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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Upper Dolpo Trek

Fitness Level:

Moderate & Challenging

Best Month:

Autumn / spring

Max Elevation:

5200 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5-6 Hrs

Trip Duration:

26 Days

Trip Starts/Ends:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Meals:

BLD During Trek

Accommodation:

Hotel, Lodge and Tented Camp

Group Size:

2-10

Destination:

Nepal

Located in between Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges, Upper Dolpa is an alpine culturally Tibetan region of Dolpa district in western Nepal. Upper Dolpo Trek offers true adventure on remote and rugged terrain simply beyond the Himalayan valleys across western Nepal. This region protects one of the last relics of traditional Tibetan culture where Bon-Po religion (Pre-Buddhist religion) is still in practice. The trekking to Upper Dolpo begins at the north-west section behind Dhaulagiri massif towards Tibetan plateau.

Upper Dolpo lies in the “rain shadow” area of Dhaulagiri massif and remains arid in monsoon season. So, it is perfect destination for trekking in rainy season. Until 1989, Upper Dolpo was restricted for trekking therefore it remained pristine, unspoiled and somewhat mysterious. Nature and geography resembles to those of Tibetan plateau. The shimmering Phoksundo Lake, the Tsering monastery, dramatic Baga La Pass and Num La pass are major highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek. Moreover, the beauty of Upper Dolpo has been mentioned by David Snelgrove in “Himalayan Pilgrimage” and recently by Peter Matthiessen in “The Snow Leopard” and by George Schaller in “Stones of Silence”.

Starting from Juphal at (2,285m/7,496ft), the trail passes through several gigantic mountains, over Numa La Pass (5,190m/17,027ft) before you reach Phokusndo Lake at Ringmo village inside the territory of Phoksundo National Park. The trail goes further to Shey Gompa and follows the ancient Trans Himalaya trade route before concluding the trek at Juphal.

Best Time to Visit

Late spring to early autumn trekking season (April to October) is the best trekking seasons for the upper Dolpo Trek. The weather is sunny, less rain in this area and warm with wonderful mountains views, compare with other trekking season. If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (November to March) could also be an option. But, that time very hard to walk due to strong cold wind and lot of snow on some trekking trail.  Temperature during winter could be cold for most trekkers. We (High Pass Adventure) have many years experience trekking guide and strong porter for upper Dolpo Trek

Important Note:

some time becomes problems like weather condition, local politics issue, transportation or other factors that are beyond from our control can result in can change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be considerably change.  If alterations are necessary the Guide and Trekking leader will decide what the best options are. You can talk and decide taking into through the best happiness of the whole group. Where a change does suggest itself, we try to do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot take responsible for the results of changes or delays. Our trekking staffs are experience and professional and try to solve all problems during the trekking. 

Upper Dolpo Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (1,300m) and transfer to hotel via private vehicle

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Full day sightseeing at Kathmandu valley and preparation for trek

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1300

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
150

Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475) and trek to Suliggat (2282) 35 minute fly and 2/3 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2282

Trek from Sulighat to Chekpa (2838m) 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
2838

Trek from Chekpa to Chunuwar/ Amchi Hospital (3100m) 6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3100

Trek from Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake (3733m) 5 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3733

Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Forest Camp (4919m) 6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4919

Trek from forest camp to Lar Tsa (3756m) 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight at Tent camp 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3756

Trek from Lar Tsa to Shey Gompa (4160m) via Ngangda La (5360m) 8/9 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4160

Explore around Crystal Mountain and Sheygaon. Over night at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4160

Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4430m) via Sela (Shey) Bhanjyang (5010m) 6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4430

Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3770m) 4/5 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3770

Trek from Saldang to Yangjer Gompa (3750m) 5/6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3750

Trek from Yangjer Gompa to Shimengaon (3870m) 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3870

Trek from Shimengaon to Tinjegaon (4150m) 6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4150

Trek from Tinjegaon to Sulung Khola (4700m) 6/7 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4700

Trek from Sulung Khola to Tokyu Gaon (4209m) 6/7hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4209

Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap (3944m) 2/3hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3944

