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.
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.
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Small waterproof bags
Flash or torch light
Warm down jacket
Woolen hat and scarf
Raincoat and rain trousers
Antibacterial hand wash
Small personal power bank
Camera and batteries
Other required equipment’s