tarap and back to Dunai (2,140m).

Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 
Day 03:  Fly to Nepalganj
Day 04:  Fly to Jhupal and Trek to Dunai
Day 05:  Trek to Ankhe
Day 07:  Trek to Sulighat
Day 06:  Trek to Phoksundo Lake 
Day 08:  Rest Day in Phoksundo Lake
Day 09:  Trek to Phoksundo Khola
Day 10:  Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang
Day 11:  Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass
Day 12:  Rest Day in Shey Gompa
Day 13:  Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La 
Day 14:  Trek to Saldang
Day 15:  Trek to Yangze Gompa
Day 16:  Trek to Sibu
Day 17:  Trek to Jeng-la Phedi
Day 18:  Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la
Day 19:  Trek to Do Tarap
Day 20:  Rest Day in Do Tarap
Day 21:  Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka)
Day 22:  Trek to Khanigaon
Day 23:  Trek to Tarakot
Day 24:  Trek to Dunai
Day 25:  Trek to Jhupal
Day 26:  Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalganj
Day 27:  Depart Kathmandu
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Name: Upper Dolpo Trek
Duration: 27 days
Grade: StreneousTrek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Accomodation: Hotel and Local home/camp
Transportation: Private car and flight
Maximum altitude: 5,090m
Per day walking: 5 – 6 hours
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the trek.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 
Kathmandu valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit renowned and one of the largest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalganj
Today you will board a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj that approximately takes about one hour. The journey is best described by the scenic views of great Himalayan ranges of Nepal.
Day 04: Fly to Jhupal (2,320m) and Trek to Dunai (2,140m) 
After breakfast, you will take a flight to Jhupal, which takes about 45 minutes over the high mountains amidst the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north.The trek will then begin through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge and upon walking for 2 – 3 hours, you will reach Dunai which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region.
Day 05:  Trek to Ankhe (2,660m)
From Dunai, the trail follows the path to Ankhe. You will pass through King Mahendra’s statue and a hospital. The trek then continues through the lower part of Rahagaon and descends to the village water supply at the Phoksundo khola. Passing through another canyon, the path heads downhill through deep dark forests to a large stream, finally emerging at the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park at Ankhe.
Day 07:  Trek to Sulighat 
Leaving Ankhe, the path leads to small ups and downs along the forested riverbed, grassy land, and several streams along the way. After reaching the river at 2,950m, the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks that form a dyke along the river bank. It's hard to imagine how the local people bring their yaks and cows along this trail, but they do. Journey then makes headway upstream to a bridge near Ryajik village.
Day 06:  Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,500m)
Today the journey will continue along the valley floor to the confluence of Phoksundo and Pungmo Kholas. After crossing the western side of the Phoksundo Khola on a wooden bridge, the path follows the western bank of the Pungmo Khola, which leads all the way to Phoksundo Lake near Ringmo village. 
Day 08:  Rest Day in Phoksundo Lake
Today will be your rest day and you will spend the entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting habituated to the trekking destinations. However, if you wish, you can hike around the Shey Phoksundo Lake, Tibetan monasteries and Ringmo.
Day 09:  Trek to Phoksundo Khola
From Phoksundo, the adventure continues skirting the shore of the lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the western bank. At the western most edge of the lake, the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flooded plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then the walk leads through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then reaching the bank of the river.
Day 10:  Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang
From Phoksundo Khola, today you will head towards Phoksundo Bhanjyang, which passes through a glacial valley.There is no trail as such. Hence, it is necessary to clamber over the rocks and boulders and to ford a stream that rushes down the steep valley. A long climb will bring you to a sheep meadow where the trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top will bring you to yet another valley from where you can see the Kang-La pass which will lead you towards Shey Gompa. 
Day 11:  Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m)
Today you will follow the path that leads to a steep climb littered with slate towards the pass. The climb is quite strenuous, especially on the slate screed. From the top of Kang-la excellent views of a large valley bisected by a gushing river can be witnessed. A red chorten will herald your arrival at Shey Gompa, where a quaint wooden log bridge will further lead your destination to Shey Gompa.
Day 12:  Rest Day in Shey Gompa
Today you will spend your entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting habituated to your trekking destinations. If you wish, you can hike around Shey monastery; Tsakang, which had been a meditation center for many famous lamas from Tibet and Shey Gompa belonging to the Chaiba community, which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture called Bon Po. In Dolpo, the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. 
