Upper Dolpa is a high-altitude Tibetan cultural region in western Nepal's Dolpa District, which is bordered to the north by China. Dolpa lies in the remote northwest of Nepal, between the Tibetan Plateau and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. It is a mystical land of Buddhist monasteries and a Tibetan culture largely untouched by the world outside the region's borders.
Since 1984, Upper Dolpa Trek has been renowned for the largest Shey Phoksundo National Park.
The park covers 3,500 square kilometres of land, most of which is above 4,000 meters. Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, and Snow Leopard are among the many wild animals found in the area. Elevations in the park range from 2,130 m to 6,883 m at the summit of Kanjiroba Himal. Apart from that, the national park is home to multiple other monasteries along with different glaciers.
Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of Nepal’s deepest lakes (146m) and it’s a jewel of Dolpa. The lake stands as a major highlight for trekking and lies at an elevation of 3620m. The lake is clearly observed with turquoise colour and star-like twinkling on the lake due to the reflection of the sun.
Similarly, the best selling book Snow Leopards was written in the Dolpa region, and Eric Valli's Oscar-nominated movie CARAVAN (HIMALAYA) was shot there. Dolpa is also famous for its nutritional and medicinal plants. The main herbs found in that area are Yarcha gamba and Panchaunle.
Another attraction point for upper Dolpa trekkers is Dho-Tarap valley. Dho-Tarap valley is famous for traditional monasteries and houses built at the height of 4080m. Wood carving is a talent that the locals have.You will observe that the homes and monasteries in this valley are traditionally carved out of wood during your tour.
To explore this fascinating region, one must acquire a trekking permit from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara. After that, you'll take a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and stay the night at a hotel in Nepalgunj to obtain access to the entry point.
The next day, early in the morning, you will travel from Nepalgaunj to Juphal airport which is situated on the borders of Juphal village.
Day : 4
Ankhe gaun is the fourth dopla trekking destination following Dunai.When beginning the walk from Dunai, the first place important to note is Hanke village.Hanke village is also known as the Phoksundo National Park's entry.
Renje is the dolpa trekking's 5th day's destination from Ankhe. Walking through narrow passes, steep slopes, and suspension bridges are all parts of today's adventure. The walk is difficult, but the view is beautiful. Then it's on to Renje, where we'll spend an evening in tents.
The destination of day 6 is the famous sundown lake. The lake is famous for its color and it’s beauty. The way from Renje to Phoksundo lake is filled with mesmerizing waterfalls, landescapes and views.
Day 7 of the dolpa trekking is spent by enjoying the beauty of Phoksundo lake. It covers 4.94 km square. It is the deepest lake in Nepal. The lake is surrounded by beautiful Buddhist monasteries.
Day 8 starts with leaving beautiful phoksundo lake. Bagala phedi is a beautiful place at 4750m. To get to Bagala phedi the trekkers need to pass through difficult passes. We can also see beautiful monasteries passing through here.
The target of the 9th dolpa trekking is to get poyon khola from Bagala phedi. We can see beautiful sceneries in the way.
In the morning of the 10th day, after breakfast at poyon khola the trekkers leave for Shering Gompa through south Numa la. On the way, the trekkers can see amazing views of the snowcapped mountains.
Dho tarap at 4030m is the 11th-day destination of dolpa trekking from Shering Gompa. The travellers go through grazing fields and see animal herds of sheep’s, horses. We can see the Buddhist settlements along the way. Camping is made to spend the night at Dho trap.
Day 12 :
12 Days of trekking will be spent exploring Dho tarap. Dho tarap is a beautiful place situated at 4030m from sea level. The place is famous for its Tibetan settlement.
Day 13 :
From Dho Tarap we go towards Tarap khola. On the way to Tarap khola on our 13th dolpa trekking we see many mesmerizing views, herds of blue sheep, large bushes, and some wild animals.
On the 14th morning, the trekkers move with aim of getting to Lahini in the evening. We can also see some locals and some grazing animals. The path to Lahini is very narrow and steep. A camp is made to spend the night.
Day 15 :
The 15th day of the dolpa trekking is started by moving to the destination Khani gaon. The Tarap becomes very narrow sometimes during trekking. The camp of that day is made in Khani gaon.
Day 16 :
Day 16th of dolpa trekking is spent by resting and visiting Khani village.Day break provides time to explore the village and interact with the villagers.
Day 17 :
The target of the 17th-day dolpa trekking is to reach Khani gaon from tarakot. To get to tarakot hikers need to pass from Tarap chu river and Bheri river. The night stays around Tarakot village.
Day 18 :
On day 18 of the dopla trekking, we return to Dunai from Tarakot village. The trekker's mush pass through trail of Bheri, Byas gadi, Locha khola gaun then climb a little to get to Dunai. The night stay preparations are made at Dunai village.
Day 19: From Dunai we move to Jhupal on our 19th day of dolpa trekking. The night at jhupal is the last day trekking as the next day there will be a flight to Nepalgunj.
Day 20 :
On the 20th day, an early morning flight is taken to Nepalgunj. After Nepalgunj the same day next destination will be Kathmandu.
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