Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

USD 4,500
  • Activities
    Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek
  • Max Elevation
    4,500m at Shey Gompa & 5,360m at Kang la Pass
  • Trip Duration
    27 Days
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate & Adventurous
  • Lodging
    Eco Lodges + Camping
  • Meals
    ull Board on Trek & BB Plan on City
  • Transportation
    Private vehicle & flight
  • Communication
  • Group Size
    Minimum 2
  • Best Season
    Autumn and Spring
  • Per Day Walk
    Approx. 5 - 6

The Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the unique 27-day trekking packages that takes us to the isolated region of Dolpo. While you embark on this trek, you will experience beautiful landscapes, rugged terrain, traditional villages, panoramic Himalayas, and unique culture and lifestyle.

The Upper Dolpo Trekk begins as you drive to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and head towards Juphal on a 45-minute flight. We will begin your trek to Dunai, Chhepka, and Rechi. As you trek toward the Dolpo region, you can experience the views of Kanjiroba (6,883m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Konabon Peak (6570m), Kasi Dalpha (6386m), and many others.

We will reach Ringmo Village, where you will have a rest day to explore the area, then head toward Phoksundo Lake. It is the deepest lake in Nepal, which offers pristine blue scenery and clear water. We will stay at a Camp Site, continue our journey to High Camp, and reach Nangdala La Pass. The trail opens to Shey Gompa, an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. We will continue walking through the rugged but adventurous terrains from Namgung via Sela La Pass and reach Saldang. From there, we will hike through the villages of Mendo before we reach the Upper Dolpo region. Trekking to Rapka Khola, Chharkabhot, and Norbulung via Niwal Pass are some of the thrilling experiences we gain during this phase.

Afterward, we will trek to Sangda Phedi, Sangda, and Dhagarjun, then fly to Pokhara. This sums up our Upper Dolpo Trek before we return to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Here are some of the important things you do not want to miss before taking on this trek. Go through this blog and prepare for the next daring adventure in the northwestern part of Nepal.

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Reach Shey-Phoksundo Lake and explore its beauty
  • Reach Nangdala La Pass at 5350 meters above sea level
  • Explore Upper Dolpo Region and Niwal Pass at 5120 meters
  • Explore Shey Gompa and Buddhist culture and tradition
  • 360 Views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Range
  • Sightseeing activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara City.

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  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel

    Location: Kathmandu

    Kathmandu Altitude: 1345 Meters

    Accommodation: Hotel

    On the first day of your Upper Dolpo Trek, you will arrive in Kathmandu from your home country. Our trekking officials will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your respective hotels. You will stay at a hotel with amenities like an attached bathroom, hot showers, and internet services.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu

    Location: Kathmandu

    Kathmandu Altitude: 1345 Meters

    Accommodation: Hotel

    The second day of the journey is a leisure day, which includes sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. We will start from Pashupatinath Temple in Gaushala. We will attend the early morning rituals in the temple and dive deep into the Hindu culture and insights into Lord Shiva. After that, we will continue our sightseeing activities as we visit Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) at the hilltop of Kathmandu. It is a Buddhist Monastery popular amongst Buddhist and Hindu devotees.

    Similarly, our next destination will be Boudhanath, another ancient Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu. We can see many prayer flags, praying wheels, and chortens around the stupa, which gives us detailed insights into Buddhism. Besides, we will visit historical palaces like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Narayanhiti Durbar, which offers us a detailed overview of the ancient rulers of Nepal from the Malla and Shah Dynasty.

  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj [30 min flight]

    Location: Nepalganj

    Nepalganj Altitude: 150 Meters

    Accommodation: Hotel

    We will start our day early in the morning with breakfast at the hotel and then prepare for a flight. The travel agents will escort us to Tribhuvan International Airport, where we will fly to Nepalganj at 2475 meters above sea level.

    Nepalganj is a Sub-Metropolitan City in Banke District, Nepal, in the Terai Region. You must be mindful of the weather condition of this place during your stay, as the temperature goes over 40 Degrees Celsius during the summer. Tonight we will stay at a hotel in Nepalganj.

  • Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal [2475m/8118ft] [45 min flight] & Trek to Dunai [2140m/7019ft] [3 hrs Trek]

    Location: Jhupal | Dunai

    Jhupal Altitude: 2475 Meters

    Dunai Altitude: 2140 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    First, we will fly from Nepalganj Airport to Jhupal at 2475 meters. The flight is around 35 minutes long, and you will pass through the lush green valleys with terrace fields and villages. The temperature can drastically change as Jhupal is in the lap of the Himalayas while we travel from Nepalganj, the hottest place in Nepal. Jhupal offers stunning scenes of snowcapped mountains in the north.

    After arriving at Jhupal, we rest for some time and then prepare for the trek. After our preparation, we will start hiking through the pristine landscapes of the Himalayan environment to reach Dunai. It only takes around 3 hours to get there from Jhupal.

  • Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka [2838m/9308ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]

    Location: Chhekpa

    Chhekpa Altitude: 2838 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    The fourth day begins with breakfast at Dunai. We will leave the village behind and head toward the next destination, Chhekpa, at 2838 meters above sea level. First, we have to cross a suspension bridge above the river, and from there, our trail continues toward Thuli Bheri and Suli Gad rivers.

    We will take the route from the north side of Suli Gad River and enjoy our hike as we experience the views of Kangmara Peak from there. Walking uphill from Suli Gad, we will reach a small settlement called Dhera, a winter settlement for cattle. From there, we will continue our journey through several other villages, such as Hanke, Parela, Rahatgaon, and Ankhe. Our trek continues; we will walk uphill through the remote and rugged trails featuring forests from Ankhe until we reach Sulighat.

    Upon our arrival at Sulighat, we must enter the Shey Phoksundo National Park office before continuing to the next destination. After that, we will catch a trail from the left bank of the Suli Gad River and reach Raktang before arriving at Chhekpa. Tonight we will stay at a tea house at Chhekpa.

  • Day 06: Trek from Chhepka to Rechi [2940m/9643ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Location: Rechi

    Rechi Altitude: 2940 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    The trail goes from the left side of Suli Gad Khola before we cross it and move through the west bank. A huge landslide creates a steep ridge in this area, but we will avoid it while walking through the rugged terrain. We will continue our trek through the forested area, which leads us to the river.

    From there, our trail descends to a river and continues towards Rechi Village.

  • Day 07: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo Village [3733m/12244ft][5-6 hrs Trek]

    Location: Ringmo Village

    Ringmo Village Altitude: 3733 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    On the seventh day of the Upper Dolpo Trek, we will continue our journey to Ringmo Village. The altitude is 3733 meters above sea level, so you should wear warm clothes, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthily to avoid altitude sickness.

    Our trail will take us through the remote settlements. We will pass through the monastery and reach Phoksundo Khola after a few hours. We will continue our journey from the right bank of the river and then climb uphill through the pine forest to reach Polam Village. We can see the pristine blue water of Shey-Phoksundo Lake from this village. It only takes a little time to reach Ringmo village from Polam.

  • Day 08: Rest and exploration at Ringmo.

    Location: Ringmo Village

    Ringmo Village Altitude: 3733 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Today, we will rest and acclimatize to the altitude at Ringmo Village. We will also explore the nearby places and landmarks around the village, which include several monasteries and settlements. Ringmo Village is a Buddhist community; as we stop at the village, we can dive deeper into people’s cultural insights and lifestyles.

    One of the fascinating attractions of Ringmo Village is Shey-Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal. You can get involved in sightseeing and cross-cultural activities, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Day 09: Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola [3750/12300ft] via Phoksundo Lake [3600m/11808ft] [6-7 Hrs Trek]

    Location: Phoksundo Khola

    Phoksundo Khola Altitude: 3750 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Reaching Phoksundo Khola from Ringmo Village takes 6 to 7 hours of hiking. We will start our journey early in the morning and catch a trail from the west side of Shey-Phoksundo Lake. As we ascend uphill through the rocky landscapes, we can see the beautiful village and the lake peeking through the pristine environment of Ringmo Village.

    The journey continues through the lush meadow and valley before reaching Phoksundo Khola at 3750 meters above sea level.

  • Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Campsite [4717m/15471ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Location: Campsite

    Campsite Altitude: 4717 Meters

    Accommodation: Camp

    Today, we will reach 4717 meters above sea level, so all the trekkers are advised to rest enough, eat sufficiently, and drink plenty of water to get rid of the symptoms of altitude sickness. From Phoksundo Khola, we will begin our journey toward a gorge – mostly, our trek will take us through the gorge until it opens wide open. From there, we must hike for the next few hours to reach Campsite. The total time to reach Campsite from Phoksundo Khola is 5 to 6 hours. Tonight, we will stay at a tented camp.

