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Upper Dolpo Trek


Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek, often called the "Dolpa Trek," or "Upper Dolpa Trek" is a renowned trekking route in Nepal. This trek promises an unforgettable adventure, with stunning landscapes, high mountain passes, unique flora and fauna, and breathtaking vistas. It's a journey that immerses you in the beauty of the Dolpo region and its rich cultural heritage.

Upper Dolpo Trek is a hidden gem nestled within the serene landscapes of the Mid-western region of Nepal, showcasing unparalleled natural beauty and tranquility. This trekking destination is situated within the pristine confines of Shey-Phoksundo National Park, adding to its allure as a sanctuary of unspoiled wilderness.

Embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek promises an unforgettable experience, one that etches itself into the memory of adventurers. The journey through this region is an exquisite blend of nature's grandeur, featuring lofty mountain passes, unique and rare flora and fauna, and breathtaking panoramic vistas that seem to stretch to infinity.

Upper Dolpo Trek is distinct for its immersion in Buddhist culture and heritage. It passes through areas predominantly inhabited by devoted Buddhists, creating a spiritual ambiance throughout the journey. The Shey-Gompa, renowned for Peter Matthiessen's "The Leopard," stands out as a prominent religious site along the route.

This region boasts an impressive presence of more than 130 monasteries, highlighting the deep-rooted Buddhist tradition. Some of the oldest monastic structures in the Himalayas can be found in places like Saldang, Dho, Chharka, and Bhijer. Remarkably, some of these sacred Gompas have a history spanning over seven centuries, rendering them invaluable as cultural treasures.

As one progresses through the villages on the Dolpo Heritage circuit, a harmonious coexistence of Hindu and Buddhist religious practices becomes a fascinating facet of daily life. This unique blend of faiths enriches the cultural tapestry of the region, creating a captivating fusion of traditions that reflect the resilience and adaptability of its people.

In conclusion, the Upper Dolpo Trek is a sublime trekking into the heart of Nepal's Mid-western region, offering an unparalleled journey through untamed natural beauty and ancient cultural heritage. It is a voyage that transcends ordinary experiences and leaves an indelible mark on the souls of those fortunate enough to undertake it.

Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Highlights & Attractions


28 Days

Starting Price

USD 4,500.00

Group Size

2-15 Pax




Hotel, Lodge and Tent

Trip Grade


Max. Altitude


Best Season

Spring, Summer and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

5-10 Hours

Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will warmly greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. It is at the hotel where you will have the pleasure of meeting our team. In the evening, around 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m., we will organize a pre-trek briefing. This gathering provides an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delightful dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine accompanied by captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal.

  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu

  • 03 Fly to Nepalgunj (150m)

    Experience a seamless and comfortable domestic air journey from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Depart from the modern Tribhuvan International Airport for a swift connection to the vibrant city in the lush Terai region. Aboard the state-of-the-art aircraft, enjoy stunning aerial views of Nepal's diverse landscapes, complemented by complimentary refreshments and attentive service. Arrive at Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj effortlessly, and embrace a journey marked by efficiency, reliability, and genuine Nepalese hospitality, whether you are a leisure traveler or a business adventurer.

  • 04 Fly to Juphal (2450m). Trek to Dunai (2,090m)

    After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the airport to catch a morning flight to Juphal. This short 45-minute flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan foothills, including glimpses of majestic Himalayan peaks to the north. Upon arrival in Juphal, we will make the necessary arrangements and prepare our equipment for the upcoming trekking adventure.

    Our first day of the trek commences as we traverse through picturesque terraced fields towards the Bheri River, eventually entering a narrow gorge. This scenic journey typically takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, leading us to our campsite at Dunai, which serves as the administrative headquarters of the Dolpo region. Upon reaching Dunai, you will have some leisure time to explore the village and its surroundings, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and scenery. You will spend the night at the campsite, resting and preparing for the exciting days of trekking ahead.

  • 05 Dunai to Chhekpa (2,660m)

    Today, our exciting trek adventure begins along the famous Dolpo route, offering a comfortable and captivating experience. After presenting our trekking permits at the Silughar check-post within Shey Phoksundo National Park, we officially started our expedition. We'll then follow the scenic Phoksundo River through lush tropical forests, passing Kageni, Jutung, and Shangta. We'll cross a bridge over Phoksundo Lake at the confluence of Phoksundo and Maiba Khola. Our journey continues northward to Cheppka, where we'll set up a comfortable and secure campsite for the night, ensuring a restful rest.

