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Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

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Package name Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal
Duration 28
Max. elevation 4960 m
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Jhuphal and Jhuphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

  • Tourist stander hotel in Kathmandu B/B plan
  • Camping trip, sleep in a tent during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 0 per person



Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal

Upper Dolpo trekking in Nepal provides unique and challenging isolated region trekking experience for adventure enthusiasts seeking a remote path adventure. It is a high- altitude area with rugged landscapes, beautiful valleys, high mountain passes and deep Georges. The region was opened for trekking in 1989, but it still remains relatively untouched by modern development.

Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the major highlight of this trek. It is the deepest lake of Nepal and regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes as well as popular destination for photography and meditation. The lake is also surrounded by waterfalls such as Rup Gara waterfall, Phoksundo waterfall, Tshowa waterfall, Suligad waterfall, and lush green woods. Similarly, it is an amazing turquoise blue lake surrounded by breathtaking snow- capped mountains such as Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Kanjiroba Himal, and Ganesh Himal.

Furthermore, Shey Gompa is another popular pilgrimage place for Tibetan Buddhists with great religious significance in the upper Dolpo region in Nepal. It is believed to be around 800 years old ancient monastery founded by Luri Gompa, allowing you to explore monk’s daily life, stunning paintings, and sculptures.

Overall, upper dolpo  region is rich in bio- diversity. Therefore exploring its wildlife and its rich culture add more glamour in the trek. Along the trek, you will interact with the Tibetans who have a distinct culture and way of life and also witness some of the animals and bird species that may be found in the upper region area include blue sheep, snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan Tahr, and Himalayan monal. 

1) Foods and Accommodation

The accommodation in the mountains and remote villages are generally modest and basic. The room, shower and rest rooms are available in a twin- shared basis. The mountain teahouse provides rooms with just a bed, pillow, and blankets but the view is spectacular from the rooms. 

Teashops and lodges usually provide plentiful and delicious foods which suits the preferences of various trekkers such as Nepali foods, Indian, Italian, Tibetan and Continental food. All the foods will be cooked by the local cook by using local vegetables so the taste would be very local.

2) Travel Insurance 

Any trek in Nepal, including the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal, needs travel insurance. The trek includes high-altitude trekking, which may be physically challenging and dangerous. Travel insurance can cover you financially in the event of an accident, a medical emergency, a flight cancellation or delay, or lost or stolen luggage. When buying travel insurance for the Upper Dolpo trek in Nepal, ensure that it covers high- altitude trekking and emergency helicopter evacuation, as these can be expansive without insurance. 

3) The ideal season for visiting

Spring and autumn season is considered the best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo trek in Nepal. As these seasons allows you best experience and offer you with stunning glimpse till the end of the journey.

Spring Season (March- May)

It is the pre- monsoon period when nature regenerates its lost beauty. You can explore a wide variety of flowers blooming making colorful hills such as magnolia, Nepalese national flower Rhododendron and other variety of wildflowers. Similarly, these season offer relatively stable weather, mild temperature, and clear views of the surroundings.

Autum Season (September- November)

The temperatures are mild, the weather is relatively unchanged, the clear skies provide astonishing mountain views, and the day time walking temperature are also the most pleasant overall. However, the high mountains are still cold and lower elevations are warm. You will witness colorful hills as the leaves of trees are turn into yellow, orange, red, and brown pleasing to the eyes.

4) Guide and Porter

It’s always suggested to trek with a knowledgeable experienced licensed guide or join a trekking agency to assure safety and utilize your time in a best way. As they are highly experienced and familiar with terrain, prompt in safety performance and always carry essential safety equipments, first aid kids and gear to enhance your trip experience without compromising on safety.  

5) Altitude Sickness

Generally altitude sickness occurs when you travel to a high altitude too quickly. Headache, nausea, tiredness etc are the symptoms occur when your body tries to adjust to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. When it comes to this illness, one should be pro-active and notify the guide as soon as possible.

6) Fitness/ Experience

Physical fitness level, health, and medical required for upper Dolpo trekking. The trekking trail of upper Dolpo is a challenging still adventurous with rewarding experience. You will be regularly hiking for around 6 hours on average depending on the destination. So, this trek is not recommended for trekkers who are suffering from chronic ailments or have heart or lung diseases. It is better to avoid this trip.

However, all the trekkers having an average level of fitness can easily complete this trek. If you have any kind of previous trekking experience or regular exercise it will be an added advantage but not compulsory.

7) Permits

It is a restricted area that was opened for trekking in 1989. As it is restricted area, special permits are required to visit this region which can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. 

1 Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit 

2Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit.

These permits can be obtained from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj or Dunai (starting point of the trek) respectively.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu then transfer to hotel.(1350m/4429ft).

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing then preparing for trekking. (1350m/4429ft).

Day 3 : Fly from kathmandu to Nepalgunj. (150m/492ft).

Day 4 : Fly From Nepalgunj to jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai. (2850m/9351ft) 3 hrs walk.

Day 5 : Trek From Dunai to Ankhe. (2896m/9502ft) 6 hrs walk.

Day 6 : Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat. (3180m/10434ft) 6 hrs walk.

Day 7 : Trek from Sulighat to phoksundo lake.(3612m/11851ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 8 : Acclimatization and Rest at phoksundo lake . (3612m/11851ft)

Day 9 : Trek From phoksundo lake to phoksundo Khola.(3507m/11506ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 10 : Trek From phoksundo Khola to phoksundo Bhanjyang.(3910m/12829ft)7 hrs walk.

Day 11 : Trek From phoksundo Bhanjyang to shey Gompa via Kang-La pass. (4500m/14765ft) 6 hrs walk.

Day 12 : Acclimatization day at shey Gompa. (4500m/14765ft).

Day 13 : Trek from shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La. (4800m/15749ft) 7 hrs walk.

Day 14 : Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang. (3620m/11877ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 15 : Trek From Saldang to Yangze Gompa. (4960m/16274ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 16 : Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu. (4560m/14961ft). 7 hrs walk.

Day 17 : Trek from Sibu to Jeng_La Phedi. (4900m/16077ft) 6 hrs walk.

Day 18 : Trek from Jeng_La Phedi to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La pass. (4209m/13810ft) 6 hrs walk.

Day 19 : Trek from Tokyu Goan to Dho Tarap. (4040m/13255ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 20 : Rest day at Dho Tarap. (4040m/13255ft)

Day 21 : Trek From Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola .(kamakharka)(3800m/12468ft) 7 hrs walk.

Day 22 : Trek From Tarap Khola to Khanigaon. (3150m/10335ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 23 : Trek From Khanigaon to tarakot. (2537m/8324ft) 5 hrs walk.

Day 24 : Trek From Tarakot to Dunai. (2850m/9351ft) 6 hrs walk.

Day 25 : Trek From Dunai to Jhuphal. (2500m/8203ft) 3 hrs walk.

Day 26 : Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to kathmandu. (1350m/4429ft)

Day 27 : Rest Day at Kathmandu.

Day 28 : Final Depature


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