Trek from Dho Tarap to river side camp/ Tarap Khola (3750m) 6/7 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3750

Trek from Tarap Khola to Lahini Odar (3370m) 5/6 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3370

Trek from Lahini Odar to Tarakot (2540m) 6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
2540

Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2140m) 6hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
2140

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475m) 3/4 hrs walk. Overnight at tent camp

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
2475

fly to Nepalgunj and then Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Final Departure

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops 2 times domestic / International
  • All Ground-transportation above program
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tent Camp during the trekking
  • Nepalgunj -Juphal and Jumla-Nepalgunj flight (guide+ guest)
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 nights hotel in Nepalgung on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter, the porter will Carry 20 KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Sye-Phoksundo national park fee
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System
  • Special Upper Dolpo and lower Dolpo Trekking Permit
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek
  • All organizational requirements
  • Duffel Bags refundable to protect your Luggage
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunja Hotel
  • Extra night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and mountain rescue service
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot  shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to trekking staff 

Traveller Useful Information

How to Get Nepal 

Nepal is landlocked Himalayan country between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest . Here are many entering point to Nepal by land from India and China. If you are coming in Nepal through overland, Nepal tourist visas are available on arrival at all borders of India and China. If you are coming in Nepal via air, there are various international airlines with nonstop connecting flights from the world. Some of the popular airlines fly to Nepal such as Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Air China, and Korean Air Singapore Airlines. It is also possible to travel overland from India or China. Before come in Nepal, please check the flight and contact us. You can easy to get on arrival visa at Nepal airport.

Visa and Passport Information

All foreigners require a visa to entry in Nepal except Indians passport holder but you must hold a six month validity date passport to apply for a Nepal tourist visa. On arrival visa available in the Tribhuvan International Airport and border of India and china Tibet. You should bring PP size color picture to apply for visa enter in Nepal.    Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money Exchange Rate and Places 

If you are looking for foreign currency exchange rate and place in Nepal, you can easy to exchange most of the foreign currency with local bank and legal money changer center at popular tourist city in Nepal. All the exchange rates are under the Nepal Rastra Bank (Center Bank of Nepal). If you want exchange the small amount of money, you can exchange in the hotel.  Please bring clean and new notes because our banks not accept the old notes (foreign currency).

Normally Nepalese peoples prefer cash in hotel, restaurant, shopping center and others area because avoid the long process from card and traveler cheque. If you have credit and debit card, you can withdraw cash (in Nepali Rupees) from ATM counter. There are several ATM counters center in main tourist city and it has 24 hours service. Maximum withdraw amount is 30,000 to 35,000 rupees in a one time and 500 rupees is processing fees, if you are using your card. 

Most of the trekking routes, there are not a service of foreign currency exchange so you have to exchange your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the trek. Furthermore, ask to your trekking operator or trekking guide about how much money need for trekking in Himalayas. Click here for more details. 

Safety and Security 

Safety and security is important subject during the traveling from your arrival and departure day in Nepal. We are always with you for help and give you guarantees to our valuable customers about best service. Our guides have general knowledge about first aid kits and long years experience in the trekking fields.  It is necessary for trekking in Nepal because it goes more than 4000 m height from sea level. If trekker gets sick due to high altitude, our professional guide explains about the medication and decides to further trekking destination and manage the emergency rescue because health is important. 

Trekking trails are not enough wide to crossing each others, so you need to careful when they pass. There are many porters, yaks, mules and Jokpe along the trekking trail during the peak trekking season. If you meet them on narrow place and bridge, you have to stand on the safe side otherwise they can push to the cliff. 

Safe Drinking Water

Clean water is important for good health during the travelling and staying hydrate body. It will be best way to complete the trek in the Himalayas. If not, easy to get sick and diarrhea.  Almost every where you can buy bottled water during the tea-house trek in Nepal but not in the camping trek. Bottled water is much expensive than you expect.

Plastic bottles are bad for environment in Nepal, so please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles. Water bottles should be re-use-able because keep the mountain clean. If you are worried about regular water tap of water for fill up your bottles in the trekking area of Nepal, there are easy to find on the all trekking routes. You will be found at lodges, streams and rivers. 

