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Upper Dolpo Trek - 27 Days

Upper Dolpo is a remote area to the north of Dhaulagiri mountain range in Mid-Western Nepal. This remote and vast region of Karnali is naturally and culturally rich. Trekking to Upper Dolpo lets you explore remote areas and peek into lives of people living in that isolated world.

Although people of Upper Dolpo are poor, the region is abundant in natural resources. Dolpo has an abundance of green lush meadows, subalpine and alpine forest and snow-covered mountains. The wilderness of Upper Dolpo is a home to snow leopard, blue sheep, mountain musk deer and more.

Dolpo presents you with the nature in its raw form. The entire district depends on yaks, mules, and horses for transportation. Roads exist only a few kilometers in lower Dolpo. Upper Dolpo is yet to see a wheel rolling on its land. So, trekking is the only option if you want to explore Upper Dolpo.

As you trek to Upper Dolpo, you pass through some of the highest settlements of the world. People here live even above 4000 meters. You witness their amazing Tibetan-influenced Buddhist culture and tradition.

  • Explore the mystique hidden land of Inner Dolpo
  • Untouched Tibetan Buddhism and Bonpo culture Walk through desolate, stunning land
  • Shey Gompa and other Buddhist monasteries
  • Alpine meadows and challenging high passes

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592 feet)

Day 2
Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(150m, 490 ft)

Day 4
Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m, 8,118ft) and trek to Dunai (2,140m, 7,019ft)

Day 5
Trek from Dunai(2,140m/ 7,019ft) to Ankhe(6988ft/ 2,130m)

Day 6
Trek from Ankhe(6988ft/ 2,130m) to Sulighat

Day 7
Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake(3,611m/11,849 ft)

Day 8
Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

Day 9
Trek to Phoksundo Khola(3,750m/12,300ft)

Day 10
Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang(4,717m/15,417ft)

Day 11
Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass(5,360m/17,581ft)

Day 12
Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa

Day 13
Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun(4,800m/15,744ft)via Saldang La(5,200m/17,056ft)

Day 14
Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft)

Day 15
Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft)

Day 16
Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft)

Day 17
Trek from Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft)

Day 18
Trek to Tokyu Gaon(4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft)

Day 19
Trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft)

Day 20
Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Day 21
Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft)

Day 22
Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaun(3,150m/10,332ft)

Day 23
Trek from Khanigaun to Tarakot ( 2,537m/8,321ft)

Day 24
Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m, 7,019ft)

Day 25
Trek from Dunai to Juphal(2,475m, 8,118ft)

Day 26
Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

Day 27
Final departure

Cost Includes

  • All the airport and hotel transfers by private jeep/van as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city, inclusive of breakfast.
  • One day Kathmandu sightseeing escorted by our city tour guide. (Entrance fees excluded)
  • All the domestic airfares and airport taxes
  • Tented accommodation while on the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner, with hot tea and coffee)
  • Professional trekking guide for the trek.
  • Supporting porters to carry your loads and all the camping equipments.
  • All the essential trekking permits and entrance fees for the trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • Appreciation certificate after completion
  • First aid medical kit box.
  • Trekking route map for the trek.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa and international flights.
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any alcoholic beverages and cold drinks during the trek.
  • Extra nights in trekking regions or in Kathmandu if your flight is cancelled due to bad weather.
  • Tips to the trekking crews.
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Frequently asked Questions

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 to, 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 certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at 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. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. 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 off season.

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

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Trip Facts

  • Fly in / Fly Out
  • 26 Nights / 27 Days
  • (5,360m/17,581ft)
  • 2-12 peoples

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