  • Day 11: Trek from Campsite to High Camp [4900m/16072ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]

    Location: High Camp

    High Camp Altitude: 4900 Meters

    Accommodation: Camp

    Our challenging trek has just begun, and it is the next day to reach another high altitude location, High Camp (4900 meters above sea level). It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach High Camp from Campsite so we will start our hike early in the morning. We will catch a trail that continues to the river valley and leads us to a basin.

    We will pass through the rocky terrains and desert-like areas before reaching High Camp.

  • Day 12: Cross Nangdala La Pass [5350m/17548ft] & Trek to Shey Gompa [4343m/14245ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]

    Location: Shey Gompa

    Shey Gompa Altitude: 4343 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Today we will join one of the longest hikes during the Upper Dolpo Trek, around 7 to 8 hours. We will climb uphill from High Camp for around a couple of hours to reach Nangdala La Pass at 5350 meters above sea level. From there, you can have views of Yaja Himal, Shey Sikhar, Sherku Dholma, and many other peaks.

    After that, we will descend through a trail through yak pastures and a few settlements. We continue to hike for a few hours to reach Shey Gompa at 4343 meters, where we will stay at a tea house.

  • Day 13: Rest and Exploration at Shey Gompa.

    Location: Shey Gompa

    Shey Gompa Altitude: 4343 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    On the thirteenth day of our Upper Dolpo Trek, we will rest at Shey Gompa at 4343 meters above sea level. Also, we will get engaged in sightseeing activities around the settlements. Shey Gompa, previously known as Kagyupa Gompa, is one of Nepal’s oldest monasteries, built in the 11th century. Another monastery, Crystal Monastery, in the north, provides insightful knowledge about Tibetan Buddhism. Besides, the hermitage at Tsakang is one of the mind-blowing attractions of this region.

  • Day 14: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung [4806m/15763ft] [6-7 hrs Trek] via Sela La Pass [5095m/16711ft]

    Location: Namgung

    Namgung Altitude: 4806 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    We will leave Shey Gompa early on the fourteenth day and head toward Namgung. It takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach Namgung from Shey Gompa. First, we will reach Sephu Khola Valley and climb uphill to Sela La Pass at 5095 meters. You can experience sharp winds and altitude sickness, so be prepared physically for this phase of the hike.

    From Sela La Pass, we will descend through the trail leading to the shallow valley. From there, it only takes a few hours to reach Namgung, where we will stay at a tea house.

  • Day 15: Trek from Namgung to Saldang [3770m/12365ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]

    Location: Saldang

    Saldang Altitude: 3770 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Our journey begins from Namgung, which leads us to the steep ridge. Then, we will continue our trek downhill for around 4 to 5 hours to reach Saldang Village, above the Nam Khong Nala. It is the largest village in the Upper Dolpo region.

    Saldang Village is also a junction for the trade to Tibet and is agriculturally rich. Upon arriving at Saldang Village, we can explore a local gompa and the people’s culture.

  • Day 16: Trek from Saldang to Khomasgaon [4060m/13316ft [7-8 hrs Trek]

    Location: Khomasgaon

    Khomasgaon Altitude: 4060 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    The route from Saldang to Khomasgaon is barely explored. Reaching our destination today takes 7 to 8 hours of a long hike. We will catch a trail from the northeast side of Saldang and hike through the banks of Nagaon Khola as we pass several Buddhist Villages rich in Mani Walls, Chortens, and Ancient Gompas.

    After a few hours of walking, we will reach Chagaon Village, where we can rest and have snacks. From Chagaon, we will continue our journey from the left route before crossing a river. As we trek uphill through the northeast side of the river, we will finally reach Khomasgaon in the evening.

  • Day 17: Trek from Khomasgaon to Mendo [3950m/12956ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Location: Mendo

    Mendo Altitude: 3950 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Today, our elevation will only be reduced by 50 meters, so we are still prone to altitude sickness. Trekkers are advised to drink plenty of water, rest, and eat nutritious food before attempting this journey.

    We will start our journey from Khomasgaon as we set for our hike through the Buddhist Villages in the route. The trek fluctuates as it takes us to the ups and downs of the remote village, enjoying the pristine views of the Himalayas in the north with barren hills in front of our sight. We will hike for 5 to 6 hours from Khomasgaon to reach Mendo, where we will stay at a tea house.

