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Upper Dolpo Trek

upper dolpa
Trip Facts:
  • Activities:
  • Trekking & Sightseeing
  • Max. Height:
  • 5140m / 16860ft
  • Duration:
  • 27 Days
  • Transportation:
  • Tourist Bus / Private
  • Grade:
  • Adventurous
  • Season:
  • Sep.-Nov., Mar.-Jun.
  • Accomodation:
  • Homestay / Camp
  • Meal:
  • Full Board


Dolpo region is situated at far western part of Nepal between beyond the Dhaulagiri Himalayas range and Tibetan plateau. it was closed until 1989 and then opened for organized trekking groups. Dolpo became more highlight after The movies CARAVAN- The Himalaya spread in European market which is shoot in Dolpo region and Shey Phoksundo National park because the movies was huge success in international market and nominated on best foreign language film category. Dolpo have multi bio diversity natural source which attract tourist to visit Dolpo. The national park protect the rare wild animals specially Snow-Leopard which is mostly seen in around Shey Phoksundo lake, except that trekker's seen Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep etc. Along the trek, trekker's passing typical local people villages which is very similar to typical Tibetan villages and people as well because of the influence by Tibetan culture even they do trade, exchange goods with Tibetan. The trek offers beautiful lakes, very old Buddhist Monastery, life style of highlander peoples, Numala pass, amazing crystal mountains and along the trek you will have more opportunity to explore this fascinating wild west of Nepal Himalaya.

Trip Highlight

• Magnificent views of the world's highest mountain peaks.
• Trek to the less crowed areas with plenty of things to see.
• Visit the remote valleys and trek over high passes.
• Experience the eastern Nepal's unique and exclusive cultures.
• Himalayas views of Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu, Jhanu Himal, Khumvakarna Himal etc.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150m/490ft. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)
Day 05: Dunai to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Day 06: Tarakot to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft), 3/4 hrs walks
Day 07: Khani to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft), 4/5 hrs walks
Day 08: Trapa Khola to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Day 09: Yak Kharka to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5/6 hrs walks
Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Day 11: Dho Tarap to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Day 12: Tokyu Gaun to Numala B.C. (4665m/15301ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Day 13: Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6/7 hrs walk
Day 14: Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5/6 hrs walk
Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6/7 hrs walk
Day 16: Rest Day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m/12234ft)
Day 17: Ringmo to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Day 18: Pungma village to below Kagmara La, 5/6 hrs walk
Day 19: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Day 20: Trek to Hurikot village(3600m/11808ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Day 21: Hurikot village to Chaurikot(3060m/10036ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Day 22: Chaurikot to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5/6hrs walk
Day 23: Chorte Gompa to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Day 24: Gothi Chaur to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6/7 hrs walk
Day 25: Jumla to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 26: Leisure at Kathmandu
Day 27: Departure from Kathmandu

Notes: The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. Trek itinerary can be modified according to your interest, time, and requirements.

Detail Itinerary

The Detail Itinerary of 27 Days Upper Dolpo Trek.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu .Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
Our guided trip to explore world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus shrine, Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 150m/490ft 1:30 minute flight.
As your flight schedule to Nepalgunj transfer you to the airport for your scenic flight to Nepalgung. At Nepalgunj you will have time to look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal frontier of India.

Day 04: Nepalgunj to Juphal to Dunai (2,320m/7,610ft) 2/3 hrs walks
As your flight schedule transfer to airport then scenic flight to Juphal goes through the Himalayas views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Juphal our trek crew will be received you, who are walked all the way from Nepalgunj to Juphal, its take 5/6 days with all the camping gear and food supplies. Our trek start from Jupjal, the trail leading through the village with beautiful landscape along the Bheri river to Dunai. Dunai is the Headquarter of far western Nepal. Overnight at tent.

Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Today trail lead you cross the streams many times and just fellow reverse of the Bheri and Barbung river and goes in the fantastic gorge. The off beaten path just few metre above the bank of Bheri river taking you in the pine forest. While continuing to camp walk through colourful terraced, fort, chorten, then finally we reached our camp just below the village and at bank of river. Then Afternoon we do short hike to village. Overnight at tent.

Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft), 3/4 hrs walks
Our trekking trail continues follows the Tarap Chu river and often cross the stream over the bridge. Trek continues on gradual up through the typical villages which are more similar to Tibetan houses. Breezing path to little settlement Kola then few hours descend on the arid to backyard of Khanivillage where we will make a camp. Overnight at tent.

Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft), 4/5 hrs walks
Today the trail leading along reverse of the Tarap river into the gorge. While walking on gentle up arid, you will be enjoy to see nomad life moving season to season around their. Thrilling walk makes your day exciting, and sometimes the trail is vanishes for while then step in on stone slabs to crossing the streams and crossing river over the suspension and washed wooden bridge by monsoon gives you life times thrilling adventure experience then reached at camp bank of Tarap river. Overnight at tent.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Trek continues along the river and gorge then through the villages. Gentle gradual up on juniper shrub with scenic landscape scenery makes your day enjoyable. We have picnic lunch on the open ground then trek continues to Yak Kharka. Overnight at tent.

Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5/6 hrs walks
The gradual up trail leading us at Kamattarka the confluence river between the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, then it goes in gorge and now leaving a greenery behind us entering in plateau which will make your journey life times memorial. In the dho village, the house are divided into three groups and made in same row. The local people are practise both Bon Po and chaiba sects. Other village Tarap is not so far from Dho but village inhabited by different group of ethnic people they are Magar and some Tibetan who are living since long. Overnight at tent.

Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Well deserved rest day after keep walking and tough journey is onward. We prepared day pack then walk through village who rarely seen western people in their life. People has their own custom which is very thick according to atmosphere. Both man and women wear religious amulets, strings of coral, amber and turquoise and they practice Bon Po and Nyingmapa sect Buddhism. Overnight at tent.

Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5/6 hrs walk.
Wonderful rest day makes your muscles so relaxing now our trek continues to upper Tarap valley. The path follows in valley with lush grass on both sides of the trail and wild flowers blooming. This area is completely different then as we spent weeks at lower part. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty km along the river then we reach at beautiful village with cultivate fields where they products barley, buckwheat, wheat, and potatoes. The trail goes gradual up for couple of hours passing a monastery of Chiba sect. then reached at village called Tokyu Gaun, just foot of Numa-la. Overnight at tent.

Day 12: Trek below Numala pass (4665m/15301ft), 3/4 hrs walk
Now we are rapidly reach up at high, altitude makes short breath but offering a scenic views. Are just walking around 3/4 hrs and climbing nearly 400m somehow to camp but because of less oxygen feel hard and tough. Best way to go again the altitude is walk slow on your one rhythm, drink lots of water and eat calories dry food. Overnight at tent.

Day 13: Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6/7 hrs walk
Today we are going to do first pass on our trek. We will start quit early in the morning. Then we continues our trek, the trail goes gradual and steady up to pass it is tough although great views of Himalayas and valley. Once we reached at Numa-La We celebrate as we create history our self then descending to foot of pass called phedi. Overnight at tent.

Day 14: Trek to Baga La foot (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5/6 hrs walk
Our journey continues with after crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa la with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to Palungtang or farther for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-la pass, depending upon the duration of walk and fitness of the people, if everybody is all right and on time, our trek might leads over the Baga-la to camp on the other side of this pass making it easier for the next day.

Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6/7 hrs walk
Morning trek starts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-la at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a great moment here our walk leads to a descend for 2 hours through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene Lake of Phoksundo.

Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m/12234ft)
The nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and with a great views overnight at camp.

Day 17: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4/5 hrs walk
Your day start after a night at this wonderful campsite besides the clear waters of the lake we retrace out steps back down to Sumlo from where we will follow the trail north west up the Pungmo Nala to the small B'on village of Pungmo . Camp is there up near the village after a half-day's walk. Having lunch ample of time to explore the village and the enthusiastic can visit the Bon monastery about two hrs walk up the hillside across the river from here.

