Upper Dolpo Trek
Trekking duration: 25 days
Starting from: Jumla after flight from Nepalgunj
Ending at: Juphal and fly down to Nepalgunj
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous and alpine.
Maximum altitude: Kagmara La (5115 m)
Culture: Mixed western Nepalese &Tibetans.
Mode of trekking tour: Camping trek only
Himalayan sights: Sisne Himal Range, Kanjiroba Himal.
Upper Dolpo Trekking is the most remote, hidden and isolated trekking destination in far western Nepal situated between the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range. Upper Dolpo Region comprise of tranquil and natural beauty like mysterious monasteries, beautiful mountain, blue lakes and unique landscape.
Upper Dolpo Region also known as the home of herbal land is famous for unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments and unique human society at high altitude. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views and beautiful lakes are the primary feature of Upper Dolpo Region.
Upper Dolpo Trekking begins with walk through the remote villages of Nepal following the bank of Bheri River to our camp at Dunai in about 2 to 3 hours. The route follows Snowy Horizon at isolated village of Ringmo, crystal mountain at Shey Gompa, deep blue Shey Phoksundo lake and finally back to Juphal. The Upper Dolpo trekking route passes through many gigantic mountain ranges and the Shey Phoksundo Park. The Shey Phoksundo Park has an area of about 3500 sq. km where we can find the wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan called griffon.
Trekking Group Size
Trekking Group is termed for the group of people with every individuals who go for a trip. A minimum of 2 people and maximum number of 12 is highly recommended as the size of the group. This planning ensures complete safety of the trekkers and convenience as well. However, with conditions applied, the group size can be customized as per the request of our clients.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews include one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]
Meals and Accommodation
During your stay in Kathmandu city, at the initial and the final stages of the trip, you will be residing at a 4 star hotel. The meal facilities in our Cost Includessection takes account of only breakfast facilities at this particular hotel. During the trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served including varieties of snacks, cold drinks, and hot chocolate especially during the mountain part.
As mentioned above, accommodation will be facilitated at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu. Whereas, during the trek, you will be staying at standard teahouses, lodges and camps, on twin sharing basis, that is determined by the viability of accommodation facilities at overnight stops.
As a general idea, health condition in a good state is highly recommended for any kind of tour. As, Upper Dolpo Trek is categorized under Moderate to Strenuous Level and Alpine, one should have the ability to walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day, and 8 – 9 hours in some of the days. The highest altitude that we climb in this particular trek is 5,115m/16,781ft. Trekking in higher altitudes requires more physical effort. If you have any kind of medical condition, we urge you to receive a counsel from medical experts and formally inform us before applying for this trip.
Previous trekking experience is further admired. Even if you do not possess any, our crew members will always be there to guide for your safety concerns. We believe that you are strengthened with a positive attitude and a strong determination towards this trip.
Taking every aspects in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!
The Best Season to go for Upper Dolpo Trek is between October and May. This particular timespan provides you an efficient trekking experience with provisions of remarkable views of the environment around.
This part is analytically the most important of all. It is a must to gain knowledge about equipment required for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only adds convenience to your trip but, also, is totally responsible for its completion. We have formulated a clean list of equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
We, personally, do not sell any kind of insurances to our clients. We are, however, concerned about your safety as much as you do. Therefore, we advise you to plan a travel insurance policy before going for any of our trips. Unfortunate events such as sickness, medical issues, injuries or any kinds of accidents are possible measures that can ruin your trip or can even add threats to your life.
We can suggest some of the reputed insurance companies that can come in handy to you. You better be careful while you choose a company and select insurance plans that includes emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses and compensation for trip cancellation, as we do not provide any kind of refunds. Please, formally, provide us a copy of your insurance plans before going for the trip
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]
Permits and Fees
For the first 10 days per person US $ 500.00
After 10 days per day per person US $ 50.00
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, you are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program and preparation for trek.
Day 02: After breakfast, our tour guide will take to you for historical monuments sightseeing around Kathmandu valley such as Bhkatapur, pasupatinath, Boudhhanath, Kathmandu durbar square & Swaymbhunath (monkey temple) and prepare for the Upper Dolpa trekking because this day is required to make Upper Dolpa special trekking permit with original passport.
Day 03: Drive or Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (Dopla) Camp in Dunai 4 and half hour walk.
Day 05: Dunai - Hankhe 4 and half hour walk.
Day 06: Hankhe - Reiji 4 and half hour walk.
Day 07: Reiji - Phoksundo Lake3600m. 5 hour walk.
Day 08: Phoksundo - Rest/explore around.
Day 09: Phoksundo Lake-Lake beach 5 hour walk.
Day 10: Lake Beach - Mandala Camp 4,570m. 5 hour walk.
Day 11: Mandala Camp - Kang La (5,240m) pass - Shey Gompa (4280m.) 5 hour.
Day 12: Shey Gompa - Saldang pass (5010m) - Namgung 4,380m. 5 hours walk.
Day 13: Namgung-Yanger Gompa (3890m) 5 hour.
Day 14: Yanger Gompa-Musi Gaon (4270m) 6 hour.
Day 15: Musi Gaon - Lnag La (5002m) - Sime Gaon (3950m ) 6 hour.
Day 16: Sime Gaon - Tinja (4150m) 6 hour.
Day 17: Tinja - Kheng (4550m) 6 hour.
Day 18: Kheng - Charka pass (5,036m) -Charka (4365m) 7 hour.
Day 19: Charka -Yak Kharka (4780m) 5 hour.
Day 20: Yak Kharka - Sangda pass (5490m) - Sangda phedi (5110m ) 6 & half hr.
Day 21: Sangda phedi - Sangda (3909m) 5 hour.
Day 22: Sangda - Phale Gaon (2900m) 5 and half hour
Day 23: Phale Gaon - Jomsom (2710m) 3 and half hour
Day 24: Fly from Jomsom - Pokhara.
Day 25: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or flight.
Note: [The suggested itinerary is just a guideline and standard pattern. If the itinerary couldn’t meet your needs and not suitable for your time; you can customize it. Please let us know about your requirements, we will provide you detail information and plan according to your interest.The trip cost depends on the services you choose - Deluxe, Standard, Budget and Group size. ]
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (necessary porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- Dolpo special permits
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters