Upper Dolpa Trek

Trip Duration 28
Max Altitude 5360M at Kang La Pass
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, Sep to February

Trip Overview


The Upper Dolpa Trek is a mesmerizing journey that takes adventurers to one of the most remote and untouched regions of Nepal. Nestled in the far western corner of the country, Upper Dolpa also renowns for its rugged landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and pristine natural beauty. This challenging trek, spanning approximately 300 kilometers, offers an unforgettable experience for those seeking a truly off-the-beaten-path adventure. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, followed by another scenic flight to Juphal, the gateway to the Dolpa region. From Juphal, trekkers embark on a captivating trail that leads them through deep river valleys, dense forests, and high mountain passes. The trail also gradually ascends, unveiling breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque alpine meadows. As trekkers delve deeper into Upper Dolpa, they are greeted by traditional Tibetan villages, where ancient Buddhist monasteries and chortens also stand as testaments to the region's rich cultural heritage. The local inhabitants, mainly of Tibetan descent, also have preserved their unique customs and way of life for centuries, adding to the allure of this remote region. The highlight of the Upper Dolpa Trek is undoubtedly the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake. Located at an altitude of 3,611 meters, this pristine turquoise gem is the deepest lake in Nepal. Its crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding snow-capped peaks, creating a breathtaking panorama that leaves trekkers in awe. The trek also offers ample time to explore the enchanting shores of Phoksundo Lake, allowing for moments of tranquility and reflection in this remote wilderness. Throughout the trek, trekkers will also encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including elusive snow leopards, Himalayan blue sheep, and colorful Himalayan monals. The region's biodiversity is also truly remarkable, with rare and endangered species finding refuge in the protected areas of Upper Dolpa.

Conclusion and Summary

The Upper Dolpa Trek is also a physically demanding adventure that requires good fitness and prior trekking experience. However, the rewards are immeasurable. From the rugged landscapes to the rich cultural tapestry, this trek offers a unique opportunity to witness the untouched beauty of Upper Dolpa and immerse oneself in the serenity of the Himalayas. It is also an experience that will leave a lasting impression and create memories to be cherished for a lifetime.

 Trip Highlight

  • Flights to Nepalgunj on the first day and Juphal on the second day.
  • Get up close and personal with the Upper Dolpo’s most sacred peak: Crystal Mountain.
  • Cross High altitude passes –  Kang La Pass (5360 m) & Saldang La Pass (5200 m)
  • Feast your eyes on awe-inspiring views of Nepal’s Trans-Himalayan mountains and deserts.
  • Remote restricted area, located in the far western part of Nepal.
  • Bordered by Dhaulagiri Himal and Churen Himal ranges to the west in the Jumla district.
  • The Upper Dolpo region holds great cultural and spiritual significance and is home to several ancient monasteries and pilgrimage sites.
  • Stunning Views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna II
  • The best views from Kang Taiga (5950 meters)
  • Visit Shey Gompa, an 800-year-old monastery at the base of Crystal Mountain, immortalized in Peter Matthiessen’s “The Snow Leopard”
  • Witness the spring hunt for Yarchagumba—a bizarre caterpillar fungus highly sought after for its medicinal qualities
  • Nomadic people and their untouched and unexplored lifestyle are by anyone.
  • Trekking experience through the largest national park of Nepal – Shey Phoksundo National Park with a variety of flora and fauna
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park (3,555 square km) is Nepal’s largest.
  • Flora such as  Rhododendron, Caragana shrubs, and Salix, Juniper, white Himalayan birch, and the occasional silver fir dominate the high meadows of the Himalayas. Less than five percent of the park is forested, with much of it lying in the southern portion. The Suligad Vally’s flora consists of Blue pine, Spruce, hemlock, Cedar, Silver fir, poplar, and bamboo found in Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • Fauna such as Snow leopard, Grey wolf, Musk deer, Blue sheep, Great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr and Himalayan black bear are also found in the park. The park is home to six reptiles and 29 species of butterfly, including the highest flying butterfly in the world, Paralasa nepalaica. The park provides habitat for over 200 species of birds, among which include Yellow-throated marten, Tibetan partridge, and Crimson-eared rosefinch found on Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • Tale of “hidden valleys” created by Guru Rinpoche and Shey Phoksundo Lake (3,600m).
  • Ancient Buddhist monasteries and an endless variety of landscapes.
  • The famous book “Honey Hunter of Nepal” and “Himalaya Caravan” Move by Eric Valli.
  •  Upper Dolpo Trek is a challenging and demanding trek that requires physical and mental endurance but offers a sense of accomplishment and a true adventure experience.
  • Enjoy an exciting combination of camping and teahouse-style accommodations on our carefully crafted version of the Upper Dolpo Trek.
  • Forever smiling faces to soften your heart and warm your soul.


At the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will arrive. At the airport, a member of our delegation will meet you and drive you to the hotel. He will assist you with logging in and inform you of the day’s schedule. You will meet with your guide later that evening to discuss the Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary.

  • 3 Stars Hotel in Thamel
  • Welcome Dinner

You will start a narrated sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast. The holy Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square will all be on your itinerary. All of these attractions are well-known tourist destinations and are included as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will later inspect and prepare all of the equipment and paperwork for the hike along with your guide. You will wander through Thamel’s vibrant streets in the evening.

  • 3 Stars Hotel in Thamel
  • Breakfast

You will start your Upper Dolpo Trekking adventure today by taking a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which is situated in the western region of the country. An hour-long flight will provide you with stunning vistas of the Terai area. You will check into your hotel as soon as you arrive in Nepalgunj. One of Nepal’s busiest towns, Nepalgunj is located close to the border with India. Here, you may tour the local marketplaces and towns as well as the miniature zoo.

  • Standard Hotel in Nepalgunj
  • Breakfast
  • 1 Hour

You will fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal after a revitalizing breakfast. You will get breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) during the flight (8,167 m). You will meet up with the rest of your crew today to start the most exciting Upper Dolpo Trek journey of your life. You arrive at the Bheri River after hiking through the terraced farms. The route will lead you to Dunai, the Dolpo region’s administrative center, from here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 45 Minutes Flight then 2 to 3 Hours Trek

You will cross a suspension bridge and go west along a wooded route after leaving Dunai behind. The Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail will continue to ascend till it reaches Thulo Bheri valley. You will have wonderful views of Kagmara Peak along the route. The trail then winds through tiny towns and walnut plantations. Once you get to Ankhe, you will descend through a forest and spend the night in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours

You will climb a difficult route while walking along a forested riverside. Today’s hike will involve a lot of ascents and descents, but you can stay cool because of the trail’s numerous streams. The Upper Dolpo Trek trail will continue past the grassy hill after leaving the trees. Then you will go through a thick forest till you get to a precipice. You will descend from here on a rough, shaky stairway; take care. You will hike further from the river bank till you reach Sulighat.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours

You will hike today to the junction of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. You will hike along the western bank of Pungmo Khola after crossing a bridge from here. The Upper Dolpo Trekking Route will continue on and enter a cedar woodland before arriving at Palam settlement. Then you will climb to a ridge and descend through birch trees that are thick and green. After passing Phoksundo Kola, the settlement of Ringmo is in sight. You may reach Phoksundo Lake from here by taking a short stroll.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

According to your Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary, this will be a day of relaxation so that you can adjust to the high altitude. You will spend the day seeing Ringmo village on a brief outing. You will see an old Tibetan Buddhist monastery here. You will be able to observe local residents’ daily activities as well as their extensive culture and traditions. You will spend some time later taking in the grandeur of the stunning Phoksundo Lake and its surroundings.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will stumble upon a crevasse while hiking around Phoksundo Lake’s western shore. It will be a rough and unstable trail. The Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail will lead you across a verdant meadow and to the plain of Phoksundo Khola from the westernmost point of the lake. You will proceed via a valley and bridge a river from here. The Phoksundo Khola, where you spend the night, will be reached. You will spend the night in a tent camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

The Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream meet at the junction of the Upper Dolpo Trek Route, which takes you to the north side through a glacier valley. You go northeast and rise to a lovely sheep pasture after crossing a deteriorated bridge. The route takes you up to the top of the steep ravine from where you can get breathtaking views of Kang La Pass. You will also get to see amazing views of Chamlang peak 6 (6,739 m) and peak 7 (6,105 m).

