Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

Upper Dolpo lies in the far west and very remote area of Nepal which is still untouched by modern infrastructure development. It is near the Tibet border and it is believed that the people from Dolpo were immigrated in Nepal thousand years ago. We can explore the original and authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture and many ancient Buddhist monuments such as Buddhist monasteries and stoned wall stupas (chhortens) in this region.

Here are the names of monasteries, we can explore the several Buddhist monasteries during upper Dolpo trek: Namdho monastery, Shalri monastery, Karang gompa monastery, Charkha Gompa monastery, Dho-Tarap Gompa monastery, Vijer Gompa monastery, Saldang Gompa monastery, Kupa Gompa monastery, Komang Gompa monastery, Shimong Gompa monastery, Nyishal Gompa monastery, Yashir gompa monastery ,Margum gompa monastery, Tichurong Gompa monastery etc. Some NGOs and INGOs have been providing donations for the restoration and renovation of religious monuments, preservation of its valuable religious scriptures and its unique monasteries. Dolpo Society has donated Buddhist canons text (Kangur & Tengur) to construct the bridges in some Rivers and Lakes.
During this trek, altitude ranges from 2500m to 5070m. The best known of the many isolated high Himalayan valleys across northern Nepal also surrounded by high mountains including the Dhaulagiri massif to the south-east. Shey-Phoksundo National Park in the core of Dolpo Region is famous for snow leopard. A great Naturalist Rodney Jackson conducted his research on snow leopards in Shey Phoksundo area. The finally preserved Eco–system encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife including the blue sheep and leopard.

Trip Summery in facts:
Trip Title: Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5360m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 28 Days
Mode of Operation: Tented Camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 02: Formality of special permits for Upper Dolpo 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel. Full board.
Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m).Trek to Dunai (2140m)3 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 05: Trek Dunai to Chapke or Chhepka (2838m) 6 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 06: Trek Chhepka to Rechi (2940m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 07: Trek Rechi to Ringmo (3700m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 08: Excursion Phoksundo Lake (3820m)Overnight tented camping.
Day 09: Trek Ringmo to Sallaghari or Forest camp site (3800m) 6 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 10: Trek Sallaghari to Kang la Phedi (4400m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 11: Trek Kang la Phedi to Kang la Pass (5360m)and trek to Shey Gompa (4160m) 8 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 12: Trek Shey Gompa to Sela or Shey la pass (5010m) and trek to Namgung (4430m) 7 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 13: Trek Namgung to Saldang (3770m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 14: Trek Saldang to Yangier Gompa (3750m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 15: Trek Yangier Gompa to Mu Gaon or Musi Gaon (4100m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 16: Trek Mu Gaon to Shimen Gaon (3870m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 17: Trek Shimen Gaon to Tinje Gaon (4150m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 18: Trek Tinje Gaon to Sulung Khola (4702m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 19: Trek Sulung Khila to Tokyu (4210m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 20: Trek Tokyu to Dho (3944m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 21: Trek Dho to Tarap Khola (3350m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 22: Trek Tarap Khola to Lahini (2800m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 23: Trek Lahini to Tarakot (2537m) 5 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 24: Trek Tarakot to Dunai 5 hours Overnight tented Camping.
Day 25: Trek Dunai to Juphal (2475m) Overnight tented Camping
Day 26: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj same day flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu hotel 2 star bed & breakfast .
Day 27: Reserve day in Kathmandu if weather condition is bad in Juphal hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 28: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Kathmandu international airport arrival and departure service.
-4 nights 2 star hotel bed and  breakfast twin basis in Kathmandu
-Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Accommodation in tent with foam mattress twin basis during the trek.
-Camping equipments tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, utensils.
-Permits of Shey Phoksundo National Park, Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo special.
-Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal round flight tickets and internal airport tax.
-An English speaking trained/government license holder trekking guide, chef cook & porters.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax & other local taxes.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal entry visa fee 40 $ you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival
-International airfare
-Your travel insurance with rescue helicopter coverage.
-Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
-Alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks
-Hot shower & camera battery charge during the trek.
-Tips for the guide, assistant guide, chef cook & porters.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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