Upper Dolpo Trek 

Nepal

27 Days

$4,100

This trip includes

Ground transportation in Nepal

Hotels & tea-house accommodation

All meals except in Kathmandu

Local flights cost covered in itinerary

Guided tour & trek throughout the trip

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek

  • The Upper Dolpo Trek is a remarkable adventure in the remote region of Dolpo, located in western Nepal. This trek takes you through a pristine wilderness, untouched by modernization, and offers breathtaking landscapes, unique culture, and a glimpse into the traditional life of the Dolpo people.
  • Remote and Pristine Wilderness: Dolpo is one of Nepal’s most remote and least explored regions. It is a hidden gem that has retained its natural beauty and remains untouched by modern development. The trek takes you through dramatic landscapes, including deep gorges, high passes, turquoise lakes, and barren plateaus.
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake: The trek includes visiting Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of the highest-altitude lakes in the world. This stunning lake is known for its crystal-clear waters that change color throughout the day, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. It is a mesmerizing sight that leaves trekkers in awe.
  • Unique Culture and Traditions: The Upper Dolpo region is inhabited by ethnic Tibetan communities, and the local culture and traditions are deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. You can witness the distinctive Bon and Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, and chortens (stupas) along the way. Interacting with the friendly Dolpo people gives you an insight into their traditional lifestyle and hospitality.
  • Phoksundo Waterfall: Another remarkable natural wonder in the region is the Phoksundo Waterfall. It cascades significantly, creating a spectacular water display amidst the rugged terrain. The combination of the waterfall, the surrounding mountains, and the lush greenery is a sight to behold.
  • Crossing High Passes: The Upper Dolpo Trek involves crossing high passes, offering breathtaking panoramic Himalayas views. The major passes along the trek are the Kang La Pass (5,240 meters) and the Numala Pass (5,360 meters). These challenging but rewarding sections provide stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks and surrounding landscapes.
  • Unique Wildlife and Flora: Dolpo is known for its diverse wildlife and unique flora. The region is home to the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, musk deer, and various species of birds. The trek allows you to spot some rare and endangered species in their natural habitat.
  • Authentic Dolpo Villages: The trek takes you through several traditional Dolpo villages, such as Ringmo, Saldang, and Dho Tarap. These villages are nestled in picturesque valleys and offer a glimpse into the ancient way of life of the Dolpo people. You can witness their traditional houses and terraced fields and experience their warm hospitality.
  • Ancient Monasteries: Upper Dolpo is dotted with ancient monasteries and gompas with great religious and cultural significance. The Shey Gompa, situated at the base of Crystal Mountain, is one of the region’s oldest and most revered monasteries. It houses ancient Buddhist artifacts and murals and offers a serene atmosphere for meditation and reflection.

Upper Dolpo Trek Overview

Many years ago, farmers and nomads from Tibet became the only people who settled in this hidden land, Upper Dolpo Trek. This means that even today, it is one of the least habited places on earth. The Upper Dolpo Trek is a trekking trail in a tranquil area of Nepal. It has been exclusive to foreign trekkers and mountain climbers since 1989, which has helped preserve its natural beauty and rugged charm. The region is relatively untouched; thus, it’s known for its pristine beauty.

During your trek to Upper Dolpo, you can expect to explore one of Nepal’s most adventurous trekking routes. After landing in the bustling Capital, you will take two flights to Jhuphal (Lower Dolpo) and begin your adventure with a trek to Dunai. From here, you will continue your journey for three days before reaching the stunning Phoksundo Lake and marveling at its crystal-clear waters.

You can also see some of the highest and most renowned mountains in the Himalayas. But it’s not just nature that will leave you in awe. This trek offers a rich cultural experience, with numerous opportunities to explore infamous Gompas and remote villages.

Upper Dolpo Trek Cost

The cost of the Upper Dolpo Trek can vary depending on several factors, such as the duration, the inclusions, and the chosen trekking agency. On average, this trek can cost anywhere from $4000 to $6,000, which should cover permits, guides, accommodation, meals, and transportation.

