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Upper Dolpo Trek (21 days)

Dolpo region called ‘Ba Yul’ or the Hidden Valley, a land of mystery, scenery and peace is one of the most remote least visited areas of Nepal. It has been open to the visitors only in 1989 but it has been popularised in western minds through Peter Mathesons book, The Snow Leopard and through Jaques Perrin movie nominated for Oscar ‘The Himalayas’.

The Upper Dolpo trek is an unforgettable body and mind experience of beautiful and harsh nature, Tibetan Buddhist cultures and living traditions not that different to once practiced over hundreds of years. The trek is also very versatile ranging from stunning Swiss Alps scenery through high 5000 passes to desert like Tibetan plateau landscapes, deep river gorges and Ladakh Himalaya scenery. Finally Lake Phoskundo is probably one of the most scenic Himalayan Lakes.

The Buddhist culture is a mix of pre-Buddhist Bon Pa tradition and Tibetan influenced Buddhism. 11th century SheyGompa monastery is one of the most significant Tibetanmonasteries and YangjerGompa is a significant pre-Buddhist Bon Pa tradition. Wherever you look there are ancient gompas, chortens and monasteries hundreds of years old.

Finally wild and gentle people of Doplpa still innocent and untouched by modern technology and civilisation are charming and sweet, living with absolute harmony with harsh nature and content with their lives, tending their herds of hairy yaks, sheep and domestic mountain goat grazing near the odd nomadic huts of the herders.


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Upper Dolpo Trekking Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu


Your arrival day to Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you outside the international terminal of Kathmandu airport and will transfer you to your hotel. After some rest we will regroup for briefing. The rest of the afternoon is for you to rest or do last minute shopping.

DAY 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj


Flight to Nepalgunj. Time at leisure in the afternoon. (B)

DAY 03: Fly Nepalgunj to Juphal 2500m/Trek to Dunai 2100m/9.6km/2-3 hrs


Early morning 45 minute flight to Juphal over the Himalayan foothills, with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. We take 9.6km walk down toDunai, the administrative headquarter of the Dolpo region. (B L D)

DAY 04: Trek to Shyanta 2670m/14km/900m/6-7h


We follow the treeless ThuloBheri valley leading to the Phoksundo river valley. Despite walking in a deep gorge we get some short glimpses of Kagmara Peak. There are winter settlements and higher Thakuri village of Rahagaonabove; we arrive to the entrance to the SheyPhoksundo National Park and Shyanta for our overnight camping stop (B L D)

DAY 05: Trek to Rechi3000m/8km/600m/4-5h

We walk in a forested deep valley of alpine character traversing grassy slopes and cliffs towering above the fast flowing river arriving to our camp spot early in the afternoon. (B L D)

DAY 06: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3600m, 10km/600m/5-6h


We are heading today for the shores of spectacular Phoscundo Lake through a cedar forest and trek up along steep cliffs just before the lake and after crossing to the western side of the PhoksundoKhola near Palam, the winter settlement. Our camping spot is just a short walk from Ringmo village on shores of the PhoskundoLake. Ringmo is a typical Tibetan Buddhist settlement with mud plastered chortens and mani walls.(B L D)

DAY 07: Acclimatization Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake


We scheduled a rest and acclimatization day at Phoksundo and the opportunity to explore the village of Ringmo and its Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.(B L D)

DAY 08: Trek to PhoksundoKhola, 3800m/12km/300m/6h


We skirt the shore of the lake along rocky ledges on its western side. We enter a wide flood plain of the PhoksundoKhola where we camp overnight on the bank of the river. (B L D)

DAY 09: Trek to LarTsa 4120m/5km/320m/3-4h


We continue along the glacier valley heading due north. We will take right turn into East heading valley leading to Kang La pass, which we have to cross to SheyGompa. Overnight camp will be just before the pass described by Peter Matthiessen as 'Snowfields Camp'.(B L D)

DAY 10: Trek to SheyGompa 4330m/11km/1300/-1050m/6h


We trek up on steep slate scree slopes to Kang La (5,360m) with tremendous views of Upper Dolpo straight out of the famous movie ‘The Himalayas’ with sweeping meadows with hairy yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chengra) grazing near the odd nomadic huts of the herders; red Chorten herald the arrival at SheyGompa our overnight camp. (B L D)

DAY 11: Exploring SheyGompa


Shey means crystal and it is a location of Crystal Mountain monastery brought to fame to westerners by Peter Matthissen in his novel Snow Leopard. Crystal Mountain is located east of SheyGompa; its name stems from its contorted cliffs laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. The lama of Shey resides at a red hermitage known as Tsakanggompa north of Shey.The first Kagyupa monastery was built in 11th century. Shey was established by an ancient pre-Buddhist culture the Bon Po. The ancient Tibetan way of life in Dolpo combining Bon Bo animism with the teaching of Buddha, which was introduced by DrutupYeshe hundreds of years ago when he came to Dolpo encountering a wild people whose supreme God was a 'fierce mountain and nature spirit'. (B L D)

DAY 12: Trek to Namung 4420m/750m/-650m/6-7h


We are truly in Dolpa Buddhist country with mani walls, ancient monasteries and desert moon-like landscapes. We continue to Namung, agrazing oasis of Tibetan grasslands after crossing 5100m Sela La pass and walking through high country of bare rocks and eroded soil. Namung is a very small village of few stone houses and contains the monastery Karma Kagyu sect painted in vivid red and white colours. The economy is based on agriculture but in this climate the only crops are barley and buckwheat as well as some potatoes and radish.(B L D)

