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Trip Duration

22 Days

Nature of Trip

Trekking

Maximum Altitude

5110m

Difficulty Grade

Challenging

Start & End Point

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Best Seasons

Mar-Jun, Sep-Dec

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Transportation

Flight

Accommodation

Hotel & Camping

22 days Upper Dolpo Trekking Highlights

  • 22 days Upper Dolpo Trekking was opened in 1989 AD for trekking the Trans-Himalayas range.
  • The Upper Dolpa trekking area is between the Dhawalagiri Himalayan range and the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Walking through ancient settlements and learning about their lifestyle.
  • Cross the several high passes: Nangdalo-La pass (5110m) and Chhoila pass (5051m).
  • Visit the Deepest Phokosundo Lake, known for its fresh turquoise color.
  • Experience Buddhists’ (Bon PO) culture and civilizations with monasteries, Chhortens, and Mani walls along the way.
  • Interact with friendly locals and have an immersion in the rich cultural heritage of the Dolpo region.

Overview of Upper Dolpo Trekking 22 days

Upper Dolpo trekking (22 days) entails insight into the rugged and remote terrain of western Nepal. This region lies in the Dolpa district, the biggest district of Nepal, with the Annapurna massifs to its east. This district sits in the Trans Himalayan belt of west Nepal, with the Tibetan plateau to the north.

Dolpa district sits between the gigantic massifs of the Mt. Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa ranges. However, Dunai is cut through by many cascading Thuli Bheri and Sulikhola Rivers. Book your Dolpa adventure for 2024 and 2025 by email or WhatsApp at +977 9851033819.

Dolpali territory resembles Bon Buddhism and Tibetan, similar to civilizations. Natives of Dolpo are Dolpali people who still have ancient walks of life. Upper Dolpa translates as Dolpo among the native population. It is a secluded and enchanting region in Nepal, often called the hidden “Shangri-La.” Dolpa is situated within the boundaries of Shey Phoksundo National Park and Conservation Area. This fabulous area captivates visitors with its exceptional cultural heritage, unspoiled natural wonders, and ancient customs.

The inhabitants of this region, of Tibetan descent, have safeguarded distinctive life practices for generations. Accessibility to this space poses a formidable challenge. Adventurers are compensated with awe-inspiring panoramas and beautiful encounters with local culture.

The Trek to Upper Dolpa is with an enigmatic aura. It is an authentic rural ambiance as a space untouched by modern civilization. The route to Higher Dolpa begins from Dunai (2140m), the headquarters of the Dolpa district. We travel with encounters with local culture small villages.

The Dolpo trek travels through Sulighat, Shyanta, and Rechi before reaching Phoksundo Lake (3600m). Ringmogaon sits right by the bank of Phoksundo Lake, overlooking the pristine water. For Dolpalis, this lake is sacred, and the southern belt is filled with about 20 stupas and one gompa.

The stretch before Phoksundo Lake is considered Lower Dolpo. From here, the upper area of the Dolpo region begins. The trail follows switch-back ascents, with rocky trails forming uneven pathways. As you move from Phoksundo Lake toward Upper Dolpo, you will cross through many high passes.

The highest passes in the area are Nangdalo Pass (5110m), Gela Pass (5094m), Nengla Bhanjyang (5368m), and Numala Pass (5143m).

The upper Dolpo trekking itinerary provides an unparalleled experience in the isolated region. This is a wholesome trekking experience through some of the most challenging terrain. Craft your next trek to Upper Dolpo with Boundless Adventures.

Upper Dolpo Trek Culture, Lifestyle, and Monastery

Dolpo Culture

Assimilate to the place itself. The culture of Dolpali is distinct and typical. The neighboring Tibetan culture influences the daily lives of the Dolpali people, who are followers of Bon and Buddhism.

Nomadic Lifestyle

Your traverse to Dolpali territory bestows you with a distinct taste of remote Nepal. Natives here construct temporary huts and migrate between different elevations throughout the year. Summertime calls for the ascent to higher pastures with abundant vegetation.

