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Upper Dolpo Trek / Hidden Valley Trek 23 days

  • Dolpo women spinning wool

  • The christal clear water of Phoksundo Lake


Trip Overview

Duration: 23 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘350 m
Trek Grade: Medium till hard
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Camping and home stay
Best season: May – October

Dolpo: Home of the Snow Leopard.
The inner Dolpo is one of the most remote areas of Nepal and it is only able to reach by foot. It is the region of no roads. Dolpo is bounded in all four directions with an over 6’000 meters high mountain ranges. In the south it borders with the Dhaulagiri chain.

A march of about five days above 5’000 m passes brings you from Dunai to the upper Dolpo. This area belongs mostly to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the name came from a landslide in which the lake Phoksundo got dammed. The Dolpo region is a very arid area and hardly affected by the summer monsoon.

Until the 18th century Dolpo belonged to the Western Tibetan royal families. In the 16th century, Dolpo became a province of the Kingdom of Mustang and remained there until it came through annexation of the Gurkha kings 1769 Nepal. By 1993, the inner Dolpo was a restricted area and foreign visitors were not allowed to visit.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150 m

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2’150 m

Day 05: Dunai – Tarakot 2’500 m

Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Odar 3’300 m

Day 07: Laina Odar – Nawar Pani 3’615 m

Day 08: Nawar Pani – Dho Tarap 4’050 m

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dho Tarap

Day 10: Dho Tarap - Tokyu Gaon 4’250 m

Day 11: Tokyu Gaon – Darsumna Dhobhan 4‘310 m

Day 12: Darsumna Dhobhan – Saldang 4‘100 m

Day 13: Saldang – Namgung 4‘430 m

Day 14: Namgung – Sela La – Shey Gompa 4‘370 m

Day 15: Acclimatization day - Shey Gompa

Day 16: Shey Gompa - Sehula Bhanjyang or Kang-La 5‘350 m

Day 17: Way to Silver Forest 3‘760 m

Day 18: Silver Forest – Ringmo 3‘730 m

Day 19: Rest day in Ringmo

Day 20: Ringmo – Chepka 2‘840 m

Day 21: Chepka – Juphal 2‘475

Day 22: Juphal – Kathmandu

Day 23: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150 m
Panoramic flight along the Himalayan range to Nepalgunj in the western Terai. The lively town near the border to India with its tropical climate.

Day 04: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2’150 m
Today we need good weather, as the flight towards Dolpo is a visual flight. After around 40 minutes we arrive Juphal 2’475 m we trek along the Thuli Bheri River.

Day 05: Dunai – Tarakot 2’500 m
Following Barbung Khola, we reach our Camp in Tarakot.

Day 06: Tarakot – Laina Odar 3’300 m
In the shade of old trees, we walk again high above the Thuli Bheri River towards Laisicap. On the way we have the chance to see small monkeys in the steep cliffs. Before we climb up a steep path, we make a detour to Chhedul Gompa. The path along the Tarap Khola leads us to Laina Odar.

Day 07: Laina Odar – Nawar Pani 3’615 m
Just a few minutes behind our camp it goes steeply up the hill where prayer flags flutter. The valley of the Tarap Khola becomes narrower and the trail leads through spectacular deep gorge until we reach the campsite at the Pigo Phu Cave.

Day 08: Nawar Pani – Dho Tarap 4’050 m
We still follow the Tarap Khola upstream through a magnificent gorge. After the stupa of Ghyamgar 3’790 m, we leave the narrow gorge and having superb views to Dho Tarap where we set up camp near the village. Maybe on the way we'll see on the slopes Blue Sheep, grazing Yaks, Sheep and Goats.

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dho Tarap
In Dho, we are already in the Tibetan influenced culture. Today we have the possibility to visit the the bonpo gompas or to have a walk up to a view point. Many performers of the movie "Himalaya" by Eric Valli come from this village.

Day 10: Dho Tarap - Tokyu Gaon 4’250 m
We leave Dho Tarap which translatet means something like "excellent horse pasture" and hiking to Tokyu Gaon. On the way we might encounter Blue Sheep and Marmots and crossing Yak caravan which coming over from Saldang or other way round.

Day 11: Tokyu Gaon – Darsumna Dhobhan 4‘310 m
The ascent to Jyanta Bhanyang La 5‘221 m continuous and we have a beautiful view over the summits of the Dolpo region. If we are lucky we able to see Blue Sheeps. On the top of the pass it opens the view to Dhaulagiri and the mountains of Tibet. We follow the Sarung Khola untill our camp.

Day 12: Darsumna Dhobhan – Saldang 4‘100 m
Today we reach the northernmost point of our trek, Saldang. We arrive in the Tibetan part of Dolpo. Our route takes us through the villages. We get an insight into the hard life of the people of Dolpo.

Day 13: Saldang – Namgung 4‘430 m
Today we have plenty of time to explore Saldang. Maybe we can visit the private Monastery and home of the Labrang Thondup or the great Saldang Gompa with the Tibetan medical center or the new birth and health center.

Day 14: Namgung – Sela La 5‘010 m – Shey Gompa 4‘370 m
On the way to the legendary Shey Gompa we need to pass another 5'000 m pass the La Sela. The climb takes about 2 hours and is rewarding with a panoramic view of the snow-capped Kanjiroba Himal. After the descent we reach our camp near the monastery Shey Gompa 4‘370 m - the religious center of Dolpo. We have the opportunity to visit the Gompa.

Day 15: Acclimatization day - Shey Gompa
A full day to explore the famous Shey Gompa. Its worth to ascent the Tsakhang Gompa, it is about an hour's walk from our campsite. The silent monastery was built like a nest at the rock of the Crystal Mountain.

Day 16: Shey Gompa - Sehula Bhanjyang or Kang-La 5‘350 m
A hard day is waiting us and we set off early. We coming through a beautiful mountain valley and passing a waterfall before we reach a plateau at 5‘000 meters. The climb above boulders is tiring but finally we arrive on the Sehula Bhanjyang or Kang-La 5‘350 m, where a great panorama to Tibet and the Dolpo mountains opens. Long descent by slate scree to the camping area.

Day 17: Way to Silver Forest 3‘760 m
We hike above blocks and stones through the Tuk Kyaksa. After the sparseness in the north we enter the birch and pine valley of Phoksumdo Khola, which leads down to the Silver Forest Camp.

Day 18: Silver Forest – Ringmo 3‘730 m
The section along the Phoksundo lake is famous and for many the queen stage. The water of the lake fluctuates between caribbean turquoise and blue ink. The view of the lake compensated and is fantastic. The last part of the stage is impressive: On the western shore of the lake a narrow path was cut into the rock for good reason, this part is called the path of "Devil's.

Day 19: Rest day in Ringmo
We enjoy the day on the shores of the second largest lake of Nepal. We have the opportunity to visit the Thasung Tsoling Gompa at the opposite end of the bay. The 500 year old Bön Monastery owns a tiny very old shrine with mystical relics.

Day 20: Ringmo – Chepka 2‘840 m
Today we pass a beautiful waterfall and hiking through deserted and fabulous old cedar forests. The path ascents and descents along the Phoksumdo Khola until we get to Chepka.

Day 21: Chepka – Juphal 2‘475 m
We continueing along the river Sulighad through the canyon until Rupgad 2‘070 m. We cross a suspension bridge to Thuli Beri and about 2 – 3 hours later we arrive in Juphal 2‘475 m.

Day 22: Juphal – Kathmandu
Flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 23: Departure

 

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.