Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote region located in the Far West of Nepal. The region is protected as the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Upper Dolpo lies north of the Dhaulagiri Range that borders the Tibetan plateau. Most of the inhabitants of this region still rely on trading Tibetan salt as it is nearly impossible to grow anything in this region. Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the remote and less tourist visit trekking in Nepal which is opened for tourists in 1980.
Our trek starts from flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and flight: Nepalgunj to Dolpo (Juphal airport). On the fourth day of our trek, we reach the famous Shey Phoksundo lake. The alpine freshwater lake is religiously significant to the Tibetan culture as a number of stupas and a Gompa surround the lake. From Phoksundo, we trek to Shey Gompa. In Shey Gompa, we visit the famous Crystal Monastery, a place of religious significance to the people of Dolpo. . Crystal Mountain is known as the younger brother of MOUNT KAILASH in Tibet. The trek goes high adventure passes and ends at the trekking starting place Juphal.
Special permit for Upper Dolpo Trekking
Upper Dolpo Trek is a restricted trekking region and requires special permit fees from the Department of immigration in Nepal. The permit fees are USD $500 for the first 10 days and USD $ 50 per person per day beyond 10 days. To issue the special permit fees require a minimum of 2 people in the group. And the Shey Phoksundo National park fee is USD $30 per person.
Spring season (March/April/May) and autumn (September/October and November) are always the best months to do trekking in Nepal. There are lots of snowfall beginning of the spring season and the late Autumn season and have difficulties passing above the 5,000m. With Upper Dolpo, the high pass trek has five high passes and three lower passes.
Upper Dolpo is situated north of Dhaulagiri Himal and borders the Tibetan plateau desert. It has very little rain in the monsoon season (June/July/August) whereas other parts of Nepal have monsoon lots. It’s best to visit Dolpo end of July and starting of August till the middle of November by the temperature.
It’s not a good idea to trek in Upper Dolpo in the winter season December/January and February months. These months are too cold/frozen and quite tough to cross the high passes. We don’t suggest going these months.
23 days Upper Dolpo Trek is designed for mountain adventures lovers who have good fitness of health, long hours walking up and down with many high passes, small trekking trails, snowy steep trails. It’s one of the adventures memorable trips among trekking in Nepal.
Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the toughest treks in Nepal as the trek takes over 20 days in the most rural region of the country.
Throughout the journey, you will have to cross three passes which are over 5,000 meters. Similarly, multiple nights would be inside the camp above 3,500 meters.
Therefore, if you wish to trek to Upper Dolpo then it is advised to have good walking 7 -8 hours each day and physical fitness enough and have few trekking experiences.
We organize this trek fully camping services starting to end. So, We don’t have a problem with camping stay during the trek as in the Tea houses services trek.
Drinking water might not be a problem during the trek as you can refill your water bottles on Camping trek services. Our kitchen staffs provide boil water every morning and evening. However, to purify the water it is better to bring water purification pills with you.
Upper Dolpo trek is pretty safe than you think however it is located in a remote region of the country. The people of the villages are really welcoming and helpful. However, take care of your belongings yourself while camping.
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will help you transfer to your hotel check-in.
As the trek takes around 24 days, more or less, a whole day might not be enough for preparation. To make sure that you have all the essential requirements including clothes, gadgets, food, etc, this day is all about trek preparation.
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (165m) 1 hour, Overnight stay in Nepalgunj Hotel accommodation.
The second day of the trek starts with a flight to Nepalgunj for about an hour from Kathmandu. Nepalgunj lies at the west of Nepal and closer to the Indian border with a warmer temperature than Kathmandu.
The third day starts with a morning flight towards Juphal which takes around 45 minutes of an amazing flight to the foothill of Himalayan. During the flight, you can experience the breathtaking morning view of mount Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mastiff.
Similarly, after reaching Juphal airport, the trekking begins towards Dunai.
The fifth day is pretty tough as the trek goes uphill for the first three hours in a dry and desert landscape. However, this is the day to reach the unbelievable natural lake, Phoksundo Lake.
This is the day to admire the beauty and acclimatize yourself nearby Phoksundo Lake and explore the villages of Ringo and Tibetan monasteries.
Ringmo village separates the boundary for lower and upper Dolpo. So, it is the day to finally begin the trek for Upper Dolpo entering the restricted area. This trail was an ancient salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet.
The trek ends with beautiful camping at an elevation of 6612 meters with a spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal.
We trek through a unique trail crossing a high rock wall on both sides. The trail is uphill with the stony ground and thorny juniper bushes throughout the trek to reach the Base Camp.
Another difficult day to trek as the trail goes inclined for two and half hours to reach Nangdalo La pass at the elevation of 5350 meters. After reaching the highest pass of the trek, the downhill starts for four hours to reach Shey Gompa.
We explore the Shey Gompa village and monastery throughout the day recharging the body for the next day’s trek. Throughout the day, we explore Tsakang Gompa monastery a meditation center of great lamas from Tibet.
The trek today is quite hard as it leads along with the steep climbing and downhill to the picturesque village.
Saldang is one of the largest villages in the region.
The trek continues across the terraced fields, stupas, monasteries, Chhortens, mani wall, villages, etc. Similarly, the trek also passes along the green field of local barley.
Jeng-La Base Camp is the last pass of the Upper Dolpo Trek and the hardest trek of the journey. We need to cross the river twice and walk on barren hills, steep roads, and silent valleys.
We cross the last pass of the journey walking uphill for hours. Reaching Jyanta-La Pass, you can see the majestic view of mount Dhaulagiri and the barren lands of Inner Dolpo. Similarly, the day ends after reaching down towards Dho-Tarap.
We walk downhill along the river Tarap to reach Serkam village where the movement of people and animals increases.
