An aerial view of the Upper Dolpo region encircled by untamed mountains

Upper Dolpo Trek

Recommended by 99% of travelers
Duration27 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeStrenuous
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Maximum Altitude5,360m
Group SizeMin. 2 Pax
StartsKathmandu-Nepalgunj
EndsNepalgunj-Kathmandu
Travel StyleSightseeing & High Altitude Trek
Best TimeMarch to April and September to November

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.

Highlights 

  • Exploring various unseen parts of Nepal.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park which is also known as the highest animal concentration park in the whole world consists of snow leopards.
  • Visit to one of the oldest monasteries which are said to be 800 years old, Shey Gompa.
  • Yarshagumba- a caterpillar fungus that boosts your immune.
  • A mix of blue and green water is found in Phoksundo lake.

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

  1. Upper Dolpo restricted permit - USD $ 500 for the first 10 days and for additional days USD 50 per person per day.
  2. Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry fee of USD 30 for foreigners, NPR 1500 for SAARC nationality, and NPR 100 for Nepali visitors.
  3. Two weeks permits of Lower Dolpo which cost USD 20 per person per week, trekking itinerary start and finishes at Dunai or Juphal 
  4. 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.

Itinerary
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01Day

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Regulus Treks & Expedition receives you at Tribhunvan International Airport and drive you to hotel. If your arrival is at appropriate time then you can enjoy leisurely walk in the streets of Thamel. It is a prime destination for foreigners. It is said that Kathmandu visit is incomplete without strolling in this part of the city. Overnight in a hotel.

02Day

From the second day of your arrival starts our trip mission. Today you visit Kathmandu, also known as city of temples with our guide. Basically there are four major touring sites in Kathmandu. They are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and and Bouddhanath Stupa. And the main part is these all four sites are listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will be introduced to your guide by Regulus. You can have good conversation with him regarding the upcoming trip. You can enjoy the night life of Thamel which completely depends on your wish. Overnight in Thamel.

03Day

We take an hour flight to reach Nepalgunj. It is a town in low lands of Nepal bordering India in South. We will enjoy local market and people in Nepalgunj. Here we will stay overnight.

04Day

It is an interesting flight to Jhupal from Nepalgunj. The palce is located in the foothills of Himalayas. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is fascinating from here. Here we meet our trekking crews and begin trail to dunai. It is around three hours walk to Dunai from Jhupal. We stay overnight at Dunai.

05Day

Following southern bank of Bheri River we start uphill climb. We pass through several gorges and villages to arrive at Tarakot. The terraced fields and landscapes will fascinate us. We will spend night at Tarakot.

06Day

We walk along tarapchu River and crossing it twice we reach at Sandul gompa. The gompa is located in the middle of Tarapchu and Barbung River. Further ealk will lead us to terraced fields and villages. After ascending for some time we arrive at Laini where we will halt for night.

07Day

Walking above Tarap River we follow steep trail to arrive at Chyugur Khola. We come across narrow gorge in some places which we can cross by jumping. We reach Nawarpani where we put off at night.

08Day

We ascend till Kamattarka. It is a confluence of Tarapchu and Lang Khola. We cross through juniper forests and enter inside Himalayan Valley. Dho Tarap is our next destination and it is surrounded by stone wall. Here reside followers of Bon Po religion. Magars are inhabitant of Do tarap. We spend night at Do Tarap.

09Day

It is a rest day today. To adjust body with increasing altitude acclimatization is essential. We will visit few monasteries and get acquaint with local culture. People of this part wear home spun cloth and upturn shoes. They follow Bon Po and Nyingmapa (Buddhist sects) religion.

10Day

We walk in picturesque area today. The lush green vegetation, river and scenic beauty of Himalayas will fascinate you. After walking for couple of hours we arrive at Tokyu. It is a place where you see Buddhist monasteries. We observe monasteries. We finally arrive at Numa La Base Camp where we spend at night.

11Day

It is a longest trek today. We cross Numa La Pass. It is a steep trail till ridge of the pass. You get mesmerizing views of Dhaulagiri from the top of the ridge. From Numa La we descend to Pelung Tang where we camp at night. 

12Day

It is steep climb till the top of Baga La Pass. You get beautiful view of snowcapped peak of Mount Kanjirowa. Here we spend some time and descend to Dajok Tang where we put off at night. 

13Day

We walk through pine forests today. It is easy trail with several highs and lows. We arrive at Ringmo village. It is a traditional Tibetan village where we will enjoy night.

14Day

It is an interesting trail today. We will explore Phoksundo Lake and camp at its edge. Many yaks move from here to Tibet for business purpose. We also visit nearby monastery. Phoksundo Lake is really beautiful and the sight will leave dep impression in you forever.

15Day

It is descending trail till Chepak. Crossing through rocky path we arrive at Shyanta where we will put off at night. 

16Day

Via Sulighat we walk towards Jhupal. We pass through birch trees. From a top of the ridge we get beautiful view of mountains at top and Jhupal village below. We arrive at Jhupal and explore local area where we spend night.

17Day

We fly to Jhupal and from there catch connecting flight to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will get time to stroll around Thamel where you can purchase gifts for friends and family. In the evening Regulus will offer farewell dinner. You will stay overnight in a hotel.

18Day

Your trekking ends here today. We will drop you at Airport three hours earlier to schedule flight. We are thankful to you as you gave us opportunity to serve. See you soon!

Cost Details
Included
  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 3 Nights of standard deluxe accomoddation in Kathmandu on BB Plan.
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal round trip by flight .
  • 1 Night Guest House in Nepalgunj.
  • Full board meal during trekking with tea/ coffee (our cook prepares all the meals).
  • Tented accommodation during the trek. (We provide two men share tents, dining tents and tables, kitchen gears, toilet tents etc.).
  • A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek, a cook, Kitchen boy, Spare, Sherpa required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Lower Dolpo trekking permit and National Park Fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • 13% Government VAT and Official expense.
  • Local seasonal fresh fruit like orange, banana, apple, grape etc.
  • Farewell dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant in Kathmandu.
Excluded
  • International Airfare and visa fee, airport departure tax.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All the drinks such as: coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Your Trekking gears.
  • Your travel Insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Tips for all staffs.
Dates & Availability

Once you book your trek, it is pledged to run and if you need to change your trek dates we make it simple with our no-fee policy on date changes.

Additional Info
  • All the domestic airfare is included in the package.
  • Once booked and starting the trek the trip cannot be canceled.
  • The above Itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement.
What our Clients Say?
R
02 Aug, 2016
Dolpo Region Trekking

Located far away from the bustling capital city of Kathmandu, Dolpo Region is remote even for a remote country like Nepal. During the last decade, I have grown quite fond of Nepal and have been there on three different occasions. Only on my last visit I ventured to the wild...

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Ryan Zimmerman
United States
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