  • 06 Chhepka to Amchi Hospital (3,110m)

    Today's trek takes us on a journey that alternates between both sides of the valley, with well-constructed bridges facilitating our crossings. At times, we'll be walking near the river, while at other points, we'll be navigating a narrow path high above the gorge. Our route guides us through diverse forests containing horse chestnut, larch, birch, and pockets of bamboo further up the valley. As the day progresses, the valley gradually expands, and we encounter a river confluence. Here, one trail follows the Pugma Khola towards Jumla, while we continue north along the Phoksundo Khola, eventually reaching a bridge leading to Amchi Hospital. Amchi refers to traditional Tibetan medicine specially adapted for the unique climatic and cultural conditions of the Tibetan plateau.

  • 07 Amchi Hospital to Ringmo (3,630m)

    Our journey today leads us to the deepest lake in Nepal, Shey Phoksundo. We'll take the direct trail to Phoksundo Lake, starting with an ascent through cedar forests to reach Palam, a winter settlement for locals from Ringmo village. Initially, we'll descend to an altitude of approximately 3,300 meters and then ascend to a ridge at about 3,875 meters. This ridge offers a spectacular viewpoint, where we'll witness the awe-inspiring 300-meter-high waterfall, Nepal's tallest, and our first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake, a mesmerizing turquoise gem. Our descent takes us through enchanting birch forests to the upper Phoksundo Khola area, leading to the charming settlement of Ringmo, adorned with mud-plastered chortens and Mani walls. Remarkably, the village now benefits from solar panels, enhancing the residents' quality of life. A short walk from the village brings us to the tranquil shores of Phoksundo Lake, where we'll establish our campsite for the day.

  • 08 Acclimatization day

    Our plan for today encompasses a visit to a nearby Bonpo Buddhist monastery, which provides a scenic vantage point overlooking Phoksundo Lake. Additionally, we will dedicate some time to explore Ringmo village. It's noteworthy that Bonpos, adherents of the Bonpo Buddhist tradition, observe a distinct custom of circumambulating chortens and other religious edifices in an anticlockwise manner, in contrast to the clockwise orientation practiced by mainstream Buddhists.

  • 09 Ringmo to Forest Camp (3,680m)

    Today, we are setting off on a trip to Upper Dolpo, a region that requires a special permit to enter beyond Ringmo. This day promises an incredible trekking experience as we follow a narrow and renowned path called the "Devil's Trail." This trail has been immortalized by Thinle in Erice Valli's film "Himalayan Caravan." The path meanders along the western perimeter of Phoksumdo Lake, and as we climb up to a ridge, we will be greeted by breathtaking vistas of the stunning turquoise lake, the village of Ringmo, and the majestic peaks of Kanjiroba (6,612m), Norbung Kang (6,085m), and Jhyarko Dingla (5,892m). Our journey then leads us on a gentle descent through clusters of birch trees, eventually bringing us to our campsite, nestled on the northern shores of Phoksundo Lake.

  • 10 Forest Camp to Kangla Phedi (4,620m)

    We leave our camp and walk through a wide valley that is adorned with beautiful streams joining the Phoksumdo Khola. After a two-hour hike through dense forests of pine and birch trees, we arrive at Chunemba camp. This camp is famous for its abundant Cordyceps sinensis, also known as caterpillar fungus or Yarcha Gompa. At Lar Tsa camp, we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Kanjiroba Himal (6,612m). As we continue our journey, we hike up the valley, occasionally encountering juniper and azalea plants along the way. We cross the river using a sturdy bridge. Our path then takes us up a rocky slope, following a winding trail that leads to a crest. From there, we descend to Snowfields Camp, which gained fame through Peter Mathiesson's book "Snow Leopard." This camp is a peaceful spot nestled next to the river.

