Dolpo Region Trek Route is one of the most isolated and least developed areas to consider trekking in Nepal. Dolpo region is situated on the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and is the highest inhabited land in the western Nepal. Dolpo, a land beyond the Himalayas, captures mysterious views of ancient monasteries, blue sheep, and snow leopards. Dolpo region has been strictly off limits until 1990, which has helped the traditions and ways of life to remain intact for decades. Dolpo has gained an immense attention since the first trek which was organized by a British tour operator in 1990. Since the release of Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard” and David Snellgrove’s Himalayan Pilgrimage has contributed significantly to highlight and popularize this region.
The trek to Upper Dolpo begins from Jhupal and extends all the way to Shey Gompa which is the primary goal to every trekker who wishes to trek in this region. This route passes through many gigantic mountains like Mt Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba, passing through the lower Dolpo region at one point of time. This region is famous for the legendary Shey Monastery, Phoksundo Lake, snow leopards, blue sheep and Yak herders. Though this region is a part of Nepal but is greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture and preserves few of the last leftovers of traditional Tibetan culture. Phoksundo Lake is a major attraction in this region with greenish blue color water and over 1500 meter depth makes it is a remarkable art of nature, also this is the only place where people still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion. Our path passes through Cedar Forest, spectacular waterfalls, Phoksundo Park, and Palam. The landscapes here are very desolate and the villages at a height of 4300 m and above are even more isolated and pure. Camping is also an important part of this trek and is a necessity at some places.
Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
Day 4: Fly to Jhupal (2320m) from Nepalgunj then trek to Dunai (2850m/9,348ft)2-3 hrs
Day 5: Dunai to Ankhe (2896m/9,499ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Palam (3820m) 7 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3620m) 4 hrs
Day 8: Exploration day at Shey Phoksundo (3620m)
Day 9: Trek to Salla Ghari (3700m) 5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Lar Tsa (4120m) 6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to SheyGompa (4320m) 6 hrs
Day 12: Rest day for acclimatization
Day 13: Trek to Namgung (4430m) 7 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Saldang (4050m) 3 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Jengla (4480m) 5 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tarap (4200m) 3 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Serkam (4200m) 6 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Tarakot (5343m) 5 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Dunai (2100m) 5 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Jhupal (2320m) 3 hrs
Day 21: Fly to Nepalgunj then to Kathmandu
Day 22: Departure from TIA, “Farewell!”
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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
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