Upper Dolpo Trek - 24 Days

About Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek is the mystical journey to the far western part of Nepal. Trekking in the Upper Dolpo takes you to one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas, where there are no means of transportation and other basic infrastructure. Upper Dolpo Trekking is perfect for those who are seeking challenges and raw adventure. Even though the trail is not well-made, you get to see some of the oldest monasteries, rich Buddhist culture, BonPo culture, and stunning sceneries.

Upper Dolpo Trek 24 Days also let you explore the astonishing Phoksundo Lake. The trail passes by Phoksundo National Park, where you get to see a diverse range of flora and fauna. Likewise, you have to cross many long suspension bridges and passes during the trek. You get to explore 800 years old Shey Monastery and get to witness exclusive wildlife like snow leopards, blue sheep, etc. The trail also presents tempting views of Himalayan mountains like Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m), Kanjirowa Himal (6,612 m), Norbung Kang (6,085 m), Peak 6 (6,739 m), Peak 7 (6,105 m), etc. To know more about Upper Dolpo Trekking cost or anything related to the package, feel free to contact us anytime.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you have extra time to spend in Nepal, then we recommend you to extend the trip to Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek. We also offer tailor-made Upper Dolpo Trek packages to those who want to custom make their Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary.

Highlights

  • Explore the remote Upper Dolpo
  • Adventurous and beautiful trail
  • Trek through Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Spend time soaking mesmerizing beauty of Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Get to see exclusive wildlife like snow leopard, blue sheep, grey monkey, etc
  • Cross several passes
  • Trek through fine villages
  • Explore 800 years old Shey monastery
  • Get to observe Buddhists and BonPo cultures
  • Witness stunning views of Himalayan mountains like Dhaulagiri range, Kanjirowa Himal, Peak 6, Peak 7, etc

Itinerary

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Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of our team delegates will welcome you. He will take you to the hotel. Rese for a few hours, and later, explore the vibrant streets of Thamel. In the evening, have a welcome dinner with the team members.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

After having a delicious breakfast, you fly to Nepalgunj. The flight will offer beautiful landscape views. Upon landing at Nepalgunj airport, you move to the hotel. The evening is free to explore the local market.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Taking an early morning 35 minutes flight, you reach Juphal, the beginning point of the trek. From here, the trail descends through terraced fields to Thuli River. Crossing a big suspension bridge, you reach Shey Phoksundo National Park. Further, following the Suli Khola, you pass by lush pine, juniper, Cyprus, spruce, etc forest. The trail offers striking views of the Dhaulagiri range.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Continue trekking to the north of the valley and reach Saldang. The trail passes by many small settlement areas and enters Dolpo Valley. You will soon reach Amchi Hospital, where you spend the night.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Amchi Hospital, you continue trekking deep into the valley. Further, following the Phoksundo River, you reach Ringmo, the last big settlement area. From here, the trail gets wild and remote. A short walk from Ringmo will take you to stunning Phoksundo Lake.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

You spend the day strolling around the gorgeous Phoksundo Lake. It is a turquoise color freshwater lake. Phoksundo lake is also the deepest lake in Nepal. From here, you get to see wonderful views of Kanjirowa Himal (6,612 m). Likewise, you also visit many BonPo monasteries.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail follows the famous Demons Trail from the movie Himalaya (Caravan). The trail will get narrow at some parts. You ascend to a ridge from where you get to see superb landscape along with snow-capped Norbung Kang (6,085 m) in the south. Further, you drop down to the northern shore of the lake. From here, you ascend through a wide valley, crossing some streams and juniper forests to reach Chunemba.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail gets very quiet and narrow with huge rocks from here onward. Crossing a couple of streams, you will leave the main valley and pass by a narrow gorge. Further, a long steep climb will take you to Snowfields Camp for night stay. This name is given by Peter Matthiessen in his famous book called "The Snow Leopard".