  • 11 Cross Kang La Pass (5,380m). Trek to Shey Gompa (4,400m)

    Leaving our camp, we cross a river and climb grassy slopes to enter the valley that leads to Kang La. There are two passes. The one on the right often has snow, so in May 2010, we chose the left pass instead. This route has loose, slatey scree, so having trekking poles is a wise choice. It usually takes about 3 hours to reach Kang La Pass at 5,380 meters. From there, we can see a breathtaking view of the Tibetan mountains to the north and the massive Dhaulagiri range to the east. The descent from the pass has a softer scree, allowing for a fast descent to Hubajung Khola, where we have lunch. As we continue, the valley becomes narrower and forms a gorge with striking stratified orange rock formations. After approximately an hour, we pass a long mani wall, and soon, we can see Shey Gompa down the valley. Shey is located at a river junction below Crystal Mountain, which got its name from its veins of quartz. This mountain is highly significant in Dolpo and is considered the younger sibling of Mount Kailash in Tibet. Twice a year, pilgrims undertake a 12-hour circuit around Crystal Mountain, as instructed by the lama. Our camp is situated below the gompa in a grassy area, with several herders' huts nearby.

  • 12 Acclimatization day

    Today, we have the opportunity to leisurely explore Shey Gompa, unwind, and even catch up on some laundry if needed. In the afternoon, we suggest considering a visit to Tsakang Gompa, which is perched on a cliff and reachable within an hour's walk from Shey. Along the trail, keep an eye out for several herds of blue sheep, as this route is also part of the pilgrims' kora around Crystal Mountain.

  • 13 Cross Saldang La Pass (5,060m). Trek to Namgung (4,430m)

    Leaving Shey, our path leads eastward, tracing the Sephu Khola. Along the way, we encounter numerous mani walls, isolated fields, and doksas, which are seasonal settlements for yak herders. After an hour of walking, we veer into a northeast-bound valley that leads us toward Saldang La through a narrow gorge. This gorge eventually opens up into a bowl with loose scree, displaying various shades of yellow and orange.

    At the summit of Saldang La, we're greeted by a panoramic vista that stretches northward into Tibet, eastward to Mustang, and westward to Crystal Mountain and Kanjiroba. The landscape here bears a resemblance to the arid Tibetan plateau, featuring narrow gorges akin to those in Upper Mustang. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular, with visible folded strata in the rocks, a result of the tectonic uplift of the Asian plate.

    Descending from the pass, we stay to the left as the dusty trail traverses hillsides with minimal vegetation, save for a few isolated pin cushion mosses. Our route continues to descend until we reach a stream, after which we contour further until the ancient red and white gompa, perched on cliffs above Namgung village, comes into view. The village itself consists of just a handful of stone houses and a new monastery. Our campsite is located outside the village, below the entrance chortens (Buddhist shrines) and a mani wall.

  • 14 Namgung to Dora Sumda (3,770m)

    Leaving our camp, the trail takes us high above Namgung village, providing panoramic views back to Saldang La, which we crossed yesterday. After several hours of contouring, we reach a crest offering a vantage point to see Saldang village below and the mountains of Tibet to the north. Keep an eye out for soaring eagles in the expansive skies above.

    The Dolpo-pa, the resilient inhabitants of Dolpo, lead challenging lives in this unforgiving environment. They work diligently to cultivate what they can from the high, arid land while tending to large herds of yaks and goats. To supplement their food supply, they engaged in trade with Tibet, relying on extensive caravans of yaks. In the past, this trade involved bartering salt for grain, but nowadays, it includes manufactured Chinese goods and the increasingly profitable Yarcha Gompa, a valuable fungus collected in the area.

    Following lunch, we follow the high-level trail to Karang village, where villagers are busy plowing and planting their fields. We later descend to the valley floor, walking alongside the riverbank to reach our camp at Tora Sumda, situated at the confluence of Wagon Khola and Panzang Khola.

  • 15 Dora Sumda to Mischa Gaon (4,200m)

    Today marks one of the pivotal highlights of our trek through one of the most culturally captivating regions—an expedition that takes us to a secluded valley near Tibet, a realm rarely traversed by fellow trekkers. This particular valley is a veritable treasure trove of biodiversity; be on the lookout for herds of blue sheep, elusive musk deer, the enigmatic Himalayan fox, and, if fortune favors us as it did for an American group in May 2010, the elusive snow leopard, which was spotted just an hour prior.

    Shortly after leaving our camp, we embark on a thrilling journey as we traverse the newly constructed bridge spanning the Panzang Khola river, leading us to its north bank. Our next stop is Yangur village, home to Dolpo's oldest gompa, ensconced amidst intricately adorned mani walls and encircled by nine chortens. Beyond this picturesque village, the valley takes a dramatic turn, gradually narrowing into a breathtaking gorge characterized by striking orange and yellow rock formations.

