Upper Dolpo Trek - 24 Days

upper dolpo trekking

‘Upper Dolpo Trekking is an adventure around Nepal’s wildest region within scenic Far North-West Himalayas’

Upper Dolpo Trekking takes you out of this world beyond your imagination a beautiful country to experience an adventure of a lifetime to around the wildest and remote parts around Far North-Western Himalayas of Nepal.

Few worldwide people might have heard or read in a book about Upper Dolpo Trekking; the famous classic novel ‘Snow-Leopard’ by Peter Mathessian an American author published this novel in the mid-1980’ after he explored this wonderful area of Upper and Inner Dolpo.

Trek Highlights

  • A country of complete wilderness an old Trans Himalayan Caravan trail of Nepal and Tibet.
  • Fascinating and beautiful landscapes where Snow-Leopard and herd of Blue Sheep dwells.
  • In the land of ancient Bon religion of pre-Buddhism with amazing impressive cultures.
  • Trekking within Nepal’s largest Shey-Phoksundo National Park and its scenic Ringmo Lake.
  • Explore high Shey Monastery within awesome crystal mountain in sheer tranquil surroundings.
  • Crossing high passes over Kang-la to reach magnificent and impressive Upper Dolpo area.

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with a half-day tour and fly to Nepalgunj city.
Day 03: Fly to Jhupal 2,470 m (40 mins on air) and 2 hrs drive to Dunai 2,140 m.
Day 04: Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m – 06 hours.
Day 07: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for the local excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Phoksumdo-Khola 3,640 m- 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Phoksumdo Bhanjyang – 07 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Shey-Gompa 4,500m crossing over Kang-La 5,357 m -06 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Shey-Gompa the crystal monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Namduna-Gaon 4,800m via Saldang La 5,200m.
Day 13: Trek to Saldang 3,620 m -05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Cha-Gaon 4,910 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Dachau Khola camp at 4,700 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek and cross Jiang-La at 5,216 m and walk to Phedi 4,900 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Tokyu-Gaon 4,209 m via Jiang-la-06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Dho-Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m – 07 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m – 06 hours.
Day 21: Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Dunai – 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal – 02 hr jeep ride.
Day 22: Morning flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotels.
Day 23: In Kathmandu free as contingency day and for individual activities.
Day 24: International departure for homeward bound.

Overview

Upper Dolpo Trekking takes you out of this world beyond your imagination a beautiful country to experience an adventure of a lifetime to around the wildest and remote parts around Far North-Western Himalayas of Nepal.

Few worldwide people might have heard or read in a book about Upper Dolpo Trekking; the famous classic novel ‘Snow-Leopard’ by Peter Mathessian an American author published this novel in mid-1980’ after he explored this wonderful area of Upper and Inner Dolpo.

The other medium where Dolpo Region of Nepal was famously exposed was from the movie ‘Himalaya’; a French and Nepalese venture which was nominated for Oscar as best foreign Film in 1998. Since then, a smaller number of trekkers and explorers often visited Upper Dolpo to experience the great wilderness.

Upper Dolpo falls within Nepal’s largest National Park, Shey-Phoksundo National Park. The region covers an area of 3,555 sq.kms and extends towards Dhaulagiri to Mugu region of Nepal Western region.

Upper Dolpo is a scenic country with serene woodland of blue pines, spruce, cypress, poplar, fir and birch. Higher areas have caragana shrubs. Wild animals like Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar habitats and exotic bird-life like Impeyan Pheasant or Danphe (national bird of Nepal), blood pheasant, cheer pheasants, red and yellow-billed cough, raven, jungle crow, snow partridge are found in Upper Dolpo Nepal.

The walk leads you to scenic emerald coloured Phoksundo which is also called as Ringmo Lake. A nice village of Ringmo is located nearby. Our adventure leads you towards high Kang-la pass of above 5,357 m which offers a glorious panorama of beautiful landscapes and snow-capped peaks as walk leads you to Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery.

Upper Dolpo Nepal is an amazing place to visit. Its wild arid and barren landscapes but yet beautiful with charming views. Its monastery and nearby sacred Crystal Mountain embedded with raw semi-precious stones add more to the beauty of cultures and tradition.

