Upper Dolpo Trek allows you to see Nepal’s rugged and remote far west in all its glory. Dolpo shares a border with Tibet, and its culture and landscape are similar to that of its northern neighbour. The Shey-Phoksundo National Park, Nepal’s largest, is located in the district’s western part. Western Nepal is not only remote, but also underdeveloped and impoverished. Dolpo’s tourism infrastructure isn’t as good as it is in other parts of Nepal, so you’ll have to camp and bring your own food. Permits are costly, and you can’t trek in Upper Dolpo on your own. Deep valleys, high passes, and peaks, the turquoise Lake Phoksundo, the 800-year-old Shey Monastery, and some rare wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, all reward intrepid trekkers who come here. Follow in the footsteps of ancient trans-Himalayan traders and explore the region in the dry season, free of rain. This trek around the lake, Crystal Mountain, and the views of Dhaulagiri is an unforgettable experience. In the Shey Phoksundo National Park, you can see a wide variety of flora and fauna. You can also learn about the lives and cultures of Bon Buddhism adherents.
Trekking in Nepal’s Dolpo region allows you to see Nepal’s rugged and remote far west in all its glory. Dolpo shares a border with Tibet, and its culture and landscape are similar to that of its northern neighbour. The Shey-Phoksundo National Park, Nepal’s largest, is located in the district’s western part.
Western Nepal is not only remote, but also underdeveloped and impoverished. Dolpo’s tourism infrastructure isn’t as good as it is in other parts of Nepal, so you’ll have to camp and bring your own food. Permits are costly, and you can’t trek in Upper Dolpo on your own.
Deep valleys, high passes, and peaks, the turquoise Lake Phoksundo, the 800-year-old Shey Monastery, and some rare wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, all reward intrepid trekkers who come here.
Follow in the footsteps of ancient trans-Himalayan traders and explore the region in the dry season, free of rain. This trek around the lake, Crystal Mountain, and the views of Dhaulagiri is an unforgettable experience. In the Shey Phoksundo National Park, you can see a wide variety of flora and fauna. You can also learn about the lives and cultures of Bon Buddhism adherents.
Dolpo is located in Nepal’s far northwest, between the Tibetan Plateau and the Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The Upper Dolpo trek covers the upper part of this region, which is even more remote and rarely visited, as the name implies. Upper Dolpo, which only opened to visitors at the end of the 1980s, is still a restricted area that requires a special permit.
Dolpo is a dry, arid landscape with rapidly flowing rivers, majestic waterfalls, deep river gorges, vibrant lush greenery, and valleys of cultivated fields. Other attractions in this region include remote villages with interesting cultures, such as the Bon Po religion, and the wonderful icy waters of Phoksundo Lake.
Wildlife such as the snow leopard, rare Himalayan blue sheep, goral, thar, Himalayan black bear, and others are protected because part of Dolpo falls within the Shey Phoksundo National Park.
This three-week trek is not for the faint of heart, as the trails are difficult, high, steep, shaky, and occasionally non-existent. Long days of walking at high altitude are common, and there are several high passes to cross, but for those with the stamina, fitness, and sheer willpower, this trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Packing for Your Next Adventure: Everything You Need to Know
The key to having a good time in the mountains is to be organized and plan ahead. In addition to all of your training, ensuring that you have the appropriate equipment is an important aspect of preparing for your trip. Choosing the proper equipment will give you an extra comfort and safety boost, so you can be at your best while still enjoying yourself. It’s essential to have the right gear with you to get the most out of your trip. To help you better prepare for the mountain you will be climbing, we have provided a complete packing guide.
