Trip Highlights
  • Experience the authentic culture and traditions in the region
  • Explore the existence of rare wildlife like snow leopard, blue sheep etc.
  • Get awe struck with the beauty laid down by its deep valleys and rain-shadow areas
  • Get connected with history through the ancient Shey monastery
  • Expand your limit through the exploration of Kang la Pass, Shey la pass and Baga la pass
  • Insights of the spectacular sights of the crystal Mountains
  • Get closer to the deepest lake of Nepal, Phoksundo

Upper Dolpo Trek is filled with wonderful valleys, surrounded by glorious mountains, crafted with unique landscapes and on top of that, Shey Phoksundo Lake, 3,611.5 proudly settles here with its beauty. Upper Dolpo is a fascinating destination to carry out Dolpo trekking, being well decorated with its authentic existence and unaltered remoteness. Upper Dolpo trekking carries you near the Tibetan border, bringing your exploration closer to the Himalayan Buddhist Culture and their nomadic lifestyle. One can hardly get enough of this incredible journey.

“Cast your eyes to the further east and the fresh day on the misty sketch of the gigantic range of the Upper Dolpo Trekking”

How Upper Dolpo trek is unique than any other trekking?

26 days trip to Upper Dolpo is unlike any other treks which you have undertaken. It is different yet extraordinary being located beyond the rain shadow area of Dhaulagiri. Upper Dolpo trek is one of the untouched and the remote region of the Tibet borders. They mostly speak Bhotia language, Upper Dolpo still remains a hidden beauty. This 26 days trek of Upper Dolpo, takes you to a wonderfully different world with the fantastic scenarios of waterfalls, mountain peaks, wildlife, Buddhist culture, the nomadic way of life and the wonders preserved through isolation. Trekking in Upper Dolpo makes you cross three incredible passes named as Kang la Pass, 5010m, Shey la pass, 5360m and Baga la pass, 5170m, which will definitely bring you closer to the wonders of Dolpo. Likewise, you will witness the existence of rare wildlife in the region such as Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, and Himalayan Musk deer. Their existence truly makes this place a land of wonders. This region has attracted famous writers as well as movie makers with its remote and unique wonders. The book "Snow Leopard" and the movie "Caravan" are the two great examples of how this region can influence its seekers. The green forests decorated with pine, rhododendron and fir, the remote way of life, the unique local settlements, amazing landscapes with the spectacular view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, makes this region worthy of a million visits.

This trek in upper Dolpo is not just an ordinary trek, it is certain to be ones memory of a lifetime. Your flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal gives the Kick off start to this wonderful journey to an isolated world. The existence of Upper Dolpo in the Dolpo region is like something taken out of a movie and placed into existence. Nature has surely done its finest work while crafting upper Dolpo. You will closely be encountering the unspoiled traditions and lifestyles through your visit to the Village of Ringmo and the Village of Tarakot. The ancient Shey Monastery sits here with pride as one of the major attractions of Dolpo region. In the Western part of Upper Dolpo, Shey Phoksundo national park widens its horizons and continues the role of home for various floras and faunas. Our great voyage proceeds to the astonishing nation of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gompa, following the antiquated Trans Himalayan trade by an elective course, giving you greater chance to explore this interesting wild west of Nepal Himalaya.

Contact us to know more about us and interested trekking package, climbing package and other packages available in our website. We can also create customize Upper Dolpo trekking itinerary, if your time does not match with our given date.

