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Trip Type:
Maximum Altitude:
27 Day(s)
Group Size:
Arrival On:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure From:
Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Overview

    The Upper Dolpo 27-day trekking is an incredible adventure that takes you through the remote and pristine region of Dolpo in Nepal. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore a hidden gem of the Himalayas, where ancient traditions, untouched landscapes, and rich cultural heritage are beautifully preserved.

    The Upper Dolpo region is located in the western part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. It was opened for trekking in 1989, and since then, it has captivated the hearts of trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. The region is known for its rugged terrain, deep gorges, high passes, and stunning landscapes, including the iconic Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal.

    The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, followed by another flight to Jhupal, a small airstrip in Dolpo. From Jhupal, the journey continues on foot, traversing through remote villages, ancient monasteries, and traditional Tibetan-style settlements. The route takes you through Shey-Phoksundo National Park, a protected area known for its diverse flora and fauna, including rare wildlife like snow leopards and blue sheep.

    Throughout the trek, you will be surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped peaks, barren landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and dense forests. You’ll also have the opportunity to witness the unique cultural practices of the local people, who follow a blend of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon traditions.

    The trek involves crossing high passes, including the challenging Kang La Pass (5,360m) and the Saldang La Pass (5,200m), which offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The highest point of the trek is at Shey Gompa (4,500m), a historic monastery that holds immense religious significance.

    The Upper Dolpo trek is considered a strenuous and remote trek, requiring good physical fitness, endurance, and previous trekking experience at high altitudes. The accommodation along the route is basic, with teahouses or camping options available, adding to the wilderness experience.

    At Himalayan Marvel Adventures, we prioritize your safety and comfort. Our experienced guides will accompany you throughout the trek, ensuring that you have an unforgettable experience while providing valuable insights into the local culture, history, and traditions.

    Overall, the Upper Dolpo 25-day trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines breathtaking natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of exploration in one of the most secluded regions of Nepal. It is a trek that rewards those who seek a true wilderness experience and are willing to venture off the beaten path.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore the untouched beauty of Upper Dolpo, characterized by rugged terrains, deep gorges, and stunning landscapes.
    • Experience the sense of adventure and seclusion as you explore one of Nepal’s most remote and less-visited trekking regions.
    • Trek through the scenic landscapes of Shey-Phoksundo National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare wildlife such as snow leopards and blue sheep.
    • Visit ancient monasteries like Shey Gompa, adorned with intricate artwork and housing precious religious relics, offering a glimpse into the region’s spiritual traditions.
    • Challenge yourself by crossing high mountain passes, including Kang La Pass (5,360m) and Saldang La Pass (5,200m), offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
    • Explore traditional Tibetan-style villages, where you can experience the authentic lifestyle, architecture, and warm hospitality of the local people.
    • Test your trekking skills, endurance, and perseverance as you conquer challenging terrains, high passes, and overcome physical and mental barriers.


Day 1 Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Altitude: 1,310 m

On the first day of your trip, you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will receive you from Tribhuwan International Airport. From here, we will drop you at your comfy hotel, where you can get refreshed. You can also explore the nightlights of the city. 


Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Altitude: 1,310 m

The following day, we will take you sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. We will only be able to cover the major tourist attractions sights. You will be fascinated by the historical and religious heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bauddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and many more. 

Day 3 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Flight Duration: 50 minutes

Today, we will board the flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. It lies in the Terai region of Nepal, and the climate is hot. It is also close to the border of India-Nepal. Once you arrive, our team will transfer you to the hotel, where you’ll stay for the night.

Day 4 Nepalgunj to Juphal Flight, Trek to Dunai Altitude: 2,475 m (Juphal), 2,140 m (Dunai) Duration: 35 mins Flight, 3 hours Trek

We will now drive to Nepalgunj airport for the Nepalgunj-Juphal flight. The flight duration will be approx—35 min. After landing at Juphal, we will start our trekking journey. As this is the starting point of the trek, the trail is not challenging yet. 