Cold winter demands descent to lower elevations for grazing. Nomad life consists of feeding yaks, sheep, and goats, which runs the economy of the place. These nomadic traverses across mountains and vast landscapes offer visitors an exemplary connection.

Dolpali people practice fraternal polyandry. Amongst the sons in a house, the daughter-in-law married by the eldest son is passed on to later brothers. This practice is not seen elsewhere and may have been adopted as a population control measure.

Buddhist Monasteries in Dolpo

The sacred land of Dolpo showcases strong influences of Tibetan Buddhism. Scattered Gompas, manis, and chhortens depict the faith of the Bon religion. Prominent Gompas include Thashung Gompa, Saldang Monastery, Namjung Monastery, Luri Gompa, and Yangze Gompa. Each gompa has unique attractions like traditional murals, sculptures, and ancient cave paintings.

Food Habits of the Dolpo

The alpine land feature of the highlands of Dolpa makes it non-arable for agriculture. The majority of Dolpali natives’ diet is cereal-based. Barley, wheat, and buckwheat are the primary nutrient sources for people in the area. Despite Buddhist restrictions on non-vegetarian diet practices, people slaughter livestock in the winter. Such meat is dried for consumption for the whole year.

Shey-Phoksundo National Park in Upper Dolpo Trekking

Most of Dolpoo consists of Shey Phoksundo National Park, which is a popular point of attraction in higher Dolpoo. The upper Dolpo trek entails classic insight into western Nepalese territory’s rugged and remote terrain. This region lies in the Dolpa district of west Nepal and spans 3556 sq. km.

Dolpa district is the biggest district of Nepal, with Annapurna massifs to its east. This district is located in the Trans Himalayan belt of west Nepal with Tibet. Dolpa district surronded by the gigantic massifs of Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa. Headquater of Dolpo, Dunai, sits its confluence of the Thuli Bheri and Sulikhola rivers.

Rare sights of Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, Himalayan Marmots, Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle, and Yellow-billed Chough have been made. The national park’s altitude ranges from 2,129 meters to 6,883 meters. The floral enrichment in this protected sector provides for amusing uproot. Honorable mention is Shey-Phoksund,o Lake, which bears its fame.

Additionally, Shey Phoksundo National Park’s protected area demands another permit. It costs $20 per person.

Difficulty of Upper Dolpo Trek

Higher Dolpo traversing cuts via deep gorges, uneven foot tracks, and elevated terrain. It also passes via rugged geology and elevated stony pathways. The hamlets dotted on the trail are settled. They need more resources for wanderers. Relative to other Nepal trekking, the Higher Dolpo traverse is challenging. The usual trekking route to Upper Dolpo embarks through 4 passes above 5000 meters. The isolated geology of the sector is far from modern-day civilization. Besides, the average daily walk is at least 5-6 hours.

Weather in Higher Dolpoo is unpredictable, with a sudden gush of winds. These immediately turn into a raging storm. The upper Dolpoo section is a rain-shadow region with little to no rainfall. There is almost no rain, even during the summer months. Unprecedented rainfall during the trekking period can be cumbersome. Besides these, limited assistance is available in Dolpo. And, no accessibility for over 20 days can also make the trek mentally challenging.

Experience of Dolpo Trek

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Trekking cost of Upper Dolpo

Trek to Upper Dolpo is a long trek that requires camping in remote space. We are bound to carry all the camping equipment from Dunai. It requires many ground staff for catering.

Also, Upper Dolpo is a restricted area that requires a separate permit for entry. The cost for Upper Dolpo depends on the number of individuals in the group. The higher the number of trekkers, the lower the trek price.

Itinerary of Upper Dolpo Trekking 22 days

The itinerary of Upper Dolpo created by Boundless Adventures is meticulously crafted. We have set aside extra days for unforeseen events. Also, the itinerary is created to ensure gradual ascent and proper acclimatization. If you require a customized itinerary, please email us your requirement to custom-create it.

Day
01

Day: 01 Pick up at Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Car

20 Minutes

Overnight

Kathmandu

Food

No

Accommodation

Hotel

You will be arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our company staff will be readily waiting at the airport’s arrival terminal.

