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Explore Dolpa Trekking

Duration
17 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Upper Dolpo Circuit is comparatively an extensive circuit trek which offers an exclusive cross section understanding of Upper Dolpo along with Lower as well. You might feel amazed knowing that Upper Dolpo Circuit entices with 130 monasteries which make you to pass mostly Buddhist areas. The unique fact about Upper Dolpo Circuit is there exists a gompa in each settlement which are 700 years old. Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek is preferred by the trekkers as they can view the proper harmony amid Hinduism and Buddhism. Likewise, the renowned Shey Gompa also lies in this region. 

Now, drawing the major highlights of Upper Dolpo Circuit Treks, it makes the trekkers to walk through the Trans Hmalayan, Uninhabited and dazzling landscapes. Trekkers will come across the genuine society of Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo. Trek Upper Dolpo Circuit has a high regard for the unparalleled loveliness of the sacred Phoksundo Lake, charming blue and bright green colors. This treks too let the trekkers to pass 2 high passes which are above 5,000 meters, bump into villagers and the Phoksundo Waterfall. Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek is amazing in a sense that it helps to observe the musk deer, Blue sheep, snow Leopard and monkeys. 

Analyzing all these things Upper Dolpo Circuit is emerged as an unforgettable trek as trekkers get an occasion of experiencing the far off distances moorland life. Upper Dolpo Circuit Trekking is all about moving into the diverse landscapes, series of green pastures with the reminiscent to that Tibetan raised ground. Dolpo region is counted as an “off the beaten track” so the amusement and excitement to jump into such trail will stimulate the trekkers to get extend and they will get to view several amazing things. During the spring and summer trekkers can attain Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek which is quite strenuous as it includes some vertical ascends.


Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight to Nepaljung
Day 04: Flight to Juphal (2,475m), walk to Dunai (2,140m)
Day 05: Trek to Lingdo (2,391m)
Day 06: Trek to Laina Odar (3,370m)
Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3,475m)
Day 08: Trek to Sisaul (3,750m)
Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,080m)
Day 10: Trek to Numala Base Camp (4,440m)
Day 11: Trek to Danigar (4,631m) via Numla La Pass (5,318m)
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,982m) via Baga La (5,190m)
Day 13: Trek to Ringmo / Phoksundo Lake (3,733m)
Day 14: Trek to Chhepka (2,838m) via Rechi (2,940m)
Day 15: Trek to Juphal (2,475m)
Day 16: Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure!!!!
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Arriving at Kathmandu (1,300m) you will be received by the representative staff from Ace Treks. From the airport you will be transferred into the hotel where you can have some rest and then you will be familiar with the detail itineraries. So, you will spend some time as a trek preparation. In the evening you will be welcome with dinner. Stay overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
This is the day where you will move out for the sightseeing in Kathmandu. Most of the places of sights will cover the places and monuments which are listed in World Heritage Sites and among them some of them are Swyanbhunath, sacred Pashupatinath, plus Monkey temple and so on. Sightseeing in Kathmandu will be very fruitful as you will get to know lots of things about Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Flight to Nepaljung
Concluding the sightseeing in Kathmandu on this day you will catch the flight to Nepaljung. In Nepaljung you be viewing many bazaars and villages populated by different ethnic people. In Nepaljung you will visit the holy temple of Bageshori. Devoid of wasting time Juphal will make you to observe the mountains and small villages. Stay overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 04: Flight to Juphal (2,320m), walk to Dunai (2,850m)
Spending a pleasurable nighttime at Nepaljung you will another time take 45 minutes of flight to Juphal (2,320m) above the high Himalayas, considering Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From Juphal, you will saunter for 2 to 3 hours after landing field towards the camp site called Dunai (2,850m) Village. Your initial day will start with an adventure taking downward through the terraced field and slender George. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 05: Trek to Lingdo (2,391m)
On the following day you will move to Lingdo (2,391m) from Dunai. The trail goes little bit upward and downward, going after the Thuli Bheri River. You will pass the Buddhist Village. The trail approach imprinted out from the rocks and sometimes narrows. Walking the taxing trails you will arrive to Lingdo. Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 06: Trek to Laina Odar (3,370m)
On this day you will trek to Laina Odar from Lingdo where the trail moves slowly upward. Again on this day the trail ascends upward over the Thuli Bheri River towards the suspension bridge. Trek to Laina Odar (3,370m) is a strenuous ascends. From Laina Odar the trail moves next to the river one more times. Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 07: Trek to Nawarpani (3,475m)
Here, the trail moves in the small pass taking 45 minutes. From the pass it appears as a easy walk enticing some ascends. As you move into the Pine forests, its superb smell will make you sense better and you will love to move into the Pine forests. Within 4 hours of trek you will arrive to Nawarpani (3,575m). Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 08: Trek to Sisaul (3,750m)
Taking a breakfast you will begin the trek to Sisaul (3,750m) from Nawarpani. Even today the trail is trouble free and in some parts the trekking trails are attractively carved out of the rocks. Taking half an hour it ascends to Chorten and then you will head towards Sisaul (3,750m). Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,080m)
On the following day the trail takes upward to another tiny pass. You will step into Dho tarap (4,080m) after crossing the collection of houses which appear at the mountains. At Dho Tarap you will pass with several small chortens and mani walls. You will get to view the houses which are designed in Tibetan style. Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 10: Trek to Numala Base Camp (4,440m)
This is an important day as you are trekking Numla Base Camp (4,440m) from Dho Tarap. You will find the gompa at the end of the village and it is merit to visit as well. It also consist an attractive statue of Maitreya. Going after the Gompa you will come across Numla Base cAmp. Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 11: Trek to Danigar (4,631m) via Numla La Pass (5,318m)
In an early morning you will set into motion to observe the Numa La Pass with amazing range of mountains. Numa La Pass is a strenuous ascends which takes nearly 3 hours. From here you will outlook the range of Manaslu, Annapurna, the Shey Shikar and many more snow capped mountains. You will complete the trek to Danigar (4,631m) through Numla La Pass (5,318m). Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,982m) via Baga La (5,190m)
This is another beautiful trek which you will accomplish for that you have to begin the trek in an early morning. Withn the trek of 2 hours you can observe an excellent outlook on the Norbung Kang and the Baga La range baga La (5,190m). the smooth and easy but regular walk will take you to Yak Kharka (3,982m), which is another perfect place to set the camp. Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 13: Trek to Ringmo / Phoksundo Lake (3,733m)
On the following day you will not saunter for limitless hours regularly. As you are going away from Yak Kharka, you will level up and downhill by fleeting many levels to the tiny pass. That motivating passes will show the way to the woodland of Pine and arresting cascade. You will trek all during the pasturing earth by loving varied sounds of birds. As soon as you get ahead of the thick forests you will arrive at Ringmo/ Phoksundo Lake (3,733m). Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 14: Trek to Chhepka (2,838m) via Rechi (2,940m)
For the next day you will trek to Chhepka (2,838m) all the way through Rechi (2,940m) from Phoksundo Lake. The walk to Rechi move around all through the stunning Pine forest, bushes, birches and spare broad tress. You can view the river from an isolated place as well. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 15: Trek to Juphal (2,475m)
Taking 3 hours of trek will take you to Juphal (2,475m) from Chhepka. The first part above the great trail, passing through the tiny village of Kalagaonda will take you towards your destination. Another time, you will go away from the chief trail and hike over the miniature trail during the pasture of Wheat, Barley, Walnut and Apricot. Trekking in Juphal is a tempting come up. Stay overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 16: Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu 
In an early morning you will catch a flight to Nepaljung. Throughout the flight you will take pleasure by viewing the elevated mountains with exclusive exterior. In warding at Nepaljung once more will catch a new flight for Kathmandu. After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu you will be transferred into the hotel where you can have some rest. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Departure!!!!
On this day you will be transferred into Tribhuvan International Airport from the hotel so that you can return your own hometown or move for next destinations. Our team representative from Ace Treks will take you to airport with great respect.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent/ Guesthouse
Seasons : Spring and Autum
Type: Hard
Activities : Trekking and Hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Upper Dolpo Circuit is comparatively an extensive circuit trek which offers an exclusive cross section understanding of Upper Dolpo along with Lower as well.
  • Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek is preferred by the trekkers as they can view the proper harmony amid Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • Dolpo region is counted as an “off the beaten track” so the amusement and excitement to jump into such trail will stimulate the trekkers to get extend and they will get to view several amazing things.

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