Upper dolpo trek

Trip Duration
20/25 Days
Plane and public vehicle
Max. Altitude
Full board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) included
Lodge and Tea House Accommodation
May-Jun, Sept-Oct

Trip overview

The Upper Dolpo Trek is an extraordinary journey through the rugged and remote terrain of Nepal’s Dolpo region. This challenging trek spans approximately 3 to 4 weeks, taking adventurers through a pristine Himalayan landscape.

One of the trek’s main attractions is the opportunity to immerse oneself in the ancient Bonpo culture and experience the Tibetan way of life. This is a region where time seems to have stood still, and travelers can engage with the local people of Tibetan descent, learning about their traditions and way of life.

Nature lovers will be captivated by the stunning Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest in the Himalayas, with its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding snow-capped peaks. The nearby Phoksundo Waterfall adds to the natural wonder of the area, its powerful cascade a testament to the raw beauty of the region.

Along the trekking route, trekkers will encounter monasteries, mani walls, and chortens, providing insight into the rich local culture and religious traditions.

The remoteness of Upper Dolpo ensures a sense of tranquility and solitude, making it an unforgettable adventure for those seeking a truly off-the-beaten-path trekking experience. If you’re a trekker looking for both cultural immersion and natural beauty in a remote Himalayan paradise, the Upper Dolpo Trek is an experience like no other.

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You'll start your journey by flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in western Nepal. This city serves as a gateway to the Dolpo region. You'll spend the night in Nepalgunj.

After a short domestic flight to Juphal, the trek begins as you make your way to Dunai, a charming town at 2,140 meters. This marks the start of your trek.

You'll continue trekking from Dunai to Ankhe, passing through scenic landscapes and gaining altitude.

Trekking from Ankhe to Sulighat, you'll notice the terrain changing as you ascend into higher altitudes.

The highlight of your trek, you'll reach the stunning Phoksundo Lake at an altitude of 3,611 meters. Take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy your time by the deep blue lake.

A day to rest and acclimatize while exploring the area around Phoksundo Lake, including the Shey Gompa and nearby villages.

Continuing your trek, you'll move from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola, trekking alongside pristine rivers.

You'll reach Shey Gompa, an ancient and significant monastery, while hiking through this remote terrain.

A challenging day that includes crossing the Sela La Pass, offering breathtaking mountain views.

You'll pass through beautiful villages and finally arrive in Saldang, a unique Tibetan village.

Trekking to Yangze Gompa, you'll have the opportunity to explore this historic Gompa.

A day that takes you through Sibu and offers spectacular mountain vistas.

You'll trek to the base of the Jeng La Pass, preparing for a high-altitude crossing.

Crossing the Jeng La Pass, you'll descend to Tokyu Gaon, surrounded by stunning landscapes.

Arriving in Dho Tarap, you'll explore the unique Tibetan culture of the village.

A rest day in Dho Tarap to acclimatize, interact with locals, and explore the village.

You'll trek to Tarap Khola, following the river's course through this remote region.

Passing through Khanigaon, you'll observe the local way of life in this remote area.

The trek takes you to Tarakot, a picturesque village at a lower altitude.

You'll complete your trek by returning to Dunai, marking the end of your journey in the Dolpo region.

After flying from Dunai to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu, you'll have the opportunity to relax and reflect on your remarkable trekking adventure in Upper Dolpo.

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  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome/farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • Hotel stays in Nepalgunj, Jumla, and Rara Lake.
  • Domestic flight tickets between Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Jumla.
  • Lodge/guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
  • Trekking permits and national park entry fees.
  • Local trekking guide and necessary porters.
  • Staff expenses (food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment).
  • Trekking gear for porters.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Group trekking equipment.
  • Government taxes, VAT, and service charges.
  • Trekking map.

Not Included

  • Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance covering emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and other beverages.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Extra costs due to natural disasters or flight cancellations.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusive cost.


  • 1. What is the Upper Dolpo Trek?

    The Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote and challenging trekking adventure in the Dolpo region of Nepal, known for its pristine landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and unique wildlife.

  • 2. How long does the Upper Dolpo Trek take?

    The trek typically takes around 20 to 25 days to complete, depending on your specific itinerary and trekking pace.

  • 3. Do I need a permit for the Upper Dolpo Trek?

    Yes, you need special permits for this trek, including the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Shey Phoksundo National Park permit. These permits are usually arranged by trekking agencies.

  • 4. When is the best time to do the Upper Dolpo Trek?

    The best time for the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is stable, and the views are clear.

  • 5. How difficult is the Upper Dolpo Trek?

    The Upper Dolpo Trek is considered challenging due to its high altitudes, remote location, and rugged terrain. Trekkers should have prior trekking experience and be prepared for long days of walking.

  • 6. What is the maximum altitude reached on the trek?

    The highest point on the trek is the Sela La Pass at an altitude of approximately 5,094 meters (16,708 feet).

  • 7. Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

    While it's not mandatory to hire a guide and porter, it is highly recommended for safety and navigation, especially in this remote region. They also assist with carrying heavy loads.

  • 8. What kind of accommodation can I expect during the trek?

    Accommodation is primarily in simple teahouses or guesthouses in villages along the trekking route. Camping may be required in some remote areas.

  • 9. What should I pack for the Upper Dolpo Trek?

    You should pack warm clothing, sturdy trekking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, rain gear, a first aid kit, and other essential trekking gear. Be prepared for various weather conditions.

  • 10. Is it possible to arrange the trek independently or must I go with a guided tour?

    While it's possible to arrange some aspects independently, such as obtaining permits, going with a reputable trekking agency is recommended due to the remote and challenging nature of the trek.

  • 11. Are there ATM facilities along the trek?

    ATM facilities are not available along the trek. It's advisable to carry enough Nepali rupees in cash for your expenses.

  • 12. Do I need travel insurance for the trek?

    Yes, it's strongly recommended to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking, emergency evacuation, and medical expenses.

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