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Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

Overview And Highlights

Key Information

Duration:

28 days

Grade:

Classic and Adventure

Best Season:

March, May, Jun, July, Aug to September

Maximum altitude

5360 m

Accommodation

Hotel / Camp

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal remains a well-kept secret, a hidden treasure for adventurers seeking the untouched beauty of nature. The Upper Dolpo Trek is an expedition that promises a rendezvous with remote wilderness, offering a rare glimpse into a land that time seems to have forgotten.

Exploring the Enigmatic Upper Dolpo

Located in the northwestern part of Nepal, Upper Dolpo is a concealed gem known for its rugged terrain, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and unique cultural tapestry. This trek is a thrilling odyssey, leading trekkers through a landscape that transitions from verdant valleys to arid deserts, with soaring peaks and turquoise lakes painting an awe-inspiring panorama.

Challenges and Rewards of the Trek

The Upper Dolpo Trek is not for the faint-hearted. The journey is a test of endurance, traversing high passes and challenging terrains at altitudes between 3,000 to 5,190 meters. Trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the Dhaulagiri and Tibetan plateau and encounters with diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, and Himalayan Griffon.

Cultural Encounters and Traditions

What sets the Upper Dolpo Trek apart is the opportunity to witness the ancient Bon Buddhist culture, preserved through centuries. The region is home to isolated villages where locals continue age-old traditions, their lives intertwined with spirituality. The stunning monasteries like Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain provide a spiritual retreat amidst the trek’s physical challenges.

Permit and Accessibility

Due to its remote location and restricted access, trekkers must obtain a special permit from the Nepalese government to explore Upper Dolpo. Accessibility remains a challenge, requiring a flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj followed by a trek to start the Upper Dolpo adventure.

Best Time to Trek

The ideal time to embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the Nepalese trekking season, from September to November when the weather remains relatively stable with clear skies and pleasant temperatures. Spring, from March to May, is also an excellent time with blooming rhododendrons painting the landscape in vibrant colors.

Preserving the Wilderness

With the increasing interest in this pristine region, responsible trekking is crucial to preserve the delicate ecosystem and cultural heritage. Trekkers are encouraged to follow 'Leave No Trace' principles, respecting local traditions and minimizing their environmental impact.

The Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal is an experience that transcends the ordinary, beckoning adventurers to explore a world where nature's grandeur and cultural heritage intertwine. This journey into the heart of the Himalayas promises a tapestry of rugged landscapes, ancient cultures, and untamed wilderness—a true expedition for those who seek the extraordinary.

Note: Always ensure to check for the latest travel advisories, guidelines, and restrictions before planning any expedition, as conditions and regulations may vary.

Itinerary

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), where you'll be warmly welcomed by a member of the Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks team. Enjoy a direct transfer to your hotel with a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Spend the day preparing for the exciting 26-day adventure ahead. Check your gear, meet the trekking team, and ensure you are ready for the journey. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
600

Take a 55-minute flight to Nepalgunj, located at 600m. Check into a hotel for an overnight stay and relax before the upcoming trek.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2282

Embark on a 35-minute flight to Jhupal at 2,475m. Begin the trek to Suli Ghat at 2,282m, a 3/4-hour journey. Set up camp for an overnight stay.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
2838

Trek for 6/7 hours to reach Chhepka at 2,838m. Camp overnight and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3110

We will hike to Reche, which is at an altitude of 3,110 meters. The hike will take around 5 to 6 hours, and we will be spending the night at a camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3733

Trek for 5 hours to reach Ringmogaon and the stunning Phoksundo Lake at 3,733m. Camp by the lake for an overnight stay.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3733

Take a well-deserved rest day for acclimatization. Enjoy the breathtaking lake views and explore Ringmo Village. Overnight stay at the camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4400

Embark on a 6/7-hour trek to Forest Camp at 4,400m. Set up camp surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4800

Trek for 4/5 hours to reach Kangla Pass Base Camp at 4,800m. Camp overnight in preparation for the upcoming challenges.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
5360

Trek through Nangdalo Kangla Pass at 5,360m and descend to Shay Gumpa at 4,160m. The journey takes 7/8 hours. Camp overnight.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
5010

Trek via Sela Shay Bhanjyang (pass) at 5,010m and descend to Namgung at 4,430m. Enjoy a 6/7-hour trek and camp overnight.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
5010

Take a rest day for acclimatization and explore the famous and old monastery in the area. Overnight stay at the camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3770

Trek for 3/4 hours to reach Saldang at 3,770m. Set up camp for an overnight stay.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3750

Trek for 6/7 hours to Yangjer Gumpa at 3,750m. Explore the monastery and stupa, experiencing the rich cultural heritage. Camp overnight.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3870

Continue the trek to Shimen Gaon at 3,870m. Set up camp for an overnight stay amidst the picturesque surroundings.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4150

Trek for 6/7 hours to Tingje Gaon at 4,150m. Camp overnight and enjoy the mountain views.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4535

