Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek , neighbor district of Mustang Nepal is the largest one in compare with area however population is very less in compare to major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu & Pokhara. Similar to terrain of Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo Trekking is also connected with Tibet, Autonomous State of China and region is declared as restricted region Trekking in Nepal. In order to Dolpo Trek , one need to obtain special restricted area trekking permits and conservation area entry permits. Dolpo Trekking takes you to the heart of Dolpa, which is connected to other part of Nepal only via Jhupal Airport. Unlike other trekking region Trekking in Dolpo is very challenging because of its remoteness and high terrain, mountain desert. Phoksundo Lake is major attraction of Dolpo Trekking probably the most pure water. Not only that the part of “The great Himalayan Trail” Upper Dolpa Trek offer scenic exploration of She-Gompa, largest monasteries of Nepal. Dolpo can be sub categorized into four different valleys geographically. The culture of people that we can experience during our Upper Dolpo Trekking does directly resemble with Tibetan Tradition even there language is similar because of close proximity to Tibet. Dated 8th centuries back Dolpa was part of Guge Kingdom, till that time it is preserving it history and culture, which is major attraction now unspoiled land of Buddhism. Probably the highest settlement in the world is located in between Dhaulagiri and Tibet.
Upper Dolpo Trekking comes in highlight once when movie named Caravan was directed in Dolpa since then Yak caravan trail in Dolpa comes in limelight. There are several alternatives trekking in Dolpa however the most famous one is Upper Dolpo Trek and Shey Phoksundo Lake. There are some other extreme adventure routes on Dolpa probably never trekked before just let us know you degree of adventure, we will organize it accordingly, mail us at info@nestadventure.com and for further itinerary of Dolpo Trek scroll down.

Dolpo Trekking Permit

information of Dolpo Trekking permit is , The Land of Bon is also another restricted area trekking in Nepal, which came in highlight after Oscar winning film named “Caravan”. Because of its extreme remoteness, lack of infrastructure and good trail to Tibet from various passes Upper Dolpo is declared as restricted trekking in Nepal.

This is also most expensive trekking in tearms  of permits, and no seasonal different permit cost for Upper Dolpo Trek, so from January to January US $ 500 per person for first ten days of Upper Dolpo Trek and US $ 50 per person per day. 

Dolpa Trekking Itinerary 

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel
Day 02 – Full day Kathmandu sightseeing and welcome dinner
Day 03 – Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04 – Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and Trek to Dunai
Day 05 – Trek from Dunai to Ankhe
Day 06 – Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat
Day 07 – Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake
Day 08 – Acclimatization day in Phoksundo Lake
Day 09 – Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola
Day 10 – Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang / Pass
Day 11 – Trek from Phoksundo Pass to She Gompa via Kang La pass
Day 12 – Acclimatization day in She Gompa
Day 13 – Trek to Namduna Gau from She Gompa via Saldang Pass
Day 14 – Trek from Namduna to Saldang
Day 15 – Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa
Day 16 – Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu
Day 17 – Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi
Day 18 – Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyu Gau
Day 19 – Trek to Dho Tarap
Day 20 – Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap
Day 21 – Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola
Day 22 – Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon
Day 23 – Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot
Day 24 – Trek from Tarakot to Jhupal
Day 25 – Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu
Day 26 – Farewell, International airport drop for departure / on your own.

This is one extreme adventure Trekking in Dolpa, which covers most of the highest, passes in Dolpo. For more information about Upper Dolpo Trekking send us email at info@nestadventure.com

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel

As per your arrival, representative from NEST Adventure will assist you on relocating to hotel in Thamel. Bring accurate USD for Nepal visa along with passport size picture. Once we will checked you in hotel, free time onward to explore Thamel, shop necessary gears for Dolpo Trek, if you need assist let us knows.

Day 02 – Full day Kathmandu sightseeing and welcome dinner

While permit process are carried on in immigration we will be utilizing day by exploring around Kathmandu. With help of city tour guide we will explore five different world heritage sites before returning back to Thamel and join welcome dinner. Dinner will be serving on authentic Nepali Cuisine with live performance.

