Upper Dolpo Trek – 25 days

Trip Overview

Upper Dolpo Trek is an extended trekking package in the remote area of Nepal. Dolpo region is also known as a hidden paradise lies in the Trans-Himalayan range. The region has the unique pristine natural resources and diverse alpine topography. It takes you to the different world of complete wilderness far away from the modern mechanical life. Upper Dolpa has a lot more to offer you. You will walk through the forest, gorge, alongside rivers and unique alpine geography. Besides, it is a habitat of varies endangered animals and precious vegetation including rare herbal medicines.

The chief attractions of this trek are Phoksundo Lake and Pass like Kang La Pass and Saldang La Pass. Besides, you will experience culture and tradition of local Sherpa and Magar people. Monasteries, Chortens, Mane Walls, offers you Tibetan vibes and gives you Buddhist insight, albeit little. So, this trek is a blend of thrill, nature, culture and unique geography.

We have designed this trek in 24 days to offer almost all the features to our clients while walking on a moderate pace. We will provide you with comfortable lodging and hygienic food during the trek. Our experienced team is along with you the entire trek ensuring your comfort and address any issues promptly.

The trek starts from Kathmandu taking a flight to Nepalgunj; after that a flight to Dolpa. We request you to embark on this trek to devour the beauty and uniqueness that nature has bestowed to this remote region of Nepal.
Spring and autumn are the proper seasons to embark on this trek as the weather is lovely and you will have beautiful vistas during these seasons. You require good physical fitness and determination to go for this trek. Just let your plan know us, we are here to organize everything to take you to this destination of your lifetime.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival (1400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation (1400m)

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m) – 45 minutes flight

Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2400m) and trek to Dunai (2150m) – 35 minutes flight and 2/3 hour walk

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2660m) – 5/6 hour

Day 06: Trek to Renje (304m) – 6/7 hour

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) – 6/7 hour

Day 08: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3507m) – 6/7 hour

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4402m) – 6/7 hour

Day 10:  Pass the Kang La pass (5,360m) and trek to Shey Gompa (4,126m) – 6/7 hour

Day 11: Rest day at Shey Gompa

Day 12: Cross the Saldang La pass (4785m), and then trek to Namduna Gaon (4400m) – 6/7 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Saldang (3903m) – 3/4 hour

Day 14: Trek to Sibu (3942m) – 5/6 hour 

Day 15: Trek to foot of Jeng La (4369m) – 4/5 hour

Day 16: Cross the Jeng La pass (4845m), trek to Tokyu Gaon (4240m) – 6/7 hour

Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap (4090m) – 4/5 hour

Day 18: Trek to Serkam (3630m) – 5/6 hour

Day 19: Trek to Khani Gaon (2550m) – 6/7 hour

Day 20: Trek to Tarakot (2281m) – 3/4 hour

Day 21: Trek to Dunai (2052m) – 4/ 5 hour

Day 22: Trek to Juphal (2404m) – 2/3 hour

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj- Total 1 hour and a 35-minute flight

Day 24: Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Day 25: Final departure

Cost Includes

Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle

Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.

Twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj at tourist standard hotel along with breakfast

Accommodation during the trekking in a teahouse/Lodge and a tent as per the necessity as it is a remote region trek and tea houses are not available in all the places

All three meals on the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), fruits after dinner and tea/coffee (3 times a day)

Flight ticket: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphpal-Nepaljung-Kathmandu 

Government certified English speaking trekking guide

The entire cost of the staff members involved in the trek (their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation)

Porters (one porter for every two trekkers) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation equipment, and insurance)

Charges of all necessary documentation and permits related to the trek

Down jackets and sleeping bags (upon request), should be returned to the company after completion of the trek.  

Company’s duffel bag (upon request for the trek purpose only), and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir.

Trekking route map

First Aid Kit (carried by a trek guide)

The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)

All applicable federal and local taxes. 

Cost Excludes

Nepal visa and International flights fare.

Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj besides welcome and farewell dinner. 

Expenses for your clothing and personal gears 

Your equipment of personal nature; and other expenses such as mineral water, soft beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek, bar bills, showers, internet, etc.

Your travel insurance which covers helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation 

Tipping to the guide, porter, and drivers 

Any other costs not itemized in the "Cost Includes" are your expenses. 


Today, you will arrive in Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal. We will receive and transfer you to your hotel. Our representative will meet you for trek briefing on the agreed time today. We will take you out for a welcome dinner tonight.

Today, our guide will take you for a day tour in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a lot to offer you, mainly you will be delighted to visit the monuments that are included in the UNESCO world heritage sites. After you return from the day tour, you can make the necessary preparation for the trek. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Today, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj- a tropical city lies in the southern plane. You will have a bird’s eye-view of Nepali geography on board. After freshen up, you can explore the Nepalgunj city. Overnight at Nepalgunj.

Today, you will fly to the northern direction from Nepalgunj. You will have an exciting and scenic flight to Jhupal of Dolpa district. We expect your patience in case of flight delay or cancellation which is common in this section. You will hike to Dunai from Jhupal airport. Overnight Dunai.

