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
  • 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, locates itself in the western Himalayan range of Nepal, is an exciting advebture into Nepal's one of the 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 nost brilliant insights of authentic Nepalese culture, civilization and mountain range which are bordring to Tibet. Dolpo is popular as the biggest district of Nepal which is predominantly a Buddhist and Bon cultural hub. The population is Dolpo region is dispersed due to its mountainous topography. Upper Dolpo trek takes you to the incredible landscapes of Dolpo region of Nepal where you will not only see the wildest nature and celebrate a 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 of 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 Upper Dolpo region regard   the nature as an integral part of their daily life and they worship nature as god. So, the trekkers will find the nature unspoiled.  As the matter fact, Upper Dolpo trek is a fine choice of the trekkers which is 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, Upper trekking area is limited with modern facilities including modern hotels and restaurants. Most of the nights are to be spent at home stays 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 of the world.

Get mentally prepared to stay at home stays or local teahouses for accommodation during Upper Mustang Trek. You will get very limited items of foods because it is hard to board the foodstuffs from major cities and the cost is always high. Mostly, breads, noodles, Nepali Dal Bhat, chicken etc are popular items of foods on 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 , 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
  • A professional trekking and the necessary number of 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 is Kathmandu and Nepalgunj; Camping during the trekking days
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Daily Average Trekking Hours: 6 hours

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