DAY 13: Trek to Saldang 3800m/11km/-700m/4-5h


Saldang, the largest village of the inner Dolpo area, is a prosperous village due to its agriculture and its strategic location on a salt trade route to Tibet, where the salt is collected from dry salt lakes north of Tsangpo. The village stretches for nearly two kilometres on an open slope and it consists of five villages having about eighty well built houses with nearly six hundred people.(B L D)

DAY 14: Trek to YangjerGompa 3830m/7km/30m/4h


Yangjer village and gompa will be our furthest point north and it is irresistible destination, a location of an old pre-Buddhist Bon-Po monastery perched on the cliffs above mighty PanjyanKhola. We do not gain significant elevation just walking on a slightly undulating path; we will have plenty of time to explore villages on the way and the monastery. For many it will be the cultural highlight of the trip. (B L D)

DAY 15: Trek to Sugugoan 4040m/17km/200m/7h


From YangjerGomba, apex of our Dolpa circuit we staring to head back to Jhupal where we arrive in 10 days of exploring treasures of Buddhist heritage all the way. Today we will walk back along NagoanKhola through villages with terraced fields passing many stupas, chorten and mani walls. We stop for overnight camping in Sugugoan a location of Chiba sect monastery. (B L D)

DAY 16: Trek to Jyanta-La Phedi 4540m/16km/650m/6-7h


We continue along the NagoanKhola the major trading route with Tibet and we will come across many caravan of laden yaks that are on their way towards Tibet border. It will walk all the way up hill towards the pass but on well-defined trek and we stop in a Phiedi just short of the pass.(B L D)

DAY 17: Trek to Tokyu 4220m/15km/580m/-900/5-6h


Today we tackle last pass with 580m climb and it will be downhill from here to Dunai while walking through spectacular Tarp valley. We will pass the Tarp Chu a complex of 10 villages with numerous gompas and chortens of both sects Chiba and Bon Po with Chiba monastery of Tokyu, where we stop for our overnight camping.(B L D)

DAY 18: Trek to DhoTarap 4040m/5km/-180m/2-3h


Only a very short walk downhill through lash valley typical for the Ladakh Himalaya a totally refreshing after harsh desert plains of Upper Dolpo. We will camp at DhoTarap for the overnight camp with plenty of time to explore the villages on the way. DhoTarap is inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars hill tribe of Nepal who have lived here for many generations. (B L D)

DAY 19: Trek to Nawarpani 3600m/20km/-450m/6-7h


Today will be a long. We will make our camp on a nice meadow at Nawarpani.(B L D)

DAY 20: Trek to Khanigaon 2640m/14km/-950m/5 hrs


We continue down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it or rising high above the riverbed. The path is thrilling crossing some sketch bridges. Our camping spot will be beside the TarapKhola at Khanigaon.(B L D)

DAY 21: Trek to Tarakot 2240m/15km/-400m/4-5h


Today we trek through interesting and spectacular area of forest, gorges and terrace fields to old fortress of Tarakot and old capital from pre-Gorkha dynasty. We pass the famous Sandulgompa about 8 km east of Tarakot. We will camp opposite Tarakoton grassy fields close to chortens and a gompa. (B L D)

DAY 22: Trek to Dunai 2100m/8km/-150m/4h


We continues beside the Bheri River through massive gorge with pine trees on a path high above the river. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner are Included)

DAY 23: Trek to Jhuphal 2490m/8km/400m/3h


Last climb to Jhuphal, along the Bheri River to the small airstrip for the last overnight camp.(B L D)

DAY 24: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu


Early morning, a short scenic flight to Nepalgunj with a connection to the flight back to Kathmandu.(B)

DAY 25: Kathmandu sightseeing


We will offer you a guided sightseeing of Kathmandu heritage UNESCO designated sites; hindu temple Pashupatinath, one of the most significant shrines on the subcontinent dedicated to god Shiva with a throng of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and the most desired place for cremation along the holy Bagmati river; Bouddhanath stupa important Tibetan Buddhists pilgrimage centre; Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple located near Thamel on the highest hill of Kathmandu valley another significant Buddhist and Hindu temple complex; Kathmandu Durbar Square containing old royal palace, many temples and Kumari (living goddess) palace. (B)

DAY 26: Departure from Kathmandu


Transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast Included)


Price for the Trip:

  • The cost of the trek depend group size, Category of the trip and your desire (budget)
  • The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements.
  • The Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added as per mutual understanding.
  • The itinerary mentioned above is published from Airport to Airport services for the betterment of the client. Due to various categories Hotel facilities in the Capital City they may choice for their own and if required through us, we provide the facilities Also.
  • The cost also affect the number of guides and porters 
  • For these reasons the same trek can higher and lower price.

Thus; please mail us for up to date prices for the above Trip

Cost Include

  • pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport .
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • Special Permit for National Park entry
  • TIMS card(Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu-Nepalgung- Juphal-Nepal Jung Kathmandu
  • 20 Kg Luggage free Per Person during the trekking.
  • Complete camping /Trekking equipment for trekking.
  • Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Dining tent, toilet tent, table and chares, Mattresses are avilable Sharing with other member.
  • Two member has one tent for camping during trekking period
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • An Experienced  Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • English speaking Tour guide for Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour by private car / van.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes
  • complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon  Special Gifts (T-shirt, Pashmina )

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water
  • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets.
  • All kind of Personal Expencess
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.


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