Upper Dolpo Trekking

Trip Fact

  1. Duration28 Days
  2. Starts fromUSD 2670

Destination: Nepal

Trip Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Accommodation: Lodge + Camping

Upper Dolpo Trek is the enchanting mystic experience amalgamated with Himalayan nature. The journey takes the trekkers far away up to the Tibetan plateaus covering the hilly and Himalayan belt of Nepal. Nepal Hiking Trek takes you for this magnificent trekking which has the astounding views of the mountains including the clearer view of Dhaulagiri range.

Upon starting the Upper Dolpa trekking from the Juphal after flight from Nepalgunj the journey is greeted by gleeful innocent locals. The journey is similar to Lower Dolpo Trek however the extending period means more villages and more adventure. The Shey Gompa Monastery, Himalayan animals and birds inside Nepal’s largest national park the Shey Phoksundo National Park and the deepest lake of Nepal Phoksundo are the major highlights of the journey. The people of the Dolpo follow the Buddhism and Bon Po. Therefore their acts and lifestyles are similar to that of the traditional Tibetan people. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche himself created this tranquil valley during troubled times of Buddhists. You can observe the varieties of the animals like Blue sheep, Himalayan thar, leopards and many more in the region. The trail passes along the Phoksundo River originated from the Lake itself. Therefore, you can have every chance to witness the civilization on banks of the river as well. The journey takes you to alpine and scarse tree lines passing by the villages Ringmo and Palam. The gigantic waterfalls and landscapes continue to inspire you to trek further even if your body gets tired. Witness the authentic Himalayan lifestyle of the Nepalese people by trekking in the Dolpo region of Nepal.

Energetic and vibrant team of the Nepal Hiking Trek provides the authentic logistics and support for the successful Upper Dolpo Trek. Book the off the beaten trekking trail and experience Nepal in different way. 

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Upper Dolpo Trekking Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft).

Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Day 04:Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft).

Day 05:Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 06:Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours.

Day 07:Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 08:Today will be a merited rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 09:Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours.

Day 10:Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours

Day 11:Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 12:Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa.

Day 13:Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 14:Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 15:Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 16:Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 17:Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 18:Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours.

Day 19:Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 20:Rest Day at Dho Tarap.

Day 21:Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours.

Day 22:Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

Day 23:Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours.

Day 24:Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours

Day 25:Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours.

Day 26:Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

Day 27:Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 28:Departure kathmandu.

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Transport from the international airport to your hotel at your arrival by car/van/Bus.
  • Meals prepared by our best cook while trekking all days.
  • We provide Foam mattresses.
  •  Very warm Sleeping bag. (if you want to use ours)
  •  Good Sleeping tents, dining tent & toilet tent
  •  Staff Wages Sherpa's, porters, cook and sirdar.
  • Staff Insurance's Sherpa's, porters, cook and sirdar.
  •  All transportation costs of staff, equipment and food.
  •  All trek permits, park fees and local taxes.
  • Equipment allowance, wage, food and lodging of Environmental Officer
  • (Liaison Officer) deputed by the government (if applicable).

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Expedition personal climbing gears
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Emergency evacuation, Helicopter rescue if required
  • Bar bills & beverage
  • Extra expenses for personal and Tips for Guide,Porter and Driver.

Upper Dolpo Trekking Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft).Nepal Hiking Trek Airport Personnel will receive you upon your arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to hotel in Kathmandu. The overnight dinner will be hosted by Nepal Hiking Trek to mark your arrival in Nepal Overnight in Kathmandu.Included meals:Dinner.

Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.After breakfast this is the day for the sightseeing of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES and also for the briefing of the trekking. Places like Durbar Squares of Kathmandu & Patan, Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath will be visited during sightseeing. Overnight in KathmanduIncluded meals:Breakfast.

Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hourThe flight will take you to the flatland terai region of Nepal often considered as the hottest place i.e. Nepalgunj. During day time visit of the mini zoo or local market is taken place. Overnight in Nepalgunj.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Day 04Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Dolpo) (2,320m/7,610ft).Trek toDunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek,The flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal is splendid as the trekkers will get glimpses of the Annapurna series and Dhaulagiri. The scenery of the hilly landscape and villages on the trail towards Dunai is stupendous. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours.We leave Dunai and cross a suspension scaffold and swing toward the west taking after a trail past a doctor's facility. The trail climbs up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo waterway valley. Amid the walk we get to the perspective of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We pass through walnut forests, Dhera and Rahagaun towns, stroll down thick wildernesses lastly achieve Ankhe.Overnight in Ankhe.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours.Our trail rises and dives along a lush riverbank and ascensions on a soak trail. The high points and low points can be somewhat tedious; however there are a few streams en route that offer an opportunity to chill. The trail in the long run leaves the woodlands and goes through a green slant high above the waterway. We trek downhill on a trail encompassed by lavish timberlands some time recently achieving a precipice took after by a bewildering drop on an unstable stone staircase to the waterway bank. We keep trekking until we achieve Sulighat where we spend the night.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hoursWe proceed with our adventure along the valley floor to the conversion of the Phoksundo and Pungmo waterways. Subsequent to intersection a scaffold, we stroll on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail goes through cedar woodland before achieving Palam town. From here we trek up to an edge and appreciate removed perspectives of Phoksundo Lake and an astounding waterfall, one of the most noteworthy in Nepal. Next, our trail slides through birch timberlands to the upper compasses of the Phoksundo Khola, and afterward to the pleasant Ringmo town with its mud-put chortens and mani dividers. From here it is a short stroll to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake.Overnight at Phoksundo Lake. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08Today will be a merited rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake.Amid the day we can leave on a short climb to the town of Ringmo and it's Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Amid our short strolls, we likewise get an opportunity to get to know the neighborhood culture. The Dolpo individuals wear homemade dress that is some of the time colored maroon shading and they support Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and ladies regularly wear religious talismans and strings of coral, golden and turquoise.Overnight at Phoksundo Lake.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours.Our trail moves around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it forms on a rough edge along the lake's western bank. This insecure trail suspended on a passage of wood bolstered on pegs crashed into chasm in the stones, flags the remoteness of the territory we are going to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the way leads through a lavish knoll that opens up into the surge plain of the Phoksundo Khola. At that point we stroll through the valley, crossing the waterway and keeping away from the infrequent boggy swamp underneath and afterward going ahead the bank of the stream to the overnight camp. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hoursFor 60 minutes or so we stroll on a trail that leads us along the level way through a chilly valley which heads due north. At the intersection of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden connect. From here, we walk towards the north-east. A long climb brings us to a sheep knoll where our trail veers up a lofty gorge. A hard move to the top brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp close to the go in a place that Peter Matthiessen initiated 'Snowfields Camp'. Amid our trek today we likewise get the opportunity to appreciate the perspectives of Chhamlang 6 (6739m) and mountain 7 (6105m).Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Day 11Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours.In the morning, we climb on a lofty trail covered with slate towards the pass. The move to the highest point of the pass is very strenuous. From the highest point of Kang-la pass we get phenomenal perspectives of the vast valley analyzed by a spouting waterway. We dive to the valley floor on a lofty trail. Next, we stroll on a wandering trail along the banks of a waterway, crossing and re-crossing it a few circumstances. There are mud caverns coating the slopes disregarding the stream. We likewise go through glades where we see brushing yaks, several sheep and local mountain goat (Chyangra). After crossing an interesting log connect we come to the Shey Gompa compound where we will spend the night. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa.Shey Gompa was implicit 1655 and the cloister is noted for its monster copper with plated gold statue of a situated Shakyamuni Buddha. Toward the east of the gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the most unusual mountains, as its distorted bluffs are bound with quartz and installed with a rich assortment of marine fossils. Today is another all around earned rest day for acclimatization. We spend the day climbing around Shey town which is well known for its old pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. In Dolpo the old Tibetan lifestyle consolidates animism with the instructing of Buddha.Overnight in Shey Gompa.