You will be escorted by a private vehicle to your designated hotel in Kathmandu, preferably Thamel. You don’t have anything on your schedule for the rest of the day. Wander around in the streets of Thamel or take a walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Your night stopover will be in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day
02

Day: 02 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepaljung to Juphal and trek to Shyanta (2520m)

Flight

2 hours

Overnight

Sulighat

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Take a sumptuous breakfast in the morning at the hotel. You will be transported to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport.

Embark on a 60 minutes flight westwards to the border city of Nepalgunj. Upon landing, you will be escorted to the waiting area of Nepalgunj airport, where you will wait until your next flight towards Juphal initiates.

It’s 30 minutes flight that heads through narrow gorges behind Dhaulagiri massifs. Land at Juphal airport and begin your trekking adventure.

Trek from Juphal to Shyanta takes on the bridge crossing the Thuli Bheri River and reaches Sulighat. The trek ascends for the next 4 hours to get your overnight camping spot at Shyanta.

Day
03

Day: 03 Trek to Jharana hotel (3110mtrs.)

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Jharana Hotel

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your third trek day begins with Shyanta taking a steep ascent at first. The trail follows through Phoksundo River traversing through numerous sub-tropical forests.

This stretch is relatively easy, with occasional ascent and descent through the river basin until you reach Chhopka(2838m). From Chhopka, you head straight through Rechi to catch Sanduwa, the confluence of the Phoksundo and Ringmo Rivers.

There is Amchi Hospital in Sanduwa . We follow the Phoksundo River towards the Jharana Hotel for our night camping stopover.

Day
04

Day: 04 Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3733m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Phoksundo Lake

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Jharana Hotel, we head northward towards the main attraction of the trek, Phoksundo Lake. The stretch of the walk is delightful, sticking closer to the Phoksundo River.

It is a total ascent of over 900 meters and then a small descent from the top to reach Phoksundo Lake. A huge cascading waterfall at Suli Gad unfolds before you reach Ringmo village. You will encounter typical Dolpali chorten before you get Ringmo.

You then run the pristine Lake of Phoksundo, and we set our camp at the terrace on the south end of the Lake.

Day
05

Day: 05 Explore Day at Phoksundo Lake.

Hiking

4 hours

Overnight

Phoksundo Lake

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Shey Phoksundo Lake (3611m) is an enigmatic deep blue freshwater lake in the Dolpa district. Stationed beside the Ringmo village, this Lake is the deepest in Nepal, with a far-reaching depth of 136 meters.

Phoksundo translated into Lake with three ends and surrounded by stones” in Tibetan. We explore the nearby Ringmo village, which is home to Tshowa (Bon monastery), on the northern ridge of the Lake.

Day
06

Day: 06 Trek to Salla Ghari - (3640m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Salla Ghari

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Phoksundo Lake, we climb up the vertical wall right by the Lake to reach the northern face of the Lake.

Hereon, we follow through the Phoksundo River, ascending through the remote highlands of the region. This stretch from Phoksundo to Salla Ghar takes at least 6 hours to traverse.

The trail is rested beside the river with an occasional glimpse of Mt.Kanjirowa(6883 meters). We set a camp upon reaching Sallaghari and overnight at the spot.

Day
07

Day: 07 Trek to Lar Tsa - (4120m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Lar Tsa

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Stretch from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa is easy, with occasional mild and easygoing ascents. Lar Tsa is also called Kalgla Base Camp by many and provides a campsite for Kagla climbers. It’s a 6 hours journey from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa following the Phoksundo River.

Day
08

Day: 08 Trek to Shey Gompa (4160m) via Nangdalo-La pass (5110m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Shey Gompa

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We follow through the Tuk Kyaksa River today on our trek from Lar Tsa to Shey Gompa.

It’s a treacherous journey that makes its highest point at Nangdalo -La Pass at 5110 meters above sea level. We depart early in the morning and head on to make the pass. The view from the top of the key is to die for.

It is simply astounding, with the horizon limiting itself in the distance. We descend sharply from the pass to reach Shey Gompa in the evening. We set up our campsite at Shey Gompa

Day
09

Day: 09 Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Shey Gompa 

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Stay at Shey Gompa will be your most cherished memory of the whole Upper Dolpo trek. You will acclimate to an altitude beyond 4000 meters and explore the gems of Shey Gompa, also known as Crystal Monastery.

Shey Gompa still portrays pre-Buddhist culture in its practice and is dated to the 11th century. Besides Shey Gompa, Crystal Mountain, which resides beside the Gompa, will allure you.

You will stay at an overnight camp at Shey Gompa.

Day
10

Day: 10 Trek to Bhijer (3850m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Bhijer

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We start early from Shey Gompa towards Bhijer. The trek from Shey Gompa first takes on the River basin of Tartan River. It then ascends higher to the plateau above Shey Gompa.

The trail heads eastwards for about 3 hours before descending to the village of Tora, which resides right by the Yangu River. We descend further to reach Tato village at 3920 meters.

After crossing Tato, you will reach Shyamling Gompa (4020m), another iconic monastery of the Dolpo region. It’s an hour’s walk from this monastery to the Bhijer Valley. We set up our camp for the night at Bhijer.

Day
11

Day: 11 Trek to Saldang (3776m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Saldang

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Bhijer is a majorly Bon-inhabited village. We wander around the village for a while in the morning before beginning our trek.

Bhijer is home to Nesar monastery, a famous Buddhist sacred prayer space for its long bearing history. We take a path dotted with Buddhist monuments all along today.

Lang Monastery is one of the honorable mentions on your trail to Saldang. Before your descent, you will traverse one of the highest passes on the trek Nengla Pass (5368m).

Your trail navigates through Palding, a small settlement of Dolpali people. Saldang welcomes you to Samye Choeling Monastery.

At its gateway. We cross the Panjyan River near Tora Samjin before reaching your camping spot. Saldang remains a densely populated village in the Dolpo region.

Day
12

Day: 12 Trek to Nisal Gaon (4500m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Nisal Gaon

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The twelfth day of your trek takes you to the elevated village of Nisal Gaon. As you leave the dense settlement of Saldang, we follow through the Nagaon River until its originating point.

Our trail traverses Moran, Tiling, and Kigaon before reaching Tora Sumna and heading eastward. It’s a short traverse of 5-6 hours from Saldang to Nisal Gaon. We set up our overnight camp at Nisal Gaon for the night.

Day
13

Day: 13 Trek to Shimengaon (3850m) via Khoma Gaon (4060m).

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Shimengaon

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The stretch from Nisal Goan towards Shimengaon is relatively easy. We descend through small dotted villages along the trail.

The pathway is widened with river valleys unfolding before us. We follow the Panjyan River along the path and pass via Khuma Gaon at 4060 meters to reach Shimengoan in the evening. We set our camp at Shimengaon.

Day
14

Day: 14 Trek to Tinje village (4110m)

Hiking

7 Hours

Overnight

Tinje village

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s trail continues to follow through the Panjyan River alongside an amusing mountain vista.

We traverse through the small settlements of Pu Gompa, Namyal, Targaon, and Phalwa before reaching Tinje Village.

The trekking trail follows along the base of Rakaum Hill, which we half-circumnavigate. We finally crossed the Nukdem Khola Bridge to reach Tinje village in the evening.

Day
15

Day: 15 Trek to Yak kharka (4868m)

Hiking

7 hours

Overnight

Yak kharka

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will have an off-the-beaten experience of taking a traveled trail today. Our route until Taraka Sundo takes on the classical Upper Dolpo trail.

Then takes a steep switchback ascent to reach Yak Kharka. We follow the Sulun River from Taraka Sundo and make the ascent. Villagers do not habit the space and need to be within reach of locals.

We have to carry our water from the river before our climb begins. It’s a 7 hours walk to Yak Kharka, where we set up the camp.

Day
16

Day: 16 Trek to Dho Tarap (Crossing Chhoila pass-5051m)

Hiking

8 hours

Overnight

Dho Tarap

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a mesmerizing night at Yak Kharka, we descend towards Dho Tarap. We make a high pass at Chhoila Pass at 5051 meters and follow through the Chhoila River to reach Dho Tarap in the evening. This overall stretch takes anywhere from 4-5 hours altogether.

Before reaching Dho and Tarap, we pass through Tyungyalphu, Tokyu, Kahakar, and Ghakar villages. You will observe various schools and NGO-run facilities along the way to Dho Tarap. We set up our camping tent for an overnight stay at Dho Tarap.

Day
17

Day: 17 Trek to Serkam (3623m)

Hiking

7 hours

Overnight

Serkam

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A river flows by from the village of Dho Tarap, which leads our way for the day. After the village, the Tarap River flows to mix with the Phoksundo River at Sulighat.

We descend following the Tarap River and traverse Langa, Sisaul, Ghyamga, Toltol, and Nawarpani until we reach Serkam for our overnight camping spotty.

Day
18

Day: 18 Trek to Tarakot - (2280m)

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Tarakot

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It’s a relatively easy trek from Serkam to Tarakot. Our journey continues to follow Tarap Khola’s descending via various Dolpali villages.

We pass through the famous Loina Odar and Khanigaon to reach the conflux of Tarap Khola and Bharbung rivers, which then flows as Thuli their river.

We trek another 2 hours from this conflux to reach Tarakot, where our overnight camp will set.

Day
19

Day: 19 Trek to Juphal (2140m)

Hiking

4 hours

Overnight

Juphal

Food

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trek from Tarakot towards Juphal is easy, with a flatland trek across various Dolpali villages following the Thuli Bheri River. We reach Juphal in the evening ending our trekking adventure.

Day
20

Day: 20 Fly to Kathmandu.

Flight

2 hours

Overnight

Kathmandu

Food

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation

Hotel

We take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj from Juphal. Upon arriving at Nepalgunj, we take a connecting flight towards the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day
21

Day: 21 Shopping day in Kathmandu

Food

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

Have breakfast in the Kathmandu hotel, and you will be free for Shopping.

Day
22

Day: 22 Final Departure to airport.

Jeep

20 monites

Food

Breakfast.

Boundless Adventure staff will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight back home. We bid you farewell until your next return to this wonderland.

I wish you a safe journey ahead.

Note: Hotel Check-out time is Noon.

What's Included?

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/ bus.
  • World heritage site sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, including the tour guide and car.
  • Package trip with meals three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and Accommodation during the trekking.
  • (3 nights) Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two/three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Experienced, English-speaking Guide, Two people, one porter. (Required number of Porters to carry your luggage during the  trek.)
  • For all trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and insurance
  • Phokosundo National Park permits and restricted area trekking permits.
  • Surface ground transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Juphal to Kathmandu round-trip flight tickets
  • All government taxes.
  • Per person, one trekking map for the trip

What's Excluded?

  • Travel insurance.
  • Trekking Equipment.
  • Temple and monastery entrance fee.
  • Rest of expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes.

Essential Information - Upper Dolpo Trekking 22 days

Best Trekking seasons in Dolpo

Dolpo region lies beyond the massive Dhaulagiri Mountains. It is bordered by the towering peaks to the south and the dry topography of Tibet to the north. Dolpo region is a rain-shadow area of Nepal, like the Upper Mustang region, except for the harsh winter when heavy snow covers the landmass. Dolpo is a perfect choice for trekkers for the remaining three seasons: Spring, autumn, and summer.

Spring:

Springtime in Nepal is the best time for Upper Dolpo. Dolpo has a calm and submissive weather pattern—spring blossoms with sunny days and warm temperatures. Spring in Nepal begins from early March till late May before the harsh summer. This time of the year in Nepal is perfect for trekking as the weather is humid but sunny. The trail is easily accessible during this time of the year.

Autumn:

Like the spring months, the autumn months are also clear and perfect for Dolpo trekking. Autumn in Nepal begins in early September and lasts till the end of November. Autumn months have clear days, enigmatic views, pristine trails, and agro-cycle.

