Upper Dolpo Trek - 25 Days

Trekking in the remote region leads through scenic, hidden valleys and ancient shrines like Shey Gompa. Upper Dolpo Trek route is a remote and unspoiled area near the Tibetan border of Nepal. Trekking in Nepal’s far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Remote landscape of western Nepal with a picturesque Shey Phoksundo Lake come across the way.

Dolpo trek is open for foreign visitors for the purpose of trekking in 1989. Dolpo region is located in a remote and isolated corner in the far. Shey Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake, which is located at an elevation of 3,611.5 meters/11,849 ft. in the Dolpa District. This lake is in the periphery of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Shey Phoksundo Lake is spread over the area of 494 hector/1.91 sq mi with the water volume is 409,000,000 m3 and discharge of 3.715m3/s. The maximum depth of Shey Phoksundo is 145 meters/476 ft.

Dolpo region with fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Dolpo Trek is famous for its natural beauty, cultural aspects, monasteries, wildlife and their villages. The major attraction or highlights of Dolpa Trekking are as follows: 1. Dho-Tarap valley implicates two settlements one is Dho and another is Tarap.

  • It traces the sixth stage trails of the GHT Trek
  • Phoksundo Lake
  • Challenges crossing high passes including Jungben La Pass 5550m
  • Highland monasteries including the one at Shey
  • Bon culture at Ringmo, the village just above Phoksundo Lake
  • Nomads of the ancient trading town, Dho
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 2
Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Day 4
Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

Day 5
Trek Dunai to Chhepka (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours

Day 6
Trek Chhepka to Rachi: 5-6 hours

Day 7
Trek Rachi to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 8
Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

Day 9
Trek Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari: 5-6 hours

Day 10
Trek Salla Ghari to Kang La Base Camp: 6-7 hours

Day 11
Trek Kang La Base Camp to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours

Day 12
Trek Shey Gompa to Namdo Gumba (4,800m/15,744ft) 6-7 hours

Day 13
Trek Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft) 4-5 hours

Day 14
Trek Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours

Day 15
Trek Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours

Day 16
Trek Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours

Day 17
Trek Jeng-la Phedi to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours

Day 18
Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Day 19
Trek Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

Day 20
Trek Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

Day 21
Trek Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

Day 22
Trek Tarakot to Jhuphal (2,140m/7,019ft): 6-7 hours

Day 23
Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

Day 24
Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 25
Final departure

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Tented accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek are provided
  • Very high quality north face or mountain hardware or same category camping equipments (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent / mattress and Kitchen untensils )
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag
  • Adventure Connexion’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
  • All monasteries donation.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Any kind of personal expense.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • 5,360m/17,581ft
  • 3-15 people
  • Fly In / Fly Out
  • Camping Trek
  • March - May / Sept - Nov