Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 24 days
Group size: 2 - 14
Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 24 days
Group size: 2 - 14

About this trip

Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal is one of the best trekking destinations in the world. Trekking here offers an incredible experience to all kinds of travelers.

You’ll find everything from adventure to culture, and from relaxation to wild nature. Trekking here has something for everyone.

It’s a destination for all who want to visit remote parts of the world, and for those who are searching for a unique travel experience.

Where To Stay In Upper Dolpo

With so many accommodation options, you’ll have no choice. Whether you’re looking for a budget option or a more luxurious experience, you’ll find it here.

Upper Dolpo is a place where you can go for peace and quiet, but also for adventure and excitement. You’ll enjoy a relaxing experience, but at the same time, you’ll be able to explore remote areas of Nepal.

You’ll find a variety of places to stay, from basic refuge and hotels to camping. The accommodation varies according to your budget and preference.

From basic hotels to luxury lodges, you’ll find something for all your needs. But we do offer a camping trek because of its remoteness. 

Note: we do have porters to carry those things during the trek. 


A good breakfast on the trail is a necessity, but you don’t want to starve yourself. That’s why you should consider bringing some of these foods.

Here are a few things to consider when packing your food.

**Bread:** If you’re planning on eating bread, make sure you bring a small bag of instant noodles. They’re cheap, filling, and you can cook them up on the stove.

**Cereals:** Bring some cereal bars, granola, and energy bars. They’re easy to pack, they’re cheap, and you can eat them on the go.

**Meats:** Try to include some meat in your trekking food. You can always supplement your meals with eggs, cheese, and nuts.

**Fruits and vegetables:** Pack some fresh fruits and vegetables. You can cook them with instant noodles, or boil them to make a quick snack.

**Snacks:** Bring some small snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, or cookies. They’re easy to pack, and you can eat them on the go.

**Treats:** Bringing treats on the trek is important. You can eat them during lunch breaks, or after a long day.

Note: We do have the trekking crews to cook and serve you all meals during the trek.  

Packing List

For all stays in Nepal, it is advisable to keep minimum flexibility in case unexpected: it is best to have one or two days as security at the end of the stay.

We indicate to you a few important facts that let your travel make convenient. Each group and trip are different, it is difficult to know as accurately as possible. Especially in Nepal, sometimes you have to expect the unexpected…So, we are at your disposal if you want more details. If you don’t know the whole country, don’t hesitate to ask us your question, even if you seem naive.

Travel Bag:
A suitcase is not recommended to travel to Nepal. To carry your luggage more easily (Especially for porters), we advise you to bring a backpack or duffel bag.
If you prefer to go on a trek and would like to take the service of a porter: remember to put your business in a big backpack preference. It is easier to carry one large bag than several assembled to each other….

Backpack (for trekking)
35 liters hiking backpack is highly recommended and will be useful for carrying personal belongings during the day (camera, film, raincoat, personal medicines, water bottle, etc…).
It is preferable to provide plastic bags to pack up your stuff and seal.


  • 1 hat or cap
  • T-shirts (1 for 2 or 3 days walking): avoid cotton, very long time to dry.
  • 1 sub-sweater or long sleeve shirt.
  • 1 pair of hiking sticks.
  • 1-2 trekking pants, light
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 jacket (thermal and windproof)
  • 1 Goretex jacket style, simple and light.
  • 1 formal jacket (keeping warm Nov. – Mar)
  • Hiking socks (1 pair for 2- days of walking) avoid very long to dry-type socks “tennis” (cotton) and high risk of blisters.
  • 1 pair of gloves (Nov. – Mar.)
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes of good quality.
  • 1 pair of sandals.


  • 1 pair of excellent sunglasses.
  • 1 or 2 Telescope (based on habit)
  • 1 water bottle (Min. 1 liter)
  • 1 headlight and its batteries.
  • 1 sleeping bag (-20°c for winter (Dec. – Feb.) and 0°c for comfort temperature in other months. Everest: -20°c.
  • 1 pocket knife (Swiss knife preferable).


  • Toiletries: Bio-degradable products.
  • Toilet paper + lighter.

Personal medicines:

  • Your regular medicines.
  • Antimalarial( loperamide deviation)
  • Intestinal dressing (Smetca deviation)
  • Anti-inflammatory ointment.
  • Painkillers (Paracetamol preferably)
  • Water purification pills: Although the taste is not good, but better than buying a plastic bottle of mineral water, which remains in the mountain?
  • Adhesive tape (Elastoplasts type 6 cm wide) effective prevention.


