Upper Dolpa Trek

Departure Date

Every Monday


28 nights / 29 days



Maximum Seats


Upper Dolpo Trek is the most adventurous trek route of Nepal which lies on the northern trans of Himalayan region. This trek route is the least exposed and the less explored region of Nepal.

Upper Dolpa Trekking begins by meandering through pine and cedar forest enjoying the views of the massif Dhaualgiri range in the background. The entrance to Dolpo lies beyond the Jangla Bhanjyang Pass (4,500m/14,764ft). At the head of the valley lay snow-capped peaks and the desolate Tibetan plateau beyond. Protected from rain, this region is dry where the Dolpo inhabitants have carved out a niche of survival in the harsh surroundings by trading at nearby Tibet border.

Apart from the stunning scenery and mystical gompas, it is remote, little trekked and seemingly largely unchanged. Culturally still tied to Tibet, its hardy people retain a traditional way of life, reliant on agriculture, animal husbandry and trading. The Dolpo-pa are some of the few remaining practitioners of shamanism and Bon religion, the earlier form of Tibetan Buddhism. .

Here a few highlights of Upper Dolpa Trek:

  • See the aquamarine greenish-blue water of Shey Phoksundo lake.
  • Trek through a very adventurous and electrifying high passes above 5,000m/16,404ft.
  • Withness the great contrast of landscape.
  • Visit a century old Bon and Buddhist Monastries.
  • Trek through a highland villages.
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trips Details

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 Chhepka (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours
Day 06: Chhepka to Rachi: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Rachi to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
Day 09: Trek Phoksundo Lake to Salla Ghari: 5-6 hours
Day 10: Salla Ghari to Kang La Base Camp: 6-7 hours
Day 11: Kang La Base Camp to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Shey Gompa to Namdo Gumba (4,800m/15,744ft) 6-7 hours
Day 13: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft) 4-5 hours
Day 14: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours
Day 15: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours
Day 16: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours
Day 17: Jeng-la Phedi to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours
Day 18: Rest Day at Dho Tarap
Day 19: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours
Day 20: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours
Day 21: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours
Day 22: Tarakot to Jhuphal (2,140m/7,019ft): 6-7 hours
Day 23: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
Day 24: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 25: Final departure

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 28 Days guide and porter service during the trek
Domestic Flight service Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jhuphal – Nepaljung – Kathmandu.
Guide & Porters transportation
Your Tented camps accommodation during the trek
All accommodation, food & salary for the guide & porters
Guide & Porter insurance
TIMs Card and Annapurna conservation park permit
Government and local taxes.

Nepal Visa
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
Your personal equipment.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver.

How long is the trek?

The length of the trail depends on where you start and end your trek, therefore it can be anything between 160-230km. It can be done in as few as 16 days, or as many as 21 days, if doing side trips. Usually it takes either 15 or 16 days to do the shorter version, and 18-19 for the full route.

Do I need any permits?

Yes. You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) which is $33 and Trekker’s Information Management System Card (TIMS card), which are $20 each for individual trekkers. Both can be obtained at the Adventure Connexion (AC) in Kathmandu. You will need your scan passport copy and passport sized pictures with you as well.

What is the lodging like?

The ACT is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. Some are better than others, but generally rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms. Blankets are provided but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as it gets chilly in the higher levels and there are no heating systems inside the buildings. Usually you will have to dine at your lodge in order to get a room. Some places may offer hot gas showers for an additional fee, so take advantage of that while you can because above Manang you won’t get the chance to shower at all until you reach Muktinath, on the other side of the pass.

Is there are risk of getting altitude sickness?

There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu. There’s also an option to attend the high altitude sickness lecture in Manang organized by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

When is the best time to go?

The best weather for trekking in the Annapurna region is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March-May). The skies are clear then and you will get a chance to enjoy some outstanding views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri peaks. Keep in mind that even though it is not monsoon season anymore it will be much warmer and humid in the lower regions (jungle) and you still may encounter an unexpected shower or two. It will also be much cooler above 3500m. Even though it’s not technically winter you will need warm clothes and a down jacket.

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Upper Dolpa Trek $ 4,880 $ 3,200 20 Every Monday 28 nights / 29 days

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