Upper Dolpo Trek

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USD $ 3,375 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    27 Days

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Region/Type

    Dolpo Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Upper Dolpo Trek is a wonderful journey to one of the remotest regions of Nepal. It is one of the most challenging and thrilling trekking trails between the Dhaulagiri mountain range and the Tibetan plateau in Nepal's mid-western region. This journey is ideal for those of us who can commit to a two-week or longer vacation in order to experience the true mountain lifestyle and hypnotic Himalayan environment in a remote region of the planet.

Opened not a long time ago for the outsiders, the Upper Dolpo is considered unquestionably one of the top trekking destinations in Nepal's Himalayas today due to the beauty of culture and nature. However, because of its isolated position and lack of links and transportation, the Dolpo region has remained off the radar of most of us despite its incredible natural and cultural splendor.  

Our Upper Dolpo Trek makes you walk through gorgeous valleys, multi-ethnic settlements, the majestic Himalayas including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba, to name a few, luxuriant forests of rhododendron, pines, and oaks and gives you an experience of the splendor of the rugged and remote far western region of Nepal. It also goes through Lower Dolpo, which was once its own little kingdom. 

Some of the rewards of this trek are observing Tibetan Buddhist culture, Shey Phoksundo Lake, rare wildlife like snow leopard, epochs old monasteries - for instance, the 800-year-old Shey Monastery. This trek further allows you to explore the largest park in Nepal – Shey Phoksundo National Park. Shey Gompa is the primary attraction of this Dolpo journey where centuries-old Buddhist and Bonpo traditions are still practiced alongside shamanistic influences.

The perennial rivers, strikingly attractive and roaring waterfalls, green meadows, diverse wildlife, and more importantly the 3 mountain passes above 5000 meters altitude will keep you entertained and interested throughout your trekking trails.

Trip Highlights

  • Trekking experience through the largest national park of Nepal - Shey Phoksundo National Park with a variety of flora and fauna
  • Exotic views of the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo
  • A glimpse of rare and endangered mammals such as snow leopard and blue sheep 
  • Opportunity to explore Shey Gompa, which is believed to be 800 years old
  • The remote lifestyle of locals and followers of Bon Buddhism
  • The best views from Kang Taiga (5950 meters)
  • Views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna II

Difficulty during Upper Dolpo Trek 

There are various factors that level up the difficulty of a Himalayan trekking journey. First and foremost, the long itinerary of the Upper Dolpo that requires almost 21 days of several steep ascents and descents on the desert-like topography makes the trek difficult. 

With two 5,000m high mountains to cross and several days spent above 4,000m, this trek is not for the faint of heart. Kang-La Pass, at 5,151 meters, is the highest point in this trek. And the risk of altitude sickness is considered to begin at levels exceeding 3,500 meters. As a result, acclimatization is critical for this climb. If you feel any of the symptoms such as uneasiness, breathing difficulties, headaches, increased heart rates, nausea and vomiting, difficulty sleeping, etc. you need to inform the guide or the trek leader as soon as possible as they have extensive first aid training and are well-experienced in the Himalaya. But, being hydrated, taking your time, and being aware of your body can help you avoid major altitude difficulties. 

It's worth noting that Upper Dolpo is the country's least developed region. It's not just the altitude that causes problems; remoteness and a lack of basic amenities are also issues. 

Another factor trekkers need to study before making their trip to Upper Dolpo is the overall conditions of the region during the different seasons. You must be aware of the best time to visit the region from the locals or the experienced. 

While some familiarity with high-altitude treks is advantageous, anyone can hike without specialist knowledge or climbing equipment. You must, however, be in excellent physical condition and mental determination, as well as have a high level of walking stamina. So, we advise you to indulge in some cardio-vascular activities, hiking trips, and physical sports more than a couple of months prior to the trip departure. 

Therefore, trekking to Upper Dolpo isn't easy in the strictest sense but is very rewarding. 

Upper Dolpo Trekking in different seasons

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is best done during the spring and autumn. It is possible to do this trek in the summer/monsoon as Upper Dolpo falls in the rain shadow area. And it is not advisable to go trekking during the winter months due to excessive snowfall. In details:

Upper Dolpo Trek in Spring Season

The spring season is the best season to trek in Nepal. The weather and temperature in spring are pleasant with a bright sky. The clear sky and stable weather mean there are fewer risks of flight cancellations in Juphal, the trek's starting point. With the temperatures beginning to rise in mid-March, the trekking trails gradually become visible. The post-winter season allows Snow Mountains to be viewed at their best. There will be breathtaking vistas of the central Himalayan range. The rhododendron blossoms will be blossoming at their peak along the way, with a wide range of hues in the lower region. 

However, during the early spring, snow can be an issue in the Upper Dolpo, making it difficult or impossible to cross some passes. The optimum spring months for Upper Dolpo are from late March until the end of May.

Upper Dolpo Trek in Summer/Monsoon Season

Some of the trekking journeys in Nepal during the monsoon season are not recommended. However, some places like Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo are rain-shadow locations in western Nepal. No rain means those places are accessible during the summer/monsoon season. The high passes are snow-free, the landscapes are lush, and the paths are well-marked with locals' footsteps during this season. 

The only concern during the monsoon for Upper Dolpo Trips is a strong likelihood of flight cancellations arriving in Juphal due to the overcast weather and heavy rain in the lower regions. 

Upper Dolpo Trek in Autumn Season

Out of all seasons, autumn is regarded as the ultimate time for the treks in Nepal including the Upper Dolpo Trek. The skies are bright and blue after the summer monsoons, providing many picturesque moments of glittering nature and the majestic Himalayas. Additionally, you can mingle with the inhabitants, many tiny villages, and communities on their journey to the Upper Dolpo during the fall harvest season. Though November is an autumn month, snow is likely to be seen starting from this time in the Upper Dolpo Region. So, we recommend you to come early or come prepared. 

Upper Dolpo Trek in Winter Season

The temperature slowly begins to drop in November, especially during the nighttime and continues to do so for the next few months. Due to the harsh cold temperature, impassable passes, and snow-covered trails, winters are not recommended for the trek in Upper Dolpo. 

Permits to trek in Upper Dolpo 

Trekkers need to carry three permits to do the Upper Dolpo Trek:

1. Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit

2. Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Fee

3. Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit (US$500 entrance fee for the first ten days and an additional US$50 per day after that)

 

Note:Trekkers are not permitted to trek alone in restricted zones. As a result, you are unable to apply for restricted area permits on your own. But, you do not have to worry about it as we, Himalayan Trekkers have the cost of the permits included in the package cost and we will be obtaining all the permits for you. 

Because of the comparatively hefty permit cost, the number of trekkers in the area is limited, contributing to Upper Dolpo's status as one of Nepal's most exclusive and unforgettable experiences.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and escort you to the designated hotel.
After a brief rest at the hotel, you will be introduced to your trekking guides and the team of the company at our office. Later, we will be heading to an authentic Nepali restaurant for the welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trekkers. 

Note: If your arrival time is scheduled before noon, we will have half-day sightseeing of Kathmandu where you will be driven to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most important Buddhist sites first, and then to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindi sites in the world which is a 15-minute drive from Boudha. 

We will spend a relaxing time in the peaceful environment of Boudhanath, make a kora (circumambulation) around the giant white dome, probably feed the pigeons there, and light the butter lamp. We will click some photographs, watch the pilgrims doing their events, and probably have a cup of coffee at one of the rooftop restaurants there from where we will observe the stupa clearly and the sunset. 

We then exit from the gate, hop on the vehicle and drive straight to Pashupatinath Temple to observe the evening aarti ceremony. Opposite the event location is the open cremation ceremony area. We observe these ceremonies, stroll around the surroundings, and return to the hotel. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour & Trek Preparation

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a warm and delicious breakfast, we will start our guided sightseeing of a few of the most important historical landmarks of the city. We will visit the famous monkey temple, Swoyambhunath, and the historic royal palace named Kathmandu Durbar Square inside Kathmandu city. If Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple were visited on a previous day, we will skip them today. Instead, we will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square located in the other two cities of Kathmandu Valley. All these locations are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. 

