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Dolpo Trek - 22 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Dolpo Treks
Duration 22 Days
Goup size MIN - 2
GRADE Strenuous

About the Trip

Explore the recently opened remote region of upper Dolpo near the tibetan border. Explore the most exquisite district of nepal once forbidden for visitors to explore


  • Rare route of nepal
  • Might see tiger in Shey Phoksundo National Park,
  • Gaze over the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo
  • Visit old monasteries
  • One of the Large national parks , shey phoksundo.
  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.


The Upper Dolpo trekking takes us to the isolated corner near the Tibetan borders of nepal. It's a remote and preserved area which has stayed the same since many centuries.You will be able to witness the lifestyle of the inhabitants who still continue to live the same way they lived years before.Its one of the most beautiful but also the least developed regions of nepal because of the high passes trail it rarely gets visitors. Until a few decades ago it was forbidden for foreigners to enter now  its a restricted area that requires special permit.
Within the Dolpo region lies the Shey Phoksundo National Park, Nepal's biggest national park , it is also the home to exclusive flora fauna , the blue sheep and snow leopard. It's the very location that  Peter Matheson describes in his bestselling book ‘The Snow Leopard’ and the setting for the Oscar nominated film “The Caravana” or “The Himalaya”.On this trek we pass through beautiful valleys, local settlements, mountains including the holy “Crystal Mountain” , centuries old monasteries and forests of pine, oaks.

After exploring  the  historical sights of Kathmandu and obtaining the special permit  required for this upper Doplo trekking we take a flight to Juphal via Nepalganj.Then we trek north on to Shey Phoksundo National Park before joining ancient Nepal Tibet trade route and ascend to Nangdola pass (5110m), stop to enjoy the views of Dolpo valley then head to the pristine Phoksundo Lake full of crystal deep blue fresh water contrasting with the weathered red and brown hills. Then we make way to Ringmo village then shey Gompa then on the trans himalayan trade rouse head back to jupal .

Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and meet with your DWT guide (All our guides are direct employees of DWT and are government registered and licensed). Private transport

You will be warmly received by our representatives from discovery world trekking at the airport terminal. You will then be transferred to your respective hotels in our private vehicle.

  • Overnight at Hotel.
day 2
A full day of sightseeing around The Kathmandu Valley region with your DWT tour guide.
Today we will go on a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu including the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath(The monkey temple) and Boudhanath,one of the largest stupas in the world. After a whole day of touring, we will get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, meet with other participants and discuss ou the trip.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu
day 3
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and stay overnight at Lodge.
We fly to to Nepalgunj, located at the south western part of Nepal. Its approximately an hour long flight and we reach there late afternoon or noon. Located at the south of nepal the weather will be very hot. We will spend rest of the evening exploring the city, including the cities including Bageshwori temple, one of the important Hindu temple in Nepalese.
day 4
Trek from Juphal to Dunai(2150m) and stay overnight at tented camp.
The next day we take a 35 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,320m) . It lies over the Himalayan foothills,with beautiful views of snowcapped mountain.The weather here will be slightly chilly and the air will be very fresh , polar opposite of Nepalgunj. Here you will meet you porter who will come with your gears and food supply Then we trek to Dunai village. Around 2-3 hrs trek from the air strip.
day 5
Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours

From Dunai we cross the new suspension bridge head west following the trail past the newly built hospital.At the juncture of Thuli Bheriand Suli Ghad we take the north trail.We trek along the river bank and corss fields of buckwheat and potatoes and reach Hanke village. pass through Parela, Rahatgaon and finally we reach Ankhe.

  • Overnight at tented camp.
day 6
Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours

The path from our camp at Ankhe leads to few ups and downs along the forested riverbed, before ascending steeply to 2,900m(aprox).We pass several streams along the way where we can cool off. we eventually leaves the forests and cross a grassy slope high above the river.(2,950m) From here the trail becomes a collection of rocks and sticks that form a dam along the river bank. 

  • We continue upstream to a bridge near Ryajik village for the overnight camp
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 7
Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

We continue our journey along the valley floor to the junction of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. We cross a bridge then walk along the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. we pass through a cedar forest and reach Palam village. then we trek up to a ridge from where we can enjoy the spectacular views of Phoksundo Lake and 300m high waterfall, one of the highest waterfall in Nepal. After stopping to admire the view we descend through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the scenic Ringmo village with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. After a short walk we reach the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. 

  • Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner.
day 8
Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

Today we stop explore Phoksundo Lake area for acclimatization During the day we can go on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and make a visit to its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.we will be able see the cultures and traditions of the people of Dolpo region

  • Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 9
Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours

We start trekking from the westmost edge of the Lake, Now, the trail leads us to the isolated Upper region of Dolpo the track climbs up through the steep trail. the the trail leads through a lush meadow which opens up to the floodplain of the Phoksundo Khola. We walk through the valley, cross over a river avoiding any boggy marsh underfoot and then o the other bank of the river set up an overnight camp.

  • Overnight at tented camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 10
Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours

Walk along the level path for an hour or more through a glacial valley that heads north .we will witness an old wooden bridge at the junction of the Phoksundo Lake, after a long climb due north-east we finally reach Phoksundo Bhanjyang .where we stay overnight From here we can see the Kang-La pass ,Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m). 

  • Tented accommodation.
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 11
Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours

We start with a long and strenuous climb of around 2 hrs over a dusty path to Kang La Pass(5350m), also called as Nadra La. From the top of Kang-la pass we get terrific views of the large valley divided by a gushing river.We descend through the snow covered steep pass and after about 3 hrs of walking we reach Shey Gompa, a small village only a few houses and Gompa also called the spiritual heart of Dolpo. It is a 11th century gompa, situated just beneath the crystal peak, at the junction of two rivers It is also called .

  • Overnight at tented camp
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 12
Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa

Today we can explore around Tsakang Gompa located north of Shey Gompa.Rather than a monastery its a retreat. Tsakang was once a meditation centre many famous lamas from Tibet. Built during the 11th century Shey Gompa stands above the junction of Kangju nala and Yeju nala. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. What's more, It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. It is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. The Crystal mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain,Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and enclosed within it is a rich variety of marine fossils. 

  • Overnight at tented camp
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 13
Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours

The day starts by following a wonderful trail in the midst of juniper which slides into a dim, stony gulch. At that point the path starts to crisscross over uncovered rocks and coarse disintegrated soil until we reach the highest point of Saldang-la (5,200m). Then we descend northwards which is long and tiring but we can appreciated the sight of ields of munching yaks and sheep, and tents made using yak hair. We walk further and reach Namduna Gaun 4,800m. Like Shey, the Namgung Gompa is of the Karma-pa sect. The monastery, a red stone structure, is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge

  • Overnight at camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 14
Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours

Our Trek to Saldang starts with climbing a scree slope. We ascend 4700m ,After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we go down the steep slope to the picturesque village of Saldang, situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala and the biggest villages of lower Dolpo area. The village is prosperous, not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet.

  • Overnight at tented Camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 15
Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours

We divert further north to the the area least explored by trekkers.We Follow the Nang Chu River For most of the trek then we pass through the Panzang River head east and cross a river to finally reach Yangze Gompa which also has the old Bon-Po Monastery.. 

  • We stay overnight at tented accommodation.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 16
Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours

We come across two trails that connect Yangtze to Shibu. We take the shorter route, we will retrace the trail back towards Saldang village.From Saldang following the river bed we pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, piles of Mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, Pass through Namdo village with around 400 inhabitants. We continue further down the river for another two hours and finally reach the small settlement of Sibu.

  • Overnight at a camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 17
Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours

We will follow the stream of the Nam Khong Khola river, initially but after two hours, we will another stream before turning to the east side of the valley where we have to ascend steeply to the area below jeng la pass 

  • Overnight in Jeng la Phedi.
  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 18
Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours

To reach to Tokyo Gaon we must first cross the Jeng La Pass at 4850m. This will take us aproximately 2 hrs of hard climb to reach the top of Jeng La. but its all worth it as from the top of the peak we see great views of Dhaulagiri,and other peaks then descend towards Tarap valley. Tarap is a beautiful valley with various plants in high mountains that extend twenty kilometer along the Tarap Chu River. In the valley there are ten villages with cultivated fields, many Gompas and Chhortens.

  • Overnight at tented camp with full board of meals.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 19
Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours

We walk east along the downhill course of Tarap Chu. It is an easy trail that is frequently used. We will pass many mani walls, and some old Chortens . There is a French School just outside the village of Dho Tarap. The Dho village is surrounded by an irregular stone wall and consist of around 24 houses. Both Bonpo and Buddhist sect are inhabitants here. We visit Buddhist Gompa where we can meet the Lama who lives there. He is will show his monastery and might even let you see his private Gompa and the Thangkas which he has made himself.

  • Overnight at tented camp with full board of meals.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 20
Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Today we spend the day exploring Dho Tarap. You also get the opportunity to interact with the locals of Dolpo. The village consists of people from both Bonpo and Buddhist of Nyingmapa sect. There is a Buddhist Gompa nearby and Bon Gompa is further 40 minutes walk.