After an enjoyable and interesting time, the walk leads towards an alternative route via some high passes to reach a wide and marvellous green valley around Tokyu and Dho-Tarap villages. These are impressive places to explore their fascinating colourful culture and age-old heritage life similar to Tibetans across the near border.

The journey continues heading into the deep valley around Yak grazing country to reach historical Tarakot village. Then, our Upper Dolpo trek takes us back to Jhupal for a flight back to Kathmandu, after a great adventure and experience on Upper Dolpo Trekking.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu airport received by our guide and staff with transportation to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu at Thamel, an exciting place in Kathmandu, after checking in your rooms join with the group for Upper Dolpo Trekking briefing provided by our guides or leaders.

Evening includes group welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese Restaurant with culture programs with your dinner.

Day 2
In Kathmandu with half-day tour and fly to Nepalgunj city.

Morning sightseeing tour around interesting places of Kathmandu visiting world heritage sites of great wonders, where Hindu and Buddhism religions blends in perfect harmony.

After an interesting tour with time to refresh and transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal for scenic sweeping flight to land at Nepalgunj airport, during air grand views of Himalayan range of mountains.

At Nepalgunj transfer to its city hotels, with time to explore this interesting city similar to Indian Hindu culture with some Muslim people as this areas situated close to India border within Nepal Far South West of sub-tropical climate.

Day 3
Fly to Jhupal 2,470 m (40 mins on air) and 2 hrs drives to Dunai 2,140 m.

Morning another connecting flight of short hours in a smaller aircraft to land at Jhupal in Dolpo region airstrip, here meet our other trekking and camping staff and porters where few hour drive takes you to Duani, headquarter and administrative town of Dolpo region here with time in the afternoon to roam around its bazaar of great interest to witness local people of Far Western Nepal.

Day 4
Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.

With interesting overnight stop at Dunai, where morning starts crossing over a bridge above Thulo Bheri River, as walk leads to a climb on a high hill and ridge towards Phuksumdo River valley facing views of Kagmara peaks, from here on downhill past farm villages within walnut groves getting close to a stream at Dhera, a small farm settlements, and taking short climb to reach Raha-Gaon village within Hindu populated with Thakuri people (indigenous tribe of Nepal), from here on downhill into forested area then reaching our overnight camp in small farm village called as Chhepka.

Day 5
Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.

After Chhepka which is close to another village of Ankhe, as morning walk leads to a short climb with descend into woodland of tall pine and spruce tree lines reaching at a river bank, where here climb leads after leaving the tree lines behind and then back into forest after downhill to cross a small bridge reaching at Ryajik village, as walk leads beyond to our overnight camp close to the entrance of Phuksumdo National Park.

Day 6
Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.

With lovely pleasant morning as our route takes you to at beautiful Phoksundo Lake after walking past Pungmo Khola (stream) and its valley, where walk follows Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach upper areas of Phoksundo Khola, after a short rest continue walk to Ringmo village, an interesting village of Tibetan origin where houses are built with mud and religious Buddhist chhorten or Mani (prayer) walls.

From here a short walk leads at the bank of Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp facing turquoise colored Phoksumdo Lake.

Day 7
Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion.

A perfect spot for rest day at this scenic spot, with ample time for short walks and hike with views of Kagmara peaks, and visit its interesting village of Ringmo village located close to the lake.

Day 8
Trek to Phoksumdo-Khola 3,640 m- 05 hrs.

After a great lovely enjoyable moment at beautiful lake of Phoksumdo where morning walk start towards higher region of Upper Dolpo our main highlight and major destination, as our route contours around rocky ledges above a river bank on unsteady trail, then reaching west side of the lake towards green pasture field, as the valley opens into a wide areas within Phoksumdo Khola (stream) where will have our overnight camp within tranquil and isolated areas of upper side of the lake.

Day 9
Trek to Phoksumdo Bhanjyang - 07 hrs.

