DOLPO Trek

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 29 Days
  • Region: North Western Nepal
  • Max Altitude: 5,545 meters / 18,193 FEETS
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: Difficult
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodation: Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotels in KTM / Camps in the Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural Sightseeing
Trip Price:
USD 6,680 per person
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Highlights of Trip

A challenging Trek to Mustang by crossing five passes over 5000 meters in stunning landscapes

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Superior hotels in Kathmandu
  • Stunning  mountain flights
  • Great Himalayan experience off-the beaten tracks 
  • 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
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of maximum 6 trekkers.

Trip Overview

“Crystal Peak or Junior Kailash” trekking is another name for this Dolpo trek. A link with Tibet since centuries. One of the most exotic, mystical and challenging trekking route in Nepal. It has stunning views of several of the highest peaks in the Himalaya. One of them being the impressive massif of Mount Dhaulagiri. And further Mount Kanjiroba, Putha Himchuli and the Annapurna range.A discovery of the traditions of the Tibetan people. They are living in their settlements with limited cultivation and keeping some yaks, goats and sheep. Upper Dolpo is situated in the western part of the Nepal, south of the Tibetan plateau, and is 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.

Mystical trek Route: Dolpo Trek to Mustang 

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes this off the beaten-track trekking by starting from the Upper Dolpo to Mustang. Unique dot barren landscapes. Crossing of five Himalayan passes above 5000 meters. Deep canyons under a velvet blue sky. And last but not least, the great Phoksendu lake. During this WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Dolpo Trek you discover not only the rich ecological diversity of the different vegetation and the colourful monastic artistic treasures. But also the famous Himalayan yak herds, the traditional mountain blue sheep and the Himalayan Vulture. And maybe 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 Tholoberi Khola river and passes through the cultivated fields of the Dunai and Chhepka regions. The trail gets more challenging as getting higher in the altitude. Stunning snow-capped mountains, beautiful approach to 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 wilderness of the Dolpo Region 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.

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

 

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Tibet International hotel

  • Day 2 : Flight to Nepalgunj / Lodge

  • Day 3 : Flight to Juphal; hike to Dunai (2185m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 4 : Dunai to Syangda (2545m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 5 : Dunai to Amchi (3110m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 6 : Amchi to Phoksendu Lake (3735m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 7 : Rest- and acclimatisation day at Phoksendu Lake / Campsite WYE

  • Day 8 : Phoksendu Lake to Salla Ghari (3670m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 9 : Salla Ghari to Nangdala high camp (4670m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 10 : Nangdala high camp via Nangdala pass (5340m) to Shey Gompa (4160m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 11 : Rest- and acclimatisation day in Shey Gompa / Campsite WYE

  • Day 12 : Shey Gompa via Shela pass (5110m) to Namgung Gompa (4450m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 13 : Namgung Gompa to Saldang (4160m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 14 : Saldang to Komas (4300m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 15 : Komas to Semen (3930m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 16 : Semen to Tinge (3850m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 17 : Tinge to Larja (4720m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 18 : Larja via Choyela pass (5040m) to Do Tarap (4150m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 19 : Do Tarap to Charkula High Camp (4830m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 20 : Charkula High Camp via Charkula pass to Kharka River (4780m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 21 : Kharka River via Tsharka pass (5040m) to Tsharka Bhot (4160m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 22 : Tsharka Bhot to Yak Kharka (4750m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 23 : Yak Kharka via Niwal pass (5545m) to Gok Phedi (4380m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 24 : Gok Phedi to Sangda (3370m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 25 : Sangda to Dalle Pokhari (3480m) / Campsite WYE

  • Day 26 : Dalle Pokhari to Jomsom (2720m) / Lodge

  • Day 27 : Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m) / Glacier Hotel

  • Day 28 : Flight to Kathmandu / Transfer to Yak & Yeti hotel

  • Day 29 : Departure international flight

Date & Price

Do not hesitate to contact us for a customised Dolpo Trek.

 

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price (USD) Activity Book Now
07 Sep, 2019 05 Oct, 2019 USD 6,680 TREKKING  Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that you know the total costs of your Himalayan Journey in advance!

  • The organisation of your Journey
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • 2 nights accommodation in superior Hotels in Kathmandu,  on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Please be aware that additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Dinners in Kathmandu (2)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Flights airfares, including taxes: Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Juphal, Jomsom-Pokhara (by airplane)*
  • 1 night in a superior hotel in Pokhara, on a sharing basis, including breakfast and dinner. Please be aware that additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis
  • All major meals during trekking
  • All necessary trained and experienced WYE Team: Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide (depending on the number of participants), Porters, 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
  • First aid kit with oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Weather reports 
  • Solar lights for camping and charging
  • Warm sleeping bag and down jacket provided for the duration of this Trek 
  • 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 and individual beverages
  • Tips 
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price

*Contact us for the booking of your international flight.

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' TREKKING PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants only for its Dolpo 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 local Team.

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 Tibet International and Yak & Yeti 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 Group with its own 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. 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. 

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.

Our Trekking 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 our Trekking Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, our Trekking 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 our Trekking 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.

Our Trekking 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 WILD YAK TEAM

The success of this 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.

Our 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 Trekking 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. Our Trekking Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our member's  needs, supervising the Group 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. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the Group during the entire trekking.

Our Assistant guidehas also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved guide. He assists our Trekking Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the Group runs smoothly. 

Our Kitchen Team: plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the base camp and its surroundings. The Cook's role is also to manage the Base Camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa Team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.

Our 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.

Grade

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 you embark for our Dolpo Trek, 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. 

DOLPO TREK: 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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