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours.We start the day by taking after a charming trail in the midst of juniper trees which slides into a dark, stony gulch. At that point the way starts to crisscross over exposed rocks and coarse dissolved soil until it in the end conveys us to the top of Saldang-la pass. The consequent drop towards the north is long and tiring however brushing yaks and sheep, and migrant tents produced using yak hair is an encouraging sight. In Namduna Gaun we visit Namgung religious community. The red stone monstery is worked against the scenery of a bluff on the north divider of a canyon.Overnight in Namuda Gaun.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Day 14Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours.We leave the town and ascend an incline and start a long stroll along dusty desolate mountains. Following 3-4 hours of hard climb, we start to see Saldang Village beneath us on a level high over the Namga Khola stream. It has a beautiful appearance. Saldang is the biggest town of the inward Dolpo range. The town extends for about two kilometers on an open slant and comprises of five towns having around eighty well-manufactured houses with almost six hundred individuals. It is a prosperous town not just agronomically additionally for its vital area on an exchange course to Tibet.Overnight in Saldang. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours.From Saldang, we walk advance north along the Nagon Khola (waterway) on a wild and infertile territory. We start our stroll on a genuinely continuous way with few good and bad times. In transit, we go through Marang and Ki towns. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the stream again before achieving Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery.Overnight in Yangze Gompa. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours.From Yangze, there are two trails that interface with Sibu. To spare time we will follow the way back towards Saldang town, which will be much simpler and shorter than the other course. From Saldang we stroll along a stream and go through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, piles of mani stones and a Chaiba cloister, then go through the Namdo town, which is additionally prosperous, with around sixty houses having almost 400 tenants. It extends for more than 5 km on the high inclines to one side of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo religious community is situated close to the stream bed. Our travel proceeds additionally down the waterway for an additional two hours to camp close to a little settlement of Sibu.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours.Pass by the caravans moving to Tibetan border along the Nam Khong Khola. In the eastern part we reaches the junction of small streams next to the steeply trail to ascend meadows just beneath Jeng La Pass. The camp will be in grazing spots or meadows.Overngiht in Jeng la Phedi.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours.Early morning we head for our trekking to cross the Jeng La Pass. The view of Dhaulagiri Massif is outstanding from top. Descend towards Tarap valley which is very marvelous valley with plains up in the Himalayas. Camping is done near the Tokyu monastery.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours.Descend further on a plain valley having the patches of green lush bushes on the banks of river. This is absolutely different than inner Dolpo region. Overnight in Dho Tarap. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20Rest Day at Dho Tarap.This is resting and general strolling day withing the village of Dho Tarap. This actually helps in mingling with locals and finding their culture. Overnight in Dho Tarap.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours.This day’s trekking descends towards the valley narrowing ultimately up to canyon. The forest of juniper and rose bushes above the tree lines along with the herds of blue sheep are usual sight for the day. Camping will be in Kamakharka meadows. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hoursContinuous walking down the Tarap River canyon or alongside river is major feature of day’s trekking. The trace of path might not be there on trail which you have to heed the instructions of the trekking guide. The gorge walking could be adventurous and wilderness filled as well. The camping will be on the banks of Tarap Khola near Khanigaon. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 23Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours.Traverse along the village of Lalberi and pass through the dense forest to meet another canyon. Once you have reached Tarakot the visit of Sandul Gompa offers majestic view of surrounding landscape as well. The camping will be on the banks of river near to police camp. Overnight in TarakotIncluded meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 24Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hoursTrail follows Bheri River and reaches Byas Gadi for lunch. The easy trail follows from this place onwards until we reach Dunai.Overnight in Dunai.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 25Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours.Again from Dunai the trekking continues along the Bheri River relishing the beautiful terrain. Villages like Dhupichaur and Rupgad are crossed before reaching the small airport or airfield of Jhupal. Overnight in Jhuphal.Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 26Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to KathmanduWe take the soonest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. After coming to Nepalgunj, we profit to Kathmandu for the following accessible flight. Upon our landing in Kathmandu, we will be exchanged to our inn. There is nothing to do except for exchange messages with travel associates and arrange the photographs. To commend the fruitful culmination of our trip, we will have a goodbye supper at night. Included meals:Breakfast.

Day 27Rest day in Kathmandu.You can spend this day shopping around Thamel or collecting back the memories of the trekking. This day is designed in case of contingency plans for the trip as well. Overnight in Kathmandu.Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

Day 28Departure kathmandu. Nepal Hiking Trek airport representatives will bid farewell you at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our glorious trekking ends here with promises to trek again in this beautiful Himalayan nation with us.
Included meals:Breakfast

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