Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 25 Days   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Guest House & Tented Camp
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 m

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

Upper Dolpa Trek focuses on the 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 the Tibetan language means vivid, crystal and pure. Today the monastery is in the care of Chiba community.

Upper Dolpo trekking route from Juphal, which is connected by 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 breathtakingly beautiful with turquoise water and natural serenity. Along the trek, you will have the constant backdrop of snowy Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri in the north to Wedge peak, Kang peak and Mt. Api in the west.

Upper Dolpo trek difficulty: The Kangla Pass at 5151m is one of the highest passes in the Dolpo region and crossing this is mandatory to get to Shey Gompa (4200m). The Gompa offers splendid views of crystal mountain and lacks 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).

Explore the Upper Dolpo trekking with Global Adventure Trekking and live your dream! The cost of the trek is very comprehensive and doing a camping trek and the flight connectivity. The Trek is fully into the wild nature where you experience being above the clouds.


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

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 02 Kathmandu Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m)
Day 03 Nepalgunj fly to Juphal (2,500 m) and trek to Dunai (2,150 m)
Day 04 Dunai Trek to Chhepka Village (2,800 m)
Day 05 Chhepka Trek to Jharana (Waterfall) (3,150 m)
Day 06 Jharana Trek to Ringmo (Phoksundo Lake) (3,650 m)
Day 07 Shey Phoksundo lake Trek to Chunemba (3,650 m)
Day 08 Chunemba trek to Lar Tsa
Day 09 Lar Tsa Trek to Mendok Ding (4,610 m)
Day 10 Mendok Ding Trek to Shey Gumpa (4,390 m)
Day 11 Shey Gumba Trek to Namgung (4,430 m)
Day 12 Namgung Trek to Karang (4,050 m)
Day 13 Karang Trek to Mugoan (4,100 m)
Day 14 Mugaon Trek to Shimen (4,000 m)
Day 15 Shimen Trek to Tinje (4,150 m)
Day 16 Tinje Trek to Rakpa (4,530 m)
Day 17 Rakpa Trek to Chharka (4,120 m)
Day 18 Chharka Trek to Norbulung (4,750 m)
Day 19 Norbulung Trek to Sangda Phedi (5,100 m)
Day 20 Sangda Phedi Trek to Sangda (3,700 m)
Day 21 Sengda Trek to Dhagarjun (3,290 m)
Day 22 Dhagarjun Trek to Jomsom (2,670 m)
Day 23 Jomsom Fly back to Pokhara and Kathmandu
Day 24 Buffer day in Kathmandu
Day 25 Final Departure

What's included

  • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle
  • Three Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • One Night twin sharing stander Hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj regular flight ticket with departure tax
  • 15 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag allowance with all domestic flight 
  • An Experienced English Speaking Trekking Guide with equipment
  • One porter per two trekkers
  • Food, accommodation, Insurance, Transportation and salary of Guide and Porter
  • Rara National park Entry Permit
  • 20 Nights mountain (Tent / Teahouse) accommodation with full board meals
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • All Government and Local Tax and VAT
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 25 USD, 40 USD, 100 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights Tickets
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
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