  • Overnight in tented camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 21
Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

From Tarap we descend towards a wide valley that narrows into a gorge. We trek to just above treeline. We may see herds of blue sheep. We reach the junction of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, by afternoon . Here we set up our camp. This area is also called Kamakharka (3,800m), spend the night.

  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 22
Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

We will be walking down the gorge of the Tarap River.We will pass the locals taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. The valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we will be able jump from one side to another.Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we spend the night.

  • Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 23
Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

Today we trek beside the Bheri river to Tarakot.Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong which literally means ‘fort’.we can also explore the famous Sandul gompa, 8km east of Tarakot and at the junction of the Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. You can also choose to camp by the river instead of Tarkot. There are good cooking facilities and clean toilets are available by the river.

  • Overnight in tented camp
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 24
Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours

We walk through the Barbung Khola passing the beautiful alpine valley to Dunai. Dunai village is also called Hindu village.

  • Overnight at Dunai
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 25
Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours

Today is our last day of trekking .We will walk along the Bheririver passing the several guest house and teahouses of Kalakonda village and Motipur village to reach the Juphal airstrip. The trail ascends slightly through the Juphal village to the airport .

  • Overnight in Jhuphal.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
day 26
Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

Early morning after breakfast we begin a short scenic flight Nepalgunj from Juphal, over the Himalayan foothills overlooking stunning views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. On arrival at Nepalgunj we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight.

  • Overnight in Kathmandu
day 27
Departure day to your home country. DWT provides complimentary private transport to Tribhuvan International Airport from your hotel in Kathmandu

What is Included?

  • Guided city sight seeing tour in kathamandu by Private Transport and Entrance fee.
  • Transport To Domestic airport Pick up / drop .
  • All your Standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) During the Trek.
  • Kitchen and camping equipment During the Trek.
  • Flight ( Kathamandu - Nepal Gunj then Jumala – Kathmandu ) with Airport txes.
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flights and other necessary equipments
  • Special Dolpo Region permit.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • All Government and local taxes.
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after over the successfully trek.
  • Farewel Dinner in Kathmandu.

What is Excluded?

  • International Flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Accommodation, All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone call, battery recharge, shopping, laundry, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for The Upper Dolpo Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves
  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)
Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)
  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Getting there
You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuwan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. The next day we will be traveling to our destination via bus or a local jeep.
Free Transfer
We provide free airport pickup and drop by private vehicle. Upon arrival you’ll be warmly welcomes by our Discovery world trekking crew with a traditional offering of Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then directly transfer you to your hotel. To make use of this service please submit full flight details of arrival and departure in advance by mail.
The Upper Dolpo Trek 18 days is mostly camping trek . you will be assigned a tent , very high quality like Mountain Hardwear or similar that you will share with one other member. Each tent will have thick down filled mattress for extra comfort and warmth. We will also have dinner, kitchen tent with table and chairs, tent for staff and Toilet tent with commode at the base camps.3 nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.
The meal package in this trek is very convenient. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude for health benefit.Meals in Kathmandu are not included in the packages, although there are variety of Nepalese and international cuisine readily available for you to choose according to our taste.
Best Season
The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to The Upper Dolpo Trek. It is best suited to trek during the spring, summer and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon, it becomes difficult to trek due strong winds, storms and slippery trails.
January – February
This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. The temperature can be extremely cold. Though the day time may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time.
March – April
This is the best time of the season to trek in the Upper Dolpo Trek. The weather is very favorable through the trek. Stunning views of the central Himalayan range will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with variety of colors.
May – June
This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.
July – August
The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Its a good option to go trekking during the monsoon months as the region is in the rain shadow.
September – October
This is also one of the perfect season for the Upper Dolpo trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Upper Dolpo trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.
November – December
As winter slowly begins, snow falls begins and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. Keep in mind that seasonal migration takes place during this time and many residents from Lo Manthang and surrounding areas will move down to lower altitudes for the winter months.November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.
Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya we urge to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms, we guarantee your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.
Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
The Upper Dolpo trek is slightly challenging yet a rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.
Trekking group/single
The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader, and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well experienced guides
A typical day on trek
A day on trekking will be rewarding with unique experience providing to trek leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy scenery, take photos and explore the local village. During the trek, you are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert guide along with porters to carry out your baggage. You need to take your small regular day pack on hiking days.The day starts with an early morning cup of tea. Each morning after packing our bags and having a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 am -8am, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. after trekking 3 to 4 hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after an hour rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter being only 2 to 3 hours when we read our overnight lodge we snack on the prepared extra dietary snacks, then after dinner, we will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. In the evening before going to bed, we discuss each group member hiking experience of that day. And the guide will brief the next day trip plan. After completing of trip briefing we enjoy fun and games and entertainment. Trekkers love learning Nepalese language from our Discovery World Trekking crews, playing card, talking to and chatting with the crew members, reliving the day adventure or reading books before heading off to the bed for well-deserved sleep.
Communication on trek
There is mobile phone coverage on the most of the routes, but this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. Although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.
Extra personal expenses on trekking
Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.
Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking
Lodges that fall in upper dolpo routa have, electricity for camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. You should carry solar rechargeable battery that have solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.
Insurance Policy
Trekking in The Upper Dolpo Trek requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and other casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. To join in The Upper Dolpo trek, at a minimum, a comprehensive travel insurance policy is must to cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusively helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. Trekker is refused to be participated in The Upper Dolpo Trek, with improper policy or without travel insurance policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment. You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.
Passport and visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash.Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Money exchange
You can exchange most foreign currencies through the banks and through the money exchanges. Money exchangers are also legitimate. You might be able to also exchange small amounts of cash at the hotel you are staying. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu. Money changers or Money exchangers in Kathmandu are found all over Thamel. The going rate is normally displayed in the front of the stores on a board. The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NRP). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupees in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined. Despite having the security advantage of traveler’s cheque, many hassles problems like a lengthy process and high rate of commission may take place during the processing at banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of many ATMs in Kathmandu (if you card is linked to the International Cirrus System), or by exchanging your travel cash at a bank in Kathmandu, the service fee charge will impose on around four percent or more depending up on the bank. There is a day transaction limit on cash withdrawing if you use the bank. Please note that most establishment banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Your main luggage should not be over 20Kgs and they will be carried by our porters. Trekkers will carry a light back for easy access to water, camera, toilet paper and warm layers of clothes. Any excess baggage can be kept at Discovery World Trekking and you can collect them after the trek.
Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.
Responsible travel
We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.
Discovery World Trekking Crews
During the Upper Dolpo Trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage which should not exceed more than 20kgs. A proportion of one porter for two trekkers and one assistant guide with 8 trekkers. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. The local expert trek leader to guide you in Everest base camp is specialized under the following subject.
  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience
Booking and payment process
Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bounded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer and western union. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.
Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking. In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.
Trip extension
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.
After completing the Upper Dolpo trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.


