Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the restricted parts of Nepal that are only allowed to be visited by obtaining an expensive special permit. As the name of the package suggests, the Upper Dolpo Trek explores the upper part of the Dolpo region, which was opened to foreign tourists in 1989. Explore the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges during the Dolpo Trek.
Travel back in time with us on our Upper Dolpo Trek for 27 days. Explore remote north-western Nepal and walk on an ancient salt trade route, relishing arid landscapes and majestic mountain views.
Upper Dolpo Trekking is a camping trek. The trail ascends through high passes and pastures to the gem of the Himalayas, Phoksundo Lake (3,611 m). You'll be trekking in the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Get ready to come across a range of exotic flora and fauna. If lucky, you may get to see the rare snow leopard.
Likewise, you get to visit the ancient Shey Gompa (4,200 m) and other old stupas while trekking. Meet with the locals who follow Tibetan Buddhism and BonPon religion. One of the major highlights of Upper Dolpo Trekking is Crystal Mountain. A mountain cliff is covered with marine fossils and quartz.
If you want to thoroughly read about the wonders of the Upper Dolpo or even want to witness them, then we recommend the famous book The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen and the Himalaya movie by Eric Valli.
What are the highlights of the Upper Dolpo Trek Route?
- Leave the crowded trails of the Himalayas behind and embark on a tranquil journey in one of the restricted areas of Nepal.
- Travel back in time and get to see the ancient lifestyle of the locals.
- Witness Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo cultural heritage.
- Visit old monasteries like Shey Gompa and stupas while trekking.
- Walk on the ancient salt trade route and get to see arid landscapes.
- Cross multiple high passes and walk through deep river gorges.
- Come across gorgeous waterfalls and meadows.
- Explore the stunning Phoksundo Lake and the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
Views during Upper Dolpo Trek
The Upper Dolpo Trek offers excellent views of roaring rivers, cascading waterfalls, and deep river gorges. The lush meadows and verdant valleys of field views along the trekking route are outstanding. Mountains and hills decorate the path with their dominating presence. And the colorful prayer flags add more color to the scenery.
How difficult is Upper Dolpo Trekking?
The Upper Dolpo Trek is not for soft hearts. You have to be physically strong with high endurance to keep up with the routines of the region. As it is a camping trip, our crew carries all the essentials, from fuel to food and tents.
The Upper Dolpo Trekking crosses many passes, including Kang La (5,380 m) and Sangda La (5,515 m). The terrain is rough and steep. You may not get a network connection for days and have to deal with high altitude. Check out our Upper Dolpo Trek map for an uncomplicated presentation of the route.
The Upper Dolpo Trek, lasting 27 days, is for trekkers who have previous trekking experience. On the Upper Dolpo Trek, you get truly off-grid from the rest of the world, which makes this trek very special for adventure lovers.
Training for the Upper Dolpo Trekking
To train for the Upper Dolpo Trek, first of all, get the trekking boots and break in. You do not want to wear a new, uncomfortable pair of shoes while walking on rough paths. Your next step should be getting your body ready for the journey.
Hiking, short treks, swimming, cycling, and running are recommended to help you build your stamina and endurance. Long walks (6 to 7 hours) once every week will get your legs ready for the trail.
What do we offer in our Upper Dolpo Trek Package 2024?
Anyone can do the Upper Dolpo Trek if prepared properly, and we help you get ready for the journey. Our team supports you with lodging and meals. You do not have to carry heavy tents and other essentials or cook meals unless you enjoy cooking with a view.
Our reasonable Upper Dolpo Trek cost and experienced team members are all you need to explore this isolated area. To book Upper Dolpo Trek 2024, you can send your booking request through our site. It's an easy and simple process.
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