Day 03  - Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Nepalgunj city on west of Nepal might be extremely hot than Kathmandu because of low elevation in compare to sea level. Because of close proximity with India people here resemble with Indian culture. May be during late afternoon we will make short walk around town cause it might hot during day.

Day 04 – Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal and Trek to Dunai

Another scenic flight toward Jhupal on small twin otter will shift us on heart of Himalayan Kingdom. Along with view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna on North side we will land Jhupal airport, which is now black topped and well maintained. We will trek another couple of hour downhill and narrow gorge toward Dunai, which is administrative headquarter of Dolpo.

Day 05 – Trek from Dunai to Ankhe

Passing via several up and down we will hike toward Ankhe with view of kagmara Peak above the valley ridge. On the way we will encounter with winter settlement area of people from Upper Dolpo where during winter they bring down their herds of yak and cow to get rid of extreme snowfall. Somewhere near by start point of Shey Phoksundo National Park there is locate a place name Ankhe where we will spent our night before entering inside national park.

Day 06 – Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat

With monotonous up and down through forest we need to ascent up steeply to elevation of 2900 m from sea level with numerous streams on trail. At the last end of trail we will encounter with rocky trail that is more technical for walk where local people ran away with their yak and sheep, just out of imagination. Finally we will cross a bridge near Ryajik village and spent overnight there.

Day 07 – Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake located near Ringmo Village generates Phoksundo River that we will cross several times today after leaving Sulighat. Total walking distances of around five hours shift us to Ringmo Village with traditional Chorten as well as long Mani Wall. Once we settle in Ringmo, we have entire afternoon to explore shores of Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08 – Acclimatization day in Phoksundo Lake.

Before hiking further toward Phoksundo Khola we will spend one more night in Ringmo with its beautiful Phoksundo Lake and Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. One can lie just next to Phoksundo Lake and spend entire day of acclimatization.

Day 09 – Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola

Walking next to bank of Phoksundo Lake we will head toward Phoksundo Khola, at the western edge of Lake we will find a path, which leads toward lush meadow opening into plain Phoksundo Khola. Passing through its rocky terrain we will set a camp near by Phoksundo Khola and spent a night there.

Day 10 – Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang / Pass

Heading ahead through glacial valley we will continue toward north, at the end long climb we will encounter steep canyon, again further ahead from this valley we will climb a hard ridge from where we can see Kang La Pass which lead to She Gompa. Just near by this ridge of beneath pass of Kang La we will set a camp and spend one beautiful night over there.

Day 11 – Trek from Phoksundo Pass to She Gompa via Kang La pass

With technical uphill climb it might be quite strenuous to cross Kang La because of poor trail marking all the way through rocky slate. Once we summit top of Kang La we can have amazing view of valley on next side of Kang La pass. We will descend down steeply again toward wide of She which is just about to be bisected by Gushing River. We will trek all the way through back of river crossing it several times. Passing through grazing field with hundreds of Yak and Sheep we will found ancient red Chorten that announce our arrival in Shey Gompa at elevation of 4500 m from sea level.

Day 12 – Acclimatization day in She Gompa

After this long difficult hike to Kang la and higher elevation area we will spend another acclimatization day in She Gompa. The Land on Bon She is famous for its biggest monastery in Nepal, i.e. Shey Monastery that is also known as Crystal Monastery as in Tibetan Language Shey indicted Crystal. Another highlight of Shey Gompa is Crystal Mountain east to Gompa, which looks like it is entirely made up off crystal quartz. We will explore around Shey one prehistoric village with Bon culture.

Day 13 – Trek to Namduna Gau from She Gompa via Saldang Pass

We start with descending trail toward stony valley from where we will be following rocky zigzag trail toward top of Saldang Pass, which is around 5200 m in elevation from sea level. Onward we will descend again toward village of Namduna, which is accompanied, by another red stone monastery and numerous Stupas where only countable small stone houses do exist probably highest settlement in Nepal at elevation of 4800 m from sea level.

