Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration28 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5,318m
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport Fly in - Fly Out
Highlights
  • Opportunity to travel to the remote area in Nepal and close to the border of Tibet
  • Visits to several Bonpo i.e. shamanistic pre Buddhist and Buddhist monasteries
  • Travel to the biggest national park of Nepal i.e. Shey Phoksundo National park.
  • Meander across cedar and pine forests combined with the background views of the massive Dhaulagiri Range.

Upper Dolpo Trek, Fixed Departure Date for 2024/2025/2026

The Upper Dolpo Trek is a popular and challenging trekking route situated in the northwestern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet (China) to the north. The Upper Dolpo Trek is an extraordinary adventure that transports trekkers to the remote and captivating landscapes of the Dolpa region in Nepal. This trek is like a big adventure where people walk through beautiful landscapes and learn about a different way of life. This trek is renowned for its untouched beauty, ancient culture, and challenging terrain.

The trek begins in a place called Juphal, which is reached by a short plane ride from a city called Nepalgunj. The trek usually takes around 3 to 4 weeks to complete, depending on the specific route and pace you choose. As trekkers cross diverse terrains, from dense forests to barren valleys, they are rewarded with breathtaking views and encounters with ancient monasteries. The jewel of the trek, Shey Phoksundo Lake's mesmerizing blue green waters set against a backdrop of rugged mountains create an awe-inspiring sight. It's one of the deepest lakes in Nepal and a focal point of natural beauty. The trek offers opportunities to visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, such as Shey Gompa and Thasung Monastery. These monasteries are not only architecturally impressive but also provide insights into the region's rich religious and cultural history. The Upper Dolpo region remains relatively unexplored, preserving its pristine landscapes and untouched beauty. Accommodation options along the trek are modest, ranging from teahouses to camping in certain areas. These accommodations provide basic necessities and a warm place to rest after a day of trekking. While the Upper Dolpo Trek is incredibly rewarding, it's not without its challenges. Trekkers should be prepared for high altitude, unpredictable weather, and physically demanding terrain. Proper acclimatization is key. Upper Dolpo Trek offers a transformative journey into a world of untouched beauty, ancient traditions, and remote landscapes. This trek stands as a testament to the remarkable diversity Nepal has to offer, as trekkers traverse through dense forests, barren valleys, and high passes, all while being captivated by the unique culture and heritage of the region's people. The Upper Dolpo Trek, with its natural and cultural resources, is more than just an adventure but it's a journey that leaves an enduring imprint, reminding trekkers of the beauty and flexibility of a world pushed away in the heart of the Himalayas.

Upper Dolpo Trek Group Joining with Fixed Departure Dates

Our itinerary for Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek will allow us to make a visit in the remote area of Nepal and head further to a particular area close to Tibetan border. Further, we follow a challenging trail to reach to Jomsom across the Great Himalayan trail. Upper Dolpo constitutes the last enclave associated with the pure Tibetan culture in combination with similar types of landscapes.

The complete region has rugged landscapes inhabited with enterprising and hardy folks living in a few highest villages across the world. It is culturally a region of Tibet in western part of Nepal and hence, during the course of our trek, we will make visits to a large number of Bonpo i.e. shamanistic pre Buddhist and Buddhist monasteries. Dolpo area remains protected from the Shey Phoksundo National park in Nepal and it is at the western region of the country to cover many parts of Mugu and Dolpo districts. Setup during the year 1984, this constitutes the biggest national park of the country and has an areas equal to 3555 square kilometers.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trekking route starts by meandering from cedar and pine forests in combination with the background views of the massive Dhaulagiri Range. This long trek highlights a few beautiful yet remote areas of Nepal.

Where is the Upper Dolpo Trek located?

The Upper Dolpo Trek is located in the Dolpa district of Nepal. It is situated in the western part of Nepal, near the border with Tibet (China).

Upper Dolpo Trek Elevation and altitude

The highest point of the 22-day Upper Dolpo trek is typically considered to be the Numa La Pass. It is located at an elevation of approximately 5,310 meters (17,421 feet) above sea level.

Best time to trek to Upper Dolpo Trek

The best time to trek to Upper Dolpo is during late spring (May and early June) and early autumn (late September to October). These seasons offer stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures for trekking in this high-altitude region. Late spring showcases vibrant rhododendron blooms, while early autumn provides the best mountain views. Monsoon season (July to early September) and winter months (November to April) are less favorable due to heavy rain and extreme cold, respectively.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Autumn (Sept – Nov)

Upper Dolpo Trek during autumn is a fantastic choice. This season offers some of the most ideal conditions for exploring this remote Himalayan region. The weather is stable with clear skies, providing excellent visibility of the stunning mountain landscapes. Daytime temperatures are comfortable, making it pleasant for trekking, and the trails are well-defined and relatively dry, ensuring a more comfortable journey. Additionally, the cultural experience is enriched as you may have the opportunity to witness local festivals and interact with the friendly Dolpo people. Overall, autumn is considered the best time to embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek, providing an unforgettable adventure amid breathtaking natural beauty and unique cultural encounters.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Winter (Dec- Feb)

Upper Dolpo Trek during the winter months is not recommended for most travelers. This period experiences extreme cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, making the trekking trails challenging and potentially dangerous. The high-altitude passes and remote villages are often inaccessible due to snow blockages. Accommodation options may be limited, and local services may be closed for the season. Furthermore, the cold weather can pose serious risks to trekkers, including frostbite and altitude-related issues. Therefore, it's best to avoid trekking in Upper Dolpo during the winter, and instead, opt for the more favorable seasons like spring and autumn for a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Spring (March- May)

Upper Dolpo Trek during the spring is another excellent and preferable choice for experiencing this remote Himalayan region. Spring brings a fresh vibrancy to the landscape as the snow from the winter season melts, and the valleys and hillsides come alive with blooming wildflowers, including the famous rhododendrons. The weather in spring is generally quite pleasant, with gradually warming temperatures and longer daylight hours. This makes for comfortable trekking conditions during the day, although nights can still be cold, especially at higher elevations. Additionally, the trails are less muddy than during the monsoon season, and the region begins to awaken from its winter slumber. You'll have the opportunity to witness the unique culture of the Dolpo people and explore their traditional villages, monasteries, and way of life.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Monsoon (Jun - Aug)

Upper Dolpo during the monsoon season is a challenging struggle that's typically not recommended for most travelers. While the region's rugged beauty remains, the heavy monsoon rains transform the trekking experience into a test of endurance. Persistent rainfall leads to muddy and slippery trails, making hiking difficult and potentially hazardous. Cloudy and misty conditions often obscure the stunning mountain vistas that are a major attraction of the trek. Swollen rivers and potential landslides can render some sections of the trail impassable. Moreover, the presence of leeches and other insects can be a discomfort. Many guesthouses and services may shut down during this period. For these reasons, it's advisable to plan your Upper Dolpo trek during more favorable seasons like spring or early autumn, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable adventure.

Permits for Upper Dolpo Trek

Three different kinds of permit are required for the upper Dolpo trekking. They are: Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Entry Permit, Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit and Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Entry Permit.