To ensure a great experience in the remote and culturally rich Upper Dolpo region, you should choose a reliable trekking company that offers a detailed cost breakdown and prioritizes your safety.

Best Time for Upper Dolpo Trek

The ideal time to trek in Upper Dolpo is late spring (May to June) and early autumn (September to October). During these months, the weather is stable, and the temperatures are moderate, making it the perfect time to explore the region’s pristine landscapes, unique culture, and diverse flora and fauna.

Late Spring Season

Spring is the perfect season to embark on a thrilling trek to the breathtaking landscapes of  Lower Dolpo. In the early spring, snow in Upper Dolpo can pose challenges, as some passes become extremely difficult or impossible to cross. For Upper Dolpo, the ideal time to visit is from mid or end of April through the end of May, during the beautiful spring months.

Upper Dolpo trek offers plenty of breathtaking sights throughout the year. You see the beauty surrounding you, from the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake to the peaceful Shey Gompa. You can also immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan culture as you explore the monasteries and witness the awe-inspiring views of Dhaulagiri.

Early Autumn Season

Another perfect time for the Upper Dolpo Trek is early autumn (September to October). You should make sure to plan because as November approaches, the weather and snow will become more challenging, so September and October are the most enjoyable months.

However, considering the location in the Himalayas, it would be wise to prepare for unexpected snowfall. The weather will be delightful with clear skies. This is also the harvest season, which adds an interesting aspect to your journey through local settlements.

Dolpo Trek Difficulty

The most remote area is in northwestern Nepal, behind the Dhaulagiri range. The trail was only opened for visitors in 1989 and remained a restricted area. A month-long journey on land without houses, internet, or electricity is not a joke.

The experts have marked the Upper Dolpo trek difficulty as “Challenging.” This is among Nepal’s most demanding and longest trekking trails. So, you must know the difficulties you will face during this Dolpo trek.

Difficulty due to Upper Dolpo distance and duration

The Dolpo trek package is 28 days long. Trekking for a month and being detached from all worldly pleasures demands considerable commitment. We will walk for 20 days, covering 250kms to 300kms around the distance. Walking more than 12-15 km in such steep mountains is demanding. You will walk 5-6 hours daily, up to 9 hours, while crossing the high passes.

Difficulty due to Upper Dolpo elevation

The Upper Dolpo trek is one of the most challenging treks due to its altitude. We begin the walk from Jhupa, which lies below 2000 meters, and climb to the Kang La Pass elevation of 5360 meters. We will gain almost 500 meters every day.

Once you cross Dunai, you will likely have altitude sickness (every one in three trekkers develops altitude sickness in Nepal). Therefore, you must look for symptoms like headache, body pain, vomiting, shortness of breath, etc.

Guides and Porter for Upper Dolpo Trek

As you know, the Upper Dolpo Trek is challenging and takes place in a distant region in Nepal. Therefore, you need guides and porters for an enjoyable and comfortable trekking experience. Their expertise and knowledge will make the journey much easier.

The trekking guides will lead the trek by explaining the history and offering assistance whenever needed. Porters are incredibly useful when carrying heavy bags during the trek. So, having guides and porters by your side will ensure your long trekking journey is safe and comfortable.

Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip Preparation

Day 03

Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, 1-hour flight

Day 04

Fly to Juphal (2,500m)+ Trek to Dunai (2,850m) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Day 05

Trek to Chhepka (2,687m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 06

Trek to Chunuwar (3,000m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Day 07

Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 08

Acclimatization Day at Phoksundo Lake

Day 09

Trek to Sallaghari (3,630m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 10

Trek to Nagdalo La HC (4,717m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 11

Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Nagdalo La Pass (5,350m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 12

Trek  to Namgung Gompa (4,360m) via Sela La Pass (5,100m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Day 13

Trek to Namduna Gaun - 4 to 5 hours trek.

