Introduction To Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek is the perfect trek for those who love adventure and isolated trek that takes you to a remote area with the unique beauty of Nepal. Dolpo is a beautiful trekking destination located northwest of the Karnali region and is the most isolated region of Nepal with difficult topography.
The main attraction of this region is Phoksundo Lake which lies inside the Phoksundo National Park. Surrounded by jungles and snow-covered peaks, this lake is described as the world’s natural hidden wonder. The Upper Dolpo trek is not only beautiful for its natural glory and biodiversity but also for its unique cultural and social aspects.
The people of this region are of Tibetan origin and are still preserving their primitive way of life, tradition, and Buddhism. Most people in this area speak Tibetan so rarely can people understand Nepali. Shay Gompa, a beautiful monastery known as the spiritual center of Upper Dolpo, is situated on the base of Crystal Mountain and is visited annually by many pilgrims.
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It is a beautiful district even though it is remote and underdeveloped, so travelers rarely visit this area. In this way, we can see beautiful valleys, local settlements, magnificent mountains, lush green forests, rhododendrons, oaks, etc. This area was closed to foreigners but now it is open. So you can enter the area after obtaining a special permit from the Government of Nepal.
Permit for Trek
Since this trekking area is restricted, the individual trekker cannot obtain a trekking permit for this area from immigration. So there must be at least two people in the group. This Upper Dolpo Trek is perfect for summer and monsoon seasons. Due to heavy snow in the winter season, this time is not ideal for Upper Dolpo Trek. It does not require good technical skills for trekking. But past trekking experiences or regular walking habits make your trip easier.
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj -1 hour.
Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m) and trek to Chhepka (2,838m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Chhepka to Chunuwar (3,110m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Chunuwar to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3,733m) - 3 to 4 hours walk.
Free day at Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake.
Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake to Chunemba (3,639m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Chunemba to Snowfields Camp (4,400m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Snowfields to Shey Gompa (4,310m) via Kang La (5,375m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Free day at Shey Gompa.
Shey Gompa to Namgung (4,430m) via Shey La (5,000m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Namgung to Saldang (4,060m) - 3 to 4 hours walk.
Saldang to Sibu (4,200m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Sibu to Lagmo Che (4,570m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Lagmo Che to Tokyu (4,209m) via Jeng La pass (5,110m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,080m) - 2 to 3 hours walk.
Dho Tarap to Sisaul (3,750m) - 4 to 5 hours.
Sisaul to Laina Odar (3,370m) - 8 to 9 hours walk.
Laina Odar to Lingdo (2,391m) - 5 to 6 hours.
Lingdo to Dunai (2,140m) - 5 to 6 hours walk.
Dunai to Juphal (2,475m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Fly Juphal to Nepalgunj – 35 minutes.
Nepalgunj to Kathmandu – 1 hour.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
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They also organized a few days to Helambu at short notice as I had some time spare, all done easily and professionally. Thanks for the company both and I will be back again. I cannot recommend Odyssey highly enough as a genuinely friendly, locally based company that provides not only unforgettable experiences but also great service at a very reasonable cost.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex