The Dolpo region is the most remote and least developed in the far western reaches of Nepal. The entire region was closed to trekkers until 1989.

Situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri mountain range, this region is geographically like a southern extension of Tibet which lies within Nepal. In 1984, the Dolpo area was declared Nepal’s largest national park and conservation area.

The Upper Dolpo trek starts from Jhupal village and continues for 20 days, with splendid views of the high Himalaya as we trek over the 5,400 meter Numala pass and on to Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo village, that lie within the Phoksundo National Park.

Ringmo is the highlight of the trek where the beauty of the deep blue waters of Phoksundo Lake is surrounded by the snow peaks of the Kanjiroba Himalayan range. There is time to visit the nearby isolated village of Ringmo and its monastery. Following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade Route, our trek continues into the amazing region of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gomba, before heading back to Jhuphal and Jomsom and the flight back to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu.

Upper Dolpo Trek


  • Total Duration: 26 Days
  • Max Elevation: 5,490 Meters
  • Trek Grading: Strenuous
  • Best Months: April to June and September to October
  • Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and tents on the trek.

Trek Highlights

  • Glimpses of true Nepalese and Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
  • Challenging and rewarding trek into the wild western Nepal.
  • Spectacular views of Kanjiroba Peak and Sisne Himalayan Range.

Dates & Prices

Dates: Although this trip is currently unscheduled, contact us about organizing this destination for you or your group. The best months are between April to June and September to October.

Prices: Contact us with your group size and needs and we’ll work out the best possible price for you.

Outline Itinerary

Tour Days

  • Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: Trek briefing and city sightseeing
  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel

Trek Days

  • Day 04: Fly to Juphal Airport (2,475m) and commence trekking to Dunai (2,140m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Shyanta (2,520m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Rechi (2,940m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo (3,733m)
  • Day 08: A day at Phoksundo Lake (3,733m) to explore and rest
  • Day 09: Trek along the west side of Lake to Point (3,756m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Mandala (4,570m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,160m) via crossing the hardest Nangdalo Pass (5,110m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Namgung (4,380m) via crossing the Saldang Pass (5,010m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Rapa Gompa/Chagaon (3,890m)
  • Day 14: Trek to the Forest Camp Site (4,020m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Shimen Gaon (3,850m) via crossing Shimen Pass (4,260m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Tinjegaon (4,150m)
  • Day 17: Trek to Camp Site (4,210m)
  • Day 18: Trek to Charka Bhot (4,110m) via the Mola Bhanjyang Pass (5,027m)
  • Day 19: Trek via the Niwal Pass (5,120m) to Sangdok (4,790m)
  • Day 20: Trek to Santo (3,700m)
  • Day 21: Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m)
  • Day 22: Trek to Mukhtinath (3,800m)
  • Day 23: Trek to Jomsom (2,710m)

Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 24: Fly to Pokhara and on to Kathmandu
  • Day 25: A reserve day for contingency
  • Day 26: Final departure

Trip Extensions

Do you wish to extend your trip to include more time, additional destinations, or both? Let us know and we’ll help you plan it out.

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