The Dolpo region is familiar with the Tibetan Plateau, but it is yet to unexplored. It has maintained its natural beauties 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 only opened for tourism since 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 of 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 views of the forest and high snow-capped mountains that get to the deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake, which lies at 3600 meters above the 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 joint with a visit to the Shey Gompa after the exploration of the Shey Phoksundo Lake. Shey Gompa and the crystal mountain provides a retreat and personal charm with the serenity since it possesses.
Despite the natural beauties and impressive scenery, the trail brings you the hidden Saldang and Yangtser Gumpa, which about the secret of Upper Dolpo no one is talking. Hence, the journey makes you a beautiful retreat of the Upper Dolpo region.
- Explore mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake, which is crucial for its crystal clear water and turquoise shape.
- A unique camping experience together with the various landscapes of the area and its hidden treasure.
- Buddhist’s holy place, Crystal mountain, and Shey Gompa observe the unique Bon Buddhist culture.
- High passes over 5000 meters extraordinary mountain views, meet locals, and visit monasteries.
- Explore diverse flora and fauna in the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
24 Days Upper Dolpo Trekking itinerary
|Days||Destination||Altitude in Meters||Walking 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||6h00|
|4.||Trek to Jharana Hotel||3170||6h30|
|5.||Trek to Phoksundo Lake||3650||4h00|
|7.||Trek to River Bed Camp||3660||6h00|
|8.||Trek 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.||Trek to Saldang||3970||3h30|
|13.||Trek to Yangtser Gompa||4400||5h30|
|14.||Trek to Rapa Gaon||4230||5h00|
|15.||Trek to Jeng – La Phedi||4370||5h30|
|16.||Trek 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.||Trek to Shahar Tara||2170||7h00|
|21.||Trek to Dunai||2160|
|22.||Trek to Juphal||2570||3h00|
|23||Fly back to Kathmandu|
|24.||Leisure day, fly to Kathmandu.|
Upper Dolpo Trek route
Upper Dolpo trek route goes through several passes, rivers, and monasteries. The prayer flags, the stupa, the Tsyorten, and Mani stones are visible during the journey. The Upper Dolpo trek runs still on a camping basis and makes sense you 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, vegetation, all add a feeling of a real adventure that can not feel while staying in your home’s cozy room. The Dolpo region and its daring itineraries combine both the upper and Lower Dolpo trekking route. Although it recommends for those trekkers, who could both essential and religious influence.
If you are planning a trek, everything you need to know about Upper Dolpo Trek Cost. Ask a local expert, if the above itinerary is not suitable for you, or something changes on 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.