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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Upper Dolpo Trekking
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: -
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 25 Days
  • Trip Cost: Deluxe Package - USD 4000

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Upper Dolpo Trekking

Trip Overview

The region of western Nepal has only been open since 1988, and has been widely acclaimed as one of Nepal's best trekking regions. We have previously organized many different treks in the area and in 1997 we retraced the core elements of Peter Matthiessen's journey, made famous in his book “The Snow Leopard”.

Upper Dolpo TrekkingIt is one of the more challenging treks which allows you to explore the remote and sparsely populated areas of Nepal. Dolpo is where the movie 'Himalaya' wa shot by Eric Valli.

Prayer Flags on high pass, Upper Dolpo Trek and Shey Gompa
First we fly to Juphal, west of Dhaulagiri, Trekking north we enter Phoksundo National Park and after a rest continuous on Matthiessen's original trail, crossing the Khang La 17320ft/5279m, to reach the very remote monastery of Shey Gompa. On the way we pass the mystical crystal mountain. In Matthiessen's world's … “high to the west a white pyramid sails on the sky”. Shey Gompa was established in the eleventh century and little has changed here since then.

This is a special trek in one of Nepal's restricted areas and as such we have to pay the same levels of permit fees as for Mustang. However it is ideal for the keen walker who would like a wild experience away from the main trekking routs.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - Free Day.
Day 3 - Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - check into Hotel
Day 4 - Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal - trek to Dunai
Day 5 - Hanke
Day 6 - Regi
Day 7 - Phoksundo Lake
Day 8 - Pins
Day 9 - Gang la Phedi
Day 10 - Cross Gang la and reach Shey Gompa
Day 11 - Rest day and exploration in Shey
Day 12 - Namgaon
Day 13 - Saldang
Day 14 - Shimen
Day 15 - Tinkay
Day 16 - Kencheu River
Day 17 - Do
Day 18 - Cross Numala - Pelungtang
Day 19 - Cross Baga la - Baga la Phedi
Day 20 - Ringmo Bazaar
Day 21 - Ryajik
Day 22 - Juphal
Day 23 - Fly Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Day 24 - Free day in Kathmandu
Day 25 - International Departure.

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - Free Day.
Day 3 - Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - check into Hotel
Day 4 - Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal - trek to Dunai
Day 5 - Hanke
Day 6 - Regi
Day 7 - Phoksundo Lake
Day 8 - Pins
Day 9 - Gang la Phedi
Day 10 - Cross Gang la and reach Shey Gompa
Day 11 - Rest day and exploration in Shey
Day 12 - Namgaon
Day 13 - Saldang
Day 14 - Shimen
Day 15 - Tinkay
Day 16 - Kencheu River
Day 17 - Do
Day 18 - Cross Numala - Pelungtang
Day 19 - Cross Baga la - Baga la Phedi
Day 20 - Ringmo Bazaar
Day 21 - Ryajik
Day 22 - Juphal
Day 23 - Fly Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Day 24 - Free day in Kathmandu
Day 25 - International Departure.

Fact Finder

Duration - 25 days with 20 days camping
Trip Details: -
  • All camping Equipments
  • All meals on trek
  • Responsible leader, Sherpa Guides, Cook, Cooks assistants to prepare meals
  • Porters/yaks to carry equipments and ration
  • Portable altitude chamber
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach
Group & Staff - Min 4, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver
Accommodation - 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis, 1 night Hotel in Nepalgunj on MAP basis, 20 days camping
Land Cost - US$4000.00

Departure Dates

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Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  2. Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis
  3. One night Hotel in Nepalgunj on half board
  4. All transportation
  5. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader (Click to watch video of trek leaders)
  6. Complimentary T-Shirt
  7. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  8. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  9. Trekking "Chef" - We are the first and only trekking company that has this post
  10. 1 porter between two trekkers
  11. Good clothing for porters and crew
  12. Insurance for crew and porters
  13. All permits
  14. All meals on trek (best trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
  15. All camping equipment

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. Visas
  2. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  3. Transportation outside of the tour program
  4. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  5. Tips(suggested amount US$50 per week for staff only); Leader's tip at your discretion
  6. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

Thanks Raj
You have personally made this such a fantastic trip - better than I was expecting. I especially loved all the little extra details - including the guitar playing and singing... the power of rock lives on!! I hope to see you in Oxford in 2006 and I'll try to look after you as well as you have done for me in Nepal.... or at least take you on a mighty big pub-crawl! Good luck with all future plans.

Alex Smith
Oxford, United Kingdom

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