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6 to 7 Hours

Early in the morning, you will climb a hard trail toward a pass. Although the ascent will be difficult, the view of the surrounding region from the summit will be spectacular. You will also do a steep trail descent and a stroll by a river’s edge. You will journey across meadows and cross this river multiple times at various locations. The meadow is home to several yaks, mountain goats, and sheep that are grazing. You will eventually arrive in Shey Gompa for the night after crossing a log bridge.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours

Your Upper Dolpo Trekking Itinerary specifies that today is your second acclimatization day at Shey Gompa. The old monastery Shey Gompa, constructed in 1655, will be your destination. This monastery is renowned for its enormous copper statue of a sitting Shakyamuni Buddha that is covered in plated gold. East of the gompa is Crystal Mountain, which you can view. Given that its cliffs are coated in quartz and a wide array of marine fossils, this mountain is among the oddest in all of Nepal. You will afterward stroll around the Shey village. Here, you may observe the Bon Po way of life.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After passing past juniper trees, the Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail will continue to drop until it reaches a rocky canyon. From here, you may hike up to the summit of Saldang La Pass by following a zigzag path across rocky terrain. The route then turns south and leads to Namduna Gaun. You will enjoy a picturesque view of sheep and yaks grazing in the meadows along the way. You will see the historic Namgung monastery at Namduna Gaun, which was constructed of red stone.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6 to 7 Hours

Your Upper Dolpo Trekking Route will leave Namduna Gaun today. From there, you will start to climb a slope and hike to Saldang via a dusty trail. After 3 to 4 hours of difficult climbing, you will reach 4800m. Then you make your way down the precipitous hill to the charming settlement of Saldang, which is perched high above the Nam Khong Nala on a plateau. The largest village in the lower Dolpo region, Saldang is affluent both via agriculture and as a result of its advantageous location along a trade route to Tibet.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

You will start the day by trekking through a desolate area along the Nagon Khola in the north. Your Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail is going to be very simple today with only a few ascents and descents. You will next bridge the Panzang River after passing the villages of Marang and Ki. When you reach Yangze gompa, an old Bon Po monastery, the route curves to the east, and you will cross one more river to get there.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

There are two pathways that take you to Sibu. You will return to Saldang village by using the simple route. To reach Namdo hamlet from Saldang, you must travel alongside a river and through stupas, chortens, terraced fields, and mani stones. You will continue your Upper Dolpo Trekking Itinerary for a further two hours to get to Sibu after seeing Namdo monastery.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6 to 7 Hours

The Upper Dolpo Trek Route travels alongside caravans while following Nam Khong Khola. You will eventually arrive at the meeting point of two tiny streams by continuing your walk east. From here, a difficult route will ascent to the grazing region beneath Jeng La Pass. You will spend the night in a lovely meadow.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours

You will get up early this morning to start your adventure to Tokyu Gaon. The first stage of the Upper Dolpo Trekking Path is to ascend to Jeng La Pass, where you will be greeted with a breathtaking panorama of Mount Dhaulagiri’s north face (8167m). After there, the track descends to a rocky pathway that leads to Tarap Valley. You must journey from here to Tokyu Gaon, where you will spend the night.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours

You will pass by the grassy region that will give you a new picture of Inner Dolpo as you descend on a plain valley. You will pass through a marsh along the journey, which is typical of the desert mountain region. Additionally, the Upper Dolpo Trek Route from here will lead you to the settlement of Dho Tarap, which is encircled by crooked stone walls. You may practice the distinctive Bon Po and Chaiba religions here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

As per your Upper Dolpo Trekking Itinerary, this is the third rest day for acclimatization at the village of Dho Tarap. This rest day will aid in your acclimatization and provide us with a chance to tour the community and its surroundings. You will get to talk to locals and learn about their way of life, culture, and traditions. Religions practiced here are Chaiba and Bon Po. You may sample their offerings and admire their lovely attire.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail will descend from Dho Tarap to a broad valley that narrows much more into a canyon. You may view blue sheep herds while hiking among the juniper and wild rose plants. You will arrive at the meeting point of Lang Khola and Tarap Chu. You will stay the night in a tented camp next to Tarap Khola in a pleasant meadow known as Kamakharka.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6 to 7 Hours