You will walk comfortably and descend for 45 minutes to reach Kalagauda. Then, you will walk another 2 hours along the Thuli Bheri River to get to Dunai. After arriving at Dunai, we will assign rooms as per the reservation.

Day 5 Dunai to Chhepka Trek Altitude: 2,687 m Duration: 6 hours

The following day, our trek begins along the classic route of Dolpo. At the Silughar check-post, we will present our trekking permits to Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park. From here, we are officially inside Shey Phoksundo National Park. 

Furthermore, walking through a tropical forest, we will witness a drastic change in the landscape. Next, we will pass Kageni, Jutung, and Shangta, after which we will cross a bridge over the Phoksundo lake and at the confluence of Phoksundo and Maiba Khola. We will head north to reach Cheppka. 

Day 6 Chhepka to Chunuwar Trek Altitude: 3,000 m Duration: 6 hours

We will be walking along the famous Lower Dolpa Circuit trek trail in the opposite direction of the river flow. We will cross the bridge over the Phoksundo river twice. Once we reach Rechi, our lunch stop, the altitude will be 3010 meters.

Afterward, we will walk along the riverside and cross a bridge to pass the confluence of the Phoksundo river and Yulung Khola. Then, we will reach Amchi Hospital, where we will put our camps for the night.

Day 7 Chunuwar to Phoksundo Lake Trek Altitude: 3,600 m Duration: 5-6 hours

Today, we will walk along the direct pathway to Shey Phoksundo Lake. We will climb the forest of cedars to reach Palam, up to a ridge about 3,875 m from where we will have the most staggering views of a 300 m waterfall, the highest in Nepal, and get our first view of Shey Phoksundo Lake. 

We will then descend birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo river to the picturesque settlement of Ringmo village. From the settlement, it is a short hike to the shores of Phoksundo Lake, where we will set up the camps.

Day 8 Shey Phoksundo Lake Exploration Altitude: 3,600 m

On this day, we will have an exploration day around Shey Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. Firstly, we will explore Ringmo village. Ringmo village is a typical Tibetan village with its unique culture and tradition. 

Then head towards Tshowa, a Bon monastery at the lake shore. It was built around 900 years ago. We will explore the sanctuary, which will be a fascinating experience. After that, we will descend to Phoksundo Lake.

Day 9 Phoksundo to Sallaghari Trek Altitude: 3,630 m Duration: 5-6 hours

The following morning, we will climb the narrow trails along the cliffs above Phoksundo Lake. We will descend along the beautiful forest for around one and a half hours. 

Afterward, we will reach the other side of the lake, Phoksundo Khola camp. Then, we will ascend the final part of today’s trek and reach Sallaghari. We will put our campsite in the

Day 10 Sallaghari to Nangdala High Camp Trek Altitude: 4,717 m Duration: 5-6 hours

We will have a short trek up to Nangdala High camp this day. We will begin our walk by ascending the narrow trail of the Tuk Kyaksa river. We will switch the riverside several times.

After walking around 30 minutes from the bridge, we will reach a broad valley. We will step another 2 and half hours along the canyon. Then, we will set our campsite at the massive rock slab, Kang La/ Nangdala Base Camp.

Day 11 Nangdala High Camp to Shey Gompa Altitude: 4,343 m Duration: 5-6 hours

Our next destination is Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain, the most sacred peak in the Dolpo region. On this day, we will enter the entire Dolpo region. However, before reaching there, we must cross the Kang La, or the Nangda La pass.

The magnificent view from the top will show you Crystal mountain, the Tibetan territory mountain, and the mesmerizing landscape of the Dolpo region. During the walk, you can also admire peaks like Shey Shikhar and Kang Chunne. Finally, we will put our campsite at Shey Gompa.

Day 12 Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa Altitude: 4,360 m Duration: 6-7 hours

We will begin our trek after the exploration of Shey Gompa. Then, we will follow the trails along Sephu Khola for around two hours. Moreover, you will be amazed at the typical Dolpo landscape. 

During the trek, you can admire magnificent views of Mustang, Tibet, Kanjirowa, Kagmara, and crystal mountain. After two hours of descent, we will reach Namgung to set up the campsite and stay overnight.

