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Himalaya Darshan Treks Pvt. Ltd

"Experience Naturally Nepal With Us"


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  • Trip Grade:
  • Max-Altitude:
  • Best Season:
    April to September
  • Trip Mode:
    Camping Trek
  • Group Size:
    Min 2+
  • Destination:
    Dolpo Region

Upper Dolpo Trek Highlights

  • Adventurous camping trek to the untouched trans-Himalayan region.
  • Visit ancient monasteries of the Dolpo region.
  • Observe the Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture (called Bon Po).
  • Crossing adventure high passes like Kang La Pass 5,350m, and Jeng La Pass 5,220m.
  • Explore the dazzling Phoksundo Lake; the deepest lake in Nepal.
  • Excellent view of Crystal Mountain, Kanjiroba Himal, Mt Dhaulagiri, and surrounding views.
  • Beautiful waterfall, flora, and fauna.
  • Off the beaten path trekking in western Nepal

Upper Dolpo Trek

Experience the splendor and rugged beauty of Dolpo that resembles the ones of the Roof of the world- Tibet! Lying between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges, Upper Dolpo Trek a restricted trek offers amazing landscapes and serene beauty. The strenuous trek adds a sense of adventure among its visitors where the culture people are reminiscent of its northern neighbor.

More to this, Nepal’s first English subtitle movie and Oscar-nominated Himalayan Caravan  were also shot in this region. Spectacular landscape, isolated villages of Ringmo, mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake. The centuries-old monasteries are the main highlights of this trek.

The paths lead to Shey Gompa which is often mentioned as the sacred heart of Upper Dolpo. The region lies at the base of Crystal Mountain. Every year hundreds of pilgrims travelers visit the upper Dolpo region to make Kora (circuit) around the ‘Crystal Mountain’.

Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper Dolpo Trekking is a desert area in the High Himalayan region. It is the most remote trek. The scenery here is even more barren than on the Lower Dolpo Circuit Trek. Likewise, the villages are even more solitary and secluded. But, the villages and people you meet along the path will leave an indelible feeling on you. The people that reside here, only a few hundred are the world’s highest dwellers.

But wait, there is more, being the region of Nepal people of this region mostly speak Tibetan languages and can rarely understand the Nepali languageThe route lingers above 4,000m for long periods which results in very cold nights. The striking landscapes, also the views from the high passes, and the remarkable insight into a preserved culture make it all worth it.

Dolpo Trek Special Permit

The relatively difficult trekking passes and Special Trek permits to limit the number of adventurers that visit Upper Dolpo. Those making this trek a very exceptional, and exclusive experience. You have to cross three high passes, the Shey La 5,010m, Kang La Pass 5,350m, and Jeng La 5,220m. These crossings involve long climbs and long descents. 

Finally, the Upper Dolpo Region preserves one of the last remains of traditional Tibetan culture where the pre-Buddhist Bon-Po Religion is still in practice. Eventually, you can hear a prayer flag fluttering at the top of the pass. It’s a 25-day trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. The tourism infrastructure in Upper Dolpo is not what it is in much of Nepal. It is a full camping trek.

What is the Best Time to do the Upper Dolpo Trek?

The Best Time to do Upper Dolpo Trek is in Spring (April to May) and in the monsoon (June to September). Mainly, the months of June, July, and August are the rainy season in Nepal. It involves monsoons with heavy rainfall which makes trekking conditions unfavorable in other trekking regions. But, Dolpa is a desert part of Nepal and a rain shadow area too. So, these months are also the ideal time for Trekking to Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang. But this month’s challenging to reach Dolpa due to rainfall in the lower part and bad weather to fly Juphal from Nepalgunj.

Difficulty Level

Upper Dolpo Trek is a challenging trek with moderate to challenging difficulty levels. It involves walking over remote and rough terrain, often at high altitudes. The trip takes about 21 to 25 days. The trail includes steep ascents and steep descents and adventure high passes. Likewise, river crossings, rock sections, and some places are narrow trails.

Altitude sickness can be a problem, so acclimatization is required. Besides that, Facilities are limited in the area. Previous trekking experience, fitness, and preparation are important. So, we provide a knowledgeable guide and the necessary staff to make your travel successful. The trip offers stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences in a remote setting.


In conclusion, the Upper Dolpo Trek is a remarkable journey that takes you through a remote and pristine part of the Himalayas. With breathtaking scenery, ancient Tibetan culture, remote monasteries, and unique flora and fauna. This trip offers an unforgettable experience for adventurers and nature lovers. You enjoy your travel from beautiful Lake Shey Phoksundo to challenging passes (Kang La Pass).

