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Upper Dolpo Trek

  • 27 Days

Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation: Private Transportation + Airplane
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House / Tents
  • Group size: Min. 1-12 people
  • Starting Point: Juphal
  • Ending point: Juphal

Upper Dolpo trek is one of the fascinating trekking destinations of Nepal for many reasons, Biggest National Park, it is the largest district of Nepal, and yet one of the most sparsely populated. Topographically is interesting as well, it contains the deepest lake of Nepal, lake Phoksundo, which also happens to be the deepest lake of high altitude in the earth. Upper Dolpo trekking region is one of the few districts in Nepal that is behind the Himalayan Mountains, due to which drops rain very few hence most of the hills bare with less vegetation. The barren and majestic hills lend it a rare beauty that is absolutely mesmerizing. Due to the harsh living conditions, few people live and to trek in this area, even today, much of Dolpo is a restricted area for tourist, which contributed to the preservation of the unique culture of Dolpo. To trek in upper Dolpo region need the special permit is required from Nepal government authorized trekking agency and government licensed holder trekking guide. Himalayan Joy Adventure’s itinerary for the upper Dolpo trekking has been designed adequate time to acclimatize at the altitude and exploration.

Upper Dolpo Trek is famous for the deepest Lake Phoksundo.It is the shelter for many rare alpine living beings. Dolpo has been a living library for many researchers who love to explore the beginning of the human civilizations and Tibetan Buddhism. Apart from many other attractions, Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal, the Shey PhoksundoLake and its crystal waters, the rocks, forests, snow-capped peaks in its surrounding is one of the world’s natural hidden wonders found in Upper Dolpo region. .A visit to the Phoksundo Gompa – dedicated to the ancient Bonpo religion, local to Dolpo and Tibet, is a memorable experience. Dolpo is still the homeland of Spotted Leopard, Blue Sheep, wolves, and many other varieties of flora and fauna.

The upper Dolpo trek formally begins from Ranjha airport, a small airport on the top of the town of Juphal. Subsequently, from Juphal, we head to Dubai, the district headquarter, along with the banks of Barbung Khola, then we continue to Tarakot, known locally as Dzong for its hilltop fortress. FromTarap Khola we reach the highest point of the trek Numa La (5,190m) and making the excursion around upper Dolpo and having magnificent views of Dhaulagiri to the south and Tibetan ranges Kugung La and Khyung La to the north. Then we descend down to Suli Gad river towards Raha, the entrance of the park and finally to the hamlet of Juphal. The trek passes Dho Tarap, a human settlement at the highest altitude in the world, Shey Gompa, religiously the most important Gompa in Nepal and Lake Phoksundo, the deepest lake of high altitude in the earth. Upper Dolpo is full of herbs and wild animals like Blue sheep, Ghoral, Cheetahs and many other species of wild animals. The forest of Upper Dolpo is home to rare plants like Yarshgumba, Jatamshi, Panch aunle, Chimailo and many others. Every year, during May and June the Shey Phoksundo National park opens its doors to the hunters of Yarshagumba.

Best season to trek in upper Dolpo

Trek to Upper Dolpo area, March to September is a best time to trek but after September, it starts dropping snows heavily and trekking is potential only with well equipment. From November, it is completely impossible. The best time is from March to May, as this area is rain shadow. Himalayan Joy Adventure always operates the trek in Upper Dolpo region according to guests’ time enclose and at ease. As concerning value of time, our itinerary range is maximum 18 to 25 days but, all Himalayan Joy Adventure’s itineraries are trailer made so it is more flexible as well. This trek ends at Juphal same place where starts the trek.


What You Can Expect

  • Remote area trekking
  • Experience of Bonpo religion
  • Dippest Lake, Phokshundo

Outline Itinerary


A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your Upper Dolpo trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. Includes: Dinner.

Trip Map

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops by private tourist vehicle.
  • 3 nights hotel (3-5 stars) in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • All domestic flights (10 kg baggage per person)
  • Accommodation and meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in the trek.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Porter (one porter for two people)
  • Insurance for the staffs
  • Local transportation
  • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-shirt and Duffel bag
  • Special permits
  • All government required permits. 

Cost Excludes

  • Travel insurance which should cover emergency rescue and evacuation (most required)
  • International flight fare
  • Entrance fees while you are in sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
  • Nepal entry visa, which can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.
  • Drinks such as mineral water, cola, Sprite, Fanta and beer etc.
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment.
  • Tips for trekking/tour staffs and driver.
  • If in case flight delayed or cancelled, the extra expenses such as hotel and food. (If the regular flight is cancelled, can fly by helicopter to assure your destination. The extra cost will be covered by your insurance) 

Trip Note


Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can take long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make the campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveller so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had. Upper Mustang is one of the protected areas in Nepal.

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