Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the remote trekking in Nepal that lies in the base of far west Himalayas which preserve the stone-age culture. Opened in 1993 for Tourism activities with special trekking permit, it still holds gem of landmarks and the 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.

Main Features of of Upper Dolpo are:

  • Beautiful landscape in the upper Himalayas
  • Unique Buddhist culture and way of life of people
  • One of the best location for shooting films
  • Fascinating Shey Phoksundo Lake also known as “Deepest Lake in Nepal”
  • Passing Shey La Pass (5,094m) and Kang La Pass (5,306m) brings you close enough to the pristine mountains, flora and fauna
  • Experience the beautiful nature and rare village life of Western Nepal

How to Reach Dolpo

Dolpo trek begins at Juphal, an elevated airstrip in the remote west region. Before we begin the Upper Dolpo trek, visitors also get an opportunity to view the great cultural sites of Kathmandu. The Dolpo Trek with Nepal Footprint Holiday traverses through the sub-tropical forests of Shey Phoksundo National Park, ethnical villages of Lower Dolpo, and arrives at the major villages of entire Dolpo- Dho. The trading center of Dolpo, Dho is also in close proximity to Mustang. Crossing over the challenging high passes Chhoi La Pass the Upper Dolpo Trek winds through rugged trails of Dolpo to Shey via sacred Namgung Gompa and 5,094m 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 5,306m Kang La Pass, visits several traditional villages of Dolpo. And arrive in the most beautiful lake of Nepal, Shey Phoksundo Lake. 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 and longest trekking adventure of Nepal compared to other trekking regions. However, the trek caters to a unique culture, landscape, and floral and fauna diversity as an open natural and cultural museum of Hidden Himalayas. The area where the Academy Award-nominated film “The Himalayas” was filmed.

Best Time to visit Upper Dolpo

The best time to trek Upper Dolpo is from the Spring (April – May) and the Autumn (October – November) when temperatures are cool with bright blue skies.

Permit to Trek Upper Dolpo

For Upper Dolpo, you are going to need two permits, while exiting to Upper Dolpo (from Lower Dolpo) and enterning to Lower Dolpo (from Upper Dolpo). And another permit for Shey – Phoksundo National Park.

Everest High Passes Trek

The Everest high passes trek is great Himalayan challenge hike goes over 5,000 meters passes in the Khumbu region.  The trek will remain forever in the brain and soul of trekkers who dare to undertake it and accomplishes it. The high passes trek designed only for experienced trekkers who can endure extreme alpine conditions. And, digest altitude, crosses over three passes Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159 ft), Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft).

Main Highlights of Everest High Pass Trek are:

  • The most exciting yet stunning flight between Lukla and Kathmandu
  • Experience Sherpa lives and culture
  • Observe fascinating view of Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) and Mt. Everest (8,848 m)
  • Sagarmatha National Park is listed at UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier on Earth (4,900 m)
  • Amazing panoramic view from Gokyo Ri
  • The world’s longest glacier, Ngozumpa Glacier

How to Trek Everest High Passes

The Everest High Passes Trek treads along the classic route to the Sagarmatha National Park which is listed at UNESCO World Heritage Site. That stretches on the bank of the raging Dudh Koshi River. The trek caters to views of colorful landscapes; encounters ancient highland Monasteries nestled ringed by lofty peaks. And, provides an opportunity to look into typical Sherpa culture. As the trek reaches the summit of Kongma La Pass, the dramatic view of Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier on Earth. Cascading down from Western Cmw releases all the exhaustion trekkers might have got trekking all these days. Now we make our way towards to the Everest Base Camp and the Everest View Vantage Point Kalapattar 5,545m.

Crossing over Cho La pass the challenging trekking adventure in Everest arrives in the land of Glacial Lakes, Gokyo. Savor 360 degrees Himalayan panorama from the top of Gokyo Ri, hike to the fifth lake in Gokyo for the incredible view of Ngozumpa Glacier; the longest glacier and savor the magnificence of turquoise highland lakes. The final part of the trek goes over the famous Renjo La Pass to get into culturally rich and least frequented villages of Khumbu like Marlung and then via Nangpa get into Thame and drop down to Lukla and end the trek.

Best Time to visit Everest High Passes

The best time to travel Everest High Passes is during the September – November (Autumn) and March – May (Spring). The sky is clear and blue during this time of year.