Upper Dolpo Trek

A mystical land where centuries-old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions are still alive

Duration Duration 26 Days
Meals Meals
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 3-times meals during the trek
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 4-nights hotel
  • 21-nights eco-lodge
Activites Activities
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Monastery Observation
Price Reduced US$ 3690 Price Starts From US$ 3190
Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Difficult
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5200 Meter
Activities Activity
Trekking
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
2 - 8 People
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Flight
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
6-7 hours trek

Overview of Upper Dolpo Trek

Off the Beaten path, unexplored trails and discoveries attract any trekker to the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal! Located behind the Dhaulagiri Range and connected to the Tibetan Plateau. The Upper Dolpo trek is filled with adventure, rocky highlands, and spectacular views of the Nepali and Tibetan Himalayan ranges. Lakes, mountains, traditional villages, and ancient monasteries fill this trek with experience.

From the Phoksudo Lake to the Shey Gompa, the trail is extraordinary, and views of Nepal’s mid-western plateaus and valleys make the Upper Dolpo Trek, also known as a mystical alternative trekking route in Nepal!


Upper Dolpo Trek Highlights

  • Adventurous camping trek to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal
  • Superb view of Crystal Mountain and many more
  • Visit ancient monasteries of the Dolpo district.
  • Explore remote areas of the western region.
  • Observe the Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Crossing Kang La (5350m) and Jyagla pass.
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (the Deepest Lake of Nepal)

The region of the Upper Dolpo Trekking is highly filled with Tibetan influences. Many of the villages still practice the ancient old Bon traditions. These villages are full of old traditions and culture. Our Peregrine guide will guide you into understanding the locality of the region.

Many honey hunters are also famous for their pure honey venture into the Dolpo region. It might be that we encounter these daredevils who live by gathering “Himalayan gold” from the highlands. In another part of the Upper Dolpa Trek, we head to Phoksudo Lake. Also known as the deepest lake in Nepal. Following the Phoksudo River that fills its surroundings with life gives you an excellent natural trail through valleys, streams, and highlands.

The Journey of the Upper Dolpo Trek

Like any other Nepal adventure, a scenic flight toward Nepalgunj and Juphal starts in Kathmandu. From here, the Upper Dolpo Trek officially begins. The trails are off the path as we head for the first three days towards Phoksundo Lake. After enjoying the scenery of Phoksudo, we head further towards the main settlements in the area in the Do Tarap Valley.

Along the way, we passed and stayed in different cultural villages. Here we can see the people in their daily lives, following old traditions. The Upper Dolpo Trek is impressive in magnificent valleys, culture, and mountain views. Also, heading through green forests and jungles near Tarakot lets you encounter various wildlife living in their unique habitats.

Staying in old villages, campsites, and guesthouses makes the Upper Dolpo Trekking such an adventure. The Peregrine Treks & Expedition team is always available for any route or region information. To get the whole experience, we ensure that the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal will give you everlasting memories!

Upper Dolpo Trek Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
    • Hotel breakfast and checkout
    • Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel by our
    • representative
    • Hotel rest / explore the streets of Thamel
    • A special welcome dinner will be organized in a traditional
    • Nepali restaurant
    • Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu

    Meals: Not Included

  • Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
    • Hotel breakfast
    • Meeting the Peregrine Treks & Expedition office for your
    • trek preparation
    • Sightseeing around Kathmandu:
    • Swayambunath Monkey Temple
    • Bouddhanath Buddhist Stupa
    • The Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath
    • The Royal Durbar Square of Kathmandu
    • The rest of the day is free for souvenir shopping or leisure
    • Overnight stay in Kathmandu city

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hour flight
    • Hotel breakfast and checkout
    • Our driver will transfer you to the domestic airport
    • Catch an hour flight to Nepalgunj located in the Terai
    • region of Nepal
    • Sightseeing n Nepalgunj
    • Overnight stay at Nepalgunj

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 04: From Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) flight and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 m
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Take the morning flight to Jhupal
    • From Jhupal we start the trek officially
    • Hiking through the terraced fields towards the narrow
    • gorge of the Bheri River
    • Continuing on we soon reach Dunai
    • Explore around Dunai
    • Overnight stay in Dunai

