About Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek is a trail to a forgotten land. The geographical condition and lack of infrastructure almost disconnected Dolpo from other parts of Nepal keeping its development miles away. And, this is the main reason for Upper Dolpo Trekking as the site still preserves pure ancient Tibetan Buddhist traditions and rituals which is also known as Bon Po. Legends say, except in Tibet, Dolpo is the only place in the world where Bon Po traditions are truly followed in Bon monasteries. The Bon is different from the existing Buddhist culture. It is said that the Bon tradition or religion is older than existing Buddhism.
Dolpo Trekking Package
The Government of Nepal opened Trekking in Dolpo in 1989 and the first British tour operator organized a trek from east to west in the autumn of 1990 from Pokhara to Jumla through Lower Dolpo. Dolpa region is one of the most remote areas chosen for trekking in Nepal. The most remote part of Nepal, Dolpo shares a border with Tibet in the north resulting in the cultural influence of the Autonomous Region of China. Tibet is the ancestral land of many people who reside in Dolpo at present. The four main ethnic groups of Dolpo—Lama, Gurung, Rokaya, and Baiji—possess their own unique culture. They live in different 19 villages on the outskirts of Shey Phoksunda National Park.
The Shey Phoksunda National Park covers a large part of the Dolpa district where Dolpo is located. The name Shey is derived from Shey Monastery which (monastery) is one of the prime attractions of Dolpo. The park inhabits snow leopard, musk deer, and Tibetan wolf.
Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary
Upper Dolpo trek is a long and challenging trail of 28 days which takes trekkers at the maximum altitude of 5200 meters at Saldang La Pass. The landscape, scenic beauty of the site, Shey Gompa, Crystal Mountain, and culture of Shey village will leave a deep impression of the ancient or forgotten world in you. After observing the tradition performed by the people of Shey village you feel that you are on a pre-historic trip which is the crux of Upper Dolpo Trekking.
Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Many trekkers prefer it for remote trekking in Nepal. It is also regarded as restricted region trekking or Nepal remote trek. To trek here, a special permit is required and it is issued by the government of Nepal. You need to meet certain basic requirements to get this permit.
Upper Dolpo Trek Required Permits
- Upper Dolpo restricted permit - USD $ 500 for the first 10 days and for additional days USD 50 per person per day.
- Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry fee of USD 30 for foreigners, NPR 1500 for SAARC nationality, and NPR 100 for Nepali visitors.
- Two weeks permits of Lower Dolpo which cost USD 20 per person per week, trekking itinerary start and finishes at Dunai or Juphal
- Monasteries entry fee - NPR 200-400 per person
Regulus Nepal organizes an unforgettable trek to Upper Dolpo with a breathtaking flight along with the Himalayan range from Nepalgunj to the small Jhuphal airstrip from where we begin our 27-day trek to Upper Dolpa. One can have a great experience by visiting the Shey Gompa, exploring the culture, ancient lifestyle & natural beauty of the Dolpa region, and the exceptional Phoksundo Lake in Ringmo.