USD 3250

Off the Beaten path, unexplored trails and new discoveries are what attracts any type of trekker to the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal! Located behind the Dhaulagiri Range and connected to the Tibetan Plateau. The Upper Dolpo trek is filled with adventure, rocky highlands and spectacular views of the Nepali and Tibetan Himalayan ranges. Lakes, mountains, traditional villages, and ancient monasteries fill this trek with adventure. From the Phoksudo Lake to the Shey Gompa the trail is extraordinary and views of the mid-western plateaus and valleys of Nepal make the Upper Dolpo Trek also known as a mystical alternative trekking route in Nepal!

Trip Highlights

  • Adventurous camping trek to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal.
  • Superb view Crystal Mountain and many more.
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district.
  • Explore remote areas of the western region.
  • Observe Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Crossing Kang La (5350m) and Jyagla pass.
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest Lake of Nepal).

The region of the Upper Dolpo Trekking is highly filled with Tibetan influences. Many of the villages still practice the ancient old Bon traditions. These villages are full of old traditions and culture. Our Peregrine Treks & Expedition’s guide will guide you into understanding the locality of the region. Also famous for its pure honey many honey hunters venture in the Dolpo region. It might be that we encounter these daredevils who live by gathering “Himalayan gold” from the highlands. In another part of the Upper Dolpo Trek, we head to the Phoksudo Lake. Also known as the deepest lake in Nepal. Following the Phoksudo River that fills its surroundings with life gives you an amazing natural trail through valleys, streams, and highlands.

The Journey of the Upper Dolpo Trek

Starting in Kathmandu as any other adventure in Nepal, a scenic flight towards Nepalgunj and Juphal takes place. From here the Upper Dolpo Trek officially begins. As we head for the first three days towards the Phoksudo Lake the trails are off the path. After enjoying the scenery of Phoksudo we head further towards the main settlements in the area in the Do Tarap Valley. Along the way we pass and stay in different cultural villages. Here we can see the people in their daily lives, following ancient old traditions. The Upper Dolpo Trek is really amazing in terms of great valleys, culture and mountain views. Not only that but also heading through green forests and jungles near Tarakot lets you encounter various wildlife living in their unique habitats.

Staying in old villages, campsites and in guesthouses makes the Upper Dolpo trek such an adventure. The Peregrine Treks & Expedition team is always available for any route or region information and in order for you to get the full experience we make sure that the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal will be one that gives you with everlasting memories!

Upper Dolpo Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek
Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours
Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours
Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa
Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Day 16: Yangtze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours
Day 20: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 21: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 22: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
Day 23: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours
Day 24: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours
Day 25: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 26: Final departure


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Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary & Other Details

Day 01

Arrival in Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

  • Hotel breakfast and checkout
  • We drive for about three to four hours to Dhading Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel by our representative
  • Hotel rest / explore the streets of Thamel
  • A special welcome dinner will be organized in a traditional Nepali restaurant
  • Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02

Kathmandu valley sightseeing

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Meeting the Peregrine Treks & Expedition office for your trek preparation
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu:
    • Swayambunath Monkey Temple
    • Bouddhanath Buddhist Stupa
    • The Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath
    • The Royal Durbar Square of Kathmandu
  • The rest of the day is free for souvenir shopping or leisure
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu city

Day 03

Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hour flight

  • Hotel breakfast and checkout
  • Our driver will transfer you to the domestic airport
  • Catch an hour flight to Nepalgunj located in the Terai region of Nepal
  • Sightseeing n Nepalgunj
  • Overnight stay at Nepalgunj

Day 04

Day 04: From Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) flight and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 m

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Take the morning flight to Jhupal
  • From Jhupal we start the trek officially
  • Hiking through the terraced fields towards the narrow gorge of the Bheri River
  • Continuing on we soon reach Dunai
  • Explore around Dunai
  • Overnight stay in Dunai

Traveler’s note: from our flight we can see amazing mountain views of the Annapurna and the Daulagiri! Did you know that Dunai town is the administrative headquarter of the whole Dolpo region!

Day 05

From Dunai to Ankhe trek (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • After leaving Dunai behind we cross a suspension bridge and head west passing a hospital
  • Ascending upwards through the treeless Tulo Bheri valley we reach the fertile Phoksundo River valley
  • Passing by amazing walnut groves and the Dhera and Rahagaun villages
  • The trail descends now and leads us through dense jungles until reaching Ankhe
  • Overnight stay in Ankhe

Traveler’s note: today we get to see the mighty Kagmara peak!

Day 06

From Ankhe to Sulighat 5-6 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Starting off with a ascending and descending trail we follow the riverbank
  • A steep climb brings us above the river and into more grassy terrain
  • From here we head downwards back in to the tree line we reach a cliff
  • Here we take a drop down and traverse a stone staircase to the riverbank
  • A final trek brings us to Sulighat
  • Overnight stay in Sulighat

Traveler’s note: while climbing up above the river we can cool down in the various fresh streams. While heading down on the stone staircase we should take our time as it can be a bit wobbly!

Day 07

: From Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft.) 4-5 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Following the valley floor we reach the confluence of the Pungmo and Phokundo Rivers
  • Crossing the bridge we take the path leading on the western bank of the Pungmo River
  • Heading through a beautiful cedar forest we reach Palam village
  • Descending from the Palam ridge we head through birch forests to arrive at the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village
  • A short walk from Ringmo brings us to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake
  • Overnight stay at Phoksundo

Traveler’s note: From the ridge of Palam village we get to see amazing views of one of the largest waterfalls in Nepal and the Phoksundo Lake, make sure to have your cameras ready after reaching Palam village! Ringmo has beautiful Chortens and Mani walls, but we get to explore them the next day.

Day 08

Acclimatization day in Phoksundo Lake

  • Breakfast
  • Today we enjoy Phoksundo Lake and explore around Ringmo village
  • Before noon we hike up to Ringmo and explore around town and its unique Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
  • After taking our lunch we get to relax at the lake or roam around and find that perfect photo spot
  • Overnight stay at Phoksundo

Traveler’s note: Ringmo villages has its own traditions and culture, the people here where traditional attires. Homespun clothing, sometimes dyed maroon and Tibetan style footwear called somba or dhocha. Relious jewelry is very common and made of coral, amber and turquoise.

Day 09

From Phoksundo to Khola: 4-5 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • We follow the western bank of the Phoksundo Lake around its rocky edge
  • Carefully traverse the slippery trail of wet rocks and trees
  • Once reaching the far western side of the lake the path opens up in to the flooded plains of the Phoksundo river
  • The path becomes difficult as the marshlands slow us down and we need to watch our every step
  • At the edge of the march we reach the bank of the Phoksundo River
  • Overnight camp at the Phoksundo River

Day 10

From Phoksund Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • We hike for about an hour along a level path into the glacial valley that leads us up north
  • After reaching the confluence of a mountain stream and the Phoksundo Khola we cross an old wooden bridge
  • Following the north eastern route we got a long and steep climb up to a steep meadow until reaching a steep ravine
  • A final climb brings us to the open valley with amazing views of the Kang-La Pass
  • Overnight camp at Bhanjyang

Traveler’s note: Peter Matthiessen christened this camp site as the “Snowfields Camp”. It’s important to have good night sleep as we face the Kang-La Pass of 5,360m tomorrow.

Day 11

From Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft)

  • Early breakfast and departure
  • We start todays trek by ascending a steep trail full with black slate rocks
  • At one point we start to climb upwards to the top of the Kang-La
  • We take a well-deserved brake and take some pictures
  • From here the path goes steeply downwards in to the valley floor
  • The views become more open as we follow the river and multiple times crossing it
  • After a final crossing over a log bridge we reach the Shey Gompa
  • Overnight stay in Shey Gompa

Traveler’s note: Along the river we get to see a lot of hill caves looking over the river. Today we have chances to witness the Yaks, mountain goats and sheep peacefully grazing in the fields.

Day 12

Acclimatization day at Shey Gompa

  • Breakfast
  • Explore the Buddhist village of Shey
  • We will use this day to get used to the high altitude and hike around the village
  • Some sightseeing point at Shey Village:
    • Shey Gompa
    • Crystal Mountain
    • The culture of the Bon Po teachings
  • Overnight stay at Shey gompa

Traveler’s note: Did you know that the Shey Gompa was built in 1655! A giant golden copper statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha marks the entrance of this ancient monastery.

Day 13

From Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang-La (5,200m)

  • Breakfast and departure
  • An easy going trail leads us through Juniper trees and descend down in to a stone canyon
  • From here we ascend slowly zigzagging our way up to the top of the Saldang-La Pass
  • We take a break and enjoy the views from the top of the Pass
  • After a short rest we descend a long path leading north and passing by nomadic tents made of yak hair and their grazing sheep and yaks
  • We finally reach Namduna Gaun

Traveler’s note: Did you know that Gaun is Nepali for Village? Namduna Gaun has a red stone monastery build against cliff, an interesting site to explore.

Day 14

From Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • A short climb brings us up a sloop and into a barren mountain area
  • A hard climb of about 3 to 4 hours brings above Saldang village that is located just above the Namga Khola
  • Overnight stay in Saldang

Traveler’s note: Saldang village is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area, with a village area of 2 km and about six hundered villagers residing, Saldang is worth exploring and visiting the market place.

Day 15

From Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • We start by following the Nagon Khola (River) up north through empty terrain
  • The path is mostly gradual with some ascends and descends
  • Passing the Marang and Ki villages we reach a crossing of a side stream from the Panzang River
  • Following the River to the east we come to a final crossing and reach up to the Yangze Gompa
  • Overnight stay at the Yangze Gompa

Traveler’s note: The Yangze Gompa houses an ancient Bon-Po Buddhist Monastery, worth a visit!

