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Upper Dolpo Trek (21 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-UPD1

  • Trip Type Camping
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 5010 m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land/Flight
Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

The prized goal of the Upper Dolpo trek is to appreciate natural beauty and wildlife of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The park has a pristine ecosystem and a great variety of floral and faunal species including Blue Sheep, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, orchids, oaks etc. The Phoksundo Lake which is the centre of attraction of the park attracts visitors in thousands. 
 
Located in mid-western Nepal, Upper Dolpo is a natural and cultural jewel of the central Himalaya. It lies within the Shey Phoksundo National Park and sits on the laps of Dhaulagiri Massif. 
 
Upper Dolpo is a remote region with no roads and direct air connection. The nearest road head is Nepalgunj about 200km south and the nearest airport is in Juphal. Hence, the Upper Dolpo trek starts with a short flight or day-long bus ride to Nepalgunj and then a short flight to Juphal, from where the trekking begins.
 
Visiting villages and interacting with local local people who have similar culture as Tibetans is simply joyful. The locals here follow Bonpo religion that predates Buddhism. Dolpo is regarded as a sacred place where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. Shey Gompa (4200m) and Tsering Gompa (4400m) are two of the most important Buddhist monasteries in this region. 
 
The greatest challenge of Upper Dolpo trek comes at the crossing of two high passes of Kang La (5270m) and Jeng La (5080m). These passes offer majestic views of Dhaulgairi, Kanjiroba, Kang Chhune, and Kagmara as well as sprawling Tibetan landscape. 
 
Upper Dolpo Trek has been graded moderate to strenuous and is mostly a mix of tea-house and camping trek. Special permit is required to enter into this area and trekkers are allowed only in groups. 
 
If you have seen Oscar-nominated documentary Caravan directed by Eric Valli, then you would know where and how amazing Upper Dolpo region is.

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 Trip code: NET-TR-UPD1
  Region Dolpo Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 21 days
 Trip Type: Camping
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 5010 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: OCT-NOV-DEC
Mar-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land/Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accommodation during Trek

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai takes about 4 hours. Dunai is the headquater of Dolpo, a remote district of Nepal. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2478 m.) takes about six hours. You will walk along the forest of pine and rhododendron plants. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Shyants to Somdu (3038 m.) takes about seven hours. This day, you will walk along the riverside. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3600m.) takes about five hours. En route, you will pass a picturesque waterfall. Along the trekking route, you will cross some mind blowing pasturelands. Stay overnight at camp.

Rest day at Phoksundo to explore the Phuksundo Lake. It is the deepest lake of Nepal listed in Ramsar sites. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) takes about seven hours. You will camp near to the Phoksundo River. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) takes about seven hours. 
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) via Nagadlo La Pass (5350 m.) takes about eight hours.  This is quite tough day of your trek. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4360 m.) takes about five hours. You will pass through a beautiful trail having alpine trees and meadows. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3770 m.) takes about four hours. It is a Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Saldang to Rakyo (3850 m.) takes about six hours. En route you will visit Rapa Gompa. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Rakyo to Pass Camp (4700 m.) which takes about six hours. You will walk alongside the riverbanks of Nagaon River in the beginning and later Dachun River. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Pass Camp to Dho Tarap (3944 m.) takes about seven hours. This village has the human settlement at the world’s highest altitude. Stay overnight at camp.

Rest day at Dho Tarap to explore and interact with local people and their lifestyle. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dho Tarap to River side (3756 m.) takes about six hours.  You will walk along the riverbank of Tarap River throughout the day. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from River side to Nawarpani (3475 m.) takes about seven hours. It is also known as Pibuk. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Nawarpani to Laisicap (2775 m.) takes about six hours. Today, you will walk through the pine forest and pastureland. 

Trek from Laisicap to Dunai (2140 m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and same day fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj. 


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo
  • Trekking guide and Sherpas
  • Trekking cook and Kitchen helper/s\
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipments such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj - Juphal – Juphal-Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • All land transportation where ever necessary
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.).) 
The Trip does not include:
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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