Upper Dolpo (Dolpa) Trek

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 28 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +19
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Crystal clear lakes and sparkling waterfalls and dense forest
  • Magnificent views of the Great Himalayan Peaks
  • Centuries Old Shey Gompa
  • 5000 m+ high adventure passes
On this 28-day trek, we will be taking you to one of the most remote regions of Nepal, Dolpo. This is a unique chance of losing yourself in the magnificent beauty of Nepal.

The Dolpo area is located in the central west of Nepal. Isolated until 1989, the Dolpo area is hard to match for its surreal beauty and stunning charm. Situated at the rain-shadowed side of the Himalaya, the rugged scenery shows dramatic views, compared to similar altitude elsewhere in the country.

There are no lush green hills fed by monsoon but a thrilling hardcore landscape, guarded by impressive peaks, striving for heaven. The Dolpo region offers visits to ancient and isolated villages that are immortal to time. It provides you with sites of spectacular lakes, authentic Buddhist monasteries and plentiful wildlife (including Blue sheep, mountain goat, jackal, wolf and snow leopard). In case you are seeking for some overwhelming and impressive panorama, Dolpo trek won’t disappoint you.

Please refer to the itinerary for day-by-day activities.
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Willyam's review for another Unique Adventure International Pvt Ltd tour
5 - Excellent
  • Willyam
  • From Indonesia
  • On May 13 2017
“A super fun and challenging journey to the top along with spectacular views all along the way!”
Hayley's review for another Unique Adventure International Pvt Ltd tour
5 - Excellent
  • Hayley
  • From Other
  • On Apr 08 2018
“I did the Manaslu circuit trek a week ago with Guru as my guide and it was amazing. I was a little nervous going to do a trek as a single female alone but from start to finish it was a great experience. Firstly Khum in the office always answered my questions quickly and made me feel comfortable and informed for the trek. Guru managed to help me over the pass in knee deep snow even with my fear of heights! We had a great time along the way and I consider him now a friend, not just a guide. The tour from start to finish was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything but putting one foot in front of the other! I would definitely return with these guys for any future treks!”
Albin's review for another Unique Adventure International Pvt Ltd tour
5 - Excellent
  • Albin
  • From Sweden
  • On May 03 2017
“The best, worst experience ever. Probably the hardest thing I have done, but making it to basecamp and living in the mountains of Annapurna made all the blood sweat and tears so worth it.

I would highly recommend the trip for those who look for a challenge, doesn't have a lot of time and wants to reach a goal during their trek.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m)
  • Day 2: Briefing and preparation of trek in Kathmandu
  • Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj
  • Day 4: Fly to Jhuphal (Dolpo, 2 475 m) & Trek to Dunai
  • Day 5: Trek from Dunai (2,140 m) to Ankhe (2,895 m)
  • Day 6: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat
  • Day 7: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,610 meter)
  • Day 8: Rest and acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 9: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola
  • Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang
  • Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa crossing the Kang La Pass (5,360 m)
  • Day 12: Rest and acclimatization at Shey Gompa (4,500 m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La Pass Pass (5,200 m)
  • Day 14: Trek from Namduna Gaun (4,800 m) to Saldang (3,620 m)
  • Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,950 m)
  • Day 16: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560 m),
  • Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi (4,900 m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,210 m) via Jeng La Pass (5,090 m)
  • Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap (4,040 m)
  • Day 20: Rest at Dho Tarap & explore the surroundings
  • Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (or Kamakharka - 3,800 m)
  • Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150 m)
  • Day 23: Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,540 m)
  • Day 24: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2,140 m)
  • Day 25: Trek from Dunai to Jhuphal
  • Day 26: Fly to Nepalgunj & connect flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 27: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 28: Transfer to airport, departure onward destination
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu and Nepalganj (International and domestic both).
  • 4 night’s hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee and seasonal fresh fruits).
  • Tented Camp / guesthouses accommodation during the trekking period.
  • All necessary permits (Shey Phoksundo National Park and Special trekking permit for Lower and Upepr Dolpo).
  • 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
  • Well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 5+ persons.
  • Expert cook prepare varieties of foods during the trek.
  • Porters / Donkeys for carrying luggage, food and tent.
  • Staffs' daily wages, equipment allowances, insurance, transportation, food, accommodation.
  • All necessary camping equipment and kitchen utensils.
  • All internal flights (Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Dolpa Juphal and Dolpa Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu) inclusive with airport tax.
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher elevation.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Unique Adventure sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organisational requirements.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed while trekking).
  • Bar and beverage bills, tea / coffee / drinking water. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, battery charger, hot shower etc
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.
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CANCELLATION

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.

Other Practical InformationRecommended Gear Lists: 01.) Good wind/rain jacket 02.) Warm fleece jacket or jersey 03.) Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots 04.) Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu) 05.) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband. 06.) Fleece jacket or pullover 07.) Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 08.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 09) Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 10.) Lightweight gloves 11.) Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 12.) Sun hat or scarf 13) Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 14.) Sunglasses with UV protection 15.) T-shirts 16.) Underwear 17.) Hiking shorts 18.) Lightweight cotton long pants 19.) Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 20.) Fleece or wool pants 21.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 22.) Thin, lightweight inner socks 23.) Thick, warm wool hiking socks 24.) Hiking boots with spare laces 25.) Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Other necessary equipment: 1.) Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 2.) Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 3.) Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter) 4.) Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 5.) Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 6.) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended) 7.) Toiletries 8.) Small wash towel COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • An average group size of maximum 8 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travelers safe.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • How much should my backpack weigh?

    A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.  

  • Do I need a porter?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

  • Do I require a porter for carrying water?

    On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.

  • When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?

    We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.

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