Day 14 – Trek from Namduna to Saldang

Hiking up with rubble slopes we will head toward Saldang through Barren Mountain, which might be dusty. Largest settlement on Upper Dolpo, Saldang is unique in appearance with eighty house and approximate seven hundred people, which is stretched around 2 kilometer on open slope. It is a center point for Dolpo people for Trans Himalayan Tibet people in term of trading.

Day 15 – Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa

Yangze Gompa probably the least explore area by any professional trekkers and hikers is on far north wild barren terrain field. We will pass via small village settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon upon reaching Yangze Gompa we will explore very old pre historic Bon-Po Monastery and village area of Yangze Gompa.

Day 16 – Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu

We will trek back a bit toward Saldang Village, passing through Chaiba Monastery near Namdo, which is second biggest village with around 400 inhabitants with six households. Exploring Namdo Monastery near riverbed we will trek next two hour to reach small settlement of Sibu.

Day 17 – Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi

Early morning in Jeng La we can encounter with caravan of yak heading toward Tibet Border, from where we will hike up next five to six hour, last part is bit steep to bottom on Jeng La at elevation of 4900, where we will spend a night before traversing ahead of Jeng La.

Day 18 – Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyu Gau

Final two hour of uphill trail leads us to summit of Jeng La from where we can view excellent southern Himalayas Range. We will descend down toward Dho Tarap Valley through rocky trail; we will spend our night at Tokyu Monastery at elevation of 4200 m before heading toward Dho Tarap.

Day 19 – Trek to Dho Tarap

Wetland similar to Tibet and Ladakh, we will trek toward Dho Tarap completely different trail and terrain in compare to previous days trek. Beautiful village of Dho Tarap is accompanied by both religions of Bon and Chaiba with religious harmony. Few Tibetans and rest by Dolpo People accompany Dho Tarap with forty houses in total.

Day 20 – Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap

One beautiful time on Dho, we will explore both Buddhist and Bon Gompa; explore culture of people and villages, without any hard walks or up and down, as idea is just to take an adequate rest after long walks. Be friend with local people and spend one more night in Dho Tarap.

Day 21 – Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola

We start descending toward wide valley, which in the end turns, into narrow gorge, crossing through juniper, rose small bushes apart from big tree. We might encounter with herd of wild blue sheep. Just near by caves we will settle down our camp for overnight stay in wild section do Tarap.

Day 22 – Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon

Passing through very narrow gorge with possibilities of jump from one side to another we will trek down with absence of trail. Today its adventure as well as tricky section so follows footsteps of your guide in most of part and listen to his instruction cause sometime bridge might have been damaged or swiped away. We will settle somewhere near Tarap Khola at Khanigaon.

Day 23 – Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot

Now our wild and unexplored section of Dolpo Trek are almost finished as we will be hiking on regular trail passing through villages in lower section of Dolpo. We will hike up in total of around five hours from Khanigaon to Tarakot upon reaching Tarakot we will hike up little bit just next ridge of Tarakot where there are Chorten and Gompa we will settle there.

Day 24 – Trek from Tarakot to Jhupal

Second last day of our Dolpo Trek we will walk beside Bheri River along gorge with pine trees, we will hike around eight hours in total quite long but demanding trail. Last night in Dolpo with celebration of successful Dolpo Trek might be a nice way to farewell porter and other crew as only guide will be flying back to Katmandu with you cause we choose porter from local area of Dolpo.

Day 25 – Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu

Early morning fly back to Nepalgunj from Jhupal Airport will allow to get connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu as there used to late afternoon flight from Nepalgunj Kathmandu. As per arrival in Kathmandu after hour of refreshment we will gather together for feedback, suggestion and to know about your experience with NEST for Dolpo Trek.

Day 26 – Farewell, International airport drop for departure / on your own.

As per your international departure schedule our transport depart will arrange necessary ground transport for airport drop, while on other hand if you are staying in Nepal for couple more days let us know we will arrange accordingly.   

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Equipment For Dolpo Trek

Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.

Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at info@nestadventure.com
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Visa Requirement
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Travel Insurance
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 1175 USD
Duration: 24 Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge / Camping
Altitude Height: 5460
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Moderate
Trip Departure: March / April / October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Flying / Trekking / Hiking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking


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