Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 24 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel , Guest House & Tented Camp
  • Max Elevation: 5100m

Dolpa lies in the trans-Himalayan region of mid-west Nepal, a land remote and isolated from the rest of the country. Since Dolpo was part of Tibet once, Dolpo’s culture, landscape, and ethnicity is same as Tibet and Tibetans. The Tibetan culture in Dolpo is the only one well preserved on this side of the Himalaya.

Upper Dolpa Trek focuses on journey to Shey Gompa Monastery located deep into the heart of Dolpo valley. The 11th century Shey Gompa belongs to Kagyupa sect (the first Kagyupa monastery) and was founded by Lama Ten-szin-Ra-Pa. Shey in Tibetan language means vivid, crystal and pure. Today the monastery is in the care of Chaiba community.

The trekking starts from Juphal, which is connected by a direct from Nepalgunj. Two days walk from Juphal will reach you Shey Phoksundo Lake (3600m), a high altitude lake, is a Ramsar site lying within Shey Phoksundo National Park. The Lake is breathtaking beautiful with turquoise water and a natural serenity. Along the trek you will have constant backdrop of snowy Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri in the north to Wedge peak, Kang peak and Mt. Api in the west.

The Kangla Pass at 5151m is one of the highest passes in the Himalayas and crossing this is mandatory to get to Shey Gompa (4200m). The Gompa offers splendid views of crystal mountain and lack mountain. After spending time in the Gompa you will drop down to Tarakot via Lahini by passing two other passes: Saldang La pass (4785m) and Jenjela Pass (4845m).

All along the journey you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Ghyuthumba, Matathumba, Kanjiroba, Kagmara, Triangle peak, Api Himal etc.


  • Trek through trans Himalayan region of Dolpo
  • Observe Tibetan culture, lifestyle and learn about Tibetan Buddhism
  • Visit Shey Gompa Monastery and Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Cross Kangala Pass, Saldang La pass and JEnjela Pass
  • Capture amazing views of Kanjiroba, Kagamara, Api, Matathumba, Ghyutumba etc.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu .
Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal
Day 04 Trek from Juphal to Chepka via Dunai
Day 05 Trek from Chepka to Renje (3010m)
Day 06 Trek from Renje to Phoksundo lake (3620m)
Day 07 Trek from Shey Phoksundo lake to Chunemba (3630m)
Day 08 Trek from Chunemba to Lar Tsa
Day 09 Trek from Lar Tsa to Mendok Ding (4610m)
Day 10 Trek from Mendok Ding to Shey Gumpa (4390m)
Day 11 Trek from Shey Gumba to Namgung (4430m)
Day 12 Trek from Namgung to Karang (4050m)
Day 13 Trek from Karang to Mugoan (4100m)
Day 14 Trek from Mugaon to Shimen (4010m)
Day 15 Trek from Shimen to Tinje (4150m)
Day 16 Trek from Tinje to Rakpa (4530m)
Day 17 Trek from Rakpa to Chharka (4120m)
Day 18 Trek from Chharka to Norbulung (4750m)
Day 19 Trek from Norbulung to Sangda Phedi (5100m)
Day 20 Trek from Sangda Phedi to Sangda (3700m)
Day 21 Trek from Sengda to Dhagarjun (3290m)
Day 22 Trek from Dhagarjun to Jomsom (2670m)
Day 23 Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 24 Final departure