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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo region is undoubtedly one of the best remote and isolated areas of Nepal for less trodden trekking. Dolpo region is the upper part of the Dolpa district of the Himalayan region of Nepal. The region especially Upper Dolpo is unexposed area and untouched by modern facilities. The entire Dolpo region was ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ for outsiders until 1989. The trekking route of Upper Dolpo Trek is non-crowded and Upper Dolpo region still needs exploration. The landscape of Upper Dolpo is different from many other areas in Nepal as it resembles Tibetan plateau. The region was chosen as the prime location for the movie ‘Himalaya’ which was nominated for 1999 Oscar in the best foreign language film category. Dolpo region is mostly inhabited by Tibetans who still follow old Tibetan culture which you may not be able to experience in Tibet these days because of its annexation by China. The region is also a home to endangered Himalayan wildlife including snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan blue sheep. Nowadays, trekkers from all around the world can enter Upper Dolpo, the hidden treasure of Nepal through restricted area permit.

Join our Upper Dolpo Trek package of 28 days to explore the best of Upper Dolpo region. Our journey begins with sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, fly to Nepalgunj and then Jhuphal from where our trek begins in Dolpo region. The trekking route is through local villages and we cross few high passes. We get to explore the beauty of Phoksundo Lake in Shey Phoksundo National Park and we follow our route back to Jhuphal. Let us give an opportunity to make Upper Dolpo Trek a lifetime experience for you.

    Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

    Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

    Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

    Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft): 45 mins flight, 2-3 hours trek

    Day 05: Dunai to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft): 5-6 hours

    Day 06: Ankhe to Sulighat: 5-6 hours

    Day 07: Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft) 4-5 hours

    Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake

    Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hours

    Day 10: Phoksunds Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: 6-7 hours

    Day 11: Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft):5-6 hours

    Day 12: Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa

    Day 13: Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft): 6-7 hours

    Day 14: Namduna Gaun to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft): 4-5 hours

    Day 15: Saldang to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft): 4-5 hours

    Day 16: Yangze Gompa to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hours

    Day 17: Sibu to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hours

    Day 18: Day 18: Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft): 5-6 hours

    Day 19: Tokyu to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hours

    Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap

    Day 21: Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

    Day 22: Tarap Khola to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

    Day 23: Khanigaon to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

    Day 24: Tarakot to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours

    Day 25: Dunai to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours

    Day 26: Fly from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

    Day 27: Rest day in Kathmandu

    Day 28: Final departure

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