Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
Upper Dolpo Trek
  • Reviews
  • Best Season
    May to October
  • Package Type
  • Elevation
  • Group Size
    2 pax
  • Tour Hours
    5-7 hrs

Upper Dolpo Trek in western Nepal is off the beaten path adventure exhibiting the authentic real life of local inhabitants and raw natural beauty that simply amazes us in all terms. Exploring Phoksundo lake, visiting ancient Shey Gompa monastery while enjoying excellent views of nearby Kanjiroba and holy Crystal mountain, crossing high altitude passes of Nagdalo La, Shey La and Jeng La with insights into ancient Buddhist Bon religion remains as the major highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek. Upper Dolpo Trek initiates as you arrive at capital city of Kathmandu and board a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal which is the starting point of upper Dolpo Trek. Trekking through rugged trails of Dunai, Chhepka, Sumduwa we arrive at highest and deepest Lake of Nepal Lake Phoskundo and enjoy pristine surroundings for a day.  Further, we leave Sallaghari behind and arrive at popular ancient Shey Gompa monastery via Nagdalo La pass. We get beautiful views of Crystal Mountain, Kanjiroba Himalayas. In the similar passion, we cross Shey La and Jeng La pass respectively. These exceptionally beautiful places also have been captured in Oscar nominated movie ‘Caravan’. Finally, making our way through trans-Himalayan landscapes we trek towards Juphal and fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj. Best season for this Upper Dolpo Trek would be from the month of May to early September including monsoon months of June, July and August. As Upper Dolpo region lies on rain shadow area, rainfall is very rare. And we avoid winter season due to high snowfall here.

All the adventure enthusiasts with good level of physical fitness and passion towards exploring isolated places, walking and camping can join this trek. Near by the Shey Gonpa is the Mount Crystal Peak in Buddhist Shelri Kang. It is the Younger among two sisters of Mount Kailash, it is the elder sister in sisters another sister is in Humla Mount Shelmo Kang, like wise two younger brother are Mount Lapchi and Mount Tsari.

  1. Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150m flight 1 hour

    Today afternoon we fly to Nepalgunj lowland of western Tarai. To travel Dolpo we must spend a night in Nepalgunj because Dolpo flight take early in the morning and connection flight from Kathmandu can not catch. If group size 12+ pax than we can arrange connection flight to Dolpo from Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

  2. Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal after lunch trek to Dunai 2850m 2-3 hours

    We fly to Jhupal after breakfast in Nepalgunj hotel. Juphal town is beautifully located over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to its north. Here, we meet our trekking staff and begin the Upper Dolpo Trek. We walk through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its narrow gorge. We continue walking to Dunai which is the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. We explore the small town Dunai and acclimatize. Overnight at Camp

  3. Trek from Dunai to Ankhe 2896m 5-6 hours

    We leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. The trail ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk we get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe the entrance point of Shey Phoksundo National Park. Overnight at Camp

  4. Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat 2070m 5-6 hours


     Our trail ascends and descends along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat where we spend the night.  Overnight at Camp

  5. Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake 3600m 4-5 hours

    We continue our journey along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge, we walk on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail passes through a cedar forest before reaching Palam village. From here we trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Next, our trail descends through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the picturesque Ringmo village with its mud-plastered Chhortens and mani walls. From here it is a short walk to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. Overnight at Camp

  6. Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

    Today will be a well deserved rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During the day we can embark on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and it’s Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. During our short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture.  The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan-style Somba (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. Overnight at Camp

  7. Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola 3800m 4-5 hours

    Our trail moves around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the lake’s western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then we walk through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the camp side. Overnight at Camp

  8. Trek from Phoksunds Khola to Bhanjyang 6-7 hours

    For an hour we walk on a trail that leads us along the level path through a glacial valley which heads to north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. From here, we walk towards the north-east. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where our trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp near the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened ‘Snowfields Camp’. During our trek today we also get to admire the views of Chhamlang peak 6739m and peak 7 (6105m). Overnight at Camp

  9. Trek from Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa 4500m via Kang-La pass 5360m 5-6 hours

    In the morning, we ascend on a steep trail littered with slate towards the pass. The climb to the top of the pass is quite strenuous. From the top of Kang-la pass we get excellent views of the large valley dissected by a gushing river. We descend to the valley floor on a steep trail. Next, we walk on a meandering trail along the banks of a river, crossing and re-crossing it several times. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river.  We also pass through meadows where we see grazing yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra). After crossing a quaint log bridge, we reach the Shey Gompa compound where we will be spending the night. Overnight at Camp

  10. Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa


    Shey Gompa was built in 1655 and the monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. To the east of the gompa is holy Crystal Mountain which is one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Today is another well-earned rest day for acclimatization. We spend the day hiking around Shey village which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bonpo. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. Overnight at Camp


  11. Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun 4800m via Saldang La 5200m 6-7 hours Trek to Shey Gompa (4310m) via Kang La (Nagdalo La) (5350m) O/N Camp

    We begin the day by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang La pass. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and tiring but grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair is a comforting sight. In Namduna Gaun we visit Namgung monastery. The red stone monastery is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. Overnight at Camp

  12. Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang 3620m 4-5 hours


    We leave the village and climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we begin to see Saldang Village below us on a plateau high above the Namga Khola stream. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope and consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight at Camp

  13. Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa 4960m 4-5 hours

    From Saldang, we walk further north along the Nagon river on a wild and barren terrain. We begin our walk on a fairly gradual path with few ups and downs. On the way, we pass through Marang and Ki villages. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the river again before reaching Yangze gompa which houses an old Bonpo Monastery. Overnight at Camp

  14. Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu 4560m 6-7 hours

    From Yangze, there are two trails that connect to Sibu. To save time we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village, which will be much easier and shorter than the other route. From Saldang we walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, stupas, Chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then pass through the Namdo village, which is also prosperous, with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near a small settlement of Sibu. Overnight at Camp

  15. Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi 4900m 5-6 hours

    We walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, we arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Next, the steep trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass. Our camp will be set up in this beautiful meadow. Overnight at Camp

  16. Trek from Jeng La Phedi to Tokyu village 4200m via Jeng La pass 5090 5-6 hours


    We get up early in the morning and set forth on today’s trek. It will take us two long hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif. From here we descend on a rough trail to the Tarap Valley, a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains that extends twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu river. We camp close to the monastery at Tokyu. Overnight at Camp

  17. Trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap4040m 1 hour

    We trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh. Both the Bonpo and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap. We spend rest today resting and strolling in the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Our walks will help us get acquainted with the local culture of the area. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who are a hill tribe of Nepal. While here, we can visit a Buddhist Gompa which is Bonpo Gompa. Overnight at Camp

  18. Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola 3800m 6-7 hours

    From Dho Tarap we descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. We walk along juniper and wild rose bushes just above the tree line. On our trek we see herds of blue sheep and by the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka. Overnight at Camp

  19. Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon 3150m 4-5 hours

    We continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During our walk we pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of a path and we may have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon. Overnight at Camp

  20. Trek from Khanigaon to Tarakot 2537m 4-5 hours

    From the camp we follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. Our trail then passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. After reaching Tarakot, we can visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8 km east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The monastery stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Today we camp by the Tarap Chu river about 150 meters below Tarakot, near the police post.  Overnight at Camp

  21. Trek from Tarakot to Dunai 2140m 5-6 hours

    We begin our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will continue alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadi. From here the trail moves towards the west on a relatively easy trail.  We cross the river again near the Lochakhola Gaon and ascend to Dunai for an overnight stay. Today’s trek will mostly be on a wonderful gorge with pine trees. Overnight at Camp

  22. Trek from Dunai to Jhuphal 2-3 hours

    From Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip. Overnight at Camp

  23. Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and afternoon flight to Kathmandu



    We take the morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. We will have a farewell dinner in the evening. 

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Package Cost inclusions
  • All arrival and departures transport in Kathmandu airport
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Hotel in Nepalgunj
  • Phoksundo National Park Fees
  • Lower Dolpo and upper Dolpo Trekking permit fees
  • Guide and porters
  • All meals and camping during the Trek
Package Cost exclusions
  • Sightseeing and hotel in Kathmandu (we organize on client’s request)
  • Travel and health Insurance of client
  • Tips for support staff it is expecting
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