Upper Dolpa Trek  |  26 Days

A great adventure within amazing Upper Dolpa  towards Shey Gompa the crystal monastery  Exceptional scenery of rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks on daily walks Explore Dolpo villages around its heritage trails enriched with Bon and Buddhist culture Walk in enchanting rhododendron-pines-magnolia and oaks trees lines with grand views Crossing high Kang-La with great views of Dhaulagiri-Kagmara as far towards Kanjibroba peaks Country of endangered, elusive Snow Leopard and Blue Sheep where one can spot on walks

Upper Dolpa Trek is one of The Best popular Trekking in Nepal. Upper Dolpa trekking is a great adventure within amazing Gompa the crystal monastery and Phuksumdo Lake. Upper Dolpo Trek, an adventure leading you to a long walk in our 3 weeks journey toward Far West Nepal Himalaya around Dolpo area, the country of elusive snow leopard and blue sheep including ancient Bon culture of pre-Buddhism interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism and old traditions way of life. upper Dolpa Trekking a marvelous adventure where you can walk in the serene tranquil environment away from mainstream trekking trails in the complete wilderness with daily views of scenic snow-capped peaks within the colorful culture of Dolpa tribes kin to Tibetan with similar heritage.

This amazing trip starting with scenic great flight towards Far Southern Nepal Terai at Nepalgunj city, and then on the next flight towards our destination at Dolpa where our adventure begins walking first to emerald Phuksumdo Lake, blessed with beautiful scenery of green woodland, peaks and rolling hills within Ringmo village. adventure proceeds towards higher areas crossing the highest pass of the trip over Kang-la at 5,350 m to reach our highlight and goal at Shey Gompa near Crystal Mountain, a great fascinating spot away from human settlement and villages in pure isolation. after a marvelous time at Shey Gompa (monastery) walk leads towards inner Dolpo past Saldang-Tokyu and Dho-Tarap villages, an interesting area full of cultivated fields of barley and wheat where you can explore its ancient Bon and Buddhism culture. finally, our adventure ends walking towards Tarakot, a nice and lovely village where our route leads back to Dunai, the headquarter town of Dolpo and at Jhupal for short scenic flight to Nepalgunj to connect our air journey back to Kathmandu after completing an amazing adventure around Upper Dolpa Trek.

Trip Highlights

  • In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and exciting cultural and historical place.
  • Around high and remote isolated country with awesome views and culture.
  • Highest altitude 5,350 m high over Kang-la Pass. 
  • Fly to Nepalgunj and Jhupal Than Back to Kathmandu.
  • Heritage trails enriched with Bon and Buddhist culture.
  • Green hills and snow-capped peaks on daily walks.
  • A great adventure within amazing views Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.


