Dolpo Region is one of the most remote regions in Nepal. Dolpo Region is located between Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range and Tibetan Plateau and is also considered Dolpo’s most inhabited land. The entire district was closed to foreigners until 1989, when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized groups of trekkers. Few anthropologies and geographers had explored Dolpo Regions even before 1989, though.
The Caravan or the Himalaya – the English subtitled movie on Dolpo was a big success and had been nominated for Oscar Award in the best foreign-language film category. The first mountaineering expedition by Dr. Herbert Tichy in 1953 was based in Kaigon and the other visit by John Tyson in the early ’60s. Before 1989, the southern region opened to foreign trekkers, and very few trekkers had visited this area. Dolpo is one of the most attractive regions for trekking and is rarely seen because of the remote and lack of accessibility.
In this Upper Dolpo Trek – 27 Days, we begin our trek from Jhupal village after taking a flight from Nepaljung to Juphal. We start this adventure coming across scenic landscapes, local people, picturesque villages and valleys, pine forests, rhododendron, the high trek passes, massif mountain ranges, and cross over 5400m at Numa-La Pass till we reach Phoksundo National Park, including Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo Village.
During the two nights at Ringmmo, we enjoy the beauty of the deep blue water of Phoksundo Lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Kangirow Himalayan range. You will also have time to visit the isolated village of Ringmo and its monastery. This long 28 days journey carries on to the beautiful region of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gompa, following the antique Trans Himalayan Trade Route and returning to Jhuphal. The trek has been made professionally, and one with good physical stamina can do it by walking 4-6 hours per day on average.
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Accommodation: Accommodation is typically provided in twin rooms in cities, though a single supplement can be requested for an additional fee. During peak season, it can be difficult to find single or twin rooms in the mountains, so our lodges usually offer dormitory-style accommodation. Our priority is always to provide clean and safe rooms for our guests.
Meals: Our packages in Bhutan include full board meals, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. For treks, all meals are provided, but you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: If you are planning a trip to Nepal, you must have a valid passport and Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to obtain a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from your Tour Start Date. If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries on your trip, make sure to get a multi-entries Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: All visitors to Bhutan must have a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance before their trip. To obtain it, you must submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will send you a Visa Clearance prior to your departure, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Once you arrive at Paro Airport, your passport will be stamped with the original visa.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): All travelers from any nation intending to go to Tibet from Nepal must obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu with the help of a tour operator. To ensure the successful application of the TGV, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before your travel date. If you are coming from China, you will not require a TGV; instead, you will need a Chinese Visa and Permit. To find out more about the process of entering Tibet, please look into the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Visiting Nepal and Bhutan at the same time is ideal as they share a similar climate. From high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles, the two countries have similar weather. The best time to visit is from March to April (spring) and October to December (autumn and early winter). During these months, the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder months, while June, July, and August (summer) are typically monsoon seasons.
Tibet: It is best to visit Tibet between April and October when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. However, from November to March, it is still possible to explore certain areas like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, as long as the roads are not blocked by snow. Temperatures during this time may be quite cold.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nepal Tour and Trekking Do I Need A Visa To Enter Nepal? Yes, all foreigners, Except Indians, need a Nepalese visa to enter Nepal. Most nationals can get an on-arrival visa at the TIA airport. However, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal. What do I need to get my visa? You need to have a valid passport, some… Read More »
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