Upper Dolpo trekking

Sprache Dzongkha, Englisch, Französisch, Hindi, Spanisch
Kosten 970 USD für die exkursion
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Dauer 3 Wochen 1 Tag


1- Amazing Shey Gompa and the lifestyle around it

2- Explore the remoteness of the Dolpo region

3- Visit the deepest Shey Phoksundo lake

4- Diverse flora and fauna of Shey Phoksundo National Park

5- Bon Po highly Influenced Tibetan cultures.

Overview- upper Dolpo is a remote place, yet a very rewarding trek that lies in the mid-western region, in between Tibet and Mount Dhaulagiri of Nepal. Upper Dolpo comprises a vast arid region of rolling semi-desert highlands, a continuation of the topography of the Tibetan Plateau Upper Dolpo is a restricted area but we can get a special permit from the government which costs 500$. This place was publicly opened in 1989. The route to Upper Dolpo is usually over 4000m offering all the views of landscapes and green forests. The area is beautifully decorated with local Villages, Monasteries, prayer walls, and Gompas. This area is highly protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the largest national park in Nepal and covers an area of 3,555 km2. You can see several floras and fauna throughout your journey like juniper, white Himalayan Birch, Rhododendrons, hemlock, spruce, snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, etc. Dolpo is one of the few remaining places where the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon Po is practiced. Bon PO religion is quite similar to Buddhism, the only difference is this religion walks anti-clockwise around stupas and shrines. Shey Phoksundo Lake, the Panoramic Himalayan mountains, the Thrilling Terrain, and hidden traditional villages are some main attractions of this trek.

Temperature and weather

The route to Upper Dolpo is usually over 4000m. It is better to expect a very cold temperature. During the spring season, the average temperature can be around 13⁰C in the daytime and falls to -10⁰C during morning and night. The autumn season has a similar temperature. The nighttime temperature in the autumn season can be around -11⁰C. Summer/monsoon is relatively warmer with an average temperature of 17⁰C in the daytime and -4⁰C at night. The winter season is the coldest of all with an average temperature of -14⁰C.

Considering all the temperatures, weather, and warmth the best or peak season to trek Upper Dolpo is in spring and autumn. The bearable temperature, the clear skies, and atmosphere, stunning views of Rhododendrons and mountains, and the best condition of the trails, all features make these seasons best for trekking.

Food and accommodation

Here, teahouses are barely available up to Shey Phoksundo. Due to the fewer teahouses, they are mostly packed and you need to be ready for camping. Being a remote area, there are no proper facilities for transportation. The goods and accessories need to be transported by airplane or helicopter from Jhupal. That is why everything is relatively expensive in Dolpo including food and accommodation. Since the place is highly influenced by Tibet, very basic food like Dal, Bhat, Vegetables, and Tibetan food is available here. The available teahouses provide very minimal facilities like small rooms, beds, and blankets. Toilets and bathrooms have to be shared along with the dining hall. Generally, the price for a meal is 8-10$ (800-1000 NRS). The price of a one-night stay in teahouses is 6-9$ (600-900 NRS). Once you cross, Shey Phoksundo this trek is entirely a camping trek. You need to bring all the necessary equipment like tents, sleeping bags, mats, cooking gas, and utensils. Or, your travel agencies will manage this for you.

Electronics and communication

There is no doubt, Dolpo is one of the remotest areas of Nepal, and all the facilities including electricity and the internets are very limited. Only a few areas in upper Dolpo have mobile coverages or signals. Some villages have emergency telephones and satellite phones. You can use them by paying extra money to the owner. Internet service is available in Dunai only.

Guides and porters- if you choose to trek in Dolpo you need to know Dolpo is an entirely restricted area. You need a special government permit to enter the Dolpo district for which you need a professional and a licensed guide. They have enough knowledge about the directions and places. Porters are more than important in this trek. Since the place is far and remote with rugged trails, carrying all your stuff and walking around is difficult.

Transportation- there are two options available for the upper Dolpo trek. Either you can take a bus from Kathmandu to Jumla via Surkhet, and trek from Jumla to Dolpo. You can also take a private jeep to Jumla. Or, you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which only takes 50 minutes. From Nepalgunj, you can take another flight to Dolpo airport, or Jumla airport, and again trek to Dolpo.

Permits and fees-

1) Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit

SAARC countries – 1500 NRS (15$), (excluding VAT)

NON-SAARC countries – 3000 NRS (30$), (Excluding VAT)

2) Upper Dolpo restricted area permit- 40$

3) Dolpo district special permit- 500$

Difficulties and safety

Dolpo is a remote area, and trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, and make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Upper Dolpo is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 20 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, and maybe snowy on off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is the base camp (5ooom) with other high passes over 4000m on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness.

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol

*Medicines for mountain sickness


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea)

Other requirements

Travel insurance- trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits,

the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.

Visas/passports- if you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.

Clothing and equipment

Trekking trousers


Trekking shocks

Torch lights

Trekking boots


Waterproof pants


Waterproof jackets

Beanies and gloves

Warm shirts and t-shirts


Thermal tops and bottoms



Wash kit

Fleece jacket

Safety kit

Down jacket

Hand sanitizers

Trekking pole

Water bottles and water purifiers


Trash bags and tissue papers

Sleeping bags


Duffel bags

Power banks




Cooking gas

Cooking utensils


Passport size photographs



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