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: from our flight we can see fantastic mountain views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri! Did you know that Dunai town is the administrative headquarter of the whole Dolpo region!
  • Day 05: From Dunai to Ankhe trek (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • After leaving Dunai behind, we cross a suspension bridge and head west passing a hospital
    • Ascending upwards through the treeless Tulo Bheri valley we reach the fertile Phoksundo River valley
    • Passing by amazing walnut groves and the Dhera and Rahagaun villages
    • The trail descends now and leads us through dense jungles until reaching Ankhe
    • Overnight stay in Ankhe

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: today we get to see the mighty Kagmara peak!
  • Day 06: From Ankhe to Sulighat 5-6 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Starting with an ascending and descending trail, we follow
    • the riverbank
    • A steep climb brings us above the river and into more
    • grassy terrain
    • From here we head downwards back into the tree line we
    • reach a cliff
    • Here we take a drop-down and traverse a stone staircase
    • to the riverbank
    • A final trek brings us to Sunlight
    • Overnight stay in Sunlight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: while climbing up above the river, we can cool down in the various fresh streams. While heading down the stone staircase, we should take our time as it can be a bit wobbly!
  • Day 07: From Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft.) 4-5 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Following the valley floor, we reach the confluence of the
    • Pungmo and Phokundo Rivers
    • Crossing the bridge, we take the path leading to the western bank of the Pungmo River
    • Heading through a beautiful cedar forest, we reach Palam village
    • Descending from the Palam ridge, we head through birch forests to arrive at the upper reaches of the Phoksundo
    • Lake and Ringmo village
    • A short walk from Ringmo brings us to the shores of the
    • Phoksundo Lake
    • Overnight stay at Phoksundo

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: From the ridge of Palam village we get to see amazing views of one of the largest waterfalls in Nepal and the Phoksundo Lake, make sure to have your cameras ready after reaching Palam village! Ringmo has beautiful Chortens and Mani walls, but we get to explore them the next day.
  • Day 08: Acclimatization day in Phoksundo Lake
    • Breakfast
    • Today we enjoy Phoksundo Lake and explore Ringmo village
    • Before noon we hike up to Ringmo and explore around town and its unique Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
    • After taking our lunch, we get to relax at the lake or roam around and find that perfect photo spot
    • Overnight stay at Phoksundo

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: Ringmo villages have their traditions and culture, the people here where traditional attires. Homespun clothing, sometimes dyed maroon and Tibetan style footwear called samba or dacha. Religious jewellery is prevalent and made of coral, amber, and turquoise.
  • Day 09: From Phoksundo to Khola: 4-5 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We follow the western bank of the Phoksundo Lake around its rocky edge
    • Carefully traverse the slippery trail of wet rocks and trees
    • Once reaching the far west side of the lake, the path opens up into the flooded plains of the Phoksundo river
    • The road becomes difficult as the marshlands slow us down and we need to watch our every step
    • At the edge of the march, we reach the bank of the
    • Phoksundo River
    • Overnight camp at the Phoksundo River

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: From Phoksund Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We hike for about an hour along a level path into the glacial valley that leads us up north
    • After reaching the confluence of a mountain stream and the Phoksundo Khola we cross an old wooden bridge
    • Following the northeastern route, we got along and steep climb up to a steep meadow until reaching a steep ravine
    • A final climb brings us to the open valley with amazing views of the Kang-La Pass
    • Overnight camp at Bhanjyang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: Peter Matthiessen christened this campsite as the “Snowfields Camp.” It’s essential to have a good night's sleep as we face the Kang-La Pass of 5,360m tomorrow.
  • Day 11: From Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft)
    • Early breakfast and departure
    • We start today’s trek by ascending a steep trail full of black slate rocks
    • At one point we start to climb upwards to the top of the Kang-La
    • We take a well-deserved break and take some pictures
    • From here the path goes steeply downwards into the valley floor
    • The views become more open as we follow the river and multiple times cross it
    • After a final crossing over a log bridge, we reach the Shey Gompa
    • Overnight stay in Shey Gompa
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    Note: Along the river, we get to see a lot of hill caves looking over the river. Today we have chances to witness the Yaks, mountain goats and sheep peacefully grazing in the fields.
  • Day 12: Acclimatization day at Shey Gompa
    • Breakfast
    • Explore the Buddhist village of Shey
    • We will use this day to get used to the high altitude and hike around the village
    • Some sightseeing points at Shey Village:
    • Shey Gompa
    • Crystal Mountain
    • The culture of the Bon Po teachings
    • Overnight stay at Shey Gompa