Day 13 Namgung Gompa to Saldang Altitude: 3,770 m Duration: 4-5 hours

Now, we will follow the trails along Namga Khola and pass more summer herding spots to reach Saldang village. Saldang is a beautiful village with dry lands surrounded by amazing hills. 

We will explore the town and interact with the locals. Do not forget to taste some salt butter tea or Chhyang (Barley beer) at Saldang.

Day 14 Rest Day in Saldang Altitude: 3,770 m

Today, we will rest in Saldang and explore the village. The environment is relaxing, and the people are friendly. You can explore their culture and enjoy your stay.


Day 15 Saldang to Komash Village Altitude: 4,060 m Duration: 6 hours

Today, we will ascend toward Komash village. We will follow the Saldang Lek along the Rapha Khola. We will climb to 4500 m and then descend to Komash village. This village is similar to most Tibetan villages. We will set up our camp at Komash village.

Day 16 Komash to Shimen Altitude: 3,850 m Duration: 6 hours

We will begin our hike after a refreshing breakfast. During our walk this day, we might encounter some rare species like Blue sheep and snow leopards. We will pass through many small towns during today’s trek. 

This part of the trek is filled with highland deserts with shrub-like vegetation. After walking for around 4-5 hours, we will reach Shimen. We will set up the camp at a potential campsite.

Day 17 Shimen to Tinje Village Altitude: 4,110 m Duration: 5 hours

We will follow the trails along the Panjang Khola. Moreover, we will pass some beautiful villages and monasteries along the routes to Tinje. Besides, the walk will be for around 5 hours. Tinje is a lovely valley with a natural airstrip where a British airplane landed and took off once. 


Day 18 Tinje to Yak Kharka Altitude: 4,000 m Duration: 5-6 hours

On this day, we will head towards Yak Kharka, following the trails along the Panjyan River and passing the settlement of Chhamdang. After crossing Chhamdang, we will trek along the river bank for some time and then to Chholtam Khola’s confluence and Panjyan Khola’s confluence. 

Furthermore, we will cross a bridge over the Thalum Khola and reach an open grazing ground for yaks and sheep called Yak Kharka.

Day 19 Yak Kharka to Tokyu Altitude: 4,240 m Duration: 4-5 hours

Today, we will head to Tokyu from Yak Kharka. We will cross a bridge over the Sulun Khola, taking us to Choila North pass at an altitude of 5040 m. This part of the trek is more challenging. We will ascend for almost 2 hours to reach the top of Choila pass. 

The top offers a beautiful sight of the Tokyu camp. After descending from the pass, we will reach Tokyu, where we will set up our campsite.

Day 20 Tokyu to Dho Tarap Altitude: 3,944 m Duration: 2 hours

On this day, we will trek to Dho Tarap. It is a very short trek of around one and a half hours. After reaching Dho Tarap, we will explore the village of Dho Tarap. Dho Tarap is a large village settlement beautifully decorated with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. 

There are various chortens, mani walls, and monasteries around Dho Tarap. Beautiful fields of wheat, buckwheat, Barley, potatoes, and other green vegetables add more beauty to this village. People here resemble the Khampas of Tibet.

We will enjoy a wonderful natural tour and participate in cultural programs the villagers perform with traditional Tibetan dances and songs.

Day 21 Dho Tarap to Naworpani Altitude: 3,475 m Duration: 7-8 hours

Our trek to Naworpani is going to be a long one. We will cross bridges over rivers and walk through forests to reach our destination. The rivers we cross are Tarap, Mirubabane, and Klang Khola. Finally, when we get to Naworpani, we will relax for the night.


Day 22 Naworpani to Lashicap Altitude: 2,775 m

We will follow the path along the Tarap Khola after breakfast. After walking for a while, we will notice changes in the views and landscapes. Green forests will start to emerge as we move forward. We will then ascend to Lamchaur high over Tarap Khola. 

After crossing Lahini Odar, we will descend and reach Chhedhul Gompa. After some time along the Tarap Khola, we will get to Lashicap, where we will set up the camp.


