Upper Dolpo Trek (27 Days)
The Upper Dolpo trek is the ultimate for those who’ve done it all and still seek a truly rewarding experience. Crossing 9 demanding high passes, the trail leads us from the lowlands of the Lower Dolpo region, with it’s lush valleys and steep river canyons, past the well-known Phoksundo Lake with its bluish green colour, surrounded by thick woods and snowy Himalayas, then heading into the Upper Dolpo, with it’s distinctive surroundings on the Tibetan Plateau.
Until 1996, Dolpo was a forbidden land with an authentic Tibetan culture largely unchanged for the last 1200 years. The region is located in the isolated area of West Nepal preserving one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture where the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion is still practiced. A large portion of Dolpo has been set aside as Shey-Phoksumdo National Park, and at 3,555 square km’s, it’s Nepal’s largest. The national park has been created to preserve the trans-himalayan ecosystem, protecting animals like the blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, leopards, wolves and the elusive snow leopard.
One has to see the landscape in all of its rugged natural beauty and experience the remoteness to understand it’s grandeur. The nature and culture of this place is rich almost beyond measure, making trekking in the Dolpo region highly desirable with opportunities to visit ancient villages, high passes, beautiful Lakes, isolated Buddhist monasteries and also the chance to experience a vast array of wildlife inhabiting this region.
During the monsoonal summer season (Jun-Aug), the rain is tempered by the Dhaulagiri range and trekking is therefore also possible during the summer, a period during which flora explodes in all its splendour: orchids, edelweiss, campanulas and forget-me-nots.
This is a demanding trek, as such a good level of physical fitness is required.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparing for trek
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165m)
Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal to Dunai
Day 05: Dunai to Chepka
Day 06: Chepka to Renjo
Day 07: Renjo to Ringmo
Day 08: Rest Day at Ringmo
Day 09: Ringmo to Chunemba
Day 10: Chunemba to Lar Tsa
Day 11: Lar Tsa to Mendok Din
Day 12: Mendok Din to Shey Gompa
Day 13: Rest Day
Day 14: Shey Gompa to Namgung
Day 15: Namgung to Karang
Day 16: Karang to Mugaon
Day 17: Mugaon to Shimen
Day 18: Shimen to Tinje
Day 19: Tinje to Rakpa
Day 20: Rakpa to Chharka
Day 21: Chharka to Norbulung
Day 22: Norbulung to Sangda Phedi
Day 23: Sangda Phedi to Sangda Day 24: Sangda to Dhagarjun
Day 25: Dhagarjun to- Jomsom
Day 26: Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 27: Fly back to your destination
Trip Start Dates
- Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
- 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
- Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
- Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu per itinerary.
- Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
- Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
- Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
- Respective region ( Dolpo) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
- Restricted Area trekking permit
- Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).
- International airfares
- Trekking Equipment
- Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
- Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
- Tips & Gratuities
Pricing Per Person
As this trekking region is in a restricted area, there are certain rules that must be followed. Depending on the area, there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season, but for most restricted trekking routes a minimum of 2 people is required. All participants must pay for and receive a special restricted area trekking permit, and the trip must be organised through an official, registered trekking company.
- 2-4 People -$3230
- 5+ People -$3140