Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

Trip Duration

21 days

Trip Grade

Difficult

Highest Altitude

5,200 m

Accommodation

Tent/ lodges/ tea house/homestay

Transportation

Bus

Group Size

1 Minimin

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek Overview

The Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek is an enchanting excursion. It offers an exceptional journey into unexplored territory. The trek is nestled in the mysterious regions of Nepal. Upper Dolpo takes you on an enthralling odyssey through this walk. Known for its pristine scenery, Upper Dolpo is a hidden jewel. Old Tibetan culture is also known in the region.

Upper Dolpo, one of the most remote areas of Nepal, offers a pristine nature that has largely escaped civilization. The journey reveals the mysteries of this enigmatic place, where centuries-old customs, harsh terrain, and unspoiled beauty come together to produce an experience that is undoubtedly one of a kind. The trekking route passes via deep gorges, desolate regions, and gorgeous valleys, exhibiting a tapestry of genuinely amazing natural treasures.

As you travel the difficult terrain, the stunning sights that emerge before your eyes will enthrall you. Towering peaks, deep valleys, glacier lakes, and gushing waterfalls vividly depict intact beauty. The walk is a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers since it also provides opportunities to see uncommon wildlife, such as the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, and musk deer.

Beyond its scenic splendors, Upper Dolpo is rich in traditional Tibetan culture. The area offers a fascinating look at a way of life that hasn’t altered much over the years. The region holds ancient monasteries, scatters medieval villages throughout the area, and celebrates lively festivals, adding to the cultural richness of the area. The journey has a special charm because of the great hospitality of the locals. The locals are mainly of Tibetan and Bonpo descent.

The captivating Phoksundo Lake, one of Nepal’s deepest lakes and a spiritual location for the locals is the trek’s high point. The lake offers a tranquil and spiritual atmosphere that is sure to leave you in wonder. Its crystal blue waters reflect the snow-capped hills

Trip Map

Best time to go

Like many parts of Nepal, the best time to visit Upper Dolpo is spring(March-May) and autumn (September- November). Being a rainshadow region, Dolpo receives very less or no rain at all which makes monsoon season also one of the best times to visit.

Winter is very cold and filled with snow however if you have proper equipment and experience in trekking in winter, you can still trek to the Upper Dolpo region.

Safety/ security and fitness

The upper Dolpo Circuit trek is certainly among the most difficult ones, however, it depends on which route you take and how long it is. You have to walk for 6-7 hours per day at least for 25-27 days. It is mandatory to have a high level of fitness so that you can enjoy your journey without any difficulties.

You need to practice light exercise, running, jogging, and building your muscle strength before your journey starts. Most of the areas in Upper Dolpo lie at an elevation of over 5000m, which increases the risk of altitude sickness.

You have to be more careful than ever, stay hydrated throughout your journey, eat nutritional food, check your oxygen level from time to time, and walk slowly so that you can adjust to increasing heights. If you ever feel any symptoms of altitude sickness like nausea, increased heart rates, breathing difficulties, etc. you need to talk to your guide, your friends or anyone near

Other requirements

Travel insurance– high altitudes places are not the kind of placesyouwantto travel without insurance policy. Travel insurance has becomethepartof trekking requirements. If you ever have some medical emergenciesyour travel insurance will have to bear it and that is why you needtomention the details about the places you are going and altitudes youwill be reaching.

Valid visas/passports – all foreigners except Indians are requiredtohavevalid visa and passports to enter Nepal. The visa application will needthepassport having minimum 6 months of validation along with your passportsize photo. You will receive your visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Packing List

