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Upper Dolpo Trek

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26 days
Max. Elevation
Group Size
Ground & Air
Best Season
March to May & September to November
Tea Houses Lodges & Tented Camping during Trek
Breakfats, Lunch and Dinner during Trek
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Trip Route
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jhupal-Chepkpa-Phoksundo Lake-Salla Ghari-Kang La- Shey Gompa-Shey La Pass-Sibu-Jeng La Phedi-Tarap Khola-Tarakot-Dunai- Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu


  • Adventure around Nepal’s largest national parks of Shey-Phoksundo.
  • Enjoy the great adventurous walks around hidden pockets of western Nepal.
  • Within complete wilderness in the land where snow-leopard, blue sheep dwells.
  • Trek to beautiful, picturesque Phoksundo Lake and lovely Ringmo village.
  • Crossing high scenic passes to remote and isolated Shey the Crystal Monastery


Upper Dolpo Trek, is an adventure around the remote corners of the Far Wild West of Nepal. For most wide-world travelers are unaware, and unknown that a picturesque country like Upper Dolpo exists. 

Interested adventurers might have read the famous classic novel named ‘Snow Leopard’ written by Peter Matessian. Which was published in the early year of the 1980’s, based on the story of Upper Dolpo. Similarly, the Nepal and French joint venture movie the Himalaya was released and nominated for Oscar Award in 1998. As best foreign language films, which was a great picture of Upper Dolpo and Dolpa. 

From then on, the Upper Dolpo was exposed to the outside world; as influx of travelers slowly increased, exploring the scenic wilderness. 
The hidden country of Upper Dolpo on less trekked trails is steeped with spectacular scenery and local impressive cultures. Makes Upper Dolpo Trek a perfect pristine wilderness, following the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet

The Upper sections of Dolpo are well hidden and least ventured and yet to be explored. This wonderful adventure allows visitors to experience the most amazing places in this part of the world. 

The charm and beauty of Upper Dolpo Trek, its awesome landscape scenery, age-old heritage traditional customs, and religions. 
As well as walking within Nepal’s largest National Park of Shey-Phoksundo enriched with exotic flora and fauna. Upper Dolpo Trek begins with a sweeping panoramic flight to
Jhupal on a small airstrip of Dolpo areas. Where walk leads to beautiful blue pine, firs, and spruce forests towards picturesque Phoksundo Lake with emerald-colored waters. 
An exciting place to be and visit the lovely village of Ringmo adorned with interesting monuments of religious significance. The adventure continues to cross the highest point of the journey over Kang-La or Nangdala pass to Shey Gompa. 
A mystical and holy land of Dolpa’s, one of the isolated settlements close to a sacred Crystal Mountain or Shey. An amazing windswept country and yet beautiful to enjoy its spectacular scenery of high rolling hills, and mountains with canyons. Visiting the monastery of great religious and cultural interest, the return walk leads to inner Dolpo. After a great marvelous adventure and experience on the higher side of Upper Dolpo and its great magnificent landscapes.

The journey leads to more interesting wind-blown villages through Saldang, and Yangze Gompa to cross another scenic pass over Jeng-La. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri Himal range towards the east with an array of peaks that surrounds the valleys of Dolpo.

After being around the isolated region of Upper Dolpo, and then feeling the great changes and differences, in reaching beautiful settlements. The walk continues reaching the lovely villages of Tokyu and Do Tarap, walk on the scenic Do Tarap green wide valley. 

The trail slowly leads to an end reaching the interesting village of Tarakot and then to Dunai; the headquarters town of Dolpo. Finally, the trek takes you to Jhupal, for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj city. On arrival in the bustling city of Kathmandu, concluding our wonderful, mesmerizing, and exciting adventures to Upper Dolpo Trek.

Important Note

Trek Short Profile:
Mode of Trekking:          Simple, basic lodges on treks with tented camping.
Trekking Grade:             Moderate to Adventurous.
Area of Trekking:           Far North West, around Dolpo district.
Highest Elevation:         On top Kang-La Pass 5,350 m / 17, 552 feet high.
Start and End of trek:   Jhupal to Jhupal.
Trekking duration:        20 Nights / 21 Days (Includes flights both ways).
Total Trip:                       25 Nights / 26 Days from arrival to main departures.

Best Seasons:
The best season for Upper Dolpo Trek is on late spring time from April & May till pre-summer of June. Including autumn/fall from September and October only.
By November, most villages and lodges will be closed for cold winter, where all Dolpo people migrates to low warm region. Escaping the cold winter months from November till early spring of March.

