Upper Dolpo Trek - 25 Days

Upper Dolpo Trekking is trekking in the region of the highest dwellers’ of the world, as well as in the rain shadow area of Nepal, where the total population amounts to thousands. Before you trek in Upper Dolpo, you will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgung. If Kathmandu is one of the coldest cities of Nepal, then Nepalgunj is the hottest city of Nepal. It is from Nepalgunj that you will fly to Juphal, the Gateway to Upper Dolpo. As you fly to Juphal, you see the beautiful foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains, from the window of your plane.

From Juphal airport, you follow the descending, ascending, and undulating trails that pass through Upper Dolpo. They also traverse the treeless valley, the Phoksundo River Valley, the ridge crest, the cliffs, the canyons, the winter villages, the scattered houses, and the cedar forest of Upper Dolpo. Later, they take you to the highest waterfall of Nepal (300 m), the Desert Mountain of Tibet, the Himalayas of Ladakh, and the Crystal Mountain, including the Crystal Monastery. The Crystal Mountain abounds with quartz and marine fossils. During Upper Dolpo Trekking, you also come across a long valley and the river. You also see a Blue sheep, a marmot, and a beautiful gorge. You also have your tent set up at the foothill of the pass, at the banks of the rivers, and at the beautiful meadows of Upper Dolpo.

From the trekking trail of Upper Dolpo, you also see a nice view of Kangmara Peak, as well as the confluence of rivers. Similarly, from the top of the Jeng La Pass, you see the massifs of Dhaulagiri, while from the Saldang la Pass, you enjoy watching the distinguished arid region of Mustang and the distant snow peaks of Tibet. You also walk down the gorge of the Tarap River. The trekking trail of Upper Dolpo comprises broad, smooth, firm, narrow landscapes and gorges. The gorges are awe-inspiring, while the meadows are pleasing, exciting, and stirring.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1, 345 m). Stay Overnight at a Hotel

Day 2

Rest and Preparation Day. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 3

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - 1 hr. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 4

Fly to Juphal (2, 400 m) - 35 mins. Trek to Dunai (2,150 m) - 3 hrs . Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 5

Trek to Ankhe (2 ,660 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 6

Trek to Renje (3, 104 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 7

Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3, 600 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 8

Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3, 507 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 9

Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4, 402 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 10

Cross the Kang La Pass (5, 151 m) and Trek to Shey Gompa (4,126 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 11

Rest and Exploration Day at Shey Gompa. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 12

Cross the Saldang La Pass (4, 785 m) and then Trek to Namduna Gaon (4, 400 m) - 7 hrs Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 13

Trek to Saldang (3, 903 m) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 14

Trek to Sibu (3, 942 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 15

Trek to Foot of Jeng La (4, 369 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 16

Cross Jeng La Pass (4, 845 m), Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4, 240 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 17

Trek to Dho Tarap (4, 090 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 18

Trek to Serkam (3, 630 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 19

Trek to Khani Gaon (2, 550 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 20

Trek to Tarakot (2, 281 m) - 4 hrs .Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 21

Trek to Dunai (2, 052 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 22Trek to juphal (2, 404 m) - 3 hrs
Day 23

Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. - 1 hr and 35 mins. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 24

Leisure Day and farewell Dinner. Stay Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 25

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Final Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • A Narrow Canyon
  • The confluence of the Thuri Bheri River and the Suli Gad River
  • Panorama of the landscapes.
  • The Highest Waterfall of Nepal
  • The Impressive Vertical Cliffs and Contorted Rock Formations.
  • Sheep Meadow
  • Shey Gompa, a Crystal Monastery
  • The Biggest Village of Dolpo.
  • Blue Sheep, Marmots, Yaks, White sheep,
  • The monastery Built against the Backdrop of a cliff on the North wall of a Gorge
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he/she will be displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle.

    Note: We will organize your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2 Rest and preparation day in Kathmandu

    Ace Holidays recheck the camping equipment and will get the trekking permit for you. On your part, if have you missed any equipments that you want to take, then please check them and be well prepared for your trek.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj – 1 hr

    Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you can visit the town, which is 3 km from the Nepal-India border.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Nepalgunj
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4Fly to Juphal (2,400 m) – 35 mins and Trek to Dunai (2,150 m) – 3 hrs

    From Nepalgunj, you fly in a Twin Otter to Juphal. After landing at Juphal, you meet the trekking crews and walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River, a narrow canyon, and Dunai.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Dunai
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5Trek to Ankhe (2,660 m) – 6 hrs

