Upper Dolpo Trek with Ganda La

Upper Dolpo Trek with Ganda La

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

5,010 m

Transportation

Flight

Group Size

2+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

The Upper Dolpo trek with Ganda La is a challenging trek that takes you to a highest altitude of 4850m. The Upper Dolpo Trek will offer all the major attractions of the region including Shey Phoksundo National ParkPhoksumndo Lake (3600m) splendid views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri massif, rich biodiversity and local culture.

Dolpo is largest district in Nepal and is sparsely inhabited by Bhotiya and Sherpa people. It has the most pristine of biodiversity that is home to such wild animals as snow leopard and Himalayan blue sheep. The district contains more Buddhist gomaps than anywhere in Nepal.

Yatsher Monastery is the oldest and biggest monastery in Dolpo believed to have been established by Buddhist Guru Chogyal Pasang in 13th century. The monastery has well preserved artifacts of statues, sacred manuscripts, masks and mural paintings.

The legendary ‘The Snow Leopard’ was written by Peter Mathiessen based on his travel experience in Dolpo and the surrounding area. The movie Himalayan Caravan directed by Eric Valli was shot here in Dolpo and received worldwide acclaim and was even nominated for Oscar.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai.You camp for the night.

Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2520 m.) takes about six hours.You camp for the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
2940

Trek from Shyants to Somdu (2940 m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3733m.) takes about five hours.

Elevation
3756

Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) takes about seven hours. You camp for the night.

Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) takes about seven hours.You camp for the night

Elevation
4160

Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) takes about six hours.This day you will cross over the Ganda La. You camp for the night.

Trek from Shey Gompa to Namdo takes about five hours. You camp for the night.

Trek from Namdo to Saldang takes about four hours. You camp for the night.

RRest day at Saldang. You camp for the night.

Trek from Saldang to Yak Kharka (3965 m.) takes about seven hours.You camp for the night.

Elevation
4702

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thaksema (4702 m.) takes about seven hours.You camp for the night.

Trek from Thaksema to Dhotarap (3944 m.) takes about eight hours.You camp for the night.

Elevation
3756

Trek from Dhotarap to River side (3756 m.) takes about six hours.You camp for the night.

Trek from River side to Odar (3475 m.) takes about seven hours.You camp for the night.

Elevation
2970

Trek from Odar to Eklebhatti (2970 m.) takes about six hours.You camp for the night.

Elevation
2140

Trek from Eklebhatti to Dunai (2140 m.) takes about six hours.You camp for the ight.

Elevation
2475

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) takes about three hours.You camp for the night.

Elevation
1400

Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj. On the same day you fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

What Is Included ?

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide 
  • Camping crews (Cook, Sherpa, kitchen helper)
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation: Partly in teahouses and most of the nights camping 
  • Required equipments: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, cooking utensil and trekking poles
  • Cooking fuel 
  • Camping charges 
  • Cargo charge
  • Special trekking permit for Dolpo region
  • Entry permits for She-Phuksundo National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Flight tickets: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal and Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu 
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary) 

Upper Dolpo Trek with Ganda La Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:
First Aid Kit 

Optional:
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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