Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek 24 Days

$ 2700 Per Person

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Facts About Trip

Maximum Altitude:

5,350m

Group Size:

1 to 20 peoples

Transportation:

Flight/Private vehicle

Accommodation:

Hotel/Local Tea house

Best season:

Spring & Autumn

Meals:

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Tour type:

Trekking

Grade:

Moderate/Adventure

Trekking Region

Western Region

Trip Highlights

  • Remote Himalayan Wilderness: Explore the untouched and remote Dolpo region, characterized by pristine landscapes and rugged terrain.
  • Ancient Monasteries: Encounter ancient monasteries and immerse yourself in the unique Bon Buddhist traditions, gaining insights into the cultural richness of the region.
  • Traditional Tibetan Culture: Experience the authentic Tibetan culture of the Dolpo people, known for their warm hospitality and distinct way of life.
  • High-Altitude Deserts: Traverse through high-altitude deserts, witnessing breathtaking panoramas of the Dhaulagiri range and the Tibetan plateau.
  • Shey Gompa: Visit the legendary Shey Gompa, a sacred monastery with a deep cultural and spiritual significance.
  • Challenging Adventure: Engage in a challenging trek that combines cultural exploration with the thrill of navigating through rugged and remote Himalayan landscapes.
  • Enchanting Landscapes: Marvel at the enchanting landscapes, including majestic mountain views and unique geological features.
  • Rare Himalayan Experience: Discover a hidden Himalayan realm that few have explored, making this trek a truly rare and unforgettable adventure.

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the Upper Dolpo Trek, an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, this trek offers a rare and untouched landscape characterized by rugged terrain, ancient monasteries, and traditional Tibetan culture. As you traverse through high-altitude deserts, pristine villages, and enchanting landscapes, you'll witness the unique Bon Buddhist traditions and encounter the legendary Shey Gompa.

The Upper Dolpo Trek provides an immersive experience into a hidden Himalayan realm, boasting stunning panoramas of the Dhaulagiri and Tibetan plateau. This trek is a blend of cultural exploration and awe-inspiring natural beauty, making it a captivating and challenging adventure for those seeking a truly remote and authentic Himalayan experience.

Upper Dolpo trek lies hidden behind the Dhaulagiri Range in Nepal’s mid-western region where snow-fed streams runoff high mountains but few are perennial. Lower (Outer) Dolpo is characterized by a semi-arid topography with deep gullies and narrow valleys while Upper (Inner) Dolpo comprises a vast arid region of rolling semi-desert highlands, a continuation of the topography of the Tibetan plateau.

Dolpo region is most easily reached by a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, in the humid southwest close to the Indian border, then to Dolpo’s airport at Juphal. A three days trek up the Phoksundo Khola through a mix of forests and arid landscapes lead to Ringmo and the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. This is Nepal’s deepest lake at 650m.

It is 4,8km long and 1,8km, wide. Inner Dolpo Shey gompa trek traverses the cliff face along the side of the lake and then leads up the Phoksundo Valley gently at first then more steeply. The trail follows its narrow ravine to higher ridges and beautiful campsite to Shey Gompa a Tibetan influence settlement and prosperous Saldang village, a two kilometers ribbon Bön village of five settlements that lie on the trade route to Tibet.

 

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival (TIA) at Kathmandu (1,350m./4,264ft).

On the first day, our airport representative welcomes you at the Airport Terminal and then you will be taken to the MMT office at Kalahari. At the office, MMT’s expert will provide you with further detailed information about the trip and all the terms and conditions will be disclosed. Eventually, our representative safely and comfortably takes you to the respective hotel. You can enjoy the city nightlife in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu: Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu at 3-star Hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 : Whole day Kathmandu excursion.

This day is scheduled to visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites including Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, along with other historical and holy places. Swoyambnhunath: After a delightful breakfast in the morning, our city tour guide takes you to Swayambhunath which is at the top of the hillock to the west of Thamel. The temple is one of the oldest temples of Nepal which is popular among foreigners as ‘Monkey Temple. The spectacular scenery, cheerful monkeys, the tranquil environment makes Swoyambhu worth visiting.