Important Notes for Upper Dolpo Trek

  • While booking, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance.
  • Beverages, snacks, charging electronic devices, hot showers, Wi-Fi are not included in our packages, so you have to pay additional cash.
  • It is preferable to pack your bag lightly because porters will only carry your 15-20kg luggage
  • You should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities including medical expenses and emergency evacuation.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets like iodine, aquatabs tablets.
  • Pack your clothes according to the seasonal basis.
  • Upper Dolpo Trek is a high level of difficulty and is considered one of the more challenging treks which requires a high level of physical fitness so, it is recommended to prepare with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking.
  • You should carry enough cash in Nepalese rupees as ATMs may not be available in remote areas.
  • We suggest you not to book your international flights early as there may be sudden change in weather which will make your flights delay or even cancel.
Itinerary
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                                                          Cost Details
                                                          Cost Includes
                                                          • All the ground transportation by private tourist vehicles.
                                                          • Flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj– Juphal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
                                                          • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking
                                                          • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
                                                          • Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu (3 star Hotel –The Address Kathmandu  Hotel /Gaju suite Hotel ) accommodation as per the itinerary with breakfast
                                                          • Comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary
                                                          • Professional tour guide on day trip in Kathmandu.
                                                          • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu city tour
                                                          • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
                                                          • Special Trekking Permit for this trekking
                                                          • All necessary paper work Permit & TIMS card (Trekker's information management system)
                                                          • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
                                                          • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
                                                          • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
                                                          Cost Excludes
                                                          • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
                                                          • Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu)
                                                          • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge etc.
                                                          • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
                                                          • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
                                                          • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
                                                          Departure Dates
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                                                          Date PriceStatus 
                                                          Start DateThursdayJul 25, 2024End DateWednesdayAug 21, 2024PricePriceUS$3000StatusStatusAvailable
                                                          Start DateTuesdayJul 30, 2024End DateMondayAug 26, 2024PricePriceUS$3000StatusStatusAvailable
                                                          Essential Information

                                                          Risks during Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Trekking in Upper Dolpo, like any remote and high-altitude trek in the Himalayas, comes with certain risks and challenges that trekkers should be aware of and prepared for. Here are some of the risks during Upper Dolpo Trek:

                                                          • Altitude sickness
                                                          • Weather conditions
                                                          • Remote and Isolated Location
                                                          • Challenging Terrain
                                                          • Cultural and Ethical Considerations
                                                          • Wildlife Encounters
                                                          • Connection and connectivity
                                                          • River crossings
                                                          • Lack of facilities
                                                          • Landslides and rock fall

                                                          How difficult is the Upper Dolpo Trek?

                                                          The Upper Dolpo Trek is known for its high level of difficulty and is considered one of the more challenging treks in Nepal. Its remote and isolated location, combined with high altitudes and rugged terrain, make it a trek suitable for experienced trekkers seeking an adventurous and physically demanding journey. The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, navigating steep ascents and descents, and traversing rocky and uneven paths. Trekkers must also contend with unpredictable weather conditions, which can include cold temperatures, snowfall, and rain, even during the recommended trekking seasons.

                                                          Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Preventing Altitude Sickness during the Upper Dolpo Trek is crucial for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some essential tips to help prevent AMS:

                                                          • Proper Acclimatization
                                                          • Stay Hydrated
                                                          • Diet and Nutrition
                                                          • Medication
                                                          • Recognize Symptoms
                                                          • Listen to Your Body
                                                          • Travel with a Guide
                                                          • Travel Insurance
                                                          • What gear and equipment for Upper Dolpo Trek?
                                                          • A few pairs of Thermal tops
                                                          • Fleece jacket/pullover
                                                          • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
                                                          • Down jacket
                                                          • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
                                                          • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
                                                          • Thermal or woolen hat
                                                          • Mittens/woolen gloves
                                                          • Warm Hiking socks
                                                          • Hiking boots or sturdy trekking shoes
                                                          • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
                                                          • Sun hat/scarf, wash towel
                                                          • Sunglasses(with UV protection)
                                                          • Sunscreen (with high SPF)
                                                          • Trekking map and guidebook
                                                          • Portable charger for electronic devices
                                                          • Sleeping bag
                                                          • Trekking poles
                                                          • Day bag above 40 L
                                                          • Waterproof cover for backpack
                                                          • Headlamp or flashlight
                                                          • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
                                                          • Basic personal first aid kit
                                                          • Snacks and energy bars
                                                          • Water bottles, water purification tablets

                                                          Training for Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Training for the Upper Dolpo Trek requires a combination of cardiovascular fitness, strength training, and altitude acclimatization. Start by building your cardiovascular endurance through regular hiking, walking, or jogging. Gradually increase the strength and duration of your workouts to improve stamina. Incorporate strength training exercises to build leg and core muscles, which are essential for the trek's steep ascents and descents. To prepare for high altitudes, consider spending time at moderate altitudes before your trek and engage in short high-altitude hikes to acclimatize.

