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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Far Western Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Camp trek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kang-La pass (5360m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Upper Dolpo trek is the journey to the remotest western region of Nepal. It’s a challenging trek that takes you to the rugged and isolated landscapes of Dolpo which provide spectacular Himalayan views, visit age-old monasteries and witness traditional culture and traditions similar to Tibet.

The region of Dolpo falls under a less-traveled trekking route making it one of the most exclusive trekking in Nepal. Dolpo region is located in the northwestern part of Nepal sharing it’s border with Tibet (China) to the north and the Dhaulagiri massif standing high with all it’s glory to the south.

The trek reaches it’s climax as you reach Phoksundo Lake located at 3600 meters. Phoksundo Lake is an alpine freshwater lake situated high up in the Himalayas. The sight of Phoksundo Lake in it’s turquoise color is a sight to behold. To top it, all the snow-capped mountains surrounding the lake are like a cherry on the cake.

Trekking in Upper Dolpo requires a good level of fitness owing to it’s challenging terrain and remote location. Since the Upper Dolpo region is declared a restricted trekking area of Nepal, a special permit is required to enter and trek in the region. Trek to Upper Dolpo was opened for trekking for outsiders only in 1989 to preserve the region's cultural diversity and it’s fragile ecosystem.

Upper Dolpo trek itinerary is to follow enchanting valleys, multicultural villages, rhododendron, pines and oaks forests witnessing a glorious panorama of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba and many more. It’s a real Himalayas adventure at rugged and remote far western Nepal. 

The prime features of the trek is experiencing Tibetan Buddhist culture, sightings of rare wildlife like snow leopards, visiting the Shey Gompa ‘Monastery’ established 800 years ago and of course Phoksundo Lake.

Upper Dolpo trek is an unforgettable experience for anyone up for off-the-beaten-path trek in the Himalayas alongside exploring astounding landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of the Dolpo region.

Upper Dolpo Trek Highlights 

  • Discover hidden gems of Nepal less frequented by tourists.
  • Trek through the Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal’s largest national park.
  • Visit the magnificent turquoise Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
  • Shey Gompa, an ancient monastery nestled at the foot of Crystal Mountain.
  • Discover unique culture & traditions.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m/1 hr)
Day 03: Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2354m/35 min) and trek from Juphal to Dunai (2140m / 3 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2896m/ 5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat (2282m/ 5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksumdo Lake (3600m/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 07: Rest and excursion day at Phoksumdo Lake (3600m)
Day 08: Trek from Phoksumdo Lake to Phoksumdo Khola (river), (3600m/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Phoksumdo Khola to Phoksumdo Bhanjyang (3600m/ 6-7 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Phoksumdo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4160m) via Kang-La pass (5360m)/ 5-6 hrs
Day 11: Rest and excursion day at Shey Gompa
Day 12: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4430m) via Saldang La (5200m)/ 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3770m)/ 4 – 5 hours
Day 14: Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa (3750m / 4-5 hrs)
Day 15: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (3840m/ 6-7 hrs)
Day 16: Trek from Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4900m / 5-6 hrs)
Day 17: Trek from Jengla Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4290m) via Jeng La pass (5090m)/ 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap (3944m/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 19: Rest cum exploration day at Dho Tarap
Day 20: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (4400m/ 6-7 hrs)
Day 21: Trek from Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) to Khanigaon (2950m/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 22: Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot (2537m/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 23: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (21540m/ 5-6 hrs)
Day 24: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2354m/ 2-3 hrs)
Day 25: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj (150m/35 min) & flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1400m/1hr)
Day 26: A free day in Kathmandu
Day 27: Final Departure

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to accomplish your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel and then we will have a quick pre-trip meeting. You can then spend the remaining time resting or as you please. In the evening you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city. 

