Upper Dolpo Trek - 28 Days

Overview

Upper Dolpo trek is another trek of a lifetime in which you trek to the mystic lands of Upper Dolpa that was off-limits to the other world as of late. The itinerary of this trek takes on daily hikes of nearly twenty four day on trails, paths and terrain hardly set foot upon except by the Tibetan people of Nepal who had made this isolated, nearly barren of vegetation, of plateau like conditions their home for nearly a thousand years, just to flourish as a homogenous community evolving to form their own way of living and taming of the lands around them.

Dolpo, where your upper Dolpo treks happen to take place was made famous in the Oscar nominated foreign film called “Caravan”. The film though not an exact portrayal in its storyline gives you the pictorial sense of the geographical condition of the land. The region of Dolpo is surrounded on its borders in the South by Dhaulagiri Range and the east, Mount Sisne and to the west, Kanjiroba leaving it to the Tibetan Like plateau to the North, in its topographical conditions. Since for century, the area was more connected to the Tibetan Plateau, the religious aspect of the people are connected to more or less to Buddhism, but not exactly as followed there. Then the Lake Phoksundo, is one of the highest lakes surrounded by high hills on nearly four sides, with crystal clear waters, never ceases to amaze people. This makes it one of the important attractions of the Dolpa region. The Dolpo region has some of the many Gompas, Buddhist Monastery, nearly 130 in number. This tells you of the religious fervour of the population of the people living in this region. So naturally, taking the upper Dolpo trek will only bring them to you along with the natural wonders of the Himalayan peaks that landscape the region around, the trails in their rugged forms, and the agricultural and pastoral practices all combine to tell you a different story of the pristine region hardly touched by the outer world.

This upper Dolpo trek will never cease to amaze you. More than talking about it, it’s better to have taken the trek. But nevertheless, it is the harshness of the daily treks combined with the terrain that makes walking over them so adventurous. Each day, it seems different from the previous day. The Lake Phoksundo which you will come to early in the trek will literally take your breath away from you. The waters are so clear that you could nearly feel like touching the bottom of this crystal clear lake, yet the deepest of any high alpine formed lakes in the world. Next are the hair clinging trails and the passes that you would have to traverse each day to get from one destination to another. Not to forget talking about the rural civilizations that you will encounter in the rustic desolate and isolated valleys with their reverence to their religious building of Gompas, that dot the areas with the Chotens, prayer flags, but not the least taking us back into the past with the Shey Gompa, that was built nearly five hundred years ago, to portray their form of Bom Buddhism only unique to this region and practiced by a vast majority of the scanty population. Yet, the upper Dolpo trek will also make you realize why, regions evolve to make it as it is with the surrounding mountain peaks, allowing the land to be as it is but better in what, it gives to the other side. These snow-capped peaks surround upper Dolpa makes it all the more mystic. This trek will only bring you back to the story of King Solomon’s Mine.

Is Upper Dolpo Trek Difficult?
Yes, it is somewhat a difficult trek where one will need to hike over steep ascending paths some time bridge like structures which are pegged into the surface of the hillsides and at others over Rocky River banks along gorges and at a time going through narrow passes to get in and out of the upper Dolpa region. Since it is yet to develop the region, overnight stays will mostly be in tents. Nevertheless, if you happen to be a trekking enthusiast, who loves what the wild throws at you. Then you are going to love taking the upper Dolpa trek. It gives a trekker almost all that he would ask for in an isolated or desolated region of the world.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Upper Dolpo Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hr flight)
Day 4: Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo region) (45 min flight) and hike to Dunai (2850m) (2 – 3 hr hike)
Day 5: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m) (5 – 6 hr Hike)
Day 6: Ankhe to Sulighat (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 7: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 8: Acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake
Day 9: Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 10: Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (6 – 7 hr hike)
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) through Kangla Pass (5,360m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 12: Acclimatization at Shey Gompa
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Goan (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m) (6 – 7 hr hike)
Day 14: Namduna Goan to Saldang (3,620m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 15: Saldang to Yanze Gompa (4,960m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 16: Yanze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m) (6 – 7 hr hike)
Day 17: Sibu to Jengla Phedi (4,900m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 18: Jengla Phedi to Tokyu Goan (4,209m) via Jengla Pass (5,090m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 19: Tokyu Goan to Dho Tarap (4,040m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 20: Rest day at Dho Tarap
Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3,800m) (6 – 7 hr hike)
Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khani Goan (3,150m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 23: Khani Goan to Tarakot (2,537m) (4 – 5 hr hike)
Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m) (5 – 6 hr hike)
Day 25: Dunai to Juphal (2 – 3 hr hike)
Day 26: Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 27: Rest Day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Catch scenic flight to and from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Dolpo region
  • Discover unique Buddhist culture and tradition
  • Explore varieties and floras and faunas
  • Visit Shey Phoksundo Lake and National Park
  • Cross the passes of Kang La Pass, Saldang La and Jeng La
  • Witness pristine mountains, rivers and other natural attractions
  • Visit Shey Gompa and other numerous monasteries and religious sites