  • Set of plasters + compresses disinfectant
  • Treatment for colds and sore throat
  • Sun block cream (skin + lips)

Travel Insurance

If you’re planning on trekking in Nepal, you should buy insurance. It is essential to make sure that you are protected in case of emergency, or if you get into trouble.

As a rule, you should never hike in a foreign country alone. There are many risks involved when traveling outside of your home country, so it’s advisable to travel with a travel buddy.

I recommend getting insurance from a reputable company such as World Nomads. It has a simple process, and the price is reasonable.

Cancellation Policy

We deeply regret that you have decided to cancel your trip to Nepal, but we do understand there are a number of legitimate reasons that this can occur. Cancellation must be notified in writing and will take effect the day Himalayan Exploration Treks receives it. The following cancellation charges will apply. 

1. If you leave our agency voluntarily after the start of your trip, you will not receive any refund. Even if certain services are not used by you during the trip (e.g. activity, accommodation, transport, meals, etc.), you will not be reimbursed.

2. If the agency cancels the trip, you are entitled to a refund of all amounts paid to us. If the cancellation is due to circumstances beyond the control of the agency and the cancellation is covered by travel insurance, you will not be reimbursed. You cannot claim loss of enjoyment or any other compensation for costs already incurred.

3. If you cancel your trip up to 28 days (4 weeks) before the departure of the trip, we will keep the paid advance/deposit of 20% to cover the costs we already incurred in preparing your trip. The rest of the amount (80%), if already paid to us, will be refunded as soon as possible.

4. If you cancel the trip 28 days to 14 days before departure you will lose 50% of the trip, and we will refund you 50%.

5. If you cancel your trip 13 days to 7 days before arrival, you lose 70% of the amount, so you only get a 30% refund.

6. From 6 days before arrival, the cancellation fee is 100% and we do not make any refunds.

We strongly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking your trip.

Special conditions in the light of COVID-19

In case your booked trip cannot go ahead due to Covid-19, different, more flexible rules apply.

For bookings in 2022 only, we apply flexible cancellations. You can cancel or move your trip at no cost until 1 week before your arrival in Nepal.


Flight delays on international flights

In the mountains, it is always an adventure and the weather is very unpredictable. Bad weather in the mountains can cause delays to your international flight.

In the case of a delayed international flight at departure, we will organize an overnight stay and meals for you, as provided for in your program. No refunds will be made.

In the event that a delayed return flight causes you problems with your accommodation or meals, we will take care of your accommodation and meals only if you booked your overnight stay with us after the flight. If this is not the case, you will have to pay for your accommodation and meals yourself.

If you want to make alternative arrangements for your flight delay, such as a helicopter ride or a jeep drive, you will have to pay any additional costs immediately on site.

If you miss your international flight because of a change in your travel plans, we will not be able to cover any costs incurred. However, we will do our best to assist you in finding the best possible alternative solution.

Changes to your itinerary

Our agency and guides will do their utmost to make sure you reach all your travel goals and your trip goes as planned.

However, Nepal is a developing country. Hence, it is best to keep in mind that there will always be changes possible in your travel schedule due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a strike, landslide, etc.

What’s included

  • Airport Transfer
    We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Half day Sightseeing
    (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
  • Accommodation in KTM
    4 nights 3* standard Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic air tickets
    As per itinerary
  • Ground Transportation
    As per itinerary
  • Tented Accommodation
    Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Table, chair & untesils
  • Meals
    Full Camping trek with all meals and hot drinks during the trek served by Cook and staff.
  • Wages
    Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides, Supporters staff, cook, and porters.
  • Permits
    Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo special permits and Shey-Phoksundo national park entry permits.
  • Group First Aid Kit
    Primary first aid kids for the staffs.
  • Nepal Entry Visa
    The fee for a Nepal Tourist Visa changes depending on the number of days it is issued for: Nepal Tourist Visa fee for up to 15 Days: USD 30. Nepal Tourist Visa fee for up to 30 Days: USD 50. Nepal
  • Travel Insurance
    Make sure coverage for emergency evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Meals in Kathmandu
    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except breakfast.
  • Personal expenses
    Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, and soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips, etc.
  • Tips or gratitude
    Tips for the crews members


Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Your Organizer

Himalayan Exploration Treks
I am a travel specialist at Himalayan Exploration Treks, an adventure travel company based in Nepal. We are small and nimble and are dedicated to providing our guests with the most unforgettable experience. I love being part of a team who makes every day different and fun. I am happy to answer questions about what we do and offer suggestions for things to do in the region.