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Trip Code: NET-TR-UPD1

  • Trip Type Camping
  • Duration 22 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 5010 m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

The prized goal of the Upper Dolpo trek is to appreciate natural beauty and wildlife of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The park has a pristine ecosystem and a great variety of floral and faunal species including Blue Sheep, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, orchids, oaks etc. The Phoksundo Lake which is the centre of attraction of the park attracts visitors in thousands. 
Located in mid-western Nepal, Upper Dolpo is a natural and cultural jewel of the central Himalaya. It lies within the Shey Phoksundo National Park and sits on the laps of Dhaulagiri Massif. 
Upper Dolpo is a remote region with no roads and direct air connection. The nearest road head is Nepalgunj about 200km south and the nearest airport is in Juphal. Hence, the Upper Dolpo trek starts with a short flight or day-long bus ride to Nepalgunj and then a short flight to Juphal, from where the trekking begins.
Visiting villages and interacting with local local people who have similar culture as Tibetans is simply joyful. The locals here follow Bonpo religion that predates Buddhism. Dolpo is regarded as a sacred place where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. Shey Gompa (4200m) and Tsering Gompa (4400m) are two of the most important Buddhist monasteries in this region. 
The greatest challenge of Upper Dolpo trek comes at the crossing of two high passes of Kang La (5270m) and Jeng La (5080m). These passes offer majestic views of Dhaulgairi, Kanjiroba, Kang Chhune, and Kagmara as well as sprawling Tibetan landscape. 
Upper Dolpo Trek has been graded moderate to strenuous and is mostly a mix of tea-house and camping trek. Special permit is required to enter into this area and trekkers are allowed only in groups. 
If you have seen Oscar-nominated documentary Caravan directed by Eric Valli, then you would know where and how amazing Upper Dolpo region is.


 Trip code: NET-TR-UPD1
  Region Dolpo Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 22 days
 Trip Type: Camping
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 5010 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: OCT-NOV-DEC
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accommodation during Trek


Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Our representative will take you to the airport for a flight to Nepalgunj. In Nepalgunj you will be taken to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475 m.) and trek from Juphal to Dunai (2140 m.) takes about 4 hours. Catch a morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal. From Juphal you start trekking to Dunai, which is the headquater of Dolpo, a remote district of Nepal. You will walk through farms and villages along Bheri River.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2478 m.) takes about six hours. You will walk along the forest of pine and rhododendros. Cross a suspension bridge and climb towards  We Thulo Bheri enjoying views of Kagmara Peak. Further you will enter into a forest before reaching Syanta.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Shyants to Somdu (3038 m.) takes about seven hours. This day, you will follow the banks of Suligar River. The trails is a mix of  forests of pine, fir and birch and hills You will pass up the villages of Kageni, Raktang and Jyalhasa. The cliffs here are of unique geographical features. Further up you will come across Tibetan settlements with shops.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3600m.) takes about five hours. En route, you will pass a picturesque waterfall. Along the trekking route, you will cross some mind blowing pasturelands. You will follow the path along Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola to reach Phoksundo Lake at an altitude of 3,600m. The lake is  waylaid by 300m high waterfall and Ringmo village full of chortens and Mani walls.
Stay overnight at camp.

Rest day at Phoksundo to explore the Phuksundo Lake. It is the deepest lake of Nepal listed in Ramsar sites.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) takes about seven hours. Leaving Pokshundo by the west side you will have to walk up a gangway before the path gives way to lush meadows pass the rocky craggy cliffs.
Stay overnight at camp.

The trail makes an ascent through a pine forest. The route is a bit difficult in some sections.  Later you follow a river and keep going uphill until you reach Kangla High Camp.
Stay overnight at camp.

This is quite tough day of your trek as you will cross Kang La pass. It takes 4 hrs to go from Kang La High Camp to Kang La Pass. You can view Annapurna, Dhalaugiri, Kanjirowa mountains from  the pass. The trail then enters into Tibetan like landscape which are devoid of any vegetation. Before long you will be at Shey Gompa which is dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism.
Stay overnight at camp.

