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Dolpo Trekking

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Duration Duration
17 Days
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5170m
Activities Activities
Scenic Flight/ Trekking
Destination Destination
Nepal
Start/End Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu- Kathmandu
Transportation Transportation
Private Vehicle/Domestic Flight
Grade Grade
Moderate
Nature of Trip Nature of Trip
Lodge to Lodge Trek
Meals Meals
15 Breakfast | 13 Lunch | 14 Dinner
Group Size Group Size
1-10 People
Best Seasons Best Seasons
Sept- Oct | Mar- May
Accommodation Accommodation
- 3N in a 3* star hotel
- 13N in Teahouse Lodge

Overview of Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo Trekking is a travel to an unexplored paradise. The pristine nature, uncrowded trails, unique culture, and remoteness of the Dolpo Trekking are rewarding experiences for the travelers visiting the region. The high Himalayas of western Nepal isolates the Dolpo region. The exceedingly amazing landscapes and serene beauty of the land resembles Tibet. At places, the beauty of Dolpo by far surpasses the striking views people get to behold in Tibet. Oriental Journeys targets to bring trekkers around the globe to Dolpo and its neighboring region undoubtedly is the expert of treks in Dolpo.

Major Highlights of Dolpo Trekking

  • Explore the exotics of Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • See the preserved blue sheep, grey wolf and snow leopard
  • Enjoy the Scenic Flight
  • Pass through the Unique settlements
  • Enjoy the heavenly experience of Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Footsteps on the Traditional Caravan route linking Tibet of China
  • Look at the view of Kanjiroba Peak, and the Dhaulagiri Massif

Dolpo Trekking is an adventure journey to the remote land of the Dolpa region. It is one of the least developed and the most remote regions in Nepal. In 2000, Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, “The Caravan,” was nominated for the Oscars after being a huge success in many countries. After the movie, the world recognized the Dolpo region. Despite the fact, the region remains an isolated corner and very fewer people visit the region. It was not open for foreigners until 1989. However, the government had allowed the southern part for some organized trekking groups.

Trekkers crossing the traditional wooden bridge during Dolpo Trekking
Trekkers crossing the traditional wooden bridge during Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo Region

Dolpo/Dolpa lies beside the Shey Phoksundo National Park in the western north of Nepal and in between the Dhaulagiri range and the Tibetan plateau. Nepal government established the Shey Phoksundo National Park to preserve the ecosystem of plants and wildlife that include rare blue sheep, grey wolf and snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksundo Lake, and the Dhaulagiri massif is the major attraction of this trek.

One of the easiest ways to reach Dolpo is a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal you will need to trek for about four hours to reach the Dolpa district headquarters, Dunai. But you can also trek to Dunai from Dhorpatan that can be easily reached from Tansen. Along with this journey, you will get to experience the Himalayan lakes, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, turquoise blue Phokhsundo Lake, and get to watch yak caravans being involved in the trade of rock salt and barley with Tibet. If you opt for this trek during summer, you will be able to see the caravans of yaks and sheep running and playing around the valley in the trade route between the Tibetan Plateau and Nepal.

The beauty and charm of this region are unique in the whole world. Dolpo Trekking is an opportunity to meet the pleasant inhabitants of Tibetan origin. Additionally, you will explore their untouched lifestyle and villages during the trek. Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas due to which the landscapes are like deserts without green trees and monsoon watered hills.

Meal

Our professional staff serve you with typical Nepali food to continental meals during your camping days. The trekking crew will stop at the Lunch stop for daily meals, however, the Dinner and breakfast are served at the tea house or in the tent camp.  During your stay in Kathmandu, the hotel will serve only breakfast. You can choose either a vegetarian or vegan or nonveg meals based on your choice while in Kathmandu.

Staff Crew

Trekking Staff, porter, trekking cook along with a guide accompany your trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. We serve the group of travelers with more than eight-member with two guides. Porter or mule carry the luggage from Juphal to Juphal. A porter or mule carries the weight ranging from 15kg – 20kg.

