Upper Dolpo Trek - 32 Days

Culturally Tibetan region in West Nepal, Upper Dolpo Trek is remote yet spectacular Himalayan expanse with Dhaulagiri Himal and Churen Himal on the east and south and Jumla district to the west.

This epic Upper Dolpo Trek starts at Juphal village; heads to Dunai and passes through the Suligad River gorge to Phoksundo Lake and cross our first 5000-meter pass leading to sacred Shey Gompa and the ‘Crystal Mountain’. Another pass later, in the village of Saldang, we have free days to explore the surrounding Tibetan-style villages, busy with the Autumn harvest. From Saldang we head into ever more remote regions of Dolpo, Khoma, Shimen & Tinkyu in the fantastic Panzang valley.

The trails connecting these remote villages and high passes are some of the most culturally interesting and spectacular routes in Dolpo, and the inhabitants still trade with Tibet along the old salt routes.

Academy award-nominated film “Himalaya” was shot in this region.

Day 01Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02Rest/preparation
Day 03Fly Nepalgunj 160m
Day 04Fly Juphal 2490m; trek Dunai 2030m
Day 05Trek Chepka 2670m
Day 06Trek Amchi Hospital
Day 07Trek Phoksumdo Lake 3620m
Day 08Rest/exploration
Day 09Trek Forest Camp 3725m
Day 10Trek Two Rivers Camp 3900m
Day 11Trek High Camp 4800m
Day 12Trek Shey Gompa 4390m
Day 13Rest/exploration
Day 14Trek Shyamling Gompa
Day 15Trek Bhijer 3850m
Day 16Trek Nengla pass high camp 4950m
Day 17Trek Saldang 3770m
Day 18Rest
Day 19Trek Komang 4060m
Day 20Trek Mendo 3900m
Day 21Trek Tinje Village 4110m
Day 22Trek Rapka 4535m
Day 23Trek Mola La high camp
Day 24Trek Chharka 4110m
Day 25Trek River Junctions Camp
Day 26Trek High Camp 5000m
Day 27Trek Sangta Ghok
Day 28Trek Sangta 3710m
Day 29Trek Phalyak 3175m
Day 30Trek Jomsom 2713m
Day 31Fly Pokhara-Kathmandu
Day 32Depart Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Nepalgunj (twin share)
  • Mostly camping accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation, wherever available, on full board during the trek
  • Kathmandu-Nepalguj-Juphal air ticket
  • Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu air ticket
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary in a private vehicle
  • Permits & other local taxes
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Required number of porter/s
  • Trekking gear, transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and other local staffs
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

What is Excluded

  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for guide & local staffs
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Clothes Attributes

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries

Hand Wear

  • Fleece Gloves

Personal stuffs

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Trekking poles
  • UV Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Insurance papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Ear plugs
  • Water bottle
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights)


  • Jacket & Trouser (waterproof)
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Non cotton shirt/T-shirt (full sleeves)
  • Fleece trouser
  • Micro fleece
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermal wear
  • Down jacket
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Underwear
  • Neck gaiter

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers


  • Strong Kit/Duffle bag to be carried by porter
  • Bag to keep your casual clothing
  • Toiletry bag

Climbing Equipment (if required)

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness with Slings, carabiners
  • Jumar
  • Boots suitable for mountaineering
  • Mountaineering helmet


  • Personal medications

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

Visa Extension Fee 

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

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Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Facts

  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 5,360 m
  • Moderate
  • Camping
  • March to May, June to Aug
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Teahouse/Lodge
  • Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum