Upper Dolpo Trekking

22 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 4500m
  • Bus,Cab,Plane


Upper Dolpo is a remote place, yet a very rewarding trek that lies in the mid-western region, in between Tibet and Mount Dhaulagiri of Nepal. Upper Dolpo comprises a vast arid region of rolling semi-desert highlands, a continuation of the topography of the Tibetan Plateau Upper Dolpo basically is a restricted area but we can get a special permit from the government which costs 500$. This place was publicly opened in 1989. The route to Upper Dolpo is usually over 4000m offering all the views of landscapes and green forest. The area is beautifully decorated with local Villages, Monasteries, prayer walls, and Gompas. This area is highly protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the largest national park in Nepal and covers an area of 3,555 km2. You can see several floras and fauna throughout your journey like juniper, white Himalayan Birch, Rhododendrons, hemlock, spruce, snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, etc. Dolpo is one of the few remaining places where the pre-Buddhist religion, Bon Po is practiced. Bon PO religion is quite similar to Buddhism, the only difference is this religion walk anti-clockwise around stupas and shrines. Shey Phoksundo Lake, Panoramic Himalayan mountains, Thrilling Terrain, and hidden traditional villages are some main attractions of this trek. 

Temperature and weather 

The route to Upper Dolpo is usually over 4000m. It is better to expect a very cold temperature. During the spring season, the average temperature can be around 13⁰C in the daytime and falls to -10⁰C during morning and night. The autumn season has a similar temperature. The nighttime temperature in the autumn season can be around -11⁰C. Summer/monsoon is relatively warmer with an average temperature of 17⁰C in the daytime and -4⁰C in the night. The winter season is the coldest of all with an average temperature of -14⁰C.  

Considering all the temperature, weather, and warmth the best or peak season to trek Upper Dolpo is in spring and autumn. The bearable temperature, the clear skies, and atmosphere, stunning views of Rhododendrons and mountains, the best condition of the trails, all features make these seasons best for trekking.

Food and accommodation

Here, teahouses are barely available up to Shey Phoksundo. Due to the fewer teahouses, they are mostly packed and you need to be ready for camping. Being a remote area, there are no proper facilities for transportation. The goods and accessories need to be transported by airplane or helicopter from Jhupal. That is why everything is relatively expensive in Dolpo including food and accommodation. Since the place is highly influenced by Tibet, very basic food like Dal, Bhat, Vegetables, and Tibetan food is available here. The available teahouses provide very minimal facilities like small rooms, beds, and blankets. Toilets and bathrooms have to be shared along with the dining hall. Generally, the price for a meal is 8-10$ (800-1000 NRS). The price of a one-night stay in teahouses is 6-9$ (600-900 NRS). Once you cross, Shey Phoksundo this trek is entirely a camping trek. You need to bring all the necessary equipment like tents, sleeping bags, mats, cooking gas, and utensils. Or, your travel agencies will manage this for you. 

Electronics and communication 

There is no doubt, Dolpo is one of the remotest areas of Nepal, all the facilities including electricity and the internets are very limited. Only a few areas in upper Dolpo have mobile coverages or signals. Some villages have emergency telephones and satellite phones. You can use them by paying extra money to the owner. Internet service is available in Dunai only. 

Guides and porters– If you choose to trek in Dolpo you need to know Dolpo is an entirely restricted area. You need a special government permit to enter the Dolpo district for which you need a professional and a licensed guide. They have enough knowledge about the directions and places. Porters are more than important in this trek. Since the place is really far and remote with rugged trails, carrying all your stuff and walking around is difficult. 

Transportation– There are two options available for the upper Dolpo trek. Either you can take a bus from Kathmandu to Jumla via Surkhet, and trek from Jumla to Dolpo. You can also take a private jeep to Jumla. Or, you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which only takes 50 minutes. From Nepalgunj, you can take another flight to Dolpo airport, or to Jumla airport and again trek to Dolpo.    

Permits and fees- 

1) Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit

               SAARC countries – 1500 NRS (15$), (excluding VAT)

               NON-SAARC countries – 3000 NRS (30$), (Excluding VAT) 

2) Upper Dolpo restricted area permit- 40$

3) Dolpo district special permit- 500$

 Difficulties and safety 

Dolpo is a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Upper Dolpo is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 20 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, maybe snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is the base camp (5ooom) with other high passes over 4000m on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. 

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness 

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food 

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol 

*Medicines for mountain sickness 


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea)

Other requirements

Travel insurance– Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.

Visas/passports– If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.


  • Amazing Shey Gompa and lifestyle around it
  • Explore the remoteness of the Dolpo region
  • Visit the deepest Shey Phoksundo lake
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Bon Po and highly Influenced Tibetan cultures.



Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guesthouse/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bedroom) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before your departure from Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters


How difficult is the Upper Dolpo trek?

The Upper Dolpo trek is considered a challenging trek. It involves trekking in high altitudes, crossing passes, and walking through remote areas. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

Is a special permit required for the Upper Dolpo trek?

Yes, a special permit is required for the Upper Dolpo trek. Trekkers need to obtain the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and a special permit from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

How long does the Upper Dolpo trek take?

The trek duration can vary, but on average, it takes around 20 to 25 days to complete the Upper Dolpo trek, considering acclimatization days and the trekking route chosen.

Is it possible to do the Upper Dolpo trek independently?

No, the Upper Dolpo region is a restricted area, and trekkers are required to hire a registered guide and obtain the necessary permits. Independent trekking is not allowed.

Are there any health risks or altitude-related issues during the trek?

Altitude sickness is a concern due to the high elevations. It’s crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms. Having a comprehensive medical check-up before the trek is advisable.

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