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Upper Dolpo Trek

19 Days
The amazing Upper Dolpo
Starting Point Juphal Ending Point Juphal
Trip Difficulty Adventurous Max Altitude 5,350 m
Duration 19 Days Best Season Sep - Nov & Mar - May
Trip Cost US$ 3525 per person Group Size Min 2 Pax
Country Nepal Meals Included
Trip Style Camping

Trip Introduction

Upper Dolpo Trek is a isolated trailing experience that takes you to the spiritual land of Upper Dolpo. Upper Dolpo is an antique land of Buddhist generally known for its accepted magnificence and spectacular beauty. This remote region is very ironic in its natural splendor and culture. The trekking course passes many enormous mountain series like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanjiroba, etc. The wild coolness, rocky natural beauty and the spectacular mountain backdrop make this trek the first excellent of the passionate trekkers.

Dolpo is a home to about 5000 people who still exercise Pre Buddhist Bon Po religion and involve in agriculture for living. According to tale, Guru Rinpoche formed Dolpo as reservation for Buddhist sincere by separating it from world by high mountains and snow covered passes.

The Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to Shey Gompa, which is commonly known as the mystical heart of Upper Dolpo. Dolpa is a magical place, situated at the base of Crystal Mountain.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu rest at Hotel and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek from Juphal to Dunai.
Day 04: Trek from Dunai to Shyanta (2520 m.) which takes about six hours.
Day 05: Trek from Shyants to Somdu (2940 m.) and it takes about seven hours.
Day 06: Trek from Somdu to Phoksundo (3733m.) which takes about five hours.
Day 07: Trek from Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3756 m.) and it takes about seven hours.
Day 08: Trek from Sallaghari to Yak Kharka (3856 m.) which takes about seven hours.
Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Shey Gompa (4160 m.) and it takes about six hours.
Day 10: Trek from Shey Gompa to Saldang which takes about seven hours.
Day 11: Trek from Saldang to Yak Kharka (3965 m.) and it takes about seven hours.
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thaksema (4702 m.) which takes about seven hours.
Day 13: Trek from Thaksema to Dhotarap (3944 m.) and it takes about eight hours.
Day 14: Trek from Dhotarap to River side (3756 m.) which takes about six hours.
Day 15: Trek from River side to Odar (3475 m.) and it takes about seven hours.
Day 16: Trek from Odar to Eklebhatti (2970 m.) which takes about six hours.
Day 17: Trek from Eklebhatti to Dunai (2140 m.) and it takes about six hours.
Day 18: Trek from Dunai to Juphal (2475 m.) which takes about three hours.
Day 19: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu by flight.

Price Includes

  • Special trekking permit for Upper Dolpo
  • Entry permit for SheyPhoksundo National park
  • A guide
  • A cook
  • Necessary Porters
  • Kitchen helper
  • Necessary transportation by bus or by flight.
  • All meals three times a day.
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc.
  • Camping charges
  • Mountain Medical Rescue help service provided by your Insurance company
  • Insurance and equipment for the staffs
  • Airport pick up and drop service.

Price Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Tips

Trekking Equipment list:

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse treks in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu Thamel.


  • 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trek. It should be strong and durable.  The best size would be around 30″ x 14″, with a full-length zipper and handles.
  • 1 small padlock: Your duffel bag should be locked.
  • 1 rucksack or day pack:  This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you want to have during the day.  We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.
  • 1 small duffel bag or suitcase: Items not needed on the trek can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu. This bag should also have a lock.  Be sure to leave room for purchases, or buy one in Kathmandu they have many good quality ones available.

Head and Face Gear:

  • Sunhat
  • A Bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
  • Lip balm with a high SPF factor


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Inner Clothing:

  • T-shirts
  • Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
  • Underwear
  • 2 Long shorts
  • 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Baggy pants
  • 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
  • 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket


  • Light weight walking boots- Quality boots (leather is recommended)
  • Spare laces
  • 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  • 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
  • One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

  • 1 thermos- Water tends to freeze in ‘normal’ water bottles at high altitude temperatures.
  • 2 one-liter water bottles
  • Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

  • 30-40 liter daypack
  • Rucksack- Without aluminum support
  • Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

Optional Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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