Itinerary

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After landing in Kathmandu, we will be there you pick you up and move you to your inn. We conduct a brief meeting to discuss more about the trip and introduce you to your trekking guide. This meeting can be arranged in lunch or while having dinner. You can also visit around the valley to refresh yourself from the hectic flight journey. We will also give you welcome dinner at first day of your arrival.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

Today is the day where you will be visiting different places of Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These Places will be covered during the excursion to the valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

Since our journey to Upper Dolpo officially begins with a flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal, we will be heading to Nepalgunj first as there is no direct flight to Jhupal from Kathmandu. Here we get a beautiful day in our account to explore another wonderful city of Nepal. We will provide you with the best accommodations in the city for your proper rest before the beginning of Upper Dolpo adventure. If you feel like it, you can freshen up and take short walks to flex your muscles. We will be spending our night here in Nepalgunj.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Nepalgunj
  • Altitude: 150 m

We start our beautiful morning with warm breakfast before heading for our flight. Then we get ready to leave Nepalgunj after reaching the airport in search of the wonders possessed by the Dolpo region. This flight to Jhupal will begin our thrill with the magical view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. We will reach Jhupal within around 45 minutes. After a sound landing, our team will manage your baggages while you get prepared to start the trek to Chepka at the height of 2670m. We will spend our night at Chepka which would probably take around 2-3 hours of walk.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chepka
  • Altitude: 2670m

After having our breakfast, we get prepared for the trek to Renje which may last for about 5-6 hours. It can be a little challenging than the short trek we carried out the other day, consisting more of uphills. We will follow the trails used by locals surrounded by beautiful scenarios of hills and mountains along with the wildlife. We stay overnight at Renje.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Renje
  • Altitude: 3010m

We energize ourselves with some warm breakfast before heading for a 6-7 hours long trek. We would be trekking to Ringmo, a beautiful local village where one can explore the authentic culture and lifestyle of people. We will be accompanied by various floras and faunas throughout this journey.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ringmo
  • Altitude: 2650m

The seventh day of your Upper Dolpo trip is separated as a day for rest. One needs to recharge themselves to be able to undertake the next day perfectly without any health issues. On this day, we will be exploring the Ringo village, and hike around its outskirts. We will get to know the cultural and traditional values of the local people along with their way of life. We will be enjoying the local hospitality with local ingredients for dinner. We will be staying overnight at Ringo village.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ringmo
  • Altitude: 2650m

With enough rest and proper energizing, we begin our eighth day with a delightful breakfast. On this day, we will be heading to Chunemba which will be a trek for about 5-6 hours. Prayer flags and beautiful flowers will guide us throughout the trails of nature. If we are lucky enough, we might get to experience the sights of some rare wildlife. We end our trek for the day as soon as we reach Chunemba where we will be staying for the night.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chunemba
  • Altitude: 3630m

We will end our stay at Chunemba with an incredible local breakfast and begin our walk to Lar Tsa which excels at the height of 4220m. It will be comparatively a shorter trek than the other day taking us about 4-5 hours to reach the destination for the day. We will be mostly walking through uphills, so it can be a little challenging but as soon as we reach Lar Tsa, every challenge would feels worth it.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lar Tsa
  • Altitude: 4120m

We leave Lar Tsa heading for Mendok Din which stands at the height of 4610m. It won't take us long to reach there with more of a downhill path than the one we faced the other day. It will take us about 2-3 hours of walk to reach our destination for the day. We will be staying there for overnight.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Mendok Din
  • Altitude: 4610m

Our eleventh day awaits us with its own challenges and rewarding wonders. On this day, we will be heading to Shey Gompa from Mendok Din. It is certainly going to be a long walk, probably longer than the ones we took before. We will be reaching to Shey Gompa after around 7-8 hours of walking through the beautiful trails accompanied by nature from all around. This time we will be facing downhill more than the uphill. It would indeed be a wonderful day yet a tiring one. We stay overnight at Shey Gompa.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Shey Gompa
  • Altitude: 4390m

With a walk that long, one probably needs rest to revive the energy of their body and muscles. So we separate our 12th day for resting. We take short walks around the beautiful Shey Gompa filled with cultural and traditional essence. We will explore the natural beauty that surrounds its existence. This day will help us acknowledging everything that we might have missed in our tired walks. We will spend another night here at Shey Gompa before continuing our trek.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Shey Gompa
  • Altitude: 4390m

After having a reviving breakfast at Shey Gompa, we head towards another destination known as Namgung. This trek would take us to the height of 4430m. We will be spending all the energy gained from resting on our 6-7 hours walks which is mostly uphill. It is a little challenging with its own beautiful rewards.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Namgung
  • Altitude: 4430m