    From Dunai, you walk further to cross a suspension bridge and then turn west and pass the hospital. At the confluence of the Thuri Bheri River and the Suli Gad River, you turn to the north and walk to Suli Gad. You also walk on an undulating trail and hear the sound of the river, and then you continue to walk through the fields of millet, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet corn, and chilies. In this area, many villagers produce a lotus-like plant called ‘chuk’ which is used to make vinegar and medicines. From there, you head off to Hanke, Parela, Rahagaon, and Ankhe.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Ankhe
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6Trek to Renje (3,104 m) – 7 hrs

    You cross the river by bridges, and then you ascend to a narrow path. Later, you descend to the river. While you are ascending from this river, you will see the panorama of the landscapes.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Renje
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7Trek to Phosundo Lake (3, 600 m) – 7 hrs

    From Renje, you trek to Phoksundo Lake, and the first part of this trek is easy, compared to the preceding trek. From Sumdo, you trek a steep trail that leads you to a ridge, which offers the view of the highest waterfall of Nepal and the Phoksundo Lake. You then descend through birch forests to reach the upper part of Phoksundo Khola and to see the picturesque Ringmo village, which has mud plastered chortens and mani walls. From this village, you walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake, where your guide will set up tent.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Phoksundo Lake
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507 m) – 6 hrs

    You follow the trail and reach the edge of the lake. This precarious trail is suspended on a gangway of wood, supported on pegs, and driven into crevices of the rocks and signifies the remoteness of the area. You walk a steep trail to 4,040 m, and then plunges into the valley. From here, you walk beside the river and towards the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Phoksundo Khola
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402 m) – 7 hrs

    Today in the afternoon, you cross the knee-deep streams, but in the morning, you trek a leveled path, pass through a glacial valley, and head off to north. As you move further, the trek becomes narrower and narrower, and you see the impressive vertical cliffs and contorted rock formations. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another river, there is an old wooden bridge. Here you take the barely discernible path to the north east up, which has a cavernous look. There is no trail as such, so it is necessary to clamber over the rocks and boulders and to ford a stream that rushes down the steep valley. A long climb brings you to a sheep meadow where the trail veers up a steep ravine. A challenging climb to the top takes you to another valley, from where you can see the Kang La Pass. The Pass leads to Shey Gompa.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Phoksundo Bhyanjyang
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10Cross the Kang La Pass (5,151 m) and Trek to Shey Gompa (4,126 m) – 7 hrs

    The trekking trail passes through loose slate screed. From there, you take about 3 hours to reach the top of the Kang La Pass. From the top, you see a magnificent view and then descend to the valley floor, taking a long meandering trail, and walking beside the river. You also see a red chorten herald at Shey Gompa, a quaint wooden log bridge and heads off to the Shey compound.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Shey Gompa
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11Rest and Exploration Day at Shey Gompa

    Shey means crystal while gompa means a monastery, so Shey Gompa means crystal monastery. The Lamas of Shey also reside at a red hermitage known as Tsakang Gompa, which is west to Shey. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Many years ago, he came to Dolpo and wild people whose supreme God was a ‘fierce mountain spirit’. Crystal Mountain is to the west of Shey Gompa. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangjunala River and Yeju Nala River. Near the confluence is a collection of prayer mills, which is run by water wheels.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Shey Gompa
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12Cross the Saldang La Pass (4,785 m), and Trek to Namduna Gaon (4,400 m) – 7 hrs

    Today, you start by following a pleasant trail, which passes through juniper trees and ascends to a grey, stony canyon. The canyon runs zig-zag over bare rocks and eroded soil until it reaches a flat spot. You walk a descendible trail for 20 minutes before you traverse to the top of the Saldang La Pass. From the trail, you enjoy watching the great views of Mustang and the distant snow peaks of Tibet. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and challenging and passes through pastures and by nomadic tents. This signals your approach to Namduna Gaon. Like Shey, the Namgung monastery belongs to Karma-pa sect. The monastery is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. The red and white colors of the Gompa and its Stupas are the only color in this stark landscape. The village consists of only six stone houses, and it has terraced fields on both sides of the tributary, which flows down to the Nam Khong valley. The economy of the region is based on agriculture, animal husbandry and trading. In Dolpo only one crop a year can be grown, and this is mainly barley. In some village buckwheat, oilseed, potato, and radish are also grown.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Namduna Gaon
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinne

  • Day 13Trek to Saldang (3,903 m) – 4 hrs

    The trail passes by Namgung monastery and climbs up. Further, it traverses through dusty barren mountains. When you look down from the trail, you see the people, making the best use of the fertile valley. Then, you ascend to the picturesque Salding village, which is situated on a plateau, high above the Nam Khong Nala (river), and Salding is the biggest village of Dolpo. Though the village lies at about the same altitude as Ringmo. It stretches for two kilometers on an open slope. It is prosperous, and it is famous for its strategic location, that is, on a trade route to Tibet.>br>
    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Saldang
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14Trek to Sibu (3,942 m) – 6 hrs