Clothing and equipment- 

Woolen t shirts/shirts Backpack
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Fleece jacket  Passport size photographs
Down jacket  Permit and travel insurance
Raincoat  Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear  Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers Safety kit
Hiking shorts  Power bank
Water proof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack  Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag Water bottles and water purifier
Hiking boots  Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes  Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
Average temperature in Spring season is 13 to -10 which makes springcold but not very cold. Monsoon / Summer season is quite warmer andtheaverage temperature in this season is 17 to -4 degree Celsius. Inautumnthe average temperature ranges from -3 to -11 degree Celsius. Winteristhe coldest one obviously and the temperature in winter seasoncanbearound -14 degree Celsius and below it.
Food and accommodation
Since Dolpo is one of Nepal’s remote area there is no proper facilitiesof transportation and that is why price for everything there is comparativelyexpensive. Supplies are usually distributed through helicopter fromNepalgunj to Jhupal. Here you can get Traditional Nepali food Dal, Bhat and vegetables . Being highly influenced by Tibet you can also get Tibetanfood here. Generally the price for meal is 8-10$ (800-1000 NRS). soyouneed to pay around 30-35 $ for food per day. Accommodation - tea houses are available up to Shey PhoksundoLake. But due to less number of tea houses you may have to be ready for camping also. The teahouses are small and meets your very basicnecessities. They give you room with two single beds, blankets andpillows. You have to share toilets with others and have to dine in a commonroom. The price of one night stay in teahouses is 6-9$ (600-900 NRS)
Transportation
Bus- you can take a bus from Kathmandu to jumla via Surkhet andyouneed to trek from jumla to Dolpo. Or you can also take a privatejeepfromKathmandu to jumla. If you want the long journey then you can takeabusfrom kathmandu to jajarkot and jeep from jajarkot to Jhupal. Or youcango from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and again take flight fromNepalgunj. Airplane- airway transportation is available from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj which takes 55 minutes. From Nepalgunj you can take another flight toDolpo airport Jhupal) which takes 35 minutes. Or you can also takeaflightfrom Nepalgunj to Jumla which takes 35 minutes and trek fromjumlatoenter Dolpo.
Permit/fee
Every trekkers entering Dolpo district needs a special permit of 500$ since the entire Dolpo is a regulated zone. Shey Phoksundo National Park entry Permit- this permit will cost you27-30 $ (3000NRS). Lower Dolpo Restricted area permit- it is required to everyone travellingto Dolpo district. It cost you 20$ (2000 NRS) Upper Dolpo restricted area permit- this permit takes 40$ to thosewhoneeds lower Dolpo permit.
Communication and electronic-
Only few places in upper Dolpo have mobile coverage or signals. Andsome villages have emergency satellite telephone which you canusebypaying extra money. Some lodges in Dolpo provides wireless internet facility which is mainly provided in Dunai area.

Booking Details


Price: US$108379.76 per person
  • A detailed certificate from marvelMarvel Treks and Expedition (after accomplishment)
  • A complimentary raincoat to shed you during the rainy season. (returnable)
  • A Complimentary Duffel Bag throughout the trek from our company. (returnable)
  • A warm complimentary Down Jacket during the entire trek on behalf of Marvel Treks. (returnable)
  • A complimentary sleeping bag for your icy trek. (returnable)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner throughout the trek.
  • The essential climbing gear like mountain axe, trekking sticks, etc, for your need throughout the trek. (returnable)
  • Delightful complimentary Authentic Nepali cuisine as dinner to embark on your arrival and departure
  • Critical complimentary First Aid Service (in times of need)
  • An informative trekking map for you to cherish on behalf of our company
  • Trendy Sunhat and t-shirt as souvenirs on behalf of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
  • All the crucial services about airport transfer to and from the hotel via a private tourist vehicle ($40)
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems )($10)
  • National park entry fees / ACAP permits / Conservation entry fees. ( $30)
  • All essential local tax, office service charges, and Gov tax ($100 )
  •  Upper Dolpo Special Permit ($500)
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Kathmandu hotel or similar) ($40)
  • Miscellaneous ($20)
  • Porter Guide Service($800)

  • Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for all the Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra nights in any city that’s not accommodated in the itinerary of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
  • All the International flight checks and airfares.
  • Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
  • Additional porter fees along with tips for guides and porters.
  • Electronic gadgets like chargers, and headphones.
  • Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, and souvenirs.
  • Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
  • Tips for our staff’s drivers.


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