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Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Fact

Trip Name: Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Cost: 0

Activities: Sightseeing and Trekking

Trip duration: 26 Days

Accommodation: Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan and Tea house/Lodge during trek

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/All meals during trek

Mode of Transfer: Plane/Bus

Maximum Altitude: 4960m

Difficulty: Fairly Strenuous

Group size: 1-12 people

Suitable Time: March-May/Sept-December

Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Route Map:

Route Map:
  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Details
  • Check list
  • Altitude Map

Upper Dolpo is the region that has preserved pristine landscape and the ancient Tibetan culture and tradition. Upper Dolpo trekking trail is one of the off the beaten trekking trail in Nepal which offers rich Tibetan culture and untouched land of Dolpo. Dolpo region lies in mid- western part of Nepal in between the Dhaulagiri Himalaya Range and Tibetan Plateau in the north.The highlights of the trek are trekking through restricted region, exploring the untouched beauty of the rugged terrains, Observing picturesque mountain range, experiencing rich culture and lifestyle of Himalayan dwellers and many more. 

Upper Dolpo trekking largely falls on the Shey Phoksundo National Park (1,373 sq mi); which is the largest National Park in Nepal. Shey Phoksundo National park inhibits rich diversity of flora and fauna with some endangered species like Himalayan thar, Snow leopard, blue sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, 29 species of butterfly, 200 species of birds like wood snipe, crimson eared rose finch, Tibetan partridge and many more. Moreover diverse spectacular landscape of the park makes it one of the most scenic mountain park in the world. The turquoise lake Phoksundo (3,733 m.)- The highest altitude lake yet another major attraction of the trekking.

It was only after 1986 the region was opened for the trekkers to explore. Upper Dolpo trekking starts after you take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Juphal. En route you will pass through forests of Juniper and pine, Birch and Hemlock, Rhododendron and wild rose bushes, picturesque farmland, monasteries. Shey Gompa gompa is important trekking destination which was built in 11th century by lama guru named Guru Tenzing Ra-Pa. Upper Dolpo trekking is more like pilgrimage trek as twice in a year thousands of Buddhist pilgrimage visit the place. They encircle around or make kora around the Crystal Mountain which is believed to be younger brother of Mt. Kailash in Tibet.  The beauty and importance of this place has been written in the book like “Himalayan Pilgrimage” by David Snelgrove and “Snow Leopard” by Peter Matthiessen. This place has also been used as shooting location in superb film “Himalaya” by Eric Valli.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu (1,400 m) Arrival Day

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing day

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m)

Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2,404 m) , trek to Dunai (2,150 m).~35 minutes in flight, 3 hours trek

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,660 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 06: Trek to Renje (3,104 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 08: Excursion in Phoksundo Lake. 

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3630 m).~ 5-6 hours

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,120 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,126 m).~ 7 hours

Day 12: Excursion Day in Shey Gompa.

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon via Saldang La Pass (4,785 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3,903 m).~ 4 hours

Day 15: Trek to Yange Gompa (4,960 m).~ 5-6 hours

Day 16: Trek to Sibu (3,942 m).~ 6 hours

Day 17: Trek to Jeng La Phedi (4,369 m)

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,240 m) via Jeng La Pass (4,845 m)

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090 m).~ 4-5 hours 

Day 20: Dho Tarap Excursion Day.

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,800 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 22: Trek to Khani Gaun (3,150 m).~ 5-6 hours

Day 23: Trek to Dunai (2,150 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 24: Trek to Juphal (2,404 m).~ 3-4 hours

Day 25: Fly to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (1,400 m).

Day 26: Departure Day

More Information

When you travel to the new place for your holiday, food is most concern part of travel. While, traveling with Yarsa treks, you can experience the delightful cuisine of typical Nepali food, continental food, Italian food, Chinese food and different international cuisine. You will be suggested by your guide for good food during your trip. During the trek do not order many dishes and waste food, they have to cater more trekkers before they run off stuck. It is very hard and takes week or more for caravan and porter to brings the food in these places. You will take lunch in route side, breakfast and dinner will arrange in the same lodge/Tea house.

Drinking Water:
During the trek you can get the bottled water but it is hard to dispose plastic and it will be the big problem for environment. We will provide purified mineral water during trek. In tea house you can get bottle water and mineral water in additional cost. It will better to drink mineral water rather than bottled water.

We provide you best touristic hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara with best location. During the trek tea house is main accommodation for trekkers. A tea house is combination of lodge and restaurant. In the tea house lodge are fairly basic, some tea house you can get separate room but in the high altitude rooms are spare with two beds with blanket and little additional furniture.  There will be large dining room where you can get the warm by Bukhara stove. In the tea house there will be the solar electricity but these days most of the tea houses have electricity for charge Camera, Mobile phones and other small appliances.

