Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek also known by Inner Dolpo one of the remote trekking destination in Nepal mandatory to Camping arrangements with supporters staffs. Upper Dolpo Trek includes combination of Landscapes, unspoiled typical Buddhist culture, traditional local lifestyle, old Buddhist monasteries that includes high passes with fine trip itinerary.  

Upper Dolpo Trek is a fascinating "Off The Beaten Path" trek in Nepal in the tranquil, pristine and mysterious regions of Upper Dolpo. Upper Dolpo Trek also treks around the majestic glacial lake, Shey Phoksundo and visits Shey Gomba, one of the most famous monastery of Nepal. Despite being one of the harder and longer treks with several camps above 4500 meters and several passes, the arid trans Himalayan landscape and daily hardships of locals, leaves the travelers in awe of Dolpo. It is also a spiritual trek as shamanistic Bon religion and Tibetan Buddhism dominates the entire region.

 

Upper Dolpo Trek through tough mountainous region of fortified villages, 'dzongs', turquoise lakes, sacred mountains and high passes, susceptible to heavy snows which have isolated it from the rest of Nepal for much of the year. Isolated and unproductive lands has forced the locals to rely mostly on trade with Tibetans and the tradition still lives on today. Upper Dolpo Trek passes through these very villages that still serves as trade hub of these ancient trade routes. Centuries old monasteries, including, the famous Shey Gomba (referred as Crystal Monastery in the book Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen), unexplored and hidden valleys of Dolpo makes the trek worth every minute of the hard trek in this wild part of Himalaya of Nepal.

 

The most interesting  part of the Upper (Inner) Dolpo Trek is that we get to witness the culture difference of the people of different regions, had centuries ago.  Dolpo the high mountainous settlement holds the nomads that migrated to the region ages ago. Similarly the people of Mustang also called Lopas also migrated from Tibet almost during the same time. Still the contrast between the people of these two regions in the past and in the recent times is so huge in terms of civilization; it is an interesting discovery.

Upper (Inner) Dolpo trek is extreme trek require excellent level of personal experience at high altitude and outstanding fitness level. For more trip detail Dhorpatan to Dolpo – Lower Dolpo - Upper Dolpo and Great Himalayan trail of Jumla Rara Lake to Dolpo trip details written by our clients Dr. Howard and Sue Dengate. Please follow the link. http://fedup.com.au/information/nepal/nepal-dolpo-tracknotes


Upper Dolpo Trek short itinerary,

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1350 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj. (130 meters).
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2490 meters) & Trek to Raktang (2421 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Amchi Hospital. (3110 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Phoksundo Lake. (3733 meters).
Day 07: Acclimatization day.
Day 08: Trek to Phoksundo Khola. (3690 meters).
Day 09: Trek to Snowfield Camp. (4625 meters).
Day 10: Cross Kang La (5345 meters) and trek to Shey Gompa. (4375 meters).
Day 11: Acclimatization day.
Day 12: Cross Sela Bhanjyang (5075 meters) and trek to Namgung. (4430 meters).
Day 13: Trek to Saldang. (3980 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Khoma Gaon. (4100 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Mendo. (4000 meters).
Day 16: Trek to Tinje Gaon. (4110 meters).
Day 17: Trek to Rapka. (4535 meters).
Day 18: Cross Chharka La (5030 meters) and trek to Chharka. (4110 meters).
Day 19: Acclimatization day.
Day 20: Trek to Norbulung. (4750 meters).
Day 21: Trek to bottom of Sangda La. (4800 meters).
Day 22: Cross Niwar Pass (5130 meters) and Sangda La (5300 meters), and trek to Sangda.
Day 23: Trek to Lower Sangda. (3710 meters).
Day 24: Trek to Dhagarjun. (3210 meters).
Day 25: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters).
Day 26: Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Day 27: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 28: Departure.

Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary

DAY
  • 1

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. trekking with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. 

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 2

    A Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. 

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 3

    The mornings can be used to carry out some last minute re-checks as we have an half an hour afternoon flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is very hot and humid compared to Kathmandu and it is better to have some insect repellent creams nearby. 

    Altitude 130 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 4

    An early morning 45 minutes flight lands us on Juphal and after a brief sorting and introduction of our crew, the trek finally starts. The trek heads toward Dunai, administrative headquarter of Dolpo, and then start to follow Phoksundo River towards North in the valley and stops at Raktang for the first night in camps. (5 hours) 

    Altitude 2490 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 5

    The trek continues to head north of the valley and will keep doing so for most of the trek till Saldang. After passing many small settlements of lower Dolpo, the trek slowly enters Dolpo Valley and reaches Amchi Hospital. Amchi are the traditional doctors of the region. (6 hours) 

    Altitude 3110 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 6

    The trek still continues to move forward in the valley and also follows the Phoksundo River all the way to Ringmo. Ringo is the last big settlement before the trek enters the more wildly and remote aresas of Dolpo. The lake is only a few minute walk away from Ringmo. (4 hours) 

    Altitude 3733 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 7

    The day can be used to explore around the Phoksundo Lake. 

