Upper Dolpo Trek - via Shey Gomba

Upper Dolpo Trek
At a Glance
  • Trip Duration24 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • A mystical journey that leads to the far midwestern part of Nepal, where the pristine wilderness and untouched Tibetan culture await you
  • An adventurous camping trek in the Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • One of the rarely visited trekking routes in Nepal that offers an authentic and raw trekking experience
  • Trail includes fast-flowing rivers, roaring waterfalls, deep river gorges, lush meadows, and terraced fields
  • Come across ancient Tibetan Buddhism and BonPo cultural heritages
  • A fantastic trek for adventure lovers who want to push themselves and escape in undisturbed nature
  • Witness mesmerizing turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake and visit 800-year-old Shey Gompa
  • May get to see the exotic snow leopard and much other rare flora & fauna
  • Witness breathtaking mountain views and trans-Himalayan landscapes
  • Cross high mountain passes like Kang La and Saldang La

"Embark on a journey to the hidden gem of Nepal with the Upper Dolpo trekking, where the pristine wilderness and untouched Tibetan culture await. This challenging trek will take you through remote villages, soaring mountain passes, and turquoise lakes, all while providing stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas. With limited access and minimal tourist infrastructure, the Upper Dolpo trek is a true adventure for the brave traveler seeking an authentic and unique experience in the Himalayas."

Upper Dolpo trek in a glimpse

The allure of Dolpo's rugged terrain is not new. It has been shown in Peter Matthiessen's book, "The Snow Leopard," and Eric Valli's documentary film, "Himalaya," which showcase the region's unique features such as the tranquil Phoksundo Lake, the serene Shey Gompa, the revered Bon Po practitioners, and the ancient Buddhist monasteries.

The snow-capped Dhaulagiri peaks and the crystalline Crystal Mountain, adorned with quartz and marine fossils, are among the many breathtaking vistas that make Dolpo a must-visit destination. Moreover, the region's rare Tibetan cultures and the elusive snow leopard are among the many highlights that keep travelers coming back for more.

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Join our Upper Dolpo trek 24 days or customize the itinerary as per your requirements. Solo trekkers can join our Upper Dolpo trek 2023/2024 fixed departures, or if you have your own group, contact us for a private trek.

Unlike the popular Everest base camp trek and Annapurna circuit trek, you can do the Upper Dolpo trek in monsoon (June to August) too. So, you do not have to wait for the next best seasons to make your dream of trekking in one of the most exotic sections of the Himalayas come true.

Nestled in the remote northwest of Nepal, between the towering Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and the expansive Tibetan Plateau, lies the mystical land of Dolpo. The Upper Dolpo trek offers a chance to explore the upper part of this region, which is even more isolated and rarely visited. Since its opening to foreign visitors in the late 1980s, Upper Dolpo is still regarded as a restricted area, requiring a special permit for entry.

The Dolpo region in Nepal offers trekkers an opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of the rugged and secluded far west of the country. With its border shared with Tibet, the region's culture and landscapes bear striking resemblances to its northern neighbor. Shey-Phoksundo National Park, Nepal's largest national park, is located in the western part of the district, and the Upper Dolpo trek route runs through it.

Despite its remoteness, the Dolpo region is also underdeveloped and impoverished. Unlike other famous trekking regions in Nepal, the tourism infrastructure is lacking, and visitors must camp and carry their own food supplies during the Upper Dolpo trekking. And that is why Upper Dolpo is also known as one of the best camping treks in Nepal. The cost of permits is expensive, and trekking in Upper Dolpo without a guide is not allowed.

However, those who brave the challenges of the region are rewarded with stunning vistas of deep valleys, high passes, and peaks, along with the mesmerizing turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake. The 800-year-old Shey Gompa is another highlight of the region, as well as the possibility of glimpsing rare wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard.

Upper Dolpo trek route

Although Dolpo is known for its arid and rugged terrain, the region is also adorned with a variety of

natural wonders. Fast-flowing rivers, roaring waterfalls, deep river gorges, lush meadows, and terraced fields are just some of the natural features that make Upper Dolpo a truly captivating destination.

