Upper Dolpo Trek..30 Days

Trip Introduction

These days’ expert and frequent Himalayan travelers will tell you that there is no place on earth to be explored which is not true yet only because of Dolpo trek in far western Nepal. There is certainly at least one completely virgin place left on this planet is only Dolpo or Upper Dolpo. That very few people from the outside world have ever been there doesn't mean that such a unspoiled destination doesn't exist. It's real adequate, and you might even pass on to it as Shangri-la, although it's quite challenging to get there.

3 weeks or longer trek,dolpo having  wonderful landscapes, monasteries is a home of the Blue Sheep ( Bharal ) ,secure inhabitant  of  the snow Leopard and nest of Himalayan birds, the region  is cut off from the rest of the world by the Himalayan massif. The trek is possible right after the winter snowmelt and before the summer monsoon when torrential rains turn the rivers in to raging torrents.  A wild and harsh land with almost no tourists groups, few hikers, and with, here and there, a few villages situated very far from each other may give you a feeling like you are far away from the human crowd.  Since there are several high passes in upper Dolpo trek of over 20000 feet, where altitude sickness may claim your life at any moment so primary fist aid kids and physical condition should be well prepared in advance.

In terms of time of year the best time to do this trek is during the month of May to October, this gives one the best chance of crossing the high passes out to Jomsom. September is probably more popular with trekking groups however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for the pack animals.  

We normally commence the trek from Juphal  and end in Jomsom the Annapurna coca cola trial and fly out to Pokhara however there are also different ways to reach Dolpa from Jumla to Phoksundo Lake crossing  Khampa villages. The Khampa came from East Tibet, and you still see signs of their old religion, and shrillness of their local gods. You reach the Bheri River Valley after crossing Mauri Lagna (3820 m). From Kaigan the trail diverges, one way leading over Kagmara La (5115 m.), the other over the low Balangra La (3760 m.), and then you follow the Bheri up to Dunai. There is also an airport close to it. The trail from here to Phoksundo is steep (up and down) and narrow. At Phoksundo Lake you can see the highest waterfall of Nepal (330 m.), descending in several cascades. There are temples, shrines around the lake, and a good view on Mt. Kanjirowa. From Ringmo near Phoksundo Lake there is also a trail leading to the region of Tarap to the east. If you take this route, you have to cross two passes higher than 5000 m.

Situated in a remote Nepal, there are no roads, inhabitant of small villages except in Juphal Bazzar , no doctors, almost no medical supplies and rare possibility of any rescue in Upper Dolpo which is too high for helicopters to fly. So, an experienced team through well managed agency like Exotic Himalayas Trekking and Expedition could be your right partner to complete the entire journey on time safely. We have dedicated Sherpas and expert cook and high altitude porters who can easily find the alternative trails even necessary.

The birth place of National Hero Mr Thinle Londrup who was nominated as a star of the Academy Award for film “Himalaya” previously known as “The Caravan” was filmed in Upper Dolpo which was short listed for best foreign film in the year 2000.

Averaging up to nine hours a day of hellish trekking, most of it straight uphill on difficult trails starting from Jhupal airport till Jomsom  but the scenery cannot be accurately described. We walk through the beautiful villages and trials named as to Dangarjong (3290m), Yak Kharka (3540m), Milung Kharka (4735m) via Sangda La (5460m), Ramanan Kharka (4627m) via Chharka La (4920m), to Samling Gompa (3800m), Shey Gompa (4500m) via Shey La (5010m) etc.

The most beautiful lake in the world and perhaps the source of the legend of Shangril –La the Sey Phokosundo Lake is situated at 15000 feet above from sea level, shimmers and alpine lake of translucent turquoise, said to be over 610 feet deep.

A perfect pre-planning of the trek While in Kathmandu is the most since even some maps for Upper Dolpo however have found out of date and inaccurate. There are no current itineraries with reliable trail descriptions available and even the basic description in the new edition of Lonely Planet “Trekking in Nepal Himalaya” describes the old, disused trail for several sections. During our Kathmandu meetings and even earlier then you land in Kathmandu airport, we at Exotic Himalayas Treks and Expedition team figure out the itinerary from daily discussions with the help of our trek crew, therefore it is essential that the Sirdar and/or cook has visited this region on a previous occasion when crossing the Himalayas into Upper Dolpo requires the utmost courage and stamina. There is only one entrance, the incredible Kang La pass, which requires a ten-hour nearly vertical climb to cross.

Moreover, Up until 1996 foreigners were not allowed access to this region so the culture has largely been unchanged and unaffected by tourism. Of particular interest is Shey Gompa, this is revered as one of most important in Upper Dolpo where twice a year many pilgrims make a kora (or circuit) of Crystal Mountain this is known as a younger brother of Mount Kailash in Tibet.