You will pass through a beautiful trail having alpine trees and meadows. The path opens through a forest of juniper trees and climbs a canyon to get to Saldang-la pass. This is a highland where you will be able to see nomadic lifestyle of yak and sheep herders. Enroute you can visit Namgung monastery just above a gorge which is distinct by its red stones. Overnight in Namgung.
Stay overnight at camp.

This section passes up few villages and climb up to a ridge topped with prayer flags overlooking a beautiful landscape of Panzang valley.  From here the landscape looks a bit barren with few houses made in Tibetan style with mani walls. These villages are surrounded by barley fields which is regularly visited by migrating and resident birds. We make our camp near Saldang Gompa.
Stay overnight at camp.

The trail passes through a vast barren landscape surrounded by mountains. With occasional villages in between, the walk is pleasant till you reach Chagaon.
Stay overnight at camp.

You will walk alongside the riverbanks of Nagaon River in the beginning and later Dachun River. The last section of the path is steep up till you reach Pass Camp which offers beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains.
Stay overnight at camp.

You will enjoy the moderate walk through a narrow valley which is part of inner Dolpo. It takes 3.30 hrs to reach the pass from Pass Camp. You will see rough patches of green grasses here and there. Tokyu village has the human settlement at the world’s highest altitude.
Stay overnight at camp.

Today you will go to Dho Tarap on a short hike. The trail follows the river on a well maintained route. Dho Tarap is influenced by Bon po and Tibetan Buddhism and has a long history of settelement.
Stay overnight at camp.


Today you will enjoy acclimatizing at Dho Tarap. You can rest at Dho Tarap to explore and interact with local people and their lifestyle. Dho Tarap is a valley comprising of Tokyu, Dho and Lang villages. There are around 275 houses with estimated 1000 population. You can visit Bon Monastery in Lang village, learn about the Tibetan lifestyle and try Tibetan tea and cuisines. The village is surrounded by fields of barley and buckwheat.
Stay overnight at camp.

You will walk along the riverbank of Tarap River throughout the day. The trail ahead opens up into a wide valley which is drenched by Tarap river. The landscape is dotted with juniper and bushes. This is the finest spot to see endangered blue sheep.
Stay overnight at camp.

After leaving the beautiful valley of Dho Tarap, the trail passes through deep gorges and age old cliffs. You will pass through Laini Odar and Chhyugar.
Stay overnight at camp.

Today, you will walk through the pine forest and pastureland.  Ahead lies a trail of forest and gorge before getting down to Tarakot which is famous for its fort.
Stay overnight at camp.

Leave Tatrakot towards Barbung Khola on whose bank stands the old Sandul Gompa. This trail is used by caravans travelling between Tibet and Nepal. The trail follows the Bheri River for hours with occasion pine trees in between. It will be a few hours before reaching Dunai a beautiful town surrounded by green hills.
Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight at camp. From Dunai you will enjoy a pleasant walk to Juphal following the Bheri River all along.
Stay overnight at camp.

Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and same day fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. EArly morning you will reach Juphal airport for a flight to Nepalgunj and from there to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu you will be transferred to hotel.


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo
  • Trekking guide and Sherpas
  • Trekking cook and Kitchen helper/s\
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipments such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj - Juphal – Juphal-Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • All land transportation where ever necessary
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.).) 
The Trip does not include:
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.


    Estonian Groups,

    Professional Company, Awesome Place And Fabulous Guide”

    The lower and upper Dolpo trek was amazing. Specially Upper Dolpo,great views, nice people, had hard 2 weeks over 4000 meters, 5 passes over 5000 meters. 
    Trek was good organized+ thanks to guide Karmajit Budhamagar and horseman :) 
    Extremely big thanks to Nava!!! 
    Estonian Groups 
    Kaitti and 6 persons 


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