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Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

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Breakfast: 27
Lunch: 27
Dinner: 26
Bus
Jeep
Flight
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 1 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 23 Night(s)

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Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Dolpo-Jomsom Trek begins with the spectacular flight along with the Himalayan range to Jhupal following lush valleys and steep river canyons typical to the south side of Himalayas. Upper Dolpo has been referred to as the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture with the landscapes. It is a harlequin of colors and textures, sculpted gorges and gompas, yak herders and villages blended perfectly into the landscapes.

Our trek from Upper Dolpo to Jomsom is a quite challenging and adventurous journey to the western part of the nation that connects the western region and far western region together. Despite the difficulties, it is fabulous trekking vying for the most scenic trek in Nepal. Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek takes you to the untouched virgin land of Himalayan Kingdom. As Dolpo is linked so closely with the frontier of Tibet, it is inhabited by the Tibetan people. It is rough and mountainous region highly influenced by traditional Buddhism. This trek is recommended to expert trekkers to a great height, as the trail is quite challenging for the beginners.

It is the place to explore Bon and Buddhist culture and monasteries including Shey Gompa (the crystal monastery) which is the important pilgrimage for many Tibetans. Many monasteries are influenced by Bonpo (Shamanistic Pre Buddhism) monasteries. Officially opened for foreigners after 1996, this region involves more than eleven high Himalayan passes among which seven of them are above 5000m.

The main part of this trek includes the trail inside Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the biggest national park of Nepal inhabited by many endangered animals. Kang La Pass (5240m), Shey Gompa (4280m), Lnag La (5002m), Sime Gaon (3950m) and Yak Kharka (4780m) are the highlighted places along the trail. Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is once in a lifetime type of trip with mesmerizing unique culture, habitat, and tradition along with splendid natural beauty.

Trip Code

UDTJT81

Starts

Nepalgunj

Finishes

Jomsom

Duration

29 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Group-Size

2 - 14

Age

Minimum 16

Seasons

Mar-Jul,Sep-Oct

Elevation

5100 m/ 16732.3ft

Trip View

1993

Activities

Trekking

Travel Style

Comfortable

Trip popularity

TRIP FACTS

  • Challenging and off beaten trek.
  • The very famous movie “Caravan” by Eric vale was shot in Dolpa region.
  • This trek starts from Dolpo region and end at Jomsom valley.
  • Sangda la pass is the border of Dolpo and Annapurna Region.
  • Dolpo region is divided into three parts: Upper, Middle and Lower according to the culture and tradition.
  • The upper region is inhabited by Buddhist and Bon cults, whose culture resemble with Tibetans
  • “Khaam” language is spoken in upper Dolpo which is similar to the Tibetan language

Why this Trip

Those looking for Upper Dolpo Trek but wants to take a different trail than the standard one can opt this trek. In this trial, it is much more convenient for the trekkers to get a flight from Jomson than Jhupal airport. This trek also allows you to see the glimpse of the magnificent Mustang region.

Trip Notes

  • •We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • •What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • •A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Brief Itinerary

High above from the clouds and those gigantic peaks, landing in the congested valley yet colorful with diverse culture and tradition, the bittersweet feeling can't be expressed. You will find a Swotah representative eagerly waiting for the glance of you at the airport who will escort you to the hotel to take a good rest. In the evening we will be seeking your presence at the dinner table where the detail discussion of the tour will take place.

Meal:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Airport Pick up- hotel
  • guided Thamel tour
Trekking to upper Dolpo is restricted to foreigners, so the permit should be granted by Nepal Immigration Board. We will collect your passport and get your permits issued for the trek. In mean time you can make most of the free day to explore the city and to get ready for the trekking and also do some shopping.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Sightseeing
  • Food and wine tour(Optional)
Today we drive all the way to Nepalgunj. City lies in the Terai region of Nepal which is plain lands; interestingly mountain country too has plain lands! Nepalgunj is very close to the Indian border and the Bardia National Park. People and culture here is highly influenced by Indian culture. Overnight at hotel.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Teahouse

Activities:

  • Private transportation to Nepalgunj
Today we take a brief 35 minutes flight to Juphal. Juphal is starting point for our trek, from Juphal we hit the road and commence the trekking. The trail descends and skirts through local villages. We start our trek as we walk downhill to camp by the river at Sulighat (2050m). Stay overnight at Rupgad.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

