Inner Upper Dolpo TrekkingInner Upper Dolpo Trekking

Inner Upper Dolpo Trek - 23/24 Days

  • Duration23 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Adventure
  • Max Altitude 5320m
  • Activity Trekking and Excursion
  • Group Size 2-14
  • Accommodation Comfort Hotel in KTM and tent on the Trekking
  • Meals Serve from Trek Kitchen
  • Transportation Flight and Overland Vehicle
  • Starts KTM-Nepalgunj- Juphal Flight & Trek
  • Ends Juphal
  • Best Season April - until mid of November
Trip Highlights
  • Follow the footprints of the ancient trans-Himalayan traders
  • Explore pristine Himalayan culture, traditions, and way of life
  • Rain shadow region with panoramic Sangri-La views
  • Amazing arid landscape, Mt.Crystal Mountain, Mt. Kanjirowa, high passes and , pastures field
  • The oldest monasteries, Tibetan culture, and traditions, nomadic lifestyle
  • Combinations of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion
  • Trans- Himalayan Yaks caravan, Mules, horses, and sheep
  • The deepest Phoksundo Lake and Phoksundo national parks

The remote Dolpo trekking is a spectacular landscape in the deep Himalayas, in the Tibetan language Dolpo call Bae – yul which means hidden land. Dolpo remained an unknown land for a long time and a few anthropologists and geographers have explored the region and brought out beauty and history to the outer. Dolpo has very nice oldest Buddhist monasteries including Bon monasteries and yaks caravan to the Trans- Himalaya. Upper Dolpo tour was opened just in 1989 for foreigners and Shey Gumba was opened only in 1992 for foreigners. The northern part remained closed for a long time because there is easy access from Nepal to forbidden Tibet, its aura of mysticism and Crystal Mountains, the Oldest monastery, stupas the untouched sangria-la, and pockets of pristine Tibetan culture, as well as the fabulous mountain scenery, ranged from the high- altitude passes to the turquoise deepest Phoksundo Lake of Nepal.

Variations trekking itineraries In Upper Dolpo

1, Dolpo to Rara Traverse

Yet another variation of adventure trekking in Dolpo goes from Shey Gumba. This trek follows the GHT route and passes through a very remote area of the Dolpo region. It goes at Bhijer and Phot gaun the last village of Dolpo and three more passes above 5000m. Including NGIMAS GYALJEN pass 5860m. You won’t meet people and visit villages for several days in this deep Himalayas after Phot village. The trek finally follows the Karnali River banks and ends at Mugu district.

2, Upper Dolpo to Annapurna Traverse

The Upper Dolpo to Annapurna Traverse, via Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve, would add about a week onto the Upper Dolpo trek. There is a three-day stretch during which you pass no settlements at all Over the JALJALA Lekh.

3, Dho to Tinje Village Via Simengaun and Komasgaun


the trail descends to the large village of Dangi Bhara, Khala Gaura and a big village on the bank of Bheri River is Dunai.

Following the trail eastward along the south bank of the Bheri and crossing to the north then follow the river bank until you reach Tarakot.

A long zigzag ascending and descending along the Tarap, Laisi cave, Khanigaun to Lahini odar pastureland for overnight.

The trail forwards on stone stairways and twisting bare earth to reach the high point of about 3650m then downhill to Chukore and gradually flat to Ngawar pani.

Crossing the streams and bridges, passing the series of caves, the large yak pasture of Kamokharka, and along flat up and down to Dho.

We can climb a little hill in front of Dho for ensuring acclimatization and day excursion around the village.

The trail follows the splendid valley, Chrystal school, and Tokyo village, and turns to the right valley. Leave the left trail that goes to the lower Dolpo trek. Pass some nice old stupas and continue uphill valley through a small river stream bank. The trek climbs slowly up to the open wide barren fields leaving the right trail to Chhoila- La pass. Overnight at tents

Today we have to make a Jyanta-La pass at an altitude of 5,221m. The path is not rocky but steep uphill to the pass. The summit is easily recognizable by prayer flags, stone piles as stone men, and some Buddhist marks. We have long descends via yaks and animal pasture field. Finally, you will arrive at a greenery field there we make a camp. Overnight at tent. 

We keep walking in at flat and easy landscape. Passing several pastures fields, and ruins of old houses, cross the River and again walk in a long and wide valley. It has no big ascending and descending however the way is very tough until you arrive a little village.