Morning starts heading north of Phoksumdo stream with climb to reach a ridge top, rewards you with grand scenery of beautiful valley with views of Kang-La pass towards Shey Gompa, stopping on this lovely spot for here overnight camp within nice green pasture field of Yaks.

Day 10
Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m crossing over Kang-La 5,357 m -06 hrs.

Trek to Shey Gompa 4,500m crossing over Kang-La 5,357 m -06 hrs.

Day 11
Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.

A marvelous spot out of this world in complete ambiance of wild terrain and landscapes within high mountains and in close harmony with the nature with chanting of monks and priest of Shey Gompa, an impressive tour of the monastery which is also known as ‘Crystal Monastery’, which is described on famous classic novel ‘Snow Leopard’ by American author Peter Mathiesen.

Day 12
Trek to Namduna Gaon 4,800m via Saldang La 5,200m.

After a pleasant and exciting time at Shey Gompa, where our return journey leads towards inner Dolpo areas, as walk begins entering wall canyon, as walk meanders with climb on top Saldang-la facing views of Dhaulagiri mountains, and then downhill towards grazing area and ending the day walk with overnight stop in Namduna Gaon.

Day 13
Trek to Saldang 3,620 m -05 hours.

From here on walk on dry and arid terrain, as our route leads to steep climb to Saldang, one of major village of the area situated higher side of windswept plateau, where we will stop for overnight with time immerse within its interesting culture of both Bon and Buddhism religion and ancient heritage way of life.

Day 14
Trek to Cha-Gaon 4,910 m - 05 hrs.

Trek to Cha-Gaon 4,910 m – 05 hrs.

Day 15
Trek to Dachu Khola camp at 4,700 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk takes you to nice Tarap valley withind Tokyu and Dho-Tarap village, as our route heads south direction to reach Dachu Khola and beyond, on crossing the same trail for few hour, then follow a river towards farm fields, and then reaching a Yak herders camp for overnight stop and camping around yak grazing country.

Day 16
Trek and cross Jyang-La at 5,216 m and walk to Phedi 4,900 m - 06 hrs.

After a wonderful overnight on nice summer pasture as morning walk leads to a river for short time and then encountering many yaks and mules laden caravan heading towards Tibet, where between Tibet and Dolpo trade and bartering still exists since past hundreds of year history, as this route leads on Old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade and Caravan Route.

From the Jyang-la base, morning leads to a steep climb to reach on top of Jyang-la pass with views of massive Mt. Dhaulagiri range, from here a long descend to the base of the pass on route Tokyu village.

Day 17
Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m via Khanger - 06 hrs.

From the other base of Jyang-la, morning starts heading for a steep uphill to reach on top a small ridge rewards you with excellent panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri range of peaks, and then a long descend takes you at Modo valley, time permitting visit the monastery, from here where trail from Upper and Lower Dolpo joins.

After visiting Modo and Khanger areas a good walk of few hours reaches you to an interesting and most impressive villages around Tokyu-Gaon for overnight stop, one of the largest village within Dolpa area, as its consists of more than ten villages with nice tended farm fields having its old monasteries.

Day 18
Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.

Enjoying lovely moment at Tokyu Gaon, morning starts on downhill heading toward Tarap Chu within a broad and wide green valley, this is one of the most beautiful valleys with lots of Yak herders temporary settlements.

From here continue walk to reach our overnight camp at Dho-Tarap, another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

Day 19
Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.

From Do-Tarap and its interesting village where morning leads to a long descend reaching at Tarap valley, largest and longest valley of Dolpo which is about 20 k.m distance stretches from Tarap Chu River to Thuli Bheri River near at Tarakot village.

Walk leads past Langa with wonderful views of cascading waterfalls where our route heads due south following a trail past Sisaul with smaller areas of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.

Day 20
Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.

Today our journey leads towards scenic valley of Tarap area, as walk enter into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Tol-Tol within large overhanging cave, around this area chances of spotting some wild-life like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals.

As walk progress reaching at a confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola Rivers, overnight camp is made by the bank of river after a long day walk of nearly six hours or more.