Things to take:
This is very active trip we can’t stay in same place. You can take very light and necessary things. You will get porter he will carry 30 kg it means 2 trekkers=1 porter. Porters are allowed to carry 30 kg of your stuff. Porter will carry your necessary stuff in duffel bag.

Altitude Map & Route Map:
Yarsa Treks will provide you complete route map and altitude map. At the end of the trip we will provide you Yarsa Treks T-shirt for the memory of trekking with us.

Health & Fitness:
These treks are some of moderate and some of strenuous, passionate trekkers should have ability to walk for 4-7 hours a day. Trekking to the high altitude is more challenging than the low altitude. To complete the trip we have good health, average physical fitness, passionate, confidence, determination and positive attitude. If you have past hiking experience or exercising habits it will be the better for your trek. If you have pre-existing health problem such as lung, heart and other diseases it is better to consult with your doctor or inform Yarsa treks before booking the trip.

Suitable Time to Trek:
For Trekking to the high altitude we should concern about the weather condition. Autumn (Sept-Nov) and spring (March-May) is the best season for trekking in Himalayas. Trekking in summer and Monsoon (June-Aug) is affected by rain. You can also trek in winter but tempters could be most harsh for most trekkers.

Trip Dates/Cost:
Check available start date in our site and for cost please contact us for your departure date.

Important notes:
If you’re confused to pack up your necessary things just see in the check list tab. Bring light and necessary things. You will need medium size bag to carry your daily usable stuff. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the trek.

Note: We can customize trip as possible client’s time frame. We are delighted to take you Himalayan region according to the itinerary.

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,400 m).
Upon your Arrival we assist you from the Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel. After getting rest and refreshed we will take you for dinner with Nepali cuisine and cultural dances. Rest overnight

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
Today we provide you a short tour over Kathmandu valley to visit world heritage sites and sightseeing spots. We will visit UNESCO world heritage sites Hindus holy temple Pashupatinath, biggest stupa in nepal Boudhanath, oldest temple Swayambhunath (known as monkey temple), and darbar square. Prepare for the trek and rest overnight.

Day 03: We fly for Kathmandu to Nepaljung (150 m).
Today we fly for an hour from Kathmandu all the way to Nepalgunj. After 1hour flight we will be west part of Terai region. Nepaljung city lies near the border of Nepal and India. We will visit the local market, see mini zoo and see the cultural diverse. After exploring around city we will take rest and overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Fly from Nepaljung to Jhupal (2,400 m) and trek to Dunai (2,150 m).
Today early in the morning we fly for 35 minutes all the way to Juphal (2,400 m) and then Trek to Dunai (2,150 m) walking for 3hours. We can get the magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range to the north. Beautiful town located over the Himalayan foothill. Here we meet our trekking crew and begin opur adventure trail to walk through terraced field to reach Dunai. Trail moves through Bheri river and its gorge. Next we reach Dunai which is administrative of Dolpa district. Explore Dunai and rest overnight.

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Ankhe (2,660 m).
Today we trek from Dunai walking for 6hours all the way to Ankhe (2,660 m). we start our trail after short brief about route and safety. We start trail by crossing suspension bridge and turn west to past a hospital.  Trail ascend to treeless area to reach Thulo Bheri valley and Phoksundo valley. Next we pass through Dhera, Rhagaun and descend to dense forest. After cross dense forest we will be in Ankhe and rest overnight.

Day 06: Trek from Ankhe to Renje (3,104 m).
Today we trek from Ankhe walking for 7hours all the way till Renje (3,104 m). trail goes through ascend and descend along wooded river bank climb to steep trail, cross west bank of the river and Raktang settlement. After Raktang we will cross hut and horse pasture over the ridge. Trail moves through grasses and trail to junction to Phoksundo lake. After rocky path to Chepka  climbing ridge and continue upstream to Renjo and rest overnight.

Day 07: Trek from Renjo to Ringmo/ Phoksundo lake(3,600 m).
Today early in the morning we trek from Renje walking for 6-7hours all the way to the famous Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m). After short brief about route and safety trail start climb up and descend to cross wooden bridge. Trail leads along the valley floor by climbing up and down, it takes 1hour to confluence of Salighat (Phoksundo river). Continuous walk will brings us to Sumduwa. Next you will see the yello roofed house look like monastery but that is cultural school for Tibetan refugee, pass school, forest and grassy slopes high above the river. Before crossing ridge we have to move through prayers flag withg spectacular view of highest waterfall which is 200 meter high and Phoksudo lake. Lastly we descend to Ringo village at the bank of Phoksundo Lake and Rest overnight.

