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

Jeff, North America Just got back from Nepal a couple of days ago, where my partner and I were doing an Everest Base Camp Trek assisted by Nepal Hiking Team. Their service couldn't have been better. I started planning this trip last Spring and looked at numerous trekking companies. Chose NHT due to the tremendously positive reviews on them, the professionalism of their website, and the quick response I got from Ganga when I sent an initial inquiry via their website -- he phoned me within a few hours, apparently as soon as the morning had come round to Nepal (given the time difference between North America and Nepal). He was extremely helpful and responsive from the start, all the way through the completion of our trek and the last couple of days back in Kathmandu. Our guide for the trek, Bhim, couldn't have been more helpful and took very good care of us and kept us safe. The whole operation and experience couldn't have been more positive.
Marcel, South Africa We recently returned from an EPIC trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp with the Nepal Hiking Team. Due to some time restraints we trekked on the cusp of the season, started our trek on 30th Aug, and returned to Kathmandu on the 10th of Sept, and what a great decision that was! The weather was amazing, we had most of the tea-houses to ourselves, our guides were on their first trip after the second wave of the covid 19. So it was great for them as well to witness everything as if for the first time. If you prefer a more 'quiet' trek, then I would recommend going on the cusp of the season! Our guide Raj of Nepal Hiking Team, did everything in his power to make the trip a most memorable trip and our wonderful porter who's name happens to be 'Love' totally lived up to his name! I cannot thank the Nepal Hiking Team enough for all their prep work, the guide's knowledge and caring for our welfare, and Ganga, the father of the group who personally met us at the airport and made sure that all our needs were met. What a great team, I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your future Himalayan trekking!
Raymond Low, Singapore Nepal Hiking Team provide an excellent guide to me when I hiked Everest Base Camp. My guide, Mr. Prakesh Rai, is very professional and caring... He always gives me very informative replies whenever I have a question or two about the terrain which we are trekking, the history of certain towns or places we passed by or stayed...He is always asking how I am (my old right ankle injury came back)...and will help me carry my load.... We had a good time together especially when we take photographs of the awesome scenery.....He works tirelessly and would be a concern for my diet and always asked me if I had enough of food, hows my leg was, and whether feeling ok especially when we are going towards a higher altitude..... We had a wonderful acclimatization climb and he is always observing me how I am doing. Nepal Hiking Team rocks!.... And I would sincerely recommend my friends to this group..... It’s simply awesome!... Thank you Nepal Hiking team and it's truly a great experience traveling with your professional guide!
Yang, Singapore It was an awesome experience in Nepal, in which a big part of my trip was covered in the mountain, thank to NHT. Ganga, the company manager has been engaging since my enquiry and very efficient and patient with all my queries. They are flexible to customize to my needs due to my planned itinerary besides hiking. They also made arrangement for airport pick up and Ganga met me in person in my lodge to go through the procedures and discussion. 2 days prior to the trek it was raining heavily and many flights were cancelled. We were lucky to tag along a rescue helicopter to Lukla, also thank to Ganga's arrangement. When we arrived at the start point, we were welcome by the friendly guide and porters. My relationship with Gurung, the guide was very good, he took care of me every single bit of the trip, as I was a slow walker in the team. He would check our conditions from time to time to ensure our well beings. Gurung and I joked around in the tea houses and we made many friends and some exchange of cultural knowledge. I was not well when I returned from Base Camp. We discussed and we decided that an evacuation was needed. Gurung visited me in the hospital and sent me back to the hotel after discharge. I had a farewell lunch with him. Ganga and Hari, the 2 managers visited me on the 2 days and they even sent me to the hospital again for report collection. Hari also sent me to the airport on my departure day. I have total satisfaction and heart-felt appreciation for Nepal Hiking Team. There were other companies who tried to compromise prices and quality but not NHT, who insisted on quality and care above all. I'm back in Singapore safely. And they are keeping in contact with me on some follow-ups. I truly want to recommend you this company for their awesome service given the reasonable if not attractive price! This trip was so awesome although I had some hiccups on my decent. I miss Nepal alot, and the friendship shared.
Stephen, Australia I finished the ABC and Bhutan Tours with Nepal Hiking Team and had a very good time. It was a great pleasure dealing with Balaram and Ganga. They are extremely professional, flexible, and accommodating. prior to the trip, I had been constantly emailing Balaram with my questions, whether or not they are directly related to the trek. Balaram was always extremely responsive with detailed answers and he was always patient. When I first got to Kathmandu, both Ganga and Balaram met me at the hotel to greet me. Throughout the trip, they constantly checked up with the guide to make sure that everything went okay. Overall, the trek was well organized and I can say with confidence that the team has done their best to ensure that my needs were met. I am already thinking about coming back to Nepal for my next trek and I will certainly go with Nepal Hiking Team again.