Day 21
Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk begins on passing smaller rural farm villages and into smaller woodland area, where route follows Tarap Chu all the way to reach at Tarakot, one of the most interesting and largest village with an heritage of ancient history, where in early days was a fort village taking toll and taxes from the trade between Nepal and Tibet on this Old Trans Himalayan Salt-Trade Route.

Tarakot with well managed terraced farm fields with old historical fortress known as Dzong or Kot in local and Nepalese languages which guarded the village from outside invaders.

Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba situated on the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is set.

Day 22
Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.

After a marvelous and interesting time at Tarakot, our last day walk leads to Dunai the main town of Dolpo, where our treks completes taking a short drive back to Jhupal for last overnight around Dolpo before flying to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Day 23
Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj afternoon free at leisure.

As per flight time for Nepalgunj city, morning with final moment within Dolpo at Jhupal walk to its small airstrip, where short scenic flight drops you at Nepalgunj airport, here with time for refreshment before connecting flight in a larger plane to Kathmandu taking approx: 50 minutes to reach Kathmandu, after an exciting flight with mountain views on reaching at the airport transfer for short ride to your hotel, after a most remarkable adventure on Upper Dolpo afternoon with ample time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 24
In Kathmandu free as contingency day and for individual activities and International departure homeward bound.

Reserve this extra free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation in Jhupal-Dolpo which might occur sometimes due to bad and unfavorable weather conditions, this day allows you with free for individual activities, if all goes well as per our standard itinerary days.

Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of excellent adventure on Upper Dolpo trekking, as per your time for international flight, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Meals and Accommodations:

In major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will get multiple options to choose from, from cheap lodges to extravagant 5 stars hotels. Likewise, you will also get to choose from a wide range of cuisines while in the major cities. However, once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the treks, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.

Banking, ATM’s, and Money in Nepal:

Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency at major cities.

You can also exchange foreign currencies into Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.

Sightseeing Tour:

We will brief you about your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and trekking and we will be giving you information file, and importantly introduced with your tour/trekking guide.

Trekking Crews:

You will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who has to acknowledge about responsible tourism flew of areas and eco-friendly tourism
We also provide an assistant guide (call is Sherpa) if you’re on the group 4-5 people, who are ready to help you with every your situation. Also provide one porter is every two members of the group, and he will be carrying bag pack not more than 25kg. We get our crews’ life get insured.

Documentation:

After your trip is over, we will provide you (HNA) adventure certificate =region.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of minimum 2-10 people. In case you want to travel alone, please do not hesitate to write back to us. We will plan consequently. In the case in your group more than ten people, please let us know so that we can make advance require and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking on the Everest Region much difficult as it is even more technical. We give you special priority to its technical sides for as well. For this, we have planned an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know a particular location where you need to stay for rest to acclimatize, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly pace study and so on. In case you get AMS, we have to crews who know how to deal with, it effectively and smartly.

Altitude Sickness:

While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel. As such, altitude sickness is an illness that a human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height 2,400 meters from the sea level.

You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk with a slow and steady pace, avoid smoking, and stop at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.

Travel Insurance:

Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all the tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing the accidents, but each individual can by themselves an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.

Internet and Communication:

It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are few other forms of communication in Nepal.

Pre-respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please consult your physician Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
• Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other
• Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide

Popular Destinations to Visit:

There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destinations, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.

As of adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as the prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.

Things to do in Nepal:

The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.

For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up to the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.

Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal:

The country lies on the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is during March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled blooming flora, and the temperature is just the right.

Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.

Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

How tough is walk on Upper Dolpo Trekking?

Depending upon how you take it, you must be aware that Nepal and all Himalayan countries a hilly and mountainous area, where much of the walk leads to ups and down with some gradual winding trail to cope.
However, on this trek which is similar to other Himalayan walks, the only long and steep climb is going up several high passes over Kang-la and Jyang-La above 5,000 m, and then with long stretch of downhill, walking is not that tough and hard as it looks.
As we have maintained walking itinerary days to suit interested people to enjoy scenic views with time to acclimatize with the altitude.

What are the religion and cultures that we can witness?