Trip Grading

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. Trekking in Nepal can easily be achieved by the all levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from the diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with doctor before deciding to do trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is difficult task to determine the trip grade preciously due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek.
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • Total duration of trek and average walking per day in trek.
  • Backpacking level.
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day.
  • General level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of service.

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health, physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hrs per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek , Sarankot trek and Langtang trek .

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hrs capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hrs daily at cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevation. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Gokyo via Everest base camp trek, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

In this type of trekking at least 6-7 hrs per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time therefore high level of both mentally and physically fitness as well as stamina is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with extreme weather condition and snow covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, Makalu trek, Kanchanjunga trek etc.

Grade:  challenging

Altitude remains around 6000m at this level of trekking. Trek might be longer enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hrs with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to small peak. Trekkers therefore require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World Trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

What Exactly is Trekking

Trekking is an adventurous way of traveling through the hills and mountains and in Nepal, trekking often includes world-famous views of the Himalaya and scenic surroundings. Trekking is a favorite activity for tourists to Nepal and is a great way to get to know the land and its residents. It involves getting up close and personal with nature while hiking for multiple days through hills and valleys to areas that are often far away from vehicle travel.

As an adventure activity, trekking is mostly done for entertainment, excitement, cultural interaction and education – getting to know a country and its people, culture, landscape and scenery among other highlights. For mountain climbing expeditions, trekking is often the first part of the journey where the mountaineers get used to the increasing altitude as well as the climate and landscape. Nepal’s renowned trekking regions include the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang with many more areas that have been developed and that are up and coming including the whole rest of the hills up to the Himalaya!

Routes take trekkers travel through picturesque farmland and villages, remote hills, forests and valleys with Himalayan fed streams and rivers. Visitors can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth while trekking in Nepal. Facilities along trekking trails are usually more basic than facilities in urban areas and overnight accommodation is in lodges, teahouses and tents and sometimes a combination depending on location and availability of facilities. Now a days, accommodation and meals can be arranged along most trails at lodges and teahouses, especially on the popular routes. In the not so distant past, travelers and porters traveled together with sufficient tents, food and equipment because of a lack of facilities and accommodation, especially in the more remote, uninhabited areas. Our teahouse treks are organized with accommodation and meals along entire routes.