You will hike into the Tarap River’s gorge after breakfast. You will see locals moving their livestock to lower grass along the road. Additionally, the Upper Dolpo Trekking Route will pass through a ravine that is really tiny and where you may simply jump from one spot to another. It will be a challenging trial. The trial will also get more exciting when you cross tiny creeks on foot since bridges may be destroyed or swept away.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

You will arrive in Lalberi village by using the Upper Dolpo Trek Route. The route next passes through an area of deep woodland before descending to another canyon. You will eventually get to a river after hiking through the gorge. You may reach Tarakot by hiking along a river’s edge, where you can visit Sandul Gompa. The confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu lies 8 kilometers (8 miles) east of the town where this gompa is situated. You will make a pit break at Tarakot and spend the night in a tent city.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4 to 5 Hours

You will walk back to Dunai along the same route. You will hike behind the Bheri River after crossing a bridge close to Lawan Village. The Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail then climbs to Byas Gadi before heading west over a simple route. After crossing a river close to Lochakhola Gaon, you will climb and arrive in Dunai for the night.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours

You can trek alongside the Bheri River and take in the stunning views along the route. You will also pass via the villages of Dhupichaur and Rupgad. After passing past the villages of Motipur and Kalagaonda, the Upper Dolpo Trekking Trail brings you to a tiny airfield from which you may fly back to Jhupal.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2 to 3 Hours

You will depart Juphal in the early morning for a brief picturesque flight to Nepalgunj after breakfast. Flying above the foothills of the Himalayas, the aircraft offers breathtaking views of peaks to the north, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Your Upper Dolpo Trekking Itinerary will come to an end when you reach Nepalgunj and board the next aircraft back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you will check into your hotel and unwind for the day. You will spend the night in a hotel with three stars today.

  • 3 Stars Hotel in Thamel
  • Breakfast

You have the day off today in Kathmandu. You may unwind for the day, go shopping, and explore the area. If you would like, we can also set up a guided tour of the sites you missed the first time. You will enjoy a lovely goodbye supper this evening as you prepare to depart for your homeland tomorrow and celebrate the successful end of your Upper Dolpo Trekking Journey.

  • 3 Stars Hotel in Thamel
  • Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

The exciting trek you took with us through Nepal has come to an end. After breakfast today, you will head to the airport. A member of our team will help you get to the gate of the international airport terminal before bidding you farewell.

Departures & Availability

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four night’s accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees, and private vehicle
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin-sharing tented camp accommodation during the trek
  • A highly experienced guide, required a number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj then Juphal and vice versa including departure taxes
  • One night’s accommodation with breakfast in Nepalgunj
  • Friendship World Trek duffle bag, down jacket, and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Friendship World Trek T-Shirt and trekking map
  • Safe drinking boiled water will be provided during the trek
  • A comprehensive first aid kid bag
  • All necessary permits and paper works including Upper Dolpo special permits
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance – Compulsory
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • All cold drinks such as alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill, etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

Upper Dolpo Trek Best Time, Season, Months

The best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal is during the months of May to October. During this time, the weather is generally stable and clear, with warm days and cool nights. The monsoon season runs from June to September, but the region is relatively dry and receives less rainfall compared to other parts of Nepal.

The months of May and June offer excellent visibility and clear skies, making it a great time to trek. In July and August, the temperatures are warmer and the monsoon season is in full swing, so it’s important to be prepared for potential rain and mud on the trail.

September and October are considered the best time for trekking in the Upper Dolpo region, as the monsoon season is ending and the weather is dry and clear. During this time, the skies are usually clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

In short, the best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the months of September and October, when the weather is dry and clear, offering the best trekking conditions. However, it’s important to check the weather forecast and trail conditions before starting your trek, as the weather in the region can change quickly and unexpectedly.