Upper Dolpo falls within rain shadow, where all black monsoon clouds are blocked by the great Himalayan range. This is why the country is dry and arid with near desert like landscapes and yet beautiful. Most days in late spring, summer and autumn / fall is clear with bright sunny days, cold in the shade. As well in late afternoon till next early morning. Afternoon can be very windy bringing extra cold chill factor, can expect snow during all seasons of the year sometimes.

Culture & Religion: 
The Dolpo region is populated by the Dolpa’s, the native closely related to Tibetans that borders with Northern Dolpo. The Lower Dolpo area is inhabited by some Hindu tribes the Roka and Malla Thakuri with Bharamins and Chettries.

The Dolpa’s follows Buddhism religion and cultures similar to its predecessors the Tibetans, with slightly different cultures and customs. The Dolpo natives besides farming high altitude crops like barley, buckwheat and wheat as well yellow mustards. Including breeding and keeping livestock’s, they are good business men and traders. They have been in trading and bartering goods across the border in Tibet. As Upper Dolpo falls on ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal, India and Tibet / China.  Besides Buddhism religion, the Dolpo people also practice Bon sect of pre-Buddhism, which exists in Dolpo, Upper Mustang and Langtang Himal regions. The menfolk considered as finest horsemen with impressive heritage and custom. In most large villages have monasteries / Gompa and every house are adorned with prayer flags, and religious monuments. 

Trip Itinerary

On reaching departure air terminal on landing at Kathmandu / international airport. Our staff and guide receives you for short transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking into your rooms, getting refreshed join with other members of the treks for group briefing. Provided by our guide or trek leader, briefing includes all important subjects related to the treks, includes information of Kathmandu and hotels. Evening a group welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurants, an introduction to Nepali meals and cultures.

Morning options for half-day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites of great cultural and historical interest. After the tour free for Upper Dolpo trek preparation. 

Get transferred to Kathmandu domestic airport as time of less than an hour flight to land at Nepalgunj city airport. After going through security check then board in a big aircraft, as the plane lifts off. Enjoy panorama of Central and Western Himalayan snow range of peaks, includes Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu

Himal with Annapurna’s. As far as Mt. Dhaulagiri Himalayas, then landing at low warm sub-tropical in Nepalgunj airport. Located Nepal Far South Mid-West, from the airport a short drive to respective hotels near the big city of Nepalgunj.

The city with more of Indian influence and cultures, as it is situated near the border of Indian state of UP (Utter Pradesh). After checking into a nice hotel rooms, having time to browse around the streets of Nepalgunj city.

Early breakfast and then transfer to Nepalgunj airport for short flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, a scenic flight of 45 minutes. On landing at Jhupal small airstrip join with our trekking guide and camping crews. After getting organized a short walk of few hours leads beyond Jhupal village close en-route to Dunai the headquarters town of Dolpo district. Since the trail to Chepkpa, Phoksundo Lake and Shey Gompa leads before Dunai. We find it best in between of Jhupal and Dunai, to make it easier and shorter for next day walks. The trail follows past farm lands and hamlets to reach a small settlement just on turn off to Chepkpa. Where our tents are set for overnight camping, from here onwards in tented camps most of the treks.

From this small farm areas with first night in tented camp with great meals served by our camping kitchen cook. Enjoy the day, along the classic route towards best part of Dolpo. The walk leads on gradual trail reaching Silu-Ghar check-post, after checking formalities of special trekking permits and park fees. As required for Upper Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park. From here, entering Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest park in Nepal.

The trail follows along Phoksundo River, as the terrain change dramatically, leading into lush coniferous forest. Walk past Kageni, Jutung and Shangta farm villages to cross a bridge over the confluence of Phoksundo; and Maiba Khola / streams. Then head north towards Chepkpa, where our overnight camp is set on a nice grassy meadow.

The walk today leads famous route of Lower Dolpo Circuit trek towards beautiful Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. The trail leads on the opposite side of the river to cross the bridge over Phoksundo River again. Walk leads on tranquil path to Rechi for possible lunch stop, in a nice surrounding.

Having lunch, walk leads along the river side reaching Sulli-Ghat at Dovan, crossing a bridge over the confluence of Phoksundo River and Yulung Khola. Slowly the day ends on arriving Amchi Hospital for overnight camp.

