Dolpo Trek

  • Duration: 26 Days

Overview

  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous
  • Trip ModeCamping
  • Best TimeAug - Nov / Mar - July
  • Max Altitude522 m

Dolpo Trek- Journey to the vastness of the Mighty Virgin Himalaya

The Dolpo region is one of the least-visited trekking destinations of Nepal. Lying in the far-western side of Nepal, not many people have explored the beautiful landscapes of western Nepal. The Dolpo Trek is an unexplored rugged and remote trekking route along with the beautiful scenery of the snow-capped mountains and small villages that make this trek attractive. The alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake of Phoksundo and the beautiful Shey Phoksundo National Park are the major highlights of this trek.

Shey Phoksunda and Caravan Trail

The trek starts from Kathmandu. We fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu on the first day. We again take a short but beautiful flight to Juphal and start the trek. From Juphal, we start our trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake at the stunning height of 3612 meters. We continue to trek through the Shey Phoksundo National Park to reach Nangdala pass from where we can enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Kanjirowa. It has given birth to Peter Matthiessen's masterpiece and best selling book Snow Leopard. Besides that Eric Valli, Oscar-nominated movie CARAVAN (also known as HIMALAYA) was featured in this isolated Himalayan sanctuary of Dolpo.

This trek takes us to some of the highest passes in western Nepal like the Sela pass. We get an outstanding view of Mustang and the snow-capped mountains of Tibet. We then trek through the rugged Himalayan route to reach Saldang and visit the beautiful settlements inhabited by the Tibetan people. Trip to Upper Dolpo trekking crosses many mystical stunning peaks and witness the spiritual charms of the remote monastery of Shey Gompa. This monastery was established in the eleventh century and little has changed here since then. We climb the Jyanta pass via Tokyu village. From the pass, we can enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Dhaulagiri.

Trekking through one of the remotest and least trekked trekking routes of Nepal, we reach Juphal. On the way to Juphal, we trek through some of the most beautiful villages in this region, like Dho Tarap, Ghyamgar, and Dunai. We then fly back to Nepalgunj and then back to Kathmandu.

Upper Dolpo Trek - Permit, Best Time, Fitness

This Upper Dolpo trek is one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. There are very few hotels and lodges on this trekking route. We will reach the height of up to 5350 m at Nangdala pass. The trail is remote, and you pass by difficult terrain. Therefore, trekkers have to be physically and mentally prepared for this 26-day trek.

Spring and early winter are the best for trekking in Nepal. However, as this region lies in the rain shadow area, you can do this trek at any time of the year. Trekking during winter months is hard as you trek higher, the weather becomes harsher. Spring and early winter are less risky than the winter season to do this Dolpa trek. You will require the restricted area permits special permit of the Upper Dolpa region along with Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permit for this Upper Dolpo trek in the Himalaya.

At Mountain Monarch Adventure, we provide the timeliest services for our clients. As safety is our priority, you can feel at ease with our well-trained guides. We provide the best accommodation and transportation facilities available. We also offer three meals a day, porters, and guides during the trek.

Dolpo Trekking Itinerary:

Planning for the Dolpo Trek, here below is the details day to day Dolpo Trek Itinerary. Join us for the safe and great curated adventure to the remote and restricted trekking to the Himalaya.

  • 1 Day
    Arrive in Kathmandu / welcome dinner with cultural program.
    • Hotel
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1350 m
    • Car
    • Airport Pick up

    Our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. You can freshen up and rest for a while before dinner. After a while, you will have a welcome dinner, along with a cultural program following the dinner.

    • Enjoy the delicious welcome dinner and enjoy the cultural program.
    • Discuss the details of the trek with the guides and staff.
  • 2 Day
    Fly to Nepalgunj / stay at hotel.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • Airplane
    • Regular flight

    After the early breakfast in Kathmandu, we drive to the airport and board a plane to Nepalgunj. In Nepalgunj, the staff will transfer you to the hotel, where you will have lunch. You can spend the rest of the day, exploring the markets and observing the business hub. You can also visit the Indo-Nepal border. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

    • Enjoy the scenic flight over the mountains.
    • Try local food in Nepalgunj.
    • Observe the daily lifestyle of people in the Terai region of Nepal. 
  • 3 Day
    Flight to Juphal, meet all Dolpo Trip crew / start walking.
    • Tea House
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee
    • 2000 m
    • Airplane
    • Regular flight

    After a short and scenic flight from Nepalgunj, we reach Juphal. Juphal is the starting point of our trek. After landing in Juphal, our trek starts. We meet the trekking staff and the crew in Juphal. After we meet everyone, we start our trek to Dunai. Dunai is one of the most important villages in this region. We trek along the Bheri River to reach Dunai. Overnight in Dunai.