    After you leave Saldang, you pass through terraced fields and by the Stupas, Chortens, heaps of Mani stones, and Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village is also prosperous. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes that links with Nam Khong Khola (river). The Namdo monastery is located near the riverbed. You also see another monastery on the top of a high cliff.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Sibu
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15Trek to foot of the Jeng La (4,369 m) – 7 hrs

    Following the line of the river valley, you find the trail easy at the initial. After about two hours, you cross another stream before turning into a side valley. The trail ascends and passes through a pleasant meadow, which is covered with rocks and yaks.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Jeng La
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16Cross the Jeng La Pass (4, 845 m) and Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240 m) – 7 hrs

    The trail is well compacted, as a result, trekking this trail is easy. You only take 2-hour to reach the top of the Jeng La Pass. From the top, you can see the massifs of Dhaulagiri, which glitters in the morning light. Then a trail descends towards the Tarap valley. In the afternoon, you reach a green valley, which passes by a pleasant trail, and which descends to Tarap Chu. This valley extends 20 km along the Tarap Chu River.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Tokyu Gaon
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090 m) – 5 hrs

    Before leaving Tokyu, you visit Chaiba Gompa. You find the trekking trail broad, which makes the walking easy, and which passes through the broad fields. On your way, you will also see many Mani walls and some Chortens. The ‘ French School ‘ is just outside the village of Dho Tara. Tarap is inhabited mostly by Magars and Tibetans. They wear homespun clothing; dyed in maroon and they favor Tibetan style Somba (boots with upturned toes) for footgear. Men and women wear religious amulets, coral and turquoise. The inhabitants of this village are both Bon Po and Buddhist (Nyingmapa). In the afternoon, you will walk up to the Buddhist Gompa.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Dho Tarap
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18Trek to Serkam (3,630 m) – 7 hrs

    Your route follows the course of the Tarap Khola (river), generally downhill. You trek through narrow gorges, where you see a river, blue sheep, marmots, yaks, white sheep, and goats, and you may perhaps meet the people of Dolpo, taking their sheep and goats to the lower pastures for the winter. In the afternoon, you walk undulating path. When you look at the trail, you will see the parts of the rock that have been blasted out. You also see the first of the modern steel suspension bridges, which have been built to facilitate movement of people and animals. The trail is very narrow in some places.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Serkham
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 19Trek to Khani Gaon (2,550 m) – 7 hrs

    You continue to walk down the gorge of the Tarap River. Sometimes, you walk high above, on a narrow trail built out from the steep slopes. The quality of the trekking trail varies with respect to broad, smooth, firm, and narrow forms. There are also man-made stone staircases, where you need to walk carefully because some rocks will wobble when you step. Today, you will have an exciting day in the deep and awe-inspiring gorges; as well as you stay in a tent in a pleasant meadow.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Khani Gaon
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 20Trek to Tarakot (2,281 m) – 4 hrs

    Leaving Khanigoan, you cross the river by the suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river, sometimes you walk on high places. Sometimes, you walk on wet stepping-stones. Coming into the broad fertile valley of the Barbung Chu, you walk amongst the various crops of millet, sweet corn, barley, buckwheat, green beans, chilies, and marijuana. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning ‘fort’. Before the Gorkha dynasty, Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The famous Sandul Gompa, which lies 8 km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu, stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Tarakot
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 21Trek to Dunai (2,052 m) – 5 hrs

    The trail is mostly downward. By walking beside the Bheri River, you come across the ingenious path built twenty feet above the river. Soon, you will reach Dunai village and the campsite.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Dunai
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 22Trek to Juphal (2,404 m) – 3 hrs

    You now retrace your steps to Juphal.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Jupal
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 23Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj – 1 hr and 35 mins

    This is a wonderful 35-minute flight over the Himalayas foothills with fine views of giant peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You then fly to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Nepalgunj
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 24Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

    You have leisure time in the morning, as well as, in the afternoon, so you can stroll in Basantapur and Thamel. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant and see cultural program. (Your guide will accompany you).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 25Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is the departure day; therefore, you are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays’ control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be changed substantailly. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it is not to be held responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

  • Flight Delays in Juphal airport

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to from the airstrip of Nepalgunj to Juphal and Juphal to Nepalgunj. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be canceled due to weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, there is no any alternative transportation service available. Please make sure you have minimum three spare days after the trek to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

    The helicopter flight can be organized from Juphal to Kathmandu but the cost of the helicopter is very expensive in such remote area and Juphal is too far from Kathmandu.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays. The guide accompanies you to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, the guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. BUT PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. There will be many local boys wanting to help with your luggage for a fee in the airport. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. If you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport then Ace Holidays will not pay you.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast. For the night at Nepaljung the accommodation will be at the basic hotel including all the meals.