Swoyambhunath Stupa/Temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in the country that has a history related to the formation of the Kathmandu Valley. It lies on a hilltop that offers a wonderful view of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills. It is filled with monkeys so it has a nickname called ‘monkey temple’. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square are all three durbar squares in the valley that were former royal palaces of the former kings that are now turned into museums. All these three durbar square complexes have similar yet distinct arts and architecture that are inspired by Newari culture. Each durbar square is loved by historians and cultural enthusiasts and each of them is a must-visit place in the valley. 
After sightseeing, we will head to the office and have a short briefing regarding the Upper Dolpo trek. If you want to purchase or rent some personal gear for trekking, and favorite snacks, this is the right time as these things will be hard to find on the trail. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj

🕑 1 Hour Flight & Transfer to Hotel

Max Altitude: 490 M

Today, we will board an hour-long flight from Kathmandu Airport to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is an interesting town near the Nepal-India border located in the Western Terai of Nepal. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, we will check-in at the hotel and take a short rest. At the noon, you can visit the local market, and nearby villages, interact with locals and get to know their lifestyle. We will also visit the Mahendra Park and mini-zoo here.  Overnight in Nepalgunj. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Nepalgunj

Day 4: Fly to Juphal & Trek to Dunai

🕑 20 Minutes Flight & 3 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2140 M

Shortly after breakfast, we will fly to Juphal where we will meet our trekking staff and begin our walking adventure. The trail is not challenging because it is the start of the trek. We trek comfortably for 45 minutes and reach a place named Kalagauda from where will have 2-3 hours of hiking through the lush terraced fields along the Thulo Bheri River to reach Dunai, our destination for the day. 

Dunai is the administrative center of the Dolpa district. Government and private schools, colleges, government offices, and a police checkpoint are all located here. Once we reach Dunai, we set up our camps and have a brief rest. If the time permits, we may hike up to Bon Gumba/monastery for a panoramic view of Dunai and the surrounding settlements.
Overnight at tented camp at Dunai.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Trek to Ankhe

🕑 5/6Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2660 M

Leaving Dunai behind, we will cross a suspension bridge and move west towards the Thulo Bheri Valley, and further walk until we enter Phoksundo River Valley. Our walk is accompanied by the mesmerizing view of Kagmara Peak. We pass through a small settlement namely Hanke which is the gateway to Shey Phoksundo National Park. Our walk continues to Parela, and Rahagaon finally reaches today’s destination, Ankhe. These three names of villages are a literal translation of eyelashes, eyebrows, and eyes respectively in Nepali. We set our camp, eat delicious dinner prepared by the team, and spend the night at Ankhe. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 6: Trek to Sulighat

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3500 M

Today’s walk is full of ascents and descents which could be tiresome. However, the trail also offers several streams and occasional glimpses of Himalayan ranges cooling off our tiredness. We walk past forests, passes, and a grassy slope above the river. We will then descend for some time along the river and settle Ryajik. We will present the Dolpo and Shey Phoksundo National Park trekking permits at the Silughar checkpoint. We've officially entered Shey Phoksundo National Park from here. We will set our camp for an overnight stay on the bank of the Sulighat River. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 7: Trek to Phoksundo Lake

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3600 M

We start early towards the confluence of the Phoksundo River and Pungmo River. Crossing the bridge there, we will walk along the western bank of the Pungmo River and enter into a cedar forest and reach a beautiful village called Palam. Our walk up to a ridge offers an amazing distant view of Phoksundo Lake and Phoksundo Jharana (waterfall) one of the highest in Nepal. Our trail makes a downward way through birch forests and reaches the upper Phoksundo Khola. Then, we enter the amazing Ringmo Village where we can see its beautifully built mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. From here, we take a short walk to the bank of Phoksundo Lake and set our camps. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 8: Rest day at Phoksundo Lake & Explore Around

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3600 M

As we have reached a certain altitude where acclimatization is required, we will use this day for acclimatization purposes and rest from long continuous trekking days. After a laid-back tent breakfast prepared by our tent cooks, we will spend the day exploring the area around Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo Village. Ringmo village is a traditional Tibetan settlement with its own culture and traditions.

We will make a short hike to the Ringmo Village, and pay our visit to the Monastery named Tshowa located on the lake's edge which is believed to be from 900 years ago. We will also study the lifestyle of the locals there, and interact with them, and following that, we'll make our way down to Phoksundo Lake and explore its breathtaking surroundings. Shey Phoksundo Lake is Nepal's deepest lake.

After exploring the paradise-like places to the fullest, we will spend the evening with the crew and spend the night in the starry sky. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Khola /Sallaghari

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3510 M

Today is one of the nicest trekking days of this Dolpo Trek. After breakfast, we follow the tiny trail carved into a rocky ledge overlooking the lake. The path then makes its way through a green meadow opening up into the flood plain of Phoksundo River. Then, we walk through the valley, cross the river and descend to the bank of Shey-Phoksundo Khola and make a final ascent of the day to Sallaghari where we will set our tents in the midst of a lovely pine forest and spend the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang

🕑 7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4400 M

After breakfast, we will start our short trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang which is also called Nangdala Base Camp/Kang La Base Camp. Today’s whole trek will take around 3 hours so we will have a slow and easy pace. We will start by ascending the Tuk Kyaksa River's narrow track that leads us through a glacial valley and an old wooden bridge at the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream. We'll flip sides of the river multiple times. 

A long climb from the northeast of the bridge takes us to a green grassland from where we make another hard climb to another valley offering the view of Kang-La Pass. We'll trek for another two and a half hours along the canyon from there. Then we'll set up camp at Kang La/Nangdala Base Camp, which is a gigantic rock slab that offers a spectacular view of Kang-La pass, Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m), and peak 7 (6105m). 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa Village via Kang-La Pass

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4130 M

We make a morning climb to the top of the Kang- La Pass (5151m), also known as Nangdala which offers a dramatic view of the wide and large valley, Crystal Mountain, and the U-shaped canyon leading to Shey-Gompa. Then, we walk downhill to the valley floor along a steep trail. From here, we continue along the banks of the river, re-crossing it several times. Yaks, a flock of sheep, and mountain goats could be seen grazing. A red Buddhist shrine welcomes you to Shey Gompa as you stroll through modest houses.

Shey Village is a little settlement with only a few houses and Gompa, is widely known as the spiritual core of Dolpo. The Shey Gompa or the monastery is located at the confluence of two rivers, Kangju Nala and Yeju Nala, close beneath the crystal peak. It is said to be an 800-year-old structure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 12: Acclimatization and Exploration around Shey Gompa

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4130 M

Another well-deserving day for acclimatization and rest at Shey Village. We will spend the day walking around the Shey Village renowned for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po, and visiting the Shey Gompa. The people that live in these regions are members of the Chaiba ethnic group. Prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Mani walls encircle the village. Shey Gompa is part of the Chaiba community, which includes Padmasambhava and Kagyu sect adherents. It was also the first Kagyupa monastery, with the lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa as its founder. It is well-known for its Buddhist heritage.

We can also visit Tsakang Gompa, which is located north of Shey Gompa. It's more of a retreat than a monastery. Tsakang was previously a Tibetan meditation center frequented by many notable lamas. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon via Saldang La

🕑 7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4400 M

Bidding farewell to Shey Gompa Village, we follow the trail leading us towards the juniper forest before ascending to the grey stone gorge. Then, we walk through the zig-zag rocky trail making us stand at the top of Salang-La Pass(4785m). The view of the Mustang region and Tibetan mountains from this vantage point is breathtaking. From the top, we descend down enjoying the views of the landscapes and grazing cattle, and a few nomadic tents. These sights signify that we have entered the compound of Saldang village with stone houses and farm fields that extend to the Nam Khong Khola. We will visit Namgung Monastery, a red stone monastery in Namduna Gaon, and spend the remainder of the day walking around the area. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 14: Trek to Saldang

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3905 M

Today, we will be walking through an old trade route to Tibet. We leave Namduna Gaon after breakfast and walk uphill on a slope from where we commence our walk along the steep hills and rocky terrain.  After a couple of hours' walk, we start to get glimpses of the Saldang Village, the largest village in the inner Dolpo surrounded by spectacular hills. It is located on a plateau high above the Nam Khong Nala River. We will have a walk around the village, interact with the locals, and taste some SuCha (salt butter tea) or Chhyang (barley beer). This community flourishes with Dolpo's ancient Buddhist and Amchi traditions. Overnight at a tented camp in Saldang Village. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 15: Hike to Yangze Gompa & Back to Saldang

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3905 M

Today, we will have a side hike to Yangze Gompa (3885 m) or Yangtsher Gumpa which is located in the northern part of Saldang. Walking along the Nagon Khola on a barren windswept path, we will encounter a few ups and downs. We pass through the settlements of Marang and Ki, cross a tributary of Panzang River, and move towards the east finally reaching Yangze Gompa. It is believed to be a 1000-year-old monastery. It is also the region’s most extensive monastery, with several chortens of all sizes adding to its striking look, which is the highlight of the day's effort.

We return to Saldang after exploring the monastery and paying our respects. Or you can opt. to stay at the Gompa today and return to Saldang in the morning. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 16: Trek to Sibu

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3942 M

We leave Saldang village after breakfast following the trail to the riverbed, passing various terraced farms along the way. Then we pass through Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, and prayer wheels as we go on. Our walk goes along a river taking us to Chaiba Monastery and Namdo Village where we will pay our visits to Namdo Monastery. We continuously follow the river for a couple of hours and reach Sibu village.  Overnight at a tented camp in Sibu. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-La Phedi

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4370 M

After a hearty breakfast, we begin the day’s trek following the trail along the Nam Khong Khola’s edge and bridge a creek. We then enter the deep juniper, pine, and silver birch forests from here. After a short distance, we begin an upward ascent to the side valley. From here on out, the trails are slightly difficult. We continue walking till we reach a fork in the trail and rise to Jenga La's base via yak farms. Our camp will be set on this pleasant meadow for a night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La Pass

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4370 M

We start early in the morning and start the journey to Jeng La Pass. After two hours of trek, we reach the summit of Jeng La Pass which offers a mesmerizing view of the Dhaulagiri Mastiff. After spending an ample amount of time at the vantage point admiring the magnificence, we descend via a rough trail towards a fascinating valley named Tarap Valley through a challenging route. We can see the vast plains in the high mountains extending 20 kilometers along the Tarap Chu River. 

Upon arrival at Tokyu Gaon, we will visit the Gompas and Chortens. We will spend the night near the Tokyu Monastery. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 4090 M

Our morning starts quite earlier than the previous days today because we will visit the historic Tokyo Monastery before leaving the village and starting the journey for the day. The trail goes downhill on a plain valley along with the fields, Mani Walls, and Chortens. We can opt. you stop by the lovely Chaiba Gompa on the route and take a look at its surroundings. Then, we continue along the trails with more mani walls and chortens and reach the destination. Magars and few Tibetans reside in the village of Tarap and they practice both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects. We will set up our camps, rest and go to interact with the locals, explore the village, and visit the Gompas there. 
Overnight in Dho Tarap. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 20: Rest & Exploration day at Dho Tarap

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 4090 M

The day can be spent resting and roaming around the village of Dho Tarap and it is worth it. Dho Tarap is a big village with colorful Buddhist prayer flags adorning it and numerous chortens, mani walls, and monasteries surrounding it. Beautiful wheat, buckwheat, barley, potatoes, and other green crop fields add to the village's splendor. This village is depicted in Eric Valli's popular film "Caravan," in which Karma, Thinley, and their companions set out to sell salt for barley across the high passes.
Today, we will have the option of visiting one of the monasteries in the Dho Tarap area such as Ribo Bumpa Monastery, Drakmar Dewa Monastery, Mekhyim Monastery, and Dhoro Monastery. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka)

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3800 M

Descending from Dho Tarap towards a wide valley, we enter the bushes of Juniper and wild roses. If we are lucky enough, we could encounter the herds of blue sheep on our way. By the afternoon, we will reach the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola from where the Tarap River flows further east. We will set our camp at Kamakharka and spend the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2550 M

Today’s trek will be a thrilling and exciting experience as the valley becomes so narrow that we have to jump from one side to another. We will also walk on the man-made stone slabs fitted in between the walls where we need extra care. Our campsite beside the Tarap Khola is so pleasant and beautiful in the shade of big and long trees. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2280 M

Soon after breakfast, we leave Khanigaon and head towards the village of Lalberi. We then walk through a dense forest, move downwards into another village, follow the river and reach Tarakot. There lies the Sandul Gompa standing on a hill at a confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. We will spend the night at our camp near the police post by the Tarap Chu River. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 24: Trek to Dunai

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2140 M

Our trail goes beside the Bheri River to reach the village of Dunai. Our trek to Upper Dolpo has come to an end. Upon reaching the village, we will take a fresh break and spend our evening with some local wines, bottles of beers, or local brews. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 25: Trek to Juphal

🕑 3 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2500 M

We leave Dunai following the Bheri River and enjoying the beautiful landscapes. We walk past Dhupichaur and Rupgad Villages and continue towards Kalagaonda and Motipur villages and reach the small airstrip in Juphal.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 26: Fly Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

🕑 1.20 Hours Flight and Transfer to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We will board the earliest flight from Juphal and Nepalgunj and take another connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you can spend the remainder of the day as per your interest. You can stroll around Thamel or other traditional markets of Ason, and Indrachowk and purchase a few unique items as a souvenir for your family and friends. In the evening, we will dine in at an authentic Nepalese restaurant where we will enjoy dinner along with a traditional event. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 27: Final Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

The time to bid farewell to each other has come today. After breakfast, we will help you check out from the hotel and transfer you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight back to your home country or onward destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

Upper Dolpo Trek Map

Includes

  • All Arrival/Departure transfers in a private vehicle
  • Twin/Double Sharing 3* Standard category accommodations in Kathmandu 
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a professional English speaking guide
  • Best available teahouse/lodge/guesthouse accommodations during the Trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee) during the Trek
  • All required ground transportations as per itinerary
  • Domestic (Ktm-Nepalgunj-Jumla & Juphal-Nepalgunj-Ktm) airfare and taxes as per itinerary
  • An Experienced GOVT licensed Trekking Guide & required No. of Sherpa Porters & Crew
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical, and equipment for supporting crewmembers.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park Fees
  • Upper Dolpo Special permits
  • TIMS fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees
  • Trekking & Camping / Kitchen Equipment as per itinerary/necessary
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable government taxes

Excludes

  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu & Departure Taxes
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees 
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunches & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Personal Trekking/Climbing Equipment
  • Any charges incurred due to the changing itinerary (Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle, etc.)
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc.)
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the includes section

The Upper Dolpo Trek is primarily a camping trek lasting 21 days. You will be given a high-quality tent to share with one other member. For added comfort and warmth, each tent will contain a thick down-filled mattress. We also provide a kitchen tent, a dining tent, a staff tent, and a toilet tent with a commode. 

Your three nights in Kathmandu before and after the trek will be at a 3-star category hotel/resort accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis with breakfast. However, you can also upgrade the services and choose to have luxurious accommodation in the city by informing us prior and with an additional cost. Also in Nepalgunj, you will be stationed at the best available lodge on a twin/double sharing basis. 

Meals During Upper Dolpo Trek

Except for lunch and dinners in Kathmandu, all the food costs are included in the package. 

Note:We have not included lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu in the package because you will have plenty of choices from a vast variety of cuisines and restaurants/cafes/pubs accessible in the cities. But, we can recommend some of the bests that match your preferences. 

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