Trip Facts

  • Duration:27 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude:5,350 Meter
  • Min group size2
  • Best TimeMarch to May and September to November
  • Holiday typeTrekking

About Upper Dolpo Trek

Explore the remote northwestern part of Nepal during the upper Dolpo Trek. Upper Dolpo is a restricted area in Nepal. Not anyone can go trekking in this region without a mandatory restricted area permit. Likewise, solo Upper Dolpo Trekking is prohibited, and you can only trek with a Nepali-registered travel company in a group of two people. This does not count the trekking guide and porter. 

Dolpo region has Tibetan-like terrain and landscapes. The region is dry and arid. Being a rain shadow area, trekking to Upper Dolpo is possible even in the rainy season. In 1989, the Nepal government opened the trails to foreign travelers under strict rules and regulations. Upper Dolpo Trek is a magical venture amidst roaring waterfalls, cold rivers, picturesque villages, deep gorges, and valleys of fields. 

You'll be trekking in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, a well-preserved area in Nepal. The region is home to exotic animals like Himalayan black bears, blue sheep, snow leopard, musk deer, red panda, etc. Likewise, you get to see a wide range of vegetation and flowers too in the initial part of the trek. This trek is more about huge pastures than lush forests. 

The locals of Dolpo and their ancient cultural heritage make Upper Dolpo Trek even more intriguing. The natives are either follower of Tibetan Buddhism or the BonPon religion. Yes, you can meet the BonPo practitioners along the trekking route and get to visit centuries-old monasteries like Shey Gompa. 

Some of the mountains you can see during Dolpo Trek are the Dhaulagiri range, Crystal mountain, etc. One of the major highlights of Upper Dolpo Trekking is Phoksundo Lake. Situated at 3,611 meters, Phoksundo Lake is known as the jewel of the Himalayas. The turquoise blue color of the lake with surrounding views of the hills and snow-capped mountains are phenomenal. 

Upper Dolpo Trek is not for the faint hearts. You have to be strong and enduring to survive the simplicity of the region. The services along the way are basic to none. On top of that, the terrain is off-beat and crosses many passes and steep sections. 

Why go on Upper Dolpo Trek with us?

A trek like this caliber needs support from professionals who make the journey tolerable. Our team at Adventure White Mountain will assist you in exploring the wonders of the Dolpo region and getting close to locals. 

We'll do all the necessary reservations for the trek and make sure you get proper accommodation to spend the night. Likewise, we do all the documents and permit work for our clients to make the journey smooth.

You can book an upper Dolpo trek with us anytime. If you have any questions regarding the trek, please feel free to let us know anytime

Here are some other treks for you that have similar difficulty: Kanchenjunga base camp trek, Upper Mustang trek, Three High Passes Trek, and Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the remote northwestern part of Nepal
  • Trek in the restricted rain shadow area
  • Enjoy stunning Himalayan mountain views and Tibetan like landscapes
  • Go on a magical venture amidst roaring waterfalls, cold rivers, picturesque villages, deep gorges, and valleys of fields
  • Explore the gorgeous Phoksundo Lake
  • Come across intriguing Tibetan Buddhism and BonPon cultural heritage
  • Visit centuries-old monasteries and stupas
  • If you are lucky, you may get to see rare wildlife like snow leopard and Himalayan black bear during the trek


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Adventure White Mountain Will receive you at international airport of Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to hotel. Today you can enjoy Thamel as it is one of the cream touring sites of Kathmandu. Tourists believe that Nepal visit is incomplete without visiting Thamel. You will spend night in a hotel.

     The real fun begins from today as you get chance to witness at least four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. You visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is regarded as Historic City and Kathmandu Durbar Square is a lively example that speaks about the history of this nation. The site covers five acres of land. Hanuman Dhoka, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinatha and Bouddhanath are the main place of our visit today. We will spend night in a hotel.

       We will catch flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. It is a flight of around an hour. Nepalgunj is located in plain land of Terai Region of Nepal. It shares border with India. The temperature of this place is pretty high during summer. In the noon we will explore Nepalgunj. We put off at a hotel in Nepalgunj.

         Jhupal is at 45 minute flight distance from Nepalgunj. It is a scenic flight. You will meet trekking staff here. They had walked all the way from Nepalgunj to Jhupal with your trekking gears and equipments. From here we proceed towards Dunai. Here we halt at night. Dunai is at three hours walk in distance from Jhupal. 

           We pass Thulo Bheri Valley and enter into Phoksundo River Valley. A couple of hours walk will take us to Dhera. Crossing thick forest we reach Shey Phoksundo National Park. The park is located in Ankhe. We will put off at Ankhe tonight. 

             The trail today is full of up and down. The water streams of the way are fascinating. We follow narrow course. Beneath your feet you see river flowing in great current. We arrive at Sulighat and here we stay overnight. 

               After breakfast we start walking towards Phoksundo Lake. The lake is located in Ringmo village. The meeting point of two rivers here is really beautiful. Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola get mixed here. On the way we get view of one of the longest waterfalls of Nepal. It falls from 300m above ground level. In Phoksunda Lake we set our camp. 

                 To adjust body temperature with the increasing altitude we take rest for a day and it is known as acclimatization. To avoid altitude sickness it is essential. Despite being rest day we will keep on roaming nearby villages. The lake and its beauty will mesmerize you. We will roam around Ringmo village. 

                   It is a beautiful walk today. Passing through valley, rivers and meadows we reach river and here we set up camp. 

                     Today we will be walking is a bit difficult path. We will walk along rocky boulder path. On the way there comes a point from where you get beautiful view of Kang-La pass. We setup our camp at Phoksundo Bhanjyang.

                       Today we will be reaching Shey Gompa. The trail is challenging. We will be crossing few rivers. The sight of red chorten signifies that we are getting close to Shey Gompa. We will be setting our camp here.

                         To adjust body temperature with the increasing altitude we take rest for a day and it is known as acclimatization. To avoid altitude sickness it is essential. Despite being rest day we will keep on roaming nearby area. Crystal is English name of Shey. Due to this reason the Gompa is known as Crystal Monastry.

                           We will be walking on zig-zag path today. We arrive at Saldang La. Further walk will lead us to Namduna Gaun. Here in Namduna Gaun there is another monastery called Namgung. We set up camp at Namduna Gaun.

                             We will be walking for around four hours to arrive at a cliff and from here we get view of Saldang village. It is a largest village that covers two square kilometes in inner Dolpo region. There are five villages within Saldang. 

                               Today we will wlak ahead exploring inner part of Dolpo. The up and down trail take us to windswept area. We reach at Yangze after passing through Tiling and Lurigaun. We will set camp at Yangze.

                                 We retrace path to Saldang village and get to Sibu. Paasing through Chaiba Monastery and Namdo village we reach at Nam Kong Khola. Further couple of hours walk will bring us at Sibu. Here in Sibu we will arrange camp.

                                   After breakfast we start walking and arrive at Nam Khong Khola. A steep climb will bring us at the bottom of Jeng-La. Here we set up our camp.

                                     It takes two hours to be at the top of Jeeng-La. We arrive at Tarap Valley following descend rough path. By noon we will be at Tarap Chu. We will sepnd night at Tokyu Monastery.

                                       It is a short walk today and it takes us to Dho Tarap. Here we will spend night. We will be exploring local area today. 

                                         To adjust body temperature with the increasing altitude we take rest for a day and it is known as acclimatization. To avoid altitude sickness it is essential. Despite being rest day we will keep on roaming nearby area. In this place you can shop local items. You will be shopping at an elevation of 4000m. Here you can purchase home spun clothes and Tibetan style Somba (boots with upturned toes).

                                           It is a long walk today. We will be walking on wide valley course that gets narrow into the gorge. We will reach Tarap Chp and Lang Khola confluence. The confluence of the river will make Tarap River. Here we set up camp.

                                             It is a wonderful walk of life. The path that we follow gets so narrow that at some places we can jump to another side of the ridge. Overcoming few difficulties we finally arrive at Khanigaon where we set up camp.

                                               After breakfast we start walking and arrive at Lalberi village. Crossing forests and gorge brings us at Tarakot. Here we will spend night. 

                                                 Walking along the bank of Bheri River we reach Dunai. The trekking to Upper Dolpo informally ends here. Here we can enjoy drink. 

                                                   Trekking through short course we arrive at Jhupal. It the same place from where we started our trekking. We will halt here at night.

                                                     We take flight to Nepalgunj from Jhuphal. After arriving at Nepalgunj we wait for connecting flight to Kathmandu. 

                                                       Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the Airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.

                                                        What's included


                                                        • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
                                                        • 3  nights in a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
                                                        • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
                                                        • 22  nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek with Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner )
                                                        • Welcome and farewell dinners
                                                        • All accommodation and meals during the trek
                                                        • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
                                                        • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
                                                        • First aid kit.
                                                        • All taxes, be it local or government.


                                                        • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
                                                        • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                                                        • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
                                                        • Excess baggage charges
                                                        • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
                                                        • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
                                                        • Travel and rescue insurance
                                                        • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
                                                        • Tips for guides and porters.


                                                        To reach Dolpo, the best way is by following our itinerary. There are some other routes too to reach Dolpo. One is by driving to Pokhara and then to Beni and begin trekking from there. You can also drive up till the road goes.

                                                        To reach Phoksundo lake, you have to take a 55 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then another 40 minutes flight to Jhupal. From here, you have to trek for a few days to reach the lake.

