Upper Dolpo trekking is a long and less-traveled route in the Dolpo region. Only a few anthropologists and geographers have explored this remote region till now, as the entire region was closed to trekkers until 1989. Peter Matheson's book - The Snow Leopard and Snell grove - Himalayan pilgrimage have highlighted to the mystique and attractions of Dolpo region.

The Trek

While trekking into the Upper Dolpo region you will have exotic and myriad cultural experiences coupled with an interesting landscape that ranges from the verdant greenery in the lower reaches to an arid and dry one in the higher reaches. As the actual trek starts from Dunai and completes in 18 days, the climate also changes as the trek progresses. We start from a hot and temperate zone and reach a colder zone as we ascend up. By the end of the trek, we descend again to the hot and temperate zone.

While trekking, you will enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Phoksumdo, Kanjiroba peak in the background and the Dhaulagiri massif and this spectacular sight is truly memorable. You can also visit the Phoksumdo Gompa which is dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion.

People and Customs

The local people of Dolpo mostly speak Tibetan languages. Very few people understand the Nepali language.  The customs and traditions of this remote region are quite similar to those of Tibet. It is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal and every trekker has to obtain a special permit from the Nepal Immigration Department. It costs USD 500 for the first ten days and other USD 50 each day after 10 days. There should be at least two people to get trekking permit for Upper Dolpo trek. Individual trekker will not get a permit for this region.

Upper Dolpo trekking begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes 40 minutes and the next morning we have to take another flight to  Jhupal. This trek is highly recommended to do in the summer and monsoon season. Winter season must avoid for trekking to Dolpo region as there will be heavy snowfall.

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular views as you take a flight to and from Nepalgunj/Juphal
  • Magnificent scene of Phoksundo Lake (Deepest Lake of Nepal)
  • Breathtaking view of Mt. Kanjirowa and many other Himalayan Peaks
  • A crossing of 5000 m+ High Mountain Passes
  • Challenging camping trek to this isolated Himalayan region of Nepal
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02: All necessary permits preparation
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Juphal (2,320m) &  trek to Dunai (2150m) 2-3 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10: Rest/ acclimatization day at Dho Tarap
Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 12: Trek below Numala Pass (4665m), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 13: Cross Numala (5,190m), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs walk
Day 14: Trek and cross Baga La  Pass (5090m) and Camp, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo &  hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)
Day 17: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 18: Trek below Kagmara -La, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 19: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 20: Trek to Hurikot village (3600m), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 21: Trek to Chaurikot (3060m), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 22: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m), 5-6hrs walk
Day 23: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 24: Trek to Jumla (2,370m), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 25: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
Day 26: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 27: Transfer to Airport for your onward journey

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