Upper Dolpo Trek Overview
Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan high-altitude region in the upper part of Nepal's Dolpa District, bordered by China in the north. Shey Phoksundo National Park shares 1-3 parts of the region. It is a mystical land of centuries-old Buddhist traditions that are still practiced daily. The remoteness of the region combined with the splendid beauty of the landscape makes for an unforgettable experience.
Adventure Club Trek's Upper Dolpo Trek-25 days brings you the very best off-beaten path trekking, Upper Dolpo is one of the very few regions in the world to have a civilization so detached from the modern world's advances. Upper Dolpo runs in Shamanistic beliefs and centuries-old Bonpo and Buddhist traditions. You will meet the most authentic Tibetan culture, and traditions and the most innocent of people in the villages and gompas you pass by in this 25-day-long trekking expedition.
We start the trek with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. We take another flight tomorrow to Juphal, the only airstrip that connects Dolpa with the rest of the country. Our trail passes several villages, pristine Phoksundo lake, and high passes in the course of leading us to Shey Gompa, it is popularly known as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo, and rightly so! We spent the day acclimatizing at Shey Gompa, meanwhile also exploring the magical land. It sits at the base of Krystal Mountain, a pilgrimage site frequented by hundreds of visitors each year who make a circuit (called Kora or Parikrama) around the mountain.
Trekking in Upper Dolpo is strenuous, it requires at the very least an average level of physical fitness. One has to cross three high passes-Nagdalo La (5350 m), the Shey La (5010 m) and Jeng La (5220 m). Crossing these passes involves long ascents and descents. We spend most of the trekking period above 4000m, this results in cold temperatures, especially at night. The unsurpassable landscapes and exclusive views of the preserved culture of the Duplo people make it all worth it. You come out of this trek with experience only a few have had-not everybody can say they have a first-hand observed centuries-old civilization in the most remote part of the Himalayan country Nepal by trekking there on foot.
Besides trekking in celebrated regions like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and such, trekkers can choose to trek in other regions like Upper Mustang, Tsum Valley, Kanchenjunga Circuit, Dhaulagiri Circuit, and Manaslu circuit among others. Adventure Club Trek has reasonably priced and well-customized packages to trek in these regions.