Trip Overview

This is a long trek and there are several variations that can be considered, however, the trek is continuously undertaken at altitudes of 4000+m. There are several 5000+m passes to cross and each pass effectively cuts you off from all links to the outside world. The Dolpa region is close to the northern border and as such is regarded as a restricted area commanding expensive permits. However, there is no other area like Dolpa in Nepal and an expedition into the wilder northern regions is spectacular with its hidden monasteries, unique culture, yak caravans and Bon festivals. This trek includes
the Lower Dolpa trek as a jumping off point for the extended Dolpa Circuit. Expeditions into Dolpo can be challenging as the tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent and organized tours are essential. The Upper Dolpo trek continues towards the northern border after a visit to the Shey Gompa and the crystal mountain which provide a retreat and auspicious charm and serenity.

Despite the natural beauties and impressive scenery, the trail travels into the hidden communities of Saldang, Yangtser Gumpa and Ku Goan, about as far from civilization as you are likely to get in Nepal.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: A day to explore Kathmandu and then to prepare for your trek Hotel and Welcome dinner
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Early start for the flight to Juphal trek to Dunai.
Day 05: Trek to Chhepka 2970m
Day 06: Trek to Rechi 2940m
Day 07: Trek to Phosundo Lake 3600m
Day 08: A rest day
Day 09: Trek to the camp site at the northern end of the lake 3630m
Day 10: Trek to the next camp site
Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa 4343m
Day 12: Rest and explore Shey Gompa
Day 13: Bhijer to Saldang 3770m
Day 14: Saldang to Shimen 3850m
Day 15: Shimen to Tinje 4110m
Day 16: Tinje a rest day
Day 17: Tinje to Rapka 4210m
Day 18: Rapka to the Kharka camp site 4900m
Day 19: Kharka to Chharka Bhot 4302m via the Mola La 5030m
Day 20: Chharka Bhot to Nulungsumda Kharka 4987m
Day 21: Nulungsumda Kharka trek to Santa 3777m via the Niwas La 5120m
Day 22: Either spend a day in Jomsom or fly back to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu
Day 23: Final day in Nepal Hotel B & B Farewell dinner
Day 24: International departure

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