Upper Dolpo Trek, far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya near the Tibetan border. It was opened for trekkers only in the late eighties in Nepal. Until then the area was closed for foreigners. In his book ‘The Snow Leopard’, Peter Mathesons describes his journey through the beautiful land of Dolpo. Nepal’s first English subtitle movie and Oscar-nominated ‘Himalaya’ or ‘Caravan’ was also shot in this region.

Upper Dolpo Trek
These chortens greet you when entering the gompa area.

Upper Dolpo is a region of mystical beauty. And its remoteness adds to the sense of adventure among its visitors. The customs and traditions seem here are quite similar to those of Tibet. It is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal. It’s required a special permit. The special permit charged USD 500 for the first ten days. And the additional US $ 50 each day after previous 10 days. The group should at least have two people to get trekking permit for this trek. A single person will not get trekking permit in this region from the trekking permit immigration.

Upper Dolpo Trek, Nepal
Exploring around Ringmo on a day trip.

Upper Dolpo Trek can be challenging as the tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent, and organized tours are essential. But the rewards are worth it—Tibetan Buddhist culture, some of the oldest monasteries in the country, the spectacular Lake Phoksundo, rare wildlife, and a real sense of being in the wilderness.

Best remote trek in Nepal, Dolpo Trek
Dundargaon village, Dolpo

But the deep valleys, high passes and peaks, the turquoise Lake Phoksundo, the 800-year-old Shey Monastery and some rare wildlife—including the elusive snow leopard—reward intrepid trekkers who visit here.

The Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj about 45 minutes and the next morning ends at Jhupal. This trek is best to do in the summer and monsoon season. Winter seasons is avoided for this trek because of the heavy snowfall.

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Trekking between Shey Gompa and Namgung.

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek

1. Trek through parts of Nepal that few visitors ever see
2. Keep an eye out for snow leopards in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentration parks in the world
3. Gaze over the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo
4. Visit Shey Gompa, an 800-year-old monastery at the base of Crystal Mountain, immortalized in Peter Matthiessen’s “The Snow Leopard”
5. Witness the spring hunt for Yarsagumba, bizarre caterpillar fungus highly sought after for its medicinal qualities

Itinerary Overview

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1335 Meters)
DAY 02: Sightseeing and Preparation for Trekking
DAY 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (150 Meters )
DAY 04: Fly to Juphal (2475 Meters )
DAY 05: Trek to Chepka (2838 Meters )
DAY 06: Trek to Palam (3820 Meters )
DAY 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3620 Meters )
DAY 08: Phoksundo lake exploration (3620 Meters )
DAY 09: Trek to Salla Ghari (3640 Meters )
DAY 10: Trek to Lar Tsa (4120 Meters )
DAY 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4320 Meters )
DAY 12: Rest Day – Shey Gompa (4320 Meters )
DAY 13: Trek to Namgung (4430 Meters)
DAY 14: Trek to Saldang (4046 Meters )
Day 15: Trek to Sibu (4000 Meters )
Day 16: Trek to Jengla (4480 Meters )
DAY 17: Trek to Tokyo Gaon (4240 Meters )
DAY 18: Trek to Dho Tarap (4200 Meters )
Day 19: Trek to Serkam (3623 Meters )
DAY 20: Trek to Tarakot (2280 Meters )
DAY 21: Trek to Dunai (2109 Meters )
DAY 22: Trek to Jhuphal (2409 Meters )
DAY 23: Flight Nepalgang – Kathmandu (1335 Meters )
DAY 24: Departure day

Cost for 24 Days Upper Dolpo Trek:

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In US $ 5200 5000 4800 4500

Cost Includes:

1: All the airport pick up / drop by private car/van or bus (Depends on group size)
2: All domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu) including airport tax.
3: All the necessary paperwork such as national park entry fees, special trekking permit and TIMS card fees.
4: Very high-quality north face or mountain hardware or same category camping equipment (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent/mattress and Kitchen utensils )
5: All the trekking crews will be insured as Nepal government regulation.
6: Company guarantees the rescue services in case of an emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us.
7: All the three hygienic meals with hot tea and coffee provided by our expert cook and served by kitchen helper during the trek.
8: All the trekking crews (guide, sherpa, porter, helper, cook) salary/accommodation/ food.
10: Rain protection duffel bag for client luggage and first aid medical kit bag.
11: 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan and Guesthouse in Nepalgunj.
12: Supported staffs and camping stuff will transfer by bus from/to Nepalgunj and by plane from/to Nepalgunj to Juphal.
13: One full day Kathmandu sightseeing in cultural UNESCO world heritage sites
14: Sleeping bag, Community Trek printed T-shirt for trekking.
15: All the government taxes and company service charge

Cost Excludes:

1: Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}
2: International airfare – from and to Kathmandu.
3: Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
4: Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue
5: Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
7: Riding horse along the trek
8: Extra cost on natural disaster
9: Restaurant food bills, if the client decide to go another restaurant during the trek
10: Extra night hotel Nepalgunj due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu
11: Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather
12: Tips to staffs

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  24 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  12 persons
  •  Price:  From 4,500 US $ PP.
  •  Trip Style:  Camping
  •  Diffculty:  Very Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov
  •  Transport:  Flight/Private vehicle

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