Trek for 6/7 hours to Rakpa at 4,535m. Set up camp and rest for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4110

Embark on a 7/8-hour trek via Mola Chakra Bhanjyan, descending to Chakra Village at 4,110m. Camp overnight.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4750

Trek for 5/6 hours to reach Narbung at 4,750m. Camp overnight and enjoy the high-altitude atmosphere.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
4860

Trek for 5/6 hours to Molum Sumda at 4,860m. Set up camp for an overnight stay surrounded by the majestic landscape.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
5185

Trek via Niwar Pass at 5,120m, Tuche-la, Sangda Bhanjyang at 5,185m, and descend to Sangda Phedi at 4,190m. The trek takes 6/7 hours. Camp overnight.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3710

Trek for 5 hours to reach Sangda Gaon at 3,710m. Set up camp for an overnight stay.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camp
Elevation
3175

Continue the trek for 5/6 hours to reach Phalyak Gaon at 3,175m. Camp overnight in this charming village.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2720

Trek for 3 hours to Jomsom at 2,720m. Stay overnight in a lodge and rest.

 

Food
Breakast
Accomodation
Hotel

Take an early morning domestic flight to Pokhara (20 minutes). Check into a hotel with a BB plan and enjoy a relaxing day in this scenic city.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and check into a hotel with a BB plan. Reflect on the incredible journey and enjoy a comfortable night.

 

Bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes of Nepal as you depart for your next adventure or return home.

What Is Included ?

Cost: Contact us 

Note: The Trip cost will depend on the group size duration of days and services required please contact us via our email binod6000@gmail.com with your details to obtain a quote.

  • Airport pick-up and drops
  • Dolpa Special Permits
  • All Ground Transportation
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including a cup of tea or coffee each mealtime
  • Accommodation in Tea House (Lodge) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
  • Accommodation  in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide and Necessary porter during the trek.
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • National park Fees
  • (TIMS)Trekkers Information Management System
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Dunahi and Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus 
  • General equipment for Porter
  • Guide and Porter's salary
  • All Filed Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per demand.

What Is Excluded?

  • Trekking equipment
  • Any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverages drinks, phone, and Laundry.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance. Trip Cancellation costs accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage, and personal effects
  • Tips and Gratuities

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Navigating the Permit Requirements for Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal: Your Gateway to Himalayan Wilderness

Embarking on the enchanting journey of Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal requires more than just an adventurous spirit and hiking gear. The trail to this mystical Himalayan region is adorned with cultural richness and untamed natural beauty, but it demands a special permit to unlock its treasures.

Understanding the Permit Requirements

Trekking in the Upper Dolpo region necessitates a special permit, a gateway to exploring its remote valleys, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. To obtain this permit:

Minimum Group Requirement and Costs:
A minimum of a 2-person passport is required to secure the permit. The cost structure for the permit is as follows:

First Week: $500 per person

Subsequent Days: $50 per day per person, payable in the equivalent foreign currency.
Additional Permit for Shey Phoksundo National Park:
In addition to the special permit for Upper Dolpo, trekkers are required to obtain an entry permit for Shey Phoksundo National Park:

Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit: $30 per person or equivalent foreign currency.
Application Process and Considerations

The application process for these permits involves submitting necessary documentation, including passport details and other relevant information, through authorized agencies or government offices in Nepal. It's crucial to plan for these permits well in advance of your intended trekking dates to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Trekking Season and Permit Validity

The ideal trekking seasons for Upper Dolpo, usually from September to November and March to May, align with the permit's validity. It's important to note that these permits have specific durations and are valid only for the designated period, aligning with the trekker's itinerary.

Responsible Trekking and Compliance

While enjoying the pristine landscapes and cultural heritage of Upper Dolpo, it's essential for trekkers to adhere to responsible tourism practices. Respecting local customs, minimizing environmental impact, and following 'Leave No Trace' principles are imperative to ensure the preservation of this untouched wilderness for future explorers.

Conclusion

The Upper Dolpo region in Nepal offers a rare opportunity to delve into a world of unspoiled natural beauty and ancient traditions. Securing the necessary permits is the key to unlocking this hidden gem, allowing adventurers to immerse themselves in the splendor of the Himalayas while honoring the region's cultural heritage and environmental conservation.

Note: Always stay updated with the latest regulations and guidelines as permit costs, requirements, and rules are subject to change. Seek assistance from authorized agencies or governmental bodies for the most current information before planning your trek to Upper Dolpo.

Client Reviews

Gerhard Haas

Gerhard Haas

Austria

4th Oct, 2015

The best guide of all time

  The trip is amazing, the views, the people, the culture the sense of pride making it to Upper Dolpo, with the whole experience handled masterfully by our guide Pramod. Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks is owned and operated by local Nepalese - they know the culture and all the lodge managers better than any other company, so you get excellent service. Our guide Pramod was fluent in English and knows every nook and cranny of the Dolpo Region. He has a wonderful sense of humor, always sm... See more iling, and is also highly medically trained. He had everything in his medical kit box to assist and get our bud well. See less...


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