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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek


Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Located northwest of the Dhaulagiri, in earlier years trekking tours usually only went through the "Outer Dolpo" between Phoksumdo Lake and the Tarap Valley, but we enter the northern area. Trekking along the tropical forests comprising pine trees savor the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and encounter the Bonpos at Ringmo.

We fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book - The Snow Leopard. As we trek through the heart of Dolpo we are presented with a variety of both scenery and people. From Magar villages with lush green paddy fields surrounded by dense jungles in the south of Dhaulagiri to Bhotia fortress hamlets and gompas (monasteries) amid barren, windswept hills. Crossing a series of high passes, the journey takes in Shey Gompa and the exotic villages set amidst the arid, remote highlands of Dolpo, making this a classic trek. Dolpo Trek is one of our best seller’s treks that extends to far-flung wilderness of western Nepal. Some of the oldest and most important monasteries like Shey Gompa are also exciting trek highlights.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

  • Day 02 Flight Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475 m) and trek Juphal to Dunai (2140m)

  • Day 03 Trek to Chhepka (2687 m)/ 6hrs

  • Day 04 Trek to Chunuwar / Amchi Hospital (3000 m)

  • Day 05 Trek Amchi Hospital to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)

  • Day 06 Phoksundo Lake Rest day

  • Day 07 Trek to Sallaghari (3630m)

  • Day 08 Trek to Nangdala HC (4717m)

  • Day 09 Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa (4343m) crossing Nangdala pass (5350m)

  • Day 10 Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa (4360m) crossing Shey La Pass (5100m)

  • Day 11 Trek to Saldang (3770m)

  • Day 12 Saldang Day hike to Yangjer Gumba (4590m)

  • Day 13 Trek to Komash Village (4060m)

  • Day 14 Trek to Shimen (3850m)

  • Day 15 Trek to Tinje village (4110m)

  • Day 16 Trek to Yak Kharka

  • Day 17 Trek to Tokyu (4240m)

  • Day 18 Trek to Dho Tarap (3944m) Rest day

  • Day 19 Trek to Chhegur Cave (3441m)

  • Day 20 Trek to Tarakot (2537m)

  • Day 21 Trek to Juphal (2475)

  • Day 22 Flight Juphal to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Trip Info

Trip Highlights

  • Tented trekking
  • Phoksundo Lake (Natural paradise)
  • Religious center and the well-known Shey-Gompa
  • Experience the culture of the Tibetan-born Dolpo-Pa
  • Experience arid scenery beyond the Himalayan main ridge
  • Cross three 5,000 meter passes with fantastic views
  • Visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries along the way
Duration: 22 Days/21 Nights Trip Code: UpDolpo
  • Duration: 21+ Days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Highest Altitude: Nangdala pass (5350m)
  • Starting: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
  • Ending: Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Tent
  • Type: Trekking

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