Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek – Juphal to Juphal

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Juphal to Juphal circuit trek

The ethereal part of Western Nepal, known as Dolpo, is cut off from the outside world by high passes, and only a few trekkers will ever visit this place. Our exceptional trek leaders will bring you into this remote, rare world of the old Bon and Buddhist area.

We will follow ancient trails to the remote high altitude villages where the people still live as their ancestors did as barley farmers and semi-nomadic yak herders wearing traditional handspun wool robes and boots. However, this is changing real fast as they have started visiting cities, and change is inevitable. Many of the villages in Dolpo still practice Bon, the religion that predates Buddhism. It is still one of the few places that practice this ancient religion.

This tough, rugged, and remote trek brings many rewards, including the astounding beauty of Phoksundo Lake, and visits many monasteries that are several centuries old. Our journey consists of crossing several high passes above 5,000 meters and camping above 4,000 meters for several nights.

We have always designed this trek to allow time to acclimatize. This area is so remote that we might only see a few other trekking groups, if any, at all. This remote trek is one of the few places in the world that is still possible. However, with the Government of Nepal’s plan to join all District headquarters by road, this will soon change.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: We obtain the permits and fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 03: Morning flight to Jhupal and trek to Sulighat (2,282m) 3-4 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.

Day 04: Trek to Chhekpa (2,883m). 6-7 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 05: Trek to Raichi (2,940m). 5-6 hours walk. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 06: Trek to Ringmo/Phuksundo Lake (3,733m). 5-7 hours walk. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 07: Rest, acclimatization, and explore. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 08: Trek to Lar Tsa (4,120m). 6-7 hours walk. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 09: Trek to Nangdala or Kang La Phedi (4,700m), 4-5 hours walk.

Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,160m), 7-8 hours walk. Overnight in tented camp.

Day 11: Trek to Namgung Gompa (place of interest). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 12: Trek to Saldang Village (most beautiful village). Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 13: Rest day in Saldang. Visit Yangsher Gompa. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 14: Saldang Village – Durki Khola Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 15: Trek to Thurki. Via Jungla pass. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 16: Trek to Dho Tarap. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 17: Trek to Laina Odar. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 18: Trek to Tarakot. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 19: Trek to Dunai. Overnight in a hotel or at tented Camp.

Day 20: Trek to Juphal. Overnight in a hotel or at tented Camp.

Day 21: Fly via Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, where we check into our hotel.

Day 22: A free day in Kathmandu. Optional city tour. The group’s final evening together.

Day 23: Spare day just in case the days have to be extended (safety first)

Day 24: Fly back to home country

Cost Includes:

  • 2-night hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1-night hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast.
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal and return airfare.
  • All airport transfers
  • 17-night camping trek (fully catered)
  • All permits for the trek
  • All camping gear and kitchen utensils
  • One expert trek leader or Hire Raj along with local assistant
  • One trekking chef
  • All meals (the best and healthiest food in the whole of the Himalaya)
  • Pack animals to carry all gear and food on the trek
  • One satellite phone in case of emergency
  • Insurance for crew and pack animals

Cost Excludes:

  • Visas
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transportation outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.

Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

What should I bring on a Trek?
Being correctly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check the FAQ section or contact us.