Upper Dolpo - Jomsom Trek is the toughest of the Dolpo treks, a thrilling trek for expert trekkers. This trek crosses more than eleven mountain passes of the Himalayas, seven of them higher than 5000m. The difficulty of the route is well compensated by the forbidding beauty of the mountains and gentle hospitality of the people.
The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek starts at Juphal and follows the same Upper Dolpo Trekking trail up the Suligad River gorge to Phoksundo Lake, 3600m. We cross a 5000 meter pass leading to the sacred Shey Ghompa monastery. From here on you are unlikely to encounter any other trekkers. Instead, we share the trail with laden yak caravans travelling to or from Tibet.
We cross Saldang-La, 5515m pass on the way to the village of Saldang. into the even more remote regions: Khomagaun, Shimen and Tinkyu from where we head into the enchanted Panzang valley, the heart of Dolpo. After reaching the beautiful, high altitude village of Charkha, we enter the no-man’s-land of eastern Dolpo where spend the next five days crossing the high barren plateau and clambering over high passes. There are no villages in this area, and only scattered traces of yak caravans that pass this route. One extremely difficult challenge is when we have to cross two high passes on the same day. We pray for good weather on this day!
Our trek ends in Jomsom from where we catch our flight back to Pokhara.
NOTE: Since the route beyond Saldang has been travelled so little, with the exception of yak caravans, there are many discrepancies about the names of places and high passes and elevations. This description is based on our experience in this wild and wonderful land.
Upper Dolpo Trekking with safety and comfort
You can rest assured that your safety and comfort are our priorities. As a safety precaution, we always carry emergency equipment:
• Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)/Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness)
• Comprehensive medical/first aid kit
• Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls can be placed for $3 USD per minute.
If you have any queries regarding your travel, please don't hesitate to contact our office staff. We are happy to help you in any way we can. You can book a trip simply by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj, 150m: 1.5 Hours
Day 4 : Fly to Jhupal & trek to Dunai, 2850m: 2-4 Hours
Day 5 : Trek to Ankhe, 2896m: 5-6 Hours
Day 6 : Trek to Sulighat, 3500m: 5-6 Hours
Day 7 : Trek to Ringmo via Phoksundo Lake, 3660m: 4-5 Hours
Day 8 : Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake, 3660m
Day 9 : Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4000m: 4-5 Hours
Day 10 : Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 4420m: 6-7 Hours
Day 11 : Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass, 5360m: 5-6 Hours
Day 12 : Rest day at Shey Gompa
Day 13 : Trek to Namduna Gaun, 4800m: 6-7 Hours
Day 14 : Trek to Saldang, 3620m: 4-5 Hours
Day 15 : Trek to Dora Sumna, 3770m: 3-4 Hours
Day 16 : Trek to Nisal Gaon Village, 4200m: 5-6 Hours
Day 17 : Trek to Chanpola Goth near Shimen Village, 4250m: 5-6 Hours
Day 18 : Trek to Tinje Village, 4180m: 6-7 Hours
Day 19 : Trek to Rapka, 4550m: 6 Hours
Day 20 : Cross Chharka La, 5015m, trek to Chharka Village, 4300m: 7 Hours
Day 21 : Exploration day at Chharka Village
Day 22 : Trek to Norbulung, 4750m or Molum Sumna, 4860m: 6 Hours
Day 23 : Cross Higher Sangda La, 5515m, trek to Sangda Phedi, 5100m 6-7 Hours
Day 24 : Cross Lower Sangda La, 5035m, trek to Sangda Village, 3800m: 6 Hours
Day 25 : Trek to Dhagarjun Village, 3280m: 7-8 Hours
Day 26 : Trek to Jomsom, 4 Hours
Day 27 : Fly to Pokhara
Day 28 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Tourist Bus
Day 29 : Free day Kathmandu
Day 30 : Departure from Nepal
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Why Trek to Upper Dolpo to Jomsom with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions in Dolpo for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
The Best Time of Year for the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek
The best seasons for trekking in Upper Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late October). A trek in May and June is ideal however you should plan for some contingency days as the flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected by monsoon weather.
Temperatures on the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek
The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C.
You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.
Upper Dolpo to Jomsom is a Camping Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
Tented camping in Upper Dolpo is sure to be a great outdoors holiday. Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package.
Annapurna Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality. Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents! (*Some companies claim 3-person tents, but the tents are all fixed size 2 person tents. If you wish to have your own tent, you can pay for a single supplement, an additional USD300$)
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
Sherpa Support Staff:
Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
Drinking Water on the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek
You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.
The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, make sure your policy specifically covers alpinism, otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 30 Days
Price : US $5400 p/p
Trip Grade : Very Strenuous
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Transport:By Air & Bus
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Nepalgunj:1 night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:1 night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Camping services:23 Days Camping
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint