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

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.
Marcello, Brazil Nepal is one of the places in the world everybody MUST go. I've been to Nepal 3 times in just five years. Living in Brazil, so far away from Nepal, I wouldn't travel so much to the country had I not enjoyed the place very much. It's the best place in the world for trekking, and the people are amazing, the food is delicious, and the views of the Himalayas are gorgeous. I book my tours with Nepal Hiking Team, which is a reliable company. The first time I visited Nepal, I booked my trek to Annapurna Base Camp and an overland tour to Tibet. Everything was previously arranged. Nothing to worry about. They applied for the permits, put me in a group (we are requested to join a group to enter Tibet), and booked a perfect hotel in Kathmandu. One month ago, I traveled to Nepal to trek the Annapurna Circuit and the Nar-Phu trek. For the second time, I booked my tour with Nepal Hiking Team. I went trekking in a very remote area with scenic spots and charming villages. In the middle of the trek, I began to feel a little uncomfortable by the cold weather, and my left foot was in pain, so I had to finish my hike earlier than expected. I told my guide I was not feeling good, and then Nepal Hiking Team gave me all support I needed on my way back to Kathmandu. NHT care of everything, so you can enjoy your trek with no worries. From the moment you are picked up at the airport to the moment you leave the country, you are in good hands. Their representatives will greet you at the airport, and you'll soon be briefed on everything about the trek you are going to enjoy. Guides from the Nepal Hiking Team are helpful and speak excellent English. I especially recommend Raj, a friendly guide, and Lalman if you want to request a Porter. Both do an outstanding job. So, if you're going to have a great time in Nepal, be sure to choose Nepal Hiking Team as your local travel agency from beginning to end. It's a reliable company, and I recommend it.
Sara, sweden We went on Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake back in March of 2019. When I first contact NHT, they were so nice enough to have an hour long chat on what’s app arranging a trip for us for late autumn of that year. However, due to personal reason, we decided to go on a trip earlier than the planned date. NHT had only few weeks to make all the preparations. But they managed everything smoothly. From our hotel reservation to flight tickets and guesthouse on the trek, everything was planned out carefully. We were thoroughly impressed with how they organized everything in a short notice. Ganga, was very polite and always accessible to have chat whenever we were on the trek. From the beginning to the end of our trek, Ganga made sure everything was Ok with us. Also, we cannot forget Bhim our guide on the trek. He made us laugh all through the journey. He is very skilled and has lots of knowledge about mountains and about the people and culture. Because of him and his good network of people, we were able to enjoy the local experience of the Everest region. Also, our porter, who spoke who very took good care of us. Whenever, we stopped on the trek, he always asking if our bag were heavy on us. Everything went well on the trek because of these two amazing people. If our friends or relatives ever decide to visit Nepal, we will strongly recommend them to go with NHT and to choose Bhim. I am forever grateful towards everyone involved in organizing our trek. We completely enjoyed our trek and had exceptionally wonderful time in the Himalayas. These people are professional and know what they are doing. So if anyone is looking for a reliable and a good travel agency in Nepal, they should not hesitate to go with Nepal Hiking Team. They really are the best!