Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote and strenuous non touristy trekking in the far western region of Nepal into the vastness of Himalayan valleys. Discover remote bon monasteries, land of Snow Leopard. The villages, gompas and people you meet during this trek will leave an unforgettable impression on you. The landscapes here are even more desolate than on the Dolpa Circuit and the villages even more isolated and authentic.

On the Tibetan Plateau in the great Himalayan rain shadow, lies Dolpo – a legendary Ba-Yul or “Hidden Land,” geographically cut off from the rest of the world by a barrier of high mountains, deep gorges, and thick forests. Our 25 Days Upper Dolpo Camping Trek will allow us to truly explore this remarkable place, where we’ll find a thriving and undiminished traditional Tibetan culture – their villages possibly the highest on earth. En route we’ll pass some of the most majestic mountains in the world, including Dhaulagiri and the remote Kanjirobas.

Major Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek:

  1. Beautiful views as you take flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
  2. Magnificent scene Phoksundo Lake (Deepest Lake of Nepal).
  3. Breathtaking view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain.
  4. Crossing Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La pass
  5. Adventurous camping trek to the isolated Himalayan region of Nepal.
  6. Visit ancient bon monasteries of Dolpo district.

Trekking in Nepal’s Dolpo Region allows you to experience the grandeur of Nepal’s rugged and remote far west. Dolpo borders Tibet, where the culture and much of the landscape is reminiscent of its northern neighbour. The western part of the district is home to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park, which is Nepal’s largest. Dolpo can be roughly divided into four valleys, each of which is represented since 1975 by a village development committee (VDC): Dho (Tarap Valley), Saldang (Nankhong Valley, the most populous, Tinje (Panzang Valley), and Chharka (Tsharka Valley). There are also smaller VDCs at Bhijer, Mukot and Phoksundo.

Peter Matthiessen’s “The Snow Leopard” and David Snellgrove’s “Himalayan Pilgrimage” have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo. Both writers visited the Shey Gompa, to the north of the Phoksundo Lake, inner Dolpo. This is the goal of most trekkers but this Upper Dolpo trek will take you even further into this mysterious land.

Like much of Nepal, the best time to visit Upper Dolpo is the spring (April to May) and the fall (Mid Auguest to October) when temperatures are pleasant, skies are the clearest, and there is minimal chance of snow at high altitudes. Late/early snow can affect this trek in April and November, making some passes impossible to cross.

Upper Dolpo Permits & Regulations:

Upper Dolpo Permit is expensive and strictly enforced. The Upper Dolpo Region is classified as a restricted area, and much of the region, including its trekking trails, also lies within Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit in addition to a Shey-Phoksundo National Park entry permit to trek in Upper Dolpo. On top of that, only 100 foreigners are permitted to enter Upper Dolpa each year.

  1. Lower Dolpo: $10 USD per week
  2. Upper Dolpo: $500 USD (10-day minimum)

There is also an NRS. 3390 (USD 34) entry fee to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. As it’s mandatory to trek with a guide on an organised tour in Upper Dolpo, your tour operator ( Nepal Tours ) will arrange all permits and these fees are generally included in the total cost of your trip.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
Day 05: Trek Dunai to Chhepka (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Trek Chhepka to Rachi: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek Rachi to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Trek Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari: 5-6 hours
Day 10: Trek Salla Ghari to Kang La Base Camp: 6-7 hours
Day 11: Trek Kang La Base Camp to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Trek Shey Gompa to Namdo Gumba (4,800m/15,744ft) 6-7 hours
Day 13: Trek Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft) 4-5 hours
Day 14: Trek Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Trek  Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
Day 17: Trek Jeng-la Phedi to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
Day 18: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 19: Trek Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 20: Trek Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 21: Trek Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
Day 22:  Trek Tarakot to Jhuphal (2,140m/7,019ft): 6-7 hours
Day 23: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 24: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Tented accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
Seasonal fruits during the trek are provided
Very high quality north face or mountain hardware or same category camping equipments (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent / mattress and Kitchen untensils )
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag
Adventure Connexion’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes

Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
All monasteries donation.
Personal Equipment.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).

Upper Dolpo Trek

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
May 3, 2019

This company is fantastic. Kulendra, through his extensive local network was able to get us into Upper Dolpo using an alternate route. His love of Nepal and it’s people is evident in everything he does. He had the best price when you look at what’s included and length of trip. The food on the trek was outstanding. I was so impressed. Absolutely outstanding!

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