Day 14

Day Hike to Saldang Village 4 to 5 hours trek

Day 15

Trek to Yangze village - 6 to 7 hours trek

Day 16

Trek to Namdo village - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 17

Trek to The Jeng La pass - 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 18

Trek to Tokyu (4,240m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Day 19

Trek to Dho Tarap (3,944m) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Day 20

Rest Day in Dho Tarap

Day 21

Trek to Tarap Khola- 6 to 7 hours

Day 22

Trek from Dho Tarap to Khanigaon- 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 23

Trek to Tarakot- 4 -5 hours

Day 24

Trek to Dunai (2,850m)- 5 to 6 hours

Day 25

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2,500m/8,200ft) - 2 to 3 hours trek

Day 26

Fly from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 27

Fly back to Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

On arrival, you will land at Kathmandu airport, where our friendly team will greet you and take you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you are free to rest, or if you are itching to start exploring, you can spend the rest of the day soaking in the atmosphere of the Capital. You will then have dinner and an overnight stay in a highly recommended hotel in the city center. Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip Preparation

After a delicious breakfast today, you can see some of Kathmandu’s most famous UNESCO-listed world heritage sights, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Once you return, you will meet your guide and begin preparation for your trek. Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03

Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, 1-hour flight

We will start early and take the one-hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, lying right on the Nepal-India border, is a substantial hot city in Mid-Western Terai. The journey is memorizing as you travel through Narayangarh, Hetauda, Bharatpur, and Butwal. Then on arrival, you are free to spend the day exploring the area before spending the night.
Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 04

Fly to Juphal (2,500m)+ Trek to Dunai (2,850m) - 3 to 4 hours trek

From Nepalgunj, we will take another short 45-minute flight to Jhuphal (Dopo), flying over the stunning landscapes of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. From here, we will finally begin trekking, with a 2-3 hour hike to Dunai, on the bank of The Thuli Bheri River.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 05

Trek to Chhepka (2,687m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Today is our most extended trek, climbing for 5-6 hours from Dunai to Ankhe. Along the way, you will cross suspension bridges, pass by ridges and through valleys, walk alongside canyons and rivers, and battle through dense forests. This is one of the exciting parts of Treks in Nepal. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 06

Trek to Chunuwar (3,000m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Today is another long trek, climbing for 5-6 hours from Ankhe to Sulighat. You will trek along a path that passes through forests and streams before following the rocky trail by the river to pass through Ryajik and reach Sulighat. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent

Day 07

Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Our final trek before our first rest day has you trekking from Sunlight along the valley and onto the junction of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Rivers. We then follow the Pungmo River until we reach our beautiful destination of Phoksundo Lake, where our 4-5 hour trek will end. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 08

Acclimatization Day at Phoksundo Lake

Today, we will rest and acclimatize at the beautiful Phoksundo Lake (the most miniature lake in Nepal). The lake is at an altitude of 3611 meters. After exploring the majestic waters, you can visit Ringmo village and a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery as you explore the region’s culture—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Also, read Rara Lake Trek– The most extensive Trek in Nepal

Day 09

Trek to Sallaghari (3,630m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

After a good rest, we are back on the trail and trekking for 4-5 hours to Phoksundo Khola. The trail follows the Shey Phoksundo Lake from the west and leads you to the rocky hills before passing through lush grassland to reach our final spot for the day, Phoksundo Khola. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 10

Trek to Nagdalo La HC (4,717m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

From Phoksunds Khola, we will make our way over 6 – 7 hours to Phoksundo Bhanjyang – our longest day of walking. You will walk through a glacial valley before reaching the junction of The Phoksundo River. Then, after crossing a bridge, we will walk northeast and begin our uphill climb to the top of a steep George, where we can see the Kang-La pass—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 11

Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Nagdalo La Pass (5,350m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

From Phoksundo Bhanjyang, we climb to Shey Gompa along the Kang-La pass. The Kang-La Pass is at an altitude of 5,360 meters and has fantastic views of valleys, mountains, and canyons. The strenuous walk continues on the descent from the pass as we cross rivers and pass through meadows before reaching Shey Gompa—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 12

Trek  to Namgung Gompa (4,360m) via Sela La Pass (5,100m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

After a strenuous trek, we rest well and acclimatize at the Shey Gompa camp. Take in the culture and explore the area that hosts the most famous monastery in Upper Dolpo and attracts hundreds of Buddhists annually—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 13

Trek to Namduna Gaun - 4 to 5 hours trek.