Necessary Equipment for Dolpa Trekking

  • Experts recommend the following equipment to bring for Dolpo Trekking :
  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts, Trekking shoes or boots
  • Comfy shoes for around the camp
  • thick and warm woolen socks
  • Light cotton socks
  • A day bag to carry your valuable
  • Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, raincoat,
  • Sunblock, lip balm, Goggles or sunglasses,
  • Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle
  • Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit,
  • Flashlight, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel, and toiletries, etc.
  • Physical Fitness and experience

Dolpo trek is a challenging trek that demands one’s ability to walk. Normally, one has to walk for 7-8 hours ups and downs in a day carrying own day bag. However, some days are even longer with 8-10 hours of walking. Dolpo trek is also a high altitude hiking demanding more physical fitness, strong determination, and excellent health. The strong determination with average physical fitness can complete this trek. Before the trek, we recommend to go weeks of regular physical exercise and basic training will strengthen your feet and muscles. The trek, particularly, does not require many trainings however experience also helps. Travelers with heart disease, lung, or blood disease should consult with your physician and require to inform Oriental Journeys before the tour departure.

Insurance

Travel, medical and rescue, and emergency 0evacuation insurance is a must before setting off for the Dolpo trek. The insurance policy should cover up to the highest altitude of the trekking route.

Trekking Seasons for Dolpo Trek

Generally, the days of May to October are suitable periods for Upper Dolpo Trek. Dolpo lies in the rain-shadow area beyond the high Himalayas. It is more scenic and beautiful with greenery and freshly cultivated land in the raining season between mid-June to mid-September.

Flight

Mountain weather is unpredictable. The bad weather often is the major cause of flight cancelation between Nepalgunj to Juphal. We advise the travelers to add a few extra days in Kathmandu. If everything goes fine, you can enjoy the days after the trip in Kathmandu doing other activities. In case the flight cancels, we can re-book it for the next day. Oriental Journeys will arrange the hotel for you but the meal will be on your part. You will get a similar arrangement Juphal if flight cancels.

Other tours with Dolpo Trekking?

Travelers who book the Dolpo Trekking can enjoy other tours to make a good combination of Nepal experience. The sightseeing tours in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, Wildlife Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park can be the most promising tours to combine with Dolpa trek. UNESCO World Heritage Site tour in Kathmandu is the best opportunity to experience the culture of Kathmandu Valley. However, the Bardia National Park is the best place to see the Royal Bengal tiger including several other wildlife.

Required Permits for Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo is a secluded region that requires special permits from the department of immigration to trek.  Government of Nepal, Department of Immigration issues two permits for Dolpo trekking; one for Lower Dolpo and another for Upper Dolpo.

Lower Dolpo trekking permit fee: USD 20 per person/ week  and USD 5 per person /day ( beyond 1 week)
Upper Dolpo trekking permit fee: USD500 per person (for the first 10 days) and USD 50 per person /Day ( beyond 10 days)

Dolpo Trekking - Accommodation

In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at a 3-star hotel in Thamel. The accommodations are at the local lodges or at tented camp during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel room in Kathmandu will have attached bathroom,  however in mountain, toilet and shower come on sharing basis.

DaysHotel/LodgeCategoryPlace
01, 16Samsara Resort, Thamel Eco Resort or Similar3 StarKathmandu
02Tourist Standard HotelLodgeNepalgunj
03-15Hotel, Lodge & Tented CampCampsEn-route

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Dolpo Trekking - Detail Itinerary

01

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

02

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj/ flight

03

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal/ flight and Juphal to Dunai/ (2150m)

04

Day 04: Dunai to Tarakot (2540m)/ 5-6 hrs Trek

05

Day 05: Tarakot to Laini Odar (3375m)/ 4-5 hrs Trek

06

Day 06: Laini Odar to Nawarpani

07

Day 07: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3950m)/ 6-7 hrs Trek

08

Day 08: Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization

09

Day 09: Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp (4350m)/ 4-5 hrs trek

10

Day 10: Numa La Pass to Danighar (4510m) via Numa La Pass (5310m)/ 6-7 hrs Trek

11

Day 11 : Danighar to Yak Kharka via Baga La Pass (5170m)/ 5-6 hrs trek

12

Day 12: Yak kharka to Phoksundo (3600m)

13

Day 13: Explore around Phoksundo Lake

14

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Chepka / 6 hrs trek

15

Day 15: Chepka to Juphal/ 6 hrs trek

16

Day 16: Juphal to Nepalgunj flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight

17

Day 17: Fly back home

Cost Includes

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Three nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and assistant trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage
  • salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging for supporting staff
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work, documentations and permits (National park permit, TIMS ) and entry fees
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • 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 than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips and gratitude for supporting staff.

