Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

    You will be greeted by one of the members from Snowland Treks at the airport. He will take you to your hotel and brief you about today's program. In the evening, you will meet with your guide, and end your day with delicious welcome dinner organized by the company.

    • Meals: Welcome dinner
    • Accommodation: hotel
  • Day 02 Full day Kathmandu City excursion

    After having a warm breakfast, you will go on a guided sightseeing tour. You will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. After visiting these landmarks, you will drive to the medieval town, Patan. Here, you will visit Patan Durbar Square, one of the three durbar squares of Kathmandu valley. You will get to witness fine art, architecture, and rich culture as well as history. Later in the late evening, you will arrange your gears with your guide and prepare for the trek. 

    • Meals: Only breakfast
    • Accommodation: hotel
  • Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel

    After having breakfast, you will drive to Nepalgunj. The drive will be long and take you to one of the hot & humid parts of Nepal. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, you will move to your hotel and end your day with a yummy dinner. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: hotel
  • Day 04 Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,320m/7,601ft) & trek to Sulighat (2,070m/6,790ft); 2-3 hrs

    Leaving Nepaljung behind, you will fly to Juphal early in the morning. The flight will be 45 minutes long and present you striking views of Himalayan mountains. From Juphal, you will begin trekking towards Sulighat. The trail will descend down from the airstrip and goes through terraced fields. You will reach Behri river, and trek further to a long suspension bridge. Crossing Bheri River, you will enter the beautiful Phoksundo River valley. The trail from here pass by a hospital and take you to Sulighat.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: camp
  • Day 05 Sulighat – Renje (3,010m/9,873ft); 5-6 hrs

    Crossing the west bank of a river, you will pass by Raktang. The trail then crosses herder's residing area and ascend to the winter settlement area, Ringmo village. From here, you will trek along with an upstream to the east. Further, the trail descends & ascends and lead you to a junction. You will then ascend to a ridge and descend down to Chepka. Leaving Chepka behind, you will descend on a rugged trail and reach Renje.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: camp
  • Day 06 Renje – Ringmo village (3,640m/11,940ft)–Phoksundo Lake (3,620m/11,874ft); 5-6 hrs

    Waking up early, you will have your breakfast, and begin trekking. The trail ascends over a ridge and descends down to a wooden bridge. From here, you will trek along the valley floor and reach the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and Phungmo Khola. Continuing your trek, you will reach Sumduwa and trek through a forest of birch and pine. Further, the trail gets steeper with every ascend and take you to gorgeous Phoksundo Lake. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: camp
  • Day 07 Rest day in Phoksundo Lake and explore around Ringmo village

    It is your rest day for acclimatization. You will explore around and have some good time near the lake. You will traverse Ringmo village and visit ancient white Thasung Chholing Gompa. In the evening, you will walk around the lake and have some quality time enjoying delicious food nearby the lake.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: camp
  • Day 08 Phoksundo lake - Phoksundo Khola (3,630m/11,909ft); 4-5 hrs

    After having light breakfast, you will continue trekking along the western bank of the lake. The trail will be rocky and unsteady so be careful. Soon you will enter in even more isolated region. Further, trekking through a valley and you will cross a river on a bridge. The path will lead you to the Phoksundo Khola via lush meadow. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: camp
  • Day 09 Phoksundo Khola - Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4,120m/13,514ft), 6-7 hrs

    Trekking along a glacial valley, you will head to north and reach the confluence of Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream. From here, you trek to the north-east of the valley. The trail soon changes into a rocky path and along ascend will take you to a meadow. Further, you will continue ascending and reach Phoksundo Bhanjyang that will welcome you with stunning landscape view. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: camp
  • Day 10 Phoksundo Bhanjyang - Kang-La pass (5,160m/16,925ft) – Shey gompa (4,390m/14,400ft); 5-6 hrs

    Today, you will begin your day early as you have to cross a thrilling pass. The trek begins with a steep ascent on the slate screed and takes you all the way up to the Kang La Pass. From here, you will witness an excellent view of the surrounding. You will descend down on a steep trail to the valley floor. Further, you will trek along the bank of a river and cross it several times. You will then trek through a meadow and reach Shey Gompa.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Shey Gomba at Camp
  • Day 11 Rest day at Shey Gompa the crystal monastery

    Today is your rest day at Shey Gompa. You will spend the day exploring the village. Shey Gompa is devoted to Guru Rinpoche and Kagyu sects. It is a meditation center of lamas that comes from Tibet. Built in the 11th century, Shey Gompa is a famous monastery of this region. Every year people of Dolpo region visit this place to attend Shey festival and circumambulate the Crystal mountain. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Shey Gomba at Camp
  • Day 12 Shey gompa – Saldang La (5,010m/16,432ft) - Namgung village(4,430m/1,530ft); 6-7 hrs

    You will begin trekking through juniper trees and descend down to a stony canyon. The trail then turns zigzag and lead you to the top of Saldang La. From here, you will descend to a pasture where you will see various sheep, yaks, and tents of nomads. A short walk from here will lead you to Namgung village. Here, you will visit Namgung monastery, a red colored monastery built against the backdrop off a cliff. Namgung is a very small village with around six stone houses and many terraced fields on both sides of the river.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Namgung village at camp
  • Day 13 Namgung village - Saldang (3,620m/11,874ft); 4-5 hrs

    Leaving Namgung village behind, you will ascend with dusty barren mountain views. You will reach Saldang village located on a high plateau above Nam Khongmala. This village is one of the largest villages of Inner Dolpo. Even though Saldang village is situated at the same elevation as Ringmo, however, both villages are completely different from each other. It is because Sladang villages come under the arid zone of the Trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau whereas Ringmo village is located below the tree line.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Saldang at camp
  • Day 14 Saldang - Yangtze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft); 4-5 hrs

    From here onwards, you will trek in the far north and enter in one of the least traveled regions of Nepal. Following Nang Chu river, you will ascend & descend gradually through Tiling and Lurigaon. From here, with a short walk, you will reach Yangtze gompa, which is a very old BonPo monastery.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Yangze Gompa at camp
  • Day 15 Yange Gompa - Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft); 6-7 hrs

    Today, you will come across two trails that lead to Sibu. The first trail is long and passes through very remote villages of Nishalgaon, whereas the second route is shorter and easier. You will trek back to Saldang village and continue trekking along a river. On the way, you will pass by several terraced fields, stupas, chortens, mani stones, and the Chaiba monastery. Further, trekking through Namdo village, you will reach Sibu in another two hours of trek.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Sibu at camp
  • Day 16 Sibu – Jeng La Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft); 5-6 hrs

    Following the Nam Khong Khola, you will come across a caravan of loaded yaks that are on their way towards Tibet border. Further, we trek on the east side and reach a small confluence of two rivers. From here, you will ascend on a steep trail and reach the bottom of Jeng La Pass, Jeng La Phedi. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Jang La Phedi at camp
  • Day 17 Jeng La Phedi – Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft) – Do Tarap (4,080m/13,382ft); 6-7 hrs

    From Jeng La Phedi, you will ascend for around two hours and reach the top of Jeng La Pass. From the top of the pass, you will see an impressive view of the surrounding along with the north face of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). Further, you will descend on a rugged trail to Tarap valley and continue trekking towards Tarap Chu. You will get to see spectacular landscape views from here. This village is also rich in culture and tradition.  

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Do Tarap at camp
  • Day 18 Day explore and acclimatization in Do Tarap

    Today is your rest day at Do Tarap. You will explore various monasteries along with Ribo Bhumpa Gompa situated above the village. You will also go on a short excursion to the east of the valley to Dero Gompa and Shipchok Gompa, a school of Bonpo. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Do Tarap at Camp
  • Day 19 Do Tarap - Karma Kharka (3,800m/12,464ft); 6-7 hrs

    Today is going to be a long and tiring day. There are a few different options for camping today. So ask with your guide before moving further. Leaving remote Tarap valley behind, you will descend down to a wide valley. The trail son gets narrow and changes into a gorge. Further, trekking along with the dense juniper bushes and wild rose, you will reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola. You will camp on a lovely meadow known as Karmakharka.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Tarap Khola at camp
  • Day 20 Tarap Khola – Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft); 5-6 hrs

    After having breakfast, you will descend down from the gorge of the Tarap River. On the way, you might get to see people from Dolpo taking their herds to lower pasture for winter. Today again, you will have many options for camping so make sure to ask your guide for the best option. Unexpectedly, the trail goes through the gorge, which will add thrill in the trip and take you to Khanigaon for the night stay.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Khanigaon at camp
  • Day 21 Khani Gaon – Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft) – Dunai (2,030m/6,658ft); 5-6 hrs

    Following an indefinite trail, you will reach Lalberi. The trail then passes through dense forests and descend down to another gorge. Further, following a river, you will trek to reach Tarakot. You will have lunch here and walk to the Bheri river in the tremendous gorge with pine trees. From here, the trail will pass by some villages and take you to Dunai.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Dunai at camp
  • Day 22 Dunai - Juphal (2,320m/7,610ft); 2-3 hrs

    After a quick breakfast, you will descend down to Jhupal. The trail will be short and easy. Rest of the day, you can relax and enjoy some good food.

    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Accommodation: Juphal at camp
  • Day 23 Fly from Juphal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

    Today, you will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will move to your hotel. Again, the rest of the day is free for you to explore nearby areas on your own and do shopping. In the night, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

    • Meals: Breakfast & dinner
    • Accommodation: Juphal at camp
  • Day 24 Final departure - Breakfast

    As per your flight departure time, you will be a move to the Tribhuvan International Airport to fly back to your home.