Duration: 26 Days
Location: Upper Dolpo
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UPPER DOLPO CIRCUIT TREK

  • AN OVERVIEW

    Trekking in the upper Dolpa region gives an exposure to the High and isolated Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan highlands. Dolpa first settled by Rokpa farmers and Drokpa nomads from Tibet in the 10th century. It is one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered fortress-like villages and monasteries nestling among mountains of stark, ascetic beauty.  Peter Matthiessen’s “The snow leopard” and David Snell grove’s “Himalayan Pilgrimage” have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpa. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa (11th Century), to the north of the Phoksumdo Lake, in inner Dolpa. Dolpa is Bon-pro country, where people practice a shamanistic religion predating Tibetan Buddhism. This upper Dolpa Region was open to foreigner visitors since 1992 and still requires a special permit.

    SHEY PHOKSUNDO NATIONAL PARK

    Shey Phoksundo National Park provides a diversity of spectacular landscapes. As it situated in Trans Himalayan region of northwest Nepal, It is the largest National Park covering an area of 3555 sq. Km. Elevations in the Park Range from 2,130m in Ankhe to 6,883m at the summit of Kanjiroba Himal. Much of the park lies north of the Himalayan crest. Phoksundo Lake deepest and second largest lake of Nepal lies in upper regions of Suligad. Near the lake’s outlet is the country’s highest waterfall.

    The major rivers in the park are the Khung, Nmajung and Panjang, The Suligad and Jugdual Rivers, which are the major tributaries of the Thuli Bheri River; and the Langu Rilver, which drains the high dolpo plateau to the east and flows westward. Phoksundo Lake is famous for its magnificent turquoise color and the spectacular scenery clearly rank it with the most scenic mountain parks in the world.

    The best season to trek this area is in spring season (March/April/May) and autumn (Sept/Oct/Nov)

    TREK FACTS
    Trek Category: Adventure with many high passes
    Accommodation: Camping in Tents
    Food: Kitchen Team made Fresh Food
    Transport System: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal flight
    Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu Flight
    Trek Permit: Restricted Area Permit (50$US/Day)
    Leading Team: 1 trek Guide, 1 assistant Guide, Kitchen Team and Porters

  • OUTLINED ITINERARY

    Day 01: Arrival & welcome in Kathmandu (1 350 m)
    Day 02: Trek preparation & explore Kathmandu
    Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)
    Day 04: Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal (2 475m) and trek to Dunai, 3 hrs.
    Day 05: Trek Dunai to Chhepka (2 687m), 6 hrs
    Day 06: Trek Chhepka to Chunuwar (3 110m), 6 hrs
    Day 07: Trek Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3 600m), 5-6 hrs
    Day 08: Phoksundo – Rest day -Explore Lake
    Day 09: Trek Phoksundo- Sallaghari, 5-6hrs trek
    Day 10: Trek Sallaghari to Nangdala HC (4 717 m), 5-6 hrs
    Day 11: Trek Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa (4 280m) Crossing Nangdala pass (5 240m), 5-6hrs
    Day 12: Trek Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa, 6-7 hrs crossing Shey La Pass (5 100m)
    Day 13: Trek Namgong Gompa to Saldang, 4-5 hrs camping.
    Day 14: Day hike to Yangjer Gumba, 4 599m
    Day 15: Trek Saldang to Khoma village
    Day 16: Trek Khoma village to Shimen
    Day 17: TRek Shimen to Tinje
    Day 18: Trek Tinje to Yak Kharka
    Day 19: Trek Yak Kharka (4 780m) to Chharka, 5 hrs walk crossing Mola Pass (5 030m)
    Day 20:Trek Chharka to Nulungsumda
    Day 21:Trek Nulungsumda to Ghalden Ghuldum (4 247m) Crossing Niwala (5 120m) and Jungbenla (5 550m) passes.
    Day 22: Trek Ghalden Ghuldum (4 247m) to Sangta (3 777m)
    Day 23:Trek Santa to Phalyak (3 175m)
    Day 24: Trek Phalyak to Jomsom (2 720m)
    Day 25: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu flight.
    Day 26: Depart Kathmandu.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    The Dolpo Trek uses many internal flights and frequent flight delays and reschedule happens sometimes up to 2 to 3 days  because of bad weather conditions. So it is strongly requested to have at least 4 to 5 surplus days at the end of trek.
    It also requires special permit to enter this forbidden/ restricted areas with camping accommodation as there is no Lodges/Hotel.
    The logistics are carried out by porter or Mule during the whole trek.
    You are advised to stay on the side of mountain/Rocks during the passage of caravan of horses/yak and Mules (not to the side of steep to avoid accidents).
    You are also advised to take small solar powered battery chargers as there is no electricity (we uses small generators for the lighting but risks to damage equipment because of unstable current supply).