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Snowfields Camp, the trail ascends from two and a half hours along a dusty path to Nagdalo La Pass, also known as Kang La Pass. From here, the trail drops down towards Shey Gompa. You pass by mani walls and chortens before reaching Shey Gompa.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, you visit Tsakang Gompa, which is more like a retreat than a monastery. Later, you visit Shey Gompa that belongs to the Chaiba community and built in the 11th century. Here, you get to see ancient Buddhists culture. Likewise, in the west of this monastery, you can see the Crystal mountain. It is a unique mountain with contorted cliffs laced with quartz and numerous types of marine fossils.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The day begins with crossing the Shey La Pass, which is also known as Glen La. The trail to the top of the pass will be steep and rugged. Upon reaching the top of the pass, you get to see fantastic views of the northern part of Tibetan plateau and Mustang in the east. From here, the trail descends to Namgung, where you get welcomed by friendly locals.

Overnight in the camp

Meals: 

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends steeply towards a ridge (4,700 m). From here, the trail descends on a steep slope and takes you to a beautiful Saldang village. This is the biggest village in the lower Dolpo.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Saldang, the trail moves to Sibu. Trekking through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, mani wall, and monastery, you reach Namdo. Further, you walk to Sibu, where you will camp for the night.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, after having breakfast, you begin trekking towards Lagmo Che. The trail gradually ascends through forested paths with a few scattered settlements. You get to see wonderful landscape views on the way.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends to Jeng La Pass from where you get to see stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range. From here, the trail descends to Tarap Valley. you reach Tarap Chu and move towards Tokyu for a night stay.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail moves east along the Tarap Chu. On the way, you come across many mani walls and chhortens. You can see a French School just outside the Dho Tarap village. Dho Tarap is a fine village with 34 houses and surrounded by irregular stones. Here, locals follow both Bonpo and Buddhists.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Dho Tarap behind, the trail passes by mani walls and chortens. You walk following the Tarap Khola and observe a gradual change in the landscape. Further, you ascend to a small pass and a descend to reach Sisaul.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Sisaul, the trail ascends to a small pass. The trail moves along a river valley with high rocks. Enjoying the barren landscape, you move towards Nawarpani. On the way, you might get to see sheep and snow leopards. From Nawarpani, the trail descends and passes by beautiful pine forests and takes you to Laina Odar.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Following a steep descent, the trail passes through pine forests and takes you to Laisicap (2,772 m). From here, you cross Thuli Bheri River on a large suspension bridge. Further, the trail steeply drops down. You then walk enjoying the beautiful landscape and pass by dense forests, where you might get to see grey monkeys.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Lingdo, the trail is pretty easy. After a few hours of walk, you reach a small village of Bazaar (2,427 m). From here onwards, you get to see landscapes similar to European Alps. Further, the trail descends and ascends to Dunai.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you move towards Juphal. The trail follows the same path. crossing an iron suspension bridge, you reach the Shey Phoksundo National Park. From here, you walk for two to three hours to reach Juphal.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

You take a back to back flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu. Both flights will be short and offer breath-taking aerial views. Upon landing at Kathmandu airport, you move to the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

It is an extra day in Kathmandu. As the day is not planned, you are free to do anything. If you want, we can arrange a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the local market and do shopping. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with the team members.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

Today, you fly back to your home. You will have breakfast and pack all your stuff. Later, as per your flight departure time, one of our team delegates will drop you at the airport.

  • Breakfast only

Cost Details

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Sightseeing Kathmandu with English speaking guide and entry fees.
  • Three times meal whiles on trekking, breakfast/lunch/dinner/tea/coffee/hot chocolate.
  • Accommodation in normal tea house during trek
  • All staffs and porters salary their insurances and food.
  • Dolpo trekking Map each person trekking map for group
  • Flight to Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-juphal-Nepalgunj-juphal
  • Hotel at Nepalgunj
  • All necessary paper work & permits
  • All ground transportation.
  • ACAP permit and Dolpa special permit.
  • 3 nights room at Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement.
  • Duffle bags.