    •  Meet the trekking crew.
    • Trek through the rhododendron forests as you trek towards Dunai.
    • Enjoy the remote and rugged land.
  • 4-6 Day
    Hking to Shey Phoksundo Lake, Nepal highest situated pristine lake.
    • Teahouse / Camping
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee, Drinking water
    • 3610 m
    • Trekking

    After breakfast in Dunai, we prepare to trek to one of the most important places in the Dolpo region and one of the highlights of our trek, Shey Phoksundo Lake. On the first day, we trek through the riverbed of the Bheri River. We then continue to trek through small remote settlements and beautiful meadows and terraced wheat fields. The trail leads us through several settlements like Hanke, Parela, among others. From Hanke, we enter the Shey Phoksundo National Park. We camp at Ankhe.

    On the fifth day, we leave Ankhe and start trekking to Renje. On the way to Renje, we trek through the riverbed once more through narrow trails. The trails get a little difficult as you pass by several ups and downs. We cross the suspension bridge to the riverbed and then towards the rocky hills. We get a beautiful view of the hills around us. We camp at Renje.

    After breakfast at Renje, we prepare to trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake. Today’s trek is probably one of the most important days of the entire. As we trek, we get a beautiful view of the Phoksundo Lake from the way. The trail then leads us to the dense forests and then to Phoksundo Khola. We trek through beautiful villages like Ringmo, where we can see beautiful Mani walls.

    • Trek on the riverbed of the magnificent Bheri River.
    • Trek through charming villages like Ringmo and Renje, where you can observe the traditional Bon Po culture.
    • Discover the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and its premise. 
  • 7-10 Day
    Hike / visit Shey Gompa after crossing Nangdola pass, witness the stunning beauty of Kangirowa Himal.
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee, Drinking Water
    • 3415 m
    • Trekking

    After breakfast with a beautiful sunrise and beautiful view of the Shey Phoksundo Lake, we leave the lake for Phoksundo Khola. We trek through the far western part of the lake, which gradually leads us to the riverbank. We trek down through the rocky trails towards more remote areas to reach the bank of the river. We camp there.

    On the next day, we start our trek through the valley and head north. As we gain altitude, the hills around become barren, and the snow-capped mountains start coming into view. We cross a small stream and then climb a steep hill. After reaching the top of the hill, we get a beautiful view of mountains like Kanjirowa and also the Nangdala Pass. We camp at Nangdala pass High Camp.

    We will trek through the highest point of the whole trek, Nangdala pass at 5350 meters. After breakfast in Phoksundo Bhanjyang, we prepare to trek to Shey Gompa. On the way to Shey Gompa, we climb a steep hill and then trek to Nangdala pass (5350m). We can see the beautiful view of mountains like Kanjirowa Himal and other Tibetan peaks. We also get a view of Mustang from the pass. After enjoying the view for some time, we trek to Shey Gompa.

    • Trek through the remote and barren lands towards the 800 years old Shey Gompa.
    • Trek through one of the highest passes of western Nepal, Nangdala pass at 5350 meters.
    • You get a magnificent view of Kanjirowa Himal from the pass.
    • Observe the local Tibetan culture.
  • 11-12 Day
    Hike to Namgung / cross the Sela pass / Great view of Mustang and Tibetan snow peaks.
    • Camping
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee
    • 5094 m
    • Hiking

    After breakfast in Shey Gompa, we prepare to trek to Namgung. You trek through the barren and rocky lands with very little vegetation. In the first part of the trek, we make a steep ascend towards the Sela Pass. After two hours of trekking, the pass provides us with a beautiful panoramic view of Kanjirowa Himal and Mustang. After resting for a while, we descend to Namgung. Camp at Namgung.

    On the next day, we hike around Namgung. There is a famous Gompa known as Namgung Gompa, which is located on the edge of a cliff. We explore the area, enjoy the beautiful landscapes, interact with the locals, and spend the night at the camp.

    • Trek through Sela pass at the height of 5094 meters.
    • Enjoy the beautiful view of Kanjirowa and other Tibetan peaks.
    • Observe the ancient Namgung Gompa.
  • 13-14 Day
    Climbing to Saldang, explore the Trans Himalayan settlement.
    • Camping
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee, Drinking Water
    • 3610 m
    • Hiking

    After breakfast in Namgung, we leave for Saldang. We first make a steep hike to the top of the hill from where we can see the beautiful view of Saldang village. Then, you will start descending towards Saldang. After trekking for about 2 hours, you will arrive at your destination. In the evening, we can try the local food and local wine. We camp at Saldang.

    The next day, we explore the village and hike to the nearby hills and mountains. We trek to one of the most important Gompas of this region, Yangre Gompa. This gompa is one of the most visited gompas of this region. We return to Saldang.

    • Trek through the barren lands of western Nepal.
    • Observe the culture of the people living in Saldang.
    • Try local food and traditional dresses of the people.
    • Visit Yangre Gompa, one of the most popular monasteries in the Dolpo region.
  • 15-17 Day
    Hiking to Tokyu village: cross the Jyanta pass: stunning views of massif Dhaulagiri.
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee and Drinking Water
    • Trekking

    After breakfast, we prepare for our trek and leave Saldang towards Sibu on the first day. The trail takes us through the small settlements with terraced fields that grow wheat, buckwheat, and potato. We can also observe the Tibetan influenced culture and local houses. We also trek through several monasteries and temples to arrive at Sibu.