Food or Meal Availability on Upper Dolpo Trek

Due to the remoteness and lack of infrastructure in the Upper Dolpo Trekking region, food and meal availability might be an issue. Throughout the whole journey, we will provide 26 breakfasts, 22 lunches, and 23 dinners. There are various ways to guarantee that you have access to enough food that is also nourishing while on your journey.

  • Packed Meals: You can arrange for packed meals, such as energy bars, trail mix, and dried fruits, which are convenient and easy to carry. These can provide a quick and easy source of energy during the trek.
  • Tea Houses: Some tea houses along the trek route offer basic meals, such as dal bhat (lentil soup and rice), pasta, and potatoes. These meals are simple but filling and provide a good source of carbohydrates.
  • Camping Trek: For those undertaking the camping trek, a cook and kitchen staff will be provided, and meals will be prepared fresh and cooked on-site.

It is advised to bring some snacks and extra food supplies, like as energy bars and dried fruits, as a backup in case the tea houses run out of food. In order to prevent altitude sickness and other health problems, it’s crucial to keep hydrated throughout the journey and drink enough of water. Although it is possible to find clean drinking water in places like streams, rivers, and lakes, it is also advisable to take water purification pills or a water filter device.

Accommodation Facility on Upper Dolpo Trek

Accommodation during the Upper Dolpo Trek is primarily provided in the form of tea houses or camping. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Tea houses are basic lodges that offer simple rooms and meals. The rooms are typically shared and equipped with basic amenities such as a mattress, blanket, and pillow. Tea houses along the Upper Dolpo Trek route are often rustic and simple, but provide a unique and authentic experience.
  • For those undertaking the camping trek, tents will be provided, and a cook and kitchen staff will prepare meals and set up camp. Camping provides a more rugged and adventurous experience, but also requires a higher level of preparation and planning.

Regardless of which option you choose, it is important to be prepared for basic and rustic conditions, as the Upper Dolpo region is remote and has limited infrastructure.

Upper Dolpo Trek Difficulty Level

The Upper Dolpo Trek is considered a challenging trek, and is not suitable for inexperienced trekkers or those with a low level of fitness. The trek involves long days of hiking over rough and steep terrain, and reaches high altitudes, making it physically and mentally demanding. Some of the challenges of the Upper Dolpo Trek include:

  • Altitude: The trek reaches altitudes of up to 5,400 meters, making it important to properly acclimatize and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Terrain: The trek involves hiking over rough and steep terrain, including rocky trails and steep ascents and descents.
  • Remoteness: The Upper Dolpo Trek is located in a remote and isolated region, making it important to be prepared for potential challenges such as poor trail conditions and limited access to basic necessities.
  • Weather: The weather in the region can change quickly and unpredictably, making it important to be prepared for all conditions.

In short, the Upper Dolpo Trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and preparation. If you are experienced and prepared, the Upper Dolpo Trek offers a unique and unforgettable experience. However, if you are inexperienced or have a low level of fitness, it is recommended to consider a less demanding trek.

Requirement of Travel Insurance during Upper Dolpo Trek

Travel insurance is highly recommended for anyone undertaking the Upper Dolpo Trek. The trek is located in a remote and isolated region, and it is essential to have insurance coverage in case of any unexpected events such as injury, illness, or evacuation. Some of the key benefits of having travel insurance for the Upper Dolpo Trek include:

  • Emergency Medical Expenses: Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses in case of injury or illness during the trek.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Travel insurance can cover the cost of an emergency evacuation in case of a medical emergency or other situation that requires immediate attention.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Travel insurance can provide coverage in case you have to cancel or interrupt your trek due to unforeseen circumstances such as a family emergency or illness.
  • Lost or Stolen Gear: Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or stolen gear, which is especially important in a remote region like the Upper Dolpo Trek.

Travel insurance is a crucial aspect of preparing for the Upper Dolpo Trek. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of unexpected events, and is essential for anyone undertaking this challenging trek.

