The Dolpo region is familiar with the Tibetan Plateau, but it is yet to be unexplored. It has maintained its natural beauty, although the territory is less frequent by the waves of modernization. However, making you an essential destination for trekkers who admire the value of serenity. Upper Dolpo Trek is a restricted area that only opened for tourism in 1989. It belongs to the Shey Phoksundo National Park, and the Upper Dolpo trek route usually goes above 4000 meters, and this unknown land influences the Tibetan culture. So, this is a complete guide to Upper Dolpo trekking that helps you to plan a trek to Upper Dolpo with a one-in-a-million experience.
The trail goes on the way to leaving a small airstrip at Juphal and passes through the settlements. The forest views and high snow-capped mountains reach the deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake, which lies at 3600 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, the Kang – La Pass connects the Phoksundo valley and Shey Gompa. The Kang – La Pass is the highest point of the trek, where you may see the beautiful mountains and landscapes. The Upper Dolpo trek joins with a visit to the Shey Gompa after exploring the Shey Phoksundo Lake. Shey Gompa and the crystal mountain provide a retreat and personal charm with the serenity it possesses.
Despite the natural beauty and impressive scenery, the trail brings you the hidden Saldang and Yangtser Gumpa, which is about the secret of Upper Dolpo no one is talking about. Hence, the journey makes you a beautiful retreat of the Upper Dolpo region.
|Max. Altitude||5360 meters|
24 Days Upper Dolpo Trekking itinerary
|Days||Destination/Itinerary||Altitude in Meters||Trek Distance|
|1.||Fly to Nepalgunj||150||0h55 by flight|
|2.||Fly to Juphal, then trek to Dunai||2160||0h40 then 3h00|
|3.||Dunai to Chhekpa||2650||6h15|
|4.||Trek to Jharana Hotel||3170||6h30|
|5.||Jharana Hotel to Phoksundo Lake||3650||4h00|
|7.||Trek to River Bed Camp||3660||at 6h00|
|8.||River Bed Camp to Nando – La High Camp||4120||6h30|
|9.||Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang – La Pass (5360)||4400||6h00|
|10.||Rest & explore Crystal Mountain|
|11.||Trek to Numagung via Shey – La (5000)||4200||6h30|
|12.||Numagung to Saldang||3970||3h30|
|13.||Trek to Yangtser Gompa||4400||5h30|
|14.||Luri Gaon to Rapa Gaon||4230||5h00|
|15.||Trek to Jeng – La Phedi||4370||5h30|
|16.||Jen – La to Tokyu via Jeng – La Pass (5170 m)||4200||6h00|
|17.||Trek to Dho Tarap||3900||2h45|
|18.||Rest & explore Tarap valley|
|19.||Trek to Serkam||2600||6h00|
|20.||Serkam to Shahar Tara||2170||7h00|
|21.||Trek to Dunai||2160|
|22.||Dunai to Juphal||2570||3h00|
|23||Fly back to Kathmandu|
|24.||Leisure day, fly to Kathmandu.|
Upper Dolpo Trek route
The Upper Dolpo trek route goes through several passes, rivers, and monasteries. The prayer flags, the stupa, the Tsyorten, and the Mani stones are visible during the journey. The Upper Dolpo trek still runs on a camping basis and makes sense to you as a wilderness experience. The visit is worth rewarding despite all these difficulties. The views of the area are genuinely fascinating and magnificent. The untouched culture, lifestyle of the peoples, landscapes, rare wildlife, and vegetation all add a feeling of a real adventure that can not feel while staying in a cozy room at your home. The Dolpo region and its daring itineraries combine the upper and Lower Dolpo trekking routes. However, it recommends for those trekkers who could have both important and religious influence.
If you plan a trek, here is everything you need to know about Upper Dolpo Trek Cost. Ask a local expert if the above itinerary is unsuitable for you or if something changes in the program.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)
Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 3: Flight to Nepalgunj – (150m)
Day 4: Flight to Juphal – 2475m and trek to Dunai.
Day 5: Dunai – Chhepka (2630 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 6: Chhepka – Chunuwar (3170 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 7: Chunuwar – Phoksundo Lake (3620m) 4h00 walk.
Day 8: Acclimatization and exploration day!!!
Day 9: Phoksundo Lake – Forest Camp (3640m) 6h00 walk
Day 10: Salla Ghari – Base Camp (4120m) 6h00 walk.
Day 11: Base Camp – Kang-La Pass – Shey Gompa (4320m) 7h00 walk.
Day 12: Rest Day – Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.
Day 13: Shey Gompa – Namgung (4430m) 6h00 walk.
Day 14: Namgung – Saldang (4046m) 4h00 walk.
Day 15: Saldang – Sibu (4000m) 6h00 walk.
Day 16: Sibu – Jeng-La Base Camp (4480 m) 5h00 walk.
Day 17: Jengla Base Camp – Jeng-La Pass – Dho-Tarap (4200m) 7h00 walk
Day 18: Dho- Tarap – Serkam (3630m) 7h00 walk.
Day 19: Serkam – Shahar Tara (2280m) 5h00 Walk
Day 20: Shahar Tara – Dunai (2109m) 5h00 Walk
Day 21: Dunai – Juphal (2404m) 3h00 Walk
Day 22: Juphal – Nepalgang – Kathmandu
Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Final departure
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please, arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.|
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1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.