Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 5200m
Highlights
  • Incredible trekking journey to the remote Upper Dolpo region
  • Three high Himalayan passes – Kang La, Saldang La and Jeng La
  • The serene beauty of Lake Shey Phokshundo
  • Amazing cultural and spiritual wonders of Upper Dolpa
  • Beautiful Buddhist monasteries and Bon Po cultures
  • Adventurous camping stay during the trek
  • Cultural heritage tour of Kathmandu

Upper Dolpo Trek, which locates itself in the western Himalayan range of Nepal, is an exciting adventure into Nepal's remote areas. Due to its remote location and difficulty of access, trekking in this region is less popular than that of other Himalayan regions like Everest and Annapurna but offers the most brilliant insights into authentic Nepalese culture, civilization, and mountain range which are bordering Tibet. Dolpo is popular as the biggest district of Nepal which is predominantly a Buddhist and Bon cultural hub. The population in the Dolpo region is dispersed due to its mountainous topography. Upper Dolpo trek takes you to the incredible landscapes of the Dolpo region of Nepal where you will not only see the wildest nature and celebrate complete freedom at its best but you will also explore experience the delight of age-old civilization during the trek. Most significantly, you will get an opportunity to see the deepest freshwater lake, Phoksundo Lake during Upper Dolpo Trek.

The Upper Dolpo Trek brings you some incredible insights into the most ancient lifestyle of the people and stupendous views of the Himalayan range. Actually, people trek undertake Upper Dolpo Trek in order to explore the most traditional and unspoiled tradition including the trade activities of the people. You will also see the people of the Upper Dolpo region regard nature as an integral part of their daily life and they worship nature as a god. So, the trekkers will find nature unspoiled.  As a matter of fact, the Upper Dolpo trek is a fine choice of the trekkers which is a blend of everything including exploration of unique culture, unbeaten trekking trails, awesome Himalayan ranges, and hospitable local ethnic people. During your Upper Dolpo Trek, you will also trek across rugged mountain terrain, and fascinating culture and lifestyle. This venture also involves crossing some high adventurous passes including  Kang La, Saldang La, and Jeng La which offer us the first-rated thrills of adventure. As a very remote region, the Upper trekking area is limited with modern facilities including modern hotels and restaurants. Most of the nights are to be spent at homestays during the trek but, definitely, the experience you will get during your Upper Dolpo Trek will be unlike anywhere you travel. It means you are going to collect special moments during this trip. The people you will encounter are the most innocent people in the world.

Get mentally prepared to stay at homestays or local teahouses for accommodation during Upper Dolpo Trek. You will get very limited items of food because it is hard to board the foodstuffs from major cities and the cost is always high. Mostly, bread, noodles, Nepali Dal Bhat, chicken, etc are popular items of foods on the Upper Dolpo Trekking trail. The best time of the year for Upper Dolpo is Autumn ( Sep-Nov). Since the trekkers are going to cross the high passes, a high level of confidence and stamina are required for Upper Dolpo Trek. 

Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m) and Transfer to the Hotel

You will arrive in Kathmandu today and this is also the first day of the trip. Magic Expeditions’ representative will welcome you at the airport and drive you to the trip hotel. There is nothing special planned for today. We will let you know the meeting time on your arrival. You have a free time today to explore the area that you will be staying. Or you can simply stay back at the hotel and take good rest after a long traveling journey.

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

The afternoon today is busy with activities. We will take you for the visit of the heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. You will explore ancient and medieval heritages of spiritual, cultural and historic importance. These sites are enlisted in the cultural heritage list by UNESCO. You will explore Swoyambhunath – the oldest monument of all in Kathmandu and an important Buddhist spiritual site, Patan Durbar Square – a medieval royal palace square and a local vicinity, Pashupatinath – an important Shiva temple area where Hindu people are cremated on the bank of River Bagmati, and Boudhanath – the largest Buddhist stupa in the world.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

After breakfast, we drive to the airport to get on the flight to Nepalgunj, popular as a major trade center in mid-western Nepal. An hour-long flight takes us to the mid-western city and lets us some time to explore some happenings there. We are staying overnight here in Nepaljung so we can walk around  the city and explore the different area. Back in the hotel, we prepare for the flight tomorrow to Juphal to start our trek.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodge
  • Nepalgunj
  • 150m

