Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Activities:
Sightseeing and Trekking
Duration
25 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate, Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5350 m
  • Group Size
    04 - 12 People
  • Best Time
    May - September 

Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo Trek is probably the most exquisite trek that takes you one of the secluded regions that lies in between the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri ranges in Nepal. Get ready to explore the hidden heaven that lies in the shadows of majestic Himalayas in a barren land with outstanding landscapes. Dolpo is a beautiful place that lies northwest of Karnali region which is he most isolated region of Nepal with the difficult topography. Despite of its isolation, it is a best place to cherish the natural beauty that comprises of snow-capped mountains in north and river basins of Bheri, Suligad, Rupagad with their small and large cascades. The remote and undisturbed forests and vegetation in Dolpo region is a home to varieties of wild birds and animals that preserves around 197 species of birds and 32 species of mammals. During your travel you can come across some beautiful Himalayan wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and rare Snow Leopard,

If you are wondering about how this place would be then you can watch the film “Himalaya” for your reference. The Oscar nominated film of 1999 – Himalaya was filmed in Dolpo region of Nepal. The Upper Dolpo region trek offers an opportunity to explore the most unseen and unexplored places of the world therefore regarded as the forbidden kingdom. The kingdom was closed for any foreigners but you can enter this region after obtaining a restricted and expensive permit. Taking about the glory of this region, the Upper Dolpo region has been mentioned by author David Snelgrove in his book named, “Himalayan Pilgrimage”, Peter Matthiessen in his book named “The Snow Leopard” and by George Schaller in his book “Stones of Silence”.

The Upper Dolpo Trek begins from Juphal and passes through various beautiful landscape to explore the gigantic mountain ranges. You cross Numa La pass at 5,190m to admire the spectacular Phoksundo Lake at Ringmo village that lies inside the Phoksundo National Park. Upper Dolpo Trek is not just beautiful for its natural splendour and bio diversity but for the unique cultural and social aspect it shares. The people living in this region are of Tibetan origin who still preserve their primitive lifestyle and tradition. The people in this area still preserve the Pre Buddhist Bon Po religion. Shay Gompas, also regarded as a spiritual centre of Upper Dolpo is a beautiful monastery that lies on the base of Crystal Mountain. It is visit by many pilgrims each year to perform Kora.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj

Day 04: Flight Nepalgunj-Juphal (2475 m), walk to Chhepka (2838 m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 05: Chhepka to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3110 m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m) Duration: 3 hrs

Day 07: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3733 m), free day

Day 08: Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake to Chunemba (3639 m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 09: Chunemba to Snowfields Camp (4400 m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4310 m) via Kang La (5375 m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 11: Rest day Shey Gompa (4310 m)

Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430 m) via Shey La (5000 m) Duration: 6 hrs

Day 13: Namgung to Saldang (4060 m) Duration:3 hrs

Day 14: Saldang to Sibu (4200 m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 15: Sibu to Lagmo Che (4570 m) Duration:4 hrs

Day 16: Lagmo Che to Tokyu (4209 m) via Jeng La (5110 m) Duration: 7 hrs

Day 17: Tokyo to Dho Tarap (4080 m) Duration: 2 hrs

Day 18: Dho Tarap to Sisaul (3750 m) Duration:4 hrs

Day 19: Sisaul to Laina Odar (3370 m) Duration: 7-8 hrs

Day 20: Laina Odar to Lingdo (2391 m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 21: Lingdo to Dunai (2140 m) Duration: 5 hrs

Day 22: Dunai to Juphal (2475 m) Duration: 4 hrs

Day 23: Flight Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Day 24: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Departure

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees and private vehicle
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An highly experienced guide, Sherpa, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Flights from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • One nights’ accommodation with breakfast in Nepalgunj
  • Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T – Shirt and trekking map
  • Safe drinking boiled water will be provided during the trek
  • A comprehensive first aid kid bag
  • All necessary permits and paper works including Upper Dolpo special permits
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance – Compulsory
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Bogdan Ilie, USA My wife and I were lucky to have chosen Nepal Hiking Team to plan our trip. We opted for a private guide and had a porter as well. We waited at the airport, and we were dropped off there as well when we left Nepal. Our guide, Ram, made sure that our trip was organized flawlessly and that we were doing well and happy at all times. He chose the best available teahouses, and we were allowed to chose the food from the menu in all of them (there seem to be agencies that say you can either choose dal bhat or pay out of pocket). We were even served, during dinner, sliced apples carried by the porter. Ram was very knowledgeable, and he shared information related to mountain peaks, vegetation, and animals. As we saw, his English skills are excellent. Above all, he is friendly and has a positive attitude, so we enjoyed talking and interacting with him. The porter, Bhola, was also very friendly. He looked like he was 50 kg but carried 55-65 kg easily. Overall, it was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience to which Ram, Bhola, and Nepal Hiking Team contributed substantially. One of the owners, Ganga, even offered free rides to do the PCR tests or other purposes. We couldn't have hoped for better treatment from this agency. Note: Read Original Review on Trip Advisor (Click Here)
Lucie H, UK In May this year - some friends and I joined the NHT For 16 days. Every fine detail was considered, with our guides and porters going above & beyond to ensure we were comfortable and happy. Their knowledge and experience created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all. I have no hesitation in recommending Nepal Hiking Team to anyone! They made this experience perfect, thank you, guys.  
Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.