As part of the Shey Phoksundo National Park, Dolpo's diverse wildlife is well-protected. The park is home to the rare and elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, goral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and a variety of other wildlife species.

Trekking in Dolpo is not for the faint-hearted. The challenging trails are often steep, unstable, and barely existent in some areas. Long days of hiking at high altitudes are common, with several high passes to cross. However, for those with the stamina, fitness level, and determination, this Upper Dolpo trek 24 days is an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

Upper Dolpo trek itinerary

Nestled in the remote northwestern corners of Nepal, the Dolpo region is a hidden treasure that is divided into two parts: Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo. The Upper Dolpo trek starts from the small town of Juphal, which can be reached by a short flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then a connecting flight to Juphal (2,499 m).

The trail goes through the Annapurna, Kanjiroba, and Dhaulagiri ranges. Along the trail, you will have the opportunity to experience the unspoiled Bon and Buddhist villages of Saldang, Tokyu Gaon (Yak Kharka), Dho Tarap, and Tarakot, each rich in cultural heritage and unique in their own way. The trek concludes at Dunai, followed by a few hour's walk back to Juphal, the major town in the Dolpo region.

The locals of Upper Dolpo and BonPo religion

The Upper Dolpo is home to the BonPo religion, one of the oldest spiritual practices in Tibet. The Bon Po religion has its roots in shamanism and animism. Its teachings emphasize the harmony between man and nature. The BonPo religion is a significant cultural aspect of the Upper Dolpo region, with the locals having preserved their unique traditions and customs for centuries.

The locals of Upper Dolpo are primarily of Tibetan origin and are known as Dolpo-pa. They lead a traditional lifestyle, relying mainly on farming and livestock rearing for their livelihood. The people of Upper Dolpo are hospitable and warm, welcoming visitors with open arms. Their unique way of life has been shaped by the rugged terrain and harsh weather conditions of the region, with their homes built to withstand the extreme cold and strong winds.

Shy Gompa and Crystal Mountain

Shey Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries in Upper Dolpo, believed to be founded over 800 years ago. The monastery is perched on a rocky outcrop at an altitude of 4,160 meters and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Crystal Mountain is located nearby Shey Gompa. This mountain is believed to be made entirely of crystal. According to local legend, it is the source of Phoksundo Lake's crystal-clear waters. The mountain is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Bon Po followers, and pilgrims come from far and wide to pay their respects.

Shey Phoksundo Lake

Shey Phoksundo Lake, also known as Phoksundo Lake, is considered one of the most beautiful and serene lakes in Nepal. It is also the deepest lake in the country, with a depth of 145 meters. Its crystal-clear waters, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, make it a sight to behold.

The lake's water is so pure that it is believed to have medicinal properties and is used to treat various ailments. The lake's surroundings are also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, with several endangered species like the snow leopard and musk deer inhabiting the region.

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Our team will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the hotel. You can see them with your name plate outside the terminal gate. The remaining day in Kathmandu is free. You can rest and explore around. We will meet you in the late evening for a welcome dinner.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

After breakfast, you will go on a guided sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Dubra Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Monkey Temple. In the late afternoon, we will meet in our office and prepare for the trek. Our guide will introduce himself and help you with trek preparation.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

In just 45 minutes, you'll be soaring through the skies on your way to Nepalgunj. Nestled in the humid mid-Western Terai, this bustling city lies near the Nepal-India border and serves as a major hub for the entire Mid-Western region.

If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, you can opt to take the bus from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj instead. This journey will take a bit longer, requiring an overnight bus on the second day of your trip. It's certainly worth it for the breathtaking sights you'll encounter along the way.

  • Trip Duration:45 minutes
  • Accommodation:Hotel

As the sun begins to rise, you'll make your way to Juphal Airport from Nepalgunj, ready for the next leg of your journey. During the flight, you will get to see breathtaking vistas of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Juphal Airport is a vital lifeline for the people of Dolpa, serving as the only airport in the region for many years. Upon landing at Juphal, it's time to lace up your hiking boots and begin the trek to Dunai. Dunai serves as the district headquarters of Dolpo, situated on the banks of the Thuli Bheri River.

