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Upper Dolpo Immersion Trek

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July 17, 2018

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Upper Dolpo Immersion trek is one of the most interesting treks in Dolpo and it sinks into the deeper and deeper highlands of Upper Dolpo.We explore and discover hidden frontier hamlet of Upper Dolpo and visiting century old Bon and Buddhist monasteries and observes the authentic Dolpo culture.

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Upper Dolpo Immersion trek is one of the most interesting treks in Dolpo and it sinks into the deeper and deeper highlands of Upper Dolpo. It is the mesmerizing journey towards the rugged mountain region sparsely populated, dry stone walled village, revered mountains, sculpted gorges and sheer-sided canyons, barren landscape and high passes covering with snow sometimes. We are going to explore remote and forgotten hamlets of Dolpo, where people still live in harsh climatic and geographic condition.

Upper Dolpo Immersion Trek, takes you lap of Dhaulagiri range to the east of Dolpo, the foothill of Kajiruwa to the South and near Tibetan plateau to the North. It would be a five-week long journey across the Dolpo. It is a circulation of Dolpo, and taking into the inner and inner high lost frontiers of Upper Dolpo which are not much exposed to the outside as its extreme geographical setting.

We follow some parts of ancient pilgrimage path, ancient salt trading route, and some paths of complete exotic and wild tracks. We meet herder’s temporary camp made by Yak’s wool tent and barking Himalaya dogs, the caravan of Yaks and horses restocking of supplies from China border.

Upper Dolpo Immersion Trek begins with a scenic mountain flight from Nepalgunj, a Southern Terai town of Nepal which is the hub for flying out/into the remote western Nepal. As we land at Juphal airstrip, we descend from Juphal to Kaligaudaand then after following the Thuli Bheri River for few days up to Lasicap. From here we follow the Barbong Khola along Musi Khola and Kakot village, Pimri, Terang and the next is Mukot. Mukot is the last and remote village of Dolpo, lying to the east of Dolpo in the lap of Mukot Himal and Dhaulagiri Range.

Leaving the Mukot we enter to wild track through the rocky and stony gorges and crossing Mu La pass 5716m we set our camp at Mulum Sumna 4987m is the highest night camp of our entire journey. From here we follow the path of Ekai Kuwaguchi, a Japanese Jen monk track, who had traveled through this route to Tibet during 1800 AD on his way to Tibet. And the trail passes through the Chharka village crossing Mo La pass 5030m  and Upper Panzang Valley conjoins to Tinje village.

After the Tinje, we follow the Panzang Khola up to Shimen and from here we enter to the inner loop and crossing Muri La 5030m is the Musi village. This is a remote and isolated village of Upper Dolpo. Only the very few household with few cultivating land seems to be very hard to subsistence with no school and no medical center.

From Musi village, we descend to Panzang Khola again and connect to Nisal village Yangjer Gompa to the North. Behind the Nisal village along the Tora Sumduwa we further approach to the Northern last frontiers of Upper Dolpo village and Pho village. These two villages are in extremely rugged geographical setting and were discover very lately.

Our next detour is to enter to the beautiful and dramatic Bhijer and we proceed to Upper Dolpo’s most sacred land Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain. At the end part of the trek, we cross the Kang La pass 5350m and descend to turquoise Phoksundo Lake. Hiking two more days downstream along the Phoksundo Khola we terminate our trek at Juphal and fly out to Nepalganj and Kathmandu.

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Dolpo-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

 

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee

 

Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.

Communication

We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.

Food

While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.

Climate

In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes.September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day.In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5  and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C.At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in TIA Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight 1hrs.

Day 3Nepalgunj to Juphal by flight 35 minutes and 3 hours trek to Dunai 2140m

Day 4Dunai to Tarakot 2540m 6 hrs.

Day 5Tarakot to Musi Khola 2875m 7 hrs

Day 6Musi Khola to Kakot village 3210m 7 hrs

Day 7Kakot village to Pimri village (3800m) 6 hoours

Day 8Pimri village to Terang village (3550m) 3 hours

Day 9Terang village to Mukot Village (4040m) 6 hours

Day 10Mukot village to Neni Ghot (4530m) 6 hours

Day 11Neni Ghot to Mulum Sumna (4987m) via Mula Pass (5716m) 8 hours

Day 12Mulun Sumna to Chharka (4302m) 9 hours

Day 13Chharka to Raman Kheng (4500m) via Mo La pass 5030m 8 hours

Day 14Raman Kheng to Tinje village (4500m) 7 hours

Day 15Tinje village to Chanpola Gotha (3900m) 8 hours

Day 16Chanpola Goth to Musi village (3850m) 7 hours

Day 17Musi village to Nisal village (3800m) 6 hours

Day 18Nisal village to River camp (3900) 7 hours

Day 19River Camp to Kuwa village (4000m) 6 hours

Day 20Kuwa village to Phot village (4087m)6 hours

Day 21Phot village to Bhijer (3850m) 7 hours

Day 22Bhijer to Tora/Tata (3920m) 4 hours

Day 23Tata to Shey Gompa (4160m) 8 hours

Day 24Shey Gompa rest and exploring day

Day 25Shey to Kang La base camp (4500m) via Kang La pass 5350m

Day 26Kang La base Camp to Phoksundo North Bank (3650m) 7 hours

Day 27Phoksundo North Bank to Phosundo(3640m) 4 hours

Day 28Phoksundo to Chhepka (2838m) 8 hours

Day 29Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 8 hours

Day 30 Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 31Free day in Kathmandu

Day 32Depart from Kathmandu to Home

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