Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 31 Days
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About Upper Dolpo Trek

The Upper Dolpo Trek, a trek to the remote region of the Dolpa district in the mid-western region of Nepal close to the Tibetan Plateau. Part of the region lies on the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal. It is one of the least developed regions of Nepal and was opened for the foreigners only in 1989. The movie ‘Caravan’ by Éric Valli was shot in this region which was later nominated for Oscar award.

This trek offers a great adventure on the off the beaten path of the mystical Trans-Himalayan region with the opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the people that have remained unchanged and unaffected by modern society. The people of the Upper Dolpo practice Bon (It predates Tibetan Buddhism) and Tibetan Buddhism. The trek passes through the beautiful and peaceful villages situated at high altitudes accompanied by the warm hospitality of the people, Buddhist monasteries, chortens, gompas, prayer flags, Yak caravans, amazing landscapes, and mountain sceneries and diverse range of wildlife and vegetation. Yarsagumba or caterpillar fungus which is of high medicinal value is found in this region. The major attractions of this trek are Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa (Crystal mountain monastery) and Saldang even though every part of this trek is spectacular. The Upper Dolpo trek is physically challenging than most of the trekking routes because it includes lots of high passes. Despite the difficulty, the trek is an unforgettable journey and experience in the mythical high valleys.

Highlights

  • A trek that takes you to one of the most remote and rugged regions in Nepal that receive very few tourists
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest and only trans-Himalayan national park in Nepal 
  • Unspoiled and unchanged culture and tradition hugely influenced by Tibetan culture
  • Opportunity to experience the Bon practices (A pre-Tibetan Buddhist religion)
  • Visit Shey Phoksundo Lake, a peaceful and beautiful alpine freshwater lake
  • Home of rare wildlife and vegetation like Snow Leopard and Yarsagumba
  • Centuries-old monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • B&B
  • Hotel
  • Nepalgunj
  • 150 M
  • 50 minutes
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Dunai
  • 2140 M
  • 3 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Chhepka
  • 2838 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camping
  • Samduwa
  • 2960 M
  • 7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Phoksundo Lake
  • 3600 M
  • 4:30 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Phoksundo Lake
  • 3600 M
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Salla ghari, North Camp
  • 3650 M
  • 6 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Kangla high camp
  • 4650 M
  • 7 -8 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Syey Gompa
  • 4160 M
  • 7-8 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Shey Gompa
  • 4160 M
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Namgung
  • 5060 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Saldang
  • 3770 M
  • 4-5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Nisal village
  • 3860 M
  • 6 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Mussi Gaun village
  • 5030 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Shimengaun
  • 3850 M
  • 7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Tinjegaun
  • 4110 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Rapka Campsite
  • 4810 M
  • 7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Chharka Village
  • 4310 M
  • 8 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Chharka Village
  • 4310 M
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Norbulung
  • 4750 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Mulom sonda
  • 5100 M
  • 6-7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Ghaldan Ghuldun Khola
  • 4247 M
  • 8 hours

upper 5100m, there are two campsite

  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Sangda village
  • 3800 m
  • 4-5 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Phalyak village
  • 2960 M
  • 8 hours
  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Jomsom
  • 2720 M
  • 4-5 hours
  • B,B
  • 3 star category Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 25 mins
  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 7 hours
  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • B&B

What’s Included

  • All airport and hotel transfers.
  • 4 night’s accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu,1 night in Pokhara and 1 night in Nepalgunj on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and hot drinks during the trek.
  • Tented camp accommodations during the trek.
  • All the staff’s salary, meals, accommodation & insurance.
  • English speaking guide (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • Mules and all the needed staff and equipment depending on group size for the trek.
  • All the necessary permits including a special permit for the restricted area and paperwork needed for the trek.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Round flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal and Jomsom–Pokhara. 
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu by private vehicle (flight option available with additional cost).
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Pokhara, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing and Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Excess baggage charges during domestic flights (only 15kg altogether).
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).