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Dolpo Helicopter Tour

Dolpo Helicopter Tour

Helicopter tour to Dolpo

Overview

Trip Highlights;
  • Explore Upper Dolpo - Shey Phoksundo Lake & Shey Gompa
  • Experience Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo Religion.
  • Trek via Kali Gandaki Valley - world's deepest gorge.
  • Scenic Helicopter flight from Shey Gompa (Upper - Dolpo) to  Pokhara. 
Trip Introduction;
Dolpo Helicopter Tour is an excellent way to explore the magical and mystical land of Dolpo. We trek along the less beaten trails to Upper Dolpo also known as "Great Himalayan Trail" and then experience the amazing helicopter flight from Shey Gompa - Upper Dolpo to Pokhara. The trek offers incredible experience while walking through traditional villages that are inspired by Bon-po religion and Tibetan Buddhism. Walking over the ancient trails we explore the isolated Himalayan region of Nepal. After an inspirational trek to Shey Gompa, we make our return journey with a scenic helicopter flight enjoying an eagle eye view of beautiful landscapes of Dolpo for a memorable experience. 

Dolpo Helicopter Tour with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing at Kathmandu we take a sweeping flight to Nepalgunj. We take another short scenic flight to Jhupal at lower Dolpo - the starting point of our trek. We start our trek from Jhupal following the ancient trail that passes through several traditional villages, beautiful valleys and dense forests filled with pines, oaks, and rhododendron towards Phoksundo lake at Ringmo. The valley is popular with yak and sheep herders. After spending a good day exploring around the serene cobalt blue - Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village, our forward journey heads higher to Shey Gompa. It is worth spending a day at Shey. Shey is one of the most sacred valleys in Dolpo. Killing of any animal is prohibited in or around Shey Gompa. We will visit the remote village of Shey, Kagyupa gompa as well as the Heritage at Tsakang. After spending an excursion day at Shey Gompa, we make our return journey with a Helicopter flight overlooking the fascinating valleys of Dolpo Region and with great views of surrounding mountains towards Pokhara. Our incredible and memorable experience gained at Dolpo Helicopter Tour ends with a scenic drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
      

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft]  & transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj [45 min flight]
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal [2475m/8118ft] [45 min flight]  & 
            Trek to Dunai [2140m/7019ft] [3 hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka [2838m/9308ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Chhepka to Rechi [2940m/9643ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo Village [3733m/12244ft][5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Rest and exploration.
Day 09: Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola [3750/12300ft] via 
             Phoksundo Lake [3600m/11808ft] [6-7 hrs Trek] 
Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Campsite [4717m/15471ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 11: Trek from Campsite to High Camp [4900m/16072ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 12: Cross Nangdala La Pass [5350m/17548ft] & 
             Trek to Shey Gompa [4343m/14245ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Day 13: Excursion at Shey Gompa. 
Day 14: Helicopter Flight to Pokhara & overnight at Lakeside Pokhara
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for departure.