The government regulates most of the areas where trekking is done and permits are required for entering Nepal’s extensive range of national parks and conservation areas. Discovery World Trekking takes care of everything, including arranging permits, allowing you to savor every moment on the enchanting trails!

Discovery World Trekking offers the whole range of trekking packages for Nepal. We look forward to sharing with you the magnificence of the Himalaya and its world famous attractions along with the legendary kindness of the people that populate the hills and mountainous regions.

Rural life in Nepal follows a natural pace depending on season and weather. While trekking, you can travel at your own pace along the scenic trails that link each day’s way points. Many of the trekking routes are in fact ancient trade routes that link Tibet, Nepal and India! The trails often pass through groves of rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower and grazing areas for cows, sheep, water buffalo and even yaks! The mountain panoramas will be unforgettable as well the scenic villages along the way graced with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. These settlements will allow trekkers an insight into the traditional ways of life cultural heritage of Nepal along with the wide range of biodiversity of the landscape.

An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometers. Along the way you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering the local flora.
Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

Altitude, and Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness refers to the less oxygen pressure of air in the surrounding atmosphere as increase in an elevation.  It is also called mountain sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Generally, Altitude sickness is likely to happen anyone during the course of trying to accomplish adventure trips an above the height of 3500 m.  Symptoms may vary even person to person. However, it is preventable and cured immediately if the common symptoms take seriously and take action for treating them well on time. Stages of altitude sickness has described below in details.

The common or mild symptoms of Altitude Sickness

  • slightly headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling
  • Fatigue

These above common altitude sickness affects slightly in human body. It indicates warning sign that you are at the risk of developing serious altitude sickness. Walking slowly in ascending way and manage rest time in high altitude for body adaptation with environment   is primarily a great method to reduce the problem of common altitude sickness. 

Symptoms of severe altitude sickness

Symptoms of severe altitude sickness develop soon after the common altitude sickness left untreated. 

  • Severe headache
  • Frequently vomiting
  • Rapidly increase heart rate
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Irrational behavior
  • Breathlessness even after enough resting
  • Problem in vision
  • Confusion or lack of coordination with group member
  • Irritable cough or persistent cough

Severe altitude sickness symptoms are a worse condition; people do not try to go up unless a symptom is improved. Descending immediately from higher elevation is primary treatment because it may be potentially a life threatening which will later in result to developing HACE and HAPE. HAPE stands for high altitude pulmonary edema which causes fluid enter into the lung and HAPE refers to high altitude cerebral edema which leads to fluid collects in the brain.

Discovery World Trekking in the higher altitude treks has been providing acclimatization or rest day for proper adaptation of body with exiting atmosphere. Our professional guides are specialized in altitude related situations they do great your care of safety and use the technique of “high climb and sleep low” during the trek in higher altitude. Main cause of altitude sickness is hiking too fast each day at ascending way without taking rest throughout the day. Thus, you could notice each of our itineraries allow maximum 4 to 6 hours walking per day along with adequate rest time across the trail at the higher elevation.

Please consider that some people are more vulnerable than other. Thus it is advised that each of individual clients needs to purchase mandatorily travel insurance policy along with inclusive of higher elevation rescue and evacuation coverage before deciding to mark on any trips.  Please keep in mind that we are not insurance policy seller and do not conduct this as a business. We need this to make an ease in rescue operation during the difficult conditions happened in the remote areas where rescue operation is accessible only through the helicopter charter.

Your insurance coverage policy details will also be with us. We will proceed step by step process in case of immediate rescue operation to save your life from any emergency case facing while you are you in any corner of the Himalaya through your insurance purchase coverage.

Trekking equipments and packing lists

We advise to consider below  included essential trekking equipments and packing lists in details which are prepared by focusing on tea house trekking, camping trekking and home stay trekking  in order to arrange  comfort and enjoyable  your holiday. We never recommend our valued clients to bring over equipments which are unnecessary for the trek.  Porter help carrying luggage has weight limit and not allow over 20 kg in trek.  The equipments are also available in Kathmandu for acquiring or hiring. Trekking equipments and packing lists have included everything essential for trekking.


  • Sun hat or Baseball hat ( to protect face skin from sunlight during the trek)
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Underwear
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Foot wear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks ( Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag  (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Sleeping Pad ( For camping trek)
  • Tent ( only for camping trek)
  • Cooking and eating utensils ( only for camping trek)
  • Toiletries ( toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trekking with Children and Family

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children can be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well-being as the highest priority.  We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honored to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when traveling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird-watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

Needed Essential Documents

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

  • A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.

Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

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