Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max Elevation: 5,350m
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Accommodation: $Tea-house

Trip Highlights

  • Crossing high passes Kangla 5350m, Sela 5095m, Muri La 5030m, Mola  5030m, and Ghami La 5450m
  • Explore the hidden kingdom of Mustang
  • Ancient salt caravan route
  • Ever color changing Sey Phoksundo lake

Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote land located to the north of Mt. Dhaulagiri range. The entire Dolpo region is in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri massif towards the Tibetan plateau. The vast region is part of the Karnali region, rich in natural and cultural resources and resembles the paradise. Separate from the rest of the world, the area is in cocooned state, thus presenting the perfect prospect for travelers looking for new lands and fresh knowledge. Trekking to Upper Dolpo will allow you to explore the rural areas in the Karnali region and take a sneak peek into the lives locals from this side of isolated world.

Upper Dolpo trek offers the lifetime experience of venturing off the beaten trail located deep in the Himalayas of Nepal. Undiscovered routes are the main features where the trail traverse to Sangda  La pass towards the Tibetan region. It also features Bagala and Numa La passes which are above 5,300 m each. You will experience a different world travelling through several high passes, hidden villages and barren lands. You will come across several isolated ancient villages, snowy mountains and a very beautiful lake with magnificent scenery view on the background of Mt. Kadmara and Dhaulagiri mountain range. The ancient Tibetan salt caravan trail exposes the life style and ancient trade patterns within the Nepali border.

Apart from these, Dolpo is filled with rare wildlife and ecosystem. Dolpo is home for elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, mountain musk deer etc. Throughout the trekking journey, you pass chain of high passes rich in spectacular panorama of Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa mountain ranges along with Mt. Riwo Drugdra also known as the Crystal Mountain etc.

Himalayas Hiking will make your journey a safe and memorable one. It is recommended that you possess past experience in travelling in vast barren lands to take on this trip. The difficulty level is strenuous and requires tent camping over the 5000m altitude. The walks and stays are in isolated areas, thus, it is also mentally challenging as well. Unlike other trekking routes, this route is uncharted and tough giving it more adrenaline and making it the tough road to reach the virgin land.

As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu, the preparation starts with a short stay in Kathmandu. The journey begins from Jhupal airport at Dolpo District via Nepalgunj. You must always listen and follow the instructions of the guides carefully for better enjoyment and safety.

Detail ItineraryExpand all

Welcome to the beautiful country. Transfer to the hotel and preparation for the trek.

Swayambhu Nath, Boudha Nath, Pasupati Nath, Kathmandu Durbar square

After few preparations, a flight to Nepalgunj. An evening walk around some monuments

An early flight to Juphal. from there trek to Sulighat

From Sulighat trek along the river through the old settlement of Ringmo village and pass several ups and downs. Reach Chepka and after the edgy steep reach Renje

Ascend the ridge and hike in the rocky terrain to Sumduwa village. Explore the Tsey Phoksundo Lake. Descend to Phoksundo river and reach Ringmo village.

Much needed rest day to adjust body with the environment. Roam around and explore the Ringmo village.

Tricky trek to unsteady path. Then be greeted with lush meadow into the valley until reaching the flat land of Phoksundo river for camping

Walk through glacial valley and the long steep ascend to sheep meadow followed by the valley of Kang la pass to finally Shey Gompa.

Early hike to Kang La pass and descend to the river bank that take pastor land before reaching the Shey Gompa.

Much needed rest day to adjust body with the environment. Roam around and explore the villages and the Gompa.

Descend to stoney canyon and head towards Namgung village. After exploring the Namgung Monastery pass through Nam Khong valley and reach the village.

Ascend the scree slope towards barren land Saldang the largest village in Dolpo.

Trek the unexplored areas the route alongside Nang Chu river. Slow slope makes the trail a bit easier in comparison to the previous days. Cross Panzang river to reach Yangze. Explore the ancient monastery.

Take one of the two trails towards Sibu. Long one passes through remote villages like Nishalgaon and Shimengao. Or retracing the trail shorter and easier one to Saldang village.

Cross the Nam Khong river before heading towards Tibetan border. Take a steep climb to reach Jeng La

Early trek towards the tip of the Jeng la pass and descend the rough trail to Tarap valley.

A long walk for the day starts with descent through valley and a narrow gorge. Further walk pass the bushy area before reaching Tarap Chu.

Early descend towards the Tarap river and walk alongside the river crossing some low river streams you reach Khanigaon.

Trek through Lalberi village and some forest. Descend further towards the river. Walking alongside will bring you to Tarakot

Retrace back to Jhuphal for last camping

Early flight to Nepalgunj and back to Kathmandu by flight.

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for final departure.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up/ drop
  • Ground transportation during the trip
  • Accommodation in a three star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Teahouses on stopping point during the trip
  • Accommodation in tented camp where guesthouse not available
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Trekking permit if necessary
  • Entry fee and permits to enter into national parks, heritage sites, and other places.
  • A professional and English speaking guide
  • A porter for two clients
  • Trekking Map
  • Insurance of support crew members and their other costs
  • A first aid medical kit
  • Local Mobile Phone SIM Card.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal refreshment expenses like soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, etc
  • Personal Utility expenses like telephone, internet, laundry, etc
  • Tips for support crew members
  • International Airfare/Airport tax/Visa Fee
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in Price Includes section

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