During the camping we provide the best possible service with comfortable two person tents and good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided.

There are lots of good restaurants in Kathmandu where you can find any food of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu meals are not included.

During the camping our expert cook can easily prepare meals of your choice. For some special case, you will be charged with similar fare to that of teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

A Typical Day on the Trail

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you start your trek. At the right moment, you pack your bags. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you eat lunch somewhere on the trail. You typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more before you reach your next stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You would also like to take plenty of pictures, such as of mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. After, you arrive at the camping spot, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, tea, or coffee. If you are inclined to seeing natural beauty then you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After eating a warm dinner, your trek leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Our Sherpas love to teach you various Nepali card games. Finally, you head off to your camp for a good night sleep.

The Group Size

Our minimum group size for this trip is two people to maximum 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. We provide 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), we assign required porters and kitchen staffs for each group.

Acclimitazation

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. We advise all our trekkers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page”. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than others are.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, biking and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following trainings:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

Autumn (September to December) and Spring (February to June) are the best seasons for trekking because the weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. The Upper Dolpo Trekking can be doable during the Summer or Monsoon (July to Aug) as the Upper Mustang region is dry most of the time in entire year. But there is possible flight delays during the summer and monsoon season from Nepaljung to Juphal and back to Nepaljung.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of your itinerary if your safety concern arises. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. It also support to the remote villages of Gorkha and to other parts of Nepal through donation. It has sponsorship programs for the underpriviliged, as well as it has various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis and also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and the community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in Arupokhari village of Gorkha district of western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to keep warm from the cold weather of the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters, mules or yaks and personal belongings like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc are carried by you. You are also briefed to pack items in two different bags before you start the trek.

Ace Holidays will give you a water proof duffel bag as a gift, which you can use on the trek, and which is carried by your porter. After the trek, the duffel bag is to be kept by yourself. In Kathmandu, you can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel, and you can later collect them after the trek.

Please note that the luggage has a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the domestic flights.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket from Ace Holidays

    Ace Holidays provides Sleeping Bag and Down Jackets to its clients during the trek to keep you warm. It should be returned to office after trek. Or you can bring your own if you would like.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    If you have any questions and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs page or contact us.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable then please wear them as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of them.

Ace Holidays states the price per person below when booking minimum of 2 participants. ,strong>For booking of the single person, there will be the supplement charge of USD XXX. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 6 or more than 6 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trek as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. Please fill in our tailor - made form to discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays.

Quick Inquiry

Price Includes
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two or three hotel in Kathmandu (breakfast Included)
  • Basic hotel accommodation in Nepaljung including all meals (twin sharing basis)
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • Accommodation in a tented camp during the trek (Twin Sharing Basis).
  • License holder English speaking trek guide and tour guide.
  • Required numbers of Porter or Mules to carry your luggage in the trek (Ace Holidays assigns one porter for two trekkers).
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • Camping cook and kitchen staffs
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter, and driver.
  • Trek permits and other expenses related to trekking.
  • Domestic air tickets and domestic airport tax. (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jupal and return
  • Free Ace Holidays duffel bag and sun hat (These are the gifts from Ace Holidays).
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket from ACE Holidays (which need to be returned after the trek)
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner cost you roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per day in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Travel Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See International Nepal Flights Page).
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Nepal Entry Visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Tips for trek guides, tour guides, and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • A Narrow Canyon
  • The confluence of the Thuri Bheri River and the Suli Gad River
  • Panorama of the landscapes.
  • The Highest Waterfall of Nepal
  • The Impressive Vertical Cliffs and Contorted Rock Formations.
  • Sheep Meadow
  • Shey Gompa, a Crystal Monastery
  • The Biggest Village of Dolpo.
  • Blue Sheep, Marmots, Yaks, White sheep,
  • The monastery Built against the Backdrop of a cliff on the North wall of a Gorge

How far have you done Upper Dolpo Trek successfully?

We have 98% successful rate and 100% safety records.

What type of physical fitness does this trip demand?