Same as the day before, walking alongside the river and the dense forest. Several ups and downs appear throughout the day including stony and slippery roads.
The trek today is quite simple than the day before to reach Dunai. The trek includes climbing the hill and walking aside the river.
Back to the starting point of the trek walking along the motorable roads and through the cultivated rice fields.
The final day starts with a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
After getting back to Kathmandu you can also explore Kathmandu city visiting several heritage sites.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
Emergency first aid kit carried by the support staff
We always provide every guest holiday trek with high qualities equipment: good qualities tent, Gas stove for food preparation, toilets tent and papers, kitchen tent with necessary utensils, Dining tent (for eating), table and chairs as a group, hand clean up towel and soap with tap water, Ice ax and sable.
During camping treks, an expert cook accompanies us and serves the best local dishes with different items on our plates. Both food and accommodation during camping treks are our responsibilities. We serve three meals on camping treks.
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, boil water/different kinds Tibetan bread, toast, omelet fried or scrambled, boil an egg, porridge, muesli, cornflake, chapatti, jam, honey, pinner butter, rice pudding, pancake, butter, salami, sinoman role.
Juice, tea (black/lemon/coffee), boil water/ sandwich, potato cheaps, different items bread, vegetable, macaroni, chaumin, fried/boil potatoes, plan chapatti, black beans.
Different items Soup, popcorn, prawn, cookies, papad/ local Nepali verities food (Daal/rice/vegetables/meat/pickle), pizza (vegetable/mushroom/chicken), burger, pasta, chicken meat, can meat, veg/non-veg momo, spagity, noodles, tuna fish, sasit, spring role.
tea, coffee, milk, chocolate, boil water, cake, pie, seasonal fruits, tin fruit, mango, apple, banana.
we serve with boil water drink along the trek either you can make tea or coffee for a day trip. It should be better to bring a good quality water bottle for the trek.
Travel Insurances are compulsory for clients trekking or climbing with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
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March/April/May months are called the spring season which is the best for holidays in most of the Himalayas of Nepal. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and warmer. The weather forecast will be 20 to 25 degrees till the 3,500m during the daytime. And at night time and in the morning will be colder. But above the 4,500m will be -10 to -15 degrees cold in the morning and at night. Some time will be rainfall in these months. This is the best season for blooming the rhododendron flower in the mountain which is our national flower. There will be many different kinds of natural flora and fauna in the mountain which makes this season beautiful and attractive for tourists in mountains. The tourist comes for trekking/peak climbing and expedition during this season. This is one of the perfect seasons to visit Nepal Mountain to see and take the experiences of walking and climbing mountains.
We called the monsoon months June/July August because of the heavy rainfall in Nepal. Mostly July/August and till mid-September. It’s still possible to do the trek in Mid June which isn’t heavy rain yet. During the monsoon time is difficult to do the trek in mountains and the sky and the weather isn’t visible and difficult to walk during the heavy rain and scare with flooding. Mostly, It’s difficult to do the trek in the Everest region because the flight is not on time. Sometimes, It will take a few days long wait to fly Lukla or long waiting to fly to Kathmandu were lots of chances of missing an international flight. So, During these months, It’s idle to choose dry places for trekking in Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek, and Upper Dolpo Trek. These are the recommended trekking for holidays by Peace Nepal Treks (p Ltd and also we provide our best services for our customer.
Mid-September to Mid December is the best season for mountain holidays in Nepal where ever can choose in the mountain as your timing frame and the budget. We have many different kinds of trekking/peak climbing and Expedition services packages for you. This is one of the most outstanding seasons with a beautiful clear sky and the temperatures will be moderate. These months are the feast and festival time were the biggest Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival fall. And also have a long holiday from government and people have time to visit shortly in holidays and to meet friends and relatives around. There is no heavy long rainfall but there is a clear sunny day and warmer on these days. So for it, Nepalese people also visit for short holidays around and the International people come for trekking and peak climbing expedition for long or short holidays. Most of the popular trekking regions will be full of trekkers and quite busy times. Like, mostly busier trekking regions will be the Annapurna region/Everest region and the Langtang region. But there are several less crowded trekking holidays places in Nepal, such as Manaslu circuit trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Naar Phu Trek, etc.
December to February are the winter season in Nepal. This season isn’t idle to visit long trekking high altitude trek. This is the season of snowfall in the mountain region above the 4,500m and the temperature will be -30 degrees below which is too frozen and the people of hotel lodges also not staying these months in the higher mountain and they moved to a nearby city or in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. So these months are good to visit short trekking route a week or 10 days only around the Kathmandu city, Ghorepani poon hill, Nagarkot visit, Chitwan National park, Bardia National park, Pokhara city or staying local village homestay, etc. But the sunrise and sunset will be very visible and attractive these months. So the short best trekking is good to visit in Nepal.
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different trekking regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek. Nepal for all seasons.
Check-list of personal equipment:
This equipment for holidays is a guideline to make easier for your holidays in Nepal. You can choose and take the equipment as your holiday’s timing frame longer holidays or in shorter holidays. It’s depending on the higher elevation of the mountain region, challenging walking of trek harder or moderate. And the peak climbing or in Expedition. However, the guideline will help you to carry and bring the right equipment for your holidays. We always suggest bringing your most important equipment from your country and also can buy in Kathmandu many different brands of product or Nepali product get in cheaper than another popular brand. We say, not too much worried about the trekking gears if you left or did the mistake to bring with you which can buy in Kathmandu easily. This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the trekking, our porter carries 20kg in total between two members and one person makes about 10 to 12kg trekking luggage where you will be carrying your small day pack with your important camera drinking water during the daytime.
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tax Jacket with hood)
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