  • Day 18: Explore Upper Dolpo & Trek to Rapka khola [5205m/17072ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]

    Location: Upper Dolpo | Rapka Khola

    Rapka Khola Altitude: 5205 Meters

    Accommodation: Camp

    Our main destination for today will be Rapka Khola after a detailed exploration of the Upper Dolpo Region. We will first leave the Mendo Village early in the morning and set off through the unbeaten trails of the Upper Dolpo region. We will walk through the rocky ridges and sandy routes to Upper Dolpo. If the weather is good, we will have stunning views of the snow-capped mountain in the north and the lower basins and rivers.

    After exploring Upper Dolpo, we will head toward Rapka Khola at 5205 meters above sea level. The total hiking time will be around 7 to 8 hours from Mendo to Rapka Village.

  • Day 19: Trek from Rapka Khola to Chharkabhot [4110m/13480ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]

    Location: Chharkabhot

    Chharkabot Altitude: 4110 Meters

    Accommodation: Camp

    Today, we must pass one of the high-altitude passes in the Upper Dolpo region to reach our destination, Chharkabhot. We will start our journey early in the morning from Rapka Khola and then head toward Chharka La Pass at 4920 meters.

    After that, we will continue our hike to Chharkabhot from the side of the valley and pass through some villages before reaching our destination. Chharkabhot is situated on the bank of Barbung Khola. We will stay at a tented camp overnight on the nineteenth day.

  • Day 20: Trek from Chharka to Norbulung [4750m/15580ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]

    Location: Norbulung

    Norbulung Altitude: 4750 Meters

    Accommodation: Camp

    Today, we will elevate our altitude from 4110 Meters to 4750 meters. Our journey starts from Chharkabhot as we first descend to a river. After that, we catch a right-side trail toward the southern region. Remember, the trail is rugged and physically challenging, so prepare accordingly.

    As we continue hiking through the trail leading us to the narrow open valley meadows, we will make a final push to reach Norbulung Village at 4750 meters above sea level.

  • Day 21: Trek to Sangda Phedi via Niwal Pass [5120m/16793ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]

    Location: Sangda Phedi

    Sangda Phedi Altitude: 5120 Meters

    Accommodation: Camp

    For the third time in the Upper Dolpo Trek, we will reach the high-altitude pass, Niwal Pass, at 5120 meters above sea level. We will hike through the rocky and barren trail from Norbulung Village and then reach Molom Sumna first. After a few hours of walking, we will reach the foot of Sangda La Pass and push further toward the uphill trail to reach Sangda La Pass, also known as Niwal Pass.

    As we reach Niwal Pass, we will be welcomed by sheer winds and wide views of the surroundings. We will then descend to Sangda Phedi, where we will stay at a camp.

  • Day 22: Trek to Sangda [3940m/12923ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]

    Location: Sangda

    Sangda Altitude: 3940 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    To get to Sangda Village, we have to cross the lower Sangda La at 4990 meters and then make a descent. After conquering the Lower Sangda La, we will first reach Sangda Ghunsa. Later, we will catch a trail that leads us to Chalung Khola at 3750 meters. The trail fluctuates, so we must climb uphill through a steep mountain before reaching Sangda Village. We will traverse through the picturesque settlements and the natural landmarks as we push ourselves toward the destination: tonight, we will stay at a tea house.

  • Day 23: Trek from Sangda to Dhagarjun [3840m/12595ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Location: Dhagarjun

    Dhagarjun Altitude: 3840 Meters

    Accommodation: Tea House

    To reach Dhagarjun from Sangda Village it is a matter of 5 to 6 hours. The initial phase of today’s trek is uphill, and we start from Dhagarjun. It might be physically challenging for most trekkers as they have to traverse nine steep ridges.

    As we pass through the rocky cliffs, our trail descends toward Kali Gandaki Valley. We will continue our hike stretching through the valley’s meadows before reaching Dhagarjun Village, where we will stay at a tea house.

  • Day 24: Trek from Dhagarjun to Jomson [2700/8856ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]

    Location: Jomsom

    Jomsom Altitude: 2700 Meters

    Accommodation: Guest House

    We will start our hike to Jomsom by climbing a ridge 3360 meters above sea level. Though the initial climb is physically challenging, we will descend toward Jomsom, the windiest city in Nepal.

    Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Jomsom offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Being a bustling town with a mix of modern amenities and traditional charm, Jomsom also features several cultural and religious destinations. Thakali Cuisine is one of the must-have entities of Jomsom.

  • Day 25: Fly to Pokhara. Free Exploration Day at Pokhara

    Location: Pokhara

    Pokhara Altitude: 820 Meters

    Accommodation: Hotel

    Day 25 is when we wrap up our Upper Dolpo Trek and fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. We will reach Jomsom Airport and then catch a flight to the bustling city of Pokhara, where we will reach after 30 minutes by plane.

    Upon arriving at Pokhara, we will get involved in sightseeing activities around the city. Places like Phewa and Begnas Lake, Mahendra Gufa, Davis Falls, International Mountain Museum, Shanti Stupa, and Tal Barahi Temple are some of the must-visit stops in Pokhara. Tonight we will accommodate at a hotel.

  • Day 26: Drive to Kathmandu

    On the twenty-sixth day, we will ride from Pokhara City to Kathmandu, which takes 6 to 7 hours. The total distance between these two famous cities is around 200 kilometers. After reaching Kathmandu, we will stay at a hotel tonight.

  • Day 27: International Departure as per your flight schedule

    We will bid you farewell on the twenty-seventh day and catch a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport. After the successful Upper Dolpo Trek, you will return to your home country.

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What's included?
  • Airport Arrival and transfer to Hotel
  • 3 nights ‘Day 01, 02 & 27” stay in Kathmandu & 1 Night Stay ‘Day 26’ in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Fly from Kathmandu – Nepaljung – Juphal & Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period
  • Tea House Lodges & Camping Accommodation during Trekking
  • Special Permit for Upper Dolpo Region, National Park fee & TIMS [Trekkers Information Management System] fee.
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide for the entire trek
  • Required Number of Porters
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary, Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids
  • All tax, vats and necessary paper works
  • Airport Drop
What's not included?
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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When Is The Best Time To Trek Upper Dolpo?

The best time to trek Upper Dolpo differs from one trekker to another – it depends on the trekker’s preference, interest, and activities. But if you see from the surface, the best time for this trek is Spring and autumn. Here is why these seasons are considered favorable for trekking around the Upper Dolpo region:

Spring Season (March to May)

Spring is a colorful season – it boasts the beauty of the environment around the Dolpo region. Although the Upper Dolpo region is barren and features desert-like landscapes, the routes that take you to this place are worth walking. The trees change their leaves, allowing greenery to their surroundings while the wildflowers of the forest go into full bloom, which makes the view from this region magnificent. So, if you are a photographer going on this trek, what can be a better model than the colorful forest and vibrant environment?

Besides, the primary reason for trekking in Spring is its moderate weather and climate. The moderate temperature makes it easy to trek during the daytime as well. Similarly, the dry landscapes and routes allow you to travel through the uphill trail safely. One of the plus points you get during the Spring is less rainfall, which is positive in many ways for trekkers.

Autumn Season (September to November)

Autumn is the season of festivals in Nepal. Major festivals like Dashain and Tihar fall under this time, and what can be a better option to groom into Nepalese culture and tradition than being involved in these celebrations? While embarking on the Upper Dolpo Trek, trekkers can celebrate these festivals, giving you deep insights into Nepalese people, society, culture, beliefs, and traditions.

Besides festivals and celebrations, the Autumn season mostly parallels the characteristics of the Spring season in terms of weather and climate. Trekkers can experience mild temperatures with less humidity and rainfall. Similarly, they can avoid natural hazards such as storms, landslides, and snowfall, as there are fewer chances of rainfall and snowfall during autumn. The moderate sun with clear blue skies lets you view the stunning landscapes.

Attractions of the Upper Dolpo Region

Shey-Phoksundo Lake

Shey Phoksundo Lake is the deepest lake in Nepal, located in the Dolpo region of Nepal. It is surrounded by towering peaks and rocky cliffs, which gets reflected in its crystal-clear turquoise waters. It is located at 3,611 meters above sea level and is considered holy by Buddhist devotees.