  • Max. Altitude:2,400 m
  • Trip Duration:4 hours trek
  • Accommodation:Camp

The trek starts with a walk across a newly constructed suspension bridge before turning west and following the trail. Soon, you'll begin to ascend, making your way up to a ridge and entering the breathtaking Phoksundo river valley.

The trek takes you through a series of stunning natural landscapes, passing through another ridge and then a canyon before finally arriving at the quaint village of Rahagaon. From here, you'll trek through a dense forest, gradually making your way toward Ankhe.

  • Max. Altitude:2,660 m
  • Trip Duration:6 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

Leaving Ankhe, we will begin trekking toward Renje. The trail is steep and trodden. You can see beautiful landscapes along the way. Likewise, as you pass through small villages, you can see the daily lifestyle of the locals. The guide will share important facts and stories as you trek toward Renje, where you will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:3,104 m
  • Trip Duration:6 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

The adventure continues as you trek towards the stunning Phoksundo Lake and the nearby Rigmo village. The trail goes along a twisted path that leads to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola (River), where you'll be treated to incredible views of the surrounding natural beauty.

Along the way, you'll also have the chance to witness Nepal's highest waterfall, an impressive cascade that plunges an incredible 300 meters. The trail further gradually ascends to Phoksundo Lake, where we will spend the night in our camps.

  • Max. Altitude:3,600 m
  • Trip Duration:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

The trail to Phoksundo Khola follows a remote and fascinating terrain in the region. As you continue trekking, a stunning array of sights and sounds, from the rushing river to the verdant meadows come into our sight. The trail goes deeper into the valley, and you will eventually reach Phoksundo Khola for the night stay. On the way, you will witness some breathtaking landscapes.

  • Max. Altitude:3,507 m
  • Trip Duration:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

Today, you will be traversing a glacial valley. With each step, you get to see excellent views, from the shimmering waters of the Phoksundo river to the rugged terrain that rises up on either side of the trail. The trail leads you to a crucial junction where the Phoksundo river meets a smaller, winding stream. Crossing a sturdy bridge, you will trek in the northeast direction ascending to the top of a steep gorge known as Phoksundo Bhanjyang.

  • Max. Altitude:4,402 m
  • Trip Duration:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

Today, we will trek to Kang La pass early in the morning, following a steep, rugged uphill path. From the top of the Kang La pass, you will witness jaw-dropping scenery, including the deserted valleys, Crystal Mountain, and the U-shaped canyon that leads towards Shey-Gompa. From here, the trail descends to Shey Gompa.

After descending from the pass, you'll cross the same river multiple times, walking through lush meadows where yaks and sheep graze peacefully. You'll pass small huts and clusters of dwellings and arrive at the entrance to Shey Gompa.

  • Max. Altitude:5,350 m
  • Trip Duration:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

You will spend a rest day in Shey Gompa. Visit the monastery and explore the village. Shey Gompa is not just a religious site but also a center of cultural importance. The locals believe that Crystal Mountain, located to the east of the monastery, is the abode of a powerful deity. This deity is believed to be the protector of the people and the land of Dolpo.

Every year, before the harvest season, the locals gather and circumambulate Crystal Mountain in a clockwise direction as a part of their tradition. They believe that this act of devotion will bring them good fortune and a bountiful harvest.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

As you continue your trek, you will pass through a scenic trail that winds its way through a dense juniper forest, leading you to a rocky canyon. After walking through the meandering trail, you will reach the top of Saldang-La Pass. From this vantage point, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

The trail then descends north. You will come across the charming village of Namduna Gaun. Here, you can visit the Namgung monastery, which is perched on the northern wall of a ridge.

