Upper Dolpo Trekking is one of the most adventurous, remote, and rewarding Treks in the Dolpo region of Nepal. Despite being one of the least developed areas of Nepal, the Upper Dolpo region is fairly rich in natural beauty and landscapes backed up by centuries-old traditions similar to that of Tibetans. Unlike Lower Dolpo Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to the inner valleys of the Dolpo region which includes deep valleys, high passes and peaks, Shey Phoksundo lake with turquoise water, 800-year-old Shey Gompa, and abundant rare wildlife roaming around the largest National Park of Nepal, the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
Upper Dolpo Trek requires a special permit and a properly organized trip. With almost zero tourism infrastructures, Upper Dolpo Trek requires trekkers to carry their food and camping equipment. Therefore, for your convenience, 8K Expeditions can organize a customized trek to the Upper Dolpo region to make your travel an adventurous and memorable one.
The trekking trail to Upper Dolpo passes through a series of picturesque villages leading to narrow gorges down the valleys later ascending through dense forests of Rhododendron, Pine and Junipers slowly dominated by wild roses and thorny bushes. As we elevate, the landscapes change dramatically to semi-deserted highlands, a continuation of the Tibetan plateaus.
The overall trek is strenuous because of rugged terrain, steep ascents, and high passes at times. Trekkers may need to walk for long hours to find a suitable campsite.
Preparation for Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who have trekked in the higher altitude and remote areas of Nepal. It requires a strong level of physical fitness and endurance. One must train their body for physical strength before embarking on the trek.
Best season for Upper Dolpo Trek
The best seasons to go on a trek to the Upper Dolpo region are Spring and Autumn. During these seasons, the skies are clear with favorable weather and fully blooming nature. As we must camp on most of the stops, it is recommended to choose the spring and Autumn seasons when there are least chances of rain and snowfall.