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Upper Dolpa Treks

Upper Dolpa Trek Highlights

  1. Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpa district.
  2. Explore remote areas of the western region.
  3. Adventurous camping trek to the remote trans Himalayan region of Nepal.
  4. Superb view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain and many more.
  5. Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  6. Crossing Kang La (5350m) and Jyagla pass.
  7. Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  8. Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest lake of Nepal).


Dolpa region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpa was opened to organized trekking groups. Our trekking adventure begins with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We then fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpa region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book – The Snow Leopard. Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpa, The Caravan, was also a huge success and was also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. On our 28-day trek we pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal

Dolpa is the most beautiful and least developed district of Nepal. Travelers have rarely visited this area because of the high passes trail. It passes through beautiful valleys, interesting places, local settlements, gigantic mountains and greenery forest of pines, Rhododendrons, Oaks, etc. The main highlights of the trek are an ancient, spectacular landscape, mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake, isolated villages of Ringmo and the centuries-old monasteries. Phoksundo is the deepest lake of Nepal with its 145m depth according to a survey by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. Such as centuries-old Buddhist monasteries (which is known as Shey Gompa) wildlife, pristine lake, soaring peaks and people’s lifestyle of the least developed region are also another attraction of the trek. Here is a holy mountain called “Crystal Mountain” that is why each year hundreds of pilgrims travelers visit the upper Dolpa region and make a circuit of the mountain. The people of this region mostly speak Tibetan languages. Rarely some people can understand the Nepali language.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu City Sightseeing.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpa) and trek to Dunai (2850m.).

Day 5: Dunai to Ankhe (2896m.).

Day 6: Ankhe to Sulighat.

Day 7: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3611m.ft).

Day 8: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake.

Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Khola.

Day 10: Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang.

Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4500m.) via Kang-La pass (5360m.).

Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa.

Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4800m.) via Saldang La (5200m.).

Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3620m.).

Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4960m.).

Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4560m.).

Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4900m.).

Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m.) via Jeng -La pass (5090m.).

Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap (4040m.).

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap.

Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3800m.).

Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon (3150m.).

Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2537m.).

Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2140m.).

Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal.

Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 28: Final departure.

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