Summer:

Unlike other treks in Nepal, the Upper Dolpo trek in Nepal can be done during the summertime. Starting from June till August, summertime brings in the monsoon rain. While the lower elevated areas of Dolpo receive rainfall in the summer, the case is different elsewhere. Upper Dolpo is in the rain shadow area, meaning there is little to no rain here in the summer. While occasional clouds may disrupt the sun, there isn’t much rain. Apart from the Upper Mustang Trek, the Upper Dolpo Trek is another option for summer treks in Nepal.

Points of Attractions in Dolpa Trek

Dolpo region possesses hidden gems of cultural, natural, and social significance. There are many points of attractions scattered throughout the trekking trails. You will encounter prominent landmarks, centuries-old monasteries, and typical shortens and Mani walls. Herein are some of the major attractions of Upper Dolpo:

Shey Phoksundo Lake

Shey Phoksundo Lake (3611m) is an enigmatic deep blue freshwater lake of Dolpa. Phoksundo Lake is stationed right beside the Ringmo village. This lake is the deepest in Nepal, with a far-reaching depth of 136 meters. “Phoksundo” translates into: Lake with three ends and surrounded by stones” in Tibetan. It is considered the highest freshwater lake by many. Phoksundo Lake was reached after two days of trekking from Juphal.

From Ringmo village, a deep aquamarine blue water body appears before your eyes. This lake changes its color based on the time of the day. Locals say its color ranges from deep green, gleaming silver, to bluish-gray. Phoksundo Lake withstands a vast rock wall cut through by a foot trail. Phoksundo Lake is pristine and amusing. Ringmo monastery sits on the eastern shore of this lake.

Bhijer Monastery of Dolpo

Bhijer, or Nesar Monastery, is a centuries-old Buddhist monument in Bhijer Village. This monastery is located at the edge of the village. It is 5 minutes away from the crowded settlement. The monastery beholds a colorful doorway and an assembly hall. A lintel decorates the carved Shakyamuni Buddha from above. The central pillars of this monastery are carved and still portray the color from the time they were built.

This monastery dates back to the 11th century and was rebuilt in the 14th century. The wooden pillars remain as evidence of the retrofitting of the sanctuary. Bhijer Monastery resembles the cultural significance of Bon Buddhism. It also replicates the centuries-old artistic magnificence of the region.

Shey Gompa

Shey Gompa, or Monastery, is another sacred religious monument of the Dolpo region. The word Shey Gompa translates to Crystal Monastery in the Tibetan dialect. This gompa was established back in the 11th century. The main building of this monastery is painted red. The two-story building has its interior painted with various Buddhist art.

Every 12 years, a festival called Shey Mela is held in this monastery. The Kagya tribe in the 13th century is believed to have started the festival. This festival started as a resemblance of victory over evil. This monastery is located right beneath the famous Crystal Mountain.

Pastureland

Trans Himalayan areas of Upper Dolpo are filled with various pasturelands. Since the Dolpali people are nomadic, they descend with their herds during the winter. As the snow melts in the summer, these pasturelands are filled with nutritious herbs that their cattle feed onto.

As your trek traverses above Shey Gompa, you will witness several pasturelands. The local herders graze their Yaks and Mountain Goats in the range beside the villages of Tata, Bhijer, Namgong, Saldang, and Sugugaon.

Caterpillar Fungus Hunting

As a seasonal occupation, Dolpali people take on Caterpillar Fungus or Yarsha Gumba hunting during the end of Spring. This fungus is also called the magical Himalayan caterpillar fungus by many. It is a combination of caterpillar and fungus, an unusual phenomenon that occurs in the high pastures of the Dolpa region.

