Upper Dolpo Trek
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Trekking to Upper Dolpo Region (far western Nepal) takes you to experience one of most wilderness and remote section of Himalaya. Dolpo trekking can be challenging even for veteran trekkers as the Tourism infrastructure in very rare and basic in entire trekking route. But the reward overcomes the effort and challenges. You will be witnessing some of the oldest monasteries and stunning Phoksundo Lake that offers you the feeling of wideness.
Upper Dolpo borders Tibetan Plateau to the north, Hunla and Mugu to the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot and Rukum to the south and Mustang to the east. It is located at the Dolpa district of Nepal and it’s headquarter is Dunai.
This trek allows you to savor the finest grandeur of Nepal’s remote far west and rugged terrain. Bordering to the Tibet, the geography and culture is very similar to northern neighbor. The region comprises vast and remote landscapes settled by Tibetan immigrants in some of highest elevated villages in the world.
Upper Dolpo is greatly influenced by Tibetan culture where we pay homage to numerous Buddhist and Bonpo (shamanistic per-Buddhist) monasteries. Trekking to Upper Dolpo was restricted until 1996, so this region remained largely unaffected and unexplored from outer-world. Shey Gompa is significant pace to visit in Upper Dolpo; where pilgrim makes visit twice a year to perform a Kora (Circuit) of Crystal Mountain – also known as the brother of Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
Upper Dolpo was first mentioned in a famous book of David Snelgrove (Himalayan Pilgrimage) and recently in a book of Peter Matthiessen – “The Snow Leopard”. This region was superbly filmed in an Eric Valli’s flim – “Himalaya”.
Due to its relative inaccessibility and remoteness, Tourism infrastructure is in state of non-existence and it is important to camp and carry all the necessities yourself. Dolpo trekking permit is relatively expensive and you must accompany a registered guide in a group of two or more trekkers.
Impressive deep valleys, challenging high passes and majestic peaks, turquoise Phoksundo Lake, 800 year old Shey Monastery and rare alpine wildlife (Snow Leopard) captivates every trekkers who visits here.
The best time of the year to visit Upper Dolpo is (April-May) during spring and (October-November) during autumn. Temperatures are during these months are pleasant and so are the views. There is minimal chance of snow-fall at higher elevation.
Check Upper Dolpo Map listed on information section and customize your own itinerary. Dolpo Nepal map offers brief information about Dolpo trekking route and its location. If you allow us, we are more than happy to customize your trip. This trek is for those trekking enthusiast who have long vacation and have ability to walk for at least 6-7 hours a day in remote and rugged trails. Upper Dolpo Trekking cost varies according to the length and package offered in the trip. Package includes: the mode of transportation used, number of guides & porter deployed and the services & facilities offered during the trek.
Upper Dolpo trekking permits are expensive compared to other restricted area trekking permits in Nepal. It is strictly enforced too. You must obtain the permit of Lower Dolpo trekking which makes a way to Upper Dolpo. Most importantly, every year, only 250 foreigner are permitted to enter the region.
For first 10 Days
USD 50 per person
After 10 Days
USD 50 per person per day
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu – Tribhuvan Airport (1,300m/4,260ft) and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trek
Day 03: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – 1 hour flight
Day 04: Nepaplgunj – Jhuphal (Dolpo) – Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft) – 45 minutes flight/2-3 hours trek
Day 05: Dunai – Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 06: Ankhe – Sulighat – 5-6 hours trek
Day 07: Sulighat – Phoksundo (3,611m/11,849ft) – 4-5 hours trek
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Phoksundo Lake – Phoksundo Khola
Day 10: Phoksundo Khola – Phoksundo Bhanjyang – 6-7 hours trek
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang – Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La Pass (5,360m/17,581ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Shey Gompa
Day 13: Shey Gompa – Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft) – 6-7 hours trek
Day 14: Namduna Gaun – Saldang (3,620m/11,874ft) – 4-5 hours trek
Day 15: Saldang – Yangze Gompa 94,960m/16,267ft) – 4-5 hours trek
Day 16: Yangze Gompa – Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft) – 6-7 hours trek
Day 17: Sibu – Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi – Tokyu Gaon (4,209m/13,809ft) via Jeng La Pass (5,090m/16,695ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 19: Tokyu – Dho Tarap 94,040m/13,251ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 20: Rest and exploration day at Dho Tarap
Day 21: Dho Tarap – Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft) – 7-8 hours trek
Day 22: Tarap Khola – Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 23: Khanigaon – Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft) – 4-5 hours trek
Day 24: Tarakot – Dunai 92,140m/7,019ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 25: Dunai – Jhuphal – 2-3 hours trek
Day 26: Jhuphal – Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu
Day 27: Final departure