We resume our trek from Shey Gompa and go to Namduna Gaun. We begin trekking through a Juniper Forest that leads us to a rocky canyon. From here, we hike to the top of Saldang La alone before finishing our 6-7 hour journey by descending to Namduna Gaun – where we can visit the Namgung monastery, perched on the northern wall of a ridge—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 14

Day Hike to Saldang Village 4 to 5 hours trek

We begin from Namduna Gaun by ascending barren hills until, after 4-5 hours, we reach Saldang Village, stretching through a slope above The Namga River. Surrounded by terraced fields, this is the largest settlement in Inner Dolpo, hosting around 600 people—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 15

Trek to Yangze village - 6 to 7 hours trek

It’s week 3! We will set off early from Saldang and begin the 4-5 hour journey to the Yangze Gompa. We follow the Nang Chu River to Tiling and Lurigaon village. We then continue onto Yangze Village. We will end the day by exploring the Yangtze region, complete with the Bon-Po monastery and the Panzang River—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 16

Trek to Namdo village - 5 to 6 hours trek

From the Yangze Gompa, we go up to Sibu – another strenuous trek of 6-7 hours. We start by retracing our path back to Saldang village and taking
the trail that leads to Namdo village, stretching over 5 km. We can visit the Namdo monastery near The Nam Khong River before continuing for two more hours to reach Sibu. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 17

Trek to The Jeng La pass - 5 to 6 hours trek

Starting at Simbu, we make our way to Jeng-La Phedi. A beautiful spot to rest for the night. The Nam Khong River will lead us past yaks herds and to a junction of two small streams. We will then begin a challenging upward climb to the base of The Jeng La pass, where we will rest for the night. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 18

Trek to Tokyu (4,240m) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Via Jeng la Paa, we will trek from Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon for 5 -6 hours. The day starts strenuously, with a 2-hour hike to the top of Jeng La Pass. From here, we can witness stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif before descending toward The Tarap Valley. Here we will find a stream leading us to our overnight spot in Tokyu village—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 19

Trek to Dho Tarap (3,944m) - 4 to 5 hours trek

On our final day of trekking before our next break, we take it easy and walk through a broad valley as we make our way from Tokyu to Dho Tarap. This easy trek allows us to visit several shortens along the way. On arrival at Dho Tarap, we can relax before our rest day. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent

Day 20

Rest Day in Dho Tarap

Today is time for a well-deserved rest day at Dho Tarap – explore and recover! This is one of the highest settlements in the world. Located right at the junction of trails that lead to Mustang, Jomsom, and Tibet, its inhabitants consist mainly of Magars and Tibetans. There are many Buddhist shrines to explore – including the infamous Bon Gompa above Dho Tarap—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 21

Trek to Tarap Khola- 6 to 7 hours

After a rest, we are refreshed and ready for the 6-7 hour trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka). We descend towards a valley we follow as it becomes a gorge. We then pass through forests of junipers before reaching the junction of Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola on the way to Kamakharka, where we can rest for the night—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 22

Trek from Dho Tarap to Khanigaon- 5 to 6 hours trek

Today, we set off from Tarap Khola and made our way to Khanigaon. Trekking alongside the gorge of Tarap Khola, be warned that it can become narrow, so you may have to cross the river with a jump – making our journey to Khanigaun truly exciting! Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 23

Trek to Tarakot- 4 -5 hours

Today’s steep climb from Khanigaon to Tarakot, but the sights to see make it truly worth it! We begin on the trail to Lalberi village, pass through a forest, descend to a gorge, trek alongside a river, and finally reach Tarakot. After 4-5 hours of walking, we can relax in Tarakot – a small town once the Capital of the Tichorung Kingdom, still packed with history and things to do—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 24