    While our hearts yearn to follow the meandering path along the Panzang Khola directly to Shimen village, the precipitous nature of the gorge compels us to alter our course. Instead, we must scale the heights of Muri La to the north, offering us an alternative route to our destination.

    As twilight descends, we make camp in a serene field on the outskirts of Mischagaon village, also known as Mugaon, a resting place that promises respite and reflection after an exhilarating day of exploration.

  • 16 Cross Musi La Pass (5,030m). Trek to Shimen (4,250m)

    Our trek continues from Camp through the charming Mischagaon village, leading us on an ascent towards Muri La. Along the way, we are treated to sweeping views of towering 6,000-meter-plus peaks such as Tshu Kalpo, Kang Serku, Dholam, and Tripura Thumba. The pass itself offers a breathtaking panorama, with the majestic Dhaulagiri gracing the horizon. Descending from Muri La, we encounter a challenging terrain, urging us to make use of trekking poles for stability. After descending about 500 meters, we enjoy a well-deserved lunch break in a serene grassy area by a meandering river, surrounded by nature's beauty.

    Our journey continues through a captivating gorge adorned with occasional waterfalls, eventually leading us to Chanpola Goth—a hub of trade and cultural exchange between Dolpo-pa and Tibetans. Here, the rich history and traditions of the region come to life. Our day concludes at a peaceful campsite beside a settlement of yak herders, offering the option to relax by the nearby river and even attend to some laundry while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

  • 17 Shimen to Tinje Gaon (4,180m)

    Embarking from Camp, a scenic hour-long walk guides travelers to the charming Shimen village, characterized by its verdant willow groves and extensive terraced fields of buckwheat, barley, and potatoes. Noteworthy landmarks include a new school and a remarkable 600-meter-long mani wall.

    Our journey leads us through the enchanting Panzang Valley, a vital component of Upper Dolpo alongside the Tarap, Nangkhong, and Tsharka valleys. After an hour's walk, we ascend alongside a tributary river, passing under an imposing overhang, ultimately reaching the serene Mendo Campsite on a grassy shelf. Subsequently, Pu Gompa appears on the opposite riverbank, and we continue along Panzang Khola for another hour and a half to our lunch spot near the Namygal chorten.

    As we traverse the valley post-lunch, it gradually expands, leading us to the Tibetan-inhabited hamlet of Phalwa, where men are distinguished by red sashes in their hair. Our journey continues, bringing us to Tinje, a significant village set within a wide valley adorned with extensive fields, two revered gompas, and an ancient fort. To reach our night's campsite, we'll pass by a disused airstrip before descending to a tranquil grassy area by the river.

  • 18 Tinje Gaon to Rapka (4,550m)

    Proceed along the Panzang Khola, passing by the remnants of an ancient settlement situated on the opposite bank of the river. After a two-hour journey, we reach the confluence of rivers, at which point we veer left onto the Kehen Khola tributary for an additional hour's walk, leading us to a verdant and inviting lunch spot nestled alongside the riverbank.

    Following our midday break, our path continues along the left bank of the Kehen Khola, taking us past a series of doksas, or seasonal herders' shelters. This scenic route leads us to the charming village of Rakpa, where we establish our camp for the night.

  • 19 Cross Chharka La Pass (5,015m). Trek to Chharka (4,300m)

    Starting from Camp, our journey leads us up the valley. After a brisk half-hour walk, we'll cross the Kehen Khola. During the spring season, we nimbly hop from rock to rock to navigate the river, but come autumn, it's advisable to carry sandals as the water levels tend to rise.

    Upon reaching the confluence near a yak herder's camp, we veer onto the left river, Myantoku Khola. This valley gradually unfurls into a broad floodplain, intersected by several tributary rivers that require multiple crossings. As we ascend, we'll aim for a cairn perched at 4,950 meters. Beyond this point, the valley once again widens, offering picturesque views of numerous yaks grazing on the expansive pastures. From here, one can spot the cairn and trail leading to Chharka La. After about an additional hour of trekking, we'll arrive at the summit of the pass, where a breathtaking panoramic vista awaits. Following a brief descent, the majestic Dhaulagiri massif will unveil itself to the right.

    Continuing onwards, it's a three-hour walk to reach Chharka village. The trail contours high above Chharka Tulsi Khola, periodically descending and ascending as it meanders through side valleys. Upon passing the entrance chortens and the local school, we enter the old village, where narrow alleys crisscross courtyards filled with the presence of goats, horses, and yaks.

