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Dolpo Jomsom via Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Overview

Legend has it that the venerated Buddhist holy person, Guru Rimpoche, who spread Tibetan Buddhism all through the Himalayas, found this shrouded land more than 1700 years back. 

We go through numerous antiquated cloisters and good country towns and magnificent normal landscape as we advance toward Phoksundo Lake and the legendary Shey Gompa. We investigate high knolls and fascinating towns in Upper Dolpo which has kept Bhoriya culture alive. 

The most intriguing variable of this trek is that we get the opportunity to observe the social distinction of the general population of various locales, had hundreds of years back. Dolpo the high sloping settlement holds the migrants that relocated to the area a very long time prior. 

 

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/ (1400 m)

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m)/ flight

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal flight and Juphal to Dunai(3 hrs trek)

Day 04: Dunai to Chhepka (2687m)/ 6 hrs).

Day 05: Chhepka to Chunuwar (3110m)/ 6 hrs

Day 06: Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)/ 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Phoksundo – Rest day

Day 08: Phoksundo- Sallaghari/ 5-6hrs trek

Day 09: Sallaghari to Nangdala HC (4717 m)/ 5-6 hrs trek

Day 10: Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa/ ( 4280m) Crossing Nangdala pass (5240m)/ 5-6hrs

Day 11: Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa / 6-7 hrs crossing Shey La Pass (5100m)

Day 12: Namgong Gompa to Saldang/ 4-5 hrs camping.

Day 13: Saldang to Day hike to Yangjer Gumba/ 4599m

Day 14: Saldang to Khoma village

Day 15: Khoma village to Shimen

Day 16: Shimen to Tinje

Day 17: Tinje to Yak Kharka

Day 18: Yak Kharka (4780m) to Chharka / 5 hrs walk crossing Mola Pass (5030m)

Day 19: Chharka to Norbulung/ Nulungsumda

Day 20: Nulungsumda/ Norbulung to Ghalden Ghuldum (4247m) Crossing Niwala (5120m) and Jungbenla (5550m) passes.

Day 21: Ghalden Ghuldum/ (4247m) to Sangta/ (3777m)

Day 22: Santa to Phalyak/ (3175m)

Day 23: Phalyak to Jomsom/ (2720m)

Day 24: Jomsom to Pokhara/ flight and Pokhara to Kathmandu/ flight.

 Day 25: Final departure

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m)

We will meet you at the airport and takes you to the respective hotel. 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Flight/Drive

From Kathmandu, we take a flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal flight and Juphal to Dunai (3 hrs trek)

Today we take a 35 minutes long flight to Juphal. Our trekking starts from Juphal. The trail from Juphal to Dunai is comfortable and easy.

Day 04: Dunai to Chhepka (2687m)/ 6 hrs).

We trek through the lush tropical forest frequently emerging at isolated mid-hill villages like Jutung and arrive to Chhepka.

Day 05: Chhepka to Chunuwar (3110m)/ 6 hrs

Today the trail leads you beside Phoksundo Khola- the trail of famous Lower Dolpa Circuit. Beyond Rechi we again hike along the river side trail to Sulligad Dovan where we cross the bridge over the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Yulung Khola and arrive to Chunuwar.

Day 06: Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)/ 5-6 hrs

Our route continues on to Ringmo village. Just below Ringmo we cross a bridge and follow the trail to Phoksundo Lake.

Day 07: Phoksundo – Rest day

Today, we explore around Ringmo Village and head to Tshowa. Then we drop down to Phoksundo Lake. 

Day 08: Phoksundo- Sallaghari/ 5-6hrs trek

The final part of today’s trek slides up to the beautiful campsite at Sallaghari. Enjoy the night in the camp.

Day 09: Sallaghari to Nangdala HC (4717 m)/ 5-6 hrs trek

Today we trek for almost three hours to reach Nangdala High Camp 4100m. 

Day 10: Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa/ ( 4280m) Crossing Nangdala pass (5240m)/ 5-6hrs

Today we trek to Shey Gompa and the nearby ‘Crystal Mountain’, the most sacred peak in Dolpo.

Day 11: Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa / 6-7 hrs crossing Shey La Pass

Today we will explore Shey Gompa. After the exploration of Shey Gompa as the trek begins, it follows the trail beside Sephu Khola for almost couple of hours. Then we begin to climb up towards the top of Shey La Pass.

 Day 12: Namgong Gompa to Saldang/ 4-5 hrs camping.

As the trek from Namgong Gompa begins we follow Namga Khola cross pass more summer herding spots and emerge out of spur for a short hike down to Saldang. 

Day 13: Saldang to Day hike to Yangjer Gumba/ 4599m

Today we will have a day hike after early breakfast to YanjerGumba. We will come back to Saldang for the night stop.

Day 14: Saldang to Khoma village

Today we trek for six hours and reach village Komash.

Day 15: Khoma village to Shimen

As we trek from Komash village we may sight some endangered animals. After almost five hours of comfortable trek we arrive to Shimen.

Day 16: Shimen to Tinje

Today the trail goes by the side of Panjyang Khola. There are some villages and gompas on the way to Tinje. 

Day 17: Tinje to Yak Kharka

From the village of Tinje we trek to Yak Kharka, which is an open grazing ground for yaks and sheep. 

Day 18: Yak Kharka (4780m) to Chharka / 5 hrs walk crossing Mola Pass (5030m)

From yak kharka we trek towards Chharka. Crossing the pass Mola (5030m) we reach Chharka. 

Day 19: Chharka to Norbulung/ Nulungsumda

Today the trail goes through the arid high land. We trek up to Norbulung and have a night camp there.

Day 20: Nulungsumda/ Norbulung to Ghalden Ghuldum (4247m) Crossing Niwala (5120m) and Jungbenla (5550m) passes.

From Nulungsumda ascending trail takes us to the pass Niwas La. Crossing the pass the trail we again precede towards another pass Jungbenla then the trail goes downhill up to Ghaldang Ghuldung, where we make the night stop.

Day 21: Ghalden Ghuldum/ (4247m) to Sangta/ (3777m)

Today the trail goes with several ups and downs and finally reaches to the village Sangta.

Day 22: Santa to Phalyak/ (3175m)

We climb the hill behind, and then descend into the Kali Gandaki valley, traversing under high cliffs and descending to the large village of Phalek.

Day 23: Phalyak to Jomsom/ (2720m)

We climb to a ridge at 3360m and make a final descent on a challenging trail of loose rocks to Jomsom.

Day 24: Jomsom to Pokhara/ flight and drive to Kathmandu

We fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and to Kathmandu today. We will pick you up at airport and take you to the hotel.

 Day 25: Final departure

 Transfer to airport for departure flight.

 

Equipment List

  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket.
  • Fleece/sweater
  • Light-weight fleece or wool vests.
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt.
  • Warm hiking trousers.
  • Underwear.
  • Warm hat 
  • Wide rimmed sun hat.
  • 2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks.
  • Warm gloves or mitts.
  • Large rucksack or Duffel bag.
  • Rucksack liner or thick bin bag.
  • Day sack. 
  • Dark sunglasses.
  • High factor sun-cream.
  • Lip balm preferably with sun bloc.
  • Ear plugs. 
  • Head torch/torch and spare batteries.
  • 1 liter 2 water bottle.
  • Water purification kit. 
  • Toiletries.
  • Small hand towel. 
  • Toilet paper.

Useful Info

The trek  can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com

FAQ

1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

2.Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

3.What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. 

4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

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Duration 25 days
Transportation Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Group Size 2-16
Difficulty Strenuous
Max Elevation 5550m
Accomodation Teahouses
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