• Mysterious Geography of the Far West
  • Thousand Years old Monasteries and Caves
  • Typical Lifestyles and classic culture
  • Exciting route and rocky trails
  • Ancient trade route
  • Majestic view of the glorious mountains and Lake
  • Exploration of Off-beaten trekking trails
  • Exotic Flora and Faunas in Shey Phoksundo National Park

About Upper Dolpo Trek

The Upper Dolpo Trek is difficult to describe, yet it is enigmatic and naturally gifted, and many people see it as a hidden gem of Nepal. Dolpo is a challenging trek through western Nepal's desolate countryside. Hikers pass by the gorgeous Shey Phoksundo lake, many towering passes, and mountains and lakes as we hike along on the ancient salt trading route. The venerable Tibetan Buddhist culture prevails in the parched region between the Dhaulagiri massif and the Tibetan plateau. Allowed for international and domestic tourists in the 1980s, this requires special permitted as it is a restricted area.

Upper Dolpo is a dry, sandy landscape with incredibly quick rivers, raging waterfalls, massive river canyons, green plains, and valleys of fertilized farmland. Other attractions in this Upper Dolpo Trek include the remote settlements with distinct cultures, such as the Bon Po religion, and the breathtaking chilly waters of Phoksundo Lake. Endangered wildlife including the snow leopard, rare Himalayan blue sheep, Ghoral, Thar, Himalayan Black Bear, and many are preserved because part of Dolpo is underneath the Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Guru Rimpoche is seen to have enlightened the Dolpo region, where one would encounter intellectual peace far away from the noise and rush of urban lifestyle. Having the opportunity to explore this deserted region, which in itself is rich in biodiversity and contains valuable species such as silver fir and other plants, offers a clear portrait of Nepalese flora and fauna.

In Nepal, Dolpo Trek is a restricted trekking area. To trek there anyway, you would first acquire a restricted area permit. To obtain the permit, you must follow numerous guidelines established down by the Nepalese government. If you are a solo mountaineer, you should be mindful that Upper Dolpo sometimes doesn't allow solo hiking. In addition, you should trip with at least two other people and should perhaps hire a porter or a guide who is well-versed in the area.

Visit our Hikers Haven Dolpo Trek itinerary if you want to accomplish ideal trekking. We also provide comparable short treks such as Lower Dolpo Trek, and Dolpo to Mustang Trek for longer adventurous hiking.

The secret has yet to be revealed; come and discover it for yourself.

Outline Itinerary

Detail itinerary
  • Day 1Arrival Kathmandu(1330m)
  • Day 2Preparation day(special permit preparation)
  • Day 3Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m)
  • Day 4Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal(2475m) and trek to Dunai(2140m)
  • Day 5Dunai to Chhepka (2630 m) 6h00 walk.
  • Day 6Trek Chhepka to Lama school - (2838m)
  • Day 7Trek Lama school to Phoksundo Lake - (3620m)
  • Day 8Exploring Day(around phoksundo lake)
  • Day 9Trek Phoksundo to Salla Ghari - (3640m)
  • Day 10Trek Salla Ghari to Lar Tsa (4120m)
  • Day 11Trek Lar Tsa to Shey Gompa (4320m)
  • Day 12Rest Day - Shey Gompa
  • Day 13Trek sey Gumpa to Namgung - (4430m)
  • Day 14Trek Namgung to Saldang - (4046m)
  • Day 15Trek Saldang to Sibu - (4000m)
  • Day 16Trek sibu to foot of the Jengla - (4480m)
  • Day 17Trek Foot of the jungle to Tokyo Gaon - (4240m)
  • Day 18Trek Tokyo Gaon to Dho Tarap - (4200m)
  • Day 19Trek Do tarap to Serkam - (3623m)
  • Day 20Trek Serkam to Tarakot - (2280m)
  • Day 21Trek Tarakot to Dunai - (2109m)
  • Day 22Trek Dunai to Juphal - (2404m)
  • Day 23Flight Jufal - Nepalgang - kathmandu
  • Day 24Kathmandu - Departure to your destination

What’s Included

  • Airport pickup on arrival at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • Airport departure drop off at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • 3 night accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • Food and accommodation during trekking in lodges / tent
  • Flights Kathmandu - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • Flight Nepalgunj – jufal(start trek) – Nepal gunnj
  • Dolpo special permit
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj
  • All necessary porters or donkeys to carry the things
  • English speaking experienced guide (trained by Minster of Tourism)
  • Porter(s), generally 1 porter for 2 pax (max 12 kg per person)
  • Food, salary, transportation, accommodation and insurance for our Nepali staff
  • TIMS (trekking registration card)
  • Service from our office in Kathmandu, Thamel
  •  Farewell Dinner in the Typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural program
  • International flight to and from Nepal
  •  Nepal visa
  • Drinks during the trek
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance and other personal expenses
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)
  • Any extra cost due to delay or cancellation of Jufal flight
  • Meal not include without trekking

Tips & Ideas

Best Time to Visit

Upper Dolpo, along with many other trekking routes, is best explored in the spring (April-May) as well as autumn (October-November), while temperatures remain favorable. The above excursion is better done between the period from March and September. This voyage will be disturbed by delayed or unexpected snow during April and November, making it extremely difficult to cross some passes.

Nevertheless, from November to March, some entrances will be closed. That would be only conceivable with construction equipment. The best days to visit are March through May, however, June and July can be rainy.

Food and Accommodation

Notwithstanding the absence of appropriate resources and a limited number of buildings. Quite very few households will have the appropriate food and accommodation facilities. As little more than a result, the overwhelming of trekking companies will extremely common food service to serve client meals.

Nonetheless, the Dolpo region must have been termed nutrition. And there are numerous hotels and tea shops around the accommodation services that can accommodate you. However, it is strongly encouraged that perhaps you should not depend on them and prepare your mattresses and camping gear. Travelers are provided tents and sleeping bags by the company if you want.

Trek Difficulties During Upper Dolpo Trek

Many High Altitude Passes:

During Upper Dolpo Trek, you can see three high passes over 5000 meters which is very challenging and tough to pass. Chhoi La Pass 5051m, Numa La Pass 5310m, Kang La Pass 5360m are the highest pass in upper Dolpo.

Altitude Sickness:

As you have to hike in the high elevation during your trek to Upper Dolpo so the amount of oxygen in the air lowers gradually. As a result, you might be suffering from altitude sickness during your trek. Therefore, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated until you reach your destination and avoid altitude sickness.


Due to the improper and lacking trekking equipment, the walk might become difficult and frustrating. Therefore, while you travel, take a glance at the Nepal trekking packing lists.

Physical and Mental Fitness:

Physical and Mental Fitness is the main thing that you have to be careful about to have trekking at a high altitude in Nepal. Make sure you are not a patient of heart disease or altitude sickness. Otherwise, it would be hard for trekkers to continue theirhiking.