Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 25 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax
  • Max Elevation: 5350m
Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the least ventured Himalayan destinations in the far flung corners of Nepal Far West. One can find complete ambiance within its beautiful scenic landscapes of rolling hills, verdant valley and high snow-capped mountains that includes Kanjibroba, Kagmara as far towards Dhaulagiri range. Upper Dolpo Trekking will be a great wonderful walk within its pristine environment from tall alpine tree lines of firs, pines and Himalaya spruce to desert like terrain.
The area around Upper Dolpo which is also well described in the famous Classic novel ‘Snow Leopard’ by Peter Mattessian who explored the region in late 1970’s, one can find more information of this mystical place from the movie Himalaya. The film was nominated for Oscar award as best foreign film in 1998, certainly a picturesque country to experience once in your life time as this adventure leads you to beautiful areas around emerald lake of Phoksundo and then to Crystal Monastery or Shey Gompa.
Upper Dolpo covers country’s largest national park with an area of 3,555 sq. kms known as ‘Shey-Phoksundo National Park’ that extends from Dolpo to further west of Mugu districts. The park is enriched with exotic flora and fauna almost extinct in this planet like rare herbs, medicinal plants including elusive snow-leopard and blue sheep with other bird life.
Besides its dramatic landscapes and awesome views, the culture of local Dolpo people and its impressive villages is equally captivating to soak into the local culture and age-old heritage of ancient Bon (pre Buddhism) practice with present Buddhism religion.
Upper Dolpo Trek begins with scenic super flight to land at Nepal Far South East at Nepalgunj city airport, where air journey continues in smaller plane to reach at Dolpo at Jhupal. From Jhupal, adventure starts heading past nice farm areas towards large town at Dunai, headquarter and administrative place of Dolpo district where walk leads further west to reach at scenic and beautiful Phoksundo Lake near Ringmo village.
Enjoying pleasant and scenic time at Phoksundo lake and exploring Ringmo village then walk leads to high Kang-la pass to reach remote and isolated Shey Gompa or Crystal Monastery, located close to nearby interesting crystal mountain embedded with semi-precious stones. At Shey Gompa tour of the monastery enriched with ancient religious scrolls, texts and colourful paintings with fresco, idols of Buddha and famous saint and gurus of both Bon and Buddhism sects.
From Shey Gompa return walk leads to cross several high scenic passes with excellent views of surrounding country with snow-capped peaks as route leads past Saldang to reach at large group of villages at Tokyu. Around Tokyu villages enjoy visiting nice and interesting places as walk continues heading into long Dho-Tarap valley which falls on old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Dolpo to Tibet.
Finally, walk comes slowly to an end on reaching historical village of Tarakot and then past Dunai to Jhupal where our walk completes taking a scenic exciting flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, after concluding our marvelous adventure and experience on Upper Dolpo Trek.
Related Treks:


  • An awesome journey within wildest country of Nepal Far Western Himalaya
  • Explore time forgotten villages and by outside world on hidden areas of Dolpo
  • On elusive and least visited destinations to Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery
  • Far from town and villages for some days in close harmony of pristine nature
  • One of the longest and enjoyable adventure to scenic and high Upper Dolpo
  • Visit impressive villages interwoven with both ancient Bon and Buddhism religion

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02In Kathmandu with optional tour and preparation for trek and climb
  • Day 03Fly to Nepalgunj (150 m) with 55 mins flight then transfer to hotel
  • Day 04Morning flight to Jhupal (2,475 m) drive to Dunai (2,140 m) - 03 hrs.
  • Day 05Trek to Chepka (2,838 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 06Trek to Samdua village (2,960m) -06 hrs
  • Day 07Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,630 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 08Rest day at Phoksundo Lake for local excursion
  • Day 09Trek to Phoksundo-Khola (3,750 m) - 05 hrs.
  • Day 10Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,717 m) - 04 hrs
  • Day 11Cross Kang -La (5,350 m) and Trek to Shey Gompa (4,160 m) -06 hrs
  • Day 12Rest day at Shey Gompa around Crystal Monastery
  • Day 13Trek to Namgung (4,608 m) via Sela (Gela) La (5,094 m)
  • Day 14Trek to Saldang (3,770 m) - 05 hours.
  • Day 15Trek to Cha-Gaon (4,910 m) - 05 hrs.
  • Day 16Trek to Dachu Khola Camp at (4,700 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 17Cross Jyanta-La at (5,220 m) and walk to Phedi (4,900 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 18Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,209 m) via Jeng La (5,090m) -06 hrs
  • Day 19Trek to Dho Tarap (3, 944 m) - 05 hrs
  • Day 20Trek to Ghyamgar (3,759 m) - 07 hrs
  • Day 21Trek to Tarap Khola (3,652 m) via Chhyugar (3,440 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 22Trek to Tarakot (2,540 m) - 06 hrs
  • Day 23Trek to Dunai - 05 hrs then drive to Jhupal - 02 hr jeep ride
  • Day 24Morning flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotels
  • Day 25Reserve and contingency day
  • Day 26Depart Kathmandu for international departure homeward bound
Detail Itinerary

What to Expect

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Two nighs hotel at Nepalgunj
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Round trip flight fare (Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu)
  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government license holder guide
  • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Special Upper Dolpo Trekking Permit
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
  • All the expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

Useful Information

1. Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients undertaking any trip. It should provide adequate security for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue and loss of luggage. Make sure that your insurance policy covers up to 2500-5000 meters of altitude.
2. Packing List
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
  • Hat/Cap
  • T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
  • Fleece/Sweater
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
  • Warm Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • Day pack (30-40 liters)
  • Torch light
  • Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
  • Small Hand Towel
  • Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius
3. Guide and Porter 
We provide experienced, knowledgeable and honest guide with good communication skills in English language to make your trip wonderful. The guide will provide all the information about the mountains, different histories, cultures, traditions and many more. We will provide 1 porter for 2 people. The porters are helpful as well as strong and will carry a maximum of 25 kgs combined. After giving the best services along with the hard works up in the mountains, guides and porters expect some tips from your side. Tipping culture is very common in tourism sector.
4. Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.
Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:
  • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swelling of hands, feet, and face
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Nosebleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • General malaise
Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strictly suggests avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude.
Guides and porters from Marvel Adventure are very much familiar with this problem due to their experience. All of them are trained with basic medical trainings and hence they definitely can help you.

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