                                                          Distance and Time during Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          The total distance and time required for the Upper Dolpo Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary and hiking pace. But the Upper Dolpo Trek typically covers a distance of approximately 350-400 kilometers (217-248 miles) in total, including both the outbound and return journey. The total duration for the entire trek, including rest days, exploration, and acclimatization, can vary greatly among trekkers. A comprehensive Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary can last anywhere from 24 to 36 days or even longer. On an average trekking day, you may walk for 5-8 hours, depending on the terrain, altitude, and individual fitness.

                                                          Accommodation facilities for Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Accommodation facilities during the Upper Dolpo Trek are quite basic and limited due to the remote and rugged nature of the region. Along the trekking route, you'll find small tea houses and guesthouses in some villages. These are often the primary accommodation options and provide simple rooms with basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and communal dining areas. Don't expect luxury; these accommodations are functional and provide shelter from the elements. In more remote areas where tea houses are scarce or nonexistent, camping is the only option. Trekkers should bring their own camping gear or arrange for it through a trekking agency. Camping allows for greater flexibility in terms of itinerary and remote exploration. Regardless of where you stay, be prepared for limited services. Electricity may be available only during specific hours through generators or solar power, and hot water for showers can be rare

                                                          Food facilities during Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          During the Upper Dolpo Trek food facilities are basic and primarily consist of local Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. Tea houses and guesthouses along the trail offer meals, which typically include dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, momo (dumplings), and Tibetan bread. You can also find a limited variety of Western dishes such as pasta and fried rice in some places. While the menu options may be somewhat limited, the food is usually hearty and provides the necessary energy for trekking. Be prepared for variations in food availability as you trek to higher altitudes, and keep in mind that food choices become more basic in remote areas. It's advisable to bring some of your favorite snacks and consider dietary preferences or restrictions before embarking on the trek.

                                                          Drinks on the Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          On the Upper Dolpo Trek, you can typically find a variety of hot and cold beverages in tea houses and guesthouses along the trail. Hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are commonly available and provide warmth in the cold mountain environment. Additionally, you can enjoy local specialties such as butter tea and Tibetan-style yak butter tea, which are culturally significant. Cold beverages like bottled water, soft drinks, and sometimes even local beers are also available but may become scarcer and more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. It's advisable to carry a reusable water bottle and purification methods (e.g., water purification tablets or a water filter) to minimize plastic waste and ensure a safe drinking water supply during the trek.

                                                          Internet, Wi-Fi, Hot Shower and charging facilities on Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Internet and Wi-Fi access on the Upper Dolpo Trek are extremely limited and often nonexistent in most areas due to its remote location. You may find mobile network coverage, but it's unreliable. Hot shower facilities are also rare, especially at higher altitudes, and trekkers should be prepared for basic, cold-water showers. Charging facilities for electronic devices like phones and cameras are available in some tea houses and guesthouses but may come at an extra cost. It's recommended to carry portable chargers and spare batteries to ensure your devices remain powered during the trek. Overall, expect minimal modern amenities and be prepared for a rustic and off-the-grid experience while trekking in Upper Dolpo.

                                                          Can I book Private Upper Dolpo Trek?

                                                          Yes, you can book a private Upper Dolpo Trek through Welcome Nepal Treks. You can choose your trekking dates, accommodations, and even make adjustments to the route if desired. This option is ideal for those seeking a more personalized and flexible trekking adventure. To book a private Upper Dolpo Trek, contact us and we will work with you to create a customized itinerary, arrange necessary permits, provide a private guide and porter team if needed, and ensure all logistics are in place for a memorable and safe journey through the remote and stunning landscapes of Upper Dolpo.

                                                          Can I join the Group on Upper Dolpo Trek?

                                                          Yes, you can join a group on the Upper Dolpo Trek through Welcome Nepal Treks. We organize group treks to this remote region, offering an opportunity to trek with like-minded individuals, share costs, and enjoy a sense of friendship on the journey. Group treks are often scheduled on specific dates, and you can inquire with trekking agencies about available departures. Joining a group can be a great way to experience the Upper Dolpo Trek while meeting fellow adventurers and potentially reducing costs compared to a private trek.

                                                          What is the Cost of the Upper Dolpo Trek?

                                                          The cost of 28 days Upper Dolpo Trek can vary based on several factors, including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, and the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the Upper Dolpo Trek can at a very reasonable price. We offer this 28 days adventurous and splendid Short Upper Dolpo trekking package around US$3000 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, meals, permits and everything mentioned in the package.

                                                          Why Upper Dolpo Trek with Us?

                                                          Welcome Nepal Treks is registered travel agency with the appropriate tourism authorities and holds a valid license to operate tours in Nepal. Welcome Nepal treks have been operating for many years and has extensive experience in organizing tours in Nepal. Welcome Nepal Treks offers a splendid tour package to the customers at a very reasonable price with great services. We provide flexible and customizable itineraries tailored to your preferences, fitness level, and available time. We provide you the experienced guides and staff who possess in-depth knowledge of the destination you planned to visit. We can offer valuable insights, information about the local culture, heritage sights and ensure a well-organized trek experience. We prioritize safety and have established safety protocols in place. We ensure that our guides and staff are trained in first aid, altitude sickness etc.

                                                          Insurance for the Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Travel insurance is essential when embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek or any trekking adventure in Nepal. It provides coverage for various unforeseen circumstances that could occur during your trek. Ensure that your insurance policy covers medical expenses, including emergency medical evacuation and treatment at high altitudes. Altitude-related illnesses can be serious, so having proper coverage is crucial. In case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies, you might need to be evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility. Look for insurance that covers emergency evacuation expenses.

                                                          Tipping on Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          Tipping is a customary practice in the trekking industry in Nepal, including the Upper Dolpo Trek. Tipping is a way to show appreciation for the services provided by guides, porters, and support staff who contribute to making your trek enjoyable and safe. Tipping is a personal choice, and there's no strict obligation to do so. However, it's an important aspect of Nepali culture and a way to acknowledge the hard work of those who contribute to your trek. Tipping amounts can vary based on the level of service, group size, and your overall satisfaction.

                                                          Upper Dolpo Trek Booking and Payment Policies

                                                          If you want to book the Upper Dolpo Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.

                                                          Trip extension after Upper Dolpo Trek

                                                          After completing the Upper Dolpo Trek, you have several options for trip extensions to further explore Nepal's natural beauty and culture. Here are a few popular options:

                                                          • Lumbini Pilgrimage
                                                          • Janakpur Cultural Tour
                                                          • Everest base camp trek
                                                          • Annapurna circuit trek
                                                          • Ghorepani poonhill trek
                                                          • Bardia or Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserves
                                                          • Rafting in Trishuli River
                                                          • Nagarkot Sunrise/Sunset
                                                          • Dhulikhel Mountain Views
                                                          • Langtang valley trek
                                                          • Annapurna base camp trek
                                                          • Bandipur Old Town
                                                          • Bhaktapur Heritage
                                                          • Patan Arts and Crafts
                                                          • Rara Lake Trek
                                                          • Bandipur exploration
                                                          • Mardi Himal Trek
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