Upper Dolpo Trek - 25 Days

Upper Dolpo Trek

Magnificent Upper Dolpo Trekking, in the area of hidden Shangri-La of western Nepal has only been open since 1988, and has been widely acclaimed as one of Nepal's best trekking regions. We have previously organized many different treks in the area and in 1997 we retraced the core elements of Peter Matthiessen's journey, made famous in his book “The Snow Leopard”. It is one of the more challenging treks which allow you to explore the remote and sparsely populated areas of Nepal.

Dolpo is where the movie 'Himalaya' was shot by Eric Valli. First we fly to Juphal, west of Dhaulagiri, Trekking north we enter Phoksundo National Park and after a rest continuous on Matthiessen's original trail, crossing the Khang La 17320ft/5279m, to reach the very remote monastery of Shey Gompa. On the way we pass the mystical crystal mountain. In Matthiessen's world's … “high to the west a white pyramid sails on the sky”. Shey Gompa was established in the eleventh century and little has changed here since then. This is a special trek in one of Nepal's restricted areas and as such we have to pay the same levels of permit fees as for Mustang. However it is ideal for the keen walker who would like a wild experience away from the main trekking routs.

Outline and guideline itinerary

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m) and pick airport and transfer to Radisson Hotel.
Day 02: Preparation, get Upper Dolpo Permits, sightseeing temples in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Morning flight to Jhupal and trek to Sulighat (2282m) 3-4 hrs. O/N at tented Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Chhekpa (2883m). 6-7 hrs. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 06: Trek to Raichi (2940m). 5- 6 hrs walk. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Ringmo/Phuksundo Lake (3733m). 5-7 hrs walk. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 08: Rest, acclimatization and explore. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 09: Trek to Lar Tsa (4120m). 6-7 hrs walk. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Nangdola Phedi (4700m), 4-5 hrs walk.
Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4160m), 7-8 hrs walk. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Namgung Gompa (place of interest). Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Seltang Village (most beautiful village). Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 14: Rest day in Seltang.Visit to Yongjir Gompa. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 15: Seltang Vilage – Durki Khola Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Thurki. Via Jungla pass. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 18: Trek to Laina Odar. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 19: Trek to Tarakot. Stay overnight at tented Camp.
Day 20: Trek to Dunai. Stay overnight in hotel or at tented Camp.
Day 21: Trek to Juphal. Stay overnight in hotel or at tented Camp.
Day 22: Fly via Nepalgunj to Kathmandu where we check into our hotel.
Day 23: A free day in Kathmandu. Optional city tour. The group's final evening together.
Day 24: Spare day just in case extend the days if it requires (safety first)
Day 25: Fly back to home country we will drop you at airport and see off.

Short Note: The itinerary of this trek will be 23-25 days depending on your fitness and time you have. The original version of itinerary is just for guidelines, we can customize this trek as per your requirement. Please e-mail us with your detail trip requirements for price of tour plan. 

Trip Cost Includes

  • All international and domestic transfers by private car/van.
  • 3 Nights deluxe bed room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy with breakfast.
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered and friendly guide.
  • 1 Cook/chef to prepare the group meal during the trek.
  • Support and helping assistant guide/Sherpa.
  • Necessary porters/yak/donkey to carry our trekking gear and luggage
  • Freshly cooked healthy food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee)
  • All camping gear and kitchen utensils during the trek
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathamndu flight and airport taxes.
  • Dolpa restricted area trekking permit,
  • Shey Phoksundo National park entrance permits.
  • Tented accommodation and food for your trekking staffs
  • Salary, insurance and trekking gear for trip crew.
  • Office service charge, government taxes and vat etc.
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except farewell dinner
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Nepal visa, International flight, Toiletries and laundry service,
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the service include list.
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Tips and gratitude for guide and porters.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 31 Mar, 2018 22 Apr, 2018 Available book know
2 20 Apr, 2018 13 May, 2018 Available book know
3 03 May, 2018 26 May, 2018 Available book know
4 26 Aug, 2018 17 Sep, 2018 Available book know

Upper Dolpo Trek Price

Upper Dolpo Trekking Price depends on the group size; the type of hotels we include in Kathmandu will also make difference in trip cost. This trek cost seems high as Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight cost around USD 750 per person plus guide and support staff flight price to add. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be twin sharing deluxe bed room basis with buffet breakfast in Hotel Radisson. Accommodation during the trekking will be in tent in double occupancy.

Upper Dolpo Trek Permit

This trek requires restricted area Upper Dolpo Trek USD 500 per person for first 10 days and after 10 days USD 50 each extra day per person. Beside this, we also need Shey Phoksundo National Park Entrance ticket which cost NPR 3390 (around USD 33) per person.

Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary

Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary will to around 23-25 days depending on your physical fitness and the amount of time you have. The itinerary of standard pattern is just provided as guidelines, moreover it is most important to see how well you go during the trek as we consider "Your safety is first while trekking with Wilderness Excursion" so our tour plan will be flexible and you are suggested to allow 1-2 spare days just in case someone is slow in the group, flight delay or else.

Upper Dolpo Trek Difficulty

Concerning the difficulty of Upper Dolpo Trek, this trek is and adventurous which requires moderate physical fitness, stamina to walk daily 5-7 hours and previous trekking experience in the high altitude. However, Wilderness Excursion advice you to hike slowly and follow rest days on the way to get your body to get adapted with high altitude that allows you to become acclimatized and avoid AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) to enjoy more of this trip.

Packing list or gear for Upper Dolpo Trek


  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, 
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around, 
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Leg wears
  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.
  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.  
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, it is important for this trek. 
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries
Personal Trekking Equipment 
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.
Optional items
  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water 

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, 
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 5279m
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Best Time : Spring & Autumn
  • Tour / Trek Style: Camping Trek
  • Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
  • Country: Nepal
  • Activities: High Altitude Trekking, Hiking Excursion, Explore, Sightseeing

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