Upper Dolpo Trek

26 Days

Upper Dolpo trek is a remote and hidden valley located in the western part of country. Upper Dolpo  is one another popular and frequently organized trekking destinations in Nepal. The upper Dolpo trekking is the home of various important herbs and herbal plants and lies at the trans Himalaya and isolated areas, where there are numerous of Buddhist monuments, people inhibiting here have been able to preserve the Buddhist and traditional lifestyles and rituals intact for centuries. Due to the remoteness the traditional cultures and civilization has been centre of attraction. The people of Dolpo have a primitive lifestyle with their own distinct dialect and unique culture and their warm and sincere hospitality of them are worth remembering and worth sharing. Dolpo was open to the outsiders only after 1990. It is a restricted area, therefore, one travelling to the area need to obtain permission. 

The culture and ritual of people inhibiting in Dolpo is the one of the best example of well preserved Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Therefore, Dolpo has been one of the living libraries for many researchers who love to explore the beginning of the human civilizations. Dolpo trek is also known as pilgrimage trek in hidden valley created by Tibetan Monk Guru Rinpoche. Apart from many other attractions, Shey Phoksundo National Park—the largest national park in Nepal, Shey Phoksundo Lake, and its crystal waters, the rocky hills, steamy forests, snow capped mountains and its surrounding, ancient and charming settlements, Buddhist monasteries, shrines, wonderful lakesides, all these attract attract and make you feel come again and again. 

Upper Dolpo Trekking begins with short flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and subsequently fly to Juphal, and then you continue trekking to Dunai, the district headquarter. And then continue trekking along the banks of Barbung Khola to Tarakote, Tarap Khola, alongside of grassy meadow, charming villages, you will reach at the highest point of the trek called Numa La (5,190m), from there you will have magnificent views of Dhaulagiri to the south and Tibetan ranges C Kugung La and Khyung La to the north and finally you reach at Dolpo areas, and after exploring all around, you will descend down to Suli Gad River to Raha, finally retrace back to the hamlet of Juphal. From there, you catch plane to Nepalgunj or Pokhara or direct flight to Kahtmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel / tour briefing.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Day 03: Fly, Kathmandu / Nepalgunj, overnight hotel
  • Day 04: Early morning, fly to Dolpo (Juphal) then trek to Hanke (2660m)
  • Day 05: Hanke / Samduwa
  • Day 06: Samduwa / Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
  • Day 07: Rest at Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 08: Phoksundo Lake / cross Baga La (5090m) and camp next side
  • Day 09: Baga La / Numla base camp (5190m)
  • Day 10: Numla base camp / Chutung Dang (3967m)
  • Day 11: Chutung Dang / Chibu Kharka (3915m)
  • Day 12: Chibu Kharka / Saldang (4100m)
  • Day 13: Saldang / Yang Tsser village (4300m)
  • Day 14: Yang Tsser village / Karang (4100m
  • Day 15: Karang / Ramanan (4600m)
  • Day 16: Ramanan / Samling Gompa (3800m)
  • Day 17: Samling Gompa / Shey Gompa (4500m)
  • Day 18: Rest day at Shey Gompa, visit Chakang Gompa
  • Day 19: Shey Gompa / Yak Kharka (4500m)
  • Day 20: Yak Kharka / Ringmu (3600m)
  • Day 21: Ringmu / Rachi
  • Day 22: Rachi / Roha village
  • Day 23: Roha village / Juphal
  • Day 24: Fly, Juphal / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu
  • Day 25: At leisure
  • Day 26: Departure for onward destination

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van/ Haice. (Depend on group size).
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guide and private car / van
  • Four night´s accomodations in Kathmandu twin sharing bed with B/B plan.
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
  • One night´s accommodation in Nepalgunj twin sharing bed with A/C room including Dinner and breakfast in Hotel Batika.
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu Domestic flight including airport departure tax for round trip.
  • Neaplgunj - Juphal - Nepalgunj airfare including departure tax for round trip.
  • Airport/ Hotel/ Airport pick up and drop by van/ car/haice in Nepalgunj.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
  • Special trekking permit.
  • National park permit and TIM´s card.
  • Helicopter rescue service arrangement in emergency case. (But clients need to pay from their rescue covered Travel insurance) 
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
  • First aid medical kit bag.
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • All government and local taxes and office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping, laundry, internet, battery charge in camera, phone call and donation in Monastery and temple. 
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on price including section.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel / tour briefing.
  • Day 02 :Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Day 03 :Fly, Kathmandu / Nepalgunj, overnight hotel
  • Day 04 :Early morning, fly to Dolpo (Juphal) then trek to Hanke (2660m)
  • Day 05 :Hanke / Samduwa
  • Day 06 :Samduwa / Phoksundo Lake (3600m)
  • Day 07 :Rest at Phoksundo Lake
  • Day 08 :Phoksundo Lake / cross Baga La (5090m) and camp next side
  • Day 09 :Baga La / Numla base camp (5190m)
  • Day 10 :Numla base camp / Chutung Dang (3967m)
  • Day 11 :Chutung Dang / Chibu Kharka (3915m)
  • Day 12 :Chibu Kharka / Saldang (4100m)
  • Day 13 :Saldang / Yang Tsser village (4300m)
  • Day 14 :Yang Tsser village / Karang (4100m
  • Day 15 :Karang / Ramanan (4600m)
  • Day 16 :Ramanan / Samling Gompa (3800m)
  • Day 17 :Samling Gompa / Shey Gompa (4500m)
  • Day 18 :Rest day at Shey Gompa, visit Chakang Gompa
  • Day 19 :Shey Gompa / Yak Kharka (4500m)
  • Day 20 :Yak Kharka / Ringmu (3600m)
  • Day 21 :Ringmu / Rachi
  • Day 22 :Rachi / Roha village
  • Day 23 :Roha village / Juphal
  • Day 24 :Fly, Juphal / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu
  • Day 25 :At leisure
  • Day 26 :Departure for onward destination

Useful Info

If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip is possible to conduct in any time if the group size has two or more pax.

Key Information

  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
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