Trekking in Nepal

Upper Dolpo - The Bon Kingdom Trek

Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo - The Bon Kingdom TrekUpper Dolpo trek is an epic journey crossing many high passes and travels through an area that is culturally Tibetan. This Dolpo trek takes place in the north-west region of Nepal behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau. Upper Dolpo is one of the remotest and least exposed areas of Nepal, also naturally isolated by the difficult topography and offers rare opportunities to explore near-virgin territory and meet people, almost unexposed to tourism. This Dolpo trek provides chances to visit several unique monasteries (gompas) and an abundance of wild life including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people.
We start the trek at the airstrip of Juphal continuous encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron. This trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the Numala pass at 5,400m till we reach the Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village in the "Phoksundo National Park". After a rest day to explore around the lake we carry on the journey crossing different passes to Jumla.
Upper Dolpo was closed to foreigners for years and is now only possible to visit with an expensive Restricted Area permit. Upper Dolpo was first written about by David Snelgrove in his book titled "Himalayan Pilgrimmage" and more recently by Peter Matthiessen in "The Snow Leopard" and in "Stones of Silence" by George Schaller.

Sample day on "Upper Dolpo - The Bon Kingdom"

All our treks are managed by a team of professionally trained Leader/guide responsible for all aspects of the running of the trek. Our special departure trek is well versed in the culture and natural history of the Himalayas. Your day start with a cup of hot tea served in your room. A member of the trekking staff followed by a bowl of hot washing water, after which you will be required to pack your luggage and the porters loaded whilst we are having breakfast. After breakfast we set off on the trail, enjoying the pleasant cool of the morning. Your day's trek involves navigating numerous picturesque forests, hills, mountains and the local villages for the next three hours. Around mid-day we usually stop for a pleasant spot along the way for lunch. Your midday lunch break usually lasts around an hour and is a time to relax, pop the boots off and air those feet! Plenty of time is allowed for photograph in the route. After lunch you'll walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the night. You have enough time to change, freshen up, before exploring an area.

Each evening is spent as per your interest for reading or chatting with the fellow trekkers and crew members or a pack of cards is an advantage; the crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Our porters and Sherpa's also like to have singing and dancing competitions in which they love you to join in! Finally, it's off to bed for a well deserved night's rest before you start it all again.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02:  Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 03:  Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 04:  Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)
Day 05:  Trek to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06:  Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft), 3-4 hrs walks
Day 07:  Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft), 4-5 hrs walks
Day 08:  Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 09:  Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5-6 hrs walks
Day 10:  Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Day 11:  Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 12:  Trek below Numala pass (4665m/15301ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 13:  Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs walk
Day 14:  Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 15:  Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 16:  Rest Day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m/12234ft)
Day 17:  Trek to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 18:  Trek below Kagmara La, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 19:  Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 20:  Trek to Hurikot village(3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 21:  Trek to Chaurikot(3060m/10036ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 22:  Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5-6hrs walk
Day 23:  Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 24:  Trek to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 25:  Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
Day 26:  Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 27: Departure from Kathmandu.

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