We will be leaving Namgung after having our breakfast. Our fourteenth day will lead us to Karang at the height of 4050m. This trek would be comparatively shorter than the other day taking us a walk of 5-6 hours to reach our destination. The path will be mostly downhill. We will be getting a lot of beautiful views of landscapes as well as the comoany of wonderful forest. We will stay overnight at Karang

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Karang
  • Altitude: 4050m

On the fifteenth day of our Upper Dolpo trek, we will be leaving Karang in the morning. Our destination for the day is Mugaon, a beautiful village filled with traditional essence. Being at the height of 4100m, trek to Mugaon can be a little tiring, taking us about 6-7 hours to reach there. Mugaon will offer us will plenty of gratifying scenarios which will wash all our tiredness away. We will be spending the night at Mugaon.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Mu Gaon
  • Altitude: 4100m

On this day, we will be heading for a more challenging trek as per the distance. We will be leaving Mugaon to head Shiman which excels at the height of 4010m. The path is mostly uphill and takes us about 7-8 hours to reach the end of our walks for the day. This day can be tiring yet equally rewarding. We spend the night at Shimen.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Shimen
  • Altitude: 4010m

After we have our early morning breakfast, we leave Shimen for Tinje. Reaching to Tinje would take us about 7-8 hours of walk with mostly uphills. Tinje would be our final destination for the day. Standing proudly at the height of 4150m, Tinje is a remarkable beauty of Upoer Dolpo region giving us the best scenarios.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tinje
  • Altitude: 4150m

After resting at Tinje, we leave for Rakpa that stands at a higher altitude of 4530m. It is also mostly uphill with only 170m as descent. Trekking to Rakpa can be a little challenging yet wonderfully adventurous. This trek to Rakpa will take us seven to eight hours of walk. We will be resting for the night at Rakpa before we head to another destination in the morning.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Rakpa
  • Altitude: 4530m

After enjoying the morning breakfast, we will be trekking for about seven to eight hours to reach an altitude of 4120m where Chharka lies. Chharka would be our destination for the day. The path we will be undertaking is incredibly beautiful with mostly downhill. We will be spending the night at Chharka before beginning our 20th day.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chharka
  • Altitude: 4120m

Our 20th day will be filled with the walks for about six to seven hours from Chharka. We will be having our energizing breakfast at Chharka and then leave for Norbulung. The altitude we will be reaching to is 4750 m well known for its gratifying views of landscapes and mountains. Trek to Norbulung is mostly filled with uphill paths with only 190m as descent. We will end our trek for the day after reaching to Norbulung and spend the night here.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Norbulung
  • Altitude: 4750m

Sangda Phedi would be our destination for the 21st day of Upper Dolpo trek. Standing gracefully at the extreme height of 5460m, Sangda Phedi brings its travelers closer to the gifts laid down by nature. A seven to eight hours walks would carry us to the wonderful destination. This trek will also be mostly uphill but less in comparison to the other day. We will stay overnight at Sangda Phedi.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Sangda Phedi
  • Altitude: 5460m

On the 22nd day of this trek, we would be heading for Sangda after having our breakfast at Sangda Phedi. This trek to Sangda will probably last for about 7-8 hours until we reach there. The path is mostly downhill with only 460m as a part of uphill portion. The beautiful paths will take us to the height of 3700m where Sangda lies. We will be resting for the night at Sangda before we move for another day.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Sangda
  • Altitude: 3700m

We will be leaving Sangda after having a wonderful breakfast. Our twenty third day will also be filled mostly with downhill paths taking us about 7-8 hours to reach the destination. The end of our trek is Dhagarjun where we will be staying overnight. Dhagarjun is a wonderful place for a peaceful stay. We will be resting here before undertaking another adventurous day.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dhagarjun
  • Altitude: 3390m

On this day, we will be heading to Jomsom from Dhagarjun. We will be surrounded with the bustling market of Jomsom as soon as we reach there. It would indeed be a refreshing yet different surrounding after the challenging walks done throughout the 24 days of Upper Dolpo trek. We wikl take some rest at Jomsom and then on the same day, take a flight to Pokhara. We will stay overnight at Pokhara.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 2670m

We will be arranging the transportation service as per your comfort. On the 25th day of this trip, we will be heading back to the city from where it all started looking back at the wonderful memories we created in the Dolpo region. We will spend our peaceful night at Kathmandu.