This caterpillar is rooted a few centimeters from the ground and abundantly found in elevations ranging from 4000 to 5000 meters. Dolpali people spend their time right before May and June hunting this fungus. While it might not look all that amazing, this fungus is said to have various medicinal benefits in ancient Chinese healing. Some call it “Natural Viagra” for its potency characteristics, while in the Western world, it is famed for the name “Himalayan gold.” If you are in for the Upper Dolpo trek during May and June, you will find people stooping over the pastureland searching for this herb.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

AMS in Upper Dolpo can be a significant issue for inexperienced trekkers. As we traverse several times beyond the mark of 5,000 meters, the chances of mountain sickness cannot be neglected. Symptoms of AMS include impaired vision, dizziness, headache, vomiting, and nausea. We will have a professionally trained guide accompany you who will address the issue upon first sight of the symptom. Rest assured. You will be acclimatizing properly before your ascent to such heights.

Accommodation / Ground staff

Upper Dolpo is a full-fledged camping trek that requires many ground staff. You will have standard tourist accommodations in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj with modern amenities. From Nepalgunj, you will take a flight to Juphal. Your accommodation from Juphal onwards during the trek will be in a tent.

Your group will consist of porters, guides, and kitchen staff. Our team will look for the perfect camping spot and set up camp. In the center will be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, and two men’s guest tents. All other equipment, like mattresses and sleeping bags, will carry your porters.
You will serve local dishes and nutritious dishes during the trek. Your support staff will have a separate tent for the purpose.

Foods

You will have a team of kitchen staff during your trek. The staff will carry all the necessary items. You will have a variety of dish options to choose from. Italian, Continental, Chinese, and American are the most popular food options during the camping trek. We will have a trained cook on your tour to prepare delicious meals.

Guide and Porter

Upper Dolpo is a restricted area trek, and you will have a registered guide. It’s mandated by the government of Nepal to have a written guide for any hike in the restricted area. Also, you need to be in a group of at least two people to access this area. Porter provided the ratio 1:3. One client will have at least three porters on their team. Your ground staff team will include an Officer, Guide, Sherpa, Porters, Kitchen Staff, and Assistant Guide.

Trekking Permits for Dolpa

Upper Dolpo is a restricted area of Nepal. The Tibetan plateau borders the higher sector of Dolpoo. It would be best to get a local area permit (RAP) for accessibility. RAP will charge $500 per person for the first ten days. If you stay for more than ten days, an additional $50 per day is charged.
Additionally, two trekkers groups are mandatory for this adventure. Furthermore, a guide with a trekking license is a must. Only legitimate trekking organizations can get RAP in Kathmandu.

Additionally, Shey Phoksundo National Park’s protected area demands another permit.

Booking System of Upper Dolpo Trek

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We have round-the-clock committed professionals at our disposal. They will address any of your confusion and queries. Also, you can tailor-make your itinerary as per your requirements. We cater to individuals with all differences. Alternatively, you can wire transfer the amount or pay us offline.

Route Map

Route Map

Most Asked Questions by Travellers

Dolpa district is nestled in the northwestern territory of Nepal. It sits adjacent to the Mustang region to the east, Myagdi and Baglung districts to the south.

The Northern remote section of Dolpa district borders Tibet to the north and is considered Upper Dolpa.

Dolpa region encapsulates a wide variety of cultural, natural, and historical monuments that are exceptionally amusing.

To name a few, Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, Mt.Kanjirowa, Saldang Village, Crystal Mountain, Ringmo Village, Nesar Monastery, Luri Monastery, Nangdalo Pass (5110m), Gela Pass(5094m), Nengla Bhanjyang (5368m), Numala Pass(5143m) are amongst the major attractions of Dolpo Trek.

Unlike other treks in Nepal, Upper Dolpa is accessible throughout the year. This area is in a rain-shadow area of Nepal beyond the Himalayas, making it perfect for trekking even during the summer.

However, winter in Upper Dolpa is harsh and extreme. Heavy snowfall throughout the winter (Dec-Feb) makes traversing to the higher section of Dolpo almost impossible.

Apart from winter months, every other season’s best time for Upper Dolpa is during Spring (March-May), Autumn(Sept-Nov), and Summer(June-Aug).

There are several passes that you will have to traverse through in Upper Dolpo trekking. There are altogether 4 passes that you will pass through during the trek.

The highest point of the Upper Dolpo trek is Nengla Pass, at 5368 meters, located between Bhijer village and Saldang village.