Shey Gompa

If you are a Buddhist devotee and are looking forward to going to the Upper Dolpo Trek, then Shey Gompa is what you should not miss. It is a remote Buddhist Monastery located on a rocky hill, which offers stunning views of the surroundings, including mountain peaks and Shey-Phoksundo Lake. The gompa features numerous intricate artworks, statues, prayer flags, prayer wheels, chortens, and mani walls, reflecting the significance of Buddhism around the region. It is located at 4200 meters above sea level and was built in the 11th century – it is also considered the spiritual heart of Upper Dolpa.

Nangdala La Pass

To those who are adventure seekers, Nangdala La Pass is a great destination that puts them to the test. Located at 5,350 meters above sea level, it is one of the high-altitude locations in the Dolpo region. Not only towering altitude, but it is also known for its landmark, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Trekking across the pass is a challenging but rewarding experience, with steep ascents and descents that require stamina and determination.


While returning from the Upper Dolpo region, trekkers will make a route through Jomsom. During this time, they get to explore Jomsom, the windiest city in Nepal, located in the Kali Gandaki River Valley. Jomsom does not need any explanation as it is acknowledged for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Located at 2700 meters above sea level, it is one of the most popular viewpoints to have the views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and other mountains from the Annapurna Range. The traditional villages and Buddhist Monasteries in Jomsom are some attractions, while the local cuisine and hospitality are top-notch.

Preparation And Trekking Strategy

The Upper Dolpo Trek is a moderately difficult trekking package in Nepal. Reaching the Upper Dolpo region and involving in the activities there requires strategic preparation. So we are here with the recommended preparation details trekkers need before embarking on this trek.


To enter through the Dolpo region, we have to obtain special permits. They can be bought from the Nepal Tourism Board after paying certain fees. The required licenses for this trek are:

  • Upper Dolpo Restricted permit costs $500USD per person
  • Special trekking permits costs $20 USD for a week per person for lower Dolpo
  • Shey Phoksundo’s national park entrance fee cost 3000 rupees per person.

Physical And Mental Preparation

Physical preparation is a must since the Upper Dolpo Trek has a 27 Days itinerary that includes extensive hikes through the rugged and rocky landscapes of the Dolpa district. You must have an endurance capacity, stamina, and energy to walk for hours daily. We recommend having prior trekking experience and exposure to high altitudes before attempting this trek. Trekkers are suggested to work out on their physical strength by practicing cardio, training their lungs, and hitting gym workouts.

Besides, mental preparation is crucial for this trek. One thing is sure: you will get exhausted with hours of walking through the uneven trails of the Himalayan region. At this point, many trekkers believe they need help to continue and complete the trek. However, they are advised to stay positive and acclimatize to push themselves to their destination. Do not panic during emergencies; always listen to your guide’s instructions to stay safe.

What To Pack?

Depending on the time of the year, activities, itinerary, and preferences, trekkers are advised to pack the following items for this trek:

  • Warm thermal clothing, including windproof/waterproof jackets, hats, gloves, and socks
  • Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Lightweight and long-sleeved shirts, pants, and shorts.
  • Sleeping bag rated for below-zero temperatures.
  • Sun protection, including sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • Trekking poles to walk through the steep and rocky terrain.
  • First aid kit, including medication for altitude sickness, pain relievers, and bandages. Also, remember your prescribed medication if you have health issues.
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets or a filter.
  • Energy drinks and snacks
What is the level of difficulty of the Upper Dolpo Trek?

The Upper Dolpo Trek is challenging as it includes several high-altitude passes, rugged trails, and challenging landscapes.

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Prakash Devkota

Meet with Prakash Chandra Devkota, Managing Director and Team Leader

Mr. Devkota hails from the beautiful hilly region of Gorkha District. He started his career as a guide in 1997 and quickly became a reputed figure in the Tourism Industry because of his extensive experience. He has gathered impressive experience in all Trekking and Climbing Routes, such as Mera, Island, Lobuche, Ama Dablam etc.

His success also lies in his brilliant mind and hospitable nature. He is fully dedicated to providing excellent services and introducing innovative concepts. With more than 15 years of experience in trekking and expedition operations in Nepal, Tibet, India, and Bhutan, he has earned a reputation as a renowned leader in the field. He understands the importance of personalized service for creating memorable experiences for his clients and constantly seeks innovative company operation methods.

Mr. Devkota has always been an avid practitioner of eco-friendly tourism and has always promoted environmental conservation throughout his career. He motivates his staff to embrace eco-friendly tourism through responsible tourism practices.

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