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Upper Dolpo Trek

Fact of the Trip:

Package Name: Upper Dolpo Trek

Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing

Group Size: 1-10

Maximum Altitude: 5,360 m

Difficulties: Strenuous

Best Season: Autumn and spring

Meals: Breakfast/Meals

Accommodation: Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu / Tea house during trek

Mode of transportation: Plane / Bus

Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu.

Duration: 28 days

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Upper Dolpo Trek is an exceptionally rewarding trek that takes you to the remote region of Nepal instead of following the classical route of Dolpo circuit. Dolpo region is nestled between the Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri range. The inhabitants of Dolpo region are mainly Tibetan and follow Buddhist culture. Therefore, the region is blessed with ancient and rich Tibetan culture, heritage and arts. The door to this exotic region was closed for foreigner until 1989 when the southern slope was opened for certain organized trekking group. The majority of trail meanders through off the beaten track and wanders on the challenging trail to Phoksundo along with the great Himalayan trail. This region is truly blessed with abundant wildlife including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and Snow leopard, that what makes it eco-trekking destination. Moreover, the trail is dominated by beautiful view of Dhaulagiri ranges.

Upper Dolpo is also regarded as the last closed society of Tibetan culture that is truly influenced by ancient Buddhist religion. Upper Dolpo trekking trail mostly encounters vast and rugged terrain; inhabited by unique tribes who lives in some of highest points of earth. Our 28 days trekking to Dolpo crosses few High Himalayan passes and experiences the magnificent and tranquil azure beauty of Phoksundo Lake.   The trail follows the ancient Trans Himalayan trade route and trace back to Jhuphal where our trek ends. Moreover, the trail fascinates you with wilderness experience of west Nepal.

David Snelgrove is the first person to write about Upper Doplo region in his famous book titled “Himalayan Pilgrimmage” and recently by Peter Matthiessen in “The Snow Leopard”.  “The Caravan” was huge success and was nominated for Oscar in best foreign language category.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (1,300m). Our airport representative will meet you and transfer you to hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and trek-prepration

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepaljung (150m) – 1 hr

Day 04: Fly from Nepaljung to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m) – 45 min flight and 2/3 hrs of trek

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m) – 5/6 hrs

Day 06: Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat – 5/6 hrs

Day 07: Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day at Phoksundo Lake

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,611m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang – 6/7 hrs

Day 11: Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La Pass (5,360m) – 5/6hrs

Day 12: Acclimatization and rest day at Shey Gompa

Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Salsang La Pass (5,200m) – 5/6 hrs

Day 14: Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 15:  Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 16: Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m) – 6/7 hrs

Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi (4,900m) – 5/6 hrs

Day 18: Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4,209m) vai Jeng La Pass (5,090m) – 6/7 hrs

Day 19: Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Trap (4,040m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 20: Rest and exploration day at Dho Trap

Day 21: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m) – 6/7 hrs

Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 23: Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m) – 4/5 hrs

Day 24: Trek from Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m) – 5/6 hrs

Day 25: Trek from Dunai to Jhuphal – 2/3 hrs

Day 26: Flight from Jhupal to Nepaljung and Nepaljung to Kathmandu

Day 27: Rest and Leisure day at Kathmandu

Day 28: Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost Includes

  • Airport to Hotel pickup and drop transportation by private van
  • Accommodation and meals throughout trek
  • Kathmandu City tour
  • Flight fare – Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Jumla and flight back fare
  • All Trekking permits and required entrance fee
  • An experienced guide, porters and their accommodation and meals
  • Trekking equipments
  • Safe drinking water –boiled/iodinate
  • First medical kit
  • All government and local tax
  • All office charge

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Travel insurance charge
  • International flight fare
  • Nepal entry fare- 25$ for 15 days, 40$ for 30 days and 90$ for 100 days
  • Personal nature expenses- alcoholic beverages, mineral water, special menu, shopping, internets, laundry
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers (Tips are expected but not mandatory)

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