Upper Dolpo Trekking

  • Max elevation 5350m
  • Difficulty Challenging
  • Trip Type Sightseeing and Travelling
  • Duration 25 Days
  • Accomodation Hotels and lodges
  • Transportation Flights and Private vehicles
  • Group Size 2 - 14 pax
  • Best Season All
  • Food Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Upper Dolpo Trekking route is a remote and unspoiled area near the Tibetan border of Nepal. Only in the late eighties, this has opened for trekkers. Until then the area was closed for foreigners. In his book The Snow Leopard, Peter Matheson describes his journey through the beautiful land of Dolpo and people. Nepal’s first English subtitle movie  Oscar-nominated Himalaya  Caravan was also shot in this region. Upper Dolpo is a region of mystical beauty and its remoteness adds to the sense of adventure among its visitors. The customs and traditions seem here are quite similar to those of Tibet. It is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal. It’s required a special permit. The special permit charged USD 500 for first ten days and other USD 50 each day after 10 days. The group should at least have two people to get trekking permit for this trek. Individual trekker will not get a permit for this region from the trekking permit immigration. The Area of the park spreads 3,500 square kilometers of Land.

Dolpo is the most beautiful and least developed district of Nepal. So, travelers have rarely visited this area because of high passes trail. It passes through beautiful valleys, interesting places, local settlements, gigantic mountains and greenery forest of pines, Rhododendrons, Oaks etc. The main highlights of the trek is an ancient, spectacular landscape, mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake, isolated villages of Ringmo and the centuries-old monasteries. Phoksundo is the deepest lake in Nepal with its 145m depth according to a survey by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. Such as centuries-old Buddhist monasteries (which is known as Shey Gompa) wildlife, pristine lake, soaring peaks and peoples lifestyle of the least developed region is also another attraction of the trek. Here is a holy mountain called “Crystal Mountain” that is why each year hundreds of pilgrims travelers visit upper Dolpo region and make a circuit of the mountain. The people of this region mostly speak Tibetan languages. Rarely some people can understand the Nepali language.

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Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu - (1360m)
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 3 : Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m)
  • Day 4 : Flight to Juphal - 2475m
  • Day 5 : Trek to Chhepka - (2838m) - 6 hrs Walk
  • Day 6 : Trek to Palam - (3820m) - 6-7 hrs Walk
  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu - (1360m)

    You will be warm welcomed at airport by our office representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will give brief explanation about the program. This day you can stay within the hotel or enjoy night at Thamel, Kingsway especially famous for clubs and bars.

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing Around Kathmandu Valley

    This day, you will visit many cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world?s heritages like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath stupa and many more. You can do shopping various Nepalese cultural stuffs in this day. And Back to HOTEL FOR overnight.

  • Day 3 : Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m)

    Generally we go via Nepalgunj to get to Dolpo so, firstly we will fly to Nepalgunj and spent food time in Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is situated in south western part of Nepal a steaming hot city. It is a plain land hesitated by different people from different parts of the country and which in culture and heritages. It includes Bageshowri temple, Nepal?s one of the important Hindu temples.

  • Day 4 : Flight to Juphal - 2475m

    We will reach Juphal just in 35 minute flight from Nepalgunj with beautiful views of snowcapped mountain. Juphal is a small mountain village, where we can breathe cold and fresh air than that of Nepalgunj. We will stay here because we have to arrange porters and other remaining equipments.

  • Day 5 : Trek to Chhepka - (2838m) - 6 hrs Walk

    From Juphal, we have to descend through wheat and vegetables field to reach Thuli Bheri River. A big suspension bridge will lead us to the entrance of Shey Phoksando National Park (SPNP), Nepal?s largest National Park with the area of 3,555km/sq. It is comprising the Trans Himalayan ecasy stem and the Tibetan type of floras and faunas. You have to pay 1000NPR, except tourists from SAARC countries. We will follow Suli Khola viewing a part of the Dhaulagiri Range. We have tea while we pass through the village as can stay there. We can enjoy the tea with honey, pure and fresh honey. Then we will trek through the trail surrounded by pine tree line spruce, fir, Juniper and Cyprus and bamboo forest. Really a beautiful time to get close with nature. At the end of the day we will reach Cheep Ka, a small village surrounded by millet and wheat field. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal..

  • Day 6 : Trek to Palam - (3820m) - 6-7 hrs Walk

    To reach to Palma, we have to pass through beautiful forest, following a river. We have to ascend sometimes and descend sometimes. On the way we can see the local people with their mules as dzopas (cross bread of Yak and Cow). Loaded with thongs to sell. After 4 hrs we will reach Reechi village, leaving behind Reechi we will reach Chumuwar after 2 hrs. There is a Amchi Hospital, an Amchi is a doctor who is educated in traditional Tibetan medicine. You can have treatment from herbs and numerals. Interested person can donate for this Hospital. Overnight at tented camp, inclusive of full board meal.


  • All the airport pick up / drop by private car / van or bus (Depends of group size)
  • All domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu) including airport tax
  • All the necessary paper work such as national park entry fees, special trekking permit and TIMS card fees.
  • Very high quality north face or mountain hardware or same category camping equipments (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent / mattress and Kitchen untensils )
  • All the trekking crews will be insured as Nepal government regulation.
  • Company guarantees the rescue services incase of emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us


  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}
  • International airfare - from and to Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel insurance which included rescue
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Extra cost on natural disaster


  • Adventurous camping trek to the remote trans Himalayan region of Nepal.
  • Superb view of Kanjirowa Himal, crystal Mountain and many more.
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Dolpo district.
  • Explore remote areas of western region.
  • Observe Unique Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Discover the wild west of Nepal Himalaya.
  • Visit UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Crossing Kang La (5350m) and Jyagla pass
  • Explore mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake (Deepest lake of Nepal).

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I and my husband from France we did small trekking to Annapurna base camp from Pokhara, Dilip was our guide and he did great jobs,  Amrit from Nepal travels and Expedition serve great jobs too. The guide was very good and knowledge, Provided hotels are perfect in Pokhara and Kathmandu,  overall everything went well. good job Amrit and His Team.

Mickala and  Erwann from France

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