Upper Dolpo Trek - 27 Days

Upper Dolpo, a mysterious land behind the gigantic Himalaya, Dhaulagiri measuring 8172 meters elevation is a 7th highest peak in the world. The trek is assumed as a hidden trekking destination of Nepal as there are lots of things to be explored in the category of its natural beauty, people, lifestyle, culture and its tranquility. The traditions and way of life have intact in Dolpo region since decades. The culture, Buddhist monasteries, life style of people, traditions has been untouched by modernism still so; it appeals to be a famous attraction point. The trek offers numerous numbers high Himalayan passes need to cross along the route.

The first trek was held in 1990 by British tour operator in the lower Dolpo from Pokhara to Jomsom. But nowadays the route has been well scheduled as it starts from downhill walk through terraces and passes wild remoteness, the stunning mountain scenery, massive Himalayan ranges leaving behind, and incredible beauty of rain shadow landscapes,  crystal clear lakes, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, rare birds,  isolated villages, innocent peoples, and most, the unique  Himalayan culture. With the embrace of Junket Nepal Treks and Expedition covers the major places of attractions such as Ringmo village, Shey Phoksundo Lake, Rakpa Khola, Shey Gompa and many more within our 27 days Upper Dolpo itinerary. 

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeJNUDT 23
  • Duration27 Days
  • GradeModerate to Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax02
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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,400m altitude) & transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj 45 min fly
  • Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m altitude) 45 min fly & Trek to Dunai (2,140m altitude) 3 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka (2,838m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek from Chhepka to Rechi (2,940m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo Village (3,733m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08: Rest and exploration.
  • Day 09: Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola (3,750m altitude) via Phoksundo Lake (3,600m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Campsite (4,717m altitude) altitude 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11: Trek from Campsite to High Camp (4,900m altitude) 4-5 hrs
  • Day 12: Cross Nangdala La Pass (5,350m altitude) & Trek to Shey Gompa (4,343m altitude) 7-8 hrs
  • Day 13: Rest and Exploration at Shey Gompa.
  • Day 14: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4,806m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 15: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3,770m altitude) 4-5 hrs
  • Day 16: Trek from Saldang to Khomasgaon (4,060m altitude) 7-8 hrs
  • Day 17: Trek from Khomasgaon to Mendo (3,950m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 18: Trek from Mendo to Rapka khola (5,205m altitude) 7-8 hrs
  • Day 19: Trek from Rapka Khola to Chharkabhot (4,110m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 20: Trek from Chharka to Norbulung (4,750m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 21: Trek to Sangda Phedi via Niwal Pass (5,120m altitude) 7-8 hrs
  • Day 22: Trek to Sangda (3,940m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 23: Trek from Sangda to Dhagarjun (3,840m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 24: Trek from Dhagarjun to Jomson (2,700m altitude) 4-5 hrs
  • Day 25: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Free Exploration day at Pokhara
  • Day 26: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 27: Departure from International Airport

Cost Includes:

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer by Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with BB Plan (3 star rated hotel) as per itinerary
  • A day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including City Guide, Private Vehicle and all heritage sites entrance fees
  • All ground transportation (as per mentioned in Itinerary) by private vehicle
  • All required Trekking permits and conservation area fees
  • Tented camp accommodation during the trek as per mentioned in itinerary
  • All essential camping equipments, kitchen equipment and required crew.
  • All meals during the entire trek
  • Trekking guide
  • Required numbers of porters
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & Jomsom – Pokhara flight
  • Staffs salary, clothing and insurance
  • Government tax/vat and required documentations

Cost Excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Major meals in cities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bill etc.
  • Personal trekking stuffs
  • TIPS for staffs

Outline Itinerary

Usefull Info

Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:

Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.

Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.

Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.

Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.

High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.

The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.

In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.

Best Season for Trekking:

Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.

Types of Trekking:

Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;

I) Tea house trekking; Available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.

II) Camping Trekking; Required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipment’s, meals and essentials.

Trekking Permits:
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered.  Types of trekking permits are as follows:

I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)

II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.

III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration.  Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.

Trekking Safety and Security:

Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.



Trip Map

Trip Note

Our itinerary can be changed accordingly to your interest, duration and preference. If you want to do extra activities such as Mountain Flight, Jungle Safari, Sight Seeing, All Nepal Tours, Hotel Booking, Flight Ticket, Tourist Bus Ticket, Vehicle on Hire, Peak Climbing, Rafting, Paragliding. We are ready to serve you. We are always happy to follow your suggestion accordingly. 

Certificate & Parthers

Nepal GovernmentNepal Tourism BoardTAANNepal Mounataineering Association Himalayan Resue Association Lovely Planet Trip Advisor