Day 18: Trek below Kagmara -La, 5/6 hrs walk
Walking from Pungmo the trail leads up the valley along the left bank to cross it about two hours from here to the right hand bank. Views of the Kangchunne and Kanjeilarwa peaks are very nice along today' walk. The valley is well forested with Juniper and birch and wild animals like the musk deer inhabit this area. Further up the valley blue sheep might be seen on the mountain slopes. The trail climbs steadily turning westward once above tree line and keeping high above the river. Camp is made on same level ground below the Kangmara pass.

Day 19: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4/5 hrs walk
An early start climbing steadily uphill to the pass at an altitude of 16100 ft; from here the summits of Kagwara I towards the south is visible nearby and many other peaks of the range also are visible. Views west towards the Sisne and Patrasi Himal and northwards to Kanjiroba are striking. The trail descends steeply towards the west and a long downfall walk will bring us to a small campsite below the peak of Kagmara Valley. The river we have been following this afternoon is called Garpung River. Day 20: Trek to Hurikot village(3600m/11808ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Our trek following the Garpung Khola high above it along the right bank the trail turns north above the confluence with the Jagdulla Khola to descend down to the Army Check Post. After crossing the Jadulla khola to the right bank here the trail follows well forested valley to the village of Huyrikot where camp is set up for the night.

Day 21: Trek to Chaurikot (3060m/10036ft), 5/6 hrs walk
Today crossing the stream coming off the Jagdull Lekh the trail goes up along the ridge to the northwest to climb Barbarey Lekh Pass at an altitude of about 3810m/12,500ft. This is a longish gradual climb and the pass itself is along ridgeline quite unlike most passes. Views north towards the Kanjiroba Himal are very fine from here. Descending into a dense forest of pine, spruce, fir and oak camp is made in a forest cleaning beside of the river flowing down the valley.

Day 22: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5/6hrs walk
Today our trek leading from camp below Barbarey Lekh follow the trail down stream through oak and pine forest to the village of Chorte another small settlement of newly established village. We set camp on fine meadows past the village.

Day 23: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4/5 hrs walk
We following the Tila stream the trail runs below the villages of Munigaun and the Kurigaun to climb up a side stream coming down from the left just short of Guthigaun climbing steadily the sheep farm at Guthichaur. This is our camping place for today.

Day 24: Trek to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6/7 hrs walk
Our last day of trekking begins by slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificient forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trek. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town.

Day 25: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it's in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj. We then connect with flight back to Kathmandu and received and transfer to your hotel.

Day 26: Leisure at Kathmandu
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Jumla. This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner.

Day 27: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In case of trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other area your Group Leader or Sherpa Guide decision will be the final. We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

Include / Exclude

Services are includes:
1. International and Domestic Airport-up and drop-off services.
2. 4 nights tourist standard twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
3. Guided tour sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, all the entrance fees.
4. All the required ground transportation as mention in the Itinerary.
5. All the necessary trekking Permits(TIMS, Restricted).
6. Standard hygienic meal(breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) prepared by our camping chief on during the trek.
7. Kathmandu-Nepalganj-Juphal-Nepalganj-Kathmandu by flight.
8. Trekking gear as you needed sleeping bag, Down Jacket etc..
9. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all the staffs.
10. Export trekking guide, assistant guide with their accommodation, salary and Insurance.
11. Camping equipment such as waterproof two men tents, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, dinner chair.
12. Medical kits.
13. Farewell dinner in typical Nepalese Restaurant with cultural dances.

Services are not Includes.
1. Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency.
2. Lunch and Dinner whist at Kathmandu.
3. Personal expenses Laundry, phone call,
4. All the bar bills and soft drinks.
5. Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
6. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
7. Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
9. Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).


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