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Upper dolpo trekking

Trip Description

Upper dolpo trekking is remote hidden trekking destination in Nepal where Nepal’s most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored.. Dolpo is located inside the Shy – Phoksundo National Park of mid-western Nepal. Dolpo Trekking in Dolpo region is an experience not easily forgotten. As it is in the isolated part of Nepal, there the nature seems to have remained exactly the same as it was first created- unharmed and unaltered.  Dolpo region trekking is the natural embodiment of high passes, rare flora and fauna, and sweeping vistas, which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. The view of Kanjiroba peak, Phoksundo Lake, and the Dhauligiri massif is one of the most rewarding moments of the upper dolpa trekking. A visit to the Phoksundo Gompa dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience in Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Upper Dolpo trekking is famous for deepest Lake Phoksundo in entire Himalayan Region. Mother Nature created a unique and wonderful treasurer like Dolpo, which is being the shelter of many rare alpine living beings.  Dolpo has often been called the Nepal Himalaya pilgrimage trekking and hidden valley trek created by Guru Rinpoche. Upper Dolpo trekking is most suitable for those who are exceptionally fit and prepared to face the full challenge of the Himalayan wilderness and well-organized camping trekking , upper dolpo  required special trekking permit which you can obtain through Government registered trekking company of Nepal.
The first part of Dolpa trek is not difficult and provides delightful walking before joining ancient trade routes and the steep ascent to cross the Kagmara La 5225m, than entrance to upper Dolpo region. The scenery begins to change with the hills becoming shades of red, brown and gray. The view opens up dramatically looking east towards the snow peaks of the kanjiroba Himal and the five peaks of Dhaulagiri. We are soon walk through the pleasant green pastures to the beautiful Phoksundo (Rigmo) lake. The scenery is outstanding with the deep blue waters of the lake contrasting with the weathered red and brown hills. We cross over two high passes, the Bag La 5182m and the Numa La 5148m. From the Numa La descend into the Tarap valley to the village of Dho Tarap. Our adventurous journeys finally comes to and end at Juphal with an easy two days walk following the Bheri River to the small airstrip at Juphal and we fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.


Upper Dolpo Trekking is the most remote and the least exposed area of Nepal. The place still has Bon-Po practitioners. For those of you who do not know what Bon-Po is, it’s the origin for Buddhism.

It’s the most difficult trek of the Dolpo region. The most difficult portion of this trek is passing the three passes (no not the Everest three passes). The three passes are :

Cang Mara La pass (5115 m), Nagdala La (5353 m ) Tyonta (5220m )

The trek goes through Phoksundo lake , one of the most beautiful lakes in the whole world. The lake has an unreal like blue colour which is out of this world.

Facts About Upper Dolpo Trekking

  • The dolpo trek’s highest altitude is 5,151 m
  • The lowest altitude of this trek is 3110 m
  • People of Upper Dolpo region still practise Bon-Po (pre- Buddhist religion)

What Is Upper Dolpo Trek’s Altitude?

The upper dolpo trek’s highest altitude is 5,151 m (Kang La Pass) and the lowest altitude is  Chunuwar (3110 m).

How Long Does The Trip Last For?

The trek is a long trek and lasts for 8-27 days.

How Difficult Is Upper Dolpo Trek?

Upper Dolpo trek is one of the most difficult treks in Nepal and the most difficult trek in the Dolpo region.

Upper Dolpo Trekking Route

The Upper Dolpo Trek Route is as follows :

Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Chhepka – Palam – Phoksundo Lake – Salla Ghari – Lar Tsa – Shey Gompa – Namgung – Saldang – Sibu – Jengla – Tokyo Gaon – Dho Tarap – Serkam – Tarakot – Dunai – Juphal – Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions About Upper Dolpo Trek

Can One Trek To Upper Dolpo Base Camp Independently Or Without A Guide / Support?

The Upper Dolpo Base Camp is a strenuous trek. Though it can be done independently , we advise you not to go on a group trek. There are difficult passes that might be hard to cross on your own.

What's Included ?

  • -Twin sharing accommodation in Deluxe Hotel Shanker or similar.
  • -All local transportation by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • -Complementary welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • -One day Kathmandu sightseeing as per itinerary with tour guide, vehicle & entry fees.
  • – Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhuphal flight fare
  • – Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek.
  • -Twin sharing accommodation on tented camp during the trek.
  • -All camping gear & Kitchen utensils Trekking leader, cook & Sherpa helper, all necessary payments.
  • -All required special Mustang entry fee and permit
  • -Exclusive medical kit bag
  • -All government and local taxes
  • -Intl. flight ticket re-confirmation


What is not included ?

  • -Meals whilst in Kathmandu
  • – Nepal Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • -Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • -You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • -Personal equipment including sleeping bag.
  • – Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation etc
  • -Tips for guide, Porter and driver.


Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last minute arrangements

03Nepalgunj to Dunai (2,796m)

We will leave early in the morning on the only flight out to Juphal. It is a short flight (35 min’s) with wonderful views of the precipitous hillsides and river valleys. The airstrip at Juphal is at an altitude of 2,354m so we will have a relatively easy trek (9km/3.5hrs) as we walk along the Thuli Bheri River to Dunai.
Overnight in teahouse.

