Upper Dolpo Trekking has been referred to as the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture with the landscape and Buddhist religion of this region more like Tibet in pre Chinese times than of the rest of Nepal. This region has a vast and rugged landscape inhabited by a hardy, enterprising folk who live in some of the highest villages in the world.
Upper Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan region in West Nepal and during the course of the trek we will visit many Buddhist and Bönpo (shamanistic pre Buddhist) monasteries. Up until 1996 foreigners were not allowed access to this region so the culture has largely been unaffected by tourism. Of particular interest is Shey Gompa, this is revered as one of most important in Upper Dolpo where twice a year pilgrims make a kora (or circuit) of Crystal Mountain known as a younger brother of Mount Kailash in Tibet.
Upper Dolpo was first written about by David Snelgrove in his book titled “Himalayan Pilgrimmage” and more recently by Peter Matthiessen in “The Snow Leopard”. This region was used as the location for Eric Valli’s superb film “Himalaya”.Dolpo Trekking provides you with sites of spectacular lakes, authentic Buddhist monasteries and plentiful wildlife (including Blue sheep, mountain goat, jackal, wolf and snow leopard). In case you are seeking for some overwhelming and impressive panorama.
This trek crosses three relatively high passes, good paths are followed throughout and there is no trekking on glaciers. At the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayan rain shadow lies Dolpo – the legendary hidden land closed for years to trekkers. The lack of other tourists, the warm welcome given by the hardy Dolpo-Pa and the fascinating insight into the Tibetan way of life makes this an extremely varied and special trek. A unique trek in Nepal, it is ideally suited to both beginners and those who have “been everywhere”. You haven’t until you’ve been to Dolpo.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP:
Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. But It does not require any technical experience. – Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes.
Dolpo / Mustang
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Day 01: arrivavble Kathmandu. transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Preparation day for trekking.
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Flight from Nepaljung to Juphal then trek to Dunai (2150m)
Day 05: Trek to Hanke (2600m).
Day 06: Trek to Sumdo (3000m).
Day 07: Trek to Shey Phoksunmdo Lake (3738m).
Day 08: Rest day. Today we rest to admire the beauty of this great lake. We visit nearby villages inhabited by Bon and Buddhist Settlers.
Day 09: Trek to Numla Phedi (5000m).
Day 10: Numla Bagala Pass (5190m).
Day 11: Trek to Tokyu.
Day 12: Trek to Do (4040m).
Day 13: Trek to Guru Gompa.
Day 14: Trek to Charka La Phedi (4900m).
Day 15: Charka La Pass, and camp at Sachen Gumba.
Day 16: Trek to Thajang Chu phedi.
Day 17: Trek to Sangda phedi.
Day 18: Trek to Sangda.
Day 19: Trek to Phalayak.
Day 20: Trek to Jomsom.
Day 21: Fight to pokhara.
Day 22: Pokhara free stay.
Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu or take flight.
Day 24:Free stay Kathmandu.
Day 25: Departure transfer.