  • 20 Acclimatization day

    Today offers an opportunity for exploration and relaxation in the village as we prepare for the upcoming challenging days, including the crossing of the Sangda La passes en route to Jomsom. Our schedule includes visits to two significant gompas, one representing the Buddhist faith and the other the Bonpo tradition, showcasing the rich religious diversity of the Dolpo region. This day also serves as a valuable buffer, allowing us to account for any delays encountered during our journey thus far.

  • 21 Chharka to Norbulung (4,750m)

    Descending from Chharka village, our path leads us to the Chharka Tulsi Khola, where we'll cross on a sturdy metal box girder bridge. At the confluence of the rivers, we make use of a suspension bridge to access the left bank of Thasan Khola. The trail takes us along high contours above the river, tracing the undulating ridges. Following a passage through a landslip zone, we descend to a tranquil grassy spot for a well-deserved lunch break, a journey of approximately four hours.

    Post-lunch, our adventure continues as we trek up the valley. Here, the gorge gradually narrows, and after two more hours of steady progress, we arrive at the doksa of Norbulung. If time permits, we may consider extending our hike for an additional hour, leading us to Molum Sumna. This strategic decision can help us reduce the distance covered in tomorrow's walk.

  • 22 Cross Sangda La Pass (5,515m). Trek to Sangda Phedi (5,100m)

    Departing from Norbulung Camp, our path leads us through the expansive yak pastures of Molum Sumdo. Continuing onwards, we make our way to a crest adorned with a prominent cairn, perched just beyond the altitude of 5,100 meters. From this vantage point, it's a further two-hour journey to reach Sangda La, taking us across a picturesque grassy plateau where yaks graze peacefully. Here, we begin the ascent towards the significant Sangda La pass, a geographical marker delineating the boundary between Dolpo and Annapurna regions.

    The trail then descends, leading us over loose scree terrain until we arrive at our Camp at Sangda Phedi, situated next to the Bheri Khola. It's important to note that this campsite stands as the highest point of our trek, which means it will likely be a cold night as we prepare for rest and further adventures ahead.

  • 23 Cross Lower Sanga La (5,035m). Trek to Sangda (3,800m)

    From our camp, we embark on a trek alongside the Bheri Khola for 45 minutes, then ascend the lower Sangda La at 5,035 meters. This elevated vantage point affords awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the Kali Gandaki Valley, Thorong La, and the grandeur of 6,000-meter peaks like Tongu Himal and Mukot Himal.

    Descending from the pass, we navigate a challenging trail of loose slate, reaching a crest marked by a cairn at 4,800 meters, followed by a descent to a prominent rock at 4,500 meters. Here, we encounter two trail options: a steeper, more direct path favored by porters on the right, and a longer, scenic route on the left, passing a waterfall and a saddle. We then proceed to a grassy plateau adorned with pine trees and continue along an exposed new trail, leading to a suspension bridge at 3,900 meters, where we pause for lunch. This morning's trek covers approximately 3 ½ to 4 hours.

    After lunch, we undertake a steep ascent, traversing higher along the Kyalunpa Khola. An hour later, we cross a crest marked with prayer flags at 4,150 meters. Descending through a steep gulley, we reach our first tributary river crossing at 3,800 meters, followed by another half-hour traverse to the second river, crossed using rocks as stepping stones. Soon, we reach Sangda village, enclosed by a wall surrounding cultivated fields, designed for efficient land use. Across the valley, the abandoned remains of two villages stand as poignant reminders of the challenges of life in this region. We set up camp for the night in the school grounds above Sangda village, ensuring a safe and comfortable rest stop.

  • 24 Sangda to Dhagarjun (3,280m)

    From our camp, we embark on a trek alongside the Bheri Khola for 45 minutes, then ascend the lower Sangda La at 5,035 meters. This elevated vantage point affords awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains, including the Kali Gandaki Valley, Thorong La, and the grandeur of 6,000-meter peaks like Tongu Himal and Mukot Himal.

    Descending from the pass, we navigate a challenging trail of loose slate, reaching a crest marked by a cairn at 4,800 meters, followed by a descent to a prominent rock at 4,500 meters. Here, we encounter two trail options: a steeper, more direct path favored by porters on the right, and a longer, scenic route on the left, passing a waterfall and a saddle. We then proceed to a grassy plateau adorned with pine trees and continue along an exposed new trail, leading to a suspension bridge at 3,900 meters, where we pause for lunch. This morning's trek covers approximately 3 to 4 hours.

