TrekkingModerate, Challenging, Hard

Upper Dolpo Trekking

Based on 5 Reviews

Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Peter Matheson’s book – The Snow Leopard and Snell grove – Himalayan pilgrimage has contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo.

Dolpo, situated in Nepal’s far west, was only recently opened to trekkers. This is where you find the stunning Phoksundo Lake, celebrated as the jewel of Dolpo. The people here trace their origins to Tibet, and their culture is a window of the tradition as practiced on the roof of the world, centuries ago. The elusive snow leopard is a famous denizen of Dolpo. The rare cat has acquired the status of a mere legend. Thus it’s not only the scenery that attracts trekkers to Dolpo, but it’s also the chance to see the west part of Nepal.

Nepal government putting in 1st priority to get road access to remote this region, they already started building the road and connect with the rest of Nepal.

Navigate Outdoor offer  Dolpo circuits trek in the region for short vacation. 

Eco- friendly & respect local

Now we are facing a major challenge in keeping our mountain pristine and wilderness. Navigate outdoor is committed to the “Leave No Trace Principle” (Pack in – Pack out). We carry what we need and bring out litter with us. Cooking is done by kerosene, so we don’t use precious firewood and respect the local culture.

  • Destination:Dolpo Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate, Challenging, Hard
  • Max Elevation:5550m.
  • Total Duration:22 - 27days
  • Best Time:June - Oct
  • Best option for camping trek: 5 star

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel and brief of the trip.
Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu 4 UNESCO heritage places and prep for the trip.
Day 03: After lunch fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel & explore Nepalgunj local market.
Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal and transfer to and stay local guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek Juphal to Dunai 4 to 5 hours alt 2140m and stay local guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek  Dunai to Chhepka 4-5 hours alt 2678 and stay local guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek Chhepka to Rechi alt 3011m 5hours and camping or local guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek  Rechi to Phoksundo Lake camp alt 3600m 5 hour and camping or local guesthouse.
Day 09: Rest day explore around.
Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Khola Camp alt 3750m 4 hours and camping.
Day 11: Trek to Mandala Camp alt 4,570m 4 hour and camping.
Day 12: Trek to Nangdalo La pass alt 5350m & trek to stay at Shey Gompa alt 4280m 6 hour camping.
Day 13: Trek to – Sela La pass alt 5094m & trek to  Namgung alt 4,3860m 5-6 hours camping.
Day 14: Trek Namgung to Namdo Gompa alt 3840m 6 hours and camping.
Day 15: Trek Namdo Gumpa to Khoma La alt 4460m and to Khomagaon alt 4210m 6hrs and camping.
Day 16: Trek Khomagaon to Shimengaon 3885m 5 hours and camping
Day 17: Trek  Pu Gompa to Tinjegaon alt 4110m 5 hour and camping.
Day 18: Trek Tinjegaon to  Kharka alt 4500m. 6 -7 hours & camping.
Day 19: Trek Kharka Mo La passes alt 5027m and trek to Charka Bhot alt 4300m. 7 - 8 hours camping.
Day 20: Trek to Charka Bhot to Yak Kharka alt 4780m. 5 hour.
Day 21: Trek Yak Kharka to Sangda/Niwas La and Jungen La alt 5550 and trek to Sangda Phedi alt 51140m. 7 hours and camping.
Day 22: Trek Sangda Phedi to Sangda/Santa alt 3909m. 5 hours and camping.
Day 23: Trek Sangda to Phale/Phalyak Gaon alt 3175m 6-8 hours and camping.
Day 24: Trek to Jomsom alt 2710m 4 hours and stay in the local guesthouse.
Day 25: Early morning fly to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu stay.
Day26: Extra day in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Transfer to international airport final departure.

Cost Includes

What’s not includes?

  • Fluent English Speaking experienced local expert guide.
  • Porter for the camping and chef w/kitchen helper.
  • All camping equipment (member tent 2person, kitchen tent, dining tent, and staff tent)
  • All the Transportation by private vehicle airport picks up and drops.
  • Flight to Nepalgunj – Juphal and Jomsom to Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation on Bed &Breakfast (Tea /coffee) basis
  • All the Airport transfers, entrance fees to the temple , monastery and palaces
  • Trekking full board basis with trekking permit Lunch Dinner breakfast and hot drinks

Cost Excludes

What’s excludes:

  • Nature of personal expenses and insurance.
  • Personal health, travel & adventure insurance.
  • Mineral Water and Alcohol bottle beverages.
  • International flight tickets and visa fees & airport charges.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
14th April, 20209th May, 2020US$5391Available Book Now
1st May, 202026th May, 2020US$5391Available Book Now
1st June, 202026th June, 2020US$5391Available Book Now

Please be ready and keep in mind that adventure in the Himalayan Mountains requires an open & emphatic mind. During your trek you are lacking some of the basic need like attached bath, hot shower and electricity. Due to weather conditions, health issues, and other general issues of the group members or sudden natural disaster like landslide, snow storms, and other natural aspect we may to change your route. We try our best to follow our original plan when you booked your expedition, but your safety is our primary concern. In case the trip need reroute of your trek is necessary, our group leader/ guide make final call or decision.

Essential Gear

  • Camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking loose fitting shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe, 3 to 4 pairs woolen socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat.
  • Day backpack 35 ltr  to 50 ltr , and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, Thermals.

Create your dream trips together customize your holiday particular interest or wishes.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking.

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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