  • Max. Altitude:4,785 m
  • Trip Duration:7-8 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

From Namduna Gaun, you will trek on a challenging uphill trail that traverses along some dusty barren mountains. Looking down into the valley, you can see how the people have skillfully utilized the fertile land, with neatly terraced fields showcasing bright patches of green and ripening crops. The trail then leads you to ascend before descending steep slopes to reach the charming village of Saldang.

  • Max. Altitude:3,903 m
  • Trip Duration:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

As the trek continues, you descend to the river bed, passing by beautiful terraced fields and various stupas, chortens, mani stones, and the Chaiba monastery. You will trek through a village called Namdo, with around 60 well-built houses and a population of around 400.

From here, continue trekking towards the campsite near the small settlement of Sibu on the right bank of the river. It's a perfect spot to relax and take in the beautiful scenery surrounding you.

  • Max. Altitude:3,942 m
  • Trip Duration:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

As you continue your trek, you will follow the Nam Khong Khola and observe the sight of yak caravans moving towards the border of Tibet. After turning towards the east and walking for some time, you will reach the point where two small streams converge. From there, the trail steeply ascends towards a grazing area below the Jeng La pass. You will set up your camp in this picturesque meadow surrounded by stunning mountain views.

  • Max. Altitude:4,369 m
  • Trip Duration:5 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

As you begin your trek today, you'll find that the trail is well-compact, making it easy to walk on. However, it is steep. You'll have to ascend for around two hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass. From here, you can see breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri massif sparkling in the morning light.

The trail then descends, following a rough path toward the Tarap Valley. In the afternoon, you'll reach a green valley, which will lead you to the Tarap Chu river through a pleasant track. The Tarap valley is a stunningly beautiful place with vast plains in high mountains extending for around 20 kilometers along the river Tarap Chu.

  • Max. Altitude:4,845 m
  • Trip Duration:7-8 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

After a hearty breakfast, you head out for a short visit to the Chaiba Gompa near Tokyu. The trail is well-traveled, broad, and easy to walk on. Along the way, you'll see the women bringing in the harvest from the fields while the men are busy bringing down the herds of animals for the forthcoming winter.

As you continue trekking, you'll come across the ‘French School’ just outside the village of Dho Tarap. This village is inhabited mostly by Magars, who have lived here for generations, along with a few Tibetans.

  • Max. Altitude:4,090 m
  • Trip Duration:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

As you leave Dho Tarap behind, the trail starts following the Tarap Khola river downstream through narrow gorges. The scenery is breathtaking, with steep cliffs rising on either side of the river. Keep an eye out for blue sheep, marmots, yaks, and goats as they graze along the path.

In the afternoon, the trail becomes more undulating as it moves away from the immediate course of the river. Parts of the rock have been blasted out to improve the trail. Soon, you'll come across the first of the modern steel suspension bridges that have been built to make the movement of people and animals easier. The path to Serkam can be quite narrow in places, so watch your step.

  • Max. Altitude:3,630 m
  • Trip Duration:6 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

You will follow the winding path of the Tarap River through deep gorges. At times, you will be walking alongside the river, and at others, you will be high above it on a narrow trail built out from the steep slopes. The path itself varies from broad, smooth, and firm to very narrow and crumbly. Likewise, there are also a series of manmade stone staircases that require careful navigation, as some of the rocks wobble when stepped upon.

  • Max. Altitude:2,550 m
  • Trip Duration:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

As you leave Khani Gaon, you will cross a new suspension bridge and continue trekking alongside the river. The trail can be challenging at times as you climb high before descending back down to the water again. There is one bridge that has been out for six years, so you will need to cross on wet stepping stones.

As you enter the broad and fertile valley of the Barbung Chu, you will be surrounded by a variety of crops. After walking through this agricultural paradise, you will finally reach Tarakot. This ancient town is also known as Dzong, which means 'fort' in the local language.

  • Max. Altitude:2,281 m
  • Trip Duration:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

After a satisfying breakfast, begin trekking towards Dunai, following the zigzag path of the Bheri River. Along the way, you traverse through several gorges, quaint villages, and bridges, soaking in the natural beauty of the region. One of the villages you pass by is Lawan. You also cross over the Byas Gadi and Lochakhola Gaon bridges before reaching your Dunai.