    After lunch, we undertake a steep ascent, traversing higher along the Kyalunpa Khola. An hour later, we cross a crest marked with prayer flags at 4,150 meters. Descending through a steep gulley, we reach our first tributary river crossing at 3,800 meters, followed by another half-hour traverse to the second river, crossed using rocks as stepping stones. Soon, we reach Sangda village, enclosed by a wall surrounding cultivated fields, designed for efficient land use. Across the valley, the abandoned remains of two villages stand as poignant reminders of the challenges of life in this region. We set up camp for the night in the school grounds above Sangda village, ensuring a safe and comfortable rest stop.

  • 25 Dhagarjun to Jomsom (2,670m)

    Our journey continues as we ascend to one more pass before descending to Jomsom, a prominent stop on the renowned Annapurna Circuit. In Jomsom, we'll find accommodation at the Hotel, considered the finest establishment in town and conveniently located opposite the airport. Here, you can enjoy refreshing hot showers, catch up on emails, and explore the charms of Jomsom.

    In the evening, our talented cooks will prepare a special farewell meal, providing us with an opportunity to savor one last memorable dinner together. Later, we'll express our gratitude to the dedicated crew who have tirelessly supported us throughout the trek by distributing well-deserved tips as a token of appreciation for their hard work.

  • 26 Jomsom to Pokhara

    We'll start the day early with a scenic morning flight to Pokhara, where breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, await us. This aerial journey is nothing short of stunning.

    Upon arriving in Pokhara, the entire day is at our leisure. You can choose to unwind at the hotel, take in the tranquil surroundings, or embark on a leisurely exploration of the charming Lakeside area. With a backdrop of mesmerizing mountain panoramas and the serene beauty of nature, you can visit intriguing attractions like the Mahendra Cave, David's Fall, and various lakes scattered throughout the region. It's a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Pokhara's rich natural and cultural wonders.

  • 27 Fly back to Kathmandu

    After a morning of exploring the picturesque Pokhara Valley and taking in its natural and cultural attractions, we'll prepare for our afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. During the flight, you can once again savor the enchanting mountain views that Nepal is renowned for.

    Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we'll be transferred to our designated hotel, where we can unwind and reflect on the memorable experiences of our journey. The mountain views and the sense of accomplishment from our trek will undoubtedly leave lasting impressions as we conclude our adventure in the capital city of Nepal.

  • 28 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

  • 29 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Included in package cost
  • Private Airport Transfers: We provide convenient and comfortable airport pick-up and drop-off services via private vehicles.
  • Kathmandu Valley Full-Day Sightseeing: Explore the wonders of Kathmandu Valley with our comprehensive package, which includes all entrance fees to monuments and attractions.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu: Enjoy a comfortable 4-night stay in Kathmandu in a twin-sharing room with a bed and breakfast plan.
  • Accommodation in Nepalgunj: Experience a restful night in Nepalgunj with a twin-sharing room on a bed and breakfast plan for one night.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara: Experience a restful night in Pokhara with a twin-sharing room on a bed and breakfast plan for one night.
  • Domestic Airfare: We arrange domestic flights for your convenience, covering Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Jomsom to Pokhara, and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Camping Trekking Experience: Immerse yourself in the wilderness with our all-inclusive camping trekking package, featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Tented Accommodation and Equipment: Our package includes twin-sharing tented accommodations and a complete set of camping and kitchen equipment, such as mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, dining tables, and chairs.
  • Phoksundo National Park Entry: Gain access to the pristine beauty of Phoksundo National Park with our included entrance fees.
  • Special Permits: We obtain special permits for both Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo regions, ensuring a seamless trekking experience.
  • Safety and Medical Support: Our package covers first aid and medical kits to ensure your safety throughout the journey.
  • Professional Support Team: Benefit from the expertise of our English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook, assistant cook, and porters, who are dedicated to making your trek memorable.
  • Insurance for Nepalese Staff: Rest assured that our Nepalese staff members are covered by accidental and medical insurance.
  • Government Taxes and Official Charges: All government taxes and official fees are included in our package, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure.

We are committed to providing you with a seamless and memorable trekking experience, taking care of every detail to ensure your comfort and safety.

Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Pokhara are not included in the package. You will need to cover these expenses on your own.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package. It's essential to have proper insurance to cover any unforeseen situations during the trek.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure are not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your personal trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: If there are unforeseen circumstances like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather conditions, landslides, or any other natural calamities, any additional expenses arising from these situations should be borne by the trek participants themselves.

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Upper Dolpo Trek stands as an exceptional trekking adventure, nestled within the remote and secluded Dolpo region of Nepal. This extraordinary journey not only provides trekkers with the chance to explore pristine landscapes but also offers a rare and profound opportunity to deeply immerse themselves in the ancient Tibetan culture that thrives in the remote enclave of Upper Dolpo. Situated in the far-flung northwestern reaches of Nepal, this trek embodies a truly unique and enriching experience.

The duration of the Upper Dolpo Trek can vary based on the selected itinerary but generally ranges from 21 to 28 days. To maximize the experience of this exceptional journey, the optimal times for embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek are during late spring, spanning from May to June, or in the early autumn, which extends from September to October. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions, ensuring that trekkers can traverse the trails with comfort and immerse themselves fully in the awe-inspiring landscapes and culturally rich experiences that the Upper Dolpo region has in abundance.

Upper Dolpo Trek is widely recognized for its demanding nature, rendering it an ideal choice for seasoned trekkers seeking an adventurous challenge. This expedition involves traversing formidable high mountain passes, navigating through rugged and frequently isolated terrain, and managing the complexities of high-altitude environments. Trekkers embarking on this remarkable journey should be well-prepared for altitudes reaching approximately 5,515 meters at the Sangda La Pass, underscoring the strenuous and adventurous essence of this extraordinary trek.

The Upper Dolpo Trek, situated in Nepal, mandates the acquisition of specific permits for trekkers to gain legal access to this restricted and ecologically protected terrain. Two primary permits are requisite for the Upper Dolpo Trek:

Accommodations during the Upper Dolpo Trek are defined by their rustic and remote nature. Here's a breakdown of what you can anticipate:

The Upper Dolpo Trek offers an incredibly immersive cultural experience, granting you a profound insight into the ancient Tibetan culture and traditions that flourish in this remote corner of Nepal. Here's a glimpse of what awaits you:

For the Upper Dolpo Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Getting to the starting point of the Upper Dolpo Trek involves a combination of flights and trekking. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to reach the starting point:

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Upper Dolpo Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Dolpo Trekking:

Safety is of utmost importance when trekking the Upper Dolpo Trek. There are several key factors to consider in order to ensure a safe journey. First and foremost, proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the increasing elevation. It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Being aware of the weather conditions is vital as well. Stay updated on the current weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes that may occur. Sudden weather shifts can affect the trail conditions and your overall safety. Carrying a basic first aid kit is highly recommended. It should include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic ointment, painkillers, and any necessary medications. Additionally, having travel insurance is a wise precautionary measure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Lastly, it is essential to follow the guidance of experienced guides or porters. They possess valuable knowledge of the region, the trail, and potential challenges. They can provide insights, offer assistance, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Before embarking on the trek, always check the current trekking conditions and any possible trail closures. This will help you plan your route accordingly and avoid any hazardous situations. By taking these safety considerations into account, you can have a more secure and enjoyable experience while trekking the Dolpo

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

We are dedicated to providing an exceptional culinary experience during your camping trek in Nepal. Our commitment to taste and nutrition ensures that your energy is replenished after a challenging day on the trail. Here's how we elevate your dining experience:

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Upper Dolpo Trek, set in a remote and less populated environment, lacks lodges, teashops, and guesthouses. Consequently, a comprehensive full-board camping setup is meticulously organized, complete with experienced guides, skilled cooks, Sherpas, and diligent porters who oversee all aspects of your journey. Porters manage gear transport and personal belongings, while culinary experts prepare nourishing meals. Accommodation consists of two trekkers per tent, and our trekking cook ensures fresh food. The day starts with hot tea around 6 to 7 AM, followed by cleansing and breakfast before trekking. With a flexible pace allowing for sightseeing and a lunch break after approximately 3 hours, the afternoon trek leads to the next campsite by 4 to 5 PM, complemented by tea and snacks. As evening approaches, the dining tent is prepared for dinner service around 6 to 7 PM, featuring thoughtful design and lantern lighting to underscore our commitment to an exceptional trekking experience.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd. will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of a similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Upper Dolpo Trek, a non-refundable deposit of USD 1,000 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For Upper Dolpo Trek, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 500 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 500 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Limi Valley Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

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