Patan Durbar square:
The excursion then accelerates towards Patan, the city of festival, feast, art, and culture. The city is a prominent place to visit due to ancient Patan Durbar square, Krishna Mandir, Ganesh Mandir, and many more temples and places. We inspect the art, history, cultural importance, and architectural craftsmanship of the city.

Day 3 : Early morning fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu.

From Kathmandu, we take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj: one of the huge business hubs and industrial areas of Nepal. After half an hour of flight, we land at Nepalgunj airport and transfer to the 2 star-hotel for check-in. The remaining day at Nepalgunj is for visiting some interesting places and giving some rest to limbs and muscles.

Overnight in Nepalgunj at 2-star Hotel
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After early morning breakfast, we drive to Nepalgunj airport and take a flight to the Dolpo region. After 25-35 minutes of scenic mountain flight, the plane land at Juphal airport: the only airport in the Dolpo region. From Juphal, we follow the terraced farmland along the Bheri River and walk through the narrow gorge for a few hours until the trail comes at the administrative headquarter of Dolpa: Dunai. In the evening time, we explore headquarter and spend a good time with fellow trekkers. Tonight, we stay at Dunai.

Day 4 : Fly to Juphal (2,320m./7,601ft). from Nepalgunj and trek to Sulighat (2,070m./6,790ft).

After early morning breakfast, we drive to Nepalgunj airport and take a flight to the Dolpo region. After 25-35 minutes of scenic mountain flight, the plane land at Juphal airport: the only airport in the Dolpo region. From Juphal, we follow the terraced farmland along the Bheri River and walk through the narrow gorge for a few hours until the trail comes at the administrative headquarter of Dolpa: Dunai. In the evening time, we explore headquarter and spend a good time with fellow trekkers. Tonight, we stay at Dunai.

Day 5 : Trek to Renje ((3,010m./9,873ft). from Sulighat.

From Dunai, we begin our trek after having a delightful breakfast. At first, we walk along Bheri River then cross suspension bridges, deep gorge and trace through the terraced green fields to reach the village standing at hillock: Tarakot. The village was once a small headquarter of the independent Tichorung Kingdom. The village is famous for the town of the fortress which was built in ancient times. Explore the entire village if we have plenty of time remaining before taking shelter inside the camp.
 

Day 6 : Renje to Ringmo village(3,440m./11,940ft). via Phoksundo lake.

We start our today’s journey after a delicate breakfast at Tarakot. From this village, we cross the river and climb through the buckwheat field enjoying the pristine view of Putha Himal and Churen Himal. The trail crosses a few rivers and leads us to Kanigaon from where we ascend to Sandul Gompa which lies at the junction of Barbing Khola and Tarap Chu River. The trail now traces through the dense trees and narrow gorge along the river and finally reaches the beautiful village Laini. The village is the best camping site at the foot of the small surging waterfall nearby.
 

Day 7 : Rest day Phoksundo lake around Ringmo village.

Enjoying the splendid view of the surging waterfall, we have our delicate breakfast at Laini. The trail today traces from Laini climbing mini pass and steep gorge before we descend to the cascade of Tilba Khola. From here, we climb up another ridge then descend down to Chyugur Khola and cross the suspension bridges to trace to Nawarpani.

Day 8 : Phoksundo lake to Phoksundo khola (3,630m/11,900ft).

Today’s trail is comparatively one of the variable trails of the trek. After early morning breakfast, we trace through the narrow gorge then cross a bridge and climb steeply up to the cliff from where the trail descends down to Tarap Chu River. To move further ahead, we cross a wooden bridge over Tarap Chu and ascend to a ridge at Serkam which was once a border between Nepal and Tibet. The trail from Serkam descends to Sishul Khola and climbs on the top of the ridge from where we finally drop down to the flat valley where we set camp for today’s shelter.
 

Day 9 : Phoksundo khola to Phoksundo vanjyang (4,130m./13,515ft).

