Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek - 30 Days

The trekking trail from upper Dolpo to Jomsom winds around the remote region of Nepal instead of following the most frequent Dolpo circuit. We will be walking through the area very near to Tibetan border and then walk out on the challenging trail to Jomsom thereby completing the trek.

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Trip Duration:

30 days

Group Size:

2-12

Maximum altitude:

5500 m

Best Season:

April to august, Sep to Nov

Transportation:

Private Vehicle / Flight

Trekking grade:

Strenuous

Introduction & Overview of Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

The trekking trail from upper Dolpo to Jomsom winds around the remote region of Nepal instead of following the most frequent Dolpo circuit. We will be walking through the area very near to Tibetan border and then walk out on the challenging trail to Jomsom thereby completing the trek.

Dolpo protected by Shey Phoksundo National park is situated in the mountain region of Nepal covering the parts of Dolpo and Mugu districts. Established in 1984, it is the largest national park of the country covering the area of 3555sqkm. The trek begins by walking through the pristine pine and cedar forest with the astonishing view of Dhaulagiri massif in the backdrop. The trek is quite long and introduces to the most beautiful, remote, isolated and culturally vivid areas of the country.

Upper Dolpo has been often stated as the very last commune of pure Tibetan culture along with Religious practice which is more like Tibet in pre Chinese times than the rest of Nepal. The area is known for its cosmic and rugged landscape which is further inhibited by enduring and innovative ethnic people.

Culturally Upper Dolpo is more similar with Tibet and during trek we will come across many Buddhist and Bonpo( Shamanistic pre Buddhist) villages. Opened to foreign trekkers since 1996, the cultural practice of the area is still so intact and seems to be unaffected by tourism. The most luring factor of this trek is a visit to Shey Gompa which is regarded as most holy place in Upper Dolp where pilgrims make a kora( circuit) twice a year of Crystal mountain which is recognized as a younger brother of Mt Kailash.

The very first book written about Upper Dolpo was “Himalayan Pilgrimage” by David Snelgrove and the recent one include “The Snow Leopard” by Peter Matthiessen. The area too was chosen to film the Eric valli’s classic “Caravan”.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

As your aircraft lands in Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will receive you and help you to transfer into the hotel of your choice.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha.  . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari).  After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
150

After having our lunch we will take an hour flight through the Himalayas to Nepalgunj. While flying you will left with awe with the magical panorama of Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Dolpo. Nepalgunj is situated close to Indian border and is quite hot. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2840

We will take a morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. Jupahl is a small village with few shops, guesthouses and lodges. The houses here are influenced by Tibetan style. From Juphal we will commence the trek to Dunai which will takes around three hours. The path from Juphal to Dunai goes through several villages, grassland and terraces. Dunai is the districts headquarter of Dolpa and surrounded by green hills. From Dunai the trail continues through the forest of Pine, Oak, Juniper, Rhododendron and Bamboo to our camping site in Chhepka via Raktang(2260m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2840

Extra day in case of any delays flying to Juphal.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3110

 Trek to Amchi Hospital (3110m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3700

Trek to Ringmo and then to Phoksundo Lake (3,700m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3700

Today we will take a rest at Phoksundo Lake and explore the area. Today we will be visiting monastery and go around the village to witness and experience typical lifestyle of the local people. From here one can enjoy the panoramic vista of Kanjelaruwa Peak (6612m), Tso Peak (4716m) along with many others.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3630

Trek to Phoksuno Lake North Camp (3630m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4200

Trek to Lar Tsa Camp (4200m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4650

Trek to Snowfields Camp (4650m)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4400

Today we will make our way to Shey Gompa and nearby Crystal Mountain which is regarded as the most sacred peak in Dopo region via Kang La pass (5240m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4400

Today we will explore Shey Gompa. The history of Shey gompa dates back to 800 years with murals inside and an ancient scroll describing the mythology behind the crystal mountain locally called Riu Dhukta and the gompa.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5060

Leaving Shey Gompa behind us we will cross Seldang La pass west of Shey, we are welcomed with the astonishing vista of Mustang to the east, Tibet to north and Kanjiroba, Kagmara and Riu Dhukta to the west. Stay overnight at Namgung, a local nomadic herding settlement.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3770

Trek to Dora Sumda(3770m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4200

Trek to Mischagaon village (4200m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

Trek to Chanpola Goth.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4180

Trek to Tinje Village (4180m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4550

Trek to Rapka(4550m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4300

Trek to Chharka Village (4300m) via Chharka La (5015m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4300

Rest and exploration day at Chharka Village.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4750

Trek to Norbulung(4750m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5100

Cross higher Sangda La (5515m) pass and trek to Sangda Phedi(5100m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Cross lower Sangda La (5035m) pass and trek to Sangda village (3800m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3280

Trek to Dhagarjun (3280m).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

 Trek to Jomsom.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

additional day if there is some technical delay in the trek.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Fly to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. Upon arriving Kathmandu check into the hotel.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today you can either take rest or explore the city on your own or do some family shopping. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey

Include/Exclude

  • 3star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Government licensed Trekking guide and Crew boy
  • Cook,kitchen boys,spare boys if required
  • Porters equipment & sleeping tent and their wages
  • Airport picks up and drops
  • Foods and Accommodation in tents while you are camping trek
  • Foods during the trek, 3 meals a day with tea coffee
  • 2 men tent, Dinning tent/kitchen tent, toilet tent Foam mattress, while you are camping trek
  • All necessary kitchen utensils and tables, chairs
  • National Park fee, TIMS Permit
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff and porters during the trip
  • Flight or Local transport to KTM-NEPALGUNG-JUPHAL and JOM-PKH-KTM
  • Special trekking (RESTRICATED AREA) permit.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
  • Personal trekking warm clothes, sleeping bag
  • High risk medical insurance
  • International air ticket.
  • Alcohol, beverages & telephone calls
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
  • Tips (end of the trip) for your trekking staff and porters.
  • If bad weather and other natural disasters circumstance makes your trip longer than our estimate itinerary and the cost will be extra!

 

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