Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the best ways to escape from your daily hectic life into the land known to only a few people. From rich culture to stunning scenery, you will have the most memorable times of your life here. The silence in its air will allow you to spend more time with you and look into your life. You will get to see snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Crystal Mountain, etc. Plus, you will be crossing high passes like Nagdalo La (5,350 m), the Shey La (5,010 m), and Jeng La (5,220 m).
Upper Dolpo Trek landmark
Upper Dolpo Trek will present culturally rich villages and beautiful landscapes. The trek will take you to the beautiful Phoksundo Lake, the jewel of the region. Here, you will get to see the stunning scenery. Further, you will spend the night in several villages like Sladang, Namgung, Dho Tarap, Chagaon, etc. Likewise, you will explore ancient Shey Gompa, where you will get to see hundreds of years old manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures.
Culture & Ethnic Diversity
The people residing here are known as the descendants of Tibetans. The region is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The lifestyle, culture, language, dress, and tradition are similar to the Tibetans. Most of the people follow BonPo religion. You will get to see the most bizarre type of practices here that will blow your mind.
Dolpo region boasts more like grey mountains, shrubs, meadows, and grasslands. From 3,800 to 4,180 meters, you will see several agricultural fields where barley, buckwheat, millet, potatoes, radishes, mustard, wheat, and spinach can be grown. Dolpo is divided into four valleys. Each valley represents unique characteristics. The four valleys are Tsharka - good growing-place, Tarap - auspicious excellent, Panzang - the abode of monks and Nangkhong - innermost place. Likewise, you might get to see a snow leopard.
Upper Dolpo Trek difficulty
Upper Dolpo Trek is a difficult trek. There are many steep ascends and descends. You have to walk for 6 or more hours per day. Moreover, the isolation of the region makes it even harder because you can not stop in the middle of two destinations as there will be no option to spend the night unless you are camping. The terrain is different from other parts of Nepal and is challenging.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
There are chances of getting high altitude sickness during Upper Dolpo Trek. During the trek, you will reach above 5,000 meters, which definitely is a high altitude. Including enough rest days in between the trek and drinking plenty of water can help avoid altitude sickness.
Transportation and Bag Pack
Upper Dolpo Trek 25 Days starts with back to back flight to Nepalgunj and Jhupal. From here, you will move towards Upper Dolpo passing by stunning Phoksundo Lake.
Here is the list of things that you should carry during Upper Dolpo Trekking:
- Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking shoes/socks
- Rain jacket
- Sun hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Upper Dolpo Trekking
During the Upper Dolpo Trek 25 Days, you will be staying overnight in either teahouse or camp. Teahouses are not fancy at all. You will get the bare minimum facilities that are enough to spend the night like a bed, blanket, pillows, etc. The washrooms will mostly be in the sharing of the term. Likewise, there are some places where you will be staying overnight in camp.
For food, the first thing you have to know is this place is the most secluded part of Nepal and resources are scarce. Therefore, a variety of food will be limited. In a teahouse, you will get meals as per their menu. While staying in camp, the meals will be prepared by porters.
Best time to go on Upper Dolpo Trek
The best time to visit Upper Dolpo Trek is from April to May and late-September to November. These months have the most stable weather, moderate climate, and clear skies. All of these factors make the journey exciting and more joyful.
Upper Dolpo Trek cost
Upper Dolpo Trek cost includes your food, accommodation, and expenses of guide & porters during the trek along with all ground transportation as per the itinerary and permits. There are also a few things that are not included in the package cost like travel insurance, airfare, tips, and personal expenses. The cost can range from one travel agency to another, however, with us, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition, you will get the most genuine Upper Dolpo package cost and best service.
- Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
- Make sure to take out insurance
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Get a good map
- Walk slowly and safely