Upper Dolpo Trek


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWN030
Trip Duration
27 Day(s)
Activities
Hiking, Trekking
Start Point
Kathmandu
End Point
Kathmandu
Max Altitude
5490m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
March-May, Sept-Nov
Difficulty Level
Challenging
Accomodations & Meals

  • 6 Nights 3-Star  hotels
  • 20 Nights Tea Houses/Camps
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 20 Lunches and Dinners
  • Water (Pay extra on the trek)
Locations Covered

  • Kathmandu
  • Nepalgunj
  • Juphal Airport – Dunai
  • Shyanta  – Rechi
  • Phoksundo – Madala
  • Muktinath – Jomsom

Overview


Dolpo Region is one of the most remote regions in Nepal. The entire district was closed for foreigners until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized groups of trekkers.  Few anthropologies and geographers had explored Dolpo Regions even before 1989, though.  Dolpo Region is located between Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range and Tibetan Plateau and it is also considered as the highest inhabited land of Dolpo. The Caravan or the Himalaya – the English subtitled movie on Dolpo was a big success and had been nominated for Oscar Award in the best foreign-language film category. Before 1989, the southern region as opened for foreign trekkers and very little trekkers had visited this area. The first mountaineering expedition by Dr. Herbert Tichy in 1953 based in Kaigon and the other visit by John Tyson in the early ’60s. Dolpo is one of the most attractive regions for…

Dolpo Region is one of the most remote regions in Nepal. The entire district was closed for foreigners until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized groups of trekkers.  Few anthropologies and geographers had explored Dolpo Regions even before 1989, though.  Dolpo Region is located between Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range and Tibetan Plateau and it is also considered as the highest inhabited land of Dolpo.

The Caravan or the Himalaya – the English subtitled movie on Dolpo was a big success and had been nominated for Oscar Award in the best foreign-language film category. Before 1989, the southern region as opened for foreign trekkers and very little trekkers had visited this area. The first mountaineering expedition by Dr. Herbert Tichy in 1953 based in Kaigon and the other visit by John Tyson in the early ’60s. Dolpo is one of the most attractive regions for trekking and very rarely visited because of the remote and lack of accessibility.

 In this Upper Dolpo Trek – 27 Days, we begin our trek from Jhupal village after taking a flight from Nepaljung to Juphal. We start this adventure coming across scenic landscapes, local people, picturesque villages and valleys, pine forests, rhododendron, the high trek passes, massif mountain ranges, and cross over 5400m at Numa-La Pass till we reach Phoksundo National Park including Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo Village.
During the two nights at Ringmmo, we enjoy the beauty of the deep blue water of the Phoksundo Lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Kangirow Himalayan range. You will also have time to visit an isolated village of Ringmo and its monastery. This long 28 days journey carries on the wonderful region of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gompa, following the antique Trans Himalayan Trade Route and return to Jhuphal. The trek has been made professionally and one with good physical stamina can make it done walking 4-6 hours per day on average.

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What's Included


  • Airport transfers – Pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking
  • Accommodation in tea house or lodges during trekking
  • Flight ticket from KTM – Nepalgunj – Juphal and Jomsom - Pokhara
  • English speaking license holder trekking guide and his all expenses
  • 1 Porter – 2 Trekkers and his all expenses
  • TIMS and National park permit fees
  • Two nights’ standard accommodation in Kathmandu
  • One day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Supporting staffs (Trekking guides, cook and porters) and their necessary insurance, accommodation, meal, allowance and salaries

What's Excluded


  • International Flight and Departure Tax
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears and clothing such as sleeping bag, walking stick and etc
  • Travel/Medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Rescue if needed
  • Personal expenses caused by weather, laundry telephone call, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, tips and etc.

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance will be charged 7 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Check the latest update and requirements to enter Nepal post-COVID-19

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Do I Need A Visa To Enter to Nepal? Yes, all the foreigners, Except Indians need a Nepalese visa in order to enter Nepal. Most of the national can get On Arrival visa at the TIA airport, however, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal. What do I need to get my visa? You need to have a valid passport and some passport-sized photographs… Read More »

Namaste from HimalayanWindows! HimalayanWindows is a company operated by travel professionals involved in the travel industry for more than a decade. We operate package tours for Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. HimalayanWindows believes that Our Motto is to satisfy every customer in all aspects. We would like to introduce ourselves as a tour and trekking operator in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Moreover, we are also a direct tour operator for Tibet &… Read More »

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