Upper Dolpo Trek - 22 Days

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  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Dolpa
  • Max. Altitude: 5350m/17552ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Dolpo Region Trek is one of the most isolated and least developed areas to consider trekking in Nepal. Dolpo region is situated on the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and is the highest inhabited land in the western Nepal. Dolpo, a land beyond the Himalayas, captures mysterious views of ancient monasteries, blue sheep, and snow leopards. Dolpo region has been strictly off limits until 1990, which has helped the traditions and ways of life to remain intact for decades. Dolpo has gained an immense attention since the first trek which was organized by a British tour operator in 1990. Since the release of Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard” and David Snellgrove’s Himalayan Pilgrimage has contributed significantly to highlight and popularize this region.

The trek to Upper Dolpo begins from Jhupal and extends all the way to Shey Gompa which is the primary goal to every trekker who wishes to trek in this region. This route passes through many gigantic mountains like Mt Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba, passing through the lower Dolpo region at one point of time. This region is famous for the legendary Shey Monastery, Phoksundo Lake, snow leopards, blue sheep and Yak herders. Though this region is a part of Nepal but is greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture and preserves few of the last leftovers of traditional Tibetan culture. Phoksundo Lake is a major attraction in this region with greenish blue color water and over 1500 meter depth makes it is a remarkable art of nature, also this is the only place where people still practice the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion. Our path passes through Cedar Forest, spectacular waterfalls, Phoksundo Park, and Palam. The landscapes here are very desolate and the villages at a height of 4300 m and above are even more isolated and pure. Camping is also an important part of this trek and is a necessity at some places.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj Fly (150m/492ft)

Day 4: Fly to Jhupal (2320m/7611ft) and trek to Dunai (2850m/9,348ft)2-3 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Ankhe (2896m/9,499ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Palam (3820m/12532ft) 7 hrs

Day 7: Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3620m/11876ft) 4 hrs

Day 8: Exploration day at Shey Phoksundo

Day 9: Trek to Salla Ghari (3700m/12139ft) 5 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Lar Tsa (4120m/13517ft) 6 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4320m/14173ft) 6 hrs

Day 12: Rest day for acclimatization

Day 13: Trek to Namgung (4430m/14534ft) 7 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Saldang (4050m/13287ft) 3 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Jengla (4480m/13385ft) 5 hrs

Day 16: Trek to Tarap (4200m/13779ft) 3 hrs

Day 17: Trek to Serkam (3600m/11811ft) 6 hrs

Day 18: Trek to Tarakot (2543m/8343ft) 5 hrs

Day 19: Trek to Dunai (2100m/6889ft) 5 hrs

Day 20: Trek to Jhupal (2320m/7611ft) 3 hrs

Day 21: Fly to Nepalgunj and connect another flight to Kathmandu

Day 22: Departure from TIA, “Farewell!”

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Welcome to the land of Himalaya at (1350m/4429ft). You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

On you second day in Nepal, you will start your morning after breakfast and head toward Pashupatinath Temple one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage places. Then on to Boudhanath & Swaymnbhunath Stupa (UNESCO sites). These two Stupas are sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhist people. Half of your day will be sightseeing and remaining half day will bein preparation for your trekking. Your guide will provide you details about the trek and if you have any query regarding the trek then you can ask your guide. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

It’s a 1-hour flight this morning to Nepalgunj, a border town near the India-Nepal border located in the Terai lowlands area. The rest of your day will be spent sightseeing around the local bazaar by horse and cart (Optional). The Bageshowri Temple is also very popular and worth visiting in the early evening. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nepalgunj.

A 35-minute flight takes us to Jhupal. An incredible mountain flight which takes us over mountain ridges and valleys with majestic mountains as a backdrop. Jhupal is a small village with a small airstrip amongst the mountains and hills. From here we trek for a few hours until we reach Dunai, the district headquarters of the Dolpo district. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Dunai.

Leaving Dunai this morning we cross a suspension bridge and head west uphill towards Thulo Bheri valley. On the way to Phoksundo River valley, we will be welcomed by a great view of Kagmara Peak. We trek through fir and juniper forest before reaching Ankhe. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Aankhe.

It’s a long day of trekking today as we walk through the beautiful forest and raging rivers. Local yak herders can be seen along the way as the trail winds up and down before reaching Palam. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Palam.

Today we trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of the highlights of this trek. Before reaching the lake we can see the Phoksundo waterfall, the highest waterfall in Nepal. Then we descend to the small picturesque village, Ringmo Village. Here you can witness people following Bonpo Religion, religion related to Buddhism but it is older than Buddhism.  We can view the stunning view of glorious view of mountains from the point. We will view the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake during the trek.The lake is popular for its pristine beauty. Overnight stay at Tented Camp near the lake.

Today we will spend the day exploring the area adjacent to the lake. This area was where the famous movie “Caravan” was filmed. You will have the chance to meet the local people and learn about their Buddhist and Bon traditions. Overnight stay at Tented Camp near the lake.

This is the day that we enter the restricted area of Upper Dolpo. Our route follows the famous trail where the movie “Caravan” was filmed. We trek past Lake Ringmo through pine forest and under the canopy of snow-capped peaks as we make our way to Salla Ghari. Kanjirowa Himal (6612m/21692ft) is visible along the way. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Salla Ghari.

The trekking trail gets steeper now as we are ascending quite rapidly through high rock walls and several streams. The landscape here is becoming very barren but it’s beauty is breathtaking. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Lar Tsa.

Today we cross the Kang La Pass (5350m/17552ft) after around 3 hours of difficult trekking from Lar Tsa. From here it’s a descent for another 3 hours before we reach Shey Gompa (4320m/14173ft). Shey Gompa is a small village with a Buddhist Gompa that is several hundred years old and is considered to be the spiritual center of Dolpo. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Shey Gompa.

It’s a day to rest for acclimatization process today which gives us the chance to explore the Monastery and adjoining areas. We can visit with the local Sherpa people. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Shey Gompa.

Today we cross the Shey-La Pass (5094m/16712ft). Crossing the Pass we can enjoy the panoramic view of the Tibetan plateau before descending to the village of Namgung (4430m/14534ft). Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Namgung.

From Namgung we have to ascend about 4700m and descend steep slopes to reach the village of Saldang (4050m/13287ft). This is a large village housing many families of the region. The village is prosperous, not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Saldang.

Today we trek to Jengla (4480m/13385ft). We pass through terraced fields and Monasteries on the way before arriving at Namdo, half way to our destination. A couple more hours of trekking see us our destination. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Jengla. 

It’s a short trekking day today and is quite easy. There is a French School just outside Tarap. In Tarap we spend time visiting Buddhist Gompas, interacting with the local Sherpa people and learning the art of weaving Thankas. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Tarap.

The trek today is quite adventurous as we follow the Tarap Khola River passing through a narrow and deep gorge heading mostly downhill. We may see the locals bringing sheep, yaks  Serkam. and goats down from high pastures for the winter if we are lucky. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Serkam.

It’s an exciting day today as we head downhill from Serkam. We cross small rivers on stepping stones and long suspension bridges as we pass through fields of millet, barley, buckwheat, chilli and marijuana. Tarakot is a small and prosperous village of the Dolpo region and is extremely popular around the otherwise barren region. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Tarakot.

It’s a relatively easy trek today as we walk along the banks of the Bheri River before reaching Dunai. Dunai is a district headquater of Dolpo District. Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Dunai.

We climb uphill today before reaching Jhupal which was the starting point and is the ending point for our trek. We have the chance to relax in our guesthouse after our long trek. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Juphal. 

We have a transit day today. An early morning mountain flight sees us at Nepalgunj from where we take another flight to Kathmandu. Don’t forget the savor the incredible mountain view from your flight. Upon arrival at Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour our wonderful Himalayan country. There will be heart touching relationship between you and our company during this journey. We will be missing you and praying for your safe return home.


  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis.
  • 1 night accommodation in Napalgunj
  • 1 night in Jhupal and 1 night in Dunai
  • Tented camp during your trekking
  • Mountain flights and local flights
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Dolpo National Park fees, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Trekking equipment i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Official expenses.


  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

Route Map

Trip highlights

  • Explore Shey Phoksundo Lake (Deepest lake of Nepal) 
  • Cross challenging passes of Kang La (5360m), Saldang La (5200m), and Jeng La (5090m)
  • Witness practice of  Bonpo culture and Tibetan Buddhist Culture
  • Shey Gompa- an 800 years Old Buddhist monastery
  • Pristine mountains, Flora & Fauna, unique culture of Wild West

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