Trip Facts

  • Duration:27 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Min group sizeAny
  • Best TimeMarch to May and September to November
  • Holiday typeTrekking

About Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trekking is located in Dolpa district of Nepal. The site is still iles away from modern development and due to this ancient culture and religion is still preserved here. The destination is situated in between Dhorpatan and Rara Lake.The Upper Dolp Trek is the most admirable journey, that lies at the Restricted area of Nepal. Travellers from around the globe gets amused as the beautiful landscape and culture of Upper Dolpo are untouched for hundreds of years. Likewise, due to the  difficult geographical structures, Upper Dolpo is an obviliation from outer world making it the Restricted Area Trekking destination.

Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal border Dolpa on east and south, respectively. Likewise, Jumla district share border with Upper Dolpo on west. Just like Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo shares border with Tibet on north. Due to this the destination shares culture and religion with Tibet. Upper Dolpo is protected by Shey Phoksundo National Park.  Upper Dolpo Trek rewards you the pleseant veiw of angelic lake namely, Phoksundo Taal. Wrapped up by the majestic mountains all around it, Upper Dolpa shares similarties with the Upper Mustang, which is one of the restricted as well. Travellers also do trek to Upper Mustang, which offers the spritual and mental happiness as you get lost within the barren deserts of mountains. However, trek to Upper Dolpo Region takes you to an altitude of 5,136 meters. That rewards you with the different forms of llanscapes available thorughout the journey.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness Bon Po religion
  • Observe Shey Monastery
  • Witness unique culture and tradition
  • Understand hardship of life
  • Get acquaint with Buddhist culture


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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.