Upper Dolpo Trek

27 Days

The Upper Dolpo Trek to Shey Gompa brings you into a mystical land where centuries-old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions, interwoven with shamanistic influences, are still an important part of daily life. The villages, gompas and people you meet during this trek will leave an unforgettable impression on you. The landscapes here are even more desolate and the villages even more isolated and pure. Camping is still necessary for this adventure.

Dolpo is the most remote and least-developed district in Nepal. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989, when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organised trekking groups. Peter Matthiessen’s book The Snow Leopard and David Snellgrove’s Himalayan Pilgrimage have contributed to the mystique and attraction of Dolpo.

The Upper Dolpo Trek route passes many gigantic mountain ranges: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba, to name but a few. It also passes through Lower Dolpo, at one time a small kingdom in its own right. The main highlight is Shey Gompa, but lesser-known places include Saldang and Dho Tarap. Trekkers in this region enthuse about the wild remoteness, the stunning mountain scenery and the factthat the local people still have that innocent friendliness peculiar to people who live in excessively remote mountainous regions.

Trip Highlights

  • Remote wilderness and pristine landscapes.
  • Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture and ancient monasteries
  • Visits to Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain
  • The stunning beauty of Phoksundo Lake
  • Challenging high passes with panoramic views
  • Rich biodiversity in Shey Phoksundo National Park.
  • An authentic, low-tourism experience.

Upper Dolpo Trek Outline Itinerary

Trip FAQs

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

Upper Dolpo Trek is a Hard 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 Upper Dolpo Trek?

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 Kang-La pass (5,350). This is the elevation of Kang-La pass (5,350).  Kang-La pass (5,350) 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 Upper Dolpo Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Kathmandu and Nepaljung. 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 Upper Dolpo Trek?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, Upper Dolpo Trek 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 Far Western Region Trek, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Upper Dolpo Trek
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/ Adult
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  • 27 Days
  • Kang-La pass (5,350)
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  • Full Board on Trekking
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