Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 25 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Challenging
Activity Trekking
Transportation Car/flight
Accomodation Teahouses and Lodge
Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Trekking
Max. Altitude 5350m
Group Size 1-above
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The Upper Dolpo Trek is a grand trip into the valley where Tibetan Buddhism and shamanistic pre-Buddhist culture still exists. Upper Dolpo Trek is also known as the Shey-Gompa Trek because the Gompa is one of the outstanding attractions during the journey.The landscape of the trek lies beyond the Dhaulagiri Peak, where the rugged trail leads you through the arid area of the Dolpo region. The region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. In his book The Snow Leopard, Peter Mathesons describes his journey through the beautiful land of Dolpo. Nepal’s first English subtitle movie and Oscar nominated Himalaya or Caravan was also shot in this region.

This adventurous trekbegins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal. The trail then passes through pine, oak and rhododendron forests, beautiful valleys and local villages.  We pass by the incredible Shey Phoksundo Lake, the deepest in Nepal at 145m.  As mentioned before, we will see centuries-old Buddhist monasteries.  Also, we will pass a holy mountain called “Crystal Mountain,” which is a holy pilgrimage site that sees hundreds of visitors per year.  Finally, the trail includes severaly high and technical mountain passes.  Although they are a bit challenging, they are invigorating and give you incredible views.

This trip is suitable for the adventure lovers and having a long trekking vacation.  This itinerary is rather quick, and we are open to slowing down depending on the wants and needs of the trekkers.  The best times to hike Upper Dolpo Trek are Spring, Summer (Monsoon season), and Autumn. The restricted trekking in Upper Dolpo requires a special trekking permit for your trip. It costs $500 for the first 10 days, and $50 per day after that.  The price of this permit is included in the cost of the trek.  Ascent Holidays arranges the trek with complete management, including TIMS card. Please, feel free to contact us for the detailed information. 

Trip Highlights

  • Ethnically Tibetan culture
  • Panoramic Himalayan views
  • Visit the ancient monasteries of the Dolpo region, including Shey Gompa
  • Rhododendron, pine, and oak forests
  • Crossing the Kong La (5350m) and Jyagla Pass
  • Remarkable hospitality
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (1,345m).
  • Day 02:Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO sites.
  • Day 03:Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu-1 hr flight, transfer to hotel.
  • Day 04:35 minute flight to Juphal (2,400m), trek to Dunai (2150m) - 3 hrs.
  • Day 05:Trek to Ankhe (2660m) - 6 hrs.
  • Day 06:Trek to Renje (3104m) - 7 hrs.
  • Day 07:Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) - 6.5 hrs.
  • Day 08:Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m) - 6 hrs.
  • Day 09:Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402m) - 7 hrs.
  • Day 10:Cross the Kang La pass (5360m) and trek to Shey Gompa (4,126m) - 7 hrs.
  • Day 11:Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa.
  • Day 12:Cross the Saldang La pass (4,785m), and then trek to Namduna Gaon (4,400m) - 7 hrs.
  • Day 13:Trek to Saldang (3,903m) - 4 hrs.
  • Day 14:Trek to Sibu (3,942m) - 6 hrs.
  • Day 15:Trek to foot of the Jeng La (4,369m) - 5 hrs.
  • Day 16:Cross the Jeng La pass (4,845m), trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240m) - 7 hrs.
  • Day 17:Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m) - 4.5 hrs.
  • Day 18:Trek to Serkam (3,630m) - 6.5 hrs.
  • Day 19:Trek to Khani Gaon (2,550m) - 7 hrs.
  • Day 20:Trek to Tarakot (2,281m) - 4 hrs.
  • Day 21:Trek to Dunai (2,052m) - 5 hrs.
  • Day 22:Trek to Juphal - 3 hrs.
  • Day 23:Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj- Total 1 hr and 35 minutes flight.
  • Day 24:Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Day 25:Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Cost Includes

  • Airport and Hotel transfers in private vehicles.
  • Hotel in B&B method in city.
  • All land transportation.
  • Government authorized guide and supporting team.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in trekking.
  • Local lodge accommodation in mountain.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and permit.

Cost Excludes

  • Your personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals

Trip Note

Ascent Holidays is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise.

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