Trek to Dunai (2,850m)- 5 to 6 hours

From Tarakot, we continue to Dunai for another 5-6 hour trek. Start the morning by following the Bheri River, passing through several gorges, villages, and bridges before reaching Dunai. Dunai is the district headquarter of Dolp, with almost 3000 residents and wonderfully developed facilities—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 25

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2,500m/8,200ft) - 2 to 3 hours trek

For our final day of trekking, we have a short 2-3 hour journey from Dunai to Jhuphal. We start by continuing along the Thuli Bheri trail. We’ll pass through Dhupichaur, Rupgad, Kalagaonda, and Motipur before finally ending our trek in Juphal and reflecting on our achievements. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.

Day 26

Fly from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Is it time to begin our journey back to Kathmandu and take two short flights – from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu? Rest at the hotel or continue the excitement by exploring the Capital before our farewell dinner—breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 27

Fly back to Kathmandu

It’s time to fly home! Say goodbye to Nepal and your fellow trekkers! A member of our friendly team will take you to the airport.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

What To Expect?

What's included

  • Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car.
  • At least two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
  • Meals on the entire board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the whole trekking
  • Fly from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jhuphal – Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
  • Trekking map
  • An experienced Government license holder guide
  • Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
  • Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes and tourist service charges

What's not included

  • Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking
  • Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc
  • Personal trekking equipment

FAQs

What is Upper Dolpo Trek Cost?

Upper Dolpo Trek is Nepal’s most prolonged, remote, and strenuous trek. So, naturally, it is also the most expensive trek in Nepal. The Upper Dolpo Trek Cost by MyEverestTrip costs $4495. The most significant part of this cost goes for the staff who accompany you, i.e., the guide, porter, and the food. Also, it includes the domestic flight to Jhupal, Dolpo Permit Cost worth a lot, and accommodation. We might have to set camps in many parts, and all those trekking gears also cost a lot. In addition to this $4495 Cost of the Dolpo Trek package, you will need about $500 of your own.

How can we prevent altitude sickness in Upper Dolpo Trek, Nepal?

Per the MyEverestTrek Upper Dolpo trek Itinerary, we stop at Phoksundo, Shey Gompa, and Dho Tarap for acclimatization. These acclimatization days will prevent you from the risk of altitude sickness. You must also drink enough water and keep yourself hydrated. Eat nutritious foods, stroll, and get a lot of rest.

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Is Upper Dolpo To Jomsom trek Possible?

Yes, instead of visiting Dolpo and getting back to Dunai, the trekkers can also get to Jomsom from Dolpo. Dolpo and Mustang lie pretty apart.

How high is upper dolpa?

Upper dolpa is 4,530 m. to 5,115 m. High.

How do i go to dolpo from kathmandu?

  • Traveling to Juphal by Air. Flying to Dolpo (Juphal) is the ideal alternative for hikers and guests who want to save time and stress.
  • Travel through Nepalgunj, Musikot, Tallu Bagar, Khading, and Tripurakot on your way to Dolpo. Local buses and Hiace Vans are accessible from Kathmandu to Nepalganj.

Additional Information

You can choose a shorter variation of the Upper Dolpo trek. You can trek from Juphal to Lake Phoksundo and back if you’re up for an adventure. This incredible journey typically spans around eight days. Other variations link Dolpo to Mustang and/or the Annapurna region towards the east.

Variations and Addon to Upper Dolpo Trek

Juphal to Lake Phoksundo

Upper Dolpo to Annapurna Traverse

If you want to extend your Upper Dolpo trek, consider adding the Upper Dolpo to Annapurna Traverse, including a visit to the Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve. This route will add approximately a week to your journey. During three days, you won’t encounter any settlements.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek

Another variation is the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek. Jomson lies in the Lower Mustang region of Nepal and boasts a vibrant culture with strong Tibetan influences. Located in the rain shadow of Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, it provides a unique perspective of the Annapurna Himal.