  • 1 Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be well received by Reasonable Treks & Tour staff and guide and then transfer you to your hotels within the hub of Kathmandu city around the most happening and exciting place around Thamel. The evening after checking into your rooms with refreshment our guides will brief regarding Upper Dolpa Trek with welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture show.
  • 2 In Kathmandu sightseeing tour at places of interest and trek preparation.The morning after breakfast leave for our exciting cultural and historical tour around Nepal’s best World Heritage Sites which includes old Durbar Square (Palace Courtyard), Old Swayambhunath Stupa and other places of interest with time for trip preparations.
  • 3Fly to Nepalgunj on Nepal Far South West and transfer to hotel.As per the flight time for Nepalgunj for Upper Dolpo trekking, depart from the hotel a scenic and panoramic flight of 50 minutes takes you to Nepal Far South West at Nepalgunj, a city of great Indian influence and with warm temperatures as it touches with Indian state of UP (Utter Pradesh), an interesting city to explore in the afternoon time before flight to Jhupal in Dolpo next early morning.
  • 4 Fly to Jhupal 2,475 m then drive to Dunai 2,140 m - 02 hrs.Early breakfast for another short connecting flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, on reaching Jhupal after 40 minutes on air, received by our trekking staff that has traveled here taking a long overland drive and walks, from Jhupal at present a motor road has been constructed connecting Dunai the main headquarter town of Dolpa area. from Jhupal a short drive of more than an hour rides to Dunai for the overnight stop, in the comfort of the nice local lodge, afternoon walk around Dunai town an interesting place to observe its culture and way of daily life.
  • 5Trek to Chhepka 2,838 m - 06 hrs.After overnight in Dunai, morning walk past market crossing a bridge over Thulo Bheri River and then climb over a ridge to Phoksumdo River valley with views of Kagmara peak, from here trek leads downhill passing farm villages with walnut trees close to a stream at Dhera, a small cattle herders settlements, from here a short climb to Rahagaon village of Thakuri a Hindu local tribe, then downhill walk into forested area to reach overnight camp at Chhepka a small farm village.
  • 6 Trek to Samdua village 2,960m -06 hrs.From Chhepka near Ankhe area, morning walk with short climb and descend through forest reaching a river bank, from here climb on leaving the forest, from the top walk downhill to forested area leading upstream to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek further to Samdua for overnight stop near the entrance of Phoksumdo National Park.
  • 7 Trek to Phoksumdo Lake 3,630 m - 06 hours.Morning walk leads to our first destination at Phoksumdo Lake after Pungmo Kholas valley and crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach at upper side of Phoksumdo Khola, after a short break continue to walk to Ringmo village, an interesting village of Tibetan origin with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls. from here a short walk to Phoksumdo Lake for overnight camp by the shore of beautiful turquoise Phoksumdo Lake.
  • 8Rest day at Phoksumdo Lake for local excursion.An ideal spot for the rest day, marvel at the beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, or visit interesting Ringmo village and walk by the lakeside.
  • 9 Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola 3,750 m- 05 hrs.From this lovely place morning walk starts to higher area of upper Dolpo region to our another highlight and final destination of this awesome journey walk follows to contour around rocky ledge over the river bank on the unsteady path, then approaching at the western side the lake through a summer pasture which opens into a wide plain of Phuksumdo Khola for the overnight camp by the river shore.
  • 10 Trek to Phuksumdo Bhanjyang 4,717 m - 04 hrs.After a nice walk of previous day, today’s morning trek begins on a good path leading northern area of Phuksumdo Khola and then walking up on the hill slopes, after a steep uphill to reach at a ridge top with impressive scenery of wide green valley and looking over Kang-La pass that leads to Shey Gompa, setting the camp for the night stop on this nice green summer pasture.
  • 11 Cross Kang-la (Nangdalo-la) 5,350 m trek to Shey Gompa 4,160 m via -06 hrs.Morning walk starts to our main destination at Shey Gompa which the high lights of this adventure after Phuksumdo Lake, the trek continues with a climb on stone and rocky path to cross Nangdalo-la pass at 5,350 meters, the highest point of this adventure. The top offers super views of landscapes with snow clad peaks including Mt. Dhaulagiri. after reaching the top ridge, descend to the bottom of the hill leading by the river then across cattle herder camps, after a short stop continue towards Buddhist prayer monument Chortens and Mani, from here a nice walk to Shey Gompa located beneath Crystal Mountain regarded as a Holy Mountain with an old monastery nearby.
  • 12 Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery.A perfect place for Rest day in this high mountain area, in the harmony of nature and chanting of monks, visit Shey Monastery also known Crystal Monastery, this area is well described in the novel Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.
  • 13Trek to Namgung 4,608 m via Sela (Gela) La 5,094m.From this wonderful place, our journey continues into a walled canyon, the trail meanders atop Sela or Gela-la at 5,094 m offering great views of landscapes and of Mt. Dhaulagiri peaks, downhill on the grazing area with the pleasant walk to Namgung Gaon for the overnight stop.