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Today a representative from our company will be waiting at the International Airport to welcome you when you flight in arrives. He will then accompany you to your three star hotel lodging in the heart of the city, in a private vehicle. In case, you have any free time left in the day, you can use it as it might please you like checking out the vicinity of your hotel. That night, you stay at the hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Today, you are taken on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, in which you are taken to four place of historical value, and of UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, and Boudhanath stupa. All of them have religious, cultural and historical significance to the Nepalese people and beyond.
In the evening at the hotel which you are stay, there will be a meeting with the staff of the company to discuss about your hiking question and getting prepared for it.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hr flight)

Today, we fly to the town of Nepalgunj in a one hour flight. There you are booked into a lodge and then can use the rest of the day to check out this town in the western part of the Terai Region of Nepal.

Day 4
Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo region) (45 min flight) and hike to Dunai (2850m) (2 – 3 hr hike)

Today, we take the first flight to Juphalin the Dolpo region in a forty five minutes, in which we get a nice look of the region that we will be hiking in soon from above. From Juphal, we begin hiking to Dunai (2850m) in what should take us about three hours to reach. We set up camp here for the night.

Day 5
Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m) (5 – 6 hr Hike)

Today, we hike to Ankhe (2,896m) which should take us about 6 hours to reach. We turn west passing a hospital after crossing a suspension bridge over the river. The path continues up an ascend without trees to the top to enter Thulo Bheri Valley ahead of Phoksundo River Valley. In the walk, you begin viewing Kagmara Mount ahead in the valley. Passing walnut tree on the way, it is then the villages of Dhera and Rahagaun. Going further still, it is through dense woods and eventually Ankhe. We set up camp here for the night.

Day 6
Ankhe to Sulighat (5 – 6 hr hike)

Today, we hike to Sulighat in a six hour hike. It is a bit monotonous day where the trail goes up and down the banks of the river. Eventually, our route leaves this way and passes through a dense forest and grass slopes above the river. Then we hike downhill to a cliff through a verdure wood. Then over a shaky stones foot path down to the banks of the river. We then continue walking till we reach Sulighat where we set up camp for the night.

Day 7
Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) (4 – 5 hr hike)

Today, we head to one of the major attraction of the trek, Phoksundo Lake at an altitude of 3,511m. We trek towards it between the rivers of Phoksundo and Pungmo in the valley. Crossing a bridge we get to the west side of the River Pungmo. Then we get to Palam Village after crossing a cedar wood. Then we hike along the ridge with lake in the distance and a beautiful waterfall, supposedly the highest in the country. Then we begin to descend through a birch wood to the upper section of the River Phoksundo with Ringmo village in the background with their Mud-plastered Chortens and Mani walls. Then we finally reach the shores of the Lake. We set up tent for the night.

Day 8
Acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake

We now need to acclimatize before we go any further higher. We spend the day hike around and enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas. We can take a short hike to the Buddhist Monastery in the area. We stay at camp here for the night.

Day 9
Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (4 – 5 hr hike)

Today, we head for what is known as Phoksundo Khola in a five hour hike. We take the trail at the top of the western end and move circumnavigating the lake. It is an unsteady trail with planks pegged into the surface of the hill. At the edge of it the trails goes thought a green meadow that opens into the Phoksundo Khola. Walking through the valley crossing the river in avoidance of the marshes eventually coming to our destination, we set up tent for the night.

Day 10
Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (6 – 7 hr hike)

For a little over an hour the trail is somewhat straight over the glacial valley going north. At the junction of Phoksunda River and another stream, we head over an old wooden bridge going now north east. We take a long climb over meadow up a steep ravine coming to another valley, we come in sight of the Kangla Pass. It is here we set up camp for the night.

Day 11
Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) through Kangla Pass (5,360m) (5 – 6 hr hike)

Today we ascend a steep trail littered with slat stones to get to the pass. The top of the pass gives lovely views of rivers gushing down. We now descend down to the floor of the valley. Walking along river banks from side to side. Here we can see the caves of mud along the sides of the hills. The fields of the valley is clustered with sheep in the hundreds along with mountain goats known as Chyangra. After crossing a wooden bridge, we enter Shey Gompa. We set tent for our stay here ton

Day 12
Acclimatization at Shey Gompa

Today, again we get to acclimatize. We can spend the time looking at the historical wonders of the Gompa and take short walks in the vicinity. We spend the night in camp at Shey Gompa.

