Upper Dolpo Trek route
Upper Dolpo Trek 24 Days begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal. From here, you trek through Shey Phoksundo National Park and reach Shey Phoksundo Lake. The trail further goes through lush forests and small villages crossing gorges, streams, and suspension bridges. Crossing Nagdalo La Pass, you reach Shey Gompa and ascend towards Namgung via another pass called Shey La. Further, the trail passes by remote villages like Saldang, Sibu, Lagmo Che, and Tokyu to take you to Dho Tarap. From here, you gradually descend to Dunai and continue trekking towards Juphal.
Upper Dolpo Trek Permit
Trekking in the Upper Dolpo region is expensive. It is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, which requires a special permit from the government of Nepal to traverse. Plus, only 250 foreigners are allowed to enter the region every year. Below is the permit fee for trekking in Upper Dolpo:-
- Lower Dolpo: USD 10 per week
- Upper Dolpo: USD 50 per day (10-day minimum)
Moreover, you also have to pay Rs. 1000 entry fee of Shey Phoksundo National Park. You must have a tour operator to travel here with at least two people in the group not including the guide.
Upper Dolpo Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness
Trekking in Upper Dolpo is not considered easy. The trail can get very tough, steep, and rugged at many points. Likewise, the remoteness and high altitude of the region is also one of the main reasons for this trek to be difficult. You have to spend many nights above 3,000 meters, which can be prone to altitude sickness. Therefore, we have designed our Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary including steady increase in elevation and ample rest days. Upper Dolpo Trek is not for beginners. You have to be in good health and strong physical fitness with high endurance and previous trekking experience to go on this trek.
Best time to go on Upper Dolpo Trek
The best time to visit Upper Dolpo is from March to April and October to November, when the weather is stable and the climate is mild. The bright days and clear sky make the journey pleasant during this time of the year. June to August is also the best time to go on trekking in Upper Dolpo because this part of Nepal does not receive rainfall during the rainy season.
Accommodation & Meals
Upper Dolpo Trekking is a fully camping trek, which means all the food supplies and equipment will be carried by the crew members. You might see some basic teahouses in some villages, but that is not good enough to rely on. You stay overnight in high-quality sleeping tents. All the members of the team will be given single sleeping tents with a shared dining and washroom tents.
Similarly, the meals will be cooked by our trained team members. You get three meals a day. If you want, you can carry some snacks to munch on the way. We will offer you a good variety of dishes during trekking like rice, curries, eggs, meat, soup, pasta, toast, sandwich, porridge, tea, coffee, momo, noodles, etc.
Communication & Electricity
You can find network coverage on many routes, however the network is not reliable. At some high point, there can be no network at all. We highly recommend you to carry a local SIM card for better service. You can find electricity in the villages to charge your batteries, but we recommend you to carry solar rechargeable batteries. As the region gets remote, you will mostly see solar power and micro-hydro power used by the locals. Do know that, you may have to pay a few extra bucks if you are willing to charge your batteries.
Upper Dolpo Trekking requires well-covered travel insurance. The travel insurance must include air evacuation and medical bills at least. We also recommend having flight cancellation and loss or theft of personal property in the travel insurance. If you fail to provide travel insurance, then you will not be eligible to join Upper Dolpo Trek. You have to take travel insurance from your country as Nepal does not issue travel insurance for foreigners.
Guide & Porter
During the Upper Dolpo Trek, you will be guided by our best trekking guide who is well known with the trail to Upper Dolpo. Our guides are well-trained and certified to lead groups in the remote region of the Himalayas. They are specialized under intensive wilderness first aid, authorized certificate of trekking guide training, fluent in speaking English and other major languages, conservation & biodiversity, and rock climbing. To make the journey more smooth, a few porters will also accompany you.
Tourism can be a big threat to nature and the fragile Himalayan environment if not well-planned. We make sure our trips in the Himalayas do not harm and damage it. Therefore, we run eco-friendly and sustainable trips. Likewise, we also work for the betterment of the mountain people. For that, we have established a small organization that supports the education of children from underprivileged families.