Today's first-hour walk leads along the level path through a glacial valley that now heads to the north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. Here taking the barely distinct path to the northeast of the valley. There is no trail as such, so it is necessary to clamber over the rocks and boulders and to ford a stream that rushes down the steep valley. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where the trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings to yet another valley where one can see the Kang-La, the pass which will lead towards Shey Gompa.
 

Day 10 : Phoksundo vanjyang to Kang-la pass (5,160m./16,925ft). and shey Gompa (4,390m./14,400ft).

Morning walk leads up to a steep climb littered with slate towards the pass. The climb is quite strenuous, especially on the slate screed. From the top of Kang-la 5,160m/16925ft, there are excellent views down upon a large valley which is bisected by a gushing river. On descending steeply to the valley floor, then the path leads a long meandering trek along the banks of the river, crossing and re-crossing it several times.
There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river and we pass through meadows where hairy yaks, hundreds of sheep, and domestic mountain goat (Chengra) can be found grazing as well near the odd nomadic hut of the herders. A red Chorten heralds our arrival at Shey Gompa 4,390m/14,440ft where a quaint wooden, log bridge leads up to our destination at Shey Gompa compound for our overnight camp.

Day 11 : Rest day at Shey Gompa (crystal Monastery)

Another well-earned rest day for a local hike around Shey meaning crystal, this monastery is also known as the Crystal Mountain (well described in Peter Matthiessen's classic novel Snow Leopard). The lama of Shey resides at a red hermitage known as Tsakang gompa which is north of Shey. It is rather a retreat than a monastery. Tsakang had been a meditation center of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of great saint Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Tenzing Ra-Pa, built during the 11th century.

Shey is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture the Bon Po. In Dolpo, the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe first introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Hundreds of years ago he came to Dolpo encountering a wild people whose supreme God was a 'fierce mountain and nature spirit. Crystal Mountain is to the east of Shey gompa it is one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangjunala and Jeju Nala River. Near the confluence, there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Each year people from all over the Dolpo region travel great distances to attend the festival at Shey and to complete the circuit of Crystal Mountain. This is an amazing trip here that certainly makes this trek as special as only a few Westerners have ever ventured up to Shey gompa.

Day 12 : Shey Gompa to Saldang-la (5,010m./16,400ft).(and Namgung village (4,430m./14,530ft).

Our day begins by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zig-zag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la 5,200m/17,056ft. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and tiring but we finally come upon the welcome sight of pastures of grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair. This signals our approach to Namgung Gaun at 4,800m/15,744ft. Like Shey, the Namgung monastery is of the Karma-pa sect.

The monastery, a red stone structure, is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The red and white colors of the gimpy and its stupas are the only color in this stark landscape. The village itself consists of only six stone houses and has terraced fields on both sides of the tributary, which flow down to the Nam Khong valley. The economy of the region is based on agriculture, animal husbandry, and trading. In Dolpo, only one crop a year can be grown and this is mainly barley. In some villages, buckwheat, oilseed, potato, and radish are also cultivated. Recently the main cliff temple collapsed and the villagers have now built a beautiful new monastery in the village itself.

Day 13 : Sightseeing at Namgung village and over night Saldang.

On leaving the Namduna Gaun our route leads to a climb up a scree slope. Further on it begins a long traverse along some dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, Saldang 3,620m/ 11,874ft appears below on a plateau high above the Nam Khongmala. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village in the inner Dolpo area. Though the village lies at about the same altitude as Ringmo it is totally different then Ringmo, a Himalayan village is situated below the tree line while Saldang belongs to the arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau.

The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope. Saldang consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. Saldang is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, trade with Tibet was virtually stopped. It has been restored to some extent through the barter system by which Tibetan salt reaches mid-Nepal. The Drokpa people from the western plains of Tibet collect salt from the dried lakes north of Tsangpo.

Day 14 : Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m./16,267ft).