Dolpo Trekking - Fixed Departure Cost & Dates

Departure DateTrip DurationCost/PersonAvailabilityJoin Group
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Duration Duration
17 Days
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5170m
Activities Activities
Scenic Flight/ Trekking
Destination Destination
Nepal
Start/End Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu- Kathmandu
Transportation Transportation
Private Vehicle/Domestic Flight
Grade Grade
Moderate
Nature of Trip Nature of Trip
Lodge to Lodge Trek
Meals Meals
15 Breakfast | 13 Lunch | 14 Dinner
Group Size Group Size
1-10 People
Best Seasons Best Seasons
Sept- Oct | Mar- May
Accommodation Accommodation
- 3N in a 3* star hotel
- 13N in Teahouse Lodge

Dolpo Trekking is a travel to an unexplored paradise. The pristine nature, uncrowded trails, unique culture, and remoteness of the Dolpo Trekking are rewarding experiences for the travelers visiting the region. The high Himalayas of western Nepal isolates the Dolpo region. The exceedingly amazing landscapes and serene beauty of the land resembles Tibet. At places, the beauty of Dolpo by far surpasses the striking views people get to behold in Tibet. Oriental Journeys targets to bring trekkers around the globe to Dolpo and its neighboring region undoubtedly is the expert of treks in Dolpo.

Major Highlights of Dolpo Trekking

  • Explore the exotics of Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • See the preserved blue sheep, grey wolf and snow leopard
  • Enjoy the Scenic Flight
  • Pass through the Unique settlements
  • Enjoy the heavenly experience of Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Footsteps on the Traditional Caravan route linking Tibet of China
  • Look at the view of Kanjiroba Peak, and the Dhaulagiri Massif

Dolpo Trekking is an adventure journey to the remote land of the Dolpa region. It is one of the least developed and the most remote regions in Nepal. In 2000, Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, “The Caravan,” was nominated for the Oscars after being a huge success in many countries. After the movie, the world recognized the Dolpo region. Despite the fact, the region remains an isolated corner and very fewer people visit the region. It was not open for foreigners until 1989. However, the government had allowed the southern part for some organized trekking groups.

Trekkers crossing the traditional wooden bridge during Dolpo Trekking
Trekkers crossing the traditional wooden bridge during Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo Region

Dolpo/Dolpa lies beside the Shey Phoksundo National Park in the western north of Nepal and in between the Dhaulagiri range and the Tibetan plateau. Nepal government established the Shey Phoksundo National Park to preserve the ecosystem of plants and wildlife that include rare blue sheep, grey wolf and snow leopard. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksundo Lake, and the Dhaulagiri massif is the major attraction of this trek.

One of the easiest ways to reach Dolpo is a flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal you will need to trek for about four hours to reach the Dolpa district headquarters, Dunai. But you can also trek to Dunai from Dhorpatan that can be easily reached from Tansen. Along with this journey, you will get to experience the Himalayan lakes, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, turquoise blue Phokhsundo Lake, and get to watch yak caravans being involved in the trade of rock salt and barley with Tibet. If you opt for this trek during summer, you will be able to see the caravans of yaks and sheep running and playing around the valley in the trade route between the Tibetan Plateau and Nepal.

The beauty and charm of this region are unique in the whole world. Dolpo Trekking is an opportunity to meet the pleasant inhabitants of Tibetan origin. Additionally, you will explore their untouched lifestyle and villages during the trek. Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas due to which the landscapes are like deserts without green trees and monsoon watered hills.

Meal

Our professional staff serve you with typical Nepali food to continental meals during your camping days. The trekking crew will stop at the Lunch stop for daily meals, however, the Dinner and breakfast are served at the tea house or in the tent camp.  During your stay in Kathmandu, the hotel will serve only breakfast. You can choose either a vegetarian or vegan or nonveg meals based on your choice while in Kathmandu.

Staff Crew

Trekking Staff, porter, trekking cook along with a guide accompany your trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. We serve the group of travelers with more than eight-member with two guides. Porter or mule carry the luggage from Juphal to Juphal. A porter or mule carries the weight ranging from 15kg – 20kg.