Your food whiles staying Kathmandu

Your personal expenses like bar and beverage bill and soft and hard drink

Personal equipments, sleeping bag

Nepal entry visa fees

International flight

Tipping to crew

Travel insurance

Personal medical

Useful Information

Upper Dolpo Trek route

Upper Dolpo Trek 24 Days begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal. From here, you trek through Shey Phoksundo National Park and reach Shey Phoksundo Lake. The trail further goes through lush forests and small villages crossing gorges, streams, and suspension bridges. Crossing Nagdalo La Pass, you reach Shey Gompa and ascend towards Namgung via another pass called Shey La. Further, the trail passes by remote villages like Saldang, Sibu, Lagmo Che, and Tokyu to take you to Dho Tarap. From here, you gradually descend to Dunai and continue trekking towards Juphal.

Upper Dolpo Trek Permit

Trekking in the Upper Dolpo region is expensive. It is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, which requires a special permit from the government of Nepal to traverse. Plus, only 250 foreigners are allowed to enter the region every year. Below is the permit fee for trekking in Upper Dolpo:-

  • Lower Dolpo: USD 10 per week
  • Upper Dolpo: USD 50 per day (10-day minimum)

Moreover, you also have to pay Rs. 1000 entry fee of Shey Phoksundo National Park. You must have a tour operator to travel here with at least two people in the group not including the guide.

Upper Dolpo Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is not considered easy. The trail can get very tough, steep, and rugged at many points. Likewise, the remoteness and high altitude of the region is also one of the main reasons for this trek to be difficult. You have to spend many nights above 3,000 meters, which can be prone to altitude sickness. Therefore, we have designed our Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary including steady increase in elevation and ample rest days. Upper Dolpo Trek is not for beginners. You have to be in good health and strong physical fitness with high endurance and previous trekking experience to go on this trek.

Best time to go on Upper Dolpo Trek

The best time to visit Upper Dolpo is from March to April and October to November, when the weather is stable and the climate is mild. The bright days and clear sky make the journey pleasant during this time of the year. June to August is also the best time to go on trekking in Upper Dolpo because this part of Nepal does not receive rainfall during the rainy season.

Accommodation & Meals

Upper Dolpo Trekking is a fully camping trek, which means all the food supplies and equipment will be carried by the crew members. You might see some basic teahouses in some villages, but that is not good enough to rely on. You stay overnight in high-quality sleeping tents. All the members of the team will be given single sleeping tents with a shared dining and washroom tents.

Similarly, the meals will be cooked by our trained team members. You get three meals a day. If you want, you can carry some snacks to munch on the way. We will offer you a good variety of dishes during trekking like rice, curries, eggs, meat, soup, pasta, toast, sandwich, porridge, tea, coffee, momo, noodles, etc.

Communication & Electricity

You can find network coverage on many routes, however the network is not reliable. At some high point, there can be no network at all. We highly recommend you to carry a local SIM card for better service. You can find electricity in the villages to charge your batteries, but we recommend you to carry solar rechargeable batteries. As the region gets remote, you will mostly see solar power and micro-hydro power used by the locals. Do know that, you may have to pay a few extra bucks if you are willing to charge your batteries.

Travel Insurance

Upper Dolpo Trekking requires well-covered travel insurance. The travel insurance must include air evacuation and medical bills at least. We also recommend having flight cancellation and loss or theft of personal property in the travel insurance. If you fail to provide travel insurance, then you will not be eligible to join Upper Dolpo Trek. You have to take travel insurance from your country as Nepal does not issue travel insurance for foreigners.

Guide & Porter

During the Upper Dolpo Trek, you will be guided by our best trekking guide who is well known with the trail to Upper Dolpo. Our guides are well-trained and certified to lead groups in the remote region of the Himalayas. They are specialized under intensive wilderness first aid, authorized certificate of trekking guide training, fluent in speaking English and other major languages, conservation & biodiversity, and rock climbing. To make the journey more smooth, a few porters will also accompany you.

Environmental Contribution

Tourism can be a big threat to nature and the fragile Himalayan environment if not well-planned. We make sure our trips in the Himalayas do not harm and damage it. Therefore, we run eco-friendly and sustainable trips. Likewise, we also work for the betterment of the mountain people. For that, we have established a small organization that supports the education of children from underprivileged families.