Our journey from here diverts further far north to the least unexplored area by westerners or by any other commercial adventure trekking companies. The trail follows the Nang Chu river most of the way on this wild barren windswept terrain. The walk begins along the fairly gradual path with a few ups and downs slope and then passing through the small settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon till we reach our overnight camp at Yangze also known as Yangtsher, just before Yangze near Lurigaon. Here we cross the tributary Panzang river, a short walk from here brings us to an unexplored region of Yangze 4,960m/16,267ft and its very old Bon-Po Monastery for the overnight halt with time for exploration around the villages and the Monastery.
 

Day 15 : Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m./14,957ft).

From Yangze there are two trails that connect Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft), the long way trail heads due west passing through the very remote villages of Nishalgaon and further past Shimengaon. To save time and energy we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village which will be much easier and shorter than the other northwestern route. From Saldang the trail following the river bed we pass through terraced fields, stupas, Chortens, heaps of mani stones, and a Chaiba monastery, then passing through the Namdo village which is also prosperous with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near the small settlement of Sibu.

Day 16 : Sibu to Jen-la Phedi (4,900m./16,072ft).

Today's trail follows the Nam Khong Khola for a while on the morning walk coming across a caravan of laden yaks that are on their way towards the Tibet border. After days of following the same river, finally, we part turning east till we arrive at the confluence of two small tributaries, from here our walk leads to a steep climb to the bottom of Jeng La (4,900m/16,072ft), where we stay for the overnight on a nice meadow.

Day 17 : Jeng-la Phedi to Jeng-la pass (5,090m./16,696ft). and Do Tarap.

Morning trek leads to two hours climb towards the top of the Jeng La (5,090m/16,695ft). An excellent view of snow ranges emerges to the south. The north face of the Dhaulagiri massif shines in the morning light. After a wonderful moment here at the pass, our walk leads us to descend on the rough path towards Tarap valley. By afternoon we come to the green valley which leads us on the pleasant track down towards Tarap Chu. Tarap is a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains. It extends twenty-kilo meters along the river. Tarap Chu is having ten villages with its cultivated fields and many gompas, Chortens of both sects.

Visit Tokyu monastery at 4,200m/13,776ft. This monastery also belongs to the Chiba sect. The route leads eastward along the downhill course of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. In this valley, both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together in harmony. After a short trek on this beautiful valley, we come to Do Tarap (4,080m/13,382ft)

Day 18 : Day explore and acclimatization at Tarap.

The name Tarap refers to the entire region. The correct name of the village is Do meaning ‘lower end of the valley’ in Tibetan, but most local people refer to the village as Do Tarap. It consists of several clusters of closely packed houses and corrals, surrounded by fields of ‘Naked barley The Ribo Bhumpa Gompa above the village was rebuilt in 1955, besides it is unique Chorten in a Chorten containing the remains of a demon killed by Guru Rinpoche. The painting inside the Chorten represents both Bonpo and Nyingma traditions, although the Gompa itself is Nyingma. The view over the valley is superb. For a leisurely half-day excursion head east up to the valley to Dero Gompa and Shipchok Gompa a school of Bonpo.

Day 19 : Do Tarap to Tarap Khola (Karmakhola) 3,800m./12,464ft).

Today's walk can be quite a long day or moderate walk depending upon the choice of several different campsites so the itinerary can be as flexible as you like. From the quite bare country around Tarap, we descend towards a wide valley that eventually narrows into a gorge. We walk along with the juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himalayan valleys, to just above the tree line. On this route, we might see herds of blue sheep.

By the afternoon time, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with the Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow, this place is also known as Karmakharka (3,800m/12,464ft), while our porters will perhaps take shelter in a nearby spacious cave.

Day 20 : Tarap khola (Karmakhola) to Khani Gaun (3,150m./10,332ft).

This morning again continues down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it, rising high above on a trail built from the steep slopes might come across people from Dolpo taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. There are many possible campsites by the river. This will be one of the exciting days of this trip walk, as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another.

Sometimes there is no trace of any path and we have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, reaching the camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft)

Day 21 : Khani Gaun to Tarakot (2,537m./8,121ft). and Dunai (2,030m./6,685ft).

