• Camping around Phoksundo Lake
  • Beautiful Phoksundo lake
  • On the way to Dolpo
  • Traditional house of Dolpo region

Upper Dolpa Trekking-25 Days  


Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper Dolpo trekking is a truly isolated corner of Nepal, which lies in the midwestern of Nepal and also known as the district behind the Himalayas.  It has become the most charming destination for trekkers in Nepal. Here in this region, the cultural traditions are basically linked with the Tibetan culture. Dolpa region is fully covered with natural beauty, stunning charm and also it provides a good habitat for the snow leopard, blue sheep, ghoral , Himalayan black beer, etc. Upper Dolpo trekking is a really unforgettable trip for every visitor. Here we can observe a different rain shadow, landscapes with glowing mountain view, amazing flora and fauna and beautiful birds along with varieties of butterflies. This district is also known as the treasure of medicinal herbs and natural hidden wonders.

  The main occupation of this district is agriculture. People of this region live in remote villages of the western highland of Nepal. Lifestyles of this region are closed to an ancient one. These trails take you through the main highlight of Dolpo district “ Shey Phoksundo National Park”  and the deepest and beautiful lake “ Shey Phoksundo lake” which is totally free from aquatic life. Those people who walk through Dolpo speak and write about the beauty of this region they love and respect the traditions and people of Dolpa district. This package is suitable for every people who loves doing hiking through the beautiful nature so, choose this package and enjoy Walking with your family and friends to spends your remarkable holidays. Trekking In Nepal will always make you happy and makes your captured moments unforgettable.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel

In this country of Himalayas you are most welcome from core of our heart. On your arrival in Kathmandu airport, our representative welcomes you with the warmest greeting and reception. Then you will be shifted to your selected hotel. Rest of the time you can utilize as per your interest. We meet at the evening to have welcome dinner together. You enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with fantastic cultural dance presentation. 

  3/5***Hotel

  Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Our second day is for a sightseeing tour to several of the cultural UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu city. An expert city guide will guide us to sacred Hindu temples, Buddhist shrines and historical monuments as you become acquainted with Nepalese culture and traditions. Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Thereafter, Trekking Mart will give briefing the trekking program and also re-check equipment’s packing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - (150m)

 Breakfast at hotel and transfer to domestic airport around 8.30 am to catch up 10.30 am flight.  Nepalgunj is situated in south western part of Nepal a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritages. It includes Bageshowri temple, Nepal’s one of the important Hindu temples.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day0 4: Flight from Nepalganj to Juphal - 2475m

We will reach Juphal just in 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj with beautiful views of snowcapped mountain. Juphal is a small mountain village, where we can breathe cold and fresh air than that of Nepalgunj. We will stay here because we have to arrange porters and other remaining equipments.

  Hotel

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Trek Juphal to Chhepka - (2838m) - 6 hrs Walk

 From Juphal, we have to descend through wheat and vegetables field to reach Thuli Bheri River. A big suspension bridge will lead us to the entrance of Shey Phoksando National Park (SPNP), Nepal?s largest National Park with the area of 3,555km/sq. It comprises the Trans Himalayan ecasy stem and the Tibetan type of floras and faunas. You have to pay 1000NPR, except tourists from SAARC countries. We will follow Suli Khola viewing a part of the Dhaulagiri Range. We have tea while we pass through the village as can stay there. We can enjoy the tea with honey, pure and fresh honey. Then we will trek through the trail surrounded by pine tree line spruce, fir, Juniper and Cyprus and bamboo forest. Really a beautiful time to get close with nature. At the end of the day we will reach Cheep Ka, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal..

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Chhepka to Palam - (3820m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

To reach to Palma, we have to pass through beautiful forest, following a river. We have to ascend sometimes and descend sometimes. On the way we can see the local people with their mules as dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow). Loaded with thongs to sell. After 4 hrs we will reach Reechi village, leaving behind Reechi we will reach Chumuwar after 2 hrs. There is a Amchi Hospital, an Amchi is a doctor who is educated in traditional Tibetan medicine. You can have treatment from herbs and numerals. Interested person can donate for this Hospital. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Palam to Phoksundo Lake - (3620m) 4 hrs Walk

It takes about 4 hrs to reach Phoksundo Lake. We have to climb steep about 2hrs. before reaching the top, we can have the new of Nepal?s highest waterfall, a spectacular waterfall of 107m high knows Phoksundo waterfall as known as sunlight waterfall. Then we will descend from the top to get Ringmo village a small charming village. People residing here practice Bonpo religion, religion related to Buddhism but it is older than Buddhism. The religion was founded by Buddha Lonpa Shanrab Miwo, 18000 years ago. It is believe that Dolpa used to be the centre of Bon Kindom called Zhang. It a big and powerful kingdom in present western and north western Tibet. It is believed that in the century Zhang was defeated by the Buddhist kingdom of Tibet and Bonpo disappeared completely, but still some people practice it. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Rest Day in Poksundo Lake