  • Meals: breakfast with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

This would be the final day of our wonderful journey together. After having a graceful breakfast, our team will escort you to the airport, taking care of all the other services you will be needing. We will surely miss this journey that we experienced with you!

  • Meals: breakfast with coffee/tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

What's Included

  • 3 night's accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Everything on meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal l flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and Trek Leader.
  • National Park entrance fees, trekking permits accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances included in trekking arrangements.
  • Basic first aid, Trek bag kit carried by your leader.
  • None of the single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.
  • Arrival Airport Pick and departure Drop.
  • Food (Kathmandu) - lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport Taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees.
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs.
  • Own Expenditure(Personal) , .all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing .water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.
  • Drinks or meals except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, Personal clothing and equipment, Travel insurance, Optional trips. Tipping in general for trek crew (driver, Trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected).
  • Charges sustained as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. Anything not specified in the Cost Includes section.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Experience Required:

There is no specific experience required but the trekker should be healthy enough to finish the trip and it will be plus point if one has mountain walking experience.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

We conduct a small meeting to discuss about the details of upper dolpo trekking. Introduction to guide will also be done and you can ask any questions related with trip. We make sure you clear all the confusion related with the trip.

Equipment Check List:

Make sure your trekking bag is under 20 kg and has following equipment list.

Head:-

For the head protection: Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection.

Lower Body: -

Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light weight hiking thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants – Waterproof trekking trousers -

Feet: - lightweight thin inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes – Gaiters (optional)

Upper Body:-

As for the upper body’s shirts – Hiking and light weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket - Base layer shirts - Warm jacket (down)*

Hands: - gloves that are Lightweight - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.

Accessories:-

Sleeping bag (comfort rated –10ºC)*- Sleeping bag liner - Head torch with spare bulbs and batteries - Small pad or combination.

Trekking Bags: - Large bag for keeping items dry inside trek bag, Daypack 250 to 30litres. - Thermarest sleeping pad - Water bottles - Water purification tablets.

Basic First Aid Kit: - Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Toiletries:- 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste - Multipurpose soap - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine products - Small mirror - Wet wipes - toilet roll/Tissue Extras - Antibacterial hand wash

Luxuries - Binoculars - Reading book - Trip Map/Guide book - Trekking poles – Camera - Repair kit: needle, thread, duct tape.

A typical day:

Your regular day starts with a morning tea or coffee at early morning 6.30 am. Your breakfast will be served and you will be getting ready for your fantastic trip. Your lunch will be served at another village where you will be stopping after four to five hours of trekking. Again you will stop for the overnight, where the local dinner will be served. You can spend your time by playing games, reading novels, gossiping and so on.

Accommodation:

There will not be loads of good lodges rather than there will be only few lodges that are homestay and some guesthouses. These lodges cannot provide all the facilities so may have to share rooms and bathrooms facilities too. Sometimes you may also cannot have any shower. Even though these types of lodges provide you essence of lifestyle of Himalayan region.

Insurance:

Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining Upper Dolpo treks includes that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.

Altitude Sickness:

This sickness rarely occurs because we have created our itinerary will full acclimatization day in proper way. Symptoms that we have to recognize are headaches, vomiting swelling of finger while we reach at high elevation. Its medical treatment is to descend lower altitude places and recover as far as possible.

Meals:

We will provide:

  • Early morning tea and Breakfast
  • Lunch at the particular spot
  • And dinner at the lodge where you will stay overnight.