    Altitude 3733 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 8

    The trek moves to the other side of the Phoksundo Lake and then starts to follow Phoksundo Khola for the rest of the day. This day also marks the treks entry into the upper valley of Dolpo and provides a brief look into the wilderness and remoteness that awaits in the valley ahead. The campsite is also by the banks of the river. (7 hours) 

    Altitude 3690 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 9

    Slowly and gradually, the elevation increases throughout the day and reaches the bottom of Kang La, first of the many passes of the trek. The camp has been mentioned in the bestselling book of Peter Mathiesson, ‘The Snow Leopard’. The name Snowfield Camp to the campsite comes from the same book. (7 hours) 

    Altitude 4625 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 10

    An early start is followed by a long uphill to the top of Kang La. Equally tiring downhill leads to the bottom of the river and rest of the day is spent following the river. The day ends at Shey Gompa, also famous by the name Crystal Monastery. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 5345 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 11

    The day is spent exploring around the village and can also be use to visit a nearby monastery on a top of cliff. The visit to the monastery would take couple of hours for the round trip. 

    Altitude 4375 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 12

    Another early start and a long steep climb to the top of Sela Bhanjyang is rewarded with views of Mustang Valley and mountains of Tibet and the Kanjiroba Range. A drop again leads to a river and a more easy terrain in afternoon finally leads to Namgung. (5-6 hours) 

    Altitude 5075 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 13

    A steep climb for the most of morning ends at Saldang. Saldang is one of biggest settlements of the region. Ironically, this one of the most remote village of country is home to one of the biggest star of the country. Saldang is home of Thinle, the main character of the academy award nominated movie ‘Himalaya’. (5-6 hours) 

    Altitude 3980 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 14

    The day starts with a climb and changes into a descent later in the morning as the trail drops once again to a river. Afternoon walk is similar as the trek first climbs to Khoma La (4565 meters) and then drops down to Khoma Gaon. Gaon in Nepali means village. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 4100 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 15

    The trail drops to the river and follows the river for most part of the day. Yet another drop follows a climb to a top of a ridge and ends at a green valley of Shimen. A brief walk after Shimen leads to Mendo. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 4000 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 16

    The trek continues to follow the river towards south and passes through small villages, chortens and mane walls before reaching Tinje Gaon. The village was also one of the major points of ancient Tibetan trade route. (6 hours) 

    Altitude 4110 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 17

    An easy trail in the morning starts the trek and continues to head south of the valley. Later in the day, the trail starts to undulate and passes through narrow gulleys before reaching the wide valleys of Rapka. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 4535 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 18

    Another early start and yet another pass makes the day one of the longer days of trek. After crossing Chharkha La, a long descent finally ends at Chharka. (7-8 hours) 

    Altitude 5030 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 19

    The day can be used as rest day to prepare for the final few passes of the trek. 

    Altitude 4110 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 20

    The trail undulates and many rivers are crossed on suspension bridges throughout the day towards the south of the valley. The trek keeps heading south of valley for most of the latter stages of trek. A final climb leads to Norbulung ending the day. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 4750 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 21

    Once again the trek starts to gain elevation as the trek now enters the final stages. Few passes separates Dolpo region from Kali Gandaki Valley and Sangda La is one of them. The day’s trek ends at the bottom of Sangda La. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 4800 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 22

    The day to Sangda Phedi includes crossing of two passes and is one of the hardest day of the trek. The trail climbs up Niwar Pass and then crosses Sangda La and offers stunning views of the valleys in front for all the hard work. Long descent finally ends at Sangda Phedi. (7-8 hours) 

    Altitude 5300 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 23

    The trek enters into descent mode and passes several small rivers throughout the day. More mountains of Kali Gandaki Valley starts to open up near Lower Sangda and the region also have huge number of Blue Sheeps.(6 hours) 

    Altitude 3710 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 24

    A small ascent in the morning soon turns into gradual drop and turns steeper with the day. This final descent also provides the view of Kali Gandaki Valley as the day ends at Dhagarjun. (6-7 hours) 

    Altitude 3210 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Camp
  • 25

    The downhill continues as the trek enters Kali Gandaki Valley and drops all the way down to river. The trek now continues on the dusty secondary roads following the river south towards Jomsom. Jomsom is administrative headquarters of Mustand and is a busy town and marks the end of adventure. (4 hours) 

    Altitude 2720 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation Tea House / Lodge
  • 26

    An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by another flight to Kathmandu and a free day at Kathmandu.

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 27

    A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) 

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation Hotel
  • 28

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. 