  • BUDGET 2019/2020

    We are local trekking agency based on Kathmandu and provide Tour/Trek and Mountain Adventure services for inbound Tourist/trekkers. We are always ready to welcome you any time around the year. We guaranty the departure from 2 participants to maximum 12 Participants.

    BUDGET: 3 150 $US (Please write us to get special discounted price for Group Organizer)

    Includes
    – 14 days trekking in full board basis (accommodation in lodge & Camping).
    – All meal prepared by our own Cook (3 meals with tea/coffee and snacks).
    – 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu includes Bed & Breakfast.
    – 1 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Nepalgunj includes (all meals).
    – TIMS Permit Fees (Trekkers Information Management System)
    – Special Trekking Permit from Department of Immigration, Nepal
    – Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit Fees
    – Guide and Sherpa services (1 trek guide+1 assistant Sherpa for 5 trekker ratio for a grouped trek).
    – Porter Service during the trek (1 porter for two trekkers- weight limits 20 kg per porter)
    – All accommodation, meals, equipment and insurance for guide, Sherpa and porter.
    – Kathmandu-Nepalgunj- Juphal Airfare
    – Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu Airfare.
    – All land transportation including airport pick-up and departure drop.
    – All Guided City tours including site entry fees, cultural guide & transfers
    – Agency Service Charges & Government Taxes
    Excludes
    – Your International flight tickets.
    – Nepal entry visa, 40$ for one month tourist visa issued on arrival at Nepal Airport. You may apply online prior to arrival.– Trekking Equipment (sleeping bag/duvet/head lamps/thermal water bottle, trekking boot/shocks/trouser/T-shirts/glove/woolen cap/wind rain shield/down jacket/walking sticks, sun glass/hat/cream, Battery bank/trekking backpack/trekking luggage for porter).
    – Your travel Insurance with emergency mountain evacuation cover
    – All alcoholic beverages, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
    – Donations during the visit of Monasteries and Temples to the priest and Monks.
    – Lunch & Diners during your stay in Kathmandu.
    – All expenses your extra days stay in Kathmandu (Accommodation, guide service & vehicle service if you opt to City Sightseeing tours)
    – Tips to the guide/porters at the end of the trek.

    Required Documents to submit to the Agency)

    (We guaranty that all your Individual information are kept safe, secret and confidential but you agree that we submit to concerned government offices for the permits and entry permits only)

    1. A copy of your international flight booking to pick-up you in arrival & departure.
    2. A Hard copy of your original passport with Nepal visa stamped on it for Special permit apply.
    3. A Photocopy of your Passport with Nepal visa on it for special permit apply
    4. Travel/trek insurance documents.
    5. Name list of Participants (Minimum requirement 2 persons).
    6. An Agreement with Nepalese Agency and Tour /Team Leader
    7. 4 Nos. of PP Size Photos.

    Reservation
    40% of the total amount would required to wire to the account of the agency and remaining payment can be made upon arrival in Kathmandu in cash. If you are already in Nepal, you may pay us directly in cash. We recommend wiring us through the Swift code, as electronic transfer is limited for small payments only in Nepal. For more detail on the cancellation etc. please read the terms & conditions.

    Banking Details
    Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited, KSK Building, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Swift Code: HIMANPKA
    Name of the Beneficiary Account: Star World Tours & Travels Private Limited
    Beneficiary Account Number: 01 90 26 15 62 00 14

    Contact:

    Tel: +977- 98 51 05 45 78, +977- 98 18 60 05 68
    Email: info@starworldtours.com, yamlama@gmail.com