Necessary Equipment for Dolpa Trekking

  • Experts recommend the following equipment to bring for Dolpo Trekking :
  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts, Trekking shoes or boots
  • Comfy shoes for around the camp
  • thick and warm woolen socks
  • Light cotton socks
  • A day bag to carry your valuable
  • Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, raincoat,
  • Sunblock, lip balm, Goggles or sunglasses,
  • Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle
  • Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit,
  • Flashlight, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel, and toiletries, etc.
  • Physical Fitness and experience

Dolpo trek is a challenging trek that demands one’s ability to walk. Normally, one has to walk for 7-8 hours ups and downs in a day carrying own day bag. However, some days are even longer with 8-10 hours of walking. Dolpo trek is also a high altitude hiking demanding more physical fitness, strong determination, and excellent health. The strong determination with average physical fitness can complete this trek. Before the trek, we recommend to go weeks of regular physical exercise and basic training will strengthen your feet and muscles. The trek, particularly, does not require many trainings however experience also helps. Travelers with heart disease, lung, or blood disease should consult with your physician and require to inform Oriental Journeys before the tour departure.

Insurance

Travel, medical and rescue, and emergency 0evacuation insurance is a must before setting off for the Dolpo trek. The insurance policy should cover up to the highest altitude of the trekking route.

Trekking Seasons for Dolpo Trek

Generally, the days of May to October are suitable periods for Upper Dolpo Trek. Dolpo lies in the rain-shadow area beyond the high Himalayas. It is more scenic and beautiful with greenery and freshly cultivated land in the raining season between mid-June to mid-September.

Flight

Mountain weather is unpredictable. The bad weather often is the major cause of flight cancelation between Nepalgunj to Juphal. We advise the travelers to add a few extra days in Kathmandu. If everything goes fine, you can enjoy the days after the trip in Kathmandu doing other activities. In case the flight cancels, we can re-book it for the next day. Oriental Journeys will arrange the hotel for you but the meal will be on your part. You will get a similar arrangement Juphal if flight cancels.

Other tours with Dolpo Trekking?

Travelers who book the Dolpo Trekking can enjoy other tours to make a good combination of Nepal experience. The sightseeing tours in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, Wildlife Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park can be the most promising tours to combine with Dolpa trek. UNESCO World Heritage Site tour in Kathmandu is the best opportunity to experience the culture of Kathmandu Valley. However, the Bardia National Park is the best place to see the Royal Bengal tiger including several other wildlife.

Required Permits for Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo is a secluded region that requires special permits from the department of immigration to trek.  Government of Nepal, Department of Immigration issues two permits for Dolpo trekking; one for Lower Dolpo and another for Upper Dolpo.

Lower Dolpo trekking permit fee: USD 20 per person/ week  and USD 5 per person /day ( beyond 1 week)
Upper Dolpo trekking permit fee: USD500 per person (for the first 10 days) and USD 50 per person /Day ( beyond 10 days)

Dolpo Trekking - Video


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj/ flight

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Juphal/ flight and Juphal to Dunai/ (2150m)

Day 04: Dunai to Tarakot (2540m)/ 5-6 hrs Trek

Day 05: Tarakot to Laini Odar (3375m)/ 4-5 hrs Trek

Day 06: Laini Odar to Nawarpani

Day 07: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3950m)/ 6-7 hrs Trek

Day 08: Excursion around Dho Tarap for acclimatization

Day 09: Dho Tarap of Numa La Base Camp (4350m)/ 4-5 hrs trek

Day 10: Numa La Pass to Danighar (4510m) via Numa La Pass (5310m)/ 6-7 hrs Trek

Day 11 : Danighar to Yak Kharka via Baga La Pass (5170m)/ 5-6 hrs trek

Day 12: Yak kharka to Phoksundo (3600m)

Day 13: Explore around Phoksundo Lake

Day 14: Phoksundo Lake to Chepka / 6 hrs trek

Day 15: Chepka to Juphal/ 6 hrs trek

Day 16: Juphal to Nepalgunj flight and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight

Day 17: Fly back home

Cost Includes

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Three nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and assistant trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage
  • salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging for supporting staff
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work, documentations and permits (National park permit, TIMS ) and entry fees
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • 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 than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips and gratitude for supporting staff.
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