    The next day, we prepare to trek to the base camp of Jyanta Pass. This pass is the final pass of this trek. We hit the road early in the morning. We do a steep climb for about two hours through the rugged rocky hills and then trek through the dunes to reach Dachun Khola. From here, we trek through pasture land, where we can see yaks and sheep grazing. We camp at Jyanta Pass Base Camp.

    On the 17th day, we have early breakfast and prepare to trek through the Jyanta Pass. We make a steep ascend for about three hours to reach the pass. From the pass, we get a spectacular view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and other snow-capped mountains. We rest for a while at the pass, take photographs, and start descending to Tokyu village.

    • Trek through beautiful villages with terraced fields.
    • Observe the beautiful yak pastures and rocky hills.
    • Trek to Jyanta Pass at the stunning height of 5220 meters. This is also the final pass in this trek.  
  • 18-23 Day
    Hike to Juhpal via Himalayan settlements of Dho Tarap, Ghyamgar, Tarakot, Dunai.
    • Teahouse/Camping
    • B, L, D, Tea Coffee, Drinking water
    • Hiking

    From Tokyu, we prepare to descend to Juphal. The trek to Juphal from Tokyu involves six days of trekking. On the first day, we trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap. The trek includes a trail that takes through the bank of Thakchiu Khola. The trek to Dho Tarap is short but beautiful. Dho Tarap is one of the biggest villages in this area.

    The next day, we trek from Dho Tarap to Shim Ora. The trek is a straightforward descend along the Tarap Khola. After descending for a while, we cross the river by a suspension bridge and then continue trekking. We then cross many other small streams before reaching Shim Ora. We camp at Shim Ora.

    As we descend rapidly, the vegetation starts changing, and sub-tropical forests start appearing. We start the trek through the gorge of Tarap Khola. We trek through some beautiful roads and easy trails after many days. The trail then takes us down to Khanigaon through different beautiful villages like Toltol, Nawarpani, Chhyugar, Laina Odar, and Chhedhul Gompa. We camp at Khanigaon.

    From Khanigaon, we descend to Tarakot. The trek is relatively shorter, and the trails are also easy. Descending from Khanigaon, we cross a suspension bridge over the Tarap Khola and continue trekking. After a few hours of trekking, we reach the bank of the Thuli Bheri and trek along the river to Tarakot. We camp at Tarakot.

    We gradually come towards the more populated and developed regions as we continue descending. The vegetation becomes pleasant, and the trek becomes easier. We trek through the dense forest along the Thuli Bheri River. We come across many small settlements with beautiful houses and different ethnic groups. The trek is short. After trekking for about 5 hours, we reach the headquarter of Dolpa, Dunai. We set up a camp at Dunai.

    We then finally trek to Juphal on the 23rd day. From Juphal, we will catch our flight to Nepalgunj and then finally to Kathmandu. The trek from Dunai to Juphal is fascinating as we trek alongside the bank of the Bheri River through the beautiful forests. We trek through the western lands of Nepal for one last time. A trek of about 6 hours brings us to Juphal.

    • Trek alongside the gorgeous Thuli Bheri River.
    • Observe the gradual change in the vegetation as you trek down. 
  • 24-25 Day
    Fly to Nepalgung and Kathmandu to end the upper Dolpa trekking / exploration day.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast
    • 1340 m
    • Regular Flight

    After breakfast in Juphal, we rush to the airport and fly to Nepalgunj. The flight is very short but full of beautiful scenes. The 25-minute flight provides a beautiful view of different mountains. After you land in Nepalgunj, our staff will transfer you to the hotel. You will have lunch and spend the rest of the day strolling around the city. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

    The next day, after breakfast, we again head to the airport in Nepalgunj and catch a flight to Kathmandu. The flight is one-hour long. After you land in Kathmandu, our staff will transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, we celebrate the successful completion of the trek. We also have a farewell dinner with the team.

  • 26 Day
    Upper Dolpo Trekking ends / Airport transportation.
    • Breakfast
    • Car
    • Airport Transfer

    On the final day of your exhilarating journey to the Upper Dolpo Trek in the Himalaya., we prepare to drop you at the international airport. We bid farewell, hoping to see you again. 

Trip Inclusion

  • Private Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Freshly cooked Full board meals prepared by our cook (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on Dolpa trek.
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee while on Upper Dolpo trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tented camp while trekking.
  • Welcome dinner as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees listed in the itinerary.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • All camping equipment like member, staff, and kitchen, dining and toilet tents.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, rain poncho for use on a trek.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Oxygen cylinder or Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Special Upper Dolpo trekking permit and all government taxes.
  • Upper Dolpo trekking map.
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff.
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters.
  • Complimentary trek Duffle bag and Mountain Monarch T-shirts.
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities while on Dolpo trekking holidays.
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like a hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks

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