Upper Dolpo Trekking
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Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal is uniquely remote and a fairly challenging trek circuit. The far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya. Lack of well managed tourism infrastructure makes it and enduring encounter with the wild nature.
It is a pleasant encounter with the Tibetan Buddhist culture, its age old monasteries and unchanged way of life. The upper Dolpo region is known for its spectacular Lake Phoksundo, and rare wildlife as well. It is a rewarding journey for your endearing courage to unearth the hidden mysteries of nature
Upper Dolpo Trek is a land beyond the Himalayas, which was strictly forbidden to preserve its traditions and way of life. It was only opened to the outside world for trekking in the early 1990s. The upper dolpo trekking route passes through formidable mountain ranges – Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa. The trekkers of this region get to experience the wild remoteness, the stunning mountain scenery and the friendly local people.
The holy mountain called “Crystal Mountain” attracts the hundreds of pilgrim travelers every year. The people of this region mostly speak Tibetan languages. The people still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon Po religion. The Upper Dolpo trekking region also owes its fame to Peter Matthiessen and David Snellgrove. Their novels of “The Snow Leopard” and “Himalayan Pilgrimage” have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo.
The Upper Dolpo Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. This trek is best to do in the summer and monsoon season. Generally winter seasons are avoided for this trek because of the heavy snowfall. Mission Nepal Holidays is a one of the best trekking companies that offers off-the-beaten trekking trail in Nepal. Our tailor made itineraries are well suited for customized trekking arrangement in the Upper Dolpo region. Be a part of this astonishing trekking journey to make memories of a lifetime.
Kathmandu city tour
45 minute scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
Shey Phoksundo Lake and National Park
Crossing passes of Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La
Shey Gompa- the Buddhist monasteries
Pristine mountains, Flora & Fauna, unique culture
Arrival at the Kathmandu airport
Sightseeing & Pre-trip Meeting
Fly to Nepalganj from Kathmandu- 1 hr Flight
Fly to Juphal &Trek to Dunai - 3 hrs
Trek to Ankhe - 6 hrs
Trek to Renje - 7 hrs
Trek to Phosundo- 6.5 hrs
Trek to Phoksundo Khola - 6 hrs
Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang- 7 hrs
Cross the Kang La pass & trek to Shey Gompa - 7 hrs
Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa
Cross the Saldang La pass & trek to Namduna Gaon- 7 hrs
Trek to Saldang - 4 hrs trek
Trek to Sibu - 6 hrs
Trek to foot of the Jeng La 5 hrs
Cross the Jeng La pass & trek to Tokyu Gaon - 7 hrs
Trek to Dho Tarap - 4.5 hrs
Trek to Serkam - 6.5 hrs
Trek to Khani Gaon -7 hrs
Trek to Tarakot 4 hrs
Trek to Dunai-5 hrs
Trek to Juphal 3 hrs
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
All Airport / Hotel pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
Guided city tour in Kathmandu
All kinds of tented camp accommodation and equipment during the camping trek.
English speaking guide during trekking
Special Trekking Permit and all local conservation fees
Flight fares from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu including airport departure taxes.
Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.
All International airfare and airport departure
Nepal entry visa
Tips to staff and driver.
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How difficult is Upper Dolpo trek?
Trekking to Upper Dolpo area is an enduring trek journey. It involves walking on rugged terrains and uneven paths for hours. This makes trekking in this region comparatively challenging and difficult.
How can I prepare for Upper Dolpo Trekking journey?
A sound mental and physical preparedness is vital for Upper Dolpo Trekking. Walking long distances, and doing a bit of physical exercise regularly will help you prepare for this trek.
What about the safety measurements and altitude sickness?
Our well trained guides having long experience, and are professionals in handling safety issues. In case you face altitude sickness we have first aid medicines and kit handy with us. Besides if need be we acclimatize as well taking no further risks with your health.
What about the weather conditions and the flight arrangements?
The weather more often than not is unpredictable. Due to uncertainty in weather the flight sometimes is delayed or canceled. However if there is frequent weather problems, we have additional arrangements for that as well. You will be airlifted by a helicopter or chopper for which extra payment is required to be paid.
How many hours do we walk every day?
It varies with each trip of course. On an average we cover 4–7 hours per day, with a lunch break of 1–2 hours in the middle.
Do I have to carry a backpack?
No. But you have to carry a light day-pack containing your water bottle, camera, an extra layer of clothing, sunglasses, a rain coat or wind breaker, and snacks. Porters or pack animals will carry all of the heavy gear.
What happens if there is an emergency?
If there is an emergency during the trek, it is taken care off. The support staff and guides will deal with the situation; they are trained for emergency situation. Or else you can call the company directly for your immediate evacuation in the time of crisis situation if any.
What arrangements are made for drinking water during Upper Dolpo trekking?
During your trek in most places, mineral water can be purchased, however due to environmental reason, we recommend you bring along purification tablets. Tea houses provide boiled and filtered water. Moreover if it is a camping trek the porters do carry sufficient amount of water with them.
What will happen if the guide/porter leaves me alone on the trail?
We provide only experienced and reliable guides our company will be responsible for this. We guarantee that your guides or porters will not disappear before the completion of your trip. In the case that it does we will resend another guide straight away upon your request and information. Moreover in such circumstances other staff members present on the trek will help you in that.
What is the best season for Upper Dolpo Trekking?
The Best Season for Upper Dolpo Trekking is between February to May, and September to November.
What about guide & porter, do they have well training?
Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.
Is there any communication service while we are on Upper Dolpo trekking?
There are telephones in some villages along the Upper Dolpo trekking routes from which you can make international calls. And also we provide a satellite phone for high altitude trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, we customize the itinerary as per your desire. However you need to inform it in advance before the trek starts. Sometimes, because of unforeseen circumstances in the mountains, we need to change the itinerary. However, the date of trek completion should always be in line with the pre-established itinerary.
Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?
It’s difficult to mention about tipping, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.
What about group sizes?
That depends upon your choices. If you wants small group we will arrange it. But somehow minimum size should 2 and maximum 12 members. In certain case, that we will run 1 person but we recommend you to not trek alone. Travelling in group is always recommended and advisable.
Is your company is licensed holder or governmentally recognized?
We are a government recognized trekking company and hold a valid license to carry out trekking.
How do I book a trek with you?
After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the form available. A deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book. The next step is to book a plane ticket to Asia and then get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Why book with us?
- More then 20 years of experience
- A professional and responsible travel company based in Nepal
- Specialist group adventure tours and treks in the Himalayas – India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan
- Fully customisable itineraries and dates
- Professional & friendly local guides – supporting the people of Nepal
- Guaranteed Departures
- No negotiations in giving best quality