Today's trek from the campsite follows an indistinct trail to the village of Lalberi. Then passing through an area of impressive forest, before descending into another gorge our walk continues following the river again downstream to reach Tarakot where colorful terraced fields greet us. Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft) is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning 'fort'. Before the Gorkha dynasty, Tarakot was the capital.

After lunch, the walk continues beside the Bheri River in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meters above the river. On reaching Dunai (2,030m/6,658ft) after completing the circuit with time for celebration, particularly as bottled beers are available in Dunai.

Day 22 : Dunai to Juphal (2,320m./7,610ft).

We retrace the journey back to Jhuphal, which is a short distance walk along the Bheri River to the small airstrip for the last overnight camp of this great memorable adventure.

Day 23 : Earlier fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Early morning, a short scenic flight for thirty-five minutes to Nepalgunj, over the Himalayan foothills overlooking stunning views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it is in the afternoon have time for a few hours of refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel Batika or similar at Nepalgunj. Then connect with the flight back to Kathmandu.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu at 3-star Hotel with breakfast.

Day 24 : final diparture.

Transfer to the international airport and fly to on ward destination.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and Transportation.
  • 2-Night Hotel at Kathmandu (3 Start) Hotel.
  • (100% Waterproof) Duffle bag to keep your personal belongings and things to be carried by the porter.
  • 3 Time Meals with Tea/Coffee During Trek.
  • Professional Guide, Assitance Guide, and Potters (Size of the Groups) During the Trek.
  • Permit, "Tims", National Parks Entry Fee.
  • All wages and medical, Insurance, for the Guide and potters.
  • Helicopter stands by for rescue (nominally charge applies).
  • All taxes are imposed by the government of Nepal.
  • First-aid Medical Kits for the Group and Staff.
  • Unique Sherpa trek & Expedition Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek.
  • Fare-Well dinner in Kathmandu Before Departure.

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Any kind of meal During Your Stay in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Rescue, Medicine, Medical Test, Repatriation, Hospitalization Expenses for Climbs.
  • Any Internet, Hot shower, Drinking Water, Alcohol, cold Drinks, Laundry.
  • Additional costs suffered due to causes beyond our control, such as natural disasters, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, emergency evacuation, changes in government policies, strikes, and so forth.
  • Insurance for Clients.
  • International flight Tickets.
  • Clothing, Packing Items or bag, personal, Medical Kits, and Personal Trekking Gear.
  • any other items, not Included in the Above (Cost Included) Section.

 

NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

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FAQs

The Upper Dolpo Trek is renowned for its remote and untouched landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and unique monasteries. It offers a rare glimpse into a traditional way of life and the stunning natural beauty of the Dolpo region.

The trek is considered challenging due to its remote location, high altitudes, and rugged terrain. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and have prior trekking experience. Proper acclimatization is crucial.

The best time for the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear, and temperatures are moderate. Winter treks are possible but come with colder temperatures and the possibility of snowfall.

Yes, trekkers need special permits for the Upper Dolpo region. This includes the Restricted Area Permit and the Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permit. These permits are arranged by trekking agencies.

Accommodation is in tea houses or lodges along the trekking route. While basic, these accommodations provide a cozy shelter with meals included. Camping may also be involved during certain parts of the trek.

Yes, due to the high altitudes involved, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Adequate acclimatization is built into the itinerary, and trekkers are advised to stay hydrated and pay attention to their health.

A good level of physical fitness is necessary. Trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking, steep ascents, and descents. Prior trekking experience at high altitudes is beneficial.

ATM facilities are not available in the remote areas of Dolpo. Trekkers are advised to carry sufficient cash for their expenses during the trek.

The Upper Dolpo region requires trekking with a registered guide, and it is recommended for safety and cultural understanding. Trekking agencies can arrange guides and necessary permits.

Essential items include trekking boots, warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, and a backpack. A detailed packing list is usually provided by trekking agencies.

