Upper Dolpo Trekking

26 Days
  • Bus, Airlines
  • Hotels/Tea House/Tent
  • 5240 meters
  • 21 Days
  • 2


Trekking in Upper Dolpo is a true journey of imagination. The civilization that evolved beneath the great Himalayan peaks and passes was guided by early Bön religion and culture that can still be witnessed while trekking in the Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo. Amidst the push of modernization, Dolpo still enjoys the Yak Caravan as a mode of transportation from village to village, traditional farming, and picking of rare herbs for their livelihood and well-being are still part of local life. As the nearest road or airport for travel is far beyond their homeland, the Dolpo people still have to walk for days to reach nearby towns. Dolpo’s remoteness makes it a true Shangri-la in the Himalaya. The rest of the world came to know this truly hidden treasure when it first opened to tourists in 1989. The region is also featured in famous books and movies, including ‘The Snow Leopard’ and ‘The Himalaya’.
Trekking in Dolpo requires a special permit and it is recommended for experienced hikers who are passionate to explore unseen culture, a region less frequented by tourists, and trekking for an extended period of over three weeks. The trek starts at Juphal, an airstrip situated amidst the mountains, and reached after a short flight from Nepalgunj on a small aircraft. There are mainly three trekking options here; Lower Dolpo (approx. 12 days, described in another trip); Upper Dolpo circuit (15-17 days, starts and ends at Juphal); and a further option commencing at Juphal (Lower Dolpo), ascending to Upper Dolpo and finishing at the Jomsom area of Upper Mustang (approx. 25 days, see the itinerary below). There are some other options to reach Upper Dolpo and we will be happy to provide further information on request.
We have been organizing treks to Lower and Upper Dolpo for many years. We were one of the first organizers to take trekkers there after Covid-19 and here is a beautiful upper Dolpo trekking review from one of our previous clients who trekked there with us.

Trekking Itinerary

Days Places/Program Activity Time Sleeping Elevation
Day 01: Kathmandu, Arrival and meet the guide 1350 meters
Day 02: Kathmandu for trek preparation and stay at hotel 1350 meters
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj in late afternoon and rest 150 meters
Day 04: Fly to Jufal and start the trek, reach Kagani 4 hours 2300 meters
Day 05: Trekking to Reichi 6 hours 3000 meters
Day 06: Trekking to Phoksundo 7 hours 3600 meters
Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization, explore the lake area and village 6 hours
Day 08: Phoksundo- Sallaghari 6 hours
Day 09: Sallaghari- Kangla Base Camp 6-7 hours 4717 meters
Day 10: Kangla Base Camp-Kangla pass 5240-Shey Gompa 8 hours 4280 meters
Day 11: Shey Gompa Rest, Explore part of Crystal mountain
Day 12: Shey Gompa- Saldang Pass 5010m / Namgong Gompa 7 hours
Day 13: Namgong Gompa – Yanger Gompa 6-7 hours 3890 meters
Day 14: Yanjer Gompa – Rest
Day 15: Yanjer – Simen village 6 hours 4550 meters
Day 16: Simen village – Tinjegaon 6 hours 4550 meters
Day 17: Tinje Gaon to nomadic camp
Day 18: Nomadic camp to Mala pass 5036m and to Chharka Bhot 7 hours 4100 meters
Day 19: Chharka – Yak Kharka 6 hours 4780 meters
Day 20: Yak Kharka- Ghok Pass (Twin Pass) base and Camp 6 hours
Day 21: Ghok Pass- Sangta Village 7 hours 5000 meters
Day 22: Sangta Village- Kagbeni (Mustang)  6-7 hours 2800 meters
Day 23: Kagbeni to Jomsom, half day rest 2760 meters
Day 24: Jomsom- Pokhara /fly and rest 800 meters
Day 25: Pokhara- Kathmandu / fly or drive
Day 26: Fly home or plan more trips


The Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu hotel as per itinerary breakfast and taxes
  • One welcome meal with staff
  • National Park Entry fee, Local Municipal Entry Fee, Special Area Permit
  • Kathmandu –Nepalgunj – Juphal -Jomsom- Kathamndu air ticket as per itinerary
  • Trekking period: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea or coffee at the time of meal prepared by our cook
  • One tea break in a day tea or coffee, drinking water boiled or treated
  • Accommodation: single or double tents
  • Porter to carry luggage, extra bag
  • Cook and assistant staff for cooking/kitchen jobs
  • Guide entire trip from Kathmandu back to Kathamndu
  • Insurance, equipment, bonus, wages for staff
  • Airport pick up and drop

The Cost Excludes

  • Hotel change or upgrade if applicable in Kathmandu
  • Extra porter if required for a specific purpose like camera equipment
  • Additional day trek charge in the case of itinerary change or dates added
  • Your travel, rescue, medical insurances.
  • Meals in Kathmandu except for hotel breakfast and welcome meal
  • Bottled drinking water, and beverages other than tea/coffee during meals
  • Hot shower
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, tipping, donation, offering, etc
  • Anything that’s not mentioned under the cost includes the section above

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Upper Dolpo Trekking
From $3,800
/ Person
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