Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 25 Days

Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan high-altitude region in the upper part of Nepal's Dolpa District, bordered by China in the north. Shey Phoksundo National Park shares 1-3 part of the region. It is a mystical land of centuries old Buddhist traditions that are still practiced daily. The remoteness of the region combined with the splendid beauty of the landscape makes for an unforgettable experience.

Adventure Club Trek's Upper Dolpo Trek-25 days brings you the very best of off-beaten path trekking, Upper Dolpo is one of the very few regions in the world to have a civilization so detached from modern world advances.Upper Dolpo runs in Shamanistic beliefs and centuries old Bonpo and Buddhist traditions. You will meet the most authentic Tibetan culture, traditions and the most innocent of people in the villages and gompas you pass by in this 25-day-long trekking expedition.

We start the trek with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. We take another flight tomorrow to Juphal, the only airstrip that connects Dolpa with rest of the country.Our trail passes several villages, pristine Phoksundo lake and high passes in the course of leading us to Shey Gompa, it is popularly known as the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo, and rightly so! We spent the day acclimatizing at Shey Gompa, meanwhile also exploring the magical land. It sits at the base of Krystal Mountain, a pilgrimage site frequented by hundreds of visitors each year who make a circuit (called Kora or Parikrama) around the mountain.

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is strenuous, it requires at the very least average level of physical fitness. One has to cross three high passes-Nagdalo La (5350 m), the Shey La (5010 m) and Jeng La (5220 m). Crossing these passes involve long ascents and descents. We spend most of the trekking period above 4000m, this results in cold temperatures, especially at night. The unsurpassable landscapes and exclusive views into the preserved culture of the Doplo people make it all worth it. You come out of this trek with an experience only a few have had-not everybody can say they have first-hand observed centuries old civilization in the most remote part of the Himalayan country Nepal by trekking there on foot.

Besides trekking in the celebrated regions like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang and such, trekkers can choose to trekking in other regions like Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Tsum Valley, Kanchenjunga Circuit, Dhaulagiri Circuit and Manaslu circuit among others. Adventure Club Trek has reasonably priced and well-customized packages to trek in this regions.


Trip Highlights:

  • Explore heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy the scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
  • Through Shey Phoksundo National Park and Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Trek past high three high passes- Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng LaVisit the Buddhist monastery of Shey Gompa
  • Magnificent views of the Himalayas, flora & fauna throughout the trek

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu – 1 hr flight:
  • Day 04: Flight to Juphal (2,400 m). Trek to Dunai: 35 minutes
  • Day 05: Trek Duna to Ankhe.
  • Day 06: Trek Ankhe to Renje.
  • Day 07: Trek Renje to Phoksundo Lake.
  • Day 08: Trek Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola.
  • Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang.
  • Day 10: Cross the Kang La pass (5,151 m) and trek to Shey Gompa.
  • Day 11: Rest and exploration day at Shey Gompa. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 12: Cross the Saldang La pass (4,785 m), and then trek to Namduna Gaon.
  • Day 13: Trek Namduna Gaon to Saldang
  • Day 14: Trek Saldang to Sibu.
  • Day 15: Trek Sibu.to foot of the Jeng La.
  • Day 16: Cross the Jeng La pass (4,845 m), trek to Tokyu Gaon.
  • Day 17: Trek Tokyu Gaon.to Dho Tarap
  • Day 18: Trek Dho Tarap to Serkam
  • Day 19: Trek Serkam to Khani Gaon.
  • Day 20: Trek Khani Gaon. to Tarakot
  • Day 21: Trek Tarakot to Dunai
  • Day 22: Trek Dunai to Juphal
  • Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj- Total 1 hr and 35 minutes’ flight
  • Day 24: Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu/ Contingency Day. Overnight in a hotel.
  • Day 25: Farewell, Flight Home

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared by our expert cook
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu (Kathmandu – Sotikhola by Jeep, Tal – Kathmandu by jeep).
  • Well experienced guide, Sherpa, required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Group Equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Flights from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • One nights’ accommodation with breakfast in Nepalgunj
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary permits and paper works including Upper Dolpo special permits
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Flight delays in Nepaljunge

Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.  The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

PRICE FROM US$ 4429 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 4429
  • Trip Duration 25 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Tea House and Tented Camp
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/Nepaljunge, and Tented camp during the trek
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