  • Max. Altitude:2,052 m
  • Trip Duration:5 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

The final day of the trek goes along the Thuli Bheri River, passing through several villages such as Dhupichaur, Rupgad, Kalagaonda, and Motipur. The scenery is still stunning as you make your way toward Juphal. As you approach Juphal, you can see the town perched on a hill in the distance.

  • Max. Altitude:2,404 m
  • Trip Duration:3-4 hours
  • Accommodation:Camp

Today, you will take back-to-back flights from Juphal to Nepaljung to Kathmandu. Both flights are short, so you will reach Kathmandu in no time. The guide will drop you at the hotel once you are in the city. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take some time to relax in your hotel and go shopping. You will have a full day to rest and visit some tourist sites. In the late evening, meet us for the farewell dinner.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m
  • Accommodation:Hotel

We hope you had a good time trekking with us. Our team will drop you at the airport and help you with the luggage. You have to check-out of the hotel at least three hours before the flight departure time, so be ready.

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    Upper Dolpo trek best time

    The best time to embark on the Upper Dolpo trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, which fall between the months of March to May and September to November, respectively. During these seasons, the weather is generally clear and dry, and the temperatures are moderate, making for comfortable trekking conditions.

    In the spring season, the temperatures in the Upper Dolpo region range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day, with colder temperatures at night. This is also the time when the rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding to the beauty of the trek. The weather is generally stable during this time, with clear skies and little to no rainfall.

    In the autumn season, the temperatures are slightly cooler than in the spring, with daytime temperatures ranging from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius. However, the skies remain clear, and the weather is generally stable, making it an ideal time to trek through the region.

    Likewise, the Upper Dolpo trek in monsoon is also a good time because the region falls under the rain shadow area, and therefore, no rain in the monsoon season, making it an ideal monsoon trek in Nepal. However, winter trekking to Upper Dolpo is not recommended at all. It gets very cold & challenges surpass the bearing limit for travelers. 

    Upper Dolpo trek difficulty

    The Upper Dolpo trek is challenging and remote. The trek covers a distance of around 200 kilometers and takes approximately 20-25 days to complete. The terrain is rugged & varies from rocky and steep ascents to narrow mountain trails and river crossings. You will also encounter high mountain passes and glaciers during the trek

    The difficulty level of the Upper Dolpo trekking is considered to be strenuous due to the high altitude and challenging terrain. The trek reaches a maximum elevation of 5,360 meters at the Kang La pass. This can be a major concern for altitude sickness, which is a common risk for trekkers at high altitudes.

    Acclimatize properly and gradually increase altitude to avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. The Upper Dolpo trek in Nepal is not recommended for beginners. It is crucial to have prior trekking experience and physical fitness to undertake this journey. The trek requires a high level of endurance, mental resilience, and physical strength to complete.

    Accommodation and meals during the Upper Dolpo trekking

    Camping is an absolute must for anyone planning to trek through Upper Dolpo. While there may be a handful of teahouses scattered throughout the region, relying on them for sustenance is ill-advised given the persistent food shortages in the area. With such a sparse infrastructure, carrying your own supplies and camping gear is the only way to ensure a successful Upper Dolpo trek.

    So, we’ll organize a full camping trek for Upper Dolpo. All the tents and essentials are carried by our kind porters. You will be trekking with a cook who will make delicious meals for you and keep you energized throughout the journey. We give separate sleeping tents and a shared dining tent & toilet tent.

    For lunch and dinner, you'll find staples such as noodles, rice, pasta, potato dishes, fresh vegetables, eggs, and chicken items. And when it comes to breakfast, you can expect to enjoy Tibetan bread, pancakes, muesli, porridge, and toast with peanut butter, honey, and jam.