We will take the path on the western direction that leads you to the confluence of Thuli Bheri and Suli Gad. After that, you will walk alongside Suli Gad River. You will pass through the beautiful farm fields and arrive in Hanke- the gateway to the Phoksundo National Park. After crossing a couple of hamlets, you will reach in today’s destination Ankhe.

Today, the trail is going to be difficult comparing to the previous days. You will be walking up and down on a narrow and steep path. Your careful move takes you ahead while enjoying the emerald woods and unique landscape. Finally, you will arrive in today’s destination Renje. You will camp on the bank of a river today.

Today, you will be heading to Phoksundo Lake-a pristine turquoise water lake. You will start on a moderate trail, but you will have a steep up and down paths ahead. However, you will be rewarded with the views of waterfalls, river, and lakes during today’s trail. A brief walk from Ringmo village, you will arrive in Phoksundo Lake. This is considered a sacred lake by Buddhist and people of Bon-Po religion. Overnight in a tent near the lake.

Today also it’s not an easy day. You will walk uphill and descend to Phoksundo Khola (river. Today also you will continue experiencing the different alpine topography. Overnight on the bank of Phoksundo River in a tent.

Today, you will experience walking nearby rocky cliff before arriving on the river confluence. After that, an up and down path with boulders takes you to a meadow. From there, a steep climb leads you to today’s destination Phoksundo Bhanjyang.

Today, it’s an exciting day as you will cross a high pass in the region Kang La Pass. The Pass offers you amazing views of lower parts of the area. After that, you will have a steep descent. After that, a windy path takes you to you today’s destination Shey Gompa. Overnight at Shey Gompa in a tent.

Today is the rest day at Shey Gompa. People belong to Chaiba community lives in the area. Prayer wheels, prayer flags gives you religious vibes. You will visit this place with religious importance and have rest all day today. Overnight at Shey Gompa.

Today is another important as you will be passing Saldang La Pass. You will walk up to flat land on a moderate path. After that, a steep climb takes you to Saldang Pass. The Pass offers you amazing views of mountains in Tibet. A long downhill path takes you to the pasture. A further walk takes you to today’s destination Namduna village. The attraction of the village is Namjung monastery is built on the foundation of a cliff. Overnight at Namduna village.

You will resume your trek on the uphill trek today. The hilltop offers you magnificent views of lower parts of the region including picturesque terraced farm field. You will continue climbing up until you find a path to descent to your today’s destination, Saldang. Overnight at Saldang.

You will descent towards the river bank walking through the picturesque farmland. Chortents, Mane Walls energize you to move forward. After a couple of hours walk, you will reach a place called Namdo- a beautiful hamlet- before arriving in Sibu where you halt for the day. You will camp nearby this small village of Sibu.

Today, the trail leads you alongside the river valley, so the trail is comparatively easier on the first section. After that, you will have to walk on a difficult path. Further, a few hours of the walk takes you to your today destination to the foot of Jeng La.

A couple of hour uphill trek takes you to Jeng La Pass. The Pass offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri mountain range. After feasting your eyes with natural beauty, you will descend to Tarap Valley. It’s a beautiful valley extended along the Tarap Chu River. You will reach to the spiritual world as you find many Chortens and Gompas on the route. Overnight at Tokyu Gaon.

Today, you will trek on a wide and moderate trail while moving to Dho Tarap. You will pass the through the hamlets and the farm fields. The views of grazing cattle in a green field make you forget your aching legs. Moreover, Chortens and Mani walls are frequent on the trail. You will arrive in today’s destination, Dho Tarap. It’s worthy to explore this village inhabited by Magar and Tibetan origin people.

You will trek downhill along a local rivulet called Tarap Khola. While walking on the ravine along the river, you will enjoy watching grazing sheep. After walking for a while, you will pass a suspension bridge and, a further walk takes you to today’s destination, Serkam.

In the beginning today, you will walk down to the valley of Tarap River. You will make a careful move as the trail is steep. After a few hours of scenic walk, you will arrive in Khani Gaon. It’s a beautiful meadow. Overnight at Khani Gaon.

You will resume your today’s trek crossing a suspension bridge. After that, you will continue on a path along the riverside. You will pass a settlement called Barung Chu with beautiful farm field before arriving in Tarakot where you stop for the day.

Comparatively, the trail is easier as it goes downhill and you will walk alongside Bheri River. After walking for few hours on an easy path, you will arrive in Dunai- the administrative headquarter of Dolpa district. Overnight at Dunai.

Today is the final day of your trek. You will have a leisurely walk to Jhupal and will arrive in today’s destination early today. You can explore the area after checking into your hotel or give complete rest to your aching leg. Overnight at Jhupal.

Today, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj and a subsequent flight to Kathmandu. As mentioned earlier, your patience is anticipated in case of flight delay and cancellation which is common in this section. You will have a scenic and exciting flight to Kathmandu

You have a leisure day at Kathmandu today. You can explore Thamel- a tourist hub in Kathmandu- to purchase anything of your interest. Tonight, you will take you for a farewell dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Today is your final departure from Nepal. We will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International airport for your final departure as per your flight schedule. You will fly back to your homeland with exciting memory of hidden treasure of Nepal.

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