We drive to Nepalgunj airport for our spectacular flight to Juphal in Dolpa district. About 45 minutes of spectacular flight with the sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of the Himalaya, we arrive in Dolpa region. When we land at Juphal airport at Juphal village, we meet our whole trekking crew with all the stuff ready for our adventure. After sorting other stuff out for the trekking portion, we set off on the very first day of the trek to Dunai today. We reach Dunai after an easy walk along the Bheri River. Dunai is the district headquarter of Dolpa district. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodge
  • Dunai
  • 2140m

This trekking trip today takes us to Ankhe . We begin the trek  after our breakfast at the lodge. Initially, we walk along the trail that follows the beautiful river valley. We walk across Thulo Bheri and Phoksundo river valley and catch the trail to Ankeh.  Now, the path passes via traditional settlements of Dhera and Raha and also goes through deep forest. On the way we also catch an incredible  view of Kagmara peak and spectacular landscape in the region. Finally, arrive at Ankeh  and stay at local lodge. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodge
  • Ankhe
  • 2660m

The third day's trek to Renje consists of numerous ups and downs so it is tiring . However, we enjoy crossing   suspension bridges over winding rivers and passing through magnificent landscapes. Also celebrate incredible walk via lush forest in order to get to  Renje for the overnight stay. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Renje
  • 3104m

We are getting into the core Phoksundo region as a part of our today. We will trek to the deepest lake of Nepal, Phoksundo. We ,initially, follow the trail along Pungmo river which leads us to Palam village. Advancing the footwork, we climb a ridge which offers the view of Phoksundo lake. Along with the lake, we also can see beautiful natural water fall. We walk down and pass the pass the village called Ringmo and finally get to Phoksundo Lake. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Phoksundo Lake
  • 3610m

This day for acclimatization is required because you are already above 4000m and your body needs to adjust the new elevation and the weather condition.  We walk around Phoksundo lake and explore the beautiful surrounding. We enjoy the serenity that persists around the lake. Trekkers also can go to explore the village called Ringmo. You will experience authentic Nepalese culture and undisturbed mountain lifestyle of the people. Further, you can go around the village and visit holy monasteries

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Phoksunda
  • 3610m

We are going to enter an even more remote area on the trek today when we walk to Phoksundo Khola. The path advances and past western end of Phoksundo Lake. Next, you will walk on challenging rocky trail which finally leads to the trail that passes through beautiful meadows.  Then, following the trail along the river-beach, we arrive at Phoksundo Khola.  

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Phoksunda Khola
  • 3507m

Today, you will enjoy the walk on the magical glacial valley initially. Next, we will ascend to beautiful sheep pastures which lead us to steep ascent. Although the pass and the ascent is challenging, you will be able to catch majestic mountain views on the way. We finally get to the a village with a few lodges where we stay for overnight. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Bhanjyang
  • 4400m

Today's trek to Shey Gompa is challenging because we are going to cross Kang La Pass which is  above 5000m. So, build up high confidence  and get equipped with reliable equipment.  We ascend up to the apex of Kang La Pass and enjoy dramatic mountain views.  We capture some beautiful moments spending some time there and trek down to riverside. Next, we follow the trail along the river bank. Passing through incredible pastures and crossing the river several times, we get to Shey Gompa.  

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Shey Gomba
  • 4126m

This is second day for acclimatization at Shey Gompa. Gompa is monastery.  We spend this day exploring sacred historical Shep Gompa from 1665 and the Shey Village. We go round the village and the gompa and have an incredible insights into authentic Buddhist and Bon Po cultural highlights. You will have both rest and amazing exploration today at Shey Gompa. 


  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Shey Gomba
  • 4126m

Today, you will encounter with another high pass above 5000m. So, be very confident. Initially, we walk along the trail that goes down via beautiful woods. Next, we will have rocky trail leading up to the top of Saldang La Pass. Enjoy some dramatic mountain views from the pass. Walk down along the long descent via traditional settlements before we get to Namduna Gaun. If you arrive at Namduna Gaun earlier, you can go to visit the monastery. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Namduna Gaun
  • 4800m

In today's trek to Saldang Village, you will experience old trade route to Tibet. Still, some people go to Tibet for trade than going to Nepali markets. The walk today is still tough, however, you will enjoy the walk via traditional settlements and some species of woods. Saldang village is a beautiful settlements with a few local tea houses

