• Country Nepal
  • Duration 30 Days
  • Region North Western Nepal
  • Max Altitude 5,545 meters / 18,193 FEETS
  • Group Size 4 to 6 People
  • Arrival On Kathmandu
  • Departure From Kathamndu
  • Grade Hard
  • Meals Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodations 4* Boutique hotel, Camps in the Trek
  • Prime Activity Trekking
  • Minor Activity Cultural Sightseeing
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Date & Price
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Trip Overview

The magical mystical Trek

Dolpo trekking route, also known as “Crystal Peak or Junior Kailash” trekking, linked with Tibet from centuries, is one of the most mystical, exotic, wild, remote, holistic and challenging trekking route in Nepal with its stunning views of several of the highest peaks in the Himalaya, among others: the massif 8167 meters Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Kanjiroba and Putha Huinchuli and Annapurna range. The medieval tradition of the Tibetan people living in their settlements with limited cultivation and keeping yaks, goat and sheep’s as basics will fulfill  you with excitement. Challenging Upper Dolpo trek is situated in the western part of the Nepal, south of the Tibetan plateau, and also part of the largest national park in Nepal. Dolpo was nicely highlighted in Eric Vallis famous movie “Caravan”, which was nominated with an Oscar as best film in foreign language.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes an off the beaten-track trekking from the region of Dolpo to Mustang in a unique landscape and wilderness of Nepal by crossing five 5000 meters passes in the high Himalayan altitude: the Nagdala pass (5,340m), Shela pass (5120m), Choye la pass (5040m), Tsarka pass (5020m) and Newal pass (5545m). Besides such challenging adventure, this Trekking offers beautiful oasis when approching villages, dot barren landscapes, deep canyons under a velvet blue sky and the great Phoksendu lake. Dolpo trekking offers to discover the rich ecological diversity of the different vegetation and the colourful monastic artistic treasures and traditions of the various ethnical local groups of Dolpopa, Mugumpa and Lopa people. During this Trek, you will see the famous Himalayan yak herds, the traditional mountain blue sheeps, and last but not least, with some chance the snow leopard.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes to start this Dolpo Trek by flying from Kathmandu to Juphal above the lusty forest and vegetation of the Himalayan hills. Our Trekking follows then the Tholo beri Khola River and passes through the cultivated fields of the Dunai and Chhepka regions. Our trail gets more challenging as getting higher in the altitude with stunning snow-capped mountains and a beautiful approach of the hollistic Phoksindu Lake surrounded by the high-altitude settlements of Seldang, Tenji, Charka. Gradually, we then descent to Mustang from where we take the next day a 25-minute flight to Pokhara. The flight itself is worth with its splendid views on the whole Annapurna range and the massif of Dhaulagiri.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes this Trek in the Dolpo wilderness by providing experienced staff, excellent camping material and delicious food, the appropriate medical and emergency aids, weather update, communication means and the necessary security gear.

Come and discover the magic of Himalayas with comfort and quality that you deserve with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS style.


Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS propose challenging Dolpo trek  crossing over five 5000 meter passes to Mustang

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Stunning mountain flights
  • Trekking through the remote area of the Dolpo region discovering the diversity of its landscapes, cultures and traditions
  • Crossing of five passes above 5000 meters with stunning panoramic views on the Himalayan ranges
  • Discovery of the holy Phoksendu lake
  • High altitude vegetation and yak herds sceneries
  • Real camping experience at high altitude
  • Discovery of ancient Himalayan settlements
  • Extraordinary views on some giants of the Himalaya: the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges
  • Sightseeing of the beautiful small city of Pokhara
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of trekkers.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing day
  • Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj, Lodge
  • Day 4 : Fly to Juphal, treks to Dunai (2185m), Camp
  • Day 5 : Dunai to Syangda (2545m), Camp
  • Day 6 : Dunai to Amchi (3110m), Camp
  • Day 7 : Amchi to Phoksendu Lake (3735m), Camp
  • Day 8 : Rest and Acclimatisation day, Camp
  • Day 9 : Phoksendu Lake to Salla Ghari (3670m), Camp
  • Day 10 : Salla Ghari to Nangdala high camp (4670m), Camp
  • Day 11 : Over Nangdala pass (5340m) to Shy Gompa (4,160m), Camp
  • Day 12 : Rest and Acclimatisation Day, Camp
  • Day 13 : Over Shela pass (5110m) to Namgung Gompa (4450m), Camp
  • Day 14 : Namgung Gompa to Saldang (4,160m), Camp
  • Day 15 : Saldang to Komas (4300m), Camp
  • Day 16 : Komas to Semen (3930m), Camp
  • Day 17 : Semen to Tinge (3850), Camp
  • Day 18 : Tinge to Larja (4720m), Camp
  • Day 19 : Larja to Choyela pass (5040m) to Do Tarap (4150m), Camp
  • Day 20 : Do Tarap to Charkula High Camp (4830), Camp
  • Day 21 : Over Charkula pass to Kharka River (4780m), Camp
  • Day 22 : Over Tsharka pass (5040m) to Tsharka Bhot (4160m), Camp
  • Day 23 : Tsharka bhot to Yak kharka (4750m), Camp
  • Day 24 : Yak Kharka to Niwal pass (5,545m) to Gok phedi (4380m), Camp
  • Day 25 : Gok phedi to Sangda (3370m), Camp
  • Day 26 : Sangda to Dalle Pokhari (3480m), Camp
  • Day 27 : Dalle Pokhari to Jomsom (2682m), Lodge
  • Day 28 : Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m), Hotel
  • Day 29 : Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 30 : International flight departure (we suggest at evening)

Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Voyage Status Book Now
09 Oct, 2017 07 Nov, 2017 USD 7,570 SPACE AVAILABLE Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Flights Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Juphal, Jomsom-Pokhara (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4-Star Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu,  on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Please be aware that additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Dinners in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • 1 Night in Pokhara, on a sharing basis, including breakfasts
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis
  • All major meals during trekking
  • All necessary trained and experienced staff, guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters/yakmen, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • All necessary trekking and national park permits
  • The technical equipment to secure the passes, if necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication device in case of emergency
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • First aid kit
  • Weather reports 
  • Solar lights for Camping and charging
  • All government and local taxes

*Please note that WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS reserves its right to adapt the prices for the flights, in case of price fluctuation of the air taxes.


Price Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Lunches in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Internet, phone, Individual beverages, laundry, bar bills, and extra porters, and all other personal items)
  • Tips (Guide, assistant guide, porters, yak driver, driver, city guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price

We are at your disposal for the booking of your international flight.

Logistics

TREKKING PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on Dolpo trekking for group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for this trek because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis.  Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you a individual mattress and  a thin isolation mattress for entire sleeping tent.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the team with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines except while crossing the passes. Packages lunch are given on some days.
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.

In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. 

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some days while crossing the passes.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

The Guide is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associated with the rescue and national helicopter rescue airlines.

In order to minimise risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, guide and assistant guide will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

OUR TEAM

The success of Upper Dolpo Trek depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in guiding and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and deep knowledge about the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes, while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our member's  needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the trail is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.

Assistant guide: Our assistant guide has also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members to monitor the group.

Cook: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ cook is a government trained and licensed trekking cook who plays a vital role during the entire Trekking. He has the necessary experience to provide you with different cuisine and bakery. He is highly focusing on hygienic food, clean and best utensils, proper management of the camp and its surroundings. As the Guide, he makes sure that the garbage is properly managed and the camping site is clean after our use. Last but not least, he is providing you as often as possible with fresh vegetables and meat.

Kitchen Boy(s):  our kitchen boy(s), assist the cook in his main duties: in the kitchen, by serving and cleaning the dishes, managing the water and taking care of the maintenance of the campsite.

Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and insurances.

In some places where the porters are usually replaced by mules, it is the responsibility of the mule driver (“mule man”) to ensure that the transportation of your material is done in an appropriate manner.

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Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before your embark for Dolpo Trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4 hour hike, which familiarises already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatise and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADES

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you. 

UPPER DOLPO: Hard

A trekking with the grade “hard” implies the following factors:

  • An altitude up to 6000 m above sea level

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-60% with some sections that may be loose, sandy, with gravel grounds and 
boulders, icy, snowy and to be done by abseiling 

  • An average of 400 to 1000 elevation ascent a day (especially while crossing the passes) 

  • Confident to walk on glacier moraines and glaciers covered with snow 

  • The trail may be rough paved, need to fix a rope, be loose dirt, slippery, in a landslide area, icy and snowy. At some places, you might need the help of your hands and be strongly assisted by a partner/guide 

  • The aptitude to walk 8-12 hours per day especially while crossing the passes 

  • To be confident to cross a river 


It requires the subsequent skills from each participant:

  • The need to have a basic mountaineering knowledge, as glacier walk, crampon and ice axe use 

  • The knowledge of repelling down oneself 

  • A very good stamina; the capacity to walk during several hours at a sustained walking pace for a few days in a row in a high altitude environment 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident in difficult terrain 

  • You are able to carry a small personal backpack (35 litres) 


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