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft]  & transfer to Hotel
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Click here for detail info about world heritage sites of UNESCO in Nepal
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj [45 min flight]
Today we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj. Nepalganj is located in the southwestern part of the Terai region near to the border of India. In Nepalganj, we will spend our day by paying a visit to the holy Bageshwari Temple and wandering around the busy streets of Nepalganj Bazaar. Here we can see people from every corner of Nepal, including people from Tibet and India. They gather here for trade of goods and services.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal [2475m/8118ft] [45 min flight]  & Trek to Dunai [2140m/7019ft] [3 hrs Trek]
We will take an early morning flight from Nepalgunj and fly towards the dirt airstrip of Juphal - the starting point of the trek. From Juphal we will follow a broad trail that descends passing through beautiful terraced fields. We will trek along a small group of buildings before crossing the Thuli Bheri River. After crossing the river we will continue on a broad dirt track trail that heads towards Dunai. Dunai is the administrative center as well as main trading centre of the whole Dolpo Region.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka [2838m/9308ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Leaving Dunai our trek starts by crossing the suspension bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then following the trail that goes along the right bank of the river towards Sulighat. We will make a stop at Sulighat for registration procedure at the National Park office. We will continue our trek along the true left bank of the river passing through the village of Raktang. Heading further we will cross a large tributary, Ankhe Khola and then make a final climb for about an hour to reach our camping site at Chhepka.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Chhepka to Rechi [2940m/9643ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
We follow our trail crossing the Suli Khola to its west bank avoiding a steep, landslide affected area and return to its east bank after about an hour of walk. We continue on our trail passing through dense forest before crossing a tributary and then climbing a switch back to reach a broad grassy plateau. From here we follow the flat trail for a while before gradually descending down to a river and head towards Rechi where there is a good camping site.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo Village [3733m/12244ft][5-6 hrs Trek]
From Rechi continue on our trail passing through a school and gompa. The teachers and students are always happy to receive guests. Our trail continues along the true right bank of Phoksundo Khola. We now start ascending through cedar and pine forest on the trail that swings north, passing through the a small winter settlement of Polam. We climb further up the ridge with good views of turquoise and blue Phoksundo Lake. The trail soon descends through birch forest before climbing an easy gradient to reach Ringmo Village.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Rest and Exploration at Ringmo.
We take a rest day at Ringmo for acclimatization and exploration. Ringmo is a traditional Tibetan village with Ancient gompas. Phoksundo Lake - Nepal's deepest and second largest lake, gives an wonderful leisure day while exploring around Ringmo.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola [3750/12300ft] via Phoksundo Lake [3600m/11808ft] [6-7 hrs Trek] 
Today we follow one of the most spectacular sections of the trail. We start our trek continuing on the western side of the lake outflow and then gradually ascending towards the cliff with excellent views of the Phoksundo Lake and the village. After few hours of uphill journey the trail descends to the floodplain of the Phoksundo Khola where there is an excellent grassy campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Campsite [4717m/15471ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Phoksundo Khola we start early following the trail towards the mouth of the gorge. The trail winds up the gorge crossing the river several times. We continue on our route while the gradient eases as the gorge widens. From here after about an hour of walking we arrive at the Campsite. 
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Campsite to High Camp [4900m/16072ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we follow the trail by climbing the switchback trail to the true left side of the waterfall. We continue to ascend over the river valley which gradually broadens to a large basin. There are many flat areas in the basin, we continue a little further to the base of the long curving tail for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Cross Nangdala La Pass [5350m/17548ft] & Trek to Shey Gompa [4343m/14245ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
We start early for the crossing of adventurous Nangdala La Pass. We follow the trail that is over loose slate-scree, climbing steep upwards we head to the top of the pass. From the top we can see a broad valley. Gently descending the trail now follows an easy gradient down to the valley. We will probably meet yak and sheep herds on our way down before reaching the red painted walls of Shey Gompa.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Excursion at Shey Gompa. 
We take a rest day for exploring around Shey Gompa. We can visit Kagyupa gompa as well as the hermitage at Tsakang. It is one of the most sacred valleys in Dolpo. It is very common to spot blue sheep and snow leopard in this area, locals here prohibit the killing of any animals in and around Shey Gompa.
Accommodation: Tented Camp   
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Helicopter Flight to Pokhara & overnight at Lakeside Pokhara
After having explored the magical and mysterious land of Dolpo on foot, our return journey is made with a scenic helicopter flight from Shey Gompa back to Pokhara. During the flight we will have opportunity to catch an eagle eye view over the breathtaking valleys of Dolpo region along with the close views of surrounding high mountains. The amazing helicopter flight truly offers the experience of a lifetime as we head towards the tourist's paradise - Pokhara. Pokhara is home to thick forest, emerald lakes and a place of remarkable natural beauty. The reflection of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake makes this place truly magical. Besides, visiting sacred places and sightseeing around the city in Pokhara could be a good way to spend your day.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast we will take a drive that takes approximately four to five hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive along Prithivi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road while we drive passing through several villages and towns.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our Airport representative will drop you at the Airport as per your flight schedule. 

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
November 12, 2017 November 27, 2017 $ 4900 OPEN Book Now !
November 21, 2017 December 6, 2017 $ 4900 OPEN Book Now !
December 3, 2017 December 18, 2017 $ 4900 OPEN Book Now !
December 22, 2017 January 6, 2018 $ 4900 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 16 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer by private vehicle 
  • 3 nights ‘Day 01, 02 & 15” stay in Kathmandu & 1 Night Stay ‘Day 14’ in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Fly from Kathmandu - Nepaljung - Juphal by airplane and & Fly from Shey Gompa (Dolpa) to Pokhara by private Helicopter   
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period 
  • Tea House Lodges & Camping Accommodation during Trekking
  • Special Permit for Upper Dolpo Region, National Park fee & TIMS [Trekkers Information Management System] fee.  
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide for entire trek
  • Required Number of Porters 
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary, Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids 
  • All tax, vats and necessary paper works

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Reviews

Memorable Upper Dolpo Trek and Helicopter Fly

We are regular traveler for Nepal, since we started to spend our adventure holiday in Nepal from 2005. We are using Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition to make and operate our adventure holiday in Nepal. Nepal Guide Treks has well experienced Trekking guides climbing guides and city guides.
This year we decided to trek to great Himalayan trail of Upper Mustang. Our group was led by our well recognized guide Pushkar and assistant guide Roshan. They both are hard worker, knowledgeable and nature lover. Our porters were also very loyal and hospitable. Cook always made great food during camping. Everything was well managed and organized. We explored Shey phoksundo Lake inside Shey Phoksundo National Park. As per our trip package we fly from Shey Gompa to Pokhara. The helicopter flight was really breathtaking through very remote and off the beaten place of Nepal. 
Rebecca, Daniel, Jenna and Owen from Canada 


Memorable Second Adventure Holiday in Nepal @ Upper Dolpo

We are Good Trekker from Sweden, just return from Nepal Trekking to own home. We trekked to Everest Base Camp last year with Nepal Guide Treks and this year we decided to go Upper Dolpo trek. As per our requirement, we found perfect package in Nepal Guide’s website so we booked this trip. Everything was perfectly arranged, our guide, porter, cook, and drivers was equally specialized in their own field.
We would like to thank all team of NGT for organizing such wonderful trip for us. Would love to come again and again….. NAMASTE
Kevin, Hugo, Adam and Arvid 


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