To make success full trek, we should have rest at least for one day to admire the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and visited nearby villagers inhabited by Bon and Buddhist religion. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day0 9 : Trek from Poksundo Lake to Salla Ghari - (3640m) - 5-6 hrs Walk:

This day, we will enter restricted area of Upper Dolpo. We will follow the famous trail where the famous movie called CARAVAN of Eric Valli was casted. This trail is used by peoples of Dolpo and other trade with Tibetans. Ti is really adventurous to pass through the trail. When we reach the top we will have beautiful view of Lane Ringmo, the dark green pine forests and snow capped mountain to the South. We will have to descend first and ascend through a wide valley which will let us to have spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal (66612m) then we will reach an alpine area with junipers called Thaneba or Lake side camp, a beautiful place of camping. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day10: Trek from Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa - (4120m) 6 hrs Walk:

This day we will have Salla Ghari, trekking through between high rock walls on both sides and crossing a couple of streams. We will enter a arrow gorge where will set our camp. We can continue trek but there is possibility of altitude sickness problem. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day11 : Trek from Lar Tsa to Shey Gompa - (4320m) - 7-8 hrs Walk:

We will start trek by a long and strenuous climb of about 2 and half hrs over a dusty path to Kang La (5350m), also called as Ngadra La. We have to descend through pass covered with snow which is very steeply and after about 3 hrs we will reach Shey Gompa, a very small village with a couple of houses and the Gompa. It is a 11th century gompa, situated beneath the crystal peak on a small grassy plain, at the confluence of two rivers people believed that it was constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, who arrived here on the back of flying snow lion. It is also called spiritual heart of Dolpo. Every year many pilgrims visit his gompa to make Kora (clockwise circuit) of crystal peak. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day12 : Rest Day - Shey Gompa

You can explore around Tsakang Gompa which is at about 457m. It is not really a monastery but a retreat. Tsakang had been a meditation centre of many famous lamas from Tibet. Shey Gompa belongs to the Chaiba community, followers of the Padmasambhava and Kagyu sects. It was the first Kagyupa monastery and its founder was the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. The monastery was built during the 11th century. Shey is famous for its ancient Buddhist culture. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teachings of Buddha. Drutup Yeshe introduced Buddhism in the Dolpo valley. Many years ago he came to Dolpo and came across a wild people whose supreme God was a 'fierce mountain spirit'. Crystal mountain is to the west of Shey monastery. It is a very strange mountain indeed. Its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa stands above the confluence of Kangju nala and Yeju nala. Near the confluence there is a group of prayer mills turned by water wheels. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day13: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung - (4430m) - 6 hrs Walk:

To get to Namgung, we have to cross the pass Sheyla which is also called Geln La is about 5000m. While we are through the Glen pass, we can see beautiful view of northern part of Tibetan plateau, which is highest plateau in the world. To the east we can see Mustang. After through pass we have to descend to the pastures of Namgung. Peoples of Namgung heartily welcome us. It is a beautiful place with friendly environment. Overnight at Tented Camp inclusive all board of meals.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day14: Trek from Namgung to Saldang - (4046m) - 3 hrs Walk:

Our Trek to Saldang starts with climbing a tree slope. We have to ascend to 4700m before going down steep slopes to picturesque village of Saldang, situated on a plateau high above the Nam Khong nala and the biggest villages of lower Dolpo area. The village is prosperous, not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. Overnight at Tented Camp inclusive of full board meals.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day15: Trek from Saldang to Sibu - (4000m) - 6 hrs Walk

We will leave Saldang village and on way to Sibu we have to pass through terraced fields, Stupas, Chortens mani and a Chaiba monastery. Namdo, the next village contains sixty houses having nearby four hundred in habitants. It streaches 5km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. We will set camp near the small settlement of Sibu, right on the river bank. Overnight at Tented Camp inclusive of full board meals.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day16: Trek from Sibu to Jengla - (4480m) - 4-5 hrs Walk:

We will follow the line of the river valley and the trail is easy going initially. But after two hours, we must make another stream before turning into side valley where the rise becomes very sharp. Overnight at Tented Camp with full board of meals.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day17: Trek from Jengla to Tokyo Gaon - (4240m) - 6-7 hrs Walk:

To reach to Tokyo Gaon we have to cross the Jeng La which is about 4850m. It will take about 2 hrs climb to reach the top of Jeng La. Form the top of the peak we can have good views of Dhaulagiri, beautiful goldy views in the morning then we will descend towards Tarap valley. By the after we will see green valley which leads us by a beautiful trail down. Towards Tarap Chu. Tarap is a spectacular valley with vast plants in high mountains extending to twenty kilometer along the Tarap Chu River. It consist of ten villages with cultivated fields, many Gompas and Chhortens. Overnight at Tented Camp with full board of meals.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day18 : Trek from Tokyo Gaon to Dho Tarap - (4200m) - 2 hrs Walk:

To reach to Dho Tarap we will walk east along the downward lower of Tarap Chu. The trail is easy as it is well travelled. There are many mani walls, we can see but some of the Chhortens are in a bad situation. The Frencch School is just outside the village of Dho Tarap. Dho is surrounded by an irregular stone wall and consist of thirty four houses. Both Bonpo and Buddhist is inhabitant here. We will visit Buddhist Gompa where a Lama lives. He is very happy to show his monastery and might even let you see his private Gompa and the Thankas which he has made himself. Overnight at Tented Camp with full board of meals.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day19: Trek from Dho Tarap to Serkam - (3623m.) - 7 hrs Walk:

The next two days are longish with a choice of several different campsites so the itinerary can be flexible. Your route follows the course of the Tarap Khola, generally downhill. You go through narrow gorges with the river rushing through. One may see blue sheep, marmots, yaks, sheep and goats and perhaps meet people from Dolpo taking their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pastures for the winter. The afternoon brings more undulations in the path when it leaves the immediate course of the river. There is evidence of improvements to the trail where parts of the rock have been blasted out. You will also see the first of the modern steel suspension bridges which have been built to facilitate movement of people and animals. The track is very narrow in places. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day20 : Trek from Serkam to Tarakot - (2280m) 5 hrs Walk:

You leave Khanigoan by the new suspension bridge and then walk alongside the river, sometimes going very high before reaching down to the water again. Some of the going is quite demanding and one bridge, said to have unusable for six years, necessitates crossing on wet stepping-stones.Coming into the broad fertile valley of the Barbung Chu, you walk amongst the various crops of millet, sweet corn, barley, buckwheat, green beans, chillies and marijuana. Your lunch and night stop is high above the river but there is a standpipe for water. Tarakot is an old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong, meaning 'fort'. Before the Gorkha dynasty Tarakot was the capital and had a dzong. The famous Sandul gompa, which lies 8km east of Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu, stands on a knoll to the south of Bheri River and at one time supervised collections of tolls for the trading caravans traversing an area called Tichu Rong. As an alternative to camping at Tarakot, you may camp down by the river as there are good cooking facilities there and a clean, locked toilet for trekkers' use. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day21 : Trek from Tarakot to Dunai - (2109m) - 5 hrs Walk:

The trail is mostly down and fairly firm underfoot. Walking beside the Bheri River you use the ingenious path built twenty feet above the river. All too soon you have reached the village of Dunai and the camp site you used before. You will now have completed the circuit and can mark the occasion with a celebration party! Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day22: Trek from Dunai to Juphal - (2404m) - 3 hrs Walk:

You now retrace your steps to Juphal. Initially the way is flat but the final hour up to your destination seems steeper than you remember on Day One! Camp overnight in the grounds of one of the lodges. Overnight at Tented Camp, inclusive of full board meal.

  Tented Camp

  Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day23: Flight from Juphal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj:

Early morning flight to Nepalganj. This is a wonderful 35- minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. You then connect with the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 24: Buffer day

This is the leisure time in Kathmandu. You may explore around the city or just relax at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 25: Departure to your destination:

Today is your departure day, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.

  Breakfast

What is included?

  • All the airport pick up and drop off service
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and with Breakfast
  • Hotel in Nepalgunja and Juphal with all meals 
  • Domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu)
  • All the permits national park entry fees, special trekking permit and TIMS card fees.
  • Camping equipments (tents like Sleeping, Dining, Kitchen, Toilet, mattress and Kitchen utensils)
  • Full board during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Trekking crews (guide, Sherpa, porter, helper, cook)
  • Rain protection duffel bag for client luggage and first aid medical kit bag.
  • One half day Kathmandu sightseeing in cultural UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Rescue arrangement  in case of emergency

What is not included?

  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water, and soft drinks
  • Personal medical and evacuation expenses
  • Travel insurance 
  • Horse ride expenses incase you use
  • Extra night hotel in Nepalgunj due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather
  • Tips for trekking crews.

Price: USD 3800.00

Trip Duration: 25 days

Trip at a Glance

  • Trip Name: Upper Dolpa Trekking-25 Days
  • Trip Code: TMUD-01
  • Trip Duration: 25 days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Activities: Trekking/Hiking
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Camp/Lodge
  • Meals: As per mention in Itinerary
  • Transportation: Car/ Flight
  • Best Season: Spring, Summer & Autumn
  • Country: Nepal
  • Max Altitude: 5,360m
  • Group size: Min – 2

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