Upper Dolpo at the height of 5,950 meters (Kang Taiga) is one of the most beautiful and pristine territories of Nepal that hasn’t been explored much. Upper Dolpo Trek makes you walk through gorgeous valleys, multi-ethnic settlements, majestic Himalayas, luxuriant forests of rhododendron, pines, oaks and gives you an experience of the splendor of the rugged and remote far western region of Nepal.
You get to witness the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake with mountains in the background. This trek can be challenging but equally exciting and worth the handsome trouble. Located amidst the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri ranges, Upper Dolpo is the epitome of natural beauty.
Some of the rewards of this trek are observing Tibetan Buddhist culture, Shey Phoksundo lake, rare wildlife like snow leopard, epochs old monasteries - for instance, 800-year-old Shey Monastery. This trek further allows you to explore the largest park in Nepal – Shey Phoksundo National Park.
The best time to trek to Upper Dolpo and the surrounding region is Spring and Autumn. These seasons are regarded as the most favored due to pleasant weather, clear skies, little or no chances of snowfall, safe trails, and so on.
Since Upper Dolpo is a restricted area, a special permit is required for this pursuit.
The perennial rivers, strikingly attractive and roaring waterfalls, green meadows, diverse wildlife will keep you entertained and interested throughout your trekking trails.
The trekking routes are steep and narrow so requires a fair level of fitness, some basic exercise, a habit of walking in uneven terrains, and some endurance for high altitude.
Upper Dolpo Trek Highlights
- The largest national Park of Nepal - Shey Phoksundo National Park with a variety of flora and fauna.
- Exotic views of Shey Phoksundo Lake and Dhaulagiri ranges.
- A glimpse of rare and endangered mammals
- Explore 800-year-old Shey Gompa
- The remote lifestyle of locals and follower of Bon Buddhism
- The best views from Kang Taiga (5950 meters)
- Views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna II