Upper Dolpa Trek

Upper Dolpa Trek

Trip Highlight

  • See snow leopards in the Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Explore across the greenish-blue waters of Lake Phoksundo
  • Explore Shey Gompa old monastery at the bottom of Crystal Mountain

Located in the Karnali region of Nepal alongside the Tibetan plateau, Upper Dolpa is one of the least developed yet picturesque regions. Upper Dolpa is the shooting location of the famous Oscar nominee movie, The Caravan. As observed in the movie, Upper Dolpa Trek also provides a glimpse of struggles that people in the remote area face in their day-to-day life. Upper Dolpa Trek also provides an opportunity to relish the rugged and scenic beauty of the far-western side of Nepal.

Details about Upper Dolpa Trek

Upper Dolpa Trek is one of the strenuous and off-beaten treks in Nepal. Lack of basic facilities along the trekking route brings hindrances on trekking in this region; it brings extreme thrill and joy at the same time. Upper Dolpa is considered the last reserve of pure Tibetan culture left in the entire world. Hence, it’s an opportunity for the trekkers to learn about the sheer Tibetan culture with the majority of locals following pre-Buddhist Bon religion.

Upper Dolpa Trek features walking through Shey Phoksundo National Park which covers beautiful valleys, ancient monasteries, and magnificent landscape. The park is also home to varieties of floras and faunas. Another highlight of Upper Dolpa Trek is the deepest lake in Nepal, Shey Phoksundo Lake, which is 145m deep. Shey Phoksundo Lake is also one of the most gorgeous lakes in Nepal. The trekkers will trek through lower Dolpo, many Tibetan settlements, rhododendron, and pine forests, and come across Shey Gompa, Jeng La Pass (5090m), Dho Tarap, Sala La Pass (5094m), Nagdalo-La pass (5350m), and many other striking landscapes en route. By the end of the trek, the trekkers will understand the real struggles one has to face in remote areas.

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  • Duration 28 Days
  • Vacation Style Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 5,360m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Best Season Mar- May , Sep - Dec
  • Group Size 2 - 12 Pax

Double/Twin Sharing In Hotel/Lodge

Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight

Full Board During The Trek

    Pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    We visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, all of them listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later, we discuss the details of our trek in our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Relishing the view of the Himalayas, we fly to Nepalgunj in the western plains of Nepal. Upon landing in Nepalgunj, we head towards our hotel in Nepalgunj. Later, we explore Nepalgunj market, local zoo, and then make the last minute preparation for the trek. Overnight at Hotel.

    We catch an early morning flight to Juphal. We relish the panorama of the snow-capped mountains throughout the flight. Jhupal is a beautiful town located at the foothill of the Himalayas and also the starting point of our trek. Trekking along Bheri River, we pass small villages to finally reach Dunai which is the headquarters of the Dolpa district. Overnight at a lodge.

    Trekking along Bheri River, we trek uphill on a narrow trail that leads towards Phoksundo River Valley. Chasing the splendid view of Kanjirowa Himal (6612m), we pass Dhera and Rahagaun villages on our way to Ankhe. From Ankhe, we trek through rocky ridges towards Sulighat. We then enter Shey Phoksundo National Park. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Chhepka. Overnight at a tented camp in Chhepka.

    We cross a wooden bridge over Pungmo River and enter Palam village. Enjoying the alluring view of Phoksundo Lake and one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal, we continue our trek to Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal. We trek through birch and rhododendron forests, Chortens, and Mani walls to finally reach Phoksundo Lake where we would spend our overnight at a tented camp.

    We cross a wooden bridge over Pungmo River and enter Palam village. Enjoying the alluring view of Phoksundo Lake and one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal, we continue our trek to Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal. We trek through birch and rhododendron forests, Chortens, and Mani walls to finally reach Phoksundo Lake where we would spend our overnight at a tented camp.

    Trekking continuously for 5-6 hours every day can be tiring. So, we take a day off from trekking to acclimatize ourselves to high altitude. However, we will be taking a tour of the outskirts of the turquoise lake and visit the nearby Buddhist monasteries. Overnight in Phoksundo Lake.

    We leave the tranquil Phoksundo Lake for Phoksundo Khola Camp. On our way, we pass some rocky trails before reaching Upper Dolpo. Trekking through a lush meadow, we then trek uphill and downhill on a steep trail to finally reach Phoksundo Khola. Overnight at a tented camp in Phoksundo Khola

    Trekking through a flat trail, we pass remote glacial valley and pass through steep meadows that give us the view of Nagdalo La Pass (5350m). We continue our trek and walk on a narrow trail which leads us to Phoksundo Bhanjyang where we would spend our overnight at a tented camp.