Day 16

From Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • We take the trail back to Saldang to save some time
  • After Saldang we follow the River until reaching Namdo village
  • A short break at Namdo and we continue along the river to our campsite near the Sibu settlement
  • Overnight camp at Sibu

Traveler’s note: From Saldang to Namdo we get to see ancient Chortens, spiritual Mani Stones and an old Chaiba Monastery. At the edge of Namdo we also can visit shortly the Namdo Village Monastery.

Day 17

From Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hrs. trek

  • Breakfast and departure
  • We start by following the Nam Khong Khola (River)
  • After a while we turn east until reaching a joining of two streams
  • From here we start to ascend steeply to a grazing area just below the Jeng-La Pass
  • Overnight camp at Jeng-La Phedi

Day 18

Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft)

  • Early breakfast and departure
  • We start by heading up the Jeng-La Pass
  • Ascending for about two hours we reach the top of the Pass and enjoy the views
  • From here we descend on rough going trails in to the Tarap Valley
  • We head on until reach Tokyu
  • Overnight camp near Tokyu village

Traveler’s note: from the top of the Pass we get to see amazing panoramas of the entire Daulagiri massif.

Day 19

From Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today is a short trek and we head downhill through a plain valley
  • Following the river we get to see some marshlands and lush green grass trails
  • Arrival in Dho Tarap
  • Overnight stay in Dho Tarap

Day 20

From Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today we descend in the valley until the trail leads in to a narrow gorge
  • From here we hike through juniper trees and rose bushes
  • After a good half day of trekking we will reach the confluence of the Lang and Tarap Chu Rivers
  • Here we can find a nice meadow to make up our camp
  • Overnight camp at Tarap Khola also known as Kamakharka

Traveler’s note: on this day it’s common to see herds of blue sheep! Did you know that the Lang Khola and the Tarap Chu join in to the big Tarap River further up east?

Day 21

From Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Hiking along the gorge of the Tarap river this day is promising to be full of adventure
  • We continue the whole day following the gorge, crossing it and entering it
  • After a good day of trekking we reach our campsite
  • Overnight camp near Khanigaon

Traveler’s note: The gorge trek today is so spectacular, as it narrows down we can jump across it, sometimes even the path disappears and we need to improvise a way using slate rocks and broken tree logs!

Day 22

From Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Our trek starts by following the trail that brings us to Lalberi village
  • From here we head through lush forests and descend down a gorge
  • A river will guide our path all the way to Tarakot village
  • We make our camp about 150 meters down Tarakot near the Tarap Chu River
  • Overnight camp at Tarakot

Traveler’s note: After reaching Tarakot we can visit the Sandul Gompa about 8 km east of the village.

Day 23

From Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • A trail behind the Bheri River brings us to a crossing after passing Lawan village
  • We continue ascending slowly along the Bheri River until reachin Byas Gadi
  • Following an easy going trail westwards until we can cross the river at Lochakhola Gaon
  • A final ascend brings us to Dunai
  • Overnight stay at Dunai village

Day 24

Form Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hrs.

  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today is our last day of trekking and we enjoy the scenery for a last time
  • The trail passes by the Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages and an old temple
  • Heading further, we hike through the Motipur and Kalagaonda villages and finaly reaching Jhuphal airstrip
  • Overnight stay in Jhuphal

Traveler’s note: we take an early flight in the morning so better to take an early sleep. Please consult with your trek leader for the exact flight times.

Day 25

Jhuphal to Nepalgunj flight then to Kathmandu flight

  • Early breakfast and departure
  • From Jhuphal we take a short flight back to Nepalgunj and transfer on another flight back to Kathmandu
  • Our representative will be there at the airport in Kathmandu and ransfers you to your hotel
  • In the evening a special farewell and thank you dinner will be organized by our Peregrine Treks and Expedition team
  • Overnight stay at Kathmandu city

Day 26

Transfer to airport for your departure

  • Hotel breakfast and checkout
  • Transfer to the International airport 3 hours before your departing time

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Bed and Breakfast in three-star category hotels in Kathmandu and Nepaljung
  • Room in best available lodge/Camping and all meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)during trekking
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu – Nepaljung – Juphal – Nepaljung – Kathmandu Flight ticket
  • Kathmandu valley guided city tour in private vehicle
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing
  • An experienced English or other Language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than 5 trekkers
  • Guide, porter and other necessary staff salaries, insurance, accommodation and food, and airfares
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Duffel bag, t-shirt, achievement certificate and trekking map are free services from the company.
  • All necessary Special Permit and TIMS
  • First Aid Medical kit or necessary normal medicine
  • All applicable government and local taxes

Excludes

  • Nepal visa fee and international airfares
  • Hotel accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of an early arrival in Nepal or late departure from Nepal, early return from the mountain because of any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled/boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, pot of tea etc.) during trekking
  • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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Trip Facts

Destination:Nepal
Duration:25 nights 26 days
Group Size:More than 2
Arrival on:Kathmandu
Departure:Kathmandu
Max Altitude:Kang La Pass 5360 Meters
Difficulty:Strenuous
Accomodation:Three Star Hotel In Kathmandu with breakfast
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trekking