Upper Dolpa Trekking-25 Days  

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

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 a natural beauty, stunning charm and also it provides a good habitat for snow leopard, blue sheep, ghoral , Himalayan black beer etc. Upper Dolpo trekking is the 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 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 valley sightseeing & trek preparation

We call this a spiritual day. We visit some of the UNESCO world heritage spiritual sites of Kathmandu. Our morning breakfast is followed by sightseeing of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Swyambhu and Bouddha are the Buddhist sacred sites whereas Pashupatinath is the Hindu divine place. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the living image of ancient rulers and the home of living goddess. After the completion of sightseeing we will brief you about the trekking program. Buy necessary trekking gears (if haven’t), meet & introduce your trekking guide and porters and other bag packaging. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel. 

  3/5***Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Today we fly to Nepalgunj. This one and half hour flight offers us to enjoy the scenic beauty of fresh west Nepal. On reaching Nepalgunj, shift to the selected hotel. We will have whole afternoon and evening to explore around the town. Nepalgunj is situated at southern Nepal near the border of India. Night stay in Nepalgunj.

  3***Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m) & trek to Dunai (2,140m): 2-3 hrs

We will reach Juphal just in 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj with amazing views of snowcapped mountain. Juphal is a small mountain village, where we can breathe cold and fresh air than that of Nepalgunj. We will saty there overnight.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,896m): 5-6 hrs

From Dunai, the trek forwards to Thulo Bheri valley. On passing this treeless valley, we cross a ridge to enter to the Phoksundo river valley of 2,499m elevation. This amazing walk leads us to a large side canyon. On descending, we meet a stream in the downhill and ahead to Dhera. Dhera is the winter settlement where peoples from the higher villages keep herds of cow and goats. Trek from here passes Rahagaun (a Thakuri village), many small canyons and gorges. Rahagaun has a Gompa dedicated to the local God, Masth, guardians of this village. Finally we reach at the entrance of Shey Phoksundo National Park at Ankhe (2,896m). Camping at Ankhe.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Sulighat: 5-6 hrs

Our trek continues up and down along the forested riverbed. Then it goes steep up to about 2900m high and again the same up down trail goes on connected by several streams and rivers. Hereafter the trail directs to grassy high slope above the riverbed and once from the hilltop, path descends into the forest until it reaches a cliff. On more the steep down we reach to cross a river at 2,950m. Afterwards, we have to face rocky trail and the portion is a bit hard. Local peoples bring their cows and yaks for different purpose along this way. This upstream journey continuous up to a bridge at Sulighat for overnight Camping. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,500m): 4-5 hrs

For today our destiny is Phoksundo Lake. The trek continues along the valley of Phoksundo and Pungmo Kholas. On crossing the wooden bridge of Phoksundo khola, catch the west bank of Pungmo Khola, which directs us the way to Phoksundo Lake (3,500m). The trail goes along cedar forest and a winter settlement, Palam. Above there we step to a ridge and are the absolute point to see the distant view of Phoksundo lake and breathtaking 300m high waterfall. After capturing these spectacular views both by our mind and camera, we descend to the upper reaches of Phoksundo Khola. On some more effort we reach to the huge settlement of Ringmo and further short hike to Phoksundo Lake to do camping today.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake

At Phoksundo, we take a rest day to look around and acclimatize our body. Better go short hike to Ringmo village. The local tradition, lifestyle and Tibetan Buddhist Monastery are the unique attraction of the place. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola : 4-5 hrs

Today we continue our sensational trek from the western bank of the lake. This irregular trail is made by the wood supported with the pegs into the hole in the rocks. Same unsteady path continues up the lush meadow at the western edge of lake. The meadow extends up to the flood plain of Phoksundo khola. Further walk through the valley, cross a river and reach to the bank of Phoksundo khola for overnight camp.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hrs

From the bank of Phoksundo Khola our journey heads north towards the glacial valley. We cross an old wooden bridge at the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and other streams. From there we turn north-east but there is no any distinct trekking trail. We have to climb over the rocks and get down into the steep valley. Onward uphill brings us to a large sheep meadow and further to another valley which offers us to see Kang-La pass (5,360m). We reach to Phoksundo Bhanjyang for overnight camp which is just before the pass.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500m) via Kang-La pass (5,360m): 5-6 hrs

Today we are going to pass the Kang-La pass. From the beginning the path leads steep up and thus is a bit vigorous too. Kang-La pass (5,360m) is the apex point to view the astonishing landscapes and valleys in to the down. On descending steeply to the valley, the path takes the way of riverbank and crosses it for several times. We pass through the meadows with numbers of yak and sheep grazing. On plus steps we reach to Shey Gompa (4,500m) for overnight camping.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa: the crystal monastery

This rest day worth with the hike around the Shey Gompa ( i.e. Crystal monastery). Just north of Shey Gompa, there is another gompa called Tsakang gompa and is famous as a meditation center of Lamas. Crystal mountain is to the east of Shey Gompa, it is considered as a strongest mountain because it is supposed to be made with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Shey Gompa area houses number of prayer mills turned with water force. The site is extremely enriched in ecological and cultural varieties and their integrity. Overnight camping at Shey Gompa. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun (4,800m) via Saldang La (5,200m): 6-7 hrs

At the beginning, the trail goes down along the juniper forest up to the stony canyon. Then we ascend gradually on rocky way until we reach to the Saldang La (5,200m). Afterwards descend towards the north long to the grassland grazing yaks and sheep. This is the signal of human settlement existance around. Namduna Gaun (4,800m) has a monastery called Namgung monastery: a red stone structure built on the wall of gorge. The terraced fields around the small valley extend down to Nam khong valley. Agriculture and animal husbandry are the source of economy in the Dolpo. Peoples cultivate barley, buckwheat, potato and radish & only these crops are being their basis of living. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3,620m): 4-5 hrs

As soon as we leave Namduna Gaun the trail route goes up along the dusty barren mountains for 3-4 hrs. Saldang village is the largest village of inner Dolpo situated above the plateau at 3,620m elevation. The village stretches for about 2 km around with eighty houses with six hundred peoples living. It is a famous strategic point as a trade route to Tibet. Overnight at Saldang.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960m): 4-5 hrs

Further more the trail route leads north along the Nang Chu river. This least explored part of trail goes gradual up and down on passing two small settlements of Tiling and Lurigaun. We reach to Yangze (4,960m) to do camping today. Bon-Po monastery stands there to reflect the religious value of the area.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Trek to Sibu: 6-7 hrs

For this day our destination will be Sibu village. Yangze offers us two trail routes connecting to Sibu. One is along the north west side passing two remote villages Nishalgaun & Shimengaun. As this one is longer we recommend second one. First we track back to Saldang and continue along the river bed, terraced fields, stupas and chortens. We pass a big human settlement Nambo to reach to the small village Sibu for our overnight camping. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m): 5-6 hrs

On leaving Sibu, we cross the caravan of laden yaks heading Tibet, reach up to the Nam Khong Khola and follow its direction. Finally from the confluence of two small tributaries we direct east. Ahead the path goes up till the bottom of Jeng-La (4,900m). At Jeng-la phedi, we do overnight camping. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng la (5,091m): 5-6 hrs

enough experiences, we descend down towards the Tarap valley. Tarap is the large valley which extends 20 km along the river. It has ten villages with cultivated lands, gompas and Chortens. We reach to Tokyo Gaon to do camping today.

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,040m): 4-5 hrs

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

Today we explore the remote grace of Dho Tarap. They have their own unique way of lifestyle and culture. This is a chance for us to communicate with the people of Dolpo and understand more mystery about them. They wear their own traditional handmade cloth and prefer Tibetan style Somba (boots with upturned toes). The villagers are both Bon-Po and Buddhist sect. There exist both Buddhist and Bon Gompa in and around the territory. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka): 6-7 hrs

Today in the morning we descend towards a wide valley and further in to the narrow gorge. The tree line is marked by the juniper and wild Rose trees. The trail route may offers herds of blue sheep. The long walk of the day worth with stunning confluence of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. We come to make our campsite at Kamakharka on a nice meadow. 

  Local Tea House

  Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon (2,950m): 4-5 hrs

For this day also the descending journey continues along the gorge of Tarap river. In winter peoples from Dolpo come with their herds in the alongside steep slope. Sometime the path becomes so narrow providing unexpected adventure. In the some part there is no trace of any path. Stone slabs are fitted on logs to pass the gorges. Finally this exciting adventure day becomes over by Khanigaon (2,950m) just beside of Tarap Khola. 

  Lodge/Guesthouse

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot (2,537m): 4-5 hrs

After the camping night at Khanigaon, the trail goes through indistinct path into the village of Lalberi. The intense forest, many narrow gorges, dramatic terraced fields and stream lines welcomes us and also motivates to gamble the most enjoyment. Tarakot (2,537m) an old fortress town is our campsite today. Tarakot stands on a hillock of the Bheri river. It seems amazing as a rare creation of nature with the trading caravans. 

  Lodge/Guesthouse

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 24: Trek to Dunai (2,140m): 5-6 hrs

Today the trekking continues beside the trace of Bheri river and enters into the huge gorge. The path follows along the Pine forests till we reach Dunai (2,140m). Here we stay overnight & celebrate the occasion of circuit completion. 

  Lodge/Guesthouse

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 25: Trek to Jhuphal (2,475m): 2-3 hrs

From Dunai we backtrack the journey to Jhuphal. For this easy day we catch the way of Bheri river and reach to Jhuphal to make our last camping night. 

  Lodge/Guesthouse

  Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

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.

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