Depending on the size of your group, we will arrange for the vehicle accordingly.

Usually, a group of 2-4 will be provided with a car, 4-8 with a jeep, 8-14 with a Minibus Van, and 14+ with a coach.
Similarly, We are operating From Kathmandu To Dunai plane and Back to Kathmandu.

Boundless Adventure is a full-fledged government-approved organization. It has been in operation for over two decades now.

We have organized hundreds of treks up until today with a happy customer base. Please check our company information for the registration credentials of the company.

Generally, for the Upper Dolpo trek, you must walk at least 5-7 hours daily. This is a representative average figure for reference only.

It all comes down to how fast you can walk and acclimatize to the elevated landmass.

Upper Dolpo is a restricted area that requires Restricted Area Permit to be acquired. As a mandated rule, you must be in a group of at least two people for the Upper Dolpo trek. Additionally, it would help if a licensed trekking guide accompanied you.

Dolpo Trek is safe and secure, provided you can trek with a genuine company with professional staff. This camping trek requires the ground staff to be highly trained in what they do.

The upper Dolpo trek can be completed if fit and mentally robust. We have had clients over the age of 60 traverses through this trek without issues.

The standard itinerary of the Upper Dolpo trek is 21 days, including a stay in Kathmandu and arrival and departure days.

This itinerary, however, can be shortened or lengthened depending on your requirement.

Yes, the Upper Dolpo trek is a camping trek. You will be accompanied by a camping crew all along your journey. They will set up camp and cook meals for you at the desired location.

You don’t need to carry any camping gear from your own country except than your sleeping Bags.

Boundless Adventure will arrange all the camping equipment and gear from Kathmandu.

The primary remedy for mountain sickness is to descend at least 500 meters from your current altitude. Apart from these, our ground crew will carry the necessary medicine.

Apart from these, to prevent mountain sickness while trekking, you must follow a set of rules; please read our blog for more information.

If a severe symptom of AMS (Acute Mountain sickness) is seen in the trekker, our ground crew will call for a helicopter rescue.

You have multiple alternatives to fetch drinking water during the trek. You can drink bottled water buying from the teahouses along the trek.

Another option can be buying purifying tablets, which can be used on stream or river waters along the trail. Your guides will provide warm boiled water at your campsite every day.

Your Upper Dolpo trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. You will first fly to Nepalgunj and take a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal in the Dolpa district.

From there, you will make a roundtrip via various villages until you return to Juphal. From Juphal, we fly back to Nepalgunj and further back to Kathmandu.

The cost of Upper Dolpo depends on various factors such as accommodation chosen while Kathmandu, time of the year, and group size. Email us your inquiries, and we will respond with an unbeatable quotation for your trek.

You can WhatsApp or call us for guidance with the booking process. Our website is inbuilt with an automated booking system and online payment integration. Communicate with us, and we will help you through.

Reviews on Upper Dolpo Trekking 22 days


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Settle the camp by the Lake
Maria
Poland

Amazing experience of Dolpo Trek

We were 6 of my friends went on Upper Dolpo Camping Trek with Boundless Adventure. Mr. Damber owns and manages the company and has been a fantastic friend throughout our Upper Dolpo Camping Trek. From the moment we arrived in Nepal until the last day of the trek, Damber ensured that every aspect of our trip was well-organized and enjoyable.

Our group was led by guide Tsiring, who happens to be a native of the Dolpo region. One of the things that impressed us the most was Tsiring’s extensive knowledge of the region. He shared fascinating insights about the local culture, history, and natural wonders, making our trek physically rewarding and intellectually enriching. He had a keen eye for spotting wildlife and unique features of the landscape, which added an extra dimension to our experience. We intend on planning our next trek to Upper Mustang with Boundless Adventure.

I would recommend Mr. Dambar and his service for an amazing experience without hesitation of Dolpo Trek. Thank you

Yaks are carrying heavy loads Vijar Monastery at Dolpo Trek Lake of the Dolpo Trek Trekking trail of Dolpo
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