Upper Dolpo Trekking

Embark on a challenging trek to Upper Dolpo, explore highest inhabited plateau, gigantic Himalayan ranges, Tibetan culture and traditions

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30 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5200 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Camp

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Upper Dolpo trekking, a trek best described as a thrilling adventurous pilgrimage to the unexplored divine of Upper Dolpa, at the foot of the mighty virgin Himalayas.

Residing proudly in the far western parts of Nepal, Upper Dolpo is one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world. It was open to explorers and wanderers after 1989. Majorly being inhabited by Tibetans, a grandiose of ethnic Tibetan culture and traditions are affluent. The Upper Dolpo trekking commences at the north-west region which lies behind the mesmerizing Dhaulagiri Massif, towards the Tibetan plateau. The abundance of recherché species such as the musk deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, and rare snow leopard, it is an eco-friendly trek as well.

Cast as the prime location for the 1999 Oscar-nominated film Himalaya (also known as Caravan), it is one the remotest and least exposed regions of Nepal. This rare haven opens you up to several concealed parts of Nepal. Since it was masked and hidden away from foreigners, it achieved the name “The Forbidden Himalayan Kingdom”. Even yet, it is only possible to enter Upper Dolpo through an expensive and restricted area permit.

Upper Dolpo has been mentioned in several amazing books. One such example is “Himalayan Pilgrimage” by David Snelgrove. More recently by Peter Matthiessen in “The Snow Leopard” and in “Stones of Silence” by George Schaller. Juphal (2290m) is from where Upper Dolpo Trekking gets underway. Passing by several gigantic Himalayan ranges, the Numa La pass (5200m), the Upper Dolpo trek takes us to the Phoksundo Lake at Ringmo village inside the Shey Phoksundo national park.  A day of luxuriating at Ringmo village, we continue on the trails which cross different passes to Jomsom, where our trek ends.

Upper Dolpo trekking itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350).
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 04: fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo region) (2300m) trek to Dunai, 2 to hrs walk.
Day 05: Dunai to Syangda (2545m), Camp.
Day 06: Syangda to Amchi (3110m), Camp.
Day 07: Amchi to Phoksendu Lake (3735m), Camp.
Day 08: Rest and Acclimatisation day, Camp.
Day 09: Phoksendu Lake to Salla Ghari (3670m), Camp.
Day 10: Salla Ghari to Nangdala high camp (4670m), Camp.
Day 11: Over Nangdala pass (5340m) to Shy Gompa (4,160m), Camp.
Day 12: Rest and Acclimatisation Day, Camp.
Day 13: Over Shela pass (5110m) to Namgung Gompa (4450m), Camp.
Day 14: Namgung Gompa to Saldang (4,160m), Camp.
Day 15: Saldang to Komas (4300m), Camp.
Day 16: Komas to Semen (3930m), Camp.
Day 17: Semen to Tinge (3850), Camp.
Day 18: Tinge to Larja (4720m), Camp.
Day 19: Larja to Choyela pass (5040m) to Do Tarap (4150m), Camp.
Day 20: Do Tarap to Charkula High Camp (4830), Camp.
Day 21: Over Charkula pass to Kharka River (4780m), Camp.
Day 22: Over Tsharka pass (5040m) to Tsharka Bhot (4160m), Camp.
Day 23: Tsharka bhot to Yak kharka (4750m), Camp.
Day 24: Yak Kharka to Niwal pass (5,545m) to Gok phedi (4380m), Camp.
Day 25: Gok phedi to Sangda (3370m), Camp.
Day 26: Sangda to Dalle Pokhari (3480m), Camp.
Day 27: Dalle Pokhari to Jomsom (2682m), Lodge.
Day 28: Local Bus or flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (800m), Hotel.
Day 29: Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 30: Final transfer to International airport for your flight back to home.


Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Service Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Flights Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Juphal, Jomsom-Pokhara (by airplane), incl. the local taxes
  • 3 nights accommodation in standard Hotel in Kathmandu,  on a sharing basis, including breakfasts.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • 1 Night in Pokhara, on a sharing basis, including breakfasts
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis
  • All major meals during trekking
  • All necessary trained and experienced staff, guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters/yakmen, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • All necessary trekking and national park permits
  • The technical equipment to secure the passes, if necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication device in case of emergency
  • First aid kit
  • Solar lights for Camping and charging
  • All government and local taxes

Service Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Internet, phone, Individual beverages, laundry, bar bills, and extra porters, and all other personal items)
  • Tips (Guide, assistant guide, porters, yak driver, driver, city guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answer for Upper Dolpo Trekking:

How can I book this trip?
Once you confirmed the trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is an easy and popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Europe, America, Australia, Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

Can I do Upper Dolpo trek?
Upper Dolpo trek is suitable for any adventure seeker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Upper Dolpo trek?
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join a group and we try our best to find some other people to do this trip as a group trek. And you can also tell your friends, families and relatives that you are going to do this trek in Nepal so maybe some of your friends would like to join the trip! We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday's tours are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
In Kathmandu, we do provide standard hotel with breakfast and during the trekking, we provide you tent accommodation and local guest houses. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in a camp and lunches will be pack lunch en-route.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trek to Upper Dolpo is an amazing and adventure trip. We trek up to 5200m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
 All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of our company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Freshly cooked food will be provided on Upper Dolpo trek. Our very expert cook will cook the food during the trekking. Normally we will provide dinner and breakfast on the same camp where we will camp for overnight and lunch will be provided while walking on trail which will be packed lunch cooked by our cook. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Trek Checklist

Equipments & Packing List for Upper Dolpo trek.

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Dolpo trekking

Dolpo Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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