Upper Dolpo Trekking - 27 Days

Highlights

    • Trekking to wilder part of western Nepal which is trans Himalayan range
    • Trekking is inside Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentration parks in the world
    • Visit Shey Gompa, an 800 year-old monastery at the base of Crystal Mountain.
    • Less touristic area where you meet any trekkers rarely 
    • Camping in wide beautiful land at quite places 
    • Camping arrangenent by profesional staff team from Nepal highland treks 

Upper Dolpo Trekking

This trek is rewarding of beautiful deep valleys of Himalayan region of western Nepal, high passes and Himalayan peaks, Fresh lake Phoksundo, 800 years old Shey Monastery and rare wildlife. It is in great Himalayan trail bordering Tibet through western part. Upper Dolpo is rain shadow area also suitable to trek during monsoon season. Trekking itinerary starts from Jhuphal and end at Jhphal via several high passes and remote areas. it also have option to end trekking at Jomsom Annapurna region via Sangda La (5,515m) pass. Planning this trek with Shangda La pass is bit risk of high snow and can be block. Upper Dolpo is the restricted area need special permit for trekking. Since tea houses are not has build in entire area, all the arrangement of accommodation and foods have to carry from Dunai and it has to be camping with all equipments. Nepal highland treks leads this trek with professional guide, cooking team and other supporter team. Until 1996, area was not allowed to enter for any foreigners. Most holy place Shy Gompa is one of the most important in Upper Dolpa where pilgrimage makes special parikrama as it believed as younger brother of Mount Kailash of Tibet.

Trekking permit

Upper Dolpo is one of the restricted area announce by government of Nepal. Special trekking permit need to enter dolpo region for foreigners. There should be minimum 2 trekkers to obtain Upper Dolpo restricted area permit. Cost of this permit is USD 500 for ten days and USD 50 per day per person after 10 days. Another permit is shey phoksundo national park. Both the permit will handle by Nepal highland treks as per your passport details.

Camping and foods arrangement

Entire trekking is camping trek after your landing at Juphal airport. Our main team members like trekking leader, trekking guide and trekking cook fly together with you from Kathmandu. Trekking porters and other helpers will join you from Juphla airport. Camping gears, camping equipment and your luggage is carried by mules. There are fixed camping places, accordingly we have designed trekking itinerary. During the camping, we will provide hot drinks, freshly cooked foods (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner) from our camping tent. Drinking water during camping days provided from our kitchen. It is boiled water and fill it in your water bottled for day.   

Best Season

Same like much of Nepal trekking destinations, the best time to trek Upper Dolpo is in spring season (Month of April to May) and in autumn season (month of October to November). Both of these seasons, temperatures are pleasant and clear weather. It is very less chance of heavy snowfall at high altitudes. Another best season is in monsoon (month of June till August), it does not fall heavily in the high region of Upper Dolpo. Less rainfall makes this region greenery, blooming and more beautiful.    

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m

Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel

Day 03:Fly to Nepaljung and overnight at Hotel

Day 04:Fly to Jhuphal Airport and trekking to Dunai (2,850m - 3/4 Hours) Overnight at camp

Day 05:Trek Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/5-6 hours) Overnight at Camp

Day 06:Trek Ankhe to Sulighat (3100m/5-6 hours) Overnight at Camp

Day 07:Trek Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 08:Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake. Exploration around

Day 09:Trek to Phoksumdo to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m / 5-6 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 10:Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m / 7 Hours) Overnight at camp

Day 11:Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m) 5-6 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 12:Trek Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m) 6-7 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 13:Trek Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 14:Trek Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 15:Trek Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/ 6-7 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 16:Trek Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/5-6 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 17:Trek Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m) 5-6 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 18:Trek Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 19:Rest day at Dho Tarap. Overnight at camp

Day 20:Trek Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3,800m/ 6-7 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 21:Trek Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 22:Trek Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 23:Trek Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/5-6 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 24:Short trek Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 25:Fly from Jhupal to Nepaljung and Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Day 26:Extra day in Kathmandu. Rest. Overnight at hotel