  • Flight to Juphal
From Rupgad, we head towards Chepka by following the trail that goes along the Suli Gaad River. We skirt numerous villages including Jyalhasa; Temporary winter settlement for the people of Dolpa and their cattle. Stay Overnight at Chepka.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Leaving Chepka we hit the trail to Sanduwa, we cross rives many times today. The trail ascends to narrow gorge through lush forests of bamboo and conifer. The valley-wide opens at the village of Renje beyond which the trail climbs upwards further to reach Samduwa. Stay Overnight at Samduwa.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we head to Ringmo along with the Samduwa the river which later becomes the Phoksumdo Khola. We Trek via Palam and enter the Dolpo National Park. From a ridge above the valley, we are rewarded with the first glimpse of Phoksumdo Lake. Descending through forest we climb to the Dolpopa village of Ringmo (3600m). Stay Overnight at the camp near the lake.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Besides the exquisite lake, there is much to explore nearby. We observe the culture of Ringmo village and its monasteries.. Many beautiful glaciers can be found near and above the lake area. There are many monasteries (Gompas ) and Bon-Po religious sites at the park.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we enter the restricted area of Upper Dolpo to the Shalla Ghari , we reach there through the route where the epic movie called CARAVAN by Eric Valli was casted.This route is said to be used by traders of Dolpo and Tibetans. On the way we are blessed with beautiful mountains view, Lane Ringmo, and the dark green pine forests. Stay overnight at Shalla Ghari.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we leave Salla Ghari reach for Lar Tsa. We will reach a narrow gorge where we spend overnight.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today is strenuous day of us crossing the Kang La (5350m).We climb for about 2-3 hours before we reach the pass. From the pass we descend to the valley and follow the river to Shey Gompa. The vintage monastery is set dramatically beneath Crystal Mountain. We stay overnight at Shey Gompa.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today our bodies need rest and acclimatization to get used to the altitude. We spend the day by going out and about in Shey Gompa. We also visit to Tsa Kang monastery, perched on a ledge of a cliff-face. Stay overnight at Shey Gompa.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we head east side towards Namgung, on the route we cross the Shey La pass (5100m) from where we can view Tibet in the north and Mustang in the east. From the pass we descend for awhile to reach the pasturelands of Namgung. Overnight at Namgung.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we start trek by passing through Namgung Khola, then we steep descent to the village of Saldang. Saldang is the largest Village in Inner Dolpo. We stay overnight at Saldang.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we will take a much-deserved rest day after strenuous trekking. On free time we can hike up to beautiful Karang village which is 1-2 hours far from the Saldang

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today, we continue our walk towards the Khoma. Before we reach we will pass through the Khoma Gompa and local school. After 7-8 hrs walk we will reach the beautiful village (Khoma).

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

After breakfast we leave Khoma village and walk towards another green and amazing village, Shimen. In Shimen village we can see many trees. Crossing Gurchhu Khola and passing through the Shimen La we reach there around 5 hours walk.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Tinje valley is the large village where we can go through the Panjyan Khola and on the way we can see the large Gompa name as Namyal Gompa. Many people of Tinje act in the movie.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Leaving Tinje Valley we go towards the southward campsite on the banks of the river at Rapka. The Rapka is the beautiful place from where we can see the beautiful nature and enjoy it.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today, we start our trek by climbing the Chharka la (4920m) and after there we continue our path by descending down toward the Chharka village. Chharka village is a small and beautiful village where we can see the Sarchhen Gompa and monastery as many people on here are Buddhist.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Crossing the small bridge over the Chharka Khola, Chharka and new Chharka Khola of metal bridge we start our trek towards the Norbulung. 5hrs continuous walk from Norbulung takes us towards our today’s destination.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

After having breakfast we start our trek from Norbulung and we go towards the Yak Kharka which is our today destination.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Early morning after breakfast, we start our trek and leave behind the Yak Kharka. Today will be a challenging day as we pass through Sangda la which is long, tough pass from where we can see the amazing views. The Sangda La is the border between the Dolpo and Annapurna region. As we reach Sangda Phedi we set up camp for night stay and rest.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we will be heading towards the Sangda village by crossing the Bheri Khola. Sangda is a remote Gurung Tibetans village. From Sangda we can see the incredible views of mountains.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

From Sangda after having breakfast we move towards the Kagbeni which is the holy place of mustang region. Many people come over there for religious purpose. Crossing the ridges and enjoying the fabulous view of surrounding we reach Kagbeni.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

Today we will be heading towards Jomsom after having breakfast at Kagbeni. As today is our last trek day of this trip so we will reach Jomsom after 2 hrs trek from Kagbeni and the rest of the time we take a rest.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

After morning breakfast, we will be leaving for Pokhara via Jomsom through flight. Pokhara is a beautiful city with lots of tranquil lakes and wonderful mountain views and adventure activities like; Paragliding, Bungee Jump, zip liner etc.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will come back to Kathmandu. The whole journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes 6 hours of drive through Prithvi Highway along the bank of Trishuli River.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

Farewell are the worst feeling but we are bound to be part our ways. To make the most of the day and for your contentment, we will be arranging a short coffee gathering or even may be a lunch as per your flight status. We will then see you off at the airport with souvenirs.

Meal:

  • Breakafast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

Activities:

  • Airport drop
  • souvenir
  • Farewell lunch or coffee
  • Shopping arrangements

FAQS

Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use camping for our clients. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We use private transportation sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley. And we use domestic airlines to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. We do drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or jeep.
March to April and Mid-September to October are the best time to do this trek, although in winters it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
Trekking in Upper Dolpo and Jomsom Trek is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
In some village, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide also provided with a mobile phone in case of emergency you can call from his mobile and make a call.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
Usually, we have to walk about 7-8 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hour of walk depends on client's speed. So it's really relative.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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