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Upper Dolpa Trekking - Dolpo Trek

Start from:   US$ 4890 Per Person


Total Duration:24 to 33 Days

Trip Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane


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Upper Dolpa Trekking

Dolpa is the largest district with a high altitude in Nepal located in the Karnali zone of the Mid-Western development region. Upper Dolpa Trekking is the remotest and under-development area of Nepal borders with the Tibet on the northeast, Jumla and Mugu districts of Karnali on the west, Myagdi, Jajarkot, and Rukum on the south, and Mustang on the east. In another way, Dolpa is also known as Dolpo. Dolpo is the Tibetan standard name that mostly denotes the upper area of the district whereas the locals themselves call their area Dhol-wa.

Dolpo Trek is famous for its natural beauty, cultural aspects, monasteries, wildlife, and villages.

The major  attraction or highlights of Dolpa Trekking are as follows:

1. Dho-Tarap valley implicates two settlements one is Dho and another is Tarap. Later on, they are nestled together in the Dho Tarap Valley at an altitude of 4080m. Dho-Tarap is famous for its traditionally built houses and monasteries. The locals over there are good at wood carving. During your visit to this valley, you will observe the houses and monasteries are traditionally carved with wood.

2. Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of Nepal’s deepest lakes (146m) and it’s a jewel of Dolpa.  The lake stands as a major highlight for trekking and lies at an elevation of 3620m within the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal.  The lake is observed with a turquoise color and star-like twinkling on the lake due to the reflection of the sun. Phoksundo Lake is surrounded by forests and snow-capped mountains. Due to this lake, the area has been described as one of the world’s “Natural Hidden Wonders”. This lake is fully protected by locals of Ringmo Valley a follower of Buddhism and the Bön-po religion, so it is regarded as a sacred lake, and taking a dip in the lake is discouraged.

3. Phoksudo Waterfall is one of the country’s tallest waterfalls. As the water flows from the lake the waterfall is named after the lake. Suligad is another local Nepali name for this waterfall (167m). The waterfall is surrounded by glaciers and pine forests. Trust us, by seeing this waterfall and Phoksundo Lake you feel like staying longer.

4. Dolpo is famous for the Bon culture and it is around 5.05% are Bon followers. Through the journey, you will encounter practitioners of the ancient Bön religion. Bön is a spiritual tradition of Tibet whose origins predate Buddhism. The religion followed its devotees to the Nepali Himalayas centuries ago and is still practiced in the isolated higher altitudes of Mustang and Dolpa. Ringmo, a hamlet just above Phoksundo Lake will give visitors a rare chance to witness its ancient practices.

5.  Shey Gompa is one of the 1000-year-old Buddhist monasteries of the Dolpa district, it is from the 12 century. Shey Gomba is the main Gompa of the Kakyupa sect, one of the four major sects of Buddhism it has a high significance in Buddhism. Drutop Shinge Yeshe has meditated in the cave near the Shey and achieved enlightenment. Shey Gompa is also known as the younger brother of Mt. Kailash. Most of the Dolpo people gather on the full-moon day the throng begins its trek, which is in July/August before the barley harvest to circle (kora) Crystal Mountain. Then chief priest scrapes rock dust from the sacred mountain and swallows it with water.

6. Kanjiroba is a mountain in the Dolpa district standing at an elevation of 6,883m above sea level. It is a stunning wonderful mountain with a unique peak worth climbing to experience the high degree of alpine and extreme wilderness.

7. The Shey Phoksundo National Park is home to a rich ecosystem with a wonderful variety of flora and wildlife including exciting creatures like the blue sheep and wild yak. If you’re very lucky you may even spot the very elusive snow leopard.

8. Dolpo is also famous for medicinal herbs. Yarcha gumba and Panchaunle is the major herb of that area. Yarchagumba is the income source of the locals. This plowing Yarchagumba season takes in the months of June and July.

9. Dolpo region has given birth to Peter Matthiessen’s bestselling book’ Snow Leopards’ and Eric Valli’s Oscar-nominated movie CARAVAN (HIMALAYA) was featured in this isolated Himalayan sanctuary.


As Dolpo region was opened for trekkers in 1989. One needs to get a trekking permit from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara to visit this fascinating region. After that, to access into the entry point first, you will have a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgaunj which will take 45min and overnight at the hotel of Nepalgaunj. On the next day early in the morning, you will again have a flight from Nepalgaunj to Juphal airport (35min) which is situated on the lap of Juphal village. From there your journey starts.


Dolpa trek the best favorable time is March to October. You may also travel in the monsoon season (June to August) as the Dolpo region lies in the rain shadow area formed by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival to Kathamndu

Day 02:Seight seening

Day 03:Dolpo permit Arrangement

Day 04:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 05:Flight Nepalganj to Jumla

Day 06:Jumla to Ghuthicahur

Day 07:Ghuthicahur to Chaurikharka

Day 08:Chaurikharka to Kaigaun 2610m

Day 09:Kaigaun to Toijum 2920m

Day 10:Toijum to Kagmara Phedhi 2900m

Day 11:Kagmaraphedi to Cross Kagmara-La 5115m and Kagmara Base Camp 4800m

Day 12:Kgmara Base Camp to Pungmo village 4336m

Day 13:Pungmo village to Ringmo vllage (Phoksondotal) 3600m

Day 14:Rest in Phoksundo Tal

Day 15:Ringmo vllage (Phoksondotal) to Phoksumdo Khola/Salle khola 3756m

Day 16:Phoksumdo Khola to Kang La Phedi 4120m

Day 17:Kang La Phedi to Sheygumba 4160m

Day 18:Rest in Shey Gompa

Day 19:Rest in Shey Gompa

Day 20:Shey Gompa to Namgung 4430m

Day 21:Namgung to Saldang 3770m

Day 22:Saldang to Namdo Khola 3960m

Day 23:Namdo Khola to Kyung La.-Tok Kyu 4209m

Day 24:Tok Kyu to Do Tarap 3944m

Day 25:Do Tarap to Sisaul 3800m

Day 26:Sisaul to Nawarpani 3475m

Day 27:Nawarpani to Laina Odar 3370m

Day 28:Laina Odar to Tarakot 2800m

Day 29:Tarakot to Juphal 2445m

Day 30:Jufal to Nepalgunj

Day 31:Nepalgunj o Kathmandu

Day 32:Free and shopping day in Kathmandu

Day 33:International Departure

Cost Include

1.       Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.

2.       5 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3 stars standard hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night at Nepalgunja in 3-star Hotel with Breakfast as per above program.

3.       Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee, car van

4.       Guide and porter during the trek (Sherpa and Assistance guide for above 5 pax)

5.       Kathmandu -Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist standard bus and Kathmandu –Nepalgunja- Jumla, Jufal -Nepalgunja-Kathmandu by Plane for clients and Nepali staffs.

6.       Wake up tea and warm washing water/towel/ dettole soup for the morning

7.       Full board Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek prepare by our expert cook.

8.       Snacks and hot tea during the trekking period before dinner

9.       Local fresh fruits like orange, apple and banana etc for dessert

10.   25 nights tent accommodation in the mountain, tents (two men tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, toilet tent) 

11.   1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Sherpa, Cook, assistance cook, porters, necessary donkey. their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance (We have insured our staffs by Neco Insurance Company Nepal).

12.   First Aid medical kit.

13.   National Park entry permit and Special Upper Dolpa permit.

14.   Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bag

15.   Duffle bag to each client (if needed)

16.   Government taxes.

17.   Achievement certificate and Farewell Dinner

18.   Office Service charge & rescue arrangement if needed.

Cost Exclude

1.       International Airfare and taxes

2.       Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)

3.       Travel Insurance

4.       Medical evacuation in case of emergency.

5.       Personal spending money.

6.       Any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance

7.       Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, hot water, shower, battery charge, internet, telephone etc.

8.       Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual.

9.       Tips for Guide, Sherpa, Porter and driver.



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