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: Did you know that the Shey Gompa was built in 1655! A giant golden copper statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha marks the entrance of this ancient monastery.
  • Day 13: From Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang-La (5,200m)
    • Breakfast and departure
    • An easy-going trail leads us through Juniper trees and descends into a stone canyon
    • From here we ascend slowly zigzagging our way up to the top of the Saldang-La Pass
    • We take a break and enjoy the views from the top of the Pass
    • After a short rest, we descend a long path leading north and passing by nomadic tents made of yak hair and their grazing sheep and yaks
    • We finally reach Namduna Gaun

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: Did you know that Gaun is Nepali for Village? Namduna Gaun has a red stone monastery built against the cliff, an exciting site to explore.
  • Day 14: From Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • A short climb brings us up a sloop and into a barren mountain area
    • A hard climb of about 3 to 4 hours brings above Saldang village which is located just above the Namga Khola
    • Overnight stay in Saldang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Saldang village is the largest village in the inner Dolpo area, with a village area of 2 km and about six hundred villagers residing, Saldang is worth exploring and visiting the marketplace.
  • Day 15: From Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We start by following the Nagaon Khola (River) up north through empty terrain
    • The path is mostly gradual with some ascends and descends
    • Passing the Marang and Ki villages, we reach a crossing of a side stream from the Panzang River
    • Following the River, to the east, we come to a final crossing and reach up to the Yangtze Gompa
    • Overnight stay at the Yangtze Gompa

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: The Yangtze Gompa houses an ancient Bon-Po Buddhist Monastery, worth a visit!
  • Day 16: From Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We take the trail back to Saldang to save some time
    • After Saldang we follow the River until reaching Namdo village
    • A short break at Namdo and we continue along the river to our campsite near the Sibu settlement
    • Overnight camp at Sibu

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: From Saldang to Namdo, we get to see ancient Chortens, spiritual Mani Stones, and an old Chaiba Monastery. At the edge of Namdo, we also can visit the Namdo Village Monastery shortly.
  • Day 17: From Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hrs. trek
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We start by following the Nam Khong Khola (River)
    • After a while, we turn east until reaching a joining of two streams
    • From here we begin to ascend steeply to a grazing area just below the Jeng-La Pass
    • Overnight camp at Jeng-La Phedi

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft)
    • Early breakfast and departure
    • We start by heading up the Jeng-La Pass
    • Ascending for about two hours, we reach the top of the
    • Pass and enjoy the views
    • From here we descend on rough going trails into the Tarap Valley
    • We head on until reaching Tokyu
    • Overnight camp near Tokyu village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: From the top of the Pass we get to see incredible panoramas of the entire Dhaulagiri massif.
  • Day 19: From Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Today is a short trek, and we head downhill through a plain valley
    • Following the river, we get to see some marshlands and lush green grass trails
    • Arrival in Dho Tarap
    • Overnight stay in Dho Tarap

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 20: From Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Today we descend in the valley until the trail leads into a narrow gorge
    • From here we hike through juniper trees and rose bushes
    • After a good half-day of trekking, we will reach the confluence of the Lang and Tarap Chu Rivers
    • Here we can find a beautiful meadow to make up our camp
    • Overnight camp at Tarap Khola also known as Kamakharka

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: On this day it’s common to see herds of blue sheep! Did you know that the Lang Khola and the Tarap Chu join into the big Tarap River further up east?
  • Day 21: From Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Hiking along the gorge of the Tarap river this day is promising to be full of adventure
    • We continue the whole day following the canyon, crossing it and entering it
    • After a good day of trekking, we reach our campsite
    • Overnight camp near Khanigaon