The words ‘Amchi’ comes from Bon sect of pre-Buddhism, means traditional healers or witch doctors, uses medicinal herbs to heal; infections or diseases. Hence, the name derived for the hospital as a treatment center for the local people of Dolpo.

An interesting and exciting day walks towards our first highlight destination to Phoksundo Lake. The path leads on straight route to Phoksundo Lake, a short climb into a pine and cedar forest reaching Palam. A small temporary winter settlement of locals of surrounding villages including Ringmo.

The walk leads to descend and then climb to a ridge top at 3,875 m high.

Rewards with a grand vista of 300 m high cascading waterfalls, one of the highest in Nepal. Includes first glance of Phoksundo Lake, the trail descend through birch woodland reaching upper side Phoksundo Khola. As walk follows to lovely Ringmo village, adorned with mud plastered Buddhist monuments of Chorten and Mani walls. At present Ringmo village equipped with solar panels supporting the quality and upgrading the standard of the villagers. Ringmo village located close to the shores of Phoksundo Lake, where our tented camp is set.

After continues walks of several days, enjoy the rest day to explore around Phoksundo Lake and the Ringmo village. Visit Ringmo village of strong and typical Tibetan style and heritage village. Festooned with unique culture and traditional way of living with impressive customs. Tour of Tshowa, a Bon sect of pre-Buddhism monastery at the lake-shore, with more than 900 years of history. 

The interior of the monastery, will be a great experience adorned with giant statues of Bon saints and gurus. As well with vivid arts and paintings on walls and ceiling with religious frescos. Rest of the day enjoy relaxing and marvel the beautiful scenery that surrounds the turquoise Phoksundo Lake. 

Leaving the beautiful location of Phoksundo Lake, after a good breakfast enjoy the exciting walk with short climb. Heading towards a narrow path along the cliffs above Phoksundo Lake facing picturesque surrounding scenery. Then the trail descend along the beautiful forest for an hour or little more. By then reaching on the other side of the lake and Phoksundo Khola, where most trekkers camps.

From here with last climb to isolated Salla-Ghari for overnight camp, amidst woodland of blue pine and spruce trees. 

Today a short trek of some hours towards Nangdala High Camp, walk leads to steep uphill. Climbing over a narrow trail of Tuk Kyaksa stream crossing over the same streams several times. As walk leads to cross over a small bridge, and then heading towards a wide exposed valley. The trail follows for another few hours along the huge canyon where overnight camp is set near a massive rock slab.

Adventure today takes you to our major and main highlight in the heart of Upper Dolpo to Shey Gompa. Located close to sacred and amazing Crystal Mountain, the holiest peak of Dolpo and villagers. Start the morning to cross over the highest pass of the adventure Kang-La, also known as Nangdala. The climb takes you graveled path with steep uphill for few hours, for all the hard effort offers magnificent views. Overlooking Crystal Mountain, with Tibetan mountains across the border with grand scenery of Dolpo landscapes and snow clad peaks.

Includes grand looks of Shey Shikhar, Kang Chunne as far towards Kanjibroba peaks as walk leads to Shey Gompa. At the entrance coming across a red Chorten then step on the soil of holy monastery and mountains of Shey.

Shey Gompa, an isolated and remote settlement on the far flung corners of Western Himalayas. An amazing experience being in this wild and holy land, spending two more overnights on this unique areas of Shey Gompa.

Enjoy a day at Shey Gompa and enjoy the interesting tour of the monastery.

Shey monastery, believed to be more than 800 years old, treasures ancient scroll describing the myths behind the Crystal Mountain. Shey Gompa is locally known as Shelri Sumdho Gompa. The monastery hosts a summer festival, popularly known as the Shey Festival. Which is also described in the classic novel “The Snow Leopard” authored by American author Peter Mathieson. As well pictured in the movie called Caravan, but later changed to ‘Himalaya’. The movie produced by French explorer and adventurers Eric Valli’s. 

The Shey Festival takes place in the year of a dragon, which falls once in 12 years according to the Tibetan calendar. Trekkers can enjoy a hike to the base of Shey the Crystal Mountain embedded with crystal and quartz, truly amazing.

After an exciting and interesting time at Shey Gompa, begin the trek on return journey towards inner Dolpo areas. The trail follow along Sephu Khola for few hours entering within windswept terrain and climb over Shey-La pass.

From Shey-La, enjoy views of Mustang landscapes with Tibetan plateau, and Kanjiroba, Kagmara peaks, then long descend to Namgung. Where our overnight campsite is set close to the small village of Namgung and the Gompa.