TREKKING GEAR LIST
|HEADWEAR & EYEWEAR||UPPER BODY|
|Sun Cap||Thermal Wear|
|Fleece Cap||Mid Weight Trek Top|
|Head Buff||Fleece Jacket|
|Neck Gaiter||Gore-Tex Jacket|
|Sun Glasses (UV Protection)||Down Jacket|
|LOWER BODY||PERSONAL EQUIPMENT|
|Thermal Wear||Down Sleeping Bag (-10°C to -20°C)|
|Trekking Pants||Headlamp (Rechargeable Batteries)|
|Mid Weight Trek Pants||Trekking Pole|
|TRAVEL NECESSITIES||HANDS AND FEET|
|Rucksack (45 – 55 Ltr)||Fleece Gloves|
|Day Pack (30 – 40 Ltr)||Wind Stopper Gloves|
|Duffle Bag (Optional)||Trekking Shoes|
|Valid Passport||Trekking Socks|
|PP Size Photo (2 Copies)||Flipflop|
|Insurance Paper||Gaiters (we notify you, if required)|
|MEDICAL||EATING & DRINKING|
|Brufen / Combiflam||Energy Bar / Snacks|
|Paracetamol & Antibiotics||Water Bottle|
|Handy Plast & Crepe Bandage||Thermos|
|Iodine Tincture||Water Filter (optional)|
|Lip Balm||Hand Disinfectant|
|Quick Dry Towel||Tooth Brush|
|Poncho / Umbrella||Shampoo|
Our training goal is to get you physically and mentally prepared to face the climb with more confidence. The climbing goal will be to perform consistently throughout the adventure. Fitness for mountaineering requires a high overall level of physical conditioning. Both cardiovascular and motor fitness are needed to climb at varying levels of intensity and to navigate challenging terrain, often while carrying a loaded pack and at high altitudes.
Training goals are critically important and allow you to perform better at higher altitudes and enjoy the entire adventure. We suggest that you examine the physical requirements of the climb you are approaching and work on your fitness in different levels. Click here to Learn more about Trip Grades and choose what’s best for you!
Establish a timeline for your training program and focus on specific conditioning for better results. Along with your workouts try and add hikes and climbs in the outdoors whenever possible to get more comfortable with different terrains. Sound fitness gained through a well-guided program is the only best way to ensure a safe and successful adventure.
Mountaineering Fitness and Training
It may also be helpful to break down your training timeline into a number of key phases. These are:
Phase 1 : Base physical fitness
The first phase of getting prepared for your climb is to focus on your base fitness. You should incorporate a fitness routine that focuses on both cardiovascular fitness and motor fitness training. For those who are not used to intense workouts this phase will help you to kickstart your training. Remember that consistency is the first most important factor in achieving any goal. Combine your basic fitness regimes along with running and stair climbing. You are now ready for outdoor adventures.
Phase 2 : Training specific for the climb
Once you have established your base physical fitness, you will need to train specifically for the climb. Depending on the difficulty and intensity of the climb, add advanced workout sessions combined with uphill training. Try and do the same fitness routines with some added loads. Strength training combined with cardiovascular and motor fitness will help with the overall conditioning. This will take your workouts to the next level and help gear up for the mountaineering challenge ahead.
Phase 3 : Outdoor Training
Nothing can replace training in the real outdoors. In the final phase of your training, you should be attempting climbs which are similar to the ones you are approaching. It is great to test your endurance outdoors. This gives you a great edge in preparing for conditions similar to the ones you will encounter during your expedition. It isn’t always possible to find similar terrains close to where you live, but it is best to find a hike as close to the climb as possible. This is the best way to test your climbing gears as well.
Training goals and timeline
Working out for at least 5 days in a week is the best way to get your body physically prepared for the climb ahead. Regular and consistent training always gives the best result and keeps you highly motivated. Make sure that you workout regularly and also give enough time for rest and recovery. Keep it balanced and have a properly planned fitness routine and never overdo exercises to the point of injury. While 2 to 3 months is a good amount of time to train, starting your training earlier allows more time to adjust and prepare.
Click here to learn more about Training for your Upcoming Climb and get ready for the adventure!
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I recently completed the trek to Everest Base Camp with Protrek Adventure and it was a truly fantastic experience. Their extensive knowledge of the surrounding areas and the experience in mountaineering is truly inspiring. The arrangements were absolutely flawless and it was a great experience overall. Looking forward for many more trips with you in the future!
Very nice trekking agency. They perfectly organized for us trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in February 2020. They are open to participants’ ideas and suggestions, and there is a very friendly atmosphere during the trek. I would highly recommend 🙂
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