Tradition & Culture in Upper Dolpo
Upper Dolpo is mostly influenced by the Bon Po and Buddhist culture. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis. We will interact with locals and also experience their lifestyle, tradition, and culture. You will be shocked by few of their practices like having the same wife for all the brother in a family, feeding the dead body to a vulture or throwing them into a river. Besides, that people residing here are one of the kindest and most welcoming so don't feel shy to interact with them. Moreover, the isolation of this region has contributed immensely to conserve the cultural heritage and tradition for centuries.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis in the hotel. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. During the trek to Upper Dolpo, we will stay in camp.
Meals & Drinking Water during the Upper Dolpo Trek
In Upper Dolpo Trekking, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be cooked by the porters who knows cooking. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu and Nepalgunj you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Upper Dolpo Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness
Upper Dolpo Trek is a moderate trek. The trails are not so difficult and challenging in terms of technical climbing but, do includes 5-7 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health to go on this trek. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great but, it's not mandatory to go on Upper Dolpo Trekking.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Season to go on Upper Dolpo Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to October) are the best seasons to go the Upper Mustang Trek. During this time of the year, the weather is pleasant, the sky is clear and there is almost no chance of snowfall.
Upper Dolpo Trek Permit
Dolpo is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region. Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you need to get special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Upper Dolpo Trek:
Upper Dolpo restricted area permit for foreigners: USD 500 per person for the first 10 days & USD 50 per day thereafter.
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
There is also a Rs. 1000 entry fee for the Shey-Phoksundo National Park.
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
*These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Upper Dolpo Trekking?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Upper Dolpo Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed Upper Dolpo Trekking itinerary to provide you all of the raw experience of Upper Dolpo. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.