  • 14Trek to Saldang 3,770 m - 05 hours.After a stop in this village walk on dusty windswept terrain, leading to steep uphill to reach our overnight camp at Saldang, another impressive large village of the region situated higher side of the plateau.
  • 15 Trek to Chagaon 4,910 m - 05 hrs.From here, morning walk following river Nang chu all the way with short ups and down and then passing Sugugaon and Dechen Lapran a cattle herders settlement, and then heading to our overnight camp at Chicagoan village with an old Rapa Gompa of pre-Buddhist and ancient Bon-Pa culture.
  • 16Trek to Dachu Khola camp at 4,700 m - 06 hrs.Morning walk south towards Tarap valley around Tokyu and Dho Tarap village, then taking southern direction to reach Dachu Khola and beyond, after crossing the same trail following river through farm fields, and then walk into Yak herder areas for overnight camp.
  • 17 Trek and cross Jyanta-La at 5,220 m and walk to Phedi 4,900 m - 06 hrs.After nice stop in this summer pasture area walk follows the river for short while, and then encountering yaks and mules laden caravan on route Tibet, trade with Tibet exists since hundreds of years, and this walking route lies on the old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route. from the base of Jyanta-la, morning starts with steep climb to reach top of the pass with views of massive Mt. Dhaulagiri range, from here a long descend to the base of the pass on route Tokyu village.
  • 18 Trek to Tokyu Gaon 4,209 m via Jeng la 5,090m-06 hrs.After a steep climb an easy walk today for hours reaching at Tokyu gaon for overnight, this is one of the most impressive and interesting villages of Dolpo area, consist of more than ten villages and nice tended farm fields with old monasteries.
  • 19 Trek to Dho Tarap 3, 944 m- 05 hrs.After Tokyu Gaon, morning starts with downhill walk towards Tarap Chu on broader green valley, this is one of the scenic wide valleys with lots of Sheppard’s settlements of Yaks and Sheep, and walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, this is another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.
  • 20Trek to Ghyamgar 3,759 m - 07 hrs.From here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo area which is about 20 k.m. which stretches following Tarap Chu River most of the way to joins with Thuli Bheri River near Tarakot village, walk leads past Langa with beautiful cascading waterfalls heading due south following the trail after Sisaul and small place of Kesila around Yak herders temporary camps to reach our overnight camp at Ghyamgar.
  • 21Trek to Tarap Khola 3,652 via Chhyugar 3,440 m - 06 hours.Today walks on Tarap nice valley, as the trail enters into a narrow gorge with some vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose, walk leads past Toltol with a large overhanging cave, around this area might see some wildlife like Naur or Blue Sheep and other animals. as the walking progress reaching a confluence of River Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, overnight camp by the river after a long day walk of about 6 hours.
  • 22Trek to Tarakot 2,540 m - 06 hrs.Start morning walk passing smaller villages and then into a small wooded area, following river all the way at Tarakot, a large and interesting village with old history and well maintained terraced farm fields, Tarakot with an old historical fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village. Tarakot village houses famous old Sandul Gomba located at junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is placed.
  • 23Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride.After a great time at Tarakot, our last day walk leads to Dunai for short while and then taking a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu. The morning starts following many spreads out villages and farmers huts, walking on the wider trail with some short uphill and downhill towards Thuli Bheri River valley to reach at Dunai, on reaching Dunai time permitting having lunch. From here jeeps drive to Jhupal to catch our next morning flight to Nepalgunj.
  • 24Fly Nepalgunj to kathmandu and transfer to hotel.Farwell to most of our staff and porters and then taking a smaller airplane for short flight to Nepalgunj, at Nepalgunj transfer to another flight back to Kathmandu with super views of Himalayan mountains during on this 50 mins flight, reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels.
  • 25 In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.Reasonable Treks and Tour reserves this free day in Kathmandu in case of the flight delay from Dolpo due to bad weather on Upper Dolpo trekking, if all goes well as per the itinerary you can enjoy as the free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in for another interesting sight-seeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.
  • 26 International Departure for Homeward bound.As per your international flight time transfer towards Tribhuvan International Airport for the journey back home or to respective destinations after a super and amazing time in Nepal Himalaya on high hills around Upper Dolpo Trek.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Three Night standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including taxes and entrance fees.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights ( kathmandu to Nepalgunj– Juphal to Nepalgunj - Kathmandu ).
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.(Guide).
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees .
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj .
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj .
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).
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    Upper Dolpo Trek