As well as, breathtaking mountain views, every leg of the trip is filled with awe-inspiring moments. The chance to soak up the untouched beauty of Upper Dolpo and mingle with the friendly locals adds cultural richness to the adventure. If you’re looking for a trek that combines natural beauty, cultural exploration, and a sense of adventure.

The Upper Dolpo Trek is the best and great choice. You just click Book this trip from our web page. We are ready to organize your travel bucket list trek.


Day 1, Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1,400m) and transfer to hotel

We, Himalaya Darshan Treks heartily welcome you and your group to Nepal. One of our company staff will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The person will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, holding an A4-size paper with your name and our company name. So, you have to look for that person for your pick up from the airport. Your check-in at the hotel.

Day 2, Sightseeing UNESCO sites in Kathmandu

After breakfast, Sightseeing in world heritage sites such as Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Basantapur Durbar Square then back to the hotel. This day is required to make an Upper Dolpo Trek special permit with your original passport.

Day 3, Flight to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

The mornings can be used to carry out some last-minute re-checks. We will drive to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and fly to Nepalgunj on the afternoon flights. And transfer to the hotel.

Day 4, Flight to Juphal (2,475m), and Trek to Kageni (2,415m)

An early morning 45-minute flight lands us on Juphal and after a brief sorting and introduction of our crew, the trek finally starts. The trek descends to the Thuli Bheri River bank and crosses the River then the trek heads toward Kageni.

Day 5, Trek to Jharna Hotel (3,170m).

After breakfast, we will start our journey to the Jharna hotel. Passing through the Chhepka and Rechi villages. The trail leads us to Phoksundo river valley. We need to cross this river several times. It is nice walking through the beautiful forest. Stay at the tea house in the Jharna hotel.

Day 6, Trek to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3,650m).

Today is a short hike and a beautiful day. After having breakfast, we start our trek and ascend to Rigmo Gaon. It is most of the walking uphill, enjoying the beautiful view of Phoksundo waterfall, which is amazing. Finally, we reach Phoksundo Lake. After lunch, you have free time so you can enjoy visiting this beautiful lake. The deepest lake in Nepal.

Day 7, Acclimatization day.

A whole day to explore the gorgeous Phoksundo lake waters and their surroundings. Tshowa, a medieval Bon monastery founded over 900 years ago, is close and offers more exploration chances.

Day 8, Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,655m).
Day 9, Trek to Nando La High Camp (4,120m).
Day 10, Trek to Shey Gompa (4,326m). Via Kang La Pass (5,360m)
Day 11, Acclimatization Day.
Day 12, Trek to Namgung (4,420m). Via Shey La pass (5,015m).
Day 13, Trek to Saldang (3,965m).
Day 14, Trek to Yanjer Gumba/ (4,342m).
Day 15, Trek to Shimen Gaon (3,870m).
Day 16, Trek to Tinjegaon (4,150m)
Day 17, Trek to Sulung Khola (4,680m)
Day 18, Trek to Tokyu gaon (4,240m).
Day 19, Trek to Dho Tarap Village (3,920m).
Day 20, Rest Day.
Day 21, Trek to Nawarpani (3,475m)
Day 22, Trek to Tarakot (2,537m).
Day 23, Trek to Dunai (2,140m).
Day 24, Trek to Juphal (2,404m).
Day 25, Fly to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Early in the morning, we will fight in Nepalgunj. As well followed by an evening flight to Kathmandu and a transfer to the hotel.

Day 26, Final Departure

This will be the last day of your trip to Nepal. One of our staff will take you and your group to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu for your final departure. We wish you and your group safe flights with unforgettable memories from your Nepal trip. Hope to see you again.

Trip Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle (Domestic/International).
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing) with bed and breakfast.
  • One-night hotel in Nepalgunj, with bed and breakfast.
  • Experienced guide, porters, and necessary staff with salary, food, and Insurance.
  • Tented accommodation and 3 times meals during the trek.
  • Upper Dolpo Trek special permit.
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park entry Permit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide for all world heritage sites.
  • Camping gear includes a twin-sharing tent, mattress, toilet tent, and dining/kitchen tent.
  • Both-way flights are Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal (Dolpo) – Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • First Aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Emergency Helicopter service arrangement (If needed) which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • We will arrange a Duffel bag, Sleeping bag, Down Jacket, and warm hat (If you don’t have your own.)
  • Himalaya Darshan Treks branded T-shirt as a souvenir.
  • Both way flights for guide and Cook.
  • Upper Dolpo Trek Map for a group.
  • Upper Dolpo trek achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner with culture program

Trip Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Your Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and staff. (Tips are expected)
  • Delay due to weather.
  • Your travel insurance. (Necessary)
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Desserts Sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding, etc.
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the cost include.

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