Hotel

After breakfast, you will be driven to the domestic wing of the Kathmandu Airport. About an hour’s flight would take you to Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal, which borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the South. As we don’t have a connecting flight to Juphal, from where our trek commences, it gives us the opportunity to explore this hot and humid town. The city center, Dhamboji, happens to be the business hub with plethora of hotels and shops. Hindu as well as Muslim culture influence the town. Bageshwori temple and Muslim market are also worth visiting.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We take an early morning flight to Juphal. Dolpo flights are always scheduled early in the morning. This is because the swift winds in the Thulo Bheri Valley begin to swirl by 10 a.m., which could pose serious problems for the flights scheduled later. Once we arrive at Juphal, we meet our trekking crew and after a short sojourn, we commence our trek towards Dunai. We walk downhill through the meadow, pass by few houses and arrive at a small hotel at Kala Gaura (2090m). From here, the trail goes slightly up towards the Bheri river and then to a narrow gorge. Advancing ahead, we finally arrive at Dunai, the administrative center of Dolpo region. We set up our camp here and then explore this bustling little hill town for the rest of the afternoon.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We take a diversion from the King Mahendra statue to cross the new suspension bridge and proceed towards the west, following the trail past the hospital. The path soon begins to climb up the side of the treeless Thulo Bheri valley to the crest of a ridge and then enters the Phoksumdo river valley, reaching another ridge, which is marked by cairns at 2,499m. We can relish the excellent views of the Kagmara Peak up the valley. Moving ahead, we approach a large canyon and descend gently along a long downhill slope through the scattered houses and walnut groves to a stream at 2,810. The trail below the stream leads to Dhera, a winter settlement of the people living in the higher villages. We embark on the upper trail and arrive at Rahagaon (2900m), a Thakuri village, where there is a Gompa dedicated to the local god, Mastha, reckoned as the custodian of the village. The trail now stretches through the lower part of Rahagaon and then descends to Phoksumdo river. We pass through yet another canyon and make a descent through the dense forests to a large stream, eventually emerging at the entrance to the Shey Phoksundo National Park at Ankhe (2,896m).

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today our trail takes us through trivial ups and downs along the forested riverbed. We then ascend steeply to about 2,900m. The ups and downs are too frequent, yet some beautiful streams along the way break the monotony. We make our way out of the forest and then walk up a grassy slope, high above the river. From here, the route descends steeply towards the foot of a cliff. We now make our way up the challenging and wobbly stone staircase to a river bank at 2950m. From here, the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks that form a dyke along the river bank. We continue upstream to a bridge and then eventually arrive at Sulighat (3500m). 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We begin our trek, walking along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksumdo and Pungmo Rivers. After crossing to the western side of the Phoksumdo River on a wooden bridge, we follow the west bank of the Pungmo River. The path passes through a cedar forest to Palam, a winter settlement used by the people of Ringmo village. The houses here are almost buried in the sandy soil. Advancing further, we head up to open country and then to a ridge at an altitude of around 3,350m. From the ridge, one can see the distant views of Phoksumdo Lake and a spectacular 200m high waterfall, the highest in Nepal. After this scenic stoppage, we descend through the birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksumdo River, and then to the picturesque settlement of Ringmo, with its mud plastered chortens and mani walls. From here, it is a short and pleasant walk to the picturesque shores of Phoksumdo Lake (3600m).

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

A well deserved sojourn in the most fascinating milieu of the trek. We are at one of the most scenic locations of the trek, so an excursion is always on the cards. We can take a soothing stroll around the Phoksumdo Lake. Phoksumdo Lake could stimulate the poetic flair within anybody…it’s indeed so beautiful! We will then hike through the juniper trees to an old dilapidated Bon-po gompa, known as Pal Sentan Thasoon Chholing. This monastery was built some 60 generations ago. There are five other private gompas in some houses of the small monastic community at vicinity of the lake. The insides of the gompas contain dusty Buddhist paintings and statues. We can also witness the trappings which reflect the animistic elements of the Bon-po religion as well as the ancient witch’s cavern. A donation to monks will gain us entrance to the gompas. We will certainly be fascinated by the strange iconography and practice of the Bon-po religion. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Let’s resume our trek skirting the shore of the lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake, the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksumdo river. We then walk through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot until we arrive at the bank of the river. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trek begins with a walk along the level path through a glacial valley and then heading north. At the confluence of the Phoksumdo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. Taking the indistinct path to the north-east of the valley, we climb over the rocks and boulders and cross a stream. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where the trail veers up a steep ravine. Further, a tough climb to the top brings us to yet another valley. From here, we get our first glimpse of the Kang-La pass. Trailing ahead, we finally arrive at Phosumdo Bhanjyang. Overnight camp will be just before the pass at Phoksumdo Bhanjyang, in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened ‘Snowfields Camp’.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

All geared up to conquer the Kang La, we begin our trek with a steep climb. This climb along the slate screed is nerve- racking. Once we reach the top of Kang La (5360m), sight of the scenic valley being bisected by a gushing river, seems really mesmerizing. Enjoying this seemingly satellite view from the pass for a short while, we begin a steep descent to the valley floor. From here, we head on for a long walk crossing the river several times through different bridges. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river. As we pass through the meadows, we can see the hirsute yaks, sheep and mountain goats (Chyangra) near the rustic nomadic huts of the herders. A red chorten heralds our arrival at Shey Gompa (4,160m).

