Upper Dolpo Trek - 25 Days

Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: As per Itinerary
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel,tea houses and camps(tents)
  • Group Size: 02 to 12 pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,360M
  • Starts in: Kathmandu Nepal
  • Ends in: Kathmandu Nepal


  • The pristine Phoksundo Lake
  • Isolated arid terrain and unique landscape
  • Shey Gompa and other Buddhist monasteries
  • Alpine meadows and challenging high passes
  • The picturesque inner Dolpo valley

About Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trekking is a trek that leads you through the spiritually prosperous villages located in the remote terrain of the Dolpo region. The route of the trek goes through the typical village of the pre-Buddhist era and the mixed landscape. The adventurous trek is bitterly known to be the combined form of the Buddhist culture and the remote countryside landscape beyond the Dhaulagiri peak.

Trek to Upper Dolpo begins from Juphal, the gateway of the Dolpo region. Trekkers can feel the difference and the unique feature of the Dolpo region from the very beginning of the trek. Phoksundo Lake, which is largely spread blue Lake, is the naturally loaded beauty that represents the features of this remote part of Nepal. Shey Gompa is another awesome attraction, where Tibetan monks and Buddhist devotees come to pray, meditate and to get new insights. During the trekking to Upper Dolpo, you will get an opportunity to explore the last commune of pure Tibetan culture. People in some of the inner Dolpo valley, follow the animal husbandry profession and also involved in agriculture. Kang La pass (5360m), Saldang La pass (4,785m), Jeng La (4369m) and Jeng La pass (4845m) and other high passes increase the technicality in the trek. The trail still has got jaw dropping rocky boulders that you have to overcome.

Adventure Bound Nepal arranges Upper Dolpo Trek with the professional Himalayan leaders and experienced crew along with the excellent services. Please, feel free to contact us for the detailed information about the trek.


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Welcome to Nepal. You will be greeted by the representative of Adventure Bound Nepal and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, we give you a short briefing about the trip overview. Overnight at hotel.  

    We set out for the sightseeing in Kathmandu after the breakfast. Visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, you can have a unique idea about the cultural knowledge and about the religiosity. Then back to the hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight at hotel. 

      Today, we fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is located at the border region of the Terai. After check-in at the hotel, we set out for the tour around the city. Overnight at hotel. 

        In the morning, we fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal of Dolpo. The landscape of the Dolpo region is different than other part. It is arid and isolated. Meeting our trip crew, we begin to trek from Juphal to Dunai, the district center of the Dolpo. Overnight at tented camp. 

          As we begin the trek, we cross the Sulighad River and head further to Ankhe, directing more wests. The surprising scenery of the cultivating land eventually appears in this desert landscape. Mostly, the Himalayan crops like barley and buckwheat are grown in this area. Walking gradually, we reach to Ankhe. Overnight at tented camp. 

            We begin to trek in the alpine zone, steadily increasing. The trail becomes congested and the rock boulder offers the thrill in the trek. We climb down to the River bank and eventually ascend towards the ridge, which offers the enticing scenery of the Dolpo surroundings. Then we reach to Renje. Overnight at tented camp.

              After the breakfast, we begin to trek through the less technical trail, but the altitude is again increasing. We follow the River bank and on the waterfalls beside the trail offers the magnificent scenery. We reach to the outstanding setting of the nature, prevailed by the huge blue Lake, which is known as the Phoksundo Lake, passing the Ringmo village. Overnight at tented camp. 

                We enjoy the tranquil scenery of the surroundings of the Phoksundo Lake. From here, we head towards more isolated and remote part. Today, we follow the Phoksundo stream and sometimes climbing to the hill ridge and descending again to the River bank. Finding the suitable location, we stay on the meadow. Overnight at tented camp. 

                  We begin the trek after the breakfast, walking along the River bank. The higher we climb, the spectacular scenery we can explore. The hidden alpine valleys extremely allure us that are undisturbed. Steadily, we reach to the Phoksundo Bhanjyang, waiting for the high pass on the following day. Overnight at tented camp. 

                    We begin to trek early in the morning as we are crossing the 5000 meter pass. due to the high altitude, we need to walk slowly so that acclimatization will not be the issue in the trip. From the pass, we climb down continually to the River bank and ultimately reach to the Shey Gompa, wonderfully located in the outstanding location. 

                      The day, we spend exploring. Shey Gompa is a spiritual center in the Upper Dolpo region, which is very popular for the Tibetan monks and Buddhist devotees to meditate. The monastery is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, which was built in the 11th century. The artistic monastery and its spiritual significance make our day superb. Overnight at tented camp. 

                        Beginning the trek from Shey Gompa, we follow the gentle trail and eventually it ascends theough the juniper forest. It goes towards the ridge and the top of the Saldang La Pass, which is close to 5000 meters. The pleasant scenery entices us. Then we descend through the grazing meadows that are normally busy with the cattle. We reach to Namduna village and rest. Overnight at tented camp. 

                          Leaving Namduna village, we walk through the arid part of the countryside. Then we climb for few hours through the steep trail that offers the view of the Saldang village. Climbing down from the ridge, we gradually trek to the Saldang. It is a densely populated village in the inner Dolpo. It is also a widely cultivated region that has become possible for the people to survive. Overnight at tented camp. 

                            Leaving Saldang, we trek towards the Nagon stream and crossing it, the barrend landscape begins. Then we trek down to Marang Gaon. Passing Yangze Gompa, we proceed towards Sibu, passing the Mani stones and Chaiba monastery. Crossing Nam Khong stream and passing the Namdo monastery, we reach to Sibu. Overnight at tented camp. 

                              From Sibu, we follow the Nam stream and walking steadily, we reach to the juncture of two tiny streams. We may see the Yak caravans that are for the trade purpose. We reach to the base of Jeng La Pass, setting the camp at the Phedi and take a rest. Overnight at tented camp. 

                                To cross the Jeng La Pass, we begin to trek early in the morning. It takes s a couple of hours to reach the top that stunningly offers the view of Dhaulagiri massif of the north face. Then we climb down from the ridge through the Tarap valley and following the Tarap Chu River, we reach to Tokyu village. Overnight at tented camp. 

                                  After the breakfast at Tokyu Gaon, we climb down through the green hill side, which is opposite than the barren inner Dolpo. We find the Tibetan Bon Po sect Buddhists prevailed around the locality. Continually, we reach to Dho Tarap. Overnight at tented camp.

                                    Leaving Dho Tarap, we trek down through the fine trail leading to the wide and picturesque village. Then we walk through the treeline and the bushes. We can see some fauna, including blue sheep. Reaching the juncture, we follow the Tarap River bank towards the east and set the tents on Serkam. Overnight at tented camp.

                                      From Serkam, we walk along the Tarap River gorge and walk along the grazing meadows that are mostly used by the local people in the winter. The random gorges occur on the trail. We cross various wooden bridges that typically represent the isolated part. Heading beyond the Tarap Khola, we reach to Khani Gaon and take a rest. Overnight at tented camp. 

                                        From Khani Gaon, we walk through the woods and pass through the gorge that leads us to the River bank. Visiting the Sandul Gompa can be a wonderful itinerary for you. Then we descend to thr Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. Taking the route along the Bheri River, we reach to the Tarakot village. Overnight at tented camp. 

                                          From Tarakot, we begin to trej following the Bheri River bank crossing the bridge. Then the trail leads towards the Thuli Bheri River. The route becomes easy after passing Byas Gadhi. Passing Lochakhola village, we reach to Dunai after a short climb. Overnight at tented camp. 

                                            We trek back to Juphal from Dunai, which is the last day of the trekking in the mountain. Reaching early, we do our personal things as cleaning and washing. Then we wait for the flight on the following day. Overnight at tented camp. 

                                              From Juphal, we fly back to Nepalgunj and connect a flight to Kathmandu, enjoying the Himalayan views and the green hills. Then, transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and take a rest. Overnight at hotel.

                                                After the tiresome trip of the Upper Dolpo Trek, we take a rest day in Kathmandu. This is also a reserve day in case the flight gets delayed in Dolpo due to the weather. Overnight at hotel.

                                                  According to the time of your flight, our Airport representative drops you to the International Airport for your final departure. Thank you for joining us for your trekking in Nepal. See you again. 

                                                    Cost Details

                                                    • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van
                                                    • 3 night standard twin sharing hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
                                                    • Kathmandu city sightseeing tours  by private car / van
                                                    • Flight fare from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal -Nepalgunj-Kathmandu including transport and airport tax airport taxes.
                                                    • Full board meal (veg. /non veg.) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with Tea & coffee.
                                                    • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
                                                    • Twin sharing tented accommodation and other equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully water proof two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils, toilet tents etc.
                                                    • A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek. A cook, Kitchen helper, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine.
                                                    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
                                                    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
                                                    • Down sleeping bag / Jackets, (If you don't have you own)
                                                    • Special Trekking upper Dolpo permit and other required paper documents.
                                                    • All our government taxes tourist service charges. official expenses.
                                                    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                                                    • Nepal Visa fee 
                                                    • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees.
                                                    • Your Travel and rescue insurance
                                                    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
                                                    • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)