Upper Dolpo Trekking

26 Days

Trekking in Nepal’s far-western Upper Dolpo region takes you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalaya. Expeditions into Dolpo can be challenging as the tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent, and organized tours are essential.

Upper Dolpo is a paradise unexplored. Nature rewards this isolated western part of Nepal with exceedingly amazing landscapes and serene beauty that resemble the ones of Roof of the world- Tibet.

This Upper Dolpo trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. There are few hotels and lodges on this trekking route. We will reach a height of up to 5350 m at Nangdala Pass. The trail is remote, and you pass by rugged terrain. Therefore, trekkers must be physically and mentally prepared for this 26-day Dolpa trek.

This Upper Dolpa region lies in the rain shadow area of Nepal. Thus, early monsoon times of May, June, and July are the best time for trekking. We need a special trekking permit for the restricted region of Dolpo Valley.

Upper Dolpo is still considered a restricted area and requires a special permit.

  • Explore the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake, which is crucial for its crystal clear water and turquoise shape.
  • A unique camping experience together with the various landscapes of the area and its hidden treasure.
  • Buddhist holy places Crystal Mountain and Shey Gompa observe the unique Bon Buddhist culture.
  • High passes over 5000 meters of extraordinary mountain views, meet locals, and visit monasteries.
  • Visit the medieval village of Saldang and the nomad camps at Dho Tarap, the highest human settlement in the world.
  • Explore diverse flora and fauna in the Shey Phoksundo National Park.


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Cost Includes:

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB (Bed and Breakfast) plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj on twin sharing basis on BLD (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) plan.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide.
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu Flight Cost.
  • Nepalgunj - Juphal - Nepalgunj Flight cost.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking in tent Camp (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in Tent Camp.
  • Upper Dolpo restricated area permit.
  • Lower Dolpo Restricated area permit.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage, foods and tent during the trek.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes:

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the 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.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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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Upper Dolpo Trekking
8% Off
From $ 5890 $ 5390
/ Adult
  • Adventure Travel | Camping Trek
  • 25 Nights | 26 Days
  • 16,899 ft./ 5,151 m.
  • 6 to 7 Hours
  • Mar - August | Sept - Nov
  • Hotel / Tented Camp
  • Private Transfers / Flight