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Saldang
  • 3620m

Today, we have two options: trek to Sibu or trek Yangze Gompa. Trekking to Yangze Gompa takes longer hours so we choose trekking to sibu. But still some trekker prefer trekking to Yangze Gompa from Saldang. On the way, we pass many chortens, mani walls and monasteries. We also pass Namdo village and Namdo monastery befor we get Sibu. Walking along the trail on the riverbank, we, finally, get to Sibu.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Sibu
  • 3942m

We begin our trek after breakfast. First, we are heading to the base of Jeng La Pass. Then, we follow the trail along the stream . This stream is Nam Khong Khola. We continue until we meet confluent. Now, the trails climbs up to Jeng La Phedi passing through beautiful yak pastures. You will also meet yaks carrying loads on their back on this section of trail. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Jeng La Phedi
  • 4900m

First, we head towards Jeng La pass. The top of the Jeng La Pass offers us magnificent views of Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Now, the trail goes down towards Tarap valley. Passing this beautiful valley, eventually, we arrive at Tokyu Gaun. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tokyo Gaun
  • 4210m

We go to explore an ancient monastery before we head towerds Dho Tarap. The trail, today, is magnificent passing thorough beautiful river valley. We will enjoy experiencing incredible cultural and spiritual highlights before we get to Dho Tarap. We stay at local tea house here. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dho Tarap
  • 4040m

We follow the trail along Tarap Khola initially.  We pass through a narrow gorge. Walking through remote setting in the mountain will be magnificent experience. After leaving the trail along the riverbank , we get the trail that passes another gorge. Still, the landscapes and the remote setting are magnificent to see. Stay at local lodge at Serkam.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Serkam
  • 3630m

Today, we will follow the trail that goes all the way down to Khani Gaun. The trail is steep slope. We have to be very careful while striding down along this portion of the trail. Following the trail along Tarap River take us to Khani Gaun. Before getting to Khani Gaun, we enjoy seeing some incredible views on the way. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Khani Gaun
  • 2550m

The work, today, is relatively, shorter and easier. On the way, we pass Lalberi village and begin our walk via lush forest which leads us to the river bank. Following the trail along the river bank, we get to Tarkot. If we arrive Tarkot earlier in the afternoon, you have two options either hiking few hours to Samdul Gompa or remain in Tarkot having rest. 


  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tarakot
  • 2280m

Today's trek to Dunai completes the full circle in Upper Dolpo region. First, we pass Lawan village and begin the walk along Bheri River. Ascending along the Bheri river, we arrive at Byas Gadhi. We cross the river and make a final ascent up to Dunai. Stay overnight at local lodge at district headquarter of Dolpo. 

 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dunai
  • 2140m

This is an easy walk to Juphal. Around 3 hours walk takes us to Juphal. For this, we follow the trail along Bheri river again. Before getting to Juphal, we pass Rupgad, Dhupichaur, Motipur, Kalagaunda and other settlements. We end our trek formally here at Juphal and wait for the next day's flight to Nepaljung. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Juphal

We first fly to Nepaljung in early morning and board another flight to Kathmandu. We meet in the evening and offer you a cultural farewell dinner. 

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Our airport representative will help you to board to the airport to catch your international flight homewards. 

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

What to Expect

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • All accommodations on the twin sharing basis (Hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj/Camping in the mountains)
  • All major meals during the trek, breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Three cups of tea a day on the trekking days
  • Professional trekking and the necessary number of supporting crew members
  • All necessary permits for the trekking
  • All camping equipment for the trek
  • Flight from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal and vice versa
  • All overland transportation
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Any kind of drinks (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip

Useful Info

  • Trip Starts and finishes at Kathmandu
  • Trekking Expedition starts and finishes at Juphal
  • Total Days: 25
  • Region: Upper Dolpa
  • Maximum Elevation: Saldang La Pass 5,200m
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj; Camping during the trekking days
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Daily Average Trekking Hours: 6 hours

 

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist
 

Teahouse trekking:

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at a guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuff when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 people's rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water:

We don’t recommend you to drink tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

  1. Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
  2. Drinking ginger and lemon tea reduce the need for water consumption.
  3. Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.

Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to a higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Travel insurance:

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standard policies cover you trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website is correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.

What is your cancellation policy:

If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance with the following schedule:
75% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 14 days prior to the original departure date.
50% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
0% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 3 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing your trip.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 5106m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up. However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation.  Then you will be seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

 

The importance of insurance in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing to Manaslu Circuit Trek. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Manaslu Circuit Trek or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of the travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m but the Manaslu Base Camp trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 5000m. We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 6000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning for trekking in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopter and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

 

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