Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper Dolpo Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code: NFH114
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Trip Type: Trekking
  • Trip Grade: Challenging
  • Start/End: Kathmandu
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max. Altitude: 5360m
  • Group Size: 2 Pax
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Best Season: April to October
  • Daily Walking Hour: 5 to 9 hours
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Upper Dolpo Trekking to Phoksundo Lake via Shey and Dho – treading on the trails of little Tibet outside Tibet

Upper Dolpo, one of the least frequented trekking regions of Nepal lies in the base of far west Himalayas. Opened in 1993 for Tourism activities, it is still holds gem of landmarks and authentic culture of Tibetan Buddhism. Friendly People greet visitors to Dolpo with warm “Tashi Delek”. The monasteries of Dolpo including the ones of Tibetan Buddhists and Bon nestle on the spurs atop traditional villages. The landscapes, which are so wonderful, vary while trekking in different regions of Dolpo.

Trek to Dolpo begins at Juphal, an elevated airstrip in the remote west. Before we begin the Upper Dolpo trek, visitors also get an opportunity to view the great cultural sites of Kathmandu. Upper Dolpo Trek with Nepal Footprint Holiday traverses through the sub-tropical forests of Shey Phoksundo National Park and ethnical villages of Lower Dolpo and arrives at major village of entire Dolpo- Dho. The trading center of Dolpo, Dho is also in close proximity to Mustang. Crossing over the challenging Chhoi La Pass the Upper Dolpo Trek winds through rugged trails of Dolpo to Shey via sacred Namgung Gompa and 5000m+ Shey La Pass. Shey the famous village of Dolpo has equally famous Shey Monastery with the magnificent backdrop of Crystal Mountain.

The latter half of the Upper Dolpo Trek, traverses through another 5000m+ Kang La Pass, visits several traditional villages of Dolpo and arrives to the most beautiful lake Nepal, Phoksundo. Savor the views of crystal clear Phoksundo Lake with the backdrop of lush vegetation and magnificent Mt. Kanjirowa. At Phoksundo Lake also witness the Bon culture at Ringmo Village which lies on a hill above the lake.

The restricted trekking region in Nepal, Upper Dolpo is an expensive trekking adventure of Nepal compared to regions like, Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek and Langtang Valley Trek. However, the trek caters unique culture, landscape and floral and fauna diversity.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup, drop and all ground transport by private vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the upper dolpo trek.
  • All necessary paper works for dolpo trek special permit, Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit and TIMS card.
  • A highly experience and knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Friendly and helpful porters with proper walking equipment, his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical box (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Emergency life saver oxygen and mask support.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Assistant guide group size more than 4 person group.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in typical Nepalese restaurant.

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare from and to Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International
  • Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner as per itinerary.
  • Your Personal Expenses and trekking equipment for the trek.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
  • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees.
  • Excess baggage more than 12 kg.(If you have extra baggage you can leave in Kathmandu office with full safety)
Day 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu  – hotel transfer.

Day 2:

Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu city , Evening  in the Southwest: Flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 3:

Into the heart Dolpos. Flight to Juphal (2,550 m) and trek to Dunai (2,150 m).

Day 4:

Canyon hike. Trekking to Tarakot (2,550 m).

Day 5:

Aiming high. Trekking to Lahiniwiese (3,300 m).

Day 6:

Along the Tarapchu.

Day 7:

Along an ancient trade route. Trekking to Dho (4,050 m).

Day 8:

Acclimatization in Dho (4,050 m). Cultural experience Monastery.

Day 9:

Always the north: Trek to High Camp (4,600 m) at La Chhoi.

Day 10:

The first pass: Trekking via Chhoi La (5,025 m).

Day 11:

Tibet is not far off. Trek to Shimen (3,900 m).

Day 12:

The longest Mani Walls of Nepal. Trekking to Komang (4,200 m).

Day 13:

Wild paths and the monastery Yang Chernobyl. Trekking to the river bed (3.700 m).

Day 14:

Herbs center. Trekking to Namkhong (4,200 m).

Day 15:

The second pass: Sela La (5,094 m). Trek to Shey Gompa. Is called Crystal Monastery as well.

Day 16:

The monasteries of Shey. Trekking to the base camp (4,600 m).

Day 17:

The third pass: Kang La (5,360 m). River crossings and camp in the pine forest.

Day 18:

For mountain lake. Trekking to Phoksundo (3,700 m).

Day 19:

Descent, down, down. Trekking to Chepka.

Day 20:

Goodbye. Trekking to Jhupal.

Day 21:

Birds eye view. Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Day 22:

Discover Kathmandu – Visit the UNESCO sites of Kathmandu.

Day 23:

Shopping & Sightseeing in Kathmandu and flight onward destination.

Day 24:

Note: All itinerary can be customize as per your request. Please for further information about Upper dolpo trek contact our expert guide team.

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