Day 13
Shey Gompa to Namduna Goan (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m) (6 – 7 hr hike)

Today we head to Namduna Goan (4,800m) through the pass known as Saldang La at a height of 5,200m. Passing through a nice trail of Juniper trees we move down to a gray stony canyon. Then becomes zigzag over exposed rock and eroded soils bringing us to the Pass. Then we begin descending north through yaks and grazing sheep and nomadic tents. At our destination we take a visit to the Namgung Monastery a beautiful monastery of red stone against the northern wall gorge. We set up tent here for the night.

Day 14
Namduna Goan to Saldang (3,620m) (4 – 5 hr hike)

Today we head to Saldang up a slope in the beginning over a dusty barren mountain. Climbing for three to four hours, we now see the village of Saldang, the biggest in the inner parts of Dolpa. We stay overnight here.

Day 15
Saldang to Yanze Gompa (4,960m) (4 – 5 hr hike)

Today we head to Yanze Gompa (4,960m) after walking for 5 hour. On the Nagon Khola, we hike along its banks in a terrain which is wild and barren. We then go over constant up and down descends. We pass through villages of Marang and Ki. Then we cross the river Panzang from one side to the other to finally reach Yanze Gompa, where we set up tent for the night.

Day 16
Yanze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m) (6 – 7 hr hike)

To save time we head back to Saldang not taking the other route. We cross a river here and pass terraced field, chortens, stupas and mani stone walls and at the Village of Namdo the Chiba Monastery. Continuing on for another two hours we reach Sibu where we pitch tent for the night.

Day 17
Sibu to Jengla Phedi (4,900m) (5 – 6 hr hike)

Hiking along the Nam Khong Khola passing some caravans and yak making for the Tibetan border, we reach the junctions of two stream. From the paths ascends to the grazing grounds at Jengla Pass. We set camp here for the night.

Day 18
Jengla Phedi to Tokyu Goan (4,209m) via Jengla Pass (5,090m) (5 – 6 hr hike)

It takes us about two hours to reach the pass. On getting there, we get a spectacular view Dhaulagiri north face. We go down now on a rough path to Tarap Valley. We reach the monastery at Tokyu where we set camp for the night.

Day 19
Tokyu Goan to Dho Tarap (4,040m) (4 – 5 hr hike)

We hike a plain valley unlike the others on both sides of the river. After hiking for some time we reach Dho Tarap. We pitch tent here for the night.

Day 20
Rest day at Dho Tarap

We simply rest at Dho Tarap. We simply roam around the village of irregular walls and visit the local monastery. This is a village of both the Magars and the people of Tibetan descent. We stay the night here at camp

Day 21
Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3,800m) (6 – 7 hr hike

We head down the valley to a narrow gorge. We then trek though Juniper trees and wild flowers with the tree line above. We find blue sheep and by mid-day we the junction of Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola moving further on we make camp at a place known as Kamakharka.

Day 22
Tarap Khola to Khani Goan (3,150m) (4 – 5 hr hike)

Ascending down the gorge of River Tarap, passing local people with their herd for pasture. The valley is full of deep gorges which we hop for side to side. Sometimes we are walking on walls acting like bridges. At time we are forced to paddle in the icy water of the river as the path seemed washed away. Finally we reach the camp spot beside Tarap Khola where we set up camp at place called Khani Goan.

Day 23
Khani Goan to Tarakot (2,537m) (4 – 5 hr hike)

Today, we head to Tarakot (2,537m) in a five hour hike. We first get to the village of Lalberi and then pass some verdure green forests before getting into another and following the river again. When we reach Taragoan, we pay a visit to the Gompa of Sandal. We camp by the side of Tarap Chu River for the night.

Day 24
Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m) (5 – 6 hr hike)

We leave the path behind the River Bheri and cross a bridge to Lawan Village. The the path goes along the river again till Byas Gadi. Then the path becomes easy. We finally cross the river once again at Lochakhola Goan and ascend to Dunai. We pitch tent here for the night

Day 25
Dunai to Juphal (2 – 3 hr hike)

Today we head back to Jhupal. Hiking along the River Bheri, we pass Dhupichaur and Rupgad and some temples. We go onto Kalagaonda and Motipur villages and reach the airport at Jhupal. We stay at a lodge here.

Day 26
Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

We take the first flight to Nepalgunj and catch the next to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we check into our three star lodging.

Day 27
Rest Day in Kathmandu

Having had an eventful time, it’s time to rest and do some shopping to take back home. In the evening you will have dinner with staff of the company at an authentic Nepali restaurant as a farewell dinner. You stay the night at the hotel.

Day 28
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Unless you have some other plans, a representative from the company will bid you farewell at the airport three hours of your flight out for check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope that we were able to provide you with a fabulous adventure on this trek where we take your security and comfort into consideration.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • All accommodations during the trek at tent/camp.
  • All camping equipment (two men tents, dining tent, toilet ten, table, chair)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide, kitchen staff and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Upper Dolpo Special trek Permit fee.
  • Phoksundo National Park entrance permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 3 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch or Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos)
  • Extra accommodations in Kathmandu or Pokhara if required.
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
Where is Upper Dolpo located?

Dolpo is located in western Nepal bordered by China in the north. Some part of Dolpo lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park. Dolpo is culturally influenced by Tibetan culture and is a high altitude country. The region isn’t very much populated with an estimated less than 5000.

How to get to Dolpo?

To get to Dolpo you need to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes an hour, stay overnight at Nepalgunj and fly to another airport at Juphal then start the trek to the Dolpo region.

What is Upper Dolpo trek itinerary?

Upper Dolpo trek itinerary is a long trek that involves taking along two flights to start the trek i.e. Nepalgunj and to Juphal. You trek past the villages of lower Dolpo and Shey-Phoksundo Lake. After the trek also you need to fly from Jupha to Nepalgunj then again fly back to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj

How is upper Dolpo trek difficulty?

Upper Dolpo trek difficulty falls under the category of a strenuous trek. The trekking routes involve steep ascents, crossing over three passes above 5000 meters, long walking days of 6 hours or more and spending several overnights above 3500 meters. But with necessary preparation the trek can be achieved. You can go to daily walks or running, climbing steps are suggested and if you have previous high altitude trek experience then it will be beneficial.

How much does Upper Dolpo trekking cost?

Upper Dolpo trekking cost depends upon your group-size and also if you’re doing it privately or joining a group. Please contact us with your requirements and we shall get back with our competitive price.

Is upper Dolpo trek solo possible?

Upper Dolpo region is a restricted and controlled area where a special permit is required to enter and need to book the trek with a local trek company. Also, there must be two people to issue the permit and a government licensed holder trekking guide must be hired which the trekking company will provide.

Is Dolpo restricted area?

First of all, Dolpo lies next to the border with Tibet. This has always been a sensitive area and warrants special treatment as it is a restricted area. Thankfully, if you are planning to go only to Lower Dolpo, the permit fee is much cheaper.

Is trek to upper Dolpo worth it?

Trek to Upper Dolpo is definitely worth it where you got to explore the remoteness areas of Nepal, witness the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, visit Shey Phoksundo Lake, cross over high passes like Kang La Pass, Saldang La and Jeng La. Overall, the most interesting trek.

When is the best time for Upper Dolpo trekking?

The best time for upper Dolpo trekking is during spring and autumn. But before spring or autumn may not be a good time since unpredictable snowfall will block the trekking trails and closing of high passes. But spring and autumn will have clear blue skies and un-obscured mountain views.

Will there be altitude sickness on Upper Dolpo trek?

Altitude sickness on upper Dolpo trek can occur since it’s a high altitude trek and half of the trek is done in high altitude. Altitude sickness can be experienced after you cross over 3000 meters but the itinerary is designed with enough acclimatization days to avoid altitude sickness. You are also suggested to drink more water and walk slow.

Where will we stay during the trek?

There will be family-run lodges on the trail called tea-houses where you will stay overnight. Such lodges will be basic accommodation but comfortable and clean often with a dining hall with a common fireplace and also a common bathroom.

What will be the food like?

Meals served during the trek will be continental to typical Nepali meal ‘Dal Bhat’ – rice with lentils and vegetables. Food often comes from the lodge’s garden so will be fresh and organic. Tea and coffee will be served in the morning but whereas drinks are included but it’s also suggested not to take alcohols during a high altitude trek to avoid altitude sickness.

Is Upper Dolpo trek safe?

The region of Dolpo is safe. Trekking into this beautiful area is suggested to explore this hidden gem of Nepal and soak in its ancient culture and traditions plus witness its unspoiled nature and spectacular Himalayan views.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Upper Dolpo Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Upper Dolpo Trek, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 24 days Upper Dolpo Trekking is very strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 24 days Upper Dolpo Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Upper Dolpo Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should any body in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Upper Dolpo trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Upper Dolpo Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 27 Nights/28 Days
  • February to November
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Bus, Private vehicle & Flights
  • Kang La Pass (5,360 meters)
  • Strenous
  • Juphal
  • Juphal
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • 4 - 6 hours each day
  • Camping Trek
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake. Shey Phoksundo National Park, Shey Gompa, Kang La Pass
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, camp during the trek

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