A satellite phone and all food should be brought in with the trekking group as it is impossible to purchase locally in the respective villages throughout the trip and all kitchen staff along with porters walk with all stuff and supplies for almost a week from the road head near Surket to Juhpal.

Finally, Dolpa is no tourist tea-house trek, and you will not find our route outlined in any of the Himalayan trekking guidebooks. It is rugged, unspoiled, and unforgettable - arguably the best trek in all of Nepal.  The Dolpo region is a natural collection of high passes, rare fauna and sweeping vistas which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. This region is surrounded by Dhaulagiri and Tibet from south and north respectively is regarded as a blend of natural and cultural phenomena. Special trekking permit of US$ 500 is required which you can obtain through us in one or working days from Department of Immigration, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj 
Fly to Nepalgunj, 1 hrs. Overnight at the Hotel – BB basis.

Day 02: Nepalgunj – Juphal - Dunai (B, L, D) 
Fly to Juphal (2440m) – trek to Dunai (2150m), 5 hrs. Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 03: Dunai - Hanke (B, L, D)
Trek from Dunai to Hanke (3000m), 6 hrs. -Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 04:Hanke – Reji (B, L, D)
Trek from Hanke to Reji (2940m), 6 hrs-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 05:Reji – Ringmo (B, L, D)
Trek from Reji to Ringmo (3540m), 7 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 06:Ringmo – Rest Day

Day 07:Ringmo – Rock Fall (B, L, D)
Trek from Ringmo to Rock Fall (4300m), 6 hrs-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.
Day 08:Rock Fall – Gandala B.C. (B, L, D)
Trek from Rock Fall to Gandala B.C. (4650m), 6 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 09:Gandala B.C.– Shey Gumba (B, L, D)
Trek from Gandala B.C to Shey Gumba (4300m), 6 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 10:Shey Gumba (B, L, D)-Rest.

Day 11:Shey Gumba - Namgung (B, L, D)
Trek from Shey Gumba to Namgung (4560m), 6 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 12:Namgung – Saldang (B, L, D)
Trek from Namgung to Saldang (4150m), 6 hrs-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 13:Saldang – Koma (B, L, D)
Trek from Saldang to Koma (4060m), 6 hrs
Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 14:Koma – Shimen (B, L, D)
Trek from Koma to Shimen (3850m), 6 hrs-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 15:Shimen – Tinjegaun (B, L, D)
Trek from Shimen to Tinjegaun (4110m)-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 16:Tinjegaun (B, L, D)-Rest Day
Day 17:Tinjegaun – Camp Side (B, L, D)
Trek from Tinjegaun to Camp Side (4210m), 6 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 18:Camp Side – Mallan Pass Base Camp (B, L, D)
Trek from Camp Side to Mallan Pass Base Camp, (4350m),7 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 19:Mallan – Chharka (B, L, D)
Trek from Mallan Base Camp to Chharka (4110m), 7 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 20:Chharka – Tuja Khola (B, L, D)
Trek from Chharka to Tuja Khola (4850m), 7 hrs. -Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 21:Tuja Khola – Kharka (B, L, D)
Trek from Tuja Khola to Kharka (4950m), 6 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 22:Kharka – Sangdak (B, L, D)
Trek from Kharka to Sangdak (3680m), 7 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 23:Sangdak – Sangda (B, L, D)
Trek from Sangdak to Sangda (3690m), 6 hrs. -Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 24:Sangda – Kagbeni (B, L, D)
Trek from Sangdak to Kagbeni (2900m), 6 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 25:Kagbeni – Jomsom (B, L, D)
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m), 3 hrs.-Overnight at the Tented camp – Full board basis.

Day 26:Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu. (B)


Cost includes:

  • Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
  • 03 nights 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel on twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary to/from Trekking starting point.
  • One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by an experienced Sherpa guide.
  • 3 course of meals (tea/coffee, B/F, lunch & dinner) during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
  • Twin sharing camping or Lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
  • Crews including local Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, helper including equipments including
  • Two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and vice varsa air tickets
  • Fooding, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance & other expenses of travel crews
  • First aid kit box for entire trekking.
  • 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter (but you must be insured well)
  • Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show) including to/from transfers.
  • Dep. txf from the hotel to KTM international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • All Govt. taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)

Cost does not include: 

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees. US$ 25 / 40 for a month stay
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
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Trip Information

Price start from : $ 3900


Trekking, Culture Tours


Tented Camp

Trip Duration:

2-3 Weeks

Trip Grade:



5500 Meters


Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


By air to Dunai and Nepaljung

Group Size:

Min 2 Person

Best Month:

April to Oct

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