Trekking to Upper Dolpo was opened for travelers in the late eighties. The trek takes you to some of the most pristine and isolated regions of Nepal. Upper Dolpo presents breathtaking views of landscapes and mountains. Although the region has the most beautiful views, only a few travelers visit this destination every year because of high passes trail and usually limits their trek to Lower Dolpo.
The trail includes picturesque valleys, dense forest of oaks, pines & rhododendrons, spectacular landscapes, and stunning views of mountains. Not only this, but you will also get to the opportunity to understand Tibetan Buddhism and Bon because of the region’s geographical and cultural proximity with Tibet that has existed for centuries. And, the spotlight of the trek is mesmerising Shey Phoksundo Lake which is the deepest (145m) lake of Nepal.
Before going on this adventurous trek, you need to know a few things that are listed below:
Meals and Accommodation
You get all meals on full-board basis over the entire trek. If you plan to stay in teahouses or lodges to rest during the trek, you can get meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee during the meal) three times a day, according to their menu. However, if you will be camping, then you will be provided with fresh and hygienic meals prepared by our crew members.
At the start of the journey, you will be provided accommodation in a 3 or 4 Star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara. However, during the trek, your stay will be arranged in tea houses or lodges. The rooms in such facilities include a small bed, blankets, and a few furniture. For staying in camps, you will be assisted by a local guide, who will arrange the necessary items based on your demands.
Acclimatisation is a crucial factor during the high elevation trek. Getting enough days to rest can definitely make your trip successful, and decrease the risk of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Generally, altitude sickness begins from 3,600 meters/11808 feet. The best solution is to go slowly, keep yourself hydrated, and include enough acclimatisation days in the itinerary.
Travel insurance is mandatory if you are traveling in the Himalayas. It covers emergency helicopter evacuation, compensate for your lost property and protects your financial security. Make sure to consult with your travel insurance company and know all the necessary details about its coverage and benefits.
Climate & Weather
Nepal has diverse geography starting from 60 meters and takes you all the way up to the top of the world 8,848 meters. As Dolpo is the biggest district of Nepal, it includes a different climatic condition on a different elevation. You will find subtropical and temperate zone that covers a very little area. Then, more than 70% of the region include trans-Himalayan climate. Whereas 8% of the region has alpine zone.
Passport and Visa Requirements
You will need to own a passport to travel to Nepal. Generally, the issued passport needs to have around 6 months validity from the day of the end of the trip. You are also required to get a visa, which can be obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy of your home country or, you can also get it issued upon arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Permits & Fees for Upper Dolpo Trek
While traveling to Nepal, you need to get permits to enter in the conservative areas. All regions have different permit fees and conditions, and to travel to Upper Dolpo, you will need to pay USD 500 that will allow you to trek for 10 days, after which you will need to pay an additional amount of USD 50 each day. You will also have to pay separate entrance fees to enter the World Heritage Sites and National Parks.
The Upper Dolpo Trek is a very challenging route and requires trekkers to be in a good physical and mental condition. You will walk at least 4-7 hours a day to reach your destination. According to your route, you will begin your trek from 1000m/3280 feet and ascend up to 5550m/18204 feet, which indeed demands strong willpower, passion, and good health.
Before booking this trip do consult with your doctor and know about all the challenges you will have to face while traveling to extreme regions like this.
To go on Upper Dolpo Trek there should be at least 2 visitors, not including the guide and porter. As per the Nepal Government’s guidelines, Dolpo region is categorised as an extremely isolated region and is therefor not considered suitable for solo trekking.