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We’ve allotted an extra day at Shey Gompa so that we get an opportunity to explore this antique monastery. Let’s gear up to explore this much talked about monastery. The gompa is not very large, and there are no artifacts or paintings inside. Although the building is said to be 800years old, the wall paintings are relatively recent, probably done in the 1970s. The statues on the altar are of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni and Milarepa. The gompa also houses an ancient Tibetan scroll that describes the myth of Crystal Mountain and Shey gompa. According to the inscription, there is a holy lake in a crater among the mountains that surrounds Shey. If a pilgrim makes nine circumambulations of this lake, the water turns milky. A sip of this milk and the pilgrim gets a distant glimpse of Mt. Kailash! The ones, who don’t need much rest, can try discovering this lake. This is certainly going to be an explorative and interesting day at Shey Gompa. After this indulgence, we get back to our campsite. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We begin with an easy trek amidst the clusters of junipers and descend into a grey, stony canyon. The trail gets curvy and steeply climbs over the bare rocks until we reach the top of Sangda La (5200m). We now proceed with a long and fatiguing descent towards the north, pass by a yak pasture and eventually arrive at the village, called Namduna Gaun (4430m), consisting of mere six stone houses. Like Shey, the Namgung monastery in this village reveals the “Karma-pa” sect of Buddhism. The monastery, a red stone structure, is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The red and white colors of the gimpy and its Stupas are the only color in this dissolute landscape. There are terraced fields on both sides of the tributary, which flow down to the Nam Khong valley. The village relies on agricultural, the produce mainly being barley. People also practice animal husbandry and trading. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Kissing goodbye to the Namduna Gaun, we head up a scree slope and begin a long traverse along the dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we approach the settlement of Saldang 3,770m, poised on a plateau high above the settlement of Nam Khongmala. This scenic village is the largest in the inner Dolpo region. Saldang belongs to the arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope. It cuddles five small villages having about eighty well built houses and a population of approximately six hundred people. Being located on the trade route to Tibet, this village has a significant business advantage. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, trade with Tibet was virtually stopped. It has been restored to some extent through the barter system by which Tibetan salt reaches mid-Nepal. The Drokpa people on the western plains of Tibet collect salt from the dried lakes north of Tsangpo. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We are now at the verge of exploring the least explored region. We head far towards the north. The trail follows the Nang Chu river most of the way on this wild barren windswept terrain. We walk through the trivial ups and downs and pass by the settlements of Tiling and Lurigaon until we finally arrive at the village of Yangze (3750m) also known as Yangtsher. As we cross the Panzang River and head on further for a short while, we get ourselves to one of the least explored regions of Nepal. There is also an old Bon Po monastery- Yangze Gompa here, worth exploring.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Sibu can be reached embarking on a longer trail that stretches to the north- west, passing by the isolated villages of Nishalgaon and Shimengaon. But it’s better that we take an easier and shorter trail, which retraces back to Saldang. From Saldang, we move ahead following the river bed and walk past the terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery. The trail now passes through the fairly populated village called Namdo. It stretches for more than 5 kms on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong River. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Two hours of downhill walk alongside the river will bring us to the settlement of Sibu (3840m), where we halt overnight.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We start off our trek following the trail alongside the Nam Khong River for a while. We then divert towards the east till we arrive at the confluence of two small rivers. From here, our walk leads to a steep climb to the Jengla Phedi (4,900m), or the bottom of daunting Jeng La.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we begin the enthusiastic climb to Jeng La and reach its top after a fatiguing ascent for about two hours. A flurry of snow clad peaks greets us towards the south. Indulging ourselves in the mountainous vista for a while, we begin our descent from the pass on a rugged route, towards Tarap valley. We now embark on a pleasant trail down towards Tarap Chu, a lush green valley with vast plains. It extends twenty kilometers along the river. There are ten different villages in Tarap Chu, all characterized by cultivated fields, chortens and gompas of both the sects of Buddhism. Our halting destination today is at one of the most beautiful villages in Tarap, the Tokyu Gaon (4290m).