Dolpo to Rara Traverse

Another exciting option is the Dolpo to Rara Traverse via Shey Gompa. This trek is approximately the same length as the regular Upper Dolpo trek. Still, it takes a different route, starting from Shey Gompa and ending at Rara Lake in the Jumla and Mugu districts. Rara Lake is the deepest lake in Nepal.

Safety on Trek in Upper Dolpo

When embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek, you must prioritize safety and be mindful of potential risks. You should also be cautious of the weather, changing conditions during the trek, and the water supply in the Upper Dolpo trekking trail.

You must bring medicines and a first-aid kit during your journey. Trekkers must also be aware of any wildlife threats that may arise throughout the trek and of the possibility of altitude sickness. For more safety, you should trek with a guide.

Permits for Upper Dolpo Trek

If you plan to trek in the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal, you must obtain a special permit from a registered trekking agency. Additionally, you must acquire the Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit and Dolpo Restricted Area Permit. It is crucial to adhere to all regulations when exploring this culturally significant and remote area.

You need a special Upper Dolpo Trekking Permit to hike in the restricted region of Dolpo. Besides the Dolpo permit, you also need a Shey-Phoksundo National Park license. Lower Dolpo permit costs USD 20/per person for the first seven days. If you extend your stay, you must pay USD 5 per day.

You can purchase a Shey-Phoksundo National Park Permit at the park’s gate for USD 30 per person. The money raised goes towards conserving the regional flora and fauna.

Accommodation in the Dolpo Region of Nepal

Upper Dolpo offers three kinds of accommodation depending on the season and route. The first one is a hotel in Kathmandu. These are pretty luxurious three-star hotels with all the necessary amenities.

You will stay in tea houses in the lower region – small yet comfortable local lodges. The rooms only have two single beds, a mattress, pillows, and a clean white sheet. A few clubs in the higher region might close most of the year.

Exploring the Culture of Dolpo

We can observe three kinds of culture in Dolpo: lower, upper, and middle. Hindus inhabit the lower region, while the middle area blends Hindu and Buddhist people (Bonism and Shamanism). A cluster of Magar people speaks the typical “Kaile” language.

The Upper region was home to Buddhist and Bon cults. Tibetan Buddhism has driven the culture of these “Dolpo-pa.” The people speak the ‘Khaam’ or ‘Poike’ language and strictly follow their culture. Bönpo monasteries such as Shey Gompa are the foremost destination for pilgrims aiming for the circuit trek.

The salt trader first used this trail, and the story was depicted in the movie called “Himalaya” by Eric Valli. During the summer, this route was a trade route for “Yarchagompa” (caterpillar fungus). You can also participate in the unique Festivals of Upper Dolpo. Check Cultural tours of Nepal.

Gear and Equipment

The essential gear and equipment during the camping trek are:

Gear

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp or torch

Upper Body

  • Half-gloves
  • warmer hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp and an extra set of battery
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket
  • Water and windproof shell jacket

Hands

  • Half gloves for walking poles
  • Gloves and liner

Lower Body

  • Windproof and waterproof trousers
  • Warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants

Footwears

  • Waterproof trekking boots
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers

Personal Items

  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Water purifying pills
  • Toiletries
  • Power adaptor and charger
  • Travel towel

Why US

MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for over a decade, traveling with hundreds of travelers worldwide.

With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planners, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal to ensure that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.

So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.

Customize Your Itinerary:

We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the needs and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so we can arrange the rest.

Our Expert Guide:

Although all travel agencies claim to have a good guide, many are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. We can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal upon special request.

Fair and reasonable Cost:

MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked.

Your safety is our priority:

Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have their insurance. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trips have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.

Responsible and Eco-Friendly

MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes

  • We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
  • We cover all the places promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged).
  • All our guides and porters are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
  • We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry it back with us and send it to the municipality
  • We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal where we stay.

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Dolpo trekking map

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