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: The gorge trek today is so spectacular, as it narrows down we can jump across it, sometimes even the path disappears, and we need to improvise a way using slate rocks and broken tree logs!
  • Day 22: From Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Our trek starts by following the trail that brings us to Lalberi village
    • From here we head through lush forests and descend a gorge
    • A river will guide our path to Tarakot village
    • We make our camp about 150 meters down Tarakot near the Tarap Chu River
    • Overnight camp at Tarakot

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: After reaching Tarakot we can visit the Sandul Gompa about 8 km east of the village.
  • Day 23: From Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • A trail behind the Bheri River brings us to a crossing after passing Lawan village
    • We continue ascending slowly along the Bheri River until reaching Byas Gadi
    • Following an easy-going path westwards until we can cross the river at Lochakhola Gaon
    • A final ascend brings us to Dunai
    • Overnight stay at Dunai village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 24: Form Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hrs.
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Today is our last day of trekking, and we enjoy the scenery for the last time
    • The trail passes by the Dhupichaur and Rugged villages and an old temple
    • Heading further, we hike through the Motipur and
    • Karaganda villages and finally reach the Jhuphal airstrip
    • Overnight stay in Jhuphal

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Note: We take an early flight in the morning so better to take an early sleep. Please consult with your trek leader for the exact flight times.
  • Day 25: Jhuphal to Nepalgunj flight then to Kathmandu flight
    • Early breakfast and departure
    • From Jhuphal we take a short flight back to Nepalgunj and transfer on another flight back to Kathmandu
    • Our representative will be there at the airport in
    • Kathmandu and transfers you to your hotel
    • In the evening, Peregrine Treks and Expedition team will organize dinner
    • Overnight stay at Kathmandu city

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 26: Transfer to airport for your departure
    • Hotel breakfast and checkout
    • Transfer to the International airport 3 hours before your departing time

    Meals: Breakfast


Includes/Excludes

What's included

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
    • Bed and Breakfast in three-star category hotels in Kathmandu and Nepaljung
    • Room in best available lodge/Camping and all meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)during trekking
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
    • Kathmandu – Nepaljung – Juphal – Nepaljung – Kathmandu Flight ticket
    • Kathmandu valley guided city tour in private vehicle
    • All entrance fees during sightseeing
    • An experienced English or other Language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than five trekkers
    • Guide, porter, and necessary staff salaries, insurance, accommodation and food, and airfares
    • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
    • Duffel bags, t-shirts, achievement certificates, and trekking maps are accessible services from the company.
    • Upper Dolpo Trek Special Permit and TIMS
    • First Aid Medical kit or necessary regular medicine
    • All applicable government and local taxes

What is excluded

    • Nepal visa fee and international airfares
    • Hotel accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of an early arrival in Nepal or late departure from Nepal, early return from the Upper Dolpo Trek because of the scheduled itinerary.
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled/boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, a pot of tea, etc.) during trekking
    • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Accommodation

During your trek, you will stay in Samsara Resort or Hotel Arts Kathmandu, or a 3-star hotel in Thamel. A solo traveler needs to share the room with same-gender another traveler. If you need a single supplement, you will have to pay an additional cost of about USD 500. During the Upper Dolpo Trek, most of your accommodations contain attached bathrooms, while some of the teahouses may not have, and you may have to share the washing and toilet facilities in that case. In lower elevations, Kathmandu and the trekking regions will have sing room facilities, but it will be hard to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

You will enjoy typical Nepalese food and international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, India, etc.) during your Upper Dolpo Trek. Be sure that the lodges or teahouses will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner as per their available menu. You may not be served breakfast somewhere during your trek. You may get opportunities for welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Departure Dates

We have daily departures for this trip, so we recommend that you book it according to your schedule. We will customize the tour/trekking package to your specific needs. We are concentrating on the private trip, taking into account numerous elements such as COVID, trekkers' physical fitness, available time, and budget. Because these elements may or may not be compatible with the individual traveler.

Similarly, during the trek/tour, we will be pleased to supply you with pre/post accommodation as well as other supplementary services such as a domestic flight and an additional porter. Please fill out this customized form for your convenience.

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