Upper Dolpo is a high-altitude region located at western Nepal. A rain-shadow area, Upper Dolpo receives least rainfall; therefore, most of the terrain resembles a desert like landscape and can be trekked throughout the year. It lays close to Tibet in the North, therefore, the inhabitants, local culture, dialect and architecture resembles its northern counterpart.
The Dolpo people have practiced trading salt through caravans for ages. Eric Valli, a renowned French filmmaker made a movie based on the life of the people of Dolpo, named “Caravan.” It was nominated for Oscars in 1997.
The Upper Dolpo trek initiates at the north-west region behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau. Most of the trail is located inside Phoksundo National Park. The trek begins from Juphal village and passes through numerous gigantic mountain ranges, Numa La pass (5,190 meters) and Phoksundo Lake. The trip concedes at Jumla. The abundance of Himalayan wildlife, including; Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and rare Snow Leopard, makes it a unique destination as well.
Upper Dolpo has been mentioned by David Snelgrove in his book titled “Himalayan Pilgrimage,” more recently by Peter Matthiessen in “The Snow Leopard” and in “Stones of Silence” by George Schaller.
Poses difficulty as the terrain, temperature and altitude may differ along the trail. Max. altitude may reach over 5000 m and the hike requires over 6 hours a day.
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!
|Day 1||Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel||–|
|Day 2||Kathmandu sightseeing & Trek preparation||–|
|Day 3||Fly to Nepalgunj & Transfer to Hotel||–|
|Day 4||Fly to Juphal & Trek to Dunai 2,850 m (9,348 ft)||–|
|Day 5||Trek to Tarakot 2,850 m (9,348 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 6||Trek to Khani Gaon 2,543 m (8,341 ft)||3-4 hours|
|Day 7||Trek to Tarap Khola 3,450 m (11,316 ft)||4-5 hours|
|Day 8||Trek to Yak Kharka 3,800 m (12,464 ft)||4-5 hours|
|Day 9||Trek to Dho Tarap 4,090 m (13,415 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 10||Rest Day at Dho Tarap||–|
|Day 11||Trek to Tokyu Gaun 4,200 m (13,776 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 12||Trek below Numa La Pass 4,664 m (15,301 ft)||4-5 hours|
|Day 13||Cross Numa La Pass & Camp at Phedi||6-7 hours|
|Day 14||Trek Baga La 5,070 m (16,630 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 15||Trek to Ringmo 3,600 m (11,808 ft)||6-7 hours|
|Day 16||Rest Day/Hike to Phoksundo Lake||–|
|Day 17||Trek to Pungo village 3,170 m (10,397 ft)||4-5 hours|
|Day 18||Trek below Kagmara La 5,115 m (16,777 ft)||4-5 hours|
|Day 19||Cross Kagmara La||4-5 hours|
|Day 20||Trek to Hurikot village 3,600 m (11,806 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 21||Trek to Chaurikot 3,060 m (10,036 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 22||Trek to Chorte Gompa 3,200 m (10,496 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 23||Trek to Gothi Chaur 2,700 m (8,856 ft)||4-5 hours|
|Day 24||Trek to Jumla||6-7 hours|
|Day 25||Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj||–|
|Day 26||Rest Day at Kathmandu||–|
|Day 27||Depart from Kathmandu||–|
Annapurna is the best place on Earth. The route and scenery are breath-taking. The way leading from Machhapuchhre to Annapurna base camp is the best.
I had fun with my friends. The guide is the best! He helped us throughout the trip. I’d suggest you to take Diamox to help prevent altitude sickness. It’s really hard to breath when you reach at the top. All in all a great experience. ~Jessica Mahut (Florida, USA)
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
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|Trip Length||27 days|
|Trek Length||21 days|
|Max. Altitude||5,115 meters (16,777 ft)|
|Trek Style||Tea-house (Lodges)|
|Meal||Full board on trek|
|Transportation||Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus|
|Best Month||Throughout the Year|
|Group Size||2-10 Persons|