Morning before heading to Saldang, visit the Namgung Monastery perched on a high windblown cliff. After an interesting tour of the Gompa walk follows along Namga Khola, past several summer grazing pasturelands. Then slowly walk ends on reaching Saldang village for overnight halt. One of the famous and large village of Upper Dolpo area. A lovely village placed on a windswept landscapes by mud canyons, surrounded by amazing eroded cliff hills. The ancient Bon sect and Amchi tradition in Dolpo flourished from this village.

From Saldang village, after a good breakfast, a few hours hike to Yangze, walk on windswept wilderness. The trail leads to few ups and down to a small shepherd settlement at Yangze. Where the richest monastery of the region located, after setting up the camp. Having time to explore around the monastery and enriched with ancient treasures of idols and holy scripts. Facing outstanding views of surrounding beautiful dry and arid landscapes with snow-capped peaks. 

After an exciting time on an amazing wild country of Upper Dolpo, and leaving Yangze Gompa areas. There is two routes from Yangtze to Sibu, the long ways through remote isolated Nishal-Gaon and Shimen-Gaon. But the straightforward short route is heading back to Saldang outskirts. Then following the river bed past terraces, adorned with Stupas, Chorten and heaps of Mani stones.

Where walk leads to Chaiba monastery and past Namdo, a prosperous large village of more than 60 houses. For about 400 locals, from here walk leads further high and down to a river. The walk slowly follows to a small yak herder settlement of Sibu to set out overnight camp on route to Jeng-La Pass.

Slowly the adventure leads towards inner and lower areas of Dolpo, as morning walk follows the Nam Khong Khola. For sometimes coming across caravan of yaks laden with goods for trade across the border in Tibet. After days of following the same river, finally our route heads east reaching the confluence of two small tributaries. From here on walk leads to steep climb reaching beneath Jeng-La Pass for the overnight on a nice meadow. 

Start the morning for few hours steep climb to the top of Jeng-La, offers excellent view of snow peaks. Includes grand look of Dhaulagiri Himalayan massif towards east, as it shines in the morning sun-light. Enjoying the superb panorama of surrounding towering high snow mountains range. From the top walk downhill towards Tarap valley, by afternoon reaching across a wide green valley. As walk continues to Tarap Chu amidst beautiful valley reaching a lovely village of Tokyu for overnight halt.

Afternoon with time to explore around the nice village of Tokyu and its impressive monastery, which belongs to the Chaiba sect of Buddhism.

A short morning walk to another lovely villages of inner Dolpo for overnight in Do Tarap. The walk follows downhill around Tarap Chu on a flat green valley, completely different from higher areas of Upper Dolpo. Walk leads towards a marshland, which is common features like in the desert and mountainous country of Tibetan landscapes. Slowly the walk ends reaching a large village of Do Tarap for overnight halt. A lovely village to explore and observe both Bon Po and Chaiba sects of pre-and present Buddhism blends in harmony. 

From here onwards walk leads on moderate gradual trail, depending upon the choice of several different campsites. Making the itinerary flexible as chosen by the trekkers to enjoy more of this wild country. From the barren country of Tarap, the route leads down towards a wide valley. Eventually reaching a narrow gorge, walking within juniper bush and wild rose, which is typical vegetation of inner Himalayan valleys. Around the serene areas might spot herds of blue sheep, which is quite common around this part of lower Dolpo.

As walk progresses reaching the confluence of Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River. A perfect place to set our overnight camp on a nice green meadow. This isolated place, also known as Karma-Kharka, nearby the camp, a huge spacious cave located, makes a nice shelter or bivouac for some travelers.

Our adventure slowly comes to near end reaching the lower parts of Dolpo, as walk continues down Tarap River gorge. An exciting trek as the valley leads to narrow deep gorge, where one jump from one side to another. Walking into the also provides unexpected adventure in some areas. After an exciting walk of the day crossing icy streams, then reaching to our campsite at Tarap Khola within Khani-Gaon.

Today our last day walk of the adventure, morning leads to a small village of Lalberi. As walk continues into serene cool forested path, before heading down to another gorge, as route follows the river downstream. Finally the trail leads to a short climb entering a historical fort village of Tarakot. An impressive village with an ancient history of Malla kingdom era. Time permitting explore the village and its monasteries of great religious and cultural interest.