Day 23 Lashicap to Dunai Altitude: 2,140 m Duration: 6 hours

We will head toward Dunai today as we return home. We will cross the green lands above the Thuli Bheri river to reach Tarakot. After reaching Tarakot, we will cross a small bridge over a stream. We will pass Lawan and Byasgad on this day. Today’s trek will offer some greenery, forested regions, and cultivated terraced fields.

Day 24 Dunai to Juphal Altitude: 2,475 m

This is the last day of our adventurous trek. We will follow the route along the Bheri river until we reach Kalagawda. After getting to Kalagawda, we will climb for a while to reach Juphal. It will be a short trek of around 3 hours up to Juphal.

Day 25 Juphal to Nepalgunj Flight, Nepalgunj to Kathmandu Flight

Your day starts with an early flight back to Nepalgunj, 35 minutes. Today, we have back-to-back flights, so we will fly back to Kathmandu again. After a 50 minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, our day ends.


Day 26 Leisure day in Kathmandu Altitude: 1,350 m

After a successful trip to Upper Dolpo, you deserve a day to yourself. On this day, you will spend your time in Kathmandu city. Moreover, you can explore the culture and have fun. 


Day 27 Departure from Kathmandu Altitude: 1,350 m

Your 27-day trip successfully ends today. So, you’ll be returning home after a long, exhausting, and excellent trek. Today, we’ll drive you to the Tribhuwan International Airport according to your scheduled flight.


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Price Includes

  • All ground transportations by private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fees and private vehicle.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek.
  • An highly experienced guide, Sherpa, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Flights from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • All necessary permits and paper works including Upper Dolpo special permits
  • All government and local taxes
  • Free Himalayan Marvel Duffle Bag, T-Shirt and Caps.

Price Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance
  • Compulsory International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for Guide, Porter (Tipping is Expected)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are permits required for the Upper Dolpo trek?

Yes, permits are required for the Upper Dolpo trek. You will need a restricted area permit, which can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Additionally, you will also need a national park permit for Shey-Phoksundo National Park.

What is the accommodation like during the trek?

Accommodation during the Upper Dolpo trek will be a combination of teahouses and camping. Teahouses provide basic facilities with shared rooms and common dining areas. Camping will be done in designated campsites with tents and basic camping equipment provided.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the Upper Dolpo trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern during the Upper Dolpo trek as you will be reaching high altitudes. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. Our experienced guides will ensure a gradual ascent and monitor your well-being throughout the trek.

Are there any emergency evacuation options available?

In case of emergencies, there are helicopter evacuation services available in the region. Our guides are trained to handle such situations and will coordinate any necessary evacuations promptly.

What should I pack for the Upper Dolpo trek?

Some essential items to pack include trekking gear (appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a backpack), a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. A detailed packing list will be provided by the trekking company.

Is travel insurance necessary for the Upper Dolpo trek?

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for the Upper Dolpo trek. Make sure your insurance covers high-altitude trekking and emergency medical evacuation. It is important to carry a copy of your insurance policy with you during the trek.

How physically demanding is the Upper Dolpo trek?

The Upper Dolpo trek is physically demanding, with long hiking days and steep ascents and descents. It is important to have good physical fitness and stamina. Prior physical preparation, including cardiovascular exercises and strength training, is recommended.

How many hours will we be trekking each day?

The daily trekking duration can vary depending on the terrain and altitude. On average, you can expect to trek for 5 to 7 hours per day. Some days may involve longer hikes or rest days for acclimatization.

Are there any emergency evacuation options available?

In case of emergencies, there are helicopter evacuation services available in the region. Our guides are trained to handle such situations and will coordinate any necessary evacuations promptly. You will need to have your travel insurance for this.

Are there any age restrictions for the Upper Dolpo 25-day trekking?

While there are no strict age restrictions, the Upper Dolpo trek is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness and endurance. It is recommended for individuals above the age of 18 who are in good health and have prior trekking experience. However, older adults who maintain good physical fitness and have experience trekking at high altitudes may also consider this trek.


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