Additional Information

01. Remote and Isolated Region: Upper Dolpo is one of the most remote and isolated regions in Nepal, offering trekkers a chance to explore untouched landscapes and traditional Tibetan culture.

02. Scenic Landscapes: The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including barren deserts, lush forests, high-altitude plateaus, and ancient villages. The surreal beauty of Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal, is a highlight of the trek.

03. Cultural Encounters: Encounter the unique culture and traditions of the Dolpo people, who have preserved their ancient Tibetan way of life for centuries. Visit ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls, gaining insight into the spiritual practices of the region.

04. Shey Phoksundo National Park: The trek passes through Shey Phoksundo National Park, home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including rare species like the snow leopard, blue sheep, and musk deer. Trekkers may also spot migratory birds and other wildlife along the route.

05. Challenging Terrain: The Upper Dolpo Trek involves crossing high mountain passes, including the Kang La Pass and the Numa La Pass, which offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The trek also includes steep ascents and descents, rocky trails, and river crossings.

06. Restricted Area Permit: Upper Dolpo is a restricted area, and trekkers require a special permit to enter. This helps preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region and limits the number of visitors, ensuring a more exclusive and pristine trekking experience.

07. Camping Experience: Due to the lack of teahouses and lodges in the region, the Upper Dolpo Trek is primarily a camping trek. Trekkers will camp in spectacular locations under the starry sky, surrounded by towering mountains and pristine wilderness.

08. Altitude Considerations: The trek reaches high altitudes, with some sections exceeding 5,000 meters. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential to prevent altitude sickness and ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

09. Logistical Challenges: Due to its remote location, logistics can be challenging in Upper Dolpo. Trekkers should be prepared for basic facilities and limited amenities along the route, including food and accommodation.

10. Permit and Guide Requirements: Trekkers are required to trek with a licensed guide and obtain the necessary permits from the Nepal Tourism Board and the Department of Immigration. This ensures safety and compliance with local regulations.

Embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek prepared for a journey into the heart of the Himalayas, where ancient culture meets stunning natural beauty in one of Nepal's most remote and enchanting regions.

01. Remote and Untouched Wilderness: Upper Dolpo is renowned for its remote and pristine wilderness, offering trekkers a rare opportunity to explore untouched landscapes far from the beaten path. The region's isolation has helped preserve its natural beauty and traditional way of life.

02. Ancient Tibetan Culture: Trekking through Upper Dolpo allows you to immerse yourself in the ancient Tibetan culture and traditions that have been preserved for centuries. Encounter traditional villages, monasteries, and sacred sites, gaining insight into the rich spiritual heritage of the region.

03. Phoksundo Lake: A highlight of the trek is Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Nepal. Its crystal-clear waters surrounded by snow-capped peaks create a mesmerizing and tranquil setting that leaves trekkers in awe.

04. Shey Phoksundo National Park: Trekking through Shey Phoksundo National Park offers the opportunity to witness diverse flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for rare species like the snow leopard, blue sheep, and Himalayan tahr, as well as a variety of birdlife.

05. Challenging Mountain Passes: The trek involves crossing high mountain passes such as the Kang La Pass and the Numa La Pass, which offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. These challenging passes add an element of adventure and reward to the trek.

06. Camping Under the Stars: Due to the lack of teahouses and lodges in the region, the Upper Dolpo Trek is primarily a camping trek. Spend your nights camping in spectacular locations under the starry sky, surrounded by towering mountains and pristine wilderness.

07. Exclusive and Authentic Experience: Upper Dolpo is a restricted area, and trekkers require special permits to enter. This limited access ensures a more exclusive and authentic trekking experience, away from the crowds and commercialization of more popular trekking routes.

08. Warm Hospitality: Despite its remote location, trekkers will encounter warm hospitality from the local Dolpo people. Experience the genuine kindness and generosity of the villagers as you interact with them along the trekking route.

Embark on the Upper Dolpo Trek for an unforgettable adventure that combines breathtaking natural beauty with rich cultural heritage in one of Nepal's most remote and enchanting regions.

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