Upper Dolpo Trek

24 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (April to June) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 5160m
  • Bus,Taxi,Plane

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (April to June) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 5160m
  • Bus,Taxi,Plane


The Upper Dolpo Trek is an extraordinary odyssey into the secluded realms of Nepal, where time seems to stand still, and the ancient Tibetan culture thrives amidst towering peaks and arid landscapes. Tucked away in the remote western part of the country, this trek presents a rare opportunity to explore the mystical Upper Dolpo region. As trekkers traverse through rugged terrains, traverse high mountain passes, and wind through traditional villages, they are greeted by the warm hospitality of the Dolpo people, who have preserved their unique way of life for centuries. The journey unfolds against the backdrop of spectacular sights, including the deep turquoise Shey Phoksundo Lake, ancient monasteries perched on rocky cliffs, and the nomadic lifestyle of the region’s inhabitants.

One of the trek’s highlights is the challenge of crossing high mountain passes like Kang La and Shey La, rewarding the intrepid with panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks. The restricted nature of Upper Dolpo adds an exclusive touch to the adventure, requiring a special permit to explore its pristine landscapes. Trekkers can immerse themselves in the cultural tapestry of the region, witness the nomadic herding practices, and feel the spiritual aura of ancient monasteries. The Upper Dolpo Trek is a journey of profound cultural encounters and unparalleled natural beauty, making it a coveted expedition for those seeking a truly off-the-beaten-path Himalayan experience.


  • Remote High-Altitude Wilderness
  • Ancient Tibetan Culture
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake's Pristine Beauty
  • Unique Nomadic Lifestyle
  • Restricted Area Exclusive Permit


Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.
Briefing and preparations for the trek.

Take a domestic flight to Nepalgunj.
Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

Fly to Juphal and commence trek to Dunai.
Explore Dunai and acclimatize.

Trek through terraced fields and alongside the Bheri River.
Reach Tarakot, a traditional village.

Trek through scenic landscapes and terrains.
Arrive at Laini for an overnight stay.

Trek through picturesque canyons and forests.
Reach Nawarpani, surrounded by natural beauty.

Trek through Shey Phoksundo National Park.
Arrive at the culturally rich Do Tarap village.

Rest day for acclimatization.
Explore Do Tarap and visit monasteries.

Ascend towards Numa La Base Camp.
Experience the unique landscapes.

Cross the challenging Numa La Pass (5,190m).
Descend to Pelung Tang for the night.

Continue trekking through pristine landscapes.
Reach Dajok Tang, offering panoramic views.

Trek to Ringmo alongside Phoksundo Lake.
Explore the tranquil surroundings.

Rest and explore Ringmo and its monasteries.
Enjoy the serene beauty of Phoksundo Lake.

Trek through lush forests and terrains.
Reach Chunemba for an overnight stay.

Trek through high-altitude landscapes.
Arrive at Snowfields Base Camp.

Cross the challenging Baga La Pass (5,070m).
Descend to Phedi for the night.

Trek through elevated terrains.
Reach the High Camp for acclimatization.

Cross the high Shey La Pass (5,160m).
Descend to Shey Gompa, an ancient monastery.

Rest day to explore Shey Gompa and surroundings.
Experience the spiritual ambiance.

Trek through mystical landscapes.
Reach Namgung, a traditional settlement.

Continue trekking through high-altitude terrains.
Arrive at Saldang for an overnight stay.

Trek to Yangze Gompa through remote landscapes.
Explore the unique monastery.

Descend through picturesque terrains.
Reach Sibu, a traditional village.

Final trekking day to Juphal.
Celebrate the completion of the Upper Dolpo Trek.


Cost Includes

  • Airport/Hotel pickup and drop off-service (by car)
  • Trekking Guide (English speaking)
  • Porter (2 person=1porter)
  • Accommodation (shared, tea house)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Permits and Entrance Fees
  • Local Transportation
  • Trekking Equipments

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Gear
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation


Is a special permit required for the Upper Dolpo Trek?

Yes, a special permit is required due to the restricted nature of Upper Dolpo. Trekkers need to obtain the Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit.

How challenging is the trek, and what is the required fitness level?

The trek is considered challenging due to high altitudes, remote locations, and challenging passes. Trekkers should have a good level of physical fitness and prior trekking experience.

Are there teahouses or lodges along the trek route?

Accommodations in Upper Dolpo are basic, and teahouses/lodges may be limited. Camping is often required, and trekkers should be prepared for basic facilities.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Upper Dolpo Trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern due to the high altitudes reached during the trek. Adequate acclimatization and a gradual ascent are crucial to minimizing the risk.

Are there communication facilities along the trek?

Communication facilities may be limited in remote areas. Trekkers are advised to carry satellite phones for emergencies.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Upper Dolpo Trek
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From US $4500 US $4200
/ Adult