Leaving Tarakot last day walk leads above a tremendous deep gorge of Bheri River covered in pine trees. The path is just a mere 7 meters high from the raging river. As walk continues, then finally the last leg of the journey ends on reaching the Dunai. The main town and headquarters of Dolpo district for overnight stop in the comfort of a nice lodge or guest hours. Enjoy the celebration on completing the long walks around Upper and inner Dolpo. 

After completing the walks at Dunai town, having good breakfast a short drive brings to Jhupal. For next morning early flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj airport, at Jhupal staying in the best available lodge. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the Jhupal village of cultural interest with scenic views of dramatic landscapes.

Morning as time for flight to Nepalgunj, for connecting flight to Kathmandu walk to the airport terminal. As the small aircraft reach Jhupal small airstrip, the board in the plane of respective airlines. A short sweeping flight of 40-45 minutes facing grand views of Western Nepal amazing country landscapes, then landing at low-warm city airport of Nepalgunj. The time for flight to Kathmandu can take some time or shortly, having space for refreshing break. Then board in a bigger aircraft for scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on arrival at the air terminal. 

The guide and staff transfers you to the hotel, after an exciting adventure on Upper Dolpo Trek.

Enjoy an extra day in Kathmandu, we have reserved a contingency day in case of flight delay at Jhupal. This free day allows for individual activities or get into shopping spree, interested people can join for another interesting tour of other cities of Kathmandu valley. Sightseeing around Patan / Lalitpur or the famous Bhaktapur city Durbar Square, worth a visit.

After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing adventure in Nepal and around the Himalayas on Upper Dolpo Trek. As time for departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for homeward bound flight or towards next port of call.

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  • 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 Night in Nepalgunj with breakfast
  • Airport pickups and drops.
  • All ground transportation in destination location
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic flights (Nepalgunj- Jhupall-Nepalgunj)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All Necessary Tims and Permit

Doesn't Include

  • Personal expenses
  • Excess bag charge
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

Upper Dolpo one of the most adventurous and longer treks in Nepal Himalayas, to join on this longest adventure. Where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health to cope with ups and downhill. As well with the high altitude terrains and rough trails for some days. Rest of the walks is normal spending overnights in tented camps, due to its remote location. The lodges are available only few larger villages. Interested people for Upper Dolpo should be minimum 18 years of age to maximum of 70 years, can enjoy the adventure.

Not all villages have facilities of electricity with Hydro or Solar power, due to its remote location. Few areas around large villages do have small hydro plants or solar power to run electricity. Can charge electronic items on paying extra fee for using the power as per gadgets charged. As for internet and cell phone communications, only few large main villages may have the Wi-Fi and internet services. But can be quite disturbing, due to weather and its remote location amidst complete sheer mountain wilderness for many days. 

We suggest all trekkers to carry a portable small solar panel for personal use. 

The communication with local SIM like Ncell and NTC works well in most areas, except in deep gorges or enclosed by high mountains and cliffs. 

As this adventure is staying in tented camps, the company will carry all needful camping equipment’s and foods for the whole treks. The camping is supported by separate kitchen unit of expert cook, kitchen staff, guides and trekking staff.

As well accompanied by strong porters and mules to carry all the camping gears and baggage. The camping includes two-man spacious tents, dining tents as per size of a group, toilet screens or tent. For showers tent or generator to run electric power, on request at extra cost. The foods are hygienic and nutritious, the cook serves all types of meals from Continental, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan including Nepali. Sometimes on special occasion our cook can bake cakes and pies also, including pizzas. Followed by warm refreshments tea, coffee and drinking chocolates also. The breakfast includes porridge, muesli with breads and eggs of variations. Lunch is quite simple depending on the location on trekking, sometimes needs to carry packed lunch on longer days or on crossing high passes.

Upper Dolpo Trek, is not much popular as other region of Nepal like Everest, Annapurna or Langtang Himal. Due to its remote isolated location, where long drive of few days or flight involves both ways after the long trek of three weeks or more. But from past few decade, it is slowly drawing more visitors than it used to be in early days, when Upper Dolpo was first opened in 1989 for outside visitors. As Upper Dolpo is less visited, where facilities of lodge accommodation and food qualities are not well maintained. All trekkers have to join with reputed companies like Treklanders Adventure with options for tented camping or staying in simple basic lodge en route trekking.   

Few number of flight do operates in good seasons of the year depending upon the demand of trekkers or mountaineers. The flight main operates from Nepalgunj to

Jhupal during morning time when weather is clear and best. Afternoon hardly flight operates due to wind and overcast weather. Normally the flight operates in best time of the year, from March to June and September to November months only. 

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