The trail is quite interesting and enjoyable for the day. It has a mysteriously beautiful landscape, Buddhist shrine and life style along the valley. We arrive  Salday by the Noon time and free time after the lunch at Saldang village

Walking uphill to the pastures fields to the small pass, there are often blue ships grazing. The trail does not seem steep however it is mostly an inclining walk through the beautiful arid landscape. Cross a small vertical gorge with higher arid hills, hidden fields appear on the bottom of the hills, where the very old and historical monastery is situated. Overnight at a corner field camp on tend

Cross a small river stream and steep walking to the pass, a long incline climbing by the side of the river stream will bring you to the top of Gela la 5,095m and then descends the trail via wide pasture fields until you arrive at Shey Gumba.

There are so many different optional activities in Shey Gumba, you can go for Chrystal Moutain walking or Visiting Seto Gumba. Seto Gumba visit takes at least 3 hours for up and down or enjoying the day at camping side. Overnight at tent

Follow the classic trail for the Nangdal pass. You must have to bring a picnic for the day because hot lunch will waste your time. It is quite longer way until you arrive at the pass 5,110m then you have strong descending until you arrive at a shelter. Overnight at tent

Keep descending by following the Phoksundo Khola, the Mt. Kanjirowa view is incredible for the day. You may take off your shoes and must cross the river several times today. You are entering the jungle today which makes a different experience of trekking. Long descending through the river bank, an alpine forest trail leads you finally to the Lakeside. That place is called corner camp overnight in tents

A couple of hours of incline walking through the forest takes you to the beautiful viewpoint. Today you will have a beautiful view of the lake from Morning to evening, it ascends and descends but provides the majestic view of a big blue Phoksundo Lake. You must walk carefully because several narrow passes come through. Overnight a tent near the lakeside.

Beyond the lake there is a permanent Ringmo village, pass the village and follow riverwards for descending. After a couple of hours of walking you will arrive at the viewpoint place under a towering hut. Beyond the hut, there are amazing waterfalls from the Phoksundo River. Descend to Jharna and follow the whole day downwards the river valley to Rechi.

Today we trek alongside Phoksundo Khola, we cross the river several times over traditional and suspension bridges. Walking in deep alpine forests and bushes by passing several villages to Shyangta for overnight

Follow the same river valley until Sulighat. There is Phoksundo national park office and check post of your Dolpo permits. Cross the bridge and turn to the Bheri river bank to the Rupghat. Walk for a while along the road and follow the village path just up to Juphal airport. Farewell dinner all together, you distribute TIPs for your staff as thanks for entire tour, and kitchen staff offer the delicious last meals of the trekking

Take a morning flight to Nepalgunj and direct another flight to Kathmandu. Free time in the evening

Cost Details

We offer every trip on a very essential cost basis. We provide special discounts for larger groups, Travel Company, Partner Agent and non profit Organizations.

What's included
  • Airport picks up drop by private /car/van/bus
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B planning
  • Hotel accommodation in Nepalganj on B/B planning
  • Professional tour guide for sightseeing in kathmandu
  • Privat vehicle for 2 days sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo & government taxes
  • Necessary equipments such as: sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair, mattress and pillow for the trek.
  • 3 times meals in a day (breakfast, Lunch, dinner) prepared by our own cook.
  • Professional trekking staff, their wages and insurance.
  • Domestic air ticket from Kathmandu-Nepalganj-Juphal-Nepalganj-Kathmandu as well as domestic airport tax
  • First aid medical kid
  • Travel & rescue arrangements
  • All necessary ground transportation
  • Fare well dinner in Kathmandu
What's not included
  • Lunch & dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Personal medical expenses
  • Entrance fees for Cultural world heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Helicopter cost in- case quick evacuation is needed
  • Personal expenses and equipment’s
  • Bottle and can beverages drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping to trekking crews
Useful Info

Would you be able to get to Dolpo?

Most travel companies offer it by flying in and flying out. Access is more difficult in remote parts of Western Nepal than in other parts of Nepal. To get into Dolpo you have to fly first from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj city on the plains near the Indian border and have to spend overnight. Then the next morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal in Dolpo district. There is also road accessibility from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj but it is a quite long trip. Nepalgunj to Dolpo is also connected with off-road now. It takes roughly 3 days off-road bumpy hard drive but depends on the season. In rainy season direct driving is impossible.

There is no direct flight from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Jufal but if you are a big group or able to offer chartered flights or helicopter then it is possible without spending a night in Nepalgunj. Juphal is a small mountain airstrip and often bad weather delays flights.

Accommodation & Meals:

You can buy some local items such as barley flour, rice, potatoes Champa, and seasonal vegetables but should not be relied on. That’s why most food storage should be carried by oneself. You will have your cook, kitchen boy, spare boy, Sherpa man, and necessary mules for carrying gear with a driver for the entire tour including a professional guide. The kitchen team will supply breakfast, lunch, and dinner with hot drinks.

Such as for kitchen tents, toilet tents, dining tents, sleeping tents, sleeping bags, and good mattresses will be delivered. In some places, you can find some basic tea houses and simple accommodation.


Trekking in Dolpo is considered strenuous. There are steep ascends and descends and many passes above 5000 m., We have to sleep several nights above 3500 m, and some days trekking will be more than 10 hours long in a dried and dusty landscape. The Dolpo trekking is completely outfitter and physically challenging in the arid landscape.

Permits & Regulations:

You need to have a special permit or (restricted permit) for upper Dolpo. There should be at least two trekkers in a group. Permit won’t be issued for single person or individual trekkers.

Lower Dolpo: U.S.$ 20 USD per week and U.S.$ 5 per day for additional days.

Upper Dolpo: U.S.$ 500 for 10 days and U.S.$ 50 per day for additional days.

There is also a Rs. 3000 entry fee to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park.

Personal equipment list:

Good walking boots, a pair of track shoes and slippers to wear in the camp in the evening or when the boot is wet.

Warm jacket (Fibers fill or down should be adequate.)

A Rainproof jacket with a hood or poncho.

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters or fleece jackets.

Thin and thick trousers.

Trousers for higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary during treks going above 3000mtr.

Thermal underwear (These are excellent to sleep at night)

A tracksuit for wearing in camp. 2 pairs of loose-fitting long shorts/ skirts. 1 lightweight long-sleeved –shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn.

A woolen or warm hat to wear in the morning and at night. Sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.

A pair of gloves and good sun/snow glasses (warm and normal ones)

2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick warm socks, Underwear, buff, and hankies as you need.

Necessary personal items if you are a woman.


Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking, sleeping bag. Small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet paper, camera, film towel, soap, etc. Water bottle. Snow glasses and sunglasses, 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. Headlamp with spare batteries, Snow gaiters, sun cream, personal medicine, lip guard, toothbrush, towel, Reading materials, camera, game items (optional), notebook, rubber band, pen and pencil, a diary, a pocket knife, trekking map, passport, and copies.

Drinking Water:

Travelers should be very aware of drinking water in Nepal. They are not completely adapted to digest direct normal spring water due to bacteria. So, we recommend you drink mineral water or boiled water. Also, you can use some purifier tablets such as chlorine tablets for purifying water on the trekking. We strongly recommend mineral water in the city area and purified or boiled water in the trekking.


We will provide 3-time meals in a day on the trekking (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) as well as hot drinks like tea, coffee, and boiled water for drinking or filling water bottles….. Etc. But we won’t provide lunch and dinner during your stay in the City.

Battery Charging: 

Battery charging on electricity is almost not available in this trek. So that we recommend you to bring either solar charger or enough powerful power Bank. You get electricity and Solar pannel charger in some parts then nothing around the camping areas.

Altitude sickness:

Altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness) is difficulty sleeping, dizziness, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, etc. It affects mountain climbers, hikers, and skiers because of lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels. It occurs as the result of failure to adapt to a higher altitude. It happens most often in the brains or the longs after the fluid begins to leak from the blood vessels.

When the fluid collects in the brain, you initially get headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, want to lie down and do nothing, and a decrease of consciousness, and the problem with balance coordination is called high–altitude cerebral edema (HACE). If the fluid is collected in the lungs, you become breathless and dry, and an irritative cough begins, coughing up blood, discoloration of the skin, and chest tightness is called high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).


To prevent acute mountain sickness; we have to follow fundamental gravity habits such as patience, consistency, and discipline in the mountain. Avoid rapid altitude gaining, drink enough water or fluid, acclimatize to adjust the body at a higher altitude, avoid alcohol, eat regular meals, get higher and sleep at lower altitudes, and avoid high altitudes if you have heart and lung disease. The main treatment for acute mountain sickness is to stop climbing and descend to a lower altitude if the symptoms occur.

If the person is seriously sick, or cannot bring him/her lower altitude by walking and carrying then we need a helicopter charter for quick evacuations.

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