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We head towards the east along the downhill route of Tarap Chu. This plain valley, with patches of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, contrasts the other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the desert mountains of Tibet and the Ladhakh Himalayas. In this valley, both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together in harmony. After a short trek through this beautiful valley, we arrive at Dho Tarap (3,944m). We have enough time to stroll around the village. This village is fortressed by an irregular stone wall. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters. These houses are built in an unorganized way and inhabited mostly by Magars and few Tibetans.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have a good opportunity to explore the locality of Dho Tarap today. We go for a short hike to a Buddhist gompa which is at the proximity of our campsite. After that we take a walk for about 45 minutes to get to another Bon Po gompa. Interacting with the local people can also be a great fun. These people have special self-spun costume and a Tibetan style boots called “somba”. They mainly belong to Bon Po and Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. This is indeed going to be an informative and exciting day.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

We begin with a decent towards a wide valley. Today’s trek isn’t that tough but it’s indeed lengthy. As we move ahead, the valley narrows down to a gorge and then we continue walking alongside the clusters of junipers and wild roses up the tree line. Chances are that you could just spot the herds of blue sheep. We now arrive at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang river, a stream that joins with Tarap river from further east. We then walk up to a beautiful meadow at Tarap Khola (3800m)

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

Today the trail takes us down the gorge of the Tarap river. We continue alongside the river and then make our way above the river on a trail that winds up a steep slope. There are many possible campsites by the river. As we advance further, we might just get bewildered to see the valley so drastically narrowing down in a deep gorge that we could almost jump from one side of the gorge to another. The paths at times are almost untraceable and we have to walk across the stone slabs attested on logs to form a bridge. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we might have to reluctantly cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we arrive at our campsite beside the Tarap khola at Khanigaon (2,950m). 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

Today the trail takes us down the gorge of the Tarap river. We continue alongside the river and then make our way above the river on a trail that winds up a steep slope. There are many possible campsites by the river. As we advance further, we might just get bewildered to see the valley so drastically narrowing down in a deep gorge that we could almost jump from one side of the gorge to another. The paths at times are almost untraceable and we have to walk across the stone slabs attested on logs to form a bridge. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we might have to reluctantly cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we arrive at our campsite beside the Tarap khola at Khanigaon (2,950m).

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

We resume our trek walking on a path with pine trees, above the Bheri River in a deep gorge until we arrive at Dunai (2,140m). 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

We resume our trek walking on a path with pine trees, above the Bheri River in a deep gorge until we arrive at Dunai (2,140m). 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

We board on a short and scenic flight over the Himalayan foothills overlooking the jaw-dropping mountainous vistas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. We land at Nepalgunj in about 35 minutes. From Nepalgunj, we take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Our plane touches down the domestic wing of the Kathmandu airport in about an hour. A representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your designated hotel in Kathmandu. You have gotten back from a long tiring trip, so you would probably want to flex your muscles a bit and get groomed. You have an extra day at Kathmandu tomorrow.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

This is a free day in Kathmandu to fulfill anything that you missed out spotting in this energetic capital of Nepal. In the event that the flight to Kathmandu is delayed, it is also a spare day. You can indulge yourself in shopping or strolling around some of the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping where you can haul all the souvenirs representing Nepal and its culture. May be that in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines, will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beauty sleep. 

Hotel
Breakfast Included

Time to part and say good bye! A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your filght schedule. Hope you enjoyed every bit of the moment being with us as much as we did being with you. Have a safe journey and we look forward to being your adventure companion in Nepal again. Trips can always be extended to try out some of our other adventurous packages like – Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round airfares.
  • Hotel accommodations in Nepalgunj.
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staff and helpers' wages for the trekking period.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Upper Dolpo Special Permit.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Lunch & dinner In Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides, porters & crew (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. Where is Upper Dolpo Trek located?
Upper Dolpo Trek is located in the remote western Himalayas of Nepal, bordering Tibet

2. How long does it take to complete the Upper Dolpo Trek?
The Upper Dolpo Trek typically takes 23 days to complete, including acclimatization days and exploration time in the region.

3. What is the best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo Trek?
The best time for the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is stable and views are spectacular.