Day 08: Excursion day in Phoksundo Lake (3,600 m).
Today we explore around Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village. We visit white Thasung Chholing Gompa and hike to the hill to see the spectacular view greeny and blue water of Phoksundo. Here we can see different species.

Day 09: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo khola (3,630 m).
Today we leave Phoksundo Lake and walk for 6hours all the way to Phoksundo Khola (3,630 m). trail continue from west bank and unsteady suspended gangway of woods supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rock, that symbolize the remoteness of area we are about to enter. Western edge leads us to meadow that opens upto flood plain of Phoksundo. We walk through valley, Crosses River and coming to the bank of the river and rest overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Pkoksundo khola to Phoksundo Bhangyang (4,120 m).
Today we trek from phoksundo khola walking for 7hours till Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,402 m). We start our trail through glacier valley and crosses bridge of Phoksundo khola. After bridge long climb lead us to sheep meadow; from here we can see Kang La Pass (5151 m) and descend to Phoksundo Bhanjyang and rest overnight.

Day 11: Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa(4,126 m) via Kang La Pass (5,151 m).
Today early in the morning we trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang Crossing the Kang La pass (5,151 m) walking for 7hours all the way till Shey Gompa (4,126 m). after breakfast we start climb KangLa Pass; here we can get view of down large valley. After La Pass descend to valley and trail lead us long meandering. Next we cross river several times and pass through mud caves, meadow (where yak and sheep grazing) and crossing long wooden bridge will lead us to Shey Gompa and rest overnight.

Day 12: Acclimatization day over Shey Gompa.
Explore the place around and visit the sightseeing spots, cultural places etc. today we explore ancient Shey monastery ; the name Shey means crystal in Tibetan language which is describe in Snow Leopard novel. At the north side there is a Tsakang Gompa; which ie less monastery then meditation center. In Tsakang lots of lama meditates here. Shey Gompa belongs to Chaiba community and Lama Tenzing Ra-Pa built this Gompa in 11th century. This Gompa is famous for Buddhist Bon PO culture. Shey gompa located above the Yeju and Nala River. Explore cultural values and rest overnight.

Day 13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung via Saldang La Pass (4,785 m).
Trek from Shey Gompa to Today early in the morning we trek from shey Gompa walking for 7hours crossing the Saldang La pass (4,785 m) to Namgung. We start following pleasant trail and descend to grey stone canyon. Zigzag path bare rock and eroded soil brings us to Saldang La Pass(4,785 m) , next descend to north and meet pasture of sheep and yak. Then trail lead us to Namgung village. We explore monastery, village and  rest overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3,903 m).
Today we trek from Namduna Gaon walking for 4hours all the way to Saldang (3,903 m). we move through slops and climb over it. After 3-4 hours climb we can see Saldang below on a plateau high above the Nam Kong mala. Saldang is one of the largest settlement in inner Dolpa Saldang includes more than five villages and this is the ancient trade route to Tibet. Explore around and rest overnight.

Day 15: Trek from Saldang to Yange Gompa (4,960 m).
Today we trek from Saldang to Yange Gompa walking for 5 hours. We begins gradual trail with little ups and down. On the way we pass through Marang and Ki village, crosses Panzang river and walk towards east and cross river again before reach Yange Gompa; which houses old Bon Po monetary. Explore around and rest overnight.

Day 16:  Trek from Yange Gompa to Sibu (3,942 m).
Today we trek from Yange Gompa to Sibu walking for 6 hours. Here we get two trails to reach Sibu. To save our important time we will move back and walk along the river and pass through terraced field, Mani wall, stupa, and Chaiba monastery. After crossing Namdi monastery  we will be Sibu and rest overnight at Sibu.

Day 17: Trek from Sibu to Jeng La phedi (4,369 m).
Today we trek from Sibu to Jeng La phedi walking for 6 hours. We walk along Nam Khong Khola. This way used by caravans with yaks moving towards Tibet border. Turning east and walking for a while, pass two streams and ascends to grazing area below Jeng La phedi and rest overnight.

Day 18: Trek from Jeng La phedi to Tokyu Goan (4,240 m) via Jeng La Pass (4,845 m).
Today we trek from Jeng la phedi all the way to Tokyu. We start our trail by ascending Jeng La Pass in couple of hours. Here we can see the north face of giant Dhaulagiri.  Descend rough trail to Tokyu Goan and rest overnight.

Day 19: Trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,090 m).
Today we trek from Tokyu Gaon walking for 4-5hours all the way to Dho Tarap (4,090 m). Our trail moves descend to the plain valley with lush grass both side of the river and deserted mountain with the view of Ladakh Himalaya. Here Buddhist sects and Bon Po practice in valley. Next we reach to Dho Tarap and rest overnight.