Day 13:  Trek to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m)
Like earlier treks, after having breakfast at the camp, you will move ahead towards Namduna Village. On the way you will come across several villages and forests. After some hours of walking, you will reach your last destination for the day at Namduna.
Day 14:  Trek to Saldang (3,620m)
Upon leaving Namduna, your route will lead to a climb of a scree slope. Furthermore, it begins a long traverse along some dusty barren mountains. After 3 – 4 hours of hard climb, Saldang will appear below on a plateau high above the Nam Khongmala. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. Though the village lies at about the same altitude as Ringmo, it is totally different from Ringmo. Ringmo is a Himalayan village situated below the tree line whereas Saldang belongs to an arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau. 
Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960m)
From Saldang, your journey diverts further far north to the least unexplored area by westerners or by any other commercial adventure trekking companies. The trail follows the Nang Chu River in most of the way on this wild barren windswept terrain. Walk begins along the fairly gradual path with few ups and downs on a slope and then passes through the small settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon till you reach Yangze Gompa.
Day 16:  Trek to Sibu (4,560m)
From Yangze there are two trails that connect Sibu. The long way trail heads west passing through the very remote villages of Nishalgaon and further past Shimengaon. To save time and energy we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village which will be much easier and shorter than the other north western route. 
Day 17:  Trek to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m)
The trek will then continue following the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning walk coming across caravan of laden yaks that are on their way towards Tibet border. After days of following the same river, you will drift towards eastern side till you arrive at the confluence of two small tributaries. From here your walk will lead you to a steep climb to the bottom of Jeng La (4,900m), where you be camped for the day.
Day 18:  Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La 
Leaving Jeng La Phedi, the trek leads to two hours climb towards the top of the Jeng La (5,090m). On the way you can get excellent view of snow ranges emerging from the south. The northern face of Dhaulagiri massif shines beautifully in the morning light. After a wonderful moment here at the pass, your walk will descend on the rough path towards Tarap valley.
Day 19:  Trek to Do Tarap (4,040m)
Today the route will head eastward along the downhill course of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature seen in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. In this valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together in harmony. After a short trek on this beautiful valley,you will reach Dho Tarap.
Day 20:  Rest Day in Do Tarap
Today is another rest day after continuous walk for several days. You will spend your entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting habituated to your trekking destinations. If you want, you can hike around local areas. During the visit you will have an opportunity familiarize with residents of Dolpo. The villagers are both Bon Po and Buddhist of Nyingmapa sect. In addition, there is a Buddhist gompa near to the campsite and the Bon Gompa is further 40 minutes walk.
Day 21:  Trek to Tarap Khola or Kamakharka (3,800m)
Today can be quite a long or moderate walk depending upon the choice of several different campsites. Hence, the itinerary can be as flexible as you want. From the quite bare countryside around Tarap, you will descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. On the way you may see herds of blue sheep.
Day 22:  Trek to Khanigaon (3,150m)
The trek will continue down the gorge of the Tarap River, rising high above on a trail built from the steep slopes. You might come across people from Dolpo taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. There are many possible campsites by the river. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot and finally you will reach the campsite near Tarap khola at Khanigaon.
Day 23:  Trek to Tarakot (2,537m)
Today your path will follow an indistinct trail to the village of Lalberi. Then passing through an area of impressive forest, before descending into another gorge, your trek will continue following the downstream river downstream to reach Tarakot where colorful terraced fields will greet you. Tarakot (2,537m) is an old fortress town locally known as Dzong.
Day 24:  Trek to Dunai (2,140m)
The journey will make headway beside the Bheri River in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meters above the river. Upon reaching Dunai after completing the circuit, you will have time for celebration, particularly with bottled beers that are available in Dunai or else you can try the local brew. 
Day 25:  Trek to Jhupal (2,320m)
Today you will trek up to Jhupal. You will be walking along the Bheri River to reach Jhupal – the small airstrip where your memorable walk/trek will come to an end.
Day 26:  Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalganj
Today you will be boarding two flights. First you will board a flight to Nepalganj to catch transfer flight to Kathmandu. The entire day in the capital is free for some shopping and relaxation.
Day 27:  Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight home. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.
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