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Upper Dolpa Trek

19 Days
  • Bus, Jeep, Airlines
  • Tourist Hotel
  • 5,115 metres
  • Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Feb, Mar, Apr & May
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-10
  • 15
  • 65

Overview

The Upper Dolpa Trek is a remote and challenging trek in the Dolpa region of Nepal, known for its stunning landscapes, Tibetan culture, and unique wilderness experience. This trek typically takes around 21-28 days, depending on your starting and ending points and your specific itinerary. Here’s a sample itinerary for the Upper Dolpa Trek:

Highlights

  • Largest alpine lake (Phoksundo Lake)
  • Remote Wilderness
  • Diverse Landscapes
  • Tibetan Culture
  • Isolated Villages
  • Spectacular Mountain Views (Kanjirowa, Crystal Mountain, and Shey Phoksundo)
  • Challenging Pass Crossings
  • Unique Flora and Fauna
  • Remote Monasteries
  • Adventure and Solitude

Itinerary

- Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
- Check into your hotel and prepare for the trek.
- Explore the city if you have time.

- Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a city in western Nepal.
- Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

- Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal.
- Start your trek and head to Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa.
- Trekking time: 3-4 hours.

- Trek from Dunai to Tarakot, a small village.
- Trekking time: 5-6 hours.
- Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

- Trek to Laina Odar, a beautiful camping site.
- Trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Continue your trek to Nawarpani, which offers scenic views.
- Trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Trek to Dho Tarap, a major village in the region.
- Trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Acclimatize and explore Dho Tarap.
- Visit local monasteries and interact with the community.

- Trek to Tokyu Gaon, another picturesque village.
- Trekking time: 5-6 hours.

- Head to Numa La Base Camp, a higher altitude.
- Trekking time: 5-6 hours.

- Cross Numa La Pass (5,190 meters) and descend to Danighar.
- Trekking time: 7-8 hours.

- Trek to Yak Kharka, a grazing area for yaks.
- Trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Trek to Ringmo, located near Phoksundo Lake.
- Trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Explore the stunning Phoksundo Lake and its surroundings.

- Trek to Chepka, a small village.
- Trekking time: 5-6 hours.

- Trek back to Juphal, concluding your Upper Dolpa Trek.
- Trekking time: 5-6 hours.

- Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu.
- Rest and relax in Kathmandu.

- A spare day for potential flight delays or additional sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 19 :
Departure

- Depart from Kathmandu or continue with your travel plans.

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult 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 too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

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 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC 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 a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. 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. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The 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 Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking 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 the offseason.

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 the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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  • Professional Local Guide
  • Bus, Jeep, Airlines
  • Tourist Hotel
  • 5,115 metres
  • Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Feb, Mar, Apr & May
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-10
  • 15
  • 65