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  • DestinationNepal
  • RegionBest Selling Treks
  • Trip Duration27 Days
  • Max-Altitude4400m

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The Upper Dolpo Trek is a captivating journey to one of Nepal’s most remote regions, nestled between the Dhaulagiri mountain range and the Tibetan plateau in the mid-western part of the country. This 27-day trek is an ideal adventure for those with the time and commitment to immerse themselves in the authentic mountain lifestyle and enchanting Himalayan landscapes of this secluded region.

While not long ago opened to outsiders, Upper Dolpo has quickly gained recognition as one of Nepal’s premier trekking destinations, thanks to its unique blend of culture and nature. However, due to its isolated location and limited transportation infrastructure, Dolpo has remained relatively undiscovered by most, despite its remarkable natural and cultural richness.

Our 27 Days Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary takes you through stunning valleys, multi-ethnic settlements, and the grandeur of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba, among others. You’ll traverse lush forests of rhododendrons, pines, and oaks, offering an immersive experience of the rugged and remote far-western region of Nepal. The trek also ventures into Lower Dolpo, once its own kingdom.

This trek rewards you with glimpses of Tibetan Buddhist culture, the mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake, rare wildlife like snow leopards, and ancient monasteries, including the 800-year-old Shey Monastery. Additionally, the itinerary allows exploration of the largest national park in Nepal – Shey Phoksundo National Park. Shey Gompa stands as a primary attraction, where centuries-old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions coexist with shamanistic influences.

Throughout your trek, you’ll encounter perennial rivers, breathtaking waterfalls, lush meadows, diverse wildlife, and three mountain passes exceeding 5000 meters in altitude, ensuring a continuous sense of wonder and engagement.

Trip Highlights:

  • Trekking through Nepal’s largest national park, Shey Phoksundo National Park, with its diverse flora and fauna.
  • Mesmerizing views of the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo.
  • The possibility of spotting rare and endangered mammals such as snow leopards and blue sheep.
  • Exploring the ancient Shey Gompa, believed to be 800 years old.
  • Immersing in the remote lifestyle of locals and followers of Bon Buddhism.
  • Enjoying the stunning vistas from Kang Taiga (5950 meters).
  • Beholding the awe-inspiring sights of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna II.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s TIA, a Himalayan Trekkers representative will welcome you and take you to your hotel. After a brief rest, meet your trekking team and enjoy a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant.

Note: If you arrive before noon, we’ll visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. At Boudhanath, you’ll experience the peaceful environment, stroll around, and enjoy a coffee with a view. Then, witness the evening aarti ceremony at Pashupatinath and explore the surroundings before returning to the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour & Trek Preparation

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our guided sightseeing tour, visiting significant historical landmarks in the city. Our itinerary includes Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square. If you’ve already seen Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, we’ll skip them today. Instead, we’ll explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square in other parts of the Kathmandu Valley, all designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Swoyambhunath Stupa/Temple, perched on a hill, is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in the country, offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and known for its resident monkeys.

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square were former royal palaces, now transformed into museums, showcasing Newari culture’s art and architecture. Each square has its own unique charm, making them essential stops in the valley.

After sightseeing, we’ll gather at the office for a brief orientation about the upcoming Upper Dolpo trek. It’s also a good time to acquire any needed trekking gear and stock up on snacks, as these may be scarce on the trail.

Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj

Today, we’ll take a one-hour flight from Kathmandu Airport to Nepalgunj, a captivating town near the Nepal-India border situated in the Western Terai region of Nepal. Upon our arrival in Nepalgunj, we’ll check in at the hotel for a brief rest. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the local market, nearby villages, engage with the locals, and gain insight into their way of life. We’ll also visit Mahendra Park and a mini-zoo in the area. Rest overnight in Nepalgunj.

Day 4: Fly to Juphal & Trek to Dunai

After breakfast, we’ll fly to Juphal and meet our trekking team to start our adventure. The initial trail is easy, and we’ll trek comfortably for 45 minutes to Kalagauda. From there, it’s a 2-3 hour hike through lush terraced fields along the Thulo Bheri River to reach Dunai, the administrative center of Dolpa district. We’ll set up camp in Dunai, and if time allows, we may visit Bon Gumba (monastery) for panoramic views of the area.

Overnight in a tented camp at Dunai

Day 5: Trek to Ankhe

Leaving Dunai, we cross a suspension bridge and head west towards the Thulo Bheri Valley, eventually entering the Phoksundo River Valley. Along the way, we’re treated to mesmerizing views of Kagmara Peak. Passing through the small settlements of Hanke (eyelashes), Parela (eyebrows), and Rahagaon (eyes), we reach our destination for the day, Ankhe. We set up camp, enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by the team, and spend the night in Ankhe.

Day 6: Trek to Sulighat

Today’s trek involves challenging ascents and descents, which can be tiring. However, the trail rewards us with refreshing streams and occasional glimpses of the Himalayan ranges, providing relief from the fatigue. We pass through forests, cross passes, and traverse a grassy slope above the river. Descending along the river, we reach Ryajik. At the Silughar checkpoint, we present our Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park trekking permits, officially entering the national park. We’ll set up camp for an overnight stay on the banks of the Sulighat River.

Day 7: Trek to Phoksundo Lake

We start early, head to the Phoksundo and Pungmo Rivers’ confluence, cross a bridge, follow the Pungmo River’s western bank through a cedar forest to Palam village. As we ascend a ridge, we see distant views of Phoksundo Lake and its impressive waterfall. We hike through birch forests to the upper Phoksundo Khola, then reach Ringmo Village with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. Finally, we camp by Phoksundo Lake.

Day 8: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake & Explore Around

Today is a rest and acclimatization day at the higher altitude. After a relaxed breakfast in our tents, we’ll explore the area around Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo Village. Ringmo is a traditional Tibetan settlement with its own culture.We’ll take a short hike to Ringmo Village, visit the ancient Tshowa Monastery on the lake’s edge (900 years old), and interact with the locals to learn about their lifestyle. Then, we’ll explore the stunning surroundings of Shey Phoksundo Lake, Nepal’s deepest lake.In the evening, we’ll enjoy the starry sky with our crew as we prepare for the next day’s adventure.

Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Khola /Sallaghari

Today offers one of the most enjoyable trekking days in the Dolpo region. Following breakfast, we follow a narrow trail etched into a rocky ledge, providing stunning views of the lake. The path then leads us through a green meadow that opens up into the floodplain of the Phoksundo River. We continue through the valley, cross the river, and descend to the banks of the Shey-Phoksundo Khola. The day concludes with a final ascent to Sallaghari, where we’ll set up our tents amidst a charming pine forest, spending the night here.

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang

After breakfast, we embark on a brief trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, also known as Nangdala Base Camp or Kang La Base Camp. The day’s trek will take approximately 3 hours, with a leisurely pace. We follow a narrow trail along the Tuk Kyaksa River, crossing an old wooden bridge where the Phoksundo Khola meets another mountain stream. We’ll climb steadily through a glacial valley to a lush grassland, offering views of Kang-La Pass. Continuing along the canyon for another two and a half hours, we’ll reach Kang La/Nangdala Base Camp, a large rock slab with stunning views of Kang-La Pass, Chhamlang Peak 6 (6739m), and Peak 7 (6105m). We’ll set up camp here for the night.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa Village via Kang-La Pass

We start the day with a hike to Kang-La Pass (5151m), also known as Nangdala, offering panoramic views of the vast valley, Crystal Mountain, and the U-shaped canyon leading to Shey-Gompa. Descending, we cross the river multiple times, encountering yaks, sheep, and mountain goats along the way. Shey Village, with its modest houses and the revered Shey Gompa, stands as the spiritual heart of Dolpo. Situated at the confluence of Kangju Nala and Yeju Nala rivers, beneath the imposing Crystal Peak, this 800-year-old monastery is a significant landmark.

Day 12: Acclimatization and Exploration around Shey Gompa
rewrite short Another day of acclimatization and rest in Shey Village. Explore the village, renowned for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, Bon Po, and visit the historic Shey Gompa. The locals belong to the Chaiba ethnic group and the village is adorned with prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Mani walls. Shey Gompa is deeply rooted in the Chaiba community, housing followers of Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery, founded by Lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa, and holds great Buddhist significance. You can also venture to Tsakang Gompa, situated north of Shey Gompa, which serves more as a retreat than a monastery and was once a Tibetan meditation center frequented by renowned lamas. User shoter ChatGPT Another day of rest in Shey Village. Explore its ancient Bon Po culture, visit Shey Gompa, and learn about its rich Buddhist heritage. You can also check out Tsakang Gompa, a nearby retreat and former Tibetan meditation center.

Another day of rest in Shey Village, a chance to explore its ancient Bon Po culture, visit the historic Shey Gompa, and immerse yourself in its rich Buddhist heritage. Don’t miss the opportunity to venture to Tsakang Gompa, a nearby retreat and former Tibetan meditation center.

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon via Saldang La

Leaving Shey Gompa Village behind, we ascend through a juniper forest, eventually reaching the grey stone gorge. Zig-zagging along a rocky trail, we reach the stunning Salang-La Pass (4785m), offering breathtaking views of the Mustang region and Tibetan mountains. Descending from the pass, we encounter picturesque landscapes, grazing cattle, and nomadic tents, marking our entry into Saldang village with its stone houses and expansive farm fields along the Nam Khong Khola. We’ll explore the area, visit Namgung Monastery in Namduna Gaon, and continue our journey for the day.

Day 14: Trek to Saldang

Today, we follow the ancient trade route to Tibet, leaving Namduna Gaon after breakfast. As we ascend a slope, we transition to steep hills and rocky terrain. After a few hours, Saldang Village, the largest in inner Dolpo, comes into view, perched on a high plateau above the Nam Khong Nala River. We’ll explore the village, connect with the locals, and savor traditional SuCha (salt butter tea) or Chhyang (barley beer), immersing ourselves in Dolpo’s rich Buddhist and Amchi traditions. Overnight in a tented camp at Saldang Village

Day 15: Hike to Yangze Gompa & Back to Saldang

Today, we’ll take a side hike to Yangze Gompa (3885 m), also known as Yangtsher Gumpa, in the northern part of Saldang. We’ll follow the Nagon Khola along a windswept trail with some ups and downs, passing through Marang and Ki settlements. After crossing a tributary of the Panzang River, we’ll head east to reach Yangze Gompa, a thousand-year-old monastery. The monastery is known for its numerous chortens, making it a visually striking site and the highlight of our day.After exploring the monastery and paying our respects, we’ll return to Saldang. Alternatively, you can choose to stay at the Gompa overnight and return to Saldang in the morning.

Day 16: Trek to Sibu

After breakfast, we depart from Saldang village and continue on the trail, passing through terraced farms. Along the way, we’ll come across Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, and prayer wheels, adding to the cultural richness of our journey. Following the river’s path, we’ll reach Chaiba Monastery and Namdo Village, where we’ll visit Namdo Monastery. Our trek continues alongside the river for a few more hours until we reach Sibu village, where we’ll spend the night at a tented camp.

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-La Phedi

Following a satisfying breakfast, we embark on today’s trek, tracing the path along the edge of the Nam Khong Khola and crossing a creek. As we move forward, we venture into dense juniper, pine, and silver birch forests. After a brief distance, our trail starts to climb upward into a side valley, where the terrain becomes more challenging. We press on until we reach a junction in the trail and ascend to the base of Jenga La, passing by yak farms along the way. Our camp for the night will be set up in this picturesque meadow.

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La Pass

We begin our journey to Jeng La Pass early in the morning, reaching the pass after a two-hour trek. From the pass, we enjoy stunning views of the Dhaulagiri Massif. Afterward, we descend through a challenging route into the picturesque Tarap Valley, offering panoramic vistas of high-mountain plains along the Tarap Chu River, spanning 20 kilometers.Upon reaching Tokyu Gaon, we explore the local monasteries and chortens, eventually resting for the night near the Tokyu Monastery

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap

We start our day early, visiting the historic Tokyo Monastery before leaving the village. The trail takes us through a plain valley, passing fields, Mani Walls, and Chortens. Along the way, we may stop at the charming Chaiba Gompa and soak in its surroundings. Continuing our journey, we encounter more Mani walls and Chortens, eventually reaching our destination.Dho Tarap is inhabited by Magars and a few Tibetans who follow both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects. We set up camp, rest, interact with the locals, explore the village, and visit the Gompas.

Overnight in Dho Tarap.

Day 20: Rest & Exploration day at Dho Tarap

Spend a leisurely day exploring the charming village of Dho Tarap, which boasts colorful Buddhist prayer flags, numerous chortens, mani walls, and monasteries. The picturesque landscape includes lush wheat, buckwheat, barley, and potato fields, enhancing the village’s appeal. Dho Tarap is renowned for its appearance in Eric Valli’s acclaimed film “Caravan,” where Karma, Thinley, and their companions journey across high mountain passes to trade salt for barley.

You also have the option to visit one of the monasteries in the Dho Tarap area, such as Ribo Bumpa Monastery, Drakmar Dewa Monastery, Mekhyim Monastery, or Dhoro Monastery.

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka)

Descending from Dho Tarap, we enter a wide valley with juniper and wild roses. Keep an eye out, as you might be lucky enough to encounter herds of blue sheep along the way. By afternoon, we’ll reach the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, where the Tarap River continues flowing east. We’ll set up our camp at Kamakharka for the night.

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon

Today’s trek will be thrilling as the valley narrows, requiring us to jump from one side to another. We’ll also navigate man-made stone slabs fitted between the walls, requiring extra care. Our campsite beside the Tarap Khola is in a beautiful, shady spot under big, long trees.

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot

After breakfast, we depart Khanigaon and make our way to Lalberi village. We’ll pass through a dense forest, descend to another village, follow the river, and finally reach Tarakot. Here, the Sandul Gompa stands on a hill at the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu rivers. We will camp near the police post by the Tarap Chu River for the night.

Day 24: Trek to Dunai

Our trail follows the Bheri River, leading us to the village of Dunai, marking the end of our trek to Upper Dolpo. Upon reaching the village, we’ll take a well-deserved break and spend our evening enjoying some local wines, bottles of beer, or local brews.

Day 25: Trek to Juphal

We depart from Dunai, following the Bheri River and soaking in the beautiful landscapes along the way. We pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad Villages before continuing on to Kalagaonda and Motipur villages. Our journey concludes at the small airstrip in Juphal.

Day 26: Fly Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

We’ll kickstart our day with an early morning flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj, followed by another connecting flight that will wing us back to the vibrant heart of Kathmandu. As you touch down in the capital city, the day unfurls like a canvas, ready for you to paint with your interests.

Perhaps you’ll saunter through the bustling streets of Thamel, where every corner tells a tale, or venture into the time-honored markets of Ason and Indrachowk, where treasures await your discovery. It’s a perfect opportunity to acquire unique keepsakes for your loved ones, pieces of Nepal’s rich culture and history.

As the sun dips below the horizon, we’ll gather at an authentic Nepalese restaurant, where you’ll not only savor a delectable dinner but also immerse yourself in a traditional cultural performance, adding a vibrant and melodious note to the finale of our journey.

Day 27: Final Departure from Kathmandu

The moment has arrived for us to part ways, but the memories we’ve created will forever linger. Following a hearty breakfast, we’ll assist you with the check-out process at the hotel. Our commitment to your comfort extends to ensuring you arrive at the airport with ample time—three hours prior to your scheduled flight. Whether you’re headed back to your home country or embarking on the next leg of your adventure, your journey continues, filled with the echoes of Nepal’s wonders. Safe travels!

Cost Include


  • All Arrival/Departure transfers in a private vehicle
  • Twin/Double Sharing 3* Standard category accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Best available teahouse/lodge/guesthouse accommodations during the Trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) during the Trek
  • All required ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jumla & Juphal-Nepalgunj-Ktm) airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters & Crew
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical, and equipment for supporting crewmembers.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park Fees
  • Upper Dolpo Special permits
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Trekking & Camping / Kitchen Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable government taxes
Cost Exclude


  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunches & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle, etc.)
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc.)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the included section
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