Altitude Sickness and Remedies during Upper Dolpo Trek

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a common concern for trekkers in the Upper Dolpo region, as the trek reaches altitudes of up to 5,400 meters. It is caused by the reduced amount of oxygen at high altitudes, and can cause a range of symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Here are some remedies and tips to help prevent and manage altitude sickness during the Upper Dolpo Trek:

  • Gradual ascent: Gradually acclimatizing to the altitude by taking rest days and not exceeding a height gain of 300 to 500 meters per day can help prevent altitude sickness.
  • Hydration: Staying hydrated is crucial for preventing altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate the body.
  • Proper nutrition: Eating a balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates can help the body adjust to the altitude.
  • Medications: Diamox is a commonly prescribed medication for altitude sickness, but it is important to consult a doctor before taking any medication.
  • Descend: If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it is important to descend immediately to a lower altitude.

It’s important to take altitude sickness seriously and be aware of the symptoms. If you experience symptoms, it’s best to descend immediately and seek medical attention. By taking the proper precautions, you can reduce the risk of altitude sickness and ensure a safe and enjoyable trek in the Upper Dolpo region.

Upper Dolpo Trek Packing List, Gears, Equipment

When preparing for the Upper Dolpo Trek, it’s important to pack carefully to ensure you have everything you need for the trek. Here’s a comprehensive packing list to help you get started:

  • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters is essential for carrying your gear on the trek.
  • Clothing: Pack layers of clothing that can be easily added or removed as the weather and temperature change. This should include: Thermal underwear, Fleece jacket or sweater, Insulated jacket, Waterproof and windproof outer layer, Hiking pants and shorts, Lightweight T-shirts, Sun hat and gloves.
  • Footwear: Good quality hiking boots with strong ankle support are essential for the Upper Dolpo Trek. Pack a pair of comfortable sandals or sneakers for camp.
  • Sleeping gear: A warm and comfortable sleeping bag, and a sleeping mat are necessary for camping.
  • Cooking gear: A lightweight stove and fuel, a pot, a bowl, and utensils for cooking and eating.
  • Hydration: A hydration system, water bottles or hydration bladders, and water purification tablets or a filtration system.
  • First aid kit: A personal first aid kit with essentials such as pain relievers, blister treatments, and medications for altitude sickness.
  • Toiletries: Personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, and toilet paper.
  • Miscellaneous: Sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp or flashlight, camera, and personal documents such as passport and insurance details.

This list is not exhaustive and may vary depending on personal preferences and the specific itinerary of your trek. It’s important to pack light and only bring essential items to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trek in the Upper Dolpo region.

Upper Dolpo Trek Guide and Safety Major

Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced guide for the Upper Dolpo Trek is crucial for ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the local culture, flora, and fauna, as well as help navigate the challenging terrain and handle any unexpected situations. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a guide for the Upper Dolpo Trek:

  • Ensure that your guide holds a valid license and has substantial experience leading trekkers in the Upper Dolpo region.
  • Your guide should have a thorough understanding of the trek route and be able to navigate it safely.
  • Your guide should be knowledgeable about and equipped with safety measures such as first aid and emergency response procedures.
  • Consider the group size and the guide’s ability to manage it effectively, ensuring that everyone stays together and is safe.
  • Ensure that your guide is fluent in English and able to effectively communicate with the trekking group.

In addition to hiring a knowledgeable guide, it’s important to be prepared for the Upper Dolpo Trek and to take personal responsibility for your safety. This includes being aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and taking the necessary precautions, as well as staying within the designated trek route and avoiding risky activities. By taking the necessary precautions and following the guidance of your guide, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trek in the Upper Dolpo region.

Upper Dolpo Trek Booking Procedure

With Friendship World Trek, one of Nepal’s leading trekking companies, you can get the lowest price now on Upper Dolpo Trek Package. With several qualified guides, we are completely government-approved and registered trekking and adventure specialists (the firm registration number is 71671/066/067). Additionally, we are affiliated with several national tourist organizations, including the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), TAAN, NMA, KEEP, and many others. The finest experience of a lifetime will undoubtedly be trekking with the most reputable and highly recommended local firm by many organizations. For this trip, we thus warmly welcome you all to the Friendship World Trek family. You simply need to pay a 10% deposit now and the rest when you arrive for the booking producers.

Upper Dolpa Trek Route Map

Upper Dolpo Map


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