                                                        The Shey Phoksundo trek is difficult and gets even more challenging if you combine the upper Dolpo area. If you only do the Shey Phoksundo Lake trek, then it's relatively easy and can be done in seven days.

                                                        No, you can't do the Upper Dolpo trek solo because it is a restricted area in Nepal, and solo trekking is not allowed. You can only trek with a local Nepali licensed trekking company.

                                                        Yes, Dolpo trek is safe if you travel with a professional team. The trail is isolated, but there's nothing to worry about because our trek guide and porter will take care of you.

                                                        To join Dolpo trek as a solo traveler, you can contact us and see if we have any group traveling in that region on your available dates or not. Or you can also select one of our departure dates. If you are a single trekker, we'll pair you up with some other trekkers for the journey.

                                                        Useful Information

                                                        Upper Dolpo Trek best time 

                                                        Like other treks, spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) are two perfect seasons for Upper Dolpo Trek. However, you can also trek in the Upper Dolpo in the rainy season (May to September), which is unlike any other trekking route. Upper Dolpo is located in the rain shadow of Tibetan cliffs and the Dhaulagiri range, so the region sees no rainfall. 

                                                        All these months are ideal for Upper Dolpo Trekking. You see fantastic mountain views and enjoy pleasant weather while trekking. At night the sky is usually clear, making the stars and the night sky phenomenal. 

                                                        Upper Dolpo Trek difficulty

                                                        Upper Dolpo Trek is an off-the-beaten trek. This trek is for experienced trekkers who can walk 6 to 7 hours on steep, rough trails. The trail crosses numerous passes and gorges. You have to be physically and mentally strong to embark on this trek.

                                                        At the same time, you also have to be able to live with limited services. The trail is much more isolated than other famous trekking routes, so be aware of that. For altitude sickness, our itinerary and team will keep you safe. 

                                                        The trek ascends over 5,000 meters, but our Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary has ample rest days, so need to worry. At some point, it's common to lose your appetite and forget to drink enough water. Be mindful of it and have fresh healthy meals as much as you can to keep maintaining your energy.

                                                        Charging Facilities and WiFi

                                                        The charging facility is okay on the way. You may not get electricity every time you charge your devices. Better carry spare batteries or a solar charger. The service provider can ask a few bucks to let you charge your device. 

                                                        Wifi and cellular networks are unstable in the Dolpo region, especially in the upper part of the trail. Do not rely on getting wifi. Instead, carry a Nepali Sim to use the internet. Again, the connection might not be stable all the time. 


                                                        The teahouse accommodation is provided during Upper Dolpo Trekking. It's the best option even though the facilities are lower than other trekking routes. The trail has not many tea houses, so if 2 or 3 big groups trek at the same time, everyone may not even get to bed to spend the night. 

                                                        We reserve rooms for our guests in advance, so you do not have to worry about sleeping under the sky. The washroom is generally common and the rooms small. You'll have twin shared beds with blankets and pillows. 

                                                        What will I eat during the Dolpo trek?

                                                        The meals are very simple on the Dolpo Trekking route. Expect Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. At some places in the lower altitude, you may get toast, sandwiches, pasta, momo, noodles, porridge, etc for meals. You'll mainly have Dal Bhat and Tarkari for lunch and dinner. It's a heavy meal, full of nutrients, and tastes delicious too. 

                                                        Likewise, Tibetan dishes like Thenduk, bread, Thukpa, etc are also available. You get tea and coffee for beverages. Not many snacks are found along the way, so don't forget to pack enough to last you while trekking. 

                                                        Child policy

                                                        Trekking with an underage traveler in the Upper Dolpo is not impossible, but the journey can get arduous. The trail has very limited services, which makes it difficult to trek with a kid, especially if he/she is a toddler. 

                                                        Frankly, it depends on the nature of the trekkers, whether they can endure the remoteness of the region or not. We advise you to talk with one of our travel consultants once and see what's better for you and your kid.

                                                        Personal expenses 

                                                        The Upper Dolpo Trek cost covers only certain things like accommodation in Kathmandu & all transportation as per the itinerary, expenses of guide and porters, lodging/food during trek, permits, etc. There are still things like international flights, shopping, travel insurance, tipping, etc that our package cost does not cover. So, make sure to have the budget for these things. 

                                                        Insurance, Rescue, Evacuation

                                                        We recommend trekking in Upper Dolpo with travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation. Upper Dolpo is a very remote area in the Himalayas. The trail is not bustling and is hardly visited by travelers. 

                                                        There are no proper health posts on the route. So in case any medical emergency occurs that cannot be treated, giving a first-aid, we have to air evacuate you to the nearby hospital. So, in order to offer you prompt evacuation, we need travel insurance.