This trip demands you to be physically fit, but does not demand previous trekking experience. Also, you should participate in running, swimming, and hiking, in addition to one hour of aerobic exercise before you finally make up your mind for the trek. Further, you should develop the habit of walking on the steep valley, rugged terrain, and scree landscapes in your country.

What is the altitude of Seldang La Pass?

4, 785 m

Waht is the altitude of Jengla Pass?

4, 369 m

How do I book the trip?

To secure your booking, we require you to fill in and return the final booking form. The word or PDF version of final booking form will be sent to you via e-mail then you can e-mail or fax the complete booking form. In addition, we also require minimum 30% per person deposit to guarantee your place as it enables us to make the pre-arrangements on your behalf. The remaining 70% can be paid when you arrive in Kathmandu. The deposit can be paid by the bank transfer or credit cards (Master, Visa or American Express cards). There will be 4% bank levy for all the payments done by the cards.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up to the Himalaya presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that live forever in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of this region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help you ensure that you come to the Himalayas, well equipped and with preparation to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime in this region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach as high as 25 degrees Celsius, only to dip down as low as -15 degrees Celsius in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months and seasons.

Spring - March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit this region. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen, as well as different species of flowers in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and a minimum of -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and for areas above 4000 meters at night.

July / August to Mid-September (Monsoon Season)
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 28 degrees Celsius during sunny days with a minimum -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 20 degrees C.

Autumn - End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn is best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, including the incredible views from the trail.

Winter - December/January/February
The average temperature during the fall is 10 degrees C with a maximum temp of 15 degrees Celsius during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees Celsius in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in this region, trekkers should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather is, and there is every possible scenario to be taken into account.

Does the staff of Ace Holidays come to pick me up?

Yes, they will come to pick you up in a private transportation,

Does this trip run even if I am alone?

We need minimum 2 people to arrange this trip. Price for one person departure will be very high.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu Nepal?

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo

What kinds of food can I expect in trekking?

During the camping our expert cook can easily prepare meals of your choice. For some special case, you will be charged with similar fare to that of teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Does the guide of Ace Holidays have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received the first aid training?

Yes, they have all received 45 days trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center of Kathmandu. They have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety equipment do your guides carry during the trek in order to deal with sickness and accidents?

The guides of Ace Holidays carry first aid kit bags and mobiles during the trek. Guides also carry satellites phones while trekking in remote areas, which are out of reach of telecommunication. They are well trained to deal with altitude mountain sickness, as well.

Is there any communication facility during trekking?

Yes. There is, for examples, there are telephones in some villages, from where, you can make international calls. We will provide a Satellite phone for this trek to use in case of emergency.

Is there toilet along the trail? Is it exactly like Kilimanjaro or can I do wherever there is a privacy?

You can use the toilets in bush/behind the rock and whenever there is some privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

Yes. You can. If you want to extend your trip, then please inform to the operation manager of Ace Holidays

Is Drinking water provided?

YES our kitchen team will provide you boiled and purified water to drink, during the trek.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a problem?

No problem at all. We always suggest our clients to eat vegetables in the mountain because the non-vegetarian meals are not really that hygienic to eat.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you have?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 Degree Celsius, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you use yaks/porters in the trek, or do I have to carry all of my gears by myself?

Yes, Ace Holidays uses yaks, mules or porters in the trek, and you have to carry all your personal belongings, such as camera, water bottle, sunscreen cream, etc in your daypack by yourself.

What type of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and during the trek?

Accommodation includes shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. At Nepalgunj, we will provide the basic hotel including all meals. During trek we accommodate you in tented camp. You may bring your own sleeping bag but Ace Holidays provides sleeping bag and down jacket when required which must be returned after the trip.

What are the kinds of transportation that Ace Holidays use?

Ace Holidays uses different kinds of transportations, depending on the nature of the travel. It provides the transportation to and from the destination. And the transportation includes from domestic airlines to a local bus, from helicopter to yaks or mules, and from an air – conditioned private vehicle to a tourist bus and local bus. Ace Holidays provides you only those options, which enhance your local experience, and which allow you to travel comfortably and efficiently in Kathmandu and to other places of Nepal.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel we provide in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj includes the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Is Ace Holidays' staff insured?

Yes, the trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

How much should I tip to my guide and porters?

Ace Holidays recommends you to tip about 10% to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides and porters (60% to the guide and 40% to the porters). The tip should reflect the level of satisfaction.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations.

Yes, you have plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after trekking. For more information, please check our special trips in this website.

Do I need to book my international flight ticket to and from Nepal by myself?

Yes, you should book your International flight ticket by yourself because Ace Holidays is a local agent, and it would cost you significantly higher, if you book through us

What vaccination will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

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