Dolpo Trek

Based on 5 Reviews
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate


Dolpo is among those very few places on earth where time seems to have frozen due to its remoteness and lack of connection with the modern world as its tall mountains and high passes act as a natural barrier. Our Upper Dolpo Trek will quench the thirst of those intrepid travelers who are longing for a pure wilderness experience in Nepal.

Unlike other trekking areas of Nepal with relatively good infrastructure, Dolpo region remains underdeveloped where facilities are very rudimentary but this challenge is compensated by its natural treasures such as wind-swept valleys, turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountains, beautiful people and their rich culture. Dolpo area abounds with many medicinal and aromatic herbs among which cordicepssenensis is the most popular one which is marketed in neighboring China for its valuable medicinal properties. Similarly, Dolpo is also home to the famous but elusive snow leopard and other animals like blue sheep, wild yaks, Himalayan marmot and many exotic birds such as golden eagle and lammergeier.

Peter Matthiessen, a famous American novelist has written a book called the Snow Leopard, which speaks a lot about the Dolpo region and its people. There is also a movie called the Himalaya (Caravan) directed by Eric Valle, a French director who is also a long time National Geographic photographer. The entire movie was filmed here and was even nominated for the Oscars.

One of the main highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek is Phoksundo, a beautiful turquoise lake which lies within the Shey Phoksundo National Park. Besides being predominantly Buddhist area, Dolpo also has a population of Bon believers who follow animism which used to be practiced before the arrival of Buddhism. Upper Dolpo Trek gives you a nice blend of wilderness experience with comfort where you can explore one of the remote parts of Nepal without roughing it up too much.

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For anyone considering doing a Nepal tour, we highly recommend Binoy Rai, the owner of Mystic Himalaya Trekking and Expedition. We were really impressed by the efficiency, courtesy and the caring attitude demonstrated by Binoy in handling all our questions in such an easy manner. We highly recommend them for any future travelling prospects.

EBC 2018 – Amazing

I completed the Everest Base Camp trek with my wife and two great friends in October 2018. The trip was amazing with some of the best scenery on the planet. The Nepalese people are wonderful and so welcoming to visitors. Our trip and itinerary was perfectly put together by Binoy and the team at Mystic Himalaya and the trek superbly guided by Chogyal. This was my second EBC trek organized by Binoy and we’re already planning our return in 2020 to explore the Annapurna region. I highly recommend Mystic Himalaya Trekking and look forward to my next trek with them.
Sunshine Coast, Australia


After my husband's 12 years of incessant nagging, I finally agreed to trek to Everest Base Camp. Having kept in contact with Binoy from his last trek 16 years ago, we had the privilege of trekking with Mystic Himalaya. The professionalism and care shown by the Mystic team was outstanding. From the moment we were picked up from the airport, to the moment we were dropped back, we were completely taken care of. Everything was so well organised, and our trekking crew, Chogyal, Pemba, Buddhi and Sujan were fantastic, every step of the way. We will definitely be back.

Wonderful trip to Nepal

We recently went on a trek and tour with Mystic Himalaya Trekking. It was one of the most adventurous and fun trips we have ever been on. One of the owners and our trekking guide named Binoy was the absolute best. I can’t even begin to say how informative he was about the area and how he attended to our every need. He has his own personal crew that hauled our bags and they cooked all our meals. They were so delicious. I would recommend anyone considering going on a trek to Nepal to check them out. I can’t imagine anyone else could be better than they were. Thanks for a memorable and amazing trip.
Brad and Vicki Godfrey,

Absolutely the best Nepal Guides

My son and I had the privilege of trekking with Pranoy and Pemba in the Mustang district, and it was an amazing experience. What sets the Mystic Himalaya experience above other treks is the depth of cultural knowledge and history that the guides have to offer. In addition to breathtaking scenery, we got a fascinating look at the history, architecture, and culture of that region, presented by a guide who is articulate and very well-educated in his field. And let's talk about logistics. We managed to hit the tail end of the monsoon season and got a LOT of rain. With limited time (only one week), our Plan A was to fly to Jomsom and start trekking there. Since planes weren't flying (and didn't for 3 more days), Pranoy got us a driver. We drove for a day and were halted by a massive landslide. Pranoy came up with a new itinerary, and we got some spectacular hiking on our way to Jomsom. With each new "obstacle," Pranoy came up with a new plan and we had a superb trek. We were joking that we went through Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc. and were on Plan E by the end. Every bit of it was gorgeous and a lot of fun! With all of those changes, we felt safe and extremely well cared-for. Food was excellent -- supervised and sometimes prepared by Pemba. Accommodations were very comfortable and exceeded expectations. Best of all, Pranoy stayed in constant communication with locals and other guides to ensure our safety every step of the way. With this team, you are working with real professionals that have guided for National Geographic. I wouldn't trek with anyone else -- they are the best!

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