Day 20: Excursion day in Dho Tarap.
Today we explore around Dho Tarap. DhoTarap has its meaning, it means “end of the valley or lower valley” in Tibetan language. See the beautiful stone wall, explore local culture. In Dho Tarap village there are 40 houses divided in three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by Tibetan and Magars. We can visit Bon Po gompa and rest overnight.

Day 21: Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (3,800 m).
Today we trek from Dho Tarap walking for 7hours all the way to Tarap Khola(3,800 m). We start our trail descend towards wide valley which lead us in to gorge and walk through juniper bush, wild rose, dry Himalayan valley. On the way we can see blue sheep and reach confluence of the Tara Chu and Lang khola. Next, stream that joins to the Tara khola and rest overnight.

Day 22: Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150 m).
Today we trek from Tarao Khola all the way to Khanigaon.  We start our trail to down gorge of the river and valley becomes narrow in a deep gorge. Some time we couldn’t find trace af any path at that time we have to walk through stone slabs which is fitted on logs in between the walls which is act as a bridge. Next, we reach to Khanigaon and rest overnight.

Day 23: Trek from Khanigaon through Tarakot to Dunai (2,537 m).
Today we trek from Khanigaon to Dunai via Tarakot walking for 6hours. We fallow trail to village of Lalberi then pass through impressive forest and descend and gorge walk continue to the following the river. Take down stream to Tarakot with colorful terraced field. After lunch in Tarakot we walk edge of Bheri river with the tremendous gorge with pine trees then we will be in Dunai and rest overnight.

Day 24: Trek from Dunai to Juphal.
Today we trek from Dunai walking for 3hours to Juphal (2,404 m). We fallow the Bheri River and we back to Juphal. It is the short distance trek. After reaching Jupal you can celebrate your last night at Dolpa and Rest overnight.

Day 25: Fly from Juphal - Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
Today early morning we take scenery flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj with the spectacular view of Annapurnas and Dhaulagirio to the north. After arrive in Nepalgunj it takes few hours to connect another flight to Kathmandu so, you can get fresh and comfort in hotel before connect to the flight. When you reach Kathmandu there will be the celebration on completion of your journey and rest overnight.

Day 26: Farewell friends.
Today after lunch we transfer you to the international airport for your final departure. There will be short farewell program before your departure.

Cost Include:

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • All accommodation with breakfast at a Tourist standard HOTEL in Kathmandu.
  • All entry fee and tourist charge and National Park Permits fee throughout the trek.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • All national transportation fee.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Exclude:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Extra food and beverage charge.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment’s
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
  • Emergency rescue charge.

This list of equipment will help you to bag pack for your trip. You can check the list while packing your bags.  These lists may require vary or little according to the season and your trekking duration. The weight is limit for 15 kg (33 pounds), we suggest you to carry only the valuable things. Your luggage will be carry by porter but you require carrying bag pack with important and valuable things on your own.

Important Documents:

1. Valid Passport, 2 passport size photos
2. Airlines tickets
3. Separate photo copy of your passport
4. Visa form (easily access in Nepal airport)
5. Insurance paper
6. Cash/credit card/ATM/Machine card for withdraw, checks

Head Wear:

1. Sunhat or Scarf
2. Light balaclava or fleece hat
3. Sunglasses
4. Head torch

Upper Body Wear:

1. Cotton T-shirt or thermals
2. Fleece Jacket
3. Down Jacket

Lower Body Wear:

1. Light weight cotton pant
2. Water proof pant
3. Hiking trouser or woolen trousers

Hands Wear:

1. Gloves
2. Light weight fleece gloves

Feet Wear:

1. Thin inner socks
2. Thick warm wool socks
3. Comfortable hiking Boots

Accessories Equipment:

1. Sleeping bag 
2. Trekking Bag/Duffel Bag
3. Large plastic Bag (for keeping things dry inside trek Bag)
4. Trekking poles (optional)
5. Water Bottle or Camel Bag etc.


1. Water purification tablets or filter
2. Anti-altitude sickness pills
3. Anti headache pills
4. Stomach antibiotic
5. Skin-blaster repair kit
6. Cold pills
7. First aid tapes and plasters
8. According to health prescription

Personal Huygens:

1. Tissue/Wet wipes/Toilet roll
2. Anti Bacterial hand wash


1. Quick dry Towel
2. Toothbrush and paste
3. Multipurpose soap
4. Face and body moisturizer
5. Female Huygens product

Extra Items: 

1. Guide Book
2. Diary and pen
3. Swimsuit
4. Voltage converter
5. Plug adapter
6. Cigarette lighter and Match box
7. Campus and Gps (optional)
8. Small alarm clock
9. Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
10. Small folding Knife etc.

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