    Last-minute Upper Dolpo trek booking

    To join this Upper Dolpo trek at the last minute, you have to do full payment and send us all the necessary documents. The last-minute bookings do not make you eligible for any refund, so keep that in mind. Upper Dolpo trek is a very remote trek, so organizing it at the last minute may not be possible all the time, but we will do our best. Also, we have the best Upper Dolpo trek cost that will let you do this incredible trek without making a hole in your pocket.

    Upper Dolpo trek tips

    • Travel Insurance: Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuation, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen circumstances before embarking on the Upper Dolpo trek. Make sure to carefully review your insurance policy and carry the necessary documentation with you. To join the Upper Dolpo trek with us, travel insurance is necessary.
    • Passport & Visa: A valid passport with at least six months of validity and a Nepal visa are required to enter Nepal. The visa can be obtained upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or through a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your home country. Obtaining a Nepali travel visa is quite easy and takes no more than 15 minutes if you are prepared with documents and the visa fee.
    • Money Exchange & ATM: The local currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu and major towns. ATMs are also available in Kathmandu and other major cities but not available on the Upper Dolpo trek route. Carry enough cash in NPR for the trek.
    • Luggage: Pack light for the Upper Dolpo trek and carry a comfortable backpack. Porters will carry the heavy duffel bags and camping equipment but make sure not to exceed the weight limit of 10 kg. Also, your back should be 5 kg. You can store additional luggage in your hotel's locker room.
    • Charging & Internet: Electricity is available in some tea houses along the trekking route, but it is not a reliable option. Carry a power bank, extra battery, and a solar charger for charging electronic devices. Wi-Fi and internet access may also be available in some places but may be limited and unreliable.
    • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and additional food and drinks are not included in the Upper Dolpo trek cost. Make sure to carry enough cash for personal expenses.
    • Tips: It is customary to tip the trekking crew, including the guide, porters, and cook, at the end of the trek. The amount of the tip is at your discretion, but it is recommended to tip according to the level of service provided.
    • The Upper Dolpo trek is considered a challenging trek due to its remote location, high altitude, and difficult terrain. It involves crossing several high passes and requires a good level of physical fitness and experience in trekking at high altitudes. The trek also involves camping in isolated areas with limited facilities.

    • The Dolpo to Upper Mustang trek is a long and challenging trek that traverses through the remote regions of western Nepal. It begins in the Lower Dolpo region, goes through the Shey Phoksundo National Park, and then continues towards Upper Mustang. The trek takes around 25-30 days to complete and involves crossing several high passes, camping in isolated areas, and navigating through difficult terrain.

    • The Upper Dolpo is a remote area that can only be reached by foot or by air. The most common way to reach Upper Dolpo is to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then take another flight to Juphal airport in the Dolpo region. From Juphal, it takes around 8-10 days of trekking to reach Upper Dolpo.

    • The Upper Dolpo trek involves crossing several high passes and reaching an altitude of up to 5,350 meters (17,552 feet) at the Kang La Pass. The trek starts from the town of Juphal, which is situated at an altitude of around 2,475 meters (8,120 feet).

    • The cost of a special permit to enter Upper Dolpo for foreigners is USD 500 per person for the first 10 days and an additional USD 50 per person per day for each additional day. In addition to the special permit, trekkers are also required to obtain other permits, such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit (SPNP), which cost USD 30 and USD 35, respectively.

    • Dolpa is a district located in the Karnali Province of western Nepal. The district is divided into two zones: Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo.

    • Dolpo is home to the Dolpo-pa people, who have a distinct culture and way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. Dolpo is also known for being the filming location of the Oscar-nominated movie "Himalaya" and the popular TV series "Caravan."

    • The road distance is around 580 kilometers (360 miles). However, it is important to note that there is no direct road access to Dolpa, and the journey requires taking a flight from Kathmandu to the nearest airport in Juphal and then trekking for several days to reach Dolpa.

    • The people in Dolpo speak a variety of Tibetan dialects, with the most common being Dolpo-pa, which is a branch of the Tibetan language. Dolpo-pa is also the name given to the people who live in the Dolpo region of western Nepal.

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