Upper Dolpo Trekking

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Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the most remote treks in Nepal, in the far west region, near the Tibetan border. The upper region is blessed with natural and cultural diversity and is covered by the largest Shey-Phoksundo National Park and the largest district in Nepal. Dolpo region is largely covered by mountains, hills and high passes and is inhabited by fewer people. Large part of Dolpo is geographically connected with Tibetan border hence you can find here many similarities of Tibetan language, religion, and customs where people follow Bon religion.

Both lower and Upper Dolpo are rich in its natural biodiversity but the difficulty arises because of its remoteness. The regular vehicle track is not yet opened regularly to reach its capital Dunai from where the trekking starts. Lacking of the tourist infrastructure is the greatest problem in Dolpo region. It is the main reason that we need to carry all the required food supplies and camp while trekking.

Upper Dolpo Trekking is blessed with the richness of the flora and fauna inside the largest Shey Phoksundo National park of Nepal where you can find snow leopard, the blue sheep, the Himalayan rabbit, and the mountain goat. Beside the wilderness, the mountain landscape, the deep blue lake, the isolated village and the people’s friendliness, and the religion of those who still practice the pre-Buddhist religion Bonpo whose modern form is officially accepted as the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the 800 year old well preserved Shey monastery.

Geographical Description of Upper Dolpo:

Upper Dolpo trekking is surrounded by the view of the Dhaulagiri massif at 8156m, the Annapurna and Kanjirowa, Putha Hiunchuli and Churen Himal Dolpo Trek mountains are found in the shaded area and in the autonomous region of Tibet, culturally influenced by Tibetan culture and religion. We need special permissions to visit in the Dolpo region.

Upper Dolpo Trek, known for its natural beauty, a hidden and isolated trans-Himalayan region, offers you the most extraordinary trekking experience that you will never forget. Ask us to take part in this excursion and make your holiday unforgettable.

Group size: 2-12 people
Max-Altitude: Saldang La Pass-5100m
SEASONS January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Fitness level: Difficult
Accommodation Tea House, Hotel,Camping
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.  *Accommodations
All meals during the trek Professional guide and porters to carry your luggage (Max-20kg for two person)
Extra Drinks
Guide gratuity

How to reach Upper Dolpo and return back:

Upper Dolpo trekking lies in remote far western part of Nepal. The road condition of Capital Dunai of Dolpo district is built but it is still in poor condition. There is no regular vehicle service available for Dunai. Hence, most of the Dolpo Trek starts from Kathmandu or Nepalgunj. There are regular bus service that connects to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu or you can fly directly to the Terai town of Nepalgunj and take a flight of 35 minutes for the small airstripe of Jhupal and descend down to district headquarter of Dolpo,  Dunai by walking. Roads are under construction and improving regularly since few years in western Nepal, but not in excellent condition. It generally takes three weeks to cover all the lower and Upper Dolpo region staying 2 or 3 more days in Kathmandu or Nepalgunj.

Permits & Regulations to enter in Upper  Dolpo and Lower Dolpo Region:

Permits of both lower and upper Dolpo are expensive. However, if you only visit Lower Dolpo the permission is not expensive but if you cover both of the region then you must pay two permits

  • Lower Dolpo: $10 USD per week
  • Upper Dolpo: $50 USD per day (10-day minimum)
  • Entry free of Shey-Phoksundo National Park-$10 or 1000 Rs per person.

It is mandatory to take a trekking guide while organized trekking in Dolpo region. All of the permits and entry fees are arranged by your tour operators.


Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350 meters).

Our airport representative from our agency will meet you at the international airport and transfer you to the respective hotel.


Day 2: Visit of the Kathmandu valley:

Guided tour of the world heritage site of the Kathmandu valley which includes the ancient Hindu temple, royal palaces, stupas and Buddhist monasteries of Kathmandu, Swyambhunath and Duran square in Patan. Meeting for the Night trek at the hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 3: Fly to the city of Nepalgunj,

One hour in flight, and visit the city of Nepalgunj. Overnight in Nepalgunj, the Indian border of Nepal is a few kilometers from Nepalgunj.


Day 4: Flight to Juphalet trek to Dunai 2850m:

Take the morning flight from Nepalgunj  to Jhuphal. Sometimes there may be a delay or flight cancellation due to technical and weather problems. It is a 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. We walk for 3 hours an easy walk to reach Dunai passing by terrace fields and narrow canyon of Bheri River, administrative city of the Dolpo region. Visit the small town and spend the night at the camp or in Hotel.


Day 5: Trek to Ankhe 3000m:

Our trekking starts today in Dunai to reach the village of Ankhe, literally Eyes in English by crossing the suspension bridge. As the trial continues, we meet confluence of two river Suli Gad and Thulo Bheri. We continue our trial by the upstream of Sulighat with the view of Kagmara Peak.  We descend down through deep forest till we reach Ankhe.Night at the tent camp. Six hours of Trekking.


Day 6: Ankhe to Sulighat 3120m:

Today’s trial climbs and descends along the shore of the river and climbs in a stone stairs to reach Sulighat. During the trek, we will meet several villages on and various landscapes until we Sulighat. Overnight at tented camp. Six hours of Trekking.


Day 7: Sulighat to Lake Phoksundo 3600m:

We continue our journey along the valley until the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. Crossing the bridge over the river, we continue towards the west bank of PungmoKhola and cross the village of Palam. From the crest of the village of Palam, we can admire the view of Lake Phoksundo and the highest waterfall in Nepal. We Continue our walk passing by Ringmo village and rest by the shore of Lake Phoksundo. Explore the beautiful and large lake of Phoksundo. Overnight in tented camp. 5 hours of walking.