Around Nepal Far West a mixture of Buddhist with lower area with Hindu people of Brahmin-Chettries-Dalits and Magar tribes, as walk leads higher region of Inner and Upper Dolpo dominated by Dolpa people of Tibetan origin with same Buddhist culture and religion.
On this trek to Upper Dolpo witness fascinating culture and tradition farm life of hill people of Dolpo visiting its monasteries and villages with ancient Bon sect of pre Buddhism which is of great interest towitness.

How many people will be in the group?

From minimum 3-4 person in the group with maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for single person as well, running independent at extra cost than in groups.

How is the weather around Dolpo?

As per the season wise, where best time is from April to May, when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas.
Where most of the morning till mid days clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. Dolpo can be visited during monsoon months of July and August as the area falls within rain-shadow area blocked by high Himalayan mountain range.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there was smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present only few main town and village like Jhupal and Dunai has more lodges to stay with simple and basic facilities.
On this trek to Dolpo where camping is organized as this region falls within remote and isolated part of the country, camping is the best way to enjoy this adventure around Dolpo region with complete camping facilities of different unit of kitchen with cook-kitchen staff-guide and porters, carrying much of foods from Kathmandu itself.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do not have electricity on route trekking some village run by its own small hydro-power like in Tokyu or Tarakot, much of electric supply are private and individual of the village and some lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Phoksumdo Lake and villages on route, where networks are disturbed in deep gorge and valleys.
At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assist to cell-phones
with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital.
For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), resting and drinking enough fluid leaving an extra guide to take care of sick clients till he / she recovers on route treks or help them to descend to safer areas and taking an advance flight back to Nepalgunj or Kathmandu.

How are foods and hygiene during treks?

Meals are prepared by our head camping chef with varied items, all foods are carefully prepared with much hygiene concern, with good breakfast-lunch and dinner with afternoon tea and snacks prepared by our camping cook and staff.

I came to know that some people could get sick while on treks why?

Well hearing rumors and seeing for your own self is a different picture, to be honest some people are not used to Asian and spicy foods, that’s why people could get sick with change of diets as well.
To be on healthy side before and after the treks is to get advice from your guides what will be the best food to consume while on treks, we strongly suggest staying away from meats items in the first place, as it is not hygienic could be stale meat of a week time or more. If you go with vegetarian for sometimes will be the best options to stay healthy till you get immune to local environment and culture.

What types of medication should I bring from home for the trek?

In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.
In ever trip of ours we carry comprehensive medical kits which will be carried by our trekking staff, guides or group leader for common use if required as for your own personal illness, where you doctors might have recommended some medicine to carry with you.

What are the major factors and precaution one should take care on treks?

11: What are the major factors and precaution one should take care on treks?
Always abide the rules of the company and guides / leader, most of the main sickness is stomach disorder due to change in foods and culture shocks. If people have traveled in Asia countries and know the food well will be not a problem.
Other factors might leads to altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which can happen to any people, if they are not careful by walking fast in higher elevation and might catch the symptoms of AMS.
We have designed the itinerary days where people can acclimatize well with rest days in couple of high places before reaching much higher to our goal and highlights.
Some people might take Diamox pills, which is often used as high altitude pills, should consult the doctors before taking the right dose, which helps to regulate the flow of blood systems from getting clots in high altitude. Where drinking plenty of fluids, water-juice and rehydration drink including black warm tea also helps and taking much rest after getting tired.

When can I book for Upper Dolpo Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company.
Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

Check List

  • Reading/writing material
  • Binoculars
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, passport photo (4 copies min)
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Money pouch
  • Swiss army knife
  • Spare Boot Laces
  • Down Sleeping bag/down jacket-provided by Mountain Mart Trek
  • Duffel bag
  • Lightweight Towel
  • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves – wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Scarf
  • Sarong a multitude of uses
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided with each trekker for trekking)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • T-Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt – Long Sleeved
  • Pants – lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing – thermals.

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Upper Dolpo Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 23 Nights/24 Days
  • April - May & September - November
  • 5357m
  • Adventurous to Challenging in snow conditions
  • 2+
  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Tea House (On Hotel and lodges)

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