05Khanigoan (2,500m)

The 6km (3.5hrs) trek to Khanigoan goes alongside terraced fields following the Barbung Khola (river) and crosses to the western bank just below its confluence with Tarap Khola. As the trail rolls over the flank of high hills, views of villages atop the ridges appear brilliant. 15 minutes after crossing the suspension bridge, we arrive at Khanigoan. The trek can easily be extended by going two hours further to a splendid campsite.
Overnight stay in tents

07Kamok Kharka (4,000m)

Today we will trek 16km/6hrs across an unstable section of trail that is constantly changing due to floods and landslides. The trail swings to the either bank of the Tarap Khola passing through the narrow gorge, the wall of which is sometimes 15m apart. Kamok Kharka is a large yak pasture which will be reached after subsequent crossing of the river over locally made log bridges.
Overnight stay in tents

09Rest day for acclimatization.

Visit monasteries during day trip,Overnight stay in tents.

11Baga La Camp (4,500m)

We will trek 13km/7.5 hrs and cross the Num La Pass (5,360m), which is regularly crossed by the Dolpo-pa traders with their yak trains. Though the trail is frequently used, it can still be confusing under fresh snow. The pass can be reached in four hours and the trail then descends down to the narrow gorge of Chhadka Khola before climbing again to Baga La Camp.
Overnight stay in tents.

13Phoksundo Lake (3,627m)

The trail today remains on the right bank of the Sanu Bheri. It is a magnificent trek (8km/3hrs) with wonderful views every step of the way. In some places there are broad meadows and in others the valley teeters along steep hillside. Along the trail we will see Norbu Kang (6,005m/19,756ft), Kagmara peak and other peaks of Kanjelaruwa.
Overnight stay in tents.

15Kagmara Phedi (4,000m)

Climb 3,000ft to the summit of Kagmara Pass (5,106m/16,800ft), than descend the same along Kagmara Glacier to Kagmara Phedi camp. (13km/5hrs)
Overnight stay in tents.

17Chotra (3,009m)

A steep 700m ascent through forests of pine and oak and across avalanche tracks takes us to Mauriya Pass (3,799m/12,500ft). Views of the snowy peaks to the north and east are exceptional. From here we make a steep descent (790m/2,600 ft) through birch, oak and rhododendron forests to Chotra. (11km/5 hrs)Overnight stay in tents.

19Nepalgunj/Kathmandu from Jumla

We fly back to Nepalgunj and then fly to Kathmandu.Overnight in Hotel.


Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

02Fly to Nepalgunj (1 hour flight)

Fly to Nepalgung (1 hour flight), a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal, and stay overnight in this transit city.
Overnight in Hotel

04Tarakot (2,550m)

The route continues along the south bank of the river heading upstream on a good trail. Upper Dunai is seen perched high above on the right as our route drops to the left crossing over the river on a wooden bridge. This 18km (5hrs) trek has many bridge and meadow crossings with views of snow clad peaks.
Overnight in teahouse.

06Chukore (3,550m )

The Tarap Valley narrows up in a tight V shape ahead. Climbing through the deciduous forest with walnuts, nettles and cannabis, it opens up in Lahini which is a rough grass slope. Beyond this the trail passes through grassy meadows, graveled river beds and one can see waterfalls spraying from the rock walls. (13km/5.5hrs)
Overnight stay in tents.

08Dho (4,130m)

The trail to Dho from Kamok Kharka is a short and easy one without too much height gain. The trail comes across meadows and crosses several streams to come to the river bed. Dho stands at a junction of two valleys providing plenty of camping ground. (9km/3hrs)
Overnight stay in tents

10Numa La Camp (Shering Gompa) (4,350m)

As the trail rises gently, the mountains appear small and shapeless. After passing the village of Tok Khyu the valley forks and we follow it as it veers a little to the left. The trail then ascends to the monastery, where we will be camp. (11km/3.5hrs)
Overnight stay in tents.

12Sanu Bheri (3,800m)

The 11km (5.5 hr) trek begins with a descent to the stream before climbing to reach the Baga La pass (5,090m/16,746ft). It takes about 3 hrs to reach the pass marked by prayer flags and cairns. From the pass one can see several snow clad peaks including the Kanjiroba massif. After taking in the view we will make a rather straightforward descent into the deep Sano Bheri Valley.
Overnight stay in tents.

14Lasa Meadow (4,300m)

From Phoksundo Lake we descend past the spectacular waterfall draining the lake. Leaving the main route we follow the Durjam Khola through the village of Pungmo (2,918m/9,600ft), to the base of Kagmara Pass. Since crossing the last pass we have entered the verdant side of the Himalayas. Beautiful forests of pine, spruce, hemlock and birch are common in this region.
(29km/7 hrs)

16Mauriya Phedi (3,100m)

Today’s 32km/7hr trek begins with a descent along Garpung Khola to Hurikot and the park boundary. We continue our descent to the Bheri River (2,614m/8,600 ft) and then through villages and apple orchards past potato and corn fields before climbing to camp at Mauriya Phedi.
Overnight stay in tents.

18Jumla (2300m)

The trail descends the Tila Valley through spruce forests, past barely fields and rice terraces, irrigation works and water driven mills to Jumla, the administrative centre for the region.
Overnight stay in tents.

20Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Patan and Bhaktapur durbar square). Overnight at hotel.

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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