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Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal Overview

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

Embark on a captivating journey through one of Nepal's most remote and enchanting regions with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. Our Upper Dolpo Trek offers an immersive 27-day adventure, weaving through the pristine landscapes nestled between the Dhaulagiri mountain range and the Tibetan plateau in Nepal's mid-western region.

Discover the Untouched Beauty of Upper Dolpo

Revel in the untouched splendor of Upper Dolpo, a hidden gem recently opened to outsiders. Despite its unparalleled natural and cultural richness, this region has remained off the beaten path due to its isolated location and limited transportation links. Our carefully crafted itinerary takes you on a mesmerizing odyssey through breathtaking valleys, multi-ethnic settlements, and the awe-inspiring Himalayas, including iconic peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba.

Immerse Yourself in Culture and Nature

Delve into the heart of Upper Dolpo's rich cultural tapestry, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with the stunning Himalayan landscape. Encounter the vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture, marvel at the azure waters of Shey Phoksundo Lake, and witness rare wildlife such as snow leopards amidst the backdrop of centuries-old monasteries like the revered Shey Monastery.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through Shey Phoksundo National Park, home to a diverse array of flora and fauna.
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of Lake Phoksundo.
  • Encounter rare and endangered species like snow leopards and blue sheep.
  • Explore the ancient Shey Gompa, steeped in history and spirituality.
  • Marvel at panoramic views from Kang Taiga, towering at 5950 meters.
  • Witness the majestic peaks of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna II.

Challenges and Rewards

Embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek presents its own set of challenges, from steep ascents and descents to high-altitude passes exceeding 5000 meters. However, the rewards far outweigh the difficulties, with each step offering a glimpse into the region's untouched beauty and cultural heritage.

Seasonal Considerations

The best time to embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring and autumn months, when the weather is mild and stable. While trekking is possible during the summer monsoon season, flight cancellations may occur due to inclement weather. Winter trekking is not advisable due to harsh conditions and snow-covered trails.

Permits and Logistics

To trek in Upper Dolpo, trekkers must obtain permits including the Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit, Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Fee, and Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit. At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we handle all permit arrangements, ensuring a hassle-free experience for our clients.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Adventure

Embark on a journey of a lifetime with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks and discover the hidden wonders of Upper Dolpo. With our expert guides and comprehensive support, you'll traverse rugged terrain, immerse yourself in ancient cultures, and create memories to last a lifetime. Book your adventure today and experience the magic of the Himalayas like never before.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal 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.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal Cost Includes?

  1. Airport pick-up and drop-off services.
  2. Dolpa Special Permits for your trekking expedition.
  3. All ground transportation arrangements.
  4. Three delicious meals per day during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, accompanied by a soothing cup of tea or coffee at each mealtime.
  5. Accommodation in Tea Houses (Lodges) or provided tents as specified in the trek type.
  6. Comfortable accommodation in Kathmandu with a Bed and Breakfast plan.
  7. Highly experienced Government-licensed guide and necessary porter services throughout the trek.
  8. All government and local taxes are covered.
  9. National park fees for your exploration.
  10. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) for smooth coordination.
  11. Flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Dunahi, and Jomsom to Pokhara for convenient travel.
  12. Return journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus.
  13. Provision of general equipment for porters to enhance efficiency.
  14. Salaries for guides and porters.
  15. Comprehensive insurance coverage for all field staff during the trekking period, with additional services available upon guest request.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking equipment tailored to personal needs and preferences.
  • Any personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, and laundry services.
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance, including coverage for trip cancellation, accidents, health emergencies, loss, theft, or damage to personal effects.
  • Tips and gratuities for guides, porters, and other service staff.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal Altitude Profile

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal FAQs

Upper Dolpo Trek is renowned for its remote and untouched landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and diverse flora and fauna.

The best time to embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear and stable.

The duration of the Upper Dolpo Trek typically ranges from 18 to 24 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and trekking pace.

The Upper Dolpo Trek is considered to be moderately strenuous, requiring a good level of physical fitness and endurance due to its high altitude and rugged terrain.

Yes, permits are required for the Upper Dolpo Trek. Trekkers need to obtain the Restricted Area Permit and the Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit.

The highest point of the Upper Dolpo Trek is often Shey Gompa, reaching an elevation of approximately 5,160 meters (16,929 feet).

Accommodation during the Upper Dolpo Trek typically includes teahouses, guesthouses, and camping in designated areas.

While it's technically possible to trek Upper Dolpo independently, hiring a local guide is highly recommended due to the remote nature of the region and the complexity of the trails.

Wildlife sightings during the Upper Dolpo Trek may include blue sheep, Himalayan thar, musk deer, snow leopards (rarely), various bird species, and yaks.

Yes, there are several cultural highlights along the Upper Dolpo Trek, including ancient monasteries, traditional Tibetan villages, and interactions with the local people, who follow Tibetan Buddhism.

Essential items to pack for the Upper Dolpo Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and high SPF sunscreen.

Communication and internet connectivity are extremely limited during the Upper Dolpo Trek, with sporadic mobile network coverage in some areas and no internet access. It's advisable to inform loved ones beforehand about potential communication gaps.

Acclimatization measures during the Upper Dolpo Trek include gradual altitude gain, regular hydration, and rest days at strategic points to allow the body to adjust to high altitudes.

Yes, it's possible to combine the Upper Dolpo Trek with other treks or tours in neighboring regions, such as the Annapurna Circuit or the Mustang region, depending on time and logistics.

Emergency evacuation services via helicopter are available in case of serious medical emergencies during the Upper Dolpo Trek, but it's crucial to have adequate travel insurance covering such situations.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal 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.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal 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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