Dolpo is the most remote place situated in the Trans Himalayan region of mid – West Nepal. It has many fascinating villages & is still in the land of mystery & peace. The region is about in hosting of trekkers including seventh highest peak in the World Dhaulagiri 8167m.
Dolpo can be said the image of the Shangri-la of Nepal in many aspects. One has to see its landscape filled with natural beauty and experience the remoteness to understand the extreme culture and traditions of the Himalayan people. The nature and culture of this place is rich almost beyond expectation. The high and isolated valleys of Dolpo in northern Nepal are to preserve some of the remnants of traditional Tibetan culture. According to legend, the Guru Rimpoche created Dolpo as a sanctuary for devout Buddhists. Cut off from the world by high mountains and snow-covered passes, Dolpo is the permanent home to about 5000 people whose lives are centered on Buddhism and traditional life linked with the Tibetan history. Our potential destination is to Shey Gompa. But due its wild land, we should take this trip day by day, by taking advantage of prevailing conditions. The distinctive people, architecture and unique life conditions make Dolpo a photographer’s paradise to trap in his camera.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu air port- transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu- Trek preparation & Free Time. We can add Kathmandu Sightseeing tour on your request.
Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj: 1 hr
Day 04: Flight: Nepalgunj – Juphal (Dolpo): 45 minutes and trek to Dunai (2850m.) -2hrs
Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2896m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Sulighat: 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Foksundo Lake (3611m.): 4-5 hrs
Day 08: Rest in Foksundo lake
Day 09: Trek to Foksundo Khola: 4-5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Foksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4500m.) via Kang La pass (5360m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Rest in Shey Gompa
Day 13: Trek to Namduna gaun (4800m.) via Saldang La (5200m.): 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3620m.): 4-5 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960m): 4-5 hours
Day 16: Trek to Sibu (4,560m): 6-7 hours
Day 17: Trek to Jeng La Phedi (4900m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Dho Tarap
Day 19: Trek to Tarap khola (Kamakharka – 3800m.): 6-7 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Khanigaun (3150m.): 4-5 hrs
Day 21: Trek to Tarakot (2537m.): 4-5 hrs
Day 22: Trek to Dunai (2140m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 23: Trek to Juphal: 2-3 hrs and fly to Nepalgunj and then Kathmandu
Day 24: Rest and free day in Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure, transfer to airport
|Group Size||2 to 12 people|
|Trip Duration||18-26 Days|
|Activity||Trekking, Cultural tours|
|Maximum Altitude||5360 m|
|Trek Starts In||Nepalgunj|
|Trek Ends In||Nepalgunj|
|INCLUDED IN THE COST||
|NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST||
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Sisne Rover. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
We will be staying in hotel in Kathmandu /Nepalgunj and tents during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request with additional cost. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. There will also be welcome or farewell dinners for guests. The most common cuisines in most menus will be Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental.
Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes this trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members with the ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trek will be led by the best and professional leaders. All of Sisne Rover Trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experiences, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Sisne only employs local staffs who has adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region/s
Sisne Rover is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Furthermore, Sisne Rover also provides the required level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company’s expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake, all trekkers keep the weight of their luggage under 15kgs/33 pounds. We also support the work of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
The Dolpo Trek is special trekking zone and equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Sisne Rover employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Sisne Rover, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Sisne Rover’s experienced staff can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment.
Like all Sisne Rover’s itineraries, the Dolpo Trek is also planned to curb Acute Mountain Sickness which is very common during high altitude trekking. We ascend gradually so that we have optimum time to acclimatize to the high altitude environment. Trekkers with known heart, lung or blood diseases are required to consult their doctors before booking the trek.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
The Upper Dolpo Trek is a strenuous and high altitude trek and suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rick sack. In some days we might even need to walk 8 to 9 hours and likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. Walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months prior to the trip is a good idea as it will enhance our strength and stability. Previous hiking experience is preferred but no technical skill is required
Best Time to Travel
March to May in spring and September to October in autumn season are the best seasons for this trek. Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. So we can also make this trip in June to august.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.
What to bring
Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes.
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your trekking but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
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 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)
- 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
- Lightweight poly-liner gloves.
- 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)
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking trousers
- lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- fleece or woolen trousers
- waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water
- , ankle support, “broken in”)
- Running shoes and/or sandals
- Resistant Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
- Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Medium size rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
- 1 large duffel bag *
- A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
- 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
- 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
- Compass or GPS(optional)
- Alarm clock/watch
- Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
- large Ziplocs
- Water bottles
- Small folding knife
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
- Medium-sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Female hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial hand wash
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 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 teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. If you use disposable batteries, please take the used ones with you and dispose them safely in your home country.
Many of these items can be bought or rented in Nepal