Upper Dolpo Trek

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  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +18
  • Visit the magical Shey Gompa, the spiritual heart of Inner Dolpo.
  • Explore the mystique hidden land of Inner Dolpo.
Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed district in western Nepal, a truly isolated but artistic and spiritual corner of Nepal. Although some anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the southern part of Dolpo was only opened for organized trekking groups with special permits. Peter Mathiesen's book - The Snow Leopard has contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. The Dolpo region provides Eco-adventurous routes including a wild and wonderful variety of flora and fauna: including Blue sheep, Mountain Goat, Jackal, Wolf and the legendary Snow Leopard. The east and south is bordered by Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and the Chure Himal range and the West by the Jumla district. Dolpo is a unique Village inhabited by Bon and Buddhist settlers. The area displays tranquil and heart touching nature, off-the beaten trekking trials, different kinds of Nepalese art and spiritual activities.

Geographically Upper Dolpo is a southern extension of Tibet, but located in the state of Nepal. Since 1984 it has been the country’s largest national park and conservation area. The park sustains an abundance of wild life and monasteries, including the 800 years old Shey Gumba (Buddhist monastery), and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard, as well as being home to a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking Nepali people and their indigenous tradition and culture. You will be spending nights at isolated villages and be brought very close to the lifestyle of the local people and their culture.

Dolpo is one of the most beautiful and remote treks in Nepal, very rarely visited by trekkers. Shey Phoksundo National Park (3555 sq km) of mid-western Nepal is the focal point of Upper Dolpo.

During the Upper Dolpo trial we trek Five passes, over 16,500 feet, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron. When crossing the 5 passes many mountain peaks can be seen including Nepal’s deepest lake “Phoksundo Lake”.

Dolpo will offer you an experience of a lifetime, trekking altitude ranges from 2,500m to 5,190m. It's a unique trek in Nepal, both suited for beginners as well as more experienced trekkers.
5 - Excellent
Based on 368 reviews
Kristina's review for another Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd tour
5 - Excellent
  • Kristina
  • From Germany
  • On May 06 2018
“This was my first Trek and I enjoyed every second of it. The Langtang Trek seems to be less crowded than others. We had some beautiful views and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere along the way between the tourists and the locals. The Trek was a physical challenge at times, but doable.”
Review for another Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From Philippines
  • On Nov 21 2016
“This trek allows you not only to see wonderful views of Everest and other Himalayan mountains, but also to experience the life of the people living in the villages that you pass through. It gave me a much deeper appreciation of the place and the locals who thrive in these environments.

Watch out for the sunset in Tengboche and Dingboche. And the sunset view from Kala Patthar is incredible!”
Heather's review for another Nepal Eco Adventure Pvt Ltd tour
5 - Excellent
  • Heather
  • On Jun 22 2015
“My sister and I completed the Annapurna Circuit using Nepal Eco Adventure after reading all the reviews on Chhatra and his company.

Like so many others, I found Chhatra extremely responsive, friendly and knowledgeable. He patiently answered all questions both via email before arrival and in his office before and after the trek. He also provided a great set of walking sticks as my sister hadn't brought her own. On the trail, our guide was Ramesh and I can't say enough great things about him. He's worked as a guide for 15 years and his experience shows. His knowledge, patience and kind demeanour were all so much appreciated. I always felt very safe as a female traveller and he was an excellent sport when asked for ""protection"" from the odd goat, buffalo or spider! He was also happy to talk as we trekked but provided plenty of space for us to do our own thing. One thing of particular value was that we were permitted to customise our trip once on the trail. Upon getting to Jomson after all the days of peaceful trekking, it became clear that walking on the hot, dusty road was not going to be much fun. I proposed hopping the bus to Tatopani and instead spending those days trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary - and that was what Ramesh ensured we did. That level of flexibility just made the trip and ensured we enjoyed our whole time on the trail. Lastly, our porter was well equipped for the trail, personally known to Chhatra and compensated properly which was important to us.

I highly recommend Nepal Eco Adventure, Chhatra and Ramesh - all contributed to an amazing first time trekker's experience and I will be travelling with them again when returning to trek Everest in years to come.”
  • Day 1: Fly to Nepalgunj
  • Day 2: Fly to Juphal (2,400m) and Trek to Dunai (2,150m)
  • Day 3: Trek to Ankhe (2,660m)
  • Day 4: Trek to Renje (3,104m)
  • Day 5: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m)
  • Day 6: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m)
  • Day 7: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m)
  • Day 8: Cross Kang La pass (5,151m) and Trek to Shey Gompa
  • Day 9: Rest and Exploration day at Shey Gompa (4,126m)
  • Day 10: Cross Saldang La pass (4,785m) and Trek to Namduna Gaon
  • Day 11: Trek to Saldang (3,903m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Sibu (3,942m)
  • Day 13: Trek to the foot of Jeng La (4,369m)
  • Day 14: Jeng La pass (4,845m) and Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Serkam (3,630m)
  • Day 17: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,550m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Tarakot (2,281m)
  • Day 19: Trek to Dunai (2,052m)
  • Day 20: Trek to Juphal (2,404m)
  • Day 21: Fly to Nepalgunj and connect flight to Kathmandu
  • Full board meal (veg. /non veg.) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with Tea & coffee.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and other equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully water proof two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils, toilet tents etc.
  • A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek. A cook, Kitchen helper, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Down sleeping bag / Jackets, walking poles, and other necessary equipments during the trek. (If you don't have you own)
  • Special Trekking upper Dolpo permit and other required paper documents.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal -Nepalgunj-Kathmandu including transport and airport tax airport taxes.
  • All our government taxes tourist service charges. official expenses.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Your Travel rescue insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Laundry service and battery charging.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected).
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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.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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