Travel insurance and Insurance Policy

The trekking in Nepal Himalayas grade rank are easy / moderate / challenging difficult. So, it is the risk of high altitude and potential accident due to Himalayan climate changes. 

Travel Insurance is the very important for  Trekking  in Nepal Himalayas because  treks goes to high altitude (over 4000 meters) and it requires  practical trekking skills, which might be unexpected happening or accident during the treks  and that requires medical assistance and evacuation which might be expensive to come back down or city and treatment. So, you have to make sure to get insured that covers the costs of air ambulance, treatment and all the travel related risk like lost, stolen, damaged or delayed baggage and flight delays. Yours insurance policy should cover up yours entire activities during the staying in Nepal. You need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5,500 meters.  Otherwise you have to take the responsibility regarding unexpected expenses of the cost during the Trekking in Nepal.

It is part of our booking form for  trekking and climbing in the Nepal to all the member of trekkers have to send a copy of their informative travel insurance policy certificate to High Pass Adventure. 

High Altitude Sickness Information

High Altitude Sickness is known as mountain sickness. If you walk or climb to higher elevation, it appears very quickly so you have to know symptoms of high altitude sickness. If you are wondering why it happens, here are some information. It is from the air pressure. When you go to higher elevation, this air pressure drops down and less oxygen so your body will need time to adjust to change air pressure. According to doctor, it starts from 8,000 feet (2400 meter) if you are from sea level. 

Types 

There are three types of altitude sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effect in the brain and most difficult to treatment and you need to go hospital attention right way. 

Cause 

Here are causes of high altitude sickness

You live at near sea level and travel to a high elevation 
You have had the sickness before
You climb quickly
You have not acclimatized to the altitude
If you are drink alcohol when you ascend 
If you have medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

Symptoms

These symptoms will appear depend on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness 

Difficulty sleeping
Dizziness 
Fatigue
Headache
Loss of appetite
Nausea or vomiting
Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)
Short breath with action
Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 
Chest tightness or blocking
Confusion
Dry cough or coughing with blood
Cannot walk in a straight line 

Prevention 
Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 
Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.
Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.
Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.
Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.
If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

While climbing, you should know these things:

Drink plenty of water
Climb slowly.
Take it easy
Do not drink alcohol.
Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.
Sleep lower elevation 
Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Trekking gear and equipment are most important for the trekking. Either you have to bring those things or you can buy here in Kathmandu. Also you can hire in Kathmandu Trekking gear shops.

Check List

  1. Reading/writing material
  2. Health requirements arranged
  3. First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  4. Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  5. Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  6. Money: cash/credit card
  7. Down Sleeping bag and jacket provided by High Pass Adventure (if needed) 
  8. Light weight Towel
  9. Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  10. Walking shoes and sport shoes  1/1 pair
  11. Normal and warm gloves 1/1 pair
  12. Sun glasses and sun block cream 1/1 pieces 
  13. Down Sleeping Bag and down warm jacket 1/1 pieces
  14. Normal Socks 2/3 pair
  15. Fleece Jacket and Trouser 1/1 pieces
  16. Head lamp 1 pic
  17. Gore-Tex Jacket and Trouser 1/1 pieces
  18. Water bottle  2 pieces
  19. Trekking stick (pole) 1 pair
  20. T-shirt 4/5 pieces
  21. bandanna of scarf 
  22. Sleeper (sandal) one pair 
  23. Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants

Client Reviews

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

United Kingdom

Upper Dolpo Trek: - Remote and Beautiful Mountain Scenery

14th June, 2023

My husband and I chose High Pass Adventure Trekking as our trekking company for Upper Dolpo Trek in November 2022. This was my 8th time in Nepal with Ganesh for trekking.  Everything was absolutely perfect, from beginning to ending. Ganesh is the owner and also was the guide.  Really it was a good time with him, and everything was swift enough to satisfy my needs. So, I cannot express how thankful we are that he had been chosen to be our guide and his company. If you are thinking about a Trekking in Nepal, go with High Pass Adventure 

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