Trip Duration: 27 days Trekking Days: 22 days Trip Grading: Very Strenuous Maximum Elevation: About 5100m/ 16700ft Accommodation: Camping/Homestay
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The trekking adventure in Upper Dolpo is a journey of imagination. The civilization that grew beneath the great Himalayan peaks and passes was guided by early Bön religion and culture that can still be witnessed while trekking in Dolpo. Amidst the push of modernisation, 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 wellbeing. As the nearest road or airport for travel is far beyond their homeland, the Dolpo people still have to walk for days to reach their destination. The remote nature of the area has resulted in it being one of the most pristine cultural and untouched regions in the Himalaya. The rest of the world came to know this truly hidden Shangri-La when first opened to tourists in 1989. The region 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. 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 earlier); 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).

Brief Itinerary of Upper Dolpo to Mustang Trekking

Days 01 -02 Kathmandu
Day 03 Kathmandu- Nepalgunj flight/ hotel
Day 04 Nepalganj- Juphal airport Trek to Kagani
Day 05 Kagani to Reichi
Day 06 Reichi to Phoksundo Lake (3600 meters)
Day 07 Phoksundo- rest, walks to Bon Monastery and lake
Day 08 Phoksundo- Sallaghari
Day 09 Sallaghari- Kangla Base Camp (4717 meters)
Day 10 Kangla Base Camp-Kangla pass 5240-Shey Gompa (4280)
Day 11 Shey Gompa Rest, Explore part of Crystal mountain
Day 12 Shey Gompa- Saldang Pass 5010m/ Namgong Gompa
Day 13 Namgong Gompa – Yanger Gompa 3890 meters
Day 14 Yanjer Gompa – Rest
Day 15 Yanjer – Simen village 4550m
Day 16 Simen – Tinjegaon 4550m
Day 17 Tinje Gaon to nomadic camp
Day 18 Nomadic camp to Mala pass 5036m and to Chharka Bhot
Day 19 Chharka – Yak Kharka 4780m
Day 20 Yak Kharka- Ghok Pass (Twin Pass ) and Camp
Day 21 Ghok Pass- Sangta Village 5000 meters
Day 22 Sangta Village- Kagbeni (Mustang)
Day 23 Kagbeni to Jomsom, half day rest
Day 24 Jomsom- Pokhara /fly
Day 25 Pokhara- Kathmandu / fly or drive
Day 26 Kathmandu
Day 27 Fly home or plan more trips

This trek can be shortened by two to four days depending on where we visit. So if need to adjust timing please let us know.

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      It is difficult to choose a favorite part of this trek because the whole experience was spectacular from start to finish. However the views from the top of Lobuche East... read more

    Chuck W

      I just returned from this trek. If you only have a short amount of time and want to go on an absolutely beautiful trek, I highly recommend this one. The... read more


      We loved seeing the real Kathmandu. We saw areas that we never would have known existed and learnt a lot about the history and people. Would definately recommend this tour.


      Amber was constantly helpful and informative on our 2 day trek (without being too pushy) - always going the extra mile to ensure all our needs were taken care of.... read more

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