Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 24 Days   
Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal


  • Adventurous trail.
  • Marvelous sceneries.
  • Rich culture and tradition influenced of Tibetan religion.
  • Extremely kind, loving, and welcoming locals.
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Thorung Peak.
  • Observe the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • Explore the holiest sites of Hindus, Muktinath Temple

Upper Dolpo Trek will take you to one of the secluded regions of Nepal where you will find thousands of years old unique traditions, culture, and practices that have come along the time. Upper Dolpo Trekking is known as a challenging and adventurous trek of Nepal. For decades, trekking in Upper Dolpo was closed to foreigners, and still some parts of the Dolpo are restricted to trek, and you need to get special permission from the government of Nepal to trek to this region. The trail will lead you to trek on the high Himalayan terrain with the odd topography. If you want to trek above Phoksundo Lake in Shey Phoksundo National Park, you will need to get authorized permission by the government of Nepal.

The entire region is highly influenced by the Tibetan religion, norms, and values. Upper Dolpo is yet not touched by modern amenities. Even in this time of the human era, people of Upper Dolpo live the same life as they used to live hundreds of years back. Upper Dolpo is inhabited by the Drokpas, Tibetan nomads, who are living there for 1000 years. During Upper Dolpo Trek, you will get an opportunity to experience the unique lifestyle of locals residing here and understand their culture closely. People here are extremely kind, loving, and welcoming. Even you will be hundreds of miles away from your home, you will find yourself at home. It is also said that the villages found in this region are also the highest settlements on the earth. You will get to see a bizarre method of marriage and the disposal of dead bodies in this region.

The Upper Dolpo trekking area is surrounded by Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) in the south, Sisne (5,911 m) & Kanjiroba (4,786 m) mountain in the west, and Tibet in the north. The Upper Dolpo Trekking trail will be full of ascends and descends crossing high challenging passes, rivers, and small villages. You will get to see a diverse range of landscapes, climatic conditions, and vegetation throughout the trek. Upper Dolpo Trek will present you stunning views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Thorung Peak (5,416 m) along with the breath-taking views of Kagbeni, Jharkot, and Thorung La Pass (5,416 m). The trek will also let you observe the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge, and take you to one of the holiest sites of Hindus, Muktinath Temple. We, Snowland adventure is professionally designed our Upper Dolpo Trek for 24-days with steady ascents and enough acclimatization days between the trek to make the journey easy and joyful

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
  • Day 02Full day Kathmandu City excursion
  • Day 03Fly from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel
  • Day 04Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,320m/7,601ft) & trek to Sulighat (2,070m/6,790ft); 2-3 hrs
  • Day 05Sulighat – Renje (3,010m/9,873ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06Renje – Ringmo village (3,640m/11,940ft)–Phoksundo Lake (3,620m/11,874ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07Rest day in Phoksundo Lake and explore around Ringmo village
  • Day 08Phoksundo lake - Phoksundo Khola (3,630m/11,909ft); 4-5 hrs
  • Day 09Phoksundo Khola - Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,120m/13,514ft), 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10Phoksundo Bhanjyang - Kang-La pass (5,160m/16,925ft) – Shey gompa (4,390m/14,400ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery
  • Day 12Shey gompa – Saldang La (5,010m/16,432ft) - Namgung village(4,430m/1,530ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 13Namgung village - Saldang (3,620m/11,874ft); 4-5 hrs
  • Day 14Saldang - Yangtze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft); 4-5 hrs
  • Day 15Yange Gompa - Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 16Sibu – Jeng La Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 17Jeng La Phedi – Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft) – Do Tarap (4,080m/13,382ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 18Day explore and acclimatization in Do Tarap
  • Day 19Do Tarap - Karma Kharka (3,800m/12,464ft); 6-7 hrs
  • Day 20Tarap Khola – Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 21Khani Gaon – Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft) – Dunai (2,030m/6,658ft); 5-6 hrs
  • Day 22Dunai - Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft); 2-3 hrs
  • Day 23Fly from Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Day 24Final departure - Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle.
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast as per Itinerary.
  • Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Porter service.
  • Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself.
  • Down jacket & sleeping bag provided by Snowland Treks & Expedition (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Staff expenses (salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation).
  • First aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Extra official expenses.
  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s).
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include part.

Useful Information

Upper Dolpo Trek difficulty

Upper Dolpo Trek is a difficult trek that will take you to one of the isolated areas of Nepal. You will have an off-the-beaten trekking experience, which means the trail includes rough, rocky, rugged, steep, and glacial sections. No doubt, the trail is demanding and needs strong physical fitness. Plus, prior trekking experience will make the journey easier.

Best time to go on Upper Dolpo Trek

Spring (April to May) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time of the year to go on Upper Dolpo Trek. We are the team of professional, and our guest's safety and comfort is our priority. We will make sure, with us, this trip will become the lifelong memory of your life. For any information regarding the Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary or Upper Dolpo Trek cost, feel free to contact us anytime.


Due to global warming, the weather in the mountain and hilly region has changed unusually. Because of this, we are facing some problems with bad weather, heavy rainfall, landside, highway blocked, flight delayed, or even canceled for a day. Sometimes because of the road traffic, we couldn't arrive on time. It may happen at any time of the year because we can't predict the weather condition and other situations. Therefore, if possible, we would like to suggest adding an extra supplement day before your international flight. If everything is going well, you have a beautiful day to visit any interesting place in the historical city.