upper dolpo trek

Upper Dolpo Trek is an ultimate trekking experience for travelers where you will be trekking in complete wilderness of nature mingled with incredible landscapes and surreal mountain scenery. It is another distant concealed destination in far west Nepal where time stands still and nature remains unexplored and nestled in tranquil setting. Located at the rain-shadow area of Himalaya, trekking in Upper Dolpo unveils the rugged scenery and dramatic views compared to similar elevation elsewhere in the world.

Upper Dolpo Trekking displays the arresting beauty of nature, Himalayan scenery and Tibetan culture that has been intact from outer world for long time. There are no lush green hills but the fascinating hardcore landscapes protected by impressive peaks makes it even more beautiful. Upper Dolpo Trek offers the visit to the quaint and isolated hamlets that are immortal from time. Trekking to Upper Dolpo is strenuous and difficult that demands physically fit person without having had previous trekking experience.

Upper Dolpo region is truly blessed by nature with countless hiking, trekking and exploration opportunities. Shey Phoksundo National Park, behind massif Mount Dhaulagiri stretching towards Tibetan plateau is one major highlights of Dolpo region trekking. Shey Phoksundo Lake, Kanjirowa Himalaya rage, isolated hamlet of Ringmo, monasteries and gumps of the region holds great touristic significance in the region. The trekking region is also home to numerous endangered wildlife like Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ghoral and Musk Deer. These natural and cultural prospective of Dolpo lure the visitors from world around.

Day 01:

Arrival day at Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to hotel via private vehicle

Day 02:

Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including UNSCEO designated sites and preparation for trek

Day 03:

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung and transfer to hotel

Day 04:

Flight from Nepaljung to Juphal (2,320m/7601ft) and trek to Sulighat (2,070m/6,790ft) – 2/3 hours

Day 05:

Trek from Sulighat to Renje (3,010m/9,873ft) – 5/6 hours

Day 06:

Trek from Renje to Ringmo village (3,630m/1,190ft) and Phoksundo Lake (3,620m/11874ft) - 4/5 hours

Day 07:

Acclimatization and Rest day at Phoksundo Lake and explore around Ringmo village

Day 08:

Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (3,630m/1,190ft) – 4/5 hours

Day 09:

Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,120m/13514ft)

Day 10:

Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Kang-La Pass (5,160m/16925ft) and to Shey Gompa (4,390m/14,400ft) – 5/6 hours

Day 11:

Acclimatization and Rest day at Shey Gompa, the crystal monastery

Day 12:

Trek from Shey Gompa to Saldang La (5,010m/16,432ft) and to Namgung village (4,430m/14,530ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 13:

Trek from Namgung village to Saldang (3,620m/11,874ft) – 4/5 hours

Day 14:

Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft) – 4/ hours

Day 15:

Trek from Yange Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 16:

Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft) – 5/6 hours

Day 17:

Trek from Jeng la Phedi to Jeng La Pass (5,090m/16,695ft) to Do Tarap (4,080m/13,382ft) – 6/7 hours

Day 18:

Acclimatization and Rest day at Do Tarap

Day 19:

Trek from Do Tarap to Tarap Khola (Karmakharka), 3,800m/12,464ft – 6/7 hours

Day 20:

Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft) – 5/6 hours

Day 21:

Trek from Khani Gaun to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft) and to Dunai (2,030m/6,658ft) – 5/6 hours

Day 22:

Trek from Dunai to Jhuphal (2,320m/7,610ft) – 2/3 hours

Day 23:

Fly from Jhuphal to Nepaljung to Kathmandu. Attend farewell dinner in the evening

Day 24:

Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost Includes

    • All airport pickup and drop.
    • Three nights in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Cultural farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.
    • All accommodation and meals during the trek.
    • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
    • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and airport departure taxes
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide). And a Porter during the trek.
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and Upper Dolpo special trekking permit)

Cost Excludes

    • Trekking Equipments like duffel bags, sleeping bags.
    • Launch dinner in Kathmandu And Pokhara.
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters ( Not Mandatory ).
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
    • Other things not mentioned in cost includes.
    Equipments  we need in trekking
    • Duffel or Shoulder straps bag or suitcase.
    • Warm wool or synthetic clothes , hat that covers your head and ears from cold during trek (only in winter season(January, February and December)
    1. Goggles for sunbeam dust and wind.
    2. A neck warmer  for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for winter season (January, February and December). Optional pair of  warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in winter season  January, February and December).
    3. Woolen t-shirt for warmth.
    4. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (During in rainy season from June to September.
    5. 1 Pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 Pair shorts.
    6. 2 Pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (During the trek in  winter January, February and December).
    7. 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
    8. 1 Pair light camping shoes or sneakers..
    9. 1 Pair sandals (Optional).

Frequently Asked Questions:


Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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