Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek
Activity
Sightseeing and Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5350 m
  • Group Size
    04 - 12 People 
  • Best Time
    May - September 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $4,500USD

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

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)
Beste Gokkilic Yazar, Turkey We did eight days Mardi Himal trek and it was a very pleasant experience. The whole team arranged everything with great professionalism and they were equally precise when something unexpected or out of the plan happened. They took great care for us both during our accommodation in Kathmandu and the trekking period as well. Our guide Dinesh was also extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend him, he was always there with his stunning hospitality when we needed. He is also a great teacher, taught me some of the basics of Nepalese language too :D. I would definitely recommend Nepal Hiking Team if you have any plans to travel to Nepal for trekking purposes.