Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo is a high altitude region in the Dolpo district of western Nepal, situated between The Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range on the Border of Tibet. The Dolpo region hosts an abundance of exotic wildlife including The Himalayan Blue Sheep, Musk deer and the Legendary Snow leopard. Up until not long ago, Dolpo was a highly restricted area, largely unchanged for over 1,000 years, making it one of the more remote and less travelled areas of the nation. This remote region, full of natural wonders has preserved its Tibetan culture and religion in a very pure untouched form, which makes it alluring and enticing for trekkers and adventure seekers from all around the world.

Trekking in the mysterious Upper Dolpo region is an extremely unique and a once in a lifetime experience which will take you back in time. During the trek, you will experience rich, untainted Tibetanculture and natural Himalayan beauty in its purest form away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The rugged trekking route navigates through three high and exhilarating passes of the upper Dolpo region, where you will become familiar with the fascinating warm hearted Tibetan people, mainly traders, exchanging barley for the famous Tibetan rock salt. You will also experience amazing panoramic views of majestic mountain ranges, pristine forests, spectacular Buddhist Monasteries, the large Shey Phoksundo and exotic wildflowers and other unique vegetation.

Staring from Jhupal village, the spectacular adventure begins, passingthrough the quaint and traditional villages of Dunai (2,150m), Ankhe (2,660m) and Sulighat (3,500m). Navigating amongst gigantic mountain ranges, though forests of pine, oak and rhododendron .we finally reach the staggeringly beautiful, deep blue waters of Phoksumdo Lake (3,104m). At this spectacular destination, we take a day to rest and acclimatize, where you can revel in the views of the surrounding snow peaks of The Kanjirowa Himalayan range, and visit the nearby isolate village of Ringmo an its imperial Buddhist monastery. The journey climbs on to PhoksundoKhola (3,510m), PhoksondoBhanjyang, (4,405m) and on to the majestic Crystal Mountain of SheyGomba (4,500m) via the Kang La Passes (5,360m). After a day of rest an exploration, we continue the trek through more remote and high altitude villages, exploring further and reaching a peak heights before heading back down to Jomsom (2,720m) for the short, but scenic flight back to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).

Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing & Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft)

Day 3 :Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgung (1,52m) and transfer to hotel.

Day 4 :Fly Nepalgunge to Jupal (2, 320m) & trek to Dunai (2,150m) 2-3 hours trek.

Day 5 :Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2,660m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 6 :Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat (3,500m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 7 :Trek from Sulighat to Shey Phoksundo Lake (3,104m) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 8 :Rest & acclimatization day at Phoksumdo.

Day 9 :Trek from Shey-Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola (3,510m) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 10 :Trek Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,405m) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 11 :Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) Kang la passes (5,360m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 12 :Rest and exploration day at Shey Gomp

Day 13 :Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaon (4,800m) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 14 :Trek from Namduna Gaon to Karang (4,050m) 6 hours trek.

Day 15 :Trek from Karang to Mugaon (4,200m) 6 hours trek.

Day 16 :Trek from Mugaon to Shimen (4,250m.) via Mushi La (5,030m) 7- 8 hours trek.

Day 17 :Trek from Shimen to Tinje (4,180m) 7-8 hours trek.

Day 18 :Trek from Tinje to Rakpa (4,550m) 7 hours trek.

Day 19 :Trek from Rakpa to Chharka (4,300m) 6 hours trek.

Day 20 :Rest and exploration at Chharka

Day 21 :Trek from Chharka to Norbulung (4,750m) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 22 :Trek from Norbulung to Sangda Phedi (5,100m) 8 hours trek

Day 23 :Trek from Sangda Phedi to Sangda village (3,800m) 7-8 hours trek.

Day 24 :Trek from Sangda village to Dhagarjun (3,290m) 7-8 hours trek.

Day 25 :Trek from Dhagarjun to Jomsom (2,720m) 6-7 hours trek

Day 26 :Fly to Pokhara (30 minus scenic flight) leisurely at Pokhara

Day 27 :Drive to Kathmand and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening

Day 28 :Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.

What is Included

  • Transfers from airport/hotel/airport on both domestic and international flights by private vehicle.
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle, including world heritage sites entrance fees as per the above itinerary.
  • Three nights in 3 - star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and-breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation on 2 men tented camp whil on trekking.          
  • Freshly cooked full board meals prepared by our cook (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and properly boiled drinking water with tea and coffee whilst on trek.
  • Camping equipment - 2-men tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils, dining table with backrest chair and other necessary equipment during the trek.
  • Warm down jacket and four season sleeping bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • An experienced, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide trained in Wilderness First Aid plus Sherpa porters to carry luggage. (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • All meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation for guide and porters.
  • Assistant guide walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.(4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Insurance covering all stuff, including porters as per state law.
  • Special trekking permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person)
  • Shey phoksundo national park entry fees.
  • Domestic airfare from Kathmandu- Nepalgunge - Juphal- jomsoon -Pokhara  –Kathmandu including airport tax.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement. (Helicopter Evacuation available if required, at clients cost)
  • Comprehensive First aid medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
  • All applicable government taxes

What is Not Included

  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks and laundry)
  • Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).


1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash


Binoculars, Reading book, Trail Map/Guide book, Journal & Pen, Walkman ,Pencils and small notebooks


Start Date End Date Cost Status
05 March 2015 29 November 2014 Book

Trip Facts

Duration: 28 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trip Cost: On request

Destination: Nepal

Type of Trek: Camping Trek

Max Altitude: 5360mt Kang La Pass

Transportation: Private Vehicle, Flight

Trek Duration : 22 Days Jhupal to Jomsoom

Group Size : 2 to 14 People

Best Season: Autumn & Spring

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