    Altitude 1335 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation No

Cost Includes

    • Airport arrival and departure service.
    • Accommodation in (2 in sharing room) in Kathmandu on 3 star standard levels Hotel with breakfast,
    • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj -  Juphal  and Jomsom – Pokhara  – Kathmandu domestic airfare.
    • Shey-Phoksundo national park permits and Trekkers information management system (TIMS)
    • Dolpo special permits (Upper dolpo special permits cost $500 for 10 days valid and after 10 days $50 per day which is includes on cost)
    • Experience Government license holder trekking guide, cook and supporter porters.
    • All necessary land transport for Cook staffs and porters.
    • Tented  Accommodation during the trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea coffee while on trek, serve by our trekking cook staffs.
    • Dining tent, Table, chairs, toilet tent, and sleeping mattress. 
    • Accommodation, food, salary, and insurance, for Guide cook, staffs and Porters.
    • All necessary cooking gear, cooking fuel.
    • If need down jacket, sleeping bag, walking pole, duffel bag, we will provide without cost.
    • Medicine kit (first aid kit)
    • Government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
    • Personal travel insurance (Compulsory)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Mineral water, beer, coca cola, personal expenses as like telephone, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.

Cost & Date

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews ( 4 Reviews For This Package )

Barbara Sophie, From - Zermatt, Switzerland

Lower and Dolpo Trek !!! Great Experience with Visit Himalaya treks.

If you plan a trek off or on the beaten track. You found a competent partner in Visit Himalaya. Great thanks to the office specially Rajan for his help organising my Dolpo trek. His generosity and expertise made it possible.

Also to my wonderful guide Dukpa Sherpa. His kindness, care and excellent judgment made the trip smooth running in difficult situation. Your respect and love for your people, culture and land is inspiring. Also a big t4hank you to Ishwar and his team for the generous sharing of knowledge and assistance in Nepalgundji and Jumla. Visit Himalaya is a competent and trustworthy company with excellent staff. Dukpa Sherpa you want have as trekking partner.
Anytime again. September / October - 2018.

Manuela Muller, From - Switzerland

Lower and Upper Dolpo Camping trek with Visit Himalaya Treks

What an experience and just amazing time we spent on our trek in lower and upper Dolpo! It is not just the impressive landscape and the inspiring culture we discovered in this remote area, but also the good spirit of our crew that made our trekking unforgettable! And we don't like to call it our crew because we became a family in those 26 days we spent together. Everything was very well organised by Visit Himalaya Treks even though the airport at the starting point was closed due to construction. The rearrangements gave us the possibility to do the trekking the other way round. This made it more challenging as the first two passes over 5000 meters came quickly. But our caretaking and open-hearted crew supported us in this challenge and celebrated with us the top of the pass of 5550 meters with cheerings and heartily embracements. These special moments, the awesome encounters with the local people of Dolpo, as well as the fascinating nature made this trip to be a unique experience with many great memories to take back home! Many thanks to all who were on the trek with us and special thanks to Himal and Visit Himalaya Treks! Oct - 2017.

Jennifer Ebling, From - Switzerland

Lower and Upper Dolpo  Camptrekking

Off the beaten trek into the remote area of Dolpo...because of the closed airport in Juphal Visit Himalaya Treks adapted our initerary and we did the trek the other way round. This is more challenging, but we made it also thanks to the great staff we had with us! Our trekking was once more an unforgetable experience: an amazing time in a remote area with a beautiful landscape, with a fascinating culture and inspiring people and we just had a well organized trek with an icredible friendly and care taking nepali team that became our family! Visit Himalay Treks fulfills your individual needs, takes care of the challenges and risks, and meets their clients as well as their staff with respect and fairness! Jennifer Ebling from Switzerland.

Gilles Herant, Joshua Raffaelle & Samantha Hellen, From France

Lower and Upper Dolpo Trek (juphal-jomsom)

Good experience with the company, few specifics we rushed into and should have discussed more thoroughly. We ran into a few hiccups in the begging, as you do. However, our guide Pashu Ram got it all sorted and we continued with a great trip. The team were fantastic from our guide to our two porters! Look forward to trekking with them again! October – 2018.

FAQs

We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.

An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.

Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.

There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.

It is not a problem at all because in this trek we will supply most of the foods from the nearest store and remaining foods we buy from Locals that mean most of the time we served vegetarian food as well and our camping cook and guide will take care as well.

We use standard quality of (Camping Gears) like Clients tents (3 men tents for couple and two men tent for single), dining tents,  Shower Tent, Toilet Tent, staff tend thick mattress, etc.  Also, we care for our staff and provide them with proper equipment for the camping trek. You will also be requested to have the proper gear for your personal use which will be suggested while confirming the trip.

While during the camping trek it is really difficult to find the place to charge gadget somehow we will manage to charge if we stay closed by village otherwise we have to take portable solar panel to carry with us and charge our gadgets. 

Now a day’s most of the areas has been covered by cell phone network connection. However, in this trek, we always send satellite phones along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.

Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.

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Upper Dolpo Trek
Altitude 5345 m
Upper Dolpo Trek
Region Dolpo Region
Upper Dolpo Trek
Difficulty Demanding
Upper Dolpo Trek
Group size 2+ Peoples
Upper Dolpo Trek
Best Season August -October and April - May-June

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