    This is my first Time Nepal I did 26 days Upper Dolpo Trek with Reasonable Treks & Tour  Pvt. Ltd / Anil  Dhungana provided Very Helpful And professional assistance in planning for Upper Dolpo Trek, he’s is Organization for 26 Days Upper Dolpo Trek, Mr. Anil He is Recommendation Trekking Guide and porters, he’s is  Guide and porters very friendly And  honestly Guide he gives to everything information details on the way I Show village and mountain. Really enjoyed the Upper Dolpo Trek, Thanks to Guide And porters we want to highly recommend this company and staff for other travelers. Thank you so much, Mr. Anil, we really happy for your Trip.  We will back Next Time!!

Trip Note

Hotel and Accommodation on Upper Dolpo Trek
While in Kathmandu  at 3 star Hotels (Attached Bath Room A/c,24 hours running hot and cold shower while you are Upper Dolpo Trekking  Day Beging Breakfast at  Lodge teahouse Thy are clean and comfortable bed and the rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets .every day 3-4 hours trekking and break for lunchtime, after a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point teahouse

Transports used on Upper Dolpo Trek
 Reasonable Treks And Tour Will Provide Private Vehicles and tourist bus  for The Airport transfer, Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu .and   Kathmandu to Nepalgunj  flight (45) minute and return back to  Nepalgunj  to Kathmandu by flight

Meals and Drinks On  Upper Dolpo Trek
The meals are included in our package of the Upper Dolpo Trekking  and They are taken in lodges, we will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnight and our guide will choose and stop For lunch on trek and we recommend you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free, then you can have the normal water and use the medicine and drink however you have options of buying bottled water or boiled water in every place as well. There will also be farewell dinners for guests in Kathmandu.

Electricity and battery charges  Upper Dolpo Trek
There is electricity available in some of the villages on our Upper Dolpo Trek where you can recharges your camera, batteries, mobile Phone and there is solar power in some villages. we trek through and you can recharge your batteries camera mobile Phone in those places as well if they have enough power and we suggest you to have spare batteries as well and you will have to pay some for recharging batteries.on Upper Dolpo Trek.  

Luggage/Bag pack on  Upper Dolpo Trek
Your main luggage will be carried by porters on Upper Dolpo Trek And you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, and etc, during the trek, as small loads allow you for full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Guide and Porter on  Upper Dolpo Trek
We provide trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek) and porters, one porter for each 2 trekkers and a  porter carry about 20 Kg and if there are more than 10 people in the group then we will provide you the additional guide for the group.

Group size, guide and crew member
Reasonable Treks And Tour organize Upper Dolpo Trek  for single people to maximum 13 people at once or even if you have more than 13 people then we can split the group in to two or more groups (according to the number of trekkers) however you all can walk together and stay at same guest house and there are only different guide, and there are 1 guide up to 9 people and 2 guides for 10-13 people and One  porter for each 2 Trekkers.

Personal expenses on  Upper Dolpo Trek
Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as the meals are included on our base camp trek cost, so, you only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non Alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), and Meals ( A meal cost 5-7USD in Kathmandu) for your Kathmandu stay, entrance fees ( approx: 25USD) while your tour in Kathmandu, if you Do not drink alcohol and sopping then 12-15USD per day should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks on trek and Tips are appreciated by your support Team after the trek. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 15 - 20% of the total tour cost as Tips to the staff and you can do this if you feel the services have been good.

Gears available in Kathmandu
It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying equipment for the Upper Dolpo Trek in your country as Majority of these gears can be bought at Reasonable Cost in Kathmandu.

Best Time to Trek  Upper Dolpo
The best time to trek to the Upper Dolpo Trek is spring March, April, May, and autumn August, September, October, November. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views from the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty while you are on Upper Dolpo Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the Nearest hospital to save your life (this has happened to us few times) and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue, so, please make Sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure That you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip, Common sense dictates this, it’s good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and payment
After going through our policy and guidelines before booking a trip, you must send Reasonable Treks And Tour a form with all and full details of your passport and of the trip chosen with 30 % as the non-refundable amount from the chosen trip.  on receiving the details of your passport with scanned or photocopy, along with booking forms, and then the company will send you a confirmation with a receipt of the deposit made.  Regarding direct deposit to our bank accounts and as well for Credit Card payment which we accept Visa or Master Card with extra 04 % levy surcharge will be added on the trip cost payment. We strongly suggest that you obtain Travel and Medical insurance against unforeseen circumstances and situation that might arise during your trips which should include Immediate rescue and evacuation by any means of transportation including by Helicopter to nearest hospitals medical centers.

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  • Trip Cost USD $4000
  • Trip Duration 26 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Max. Altitude: 5,350 m high over Kang-la Pass
  • Mode of Trekking: On hotels & Lodges basis
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate & Adventurous
  • Activities: Sightseeing tour-exiting drive and scenic walks
  • Trekking: 23 Night 24 days
  • Total Trip: 25 Night 26 Days
  • Season: All year except July to Mid September (monsoon months) March to May wild flowers in full blooming season
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu All meals during the trek.
  • Group : 1-15 People
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