Day 8: Phoksundo Khola Trekking 3500m:

We will hike today on the rugged and rocky terrain of PhoksundoKholad from Lake Phoksundo and we will finally stop after six hours of trekking near the shore of PhoksundoKhola. Overnight in tented camps. 5 hours of trekking.


Day 9: Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang 4400m:

Another day, another destination, our trial takes us to Phoksundo Bhanjyang passing through the glacial valley and the union of rivers and mountain meadows. Finally, there is a view of the Kangla pass which leads us to Shey Gumba. Overnight at tented camp. 7 hours of trekking.


Day 10: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gumba:

Today, we will cross the Kangla pass at 5240 m above sea level and the trek will end at Shey Gombas on 4160 m. The trekking tests are difficult but the views are incredible and fantastic on the fantastic view of the river, valleys, mountains and meadows. It will take three hours to reach the  pass and descend to the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries known as Shey Gumba. Overnight at tented camp. 5240m, 6.30 hours of trekking.


Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa 4160m:

Shey Gompa was established in the 11th century, where the Buddhist monks of the Kagyupa school study the Buddhist religion. Shey gompa is also a retreat center because of the Crystal Mountain located  north of Shey Gumba. The Kangju Nala and Yeju Nala rivers passed at this region. We understand Tibetan culture, Buddhist traditions, tour of stone mani, prayer wheels and flags all around, as they influence Tibetan religion and culture. Overnight in tent camps.


Day 12: Shey Gumba to Namgung 4430m:

After a full day rest at Shey Gumba, today  we continue trek to Namgung village via the Saldang la pass 5100m in Nankhyang valley of Dolpo. The trial is a difficult trial and there is a new monastery in the village of Namgung. There is a beautiful view of the upper Mustang and the Tibetan plateau from Saldang on a clear day. The occupation of the villagers Namgungest livestock and trade with Tibet. Namgung is a small village located in the remote part of Dolpo, but it offers a good view of the village life and this region. Overnight at tented camp. 7 hours of trek. 7 hours of trek.


Day 13: Namgung to Saldang 3770m:

Saldang is one of the largest and most populated in the Dolpo region. A comfortable three-hour walk across the country leads us to the village of Sandang. This place is an old trade route to Tibet which makes the village more popular among tourists. Overnight in tent camps. 3 hours of trek.


Day 14: Saldang to Sibu 3942m:

We leave the village of Saldang to continue our trial until the village of SIbu passing through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, piles of Mani stones and the Chaiba monastery. We will then cross Namdo, the next village is also prosperous with sixty houses having only four hundred inhabitants. There are two monasteries in Namdo one in the river bed and another in the cliff. We again continue two hours of walking to reach in small settlement of Sibu village. Overnight in a tented camps. Six hours of trekking.


Day 15: Trek to Jengla Phedi 4480m:

Our next destination for today is Jingla Phedi. By leaving Sibu, we are following the yak trials today, which are the only means of transport in this region. The terrestrial landscape and the isolated way give you extraordinary sensations and experiences for life. Overnight at tented camp. 6 hours of trekking.


Day 16: Jengla Phedi-Jengla Pass-Tokyu Gaon 4200m:

Going up two hours earlier, we will reach the Jenglas pass at 5090m and descend to Tokyu Gaon. The view of the Dhaulagiri massif is incredible from this pass. Finally, descend to the Tarpa Valley and camp today near the Tokyu Monastery. 6 hours of trekking.


Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap 4100m:

Today we will walk to the beautiful valley of Tarap. This valley is inhabited by Sherpa and Magars people where the influence of Tibetan culture and traditions is perceptible. We will have enough time to search the village and meet the inhabitants of the Tarap valley. Overnight at DhoTarapin the tent camps. 5 hours of trekking.


Day 18: Trek to Serkam 3630m:

Today, the trekking route is quite long for. We need minimum 7 hours to reach the village of Serkam. Today’s trial is descending down most of the time. We may be able to meet local people with their sheep and yaks. The narrow trial finally leads us to the tent camp near the river valley. Overnight in a tented camp. 7 hours of walk.


Day 19: Trek to Khani Gaon 2550m:

After crossing different trials and superb gorges and streams along the river, we arrive in Khanigaon. Seven hours of walking lead us to the Khani Gaon campsite. Overnight in a tented camp. 7 hours of walk.


Day 20: Khanigaon to Tarakot 2280m:

After breakfast, we will leave for Tarakot crossing forests, rivers, gorges and cultivated fields. The journey will take 4 hours to reach the Tarakot valley. You can see different cultures in the fertile valley of Tarakot. Sandul gompa is the main attraction of Tarakot. Overnight in a tented camps.


Day 21: Return to Dunai 2140m:

After long days of trekking, we finally now return to Dunai passing Lawan village and Byasgadi village along the side of thulo Bheri river. We started our hike to Lake Shey Phoksund from Dunai , we find Dunai again. Overnight in a hotel at Dunai.


Day 22: Return to Juphal 2475m:

Returning to Juphal after 3 hours of walking. Revisit the small town of Juphal. Overnight at tented camp or in a lodge.


Day 23: Return to Nepalgunj and back finally to Kathmandu:

Take a flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj and take the afternoon flight for Kathmandu. Rest day in Kathmandu.


Day 24: Rest and Farwell in Kathmandu:

After a memorable experience, we will finally take a rest and farewell in Kathmandu.  We will then leave you at  the international aiprot to continue the destination of your choice.


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