Day 27:Departure

Cost Includes

    • All arrival and departure arrangement
    • Hotel in Kathmandu and in other town with breakfast (3* category)
    • Accommodation in tenting camp during trekking in Dolpo
    • One day Kathmandu sightseeing with private transportation, guide and entrance 
    • Camping gears (Sleeping tent, kitchen tent, bath, toilet tent)
    • All the foods and hot drinks from our own kitchen during camping trekking
    • Necessary  staffs for kitchen and supporting
    • Mules to bring logistics and equipment
    • Experience trekking leader and guide
    • 4 times domestic flight (Kathmandu Nepaljung Juphal airport and back)
    • Restricted area permit of upper dolpo and Shya Phoksundo national park permit
    • One fairwel dinner in Kathmandu in cultural Nepali restaurant 
    • All the service charges and taxes   

Cost Excludes

    • Personal expenses, bar bills and drinks
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Cost of your international flight
    • Cost of Nepali visa (USD 50 per person) - visa on arrival 
    • Any tipping to staffs 
    • Cost of emergency evacuation and medical expenses in case of need

     

     

    Trip cost and its services are based on two pax a group. Trekking cost will be different if you are more than 2 pax a group. Please send us email with inquiry of this trek by mentioning total trekkers in your group. Since this trek is less choices of tourist due to long days itinerary, expensive and hard trek, there is less posibilities of offering several joining dates.   

Important Note

Trekking equipment to Bring

You should bring both light and warm clothes for this trek. During the hiking in day time, you will need t-shirt and light trousers. For the evening and morning needs light warm clothes at low altitude region. More warm clothes are requiring for upper part of Dolpo. Light hiking boot and real trekking water proof boot need in shoes. Warm shocks, light shocks, inner trouser, warm head cover cap, hat for sun and good eye glass are list of equipment you should bring. Important trekking equipment is sleeping bag. Better to bring your own sleeping bag, if not we also can provide you from Kathmandu. If you are used to with trekking sticks, that is also important things to bring. We provide sleeping mats and small pillow inside your tent. If you want to bring your own small light sleeping mat, you can. Our expert team will check your personal trekking equipment before leaving Kathmandu for this trek. If there is anything lack, you can buy or take it or hire it in Kathmandu. You can’t but any trekking equipment at starting of trekking point or in on the way of Upper Dolpo.

Difficulties

Upper Dolpo trekking is considered strenuous. There are steep ascents, three passes above 5000 m., nights spends up to 4,960 meters and other several nights spent above 3500 meters altitude. Every day, minimum 5 to 6 hours trekking and some long trekking days more than 6 hours. The fact that this is a camping trek adds to the physical challenge and discomfort of trekking in Upper Dolpo. This is the reason we are putting 2 rest days on the way in between. This trek is only suitable for those who are regularly doing trekking and hiking and physically fit. Not for beginner trekkers.

Nepal visa

Visa is on arrival for most of the foreigners. On arrival visa should be valid for a month since trekking itinerary is 27 days. A month visa cost USD 50 and can pay by cash. Procedure to take Nepal visa is to fill a form and stay in queue. You also can feel online visa form before landing Nepal and get stamp of it in your passport. No need to bring any recommendation documents from anyone.    

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m

Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel

Day 3Fly to Nepaljung and overnight at Hotel

Day 4Fly to Jhuphal Airport and trekking to Dunai (2,850m - 3/4 Hours) Overnight at camp

Day 5Trek Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/5-6 hours) Overnight at Camp

Day 6Trek Ankhe to Sulighat (3100m/5-6 hours) Overnight at Camp

Day 7Trek Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 8Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake. Exploration around

Day 9Trek to Phoksumdo to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m / 5-6 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 10Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m / 7 Hours) Overnight at camp

Day 11Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m) 5-6 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 12Trek Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m) 6-7 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 13Trek Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 14Trek Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 15Trek Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/ 6-7 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 16Trek Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/5-6 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 17Trek Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) via Jeng La pass (5,090m) 5-6 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 18Trek Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 19Rest day at Dho Tarap. Overnight at camp

Day 20Trek Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3,800m/ 6-7 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 21Trek Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 22Trek Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/4-5 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 23Trek Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/5-6 hours) Overnight at camp

Day 24Short trek Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours. Overnight at camp

Day 25Fly from Jhupal to Nepaljung and Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Day 26Extra day in Kathmandu. Rest. Overnight at hotel

Day 27Departure