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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

Known by a very few, Upper Dolpo is a region that offers an abundance of discoveries. From the unique culture and tradition to the presence of wild varieties of wildlife, Upper Dolpo is the unexplored part of Western Nepal. Once trekkers visit Dolpo Region, they cannot help themselves falling in love with the region. 

Upper Dolpo is among the best off-the-beaten treks of Nepal. Upper Dolpo is a bit far and visiting this region takes more time than other popular treks of Nepal. This is why this trek attracts only a few numbers of trekkers. But the fact remains; Upper Dolpo is one of the best trekking regions of Nepal.

Peter Matthiessen’s has shown the world what Dolpo looks like in his “Snow Leopard” book. Two decades ago, the Oscar-nominated movie “Caravan” also helped the world know about Dolpo. Nepalese Government has included Dolpo as a restricted area. Foreigners have to pay USD 500 per person for the first ten days and then USD 50 day for each additional day.

Dolpo offers you beautiful valleys, high passes, thin settlements, and the different culture and lifestyle of locals. You will visit centuries-old monasteries, meet nomadic people, witness caravans of yaks, explore the different Tibetan-influenced culture, spend time around the turquoise Phoksundo Lake, and more. 

What You Can Expect

  • Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj / Juphal
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake - the deepest lake of Nepal
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Cross high passes like Kang La, Jeng La, and Saldang La
  • Visit ancient monasteries including Shey Gompa
  • Explore unique Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition

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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