    Today, we trek towards the highest point of your trek i.e. Nagdalo-La Pass (5350m). Trekking through steep trail and rocky ridges, we reach Nagdalo-La Pass. Nagdalo-La Pass hosts a stunning view of the valley separated by a river featuring high snow-capped mountains. We trek across Nagdalo-La Pass and cross a wooden bridge to reach an ancient monastery called Shey Gompa. Overnight at a tented camp in Shey Gompa.

    We take a day off from trekking and spend this day exploring Shey Gompa. Built in 1655, Shey Gompa is an old Buddhist monastery featuring the big statue of a seated Sakyamuni Buddha. Later, we hike up to Shey village to learn the ancient pre-Buddhist Bon culture. Overnight in Shey Gompa.

    Trekking through juniper forests, we head towards Sela La Pass (5094m) which hosts the mesmerizing view of the Mustang valley and the surrounding Himalayas. Passing Sela La Pass, we cross few wooden bridges to reach Namgung. We take a tour of Namgung Monastery before setting up our tent for an overnight stay.

    Trekking uphill through the dusty barren mountain trail, we will have a couple of hard climbs before we reach Saldang. Saldang is the largest village of inner Dolpa area. We take a tour of Saldang where we find well-built houses with well-managed agriculture system. Overnight at a homestay in Saldang.

    Trekking along Nagon Khola, we pass some lush forests, terraces fields, Chortens, monasteries, and Mani walls on our way to Yangtsher Gompa. We cross a couple of wooden bridges over Panjyan River to finally reach Yangtsher Gompa. We take a tour of the oldest monastery of Dolpa region—Yangtsher—before setting up our tent for an overnight stay.

    We trek downhill towards Saldang. Trekking along small water streams, we pass some Chortens, stupas, and monastery on our way to Shimengoan. We also pass a couple of small villages and yaks, sheep, and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra) grazing in the fields en route. Overnight at a tented camp in Shimengoan.

    Trekking along Nagon Khola, we pass some grazing fields and small villages on our way to Jeng-la Phedi. We cross a couple of wooden bridges over Nagon Khola and reach our destination. Overnight at a tented camp in Jeng-la Phedi.

    We trek along rocky ridges that lead to Jeng la Pass (5090m) which hosts the alluring view of the surrounding Himalayas. We then trek downhill towards Tarap Valley. Trekking along Tarap Chu River, we pass several small villages to reach Tokyu Gaon. Overnight at a tented camp in Tokyu Gaon.

    We trek further downhill and pass through some villages where we get to learn the culture, dress, and lifestyles of people of inner Dolpa. We continue our trek towards Dho Tarap visiting the many monasteries seated on the bank of Tarap Chu River. After 5 hours of trek, we reach Dho Tarap where we will spend our overnight at a tented camp.

    Today, we take a break from trekking and explore the village of Dho Tarap. We visit some ancient monasteries, Chortens, and Bon-Po Gompa in the village. We spend our time with the locals who are mostly Tibetans. Overnight in Dho Tarap.

    Trekking through dense juniper and rhododendron forests, we trek downhill towards Tarap Khola. We may come across herds of blue sheep, yaks, and Chyangra grazing in the field. Trekking through steep and rocky trails, we reach Tarap Khola. Overnight at a tented camp in Tarap Khola.

    Trekking along Tarap Khola, we cross some wooden bridges over the water streams to enter Khanigaon. We trek through narrow stone-paved staircases that lead us to small Tibetan villages on our way to Khanigaon. Overnight at a tented camp in Khanigaon.

    Passing through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, and juniper, we come across a small village of Lalberi. We then cross a couple of wooden bridges to reach Tarakot. After reaching Tarakot, we hike up to Lam Gompa and explore its premises. Overnight at a tented camp in Tarakot.

    Crossing a suspension bridge over the Thuli Bheri River, we reach Lawan village. We trek alongside Thuli Bheri River until we reach Byasgad. We then cross a couple of suspension bridges to finally reach Dunai. We enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayas from Dunai. Overnight at a lodge in Dunai.

    On our last day of the trek, we trek along Thuli Bheri River to pass Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages on our way to Juphal. Relising the stunning landscape, we pass another couple of villages of Kalagauda and Motipur before we reach Juphal. Overnight at a lodge in Juphal.

    We’ll have back to back flights from Juphal to Nepalgunj, and then, Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. We relish the stunning view of the Himalayas throughout both of our flights. Upon landing in the capital, we drive towards a hotel in Kathmandu where you will stay overnight.

    You can explore the markets of Kathmandu and shop for souvenirs to take back home, or you can rest in your hotel room. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
    Overnight in Kathmandu.

    We bid you farewell and drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport with a hope of seeing you again.

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  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Jufal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at the finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Official T-shirt
  • Adventure Certificate (after completion the trek)
  • Additional meals and drinks.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Extra porter charge.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.