Upper Dolpo to Jomsom TrekUpper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek - 25 Days

  • Duration25 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 Kitchen crews
  • Transportation Flight and overland vehicle
  • Starts KTM-Nepalgunj- Juphal & Treks
  • Ends Jomsom
  • 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 life style
  • Combinations of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion
  • Trans- Himalayan Yaks caravan, Mules, horses and sheep
  • The deepest Phoksundo Lake and Phoksundo national parks

Dolpo is a remote and spectacular landscape in the 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 anthropologist 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 untouched sangria-la and pockets of pristine Tibetan culture, as well as the fabulous mountain scenery, ranged from the high- altitude passes to Jomsom Corolla classic route into the windy valley.

Variations trekking itineraries In Upper Dolpo

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.

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.


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

Walking along the bank of Thulo Bheri and Sulighat to Phoksundo national park check post. Cross to the west bank via the abandoned settlement Raktang, walking upstream, and cross to the east bank to Syangta. The three villages Ankhe, Rahagaon, and Parela are high on the ridge above. The path climbs over a ridge at 2700m then descends on a rocky path to Shyangta.

The trail follows the Phoksundo River and climbs over a small village and it has several ups and downs through the first and larches forests, it continues upstream to a bridge that leads to finally Rechi. 

The trail continues to eastwards, steeper and narrower ascending and descending through the forest of cedars, winter settlement, birch, and chirpiness. The route is steep on a sandy cliff through an open country of dusty switchbacks gaining over 400m to a ridge to 3730m. From there you will see approximately 200m high waterfalls of the Phoksundo River. The trail is steeper for a few hours then turns easy part to the Phoksundu Lake or Ringmo village 

The trail contours on a rocky ledge to the crest at 4060 m and steep and dusty descent through birches and blue pines to Phoksundo Khola and Cho phu. Follow a scenic trail over the Lake and camp at the end of the lake on a greenery field.

The trail mostly ascends through the Phoksundo gorge. We should cross the River uncountable times. Follow a rocky and sloppy hilly trail until you arrive at a small shelter hut. Overnight tent

Today it is very long ascending and descending.  The beginning part is steep climbing until you arrive at Nangdal La pass 5,320m, after the pass the trail always descends over a fantastic moraine trail to a wide river-banked pasture field Shey Gumba.

You can visit the surrounding holistic places in Shey Gumba. Shey Gumba is believed to be built around 800 years ago however the Gumba is not big and not any artifacts or paintings inside. The Gomba is an ancient Tibetan scroll and has statues of Padmasambhava, Sakyamuni Buddha, and Milerepa. But the nicer and more important Seto Gumba is far away from here. Make an excursion to the monastery during the day.

The trail goes east from Shey and crosses the pass Gelala at the altitude of 5010m, then long descending to the hidden valley where you can find beautiful old monasteries, caves, and complexes of isolated villages at the bottom of the cliff.

The trail is leading via a very beautiful landscape; it goes mostly flat and easily descends through an arid pasture landscape to a place with uncountable Stupas and an important Monastery. A big Tibetan artistic settlement with widely terraced fields.

Descend to the River and climb up from the other side of the river up to the posturer trail. In the summer you meet so many nomadic styles of animal caravans, Tibetan goats, and yak pastures. Get to the small summit and follow a yak trail to descend Khomasgaun village.

Trek leads down to a small stream and climbs up to wide barren pasture land and crosses a small pas of 4270m and directly descends to the River stream near Shimen village. Follow a river bank to an eastwards uphill trail by passing Pha 4090m, village to Tinje.

The trek is almost 550m ascent by passing the mysterious disused Tinje airport and descent 150m to the River bank to Rapka 

Climbs up to the Chharka pass 5030m and big drop into next valley to picturesque village Chharka Bhot (4120) on the bank of Barbung River.

The trail goes up and down and climbs on a rough trail and emerges into a big meadow to the Campsite Norbulung. 

Today you have a very tough trekking that takes you through Niwar Pass (5120m) and Thuchela Pass or Sangda Bhanjya (5185m) where you can have ample opportunity to see the different surroundings with different vegetation and the lifestyle and livelihood of people residing here.

After breakfast, we move up and down to reach Sangta. Sangta is an isolated village that provides a mesmerizing view of the rain shadow area/surrounding and different landscapes. We trek up to the hill behind Santa after crossing nine ridges then we descend to the Kali Gandaki Valley, there you can see the beautiful varied of landscape and high cliffs. The old walking trail is dismissed by road construction so that it is better to take a walk along the rough road that is much easier and faster. Some hours of walking from the cliff side we reach to the large village called Phalyak. Overnight at Phalyak

After a warm breakfast, we hike towards the trail that passes on by the loose rocks and challenging trail. We finally reach Jomsom and enjoy our time there. Jomsom is one of the famous destinations for tourism

The flight is very early in the morning from Jomsom. You have free day or relaxing day at Pokhara

Cost Details

We offer every trip on a very essential cost basis. We provide special discounts for larger groups, Travel Companies, 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 during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle for 2 days sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo trekking & government taxes
  • Necesary equipments for trekking such as: sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair, mattress and pillow.
  • 3 times meals in a day (breakfast, Lunch, dinner) prepared by our private cook.
  • Necessary trekking staff including their wages and insurance.
  • Domestic air ticket from Kathmandu-Nepalganj-Juphal and Jomsom-Pokhara
  • 2 nights comfort hotel room in Pokhara
  • 1 Day sightseeing tour with private Jeep in Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist bus ticket
  • Staff ground transportations price
  • 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, Nepalgunj and at Pokhara
  • Personal medical expenses
  • Entrace fees at UNESCO"S cultural world heritage site 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.


Recently the rough tough road is connected from lowland to Dolpo. The road is still very difficult however there are regular Jeep driving services but passengers have to change Jeeps several times due to the Rivers and road conditions until reaching Dunai at Dolpo. Beyond the Dunai, the rough road is built till Tarakot but still Jeep can't drive. The road from Charka bhot to Mustang bhot is also building but no cars and Jeeps are driving. Occasionally Tibetans bikes are driving by locals. 

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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