About Upper Dolpo Trekking
Upper Dolpo Trekking is the toughest of the Dolpo treks, a thrilling trek for expert trekkers. This trek crosses more than eleven mountain passes of the Himalayas, seven of them higher than 5000m. The difficulty of the route is well compensated by the forbidding beauty of the mountains and gentle hospitality of the people. The Upper Dolpo Trekking starts at Juphal and follows the same Inner Dolpo Trekking trail up the Suligad River gorge to Phoksundo Lake, 3600m. We cross a 5000 meter pass leading to the sacred Shey Gompa monastery. From here on you are unlikely to encounter any other trekkers. Instead, we share the trail with laden yak caravans travelling to or from Tibet.
Upper Dolpo Trekking cross Saldang-La, 5515m pass on the way to the village of Saldang into the even more remote regions: Khomagaun, Shimen and Tinkyu from where we head into the enchanted Panzang valley, the heart of Dolpo. After reaching the beautiful, high altitude village of Charkha, we enter the no-man’s-land of eastern Dolpo where spend the next five days crossing the high barren plateau and clambering over high passes. There are no villages in this area, and only scattered traces of yak caravans that pass this route. One extremely difficult challenge is when we have to cross two high passes on the same day. We pray for good weather on this day! Our trek ends in Jomsom from where we catch our flight back to Pokhara.
NOTE: Upper Dolpo Trekking can be customized according to your requirements and depending upon the length of your stay. An additional cost of USD 150 Dollars per person per day will be added if you want to exted your trekking days and similarly, USD 150 Dollars per person per day will be deducted if you wish to shorten your trekking days.
The Best Time of Year for the Upper Dolpo Trekking :
The best seasons for trekking in Upper Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late October). A trek in May and June is ideal however you should plan for some contingency days as the flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected by monsoon weather.
Temperatures on the Upper Dolpo Trekking :
The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.
Why Trek to Upper Dolpo with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions in Dolpo for over 13 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
Upper Dolpo is a Camping Trek:
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
Tented camping in Upper Dolpo is sure to be a great outdoors holiday. Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package.
- Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality. Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents!
Sherpa Support Staff:
- Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Drinking Water on the Upper Dolpo Trekking :
You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.
The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
- We either take Gamow OR oxygen in case of
- Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
- First Aid Kit
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.