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A camping experience in the isolated part of Nepal, Upper Dolpo Trek is a recently established trekking. It was restricted for foreign tourists until the late eighties and still, tourists are only allowed to visit the region with a special permit. Located at western Nepal, Upper Dolpo is also linked with the Tibetan border and hence, the lifestyle and culture are somehow similar to the Tibetans. The largest district of Nepal on the basis of land, Upper Dolpo is comprised of terrestrial structures pretty alike Tibetan plateaus.
Upper Dolpo is one of the least exposed places on Earth which is rarely traversed by the trekkers. We can hardly notice other trekkers along the trail. Due to its remoteness and difficult high passes along with the narrow off-the-beaten-track, only the brave-hearted and daring ones attempts the Upper Dolpo Trek. But those who dare, they are really fortunate to explore this hidden valley of Nepal. There are countless treasures in the Upper Dolpo which are yet to be exposed.
Revealed by the great American author, Peter Matthiessen in his book “The Snow Leopard” and being the shooting spot of the first Nepali movie with English subtitles, “Himalaya” or “Caravan” by Éric Valli nominated for Best Foreign Film category at the 72nd Academy Awards, Upper Dolpo has been a dream place for many. Most of them include artists, naturalists, researchers, photographers, and obviously natural lovers and explorers. Apart from that, the existence of the holy mountain viz. the Crystal Mountain pursues pilgrims to Upper Dolpo every year.
One of the major attractions of Upper Dolpo Trek includes the world’s deepest lake, Shey Phoksundo Lake. Trekkers can achieve the authentic experience of exposing the rare and endangered flora and fauna, the rural and isolated lifestyle and culture of the people, as well as the jaw-dropping panoramas of the Himalayas. Besides, the holy and spiritual Buddhist monuments including Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Mani walls and so on along the trail conveys positive and peaceful vibes.
Communicating with the locals is somehow difficult in Upper Dolpo. Most of the people speak Tibetan and rarely some people understand Nepali so there is extremely lower probability of finding people who could speak English. However, we do have guides who belong to Upper Dolpo so it won’t be a matter of trouble. Whereas, we hire local people as porters in order to provide the earning opportunities to the unemployed and enhance trekking experience further with natives.
Upper Dolpo Trek, a trek that takes you into the wild and makes you step at the high passes and rural settlements. The trek takes place in the rain shadow area so time-frame is not a big deal to organize the trekking. Nevertheless, it is a long and challenging adventurous trekking activity which is literally demanding. So, one should be physically sound and prepared along with some previous experience in order to embark on this trek. For more information about Upper Dolpo Trek, please do not hesitate to contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers and clarify your curiosity.
“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.
While you are on Upper Dolpo Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible.
Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Upper Dolpo Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people as well as it is a restricted area. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practiced that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Upper Dolpo Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Upper Dolpo Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
Yes, you will need a special permit for Upper Dolpo Trek because you have to walk thru Shey Phoksundo National Park and Upper Dolpo itself is a restricted area. You would require Shey Phoksundo National Parks, Upper Dolpo Special Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) for Upper Dolpo Trekking.
The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. And since it is a restricted area and requires at least two trekkers in a group as well as a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is also needed for this trek.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Yes, it is possible to get showers during Upper Dolpo Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
First Aid Kits
Personal Regular Medicines
Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.
During Upper Dolpo Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges as well as in tent-camps and you will be majorly served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek. On the other hand, we can also offer helicopter rescue service if required.
Upper Dolpo Trek could be organized anytime around the year but to experience the very best of this trek, we recommend you to trek in between August to the first week of October. During then, the dust would be vanished by the rain and the blossoming of floras and faunas would be picture-perfect so you will experience this trek at it's best.
The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.
Upper Dolpo Trek is long and challenging off the beaten path adventure around remote areas of Nepal. Therefore it requires a high level of physical fitness along with trekking experience around Himalayan surroundings.
Upper Dolpo Trekking is off the beaten path and welcomes fewer visitors compared to other popular trekking regions. Upper Dolpo is the largest district of Nepal on the basis of land; that comprises geographical structure quite similar to Tibetan highlands. Visit the deepest lake of the world, Shey Phoksundo, get insight to authentic lifestyle of local inhabitants, encounter rare floras and faunas along strenuous ascend and descend makes this trek one hell of an amazing experience.
Generally, Upper Dolpo Trek is 25 to 30 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
Took a trip to Inner Dolpo with these guys and it was great! Everything they promised I got and they promised a lot. Ramesh is very knowledgable and easy to work with and his guide Krishna his porter Baljit were great travel companions. You could go with a big name company but why would you? Get personalized and trustworthy service with these guys. Plus, their hotel is in a perfect location: close enough to Thamel for convenience but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful.
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