4. Is a permit required for the Upper Dolpo Trek?
Yes, a special Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit is required for the trek, along with the standard Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

5. What are the major attractions of the Upper Dolpo Trek?
The major attractions of the Upper Dolpo Trek include the stunning landscapes of the Dolpo region, ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, unique cultural encounters with the local people, and the chance to see the iconic Shey Phoksundo Lake.

6. Is the Upper Dolpo Trek difficult?
Yes, the Upper Dolpo Trek is considered a difficult and strenuous trek. It involves walking at high altitudes, crossing high passes, and navigating through challenging terrain. Previous trekking experience and good physical fitness are required for the trek.

7. Do I need a special permit for the Upper Dolpo Trek?
Yes, you need special permits to trek in the Upper Dolpo region as Dolpo region is a remote and restricted area which requires a Special Permit. It costs USD500 per person for the first 10 days and beyond that USD50 per person per day.

8. Are there tea houses or lodges along the Upper Dolpo Trek route?
Unlike some popular treks in Nepal, the Upper Dolpo region has limited tea houses or lodges. You may need to rely on camping during the trek. We provide fully supported camping treks with experienced guides, cooks, and porters.

9. How do I get to the starting point of the Upper Dolpo Trek?
The trek usually starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, followed by another flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal, the trekking route officially begins.

10. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Upper Dolpo Trek?
The trek reaches its highest point at the Nangdala Pass, which is approximately 5,350 meters (17,550 feet) above sea level.

11. What about weather condition and Jumla flight?
Upon arriving at Nepalgunj, we will catch a flight to Jumla the following morning to begin our trek. However, please note that the flight schedule may be affected by the unpredictable weather conditions in Jumla, resulting in potential delays or cancellations. In such cases, if the weather is persistently unfavorable, we will arrange for a helicopter flight at an additional cost to ensure the continuity of your trip. Please be aware that helicopter flights are more expensive than regular flights, and you will need to pay the additional fee after deducting the cost of the Jumla flight.

12. Is there chances of altitude Sickness and what are the Symptoms?
At elevations above 3000 meters, individuals may experience altitude sickness, which occurs when the body struggles to adapt to high altitude and low oxygen levels. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, vomiting, and sleep disruption. If any of these symptoms arise, it is crucial to consult your guide promptly. Our guides are highly trained and experienced in altitude trekking and managing sickness-related issues. They will assess the situation and determine the best course of action accordingly.

13. How to avoid Altitude sickness?
To prevent sickness in the Himalayas, it is advisable to consume ample amounts of water, eat complete meals, and avoid alcohol. In case you do experience altitude sickness, the medicine Diamox can be helpful in managing symptoms and facilitating the ascent to higher elevations. Additionally, it is crucial not to overlook the importance of acclimatization while ascending, as this gradual process allows the body to adapt to higher altitudes properly.

14. How to prepare for Upper Dolpo trek?
It is recommended to engage in physical fitness activities such as running, swimming, and walking before embarking on your Upper Dolpo trek. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions should consult a doctor before considering the trek. It is common to experience some discomfort until fully acclimatized during the trek.

15. In addition to physical fitness, mental preparedness is also crucial for outdoor activities. ?
During the Dolpo trek, there are no guesthouses available, and you will be staying in tents. Meals will be provided at our campsite, prepared by a professional cook. There will be temporary toilets set up by our Sherpa staff for your convenience. It is important to be prepared for these conditions.

16. How safe is Upper Dolpo Trek?
We prioritize your safety above all else. We have always upheld stringent safety measures throughout our trekking experiences, ensuring that our guides are extensively trained and equipped to safeguard our clients, even in remote regions.

17. Can I charge my mobile or camera battery?
During the camping trek, it can be quite challenging to locate a place to charge our gadgets. However, if we are near a village, we can somehow manage to find a charging point. Alternatively, we can bring a portable solar panel with us to ensure we can charge our devices.

18. What is the arrangements during emergencies?
In the event of an unexpected emergency, such as severe high-altitude sickness or an accident, there will always be a safety net in place. If necessary, you will be promptly taken to the nearest hospital or rescued by helicopter and transported to a hospital as quickly as possible. It is important to note that you are fully responsible for any costs associated with these emergency services. Therefore, it is highly advisable to ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for both medical expenses and emergency evacuation expenses.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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