Upper Dolpo trekking tours is one of the most popular destination lies in the western part of Nepal where most tranquil and natural beauty is still unexplored. The home of herbal land, unspoiled trans-Himalayan culture, Buddhist monuments, and unique human civilization at high altitude is worth a visit. Trekking around the Dolpo region is an unforgettable journey in every visitor's life. Observing different rain shadow landscapes with stunning mountain views, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and huge birds Himalayan griffin. It's difficult to grow crops there, which makes life difficult for the local people, so most of them are involved in the salt trade from Tibet, this traditional culture continue in Doplo generation to generation. This trek can be done after flying to Nepalgunj and also flying to Juphal.
Highlights of the trip:
Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. But It does not require any technical experience. - Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes.
Dolpo Trekking is suitable for experienced walker looking for more challenging and energetic. It does require basic trekking experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk roughly 6 to 6:30 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
Upper Dolpo Trekking outline itinerary
- Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
- Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)
- Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel
- Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo) (2,320m), trek to Dunai, 2-3 hrs
- Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m), 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m), 3-4 hrs walks
- Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m), 4-5 hrs walks
- Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m), 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m), 5-6 hrs walks
- Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
- Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m), 5-6 hrs
- Day 12: Trek below Numala pass (4665m), 4-5 hrs
- Day 13:Cross Numala (5,190m), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs
- Day 14: Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m) and camp, 5-6 hrs
- Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m), 6-7 hrs
- Day 16: Rest day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m)
- Day 17: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m), 4-5 hrs
- Day 18: Trek below Kagmara -La, 5-6 hrs
- Day 19: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m), 4-5 hrs
- Day 21: Trek to Hurikot village(3600m), 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 22: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m), 5-6hrs walk
- Day 23: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m), 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 24: Trek to Jumla (2,370m), 6-7 hrs walk
- Day 25: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
- Day 26: Departure from Kathmandu
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Upper Dolpo trekking itinerary in details
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks. And at evening, briefing about your trip. Overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
In the morning after breakfast we will take you to explore to Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with professional tour guide world heritage monuments such as Pashupati Nath Temple, Boudhnath, Kapan Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Squire and Swayambhunath Stupa. Afterfinish the tour transfer to hotel
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel
As per the flight schedule for Nepalgunj we transfer to the domestic airport for one and half hour scenic flight to Nepalgung. At Nepalgunj we will have time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India. Here it is quite hot and tropical in character.
Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo) (2,320m), trek to Dunai, 2-3 hrs
After a pleasant overnight at Nepalgunj, early morning transfer to airport for the 45 minute flight to Juphal over the Himalaya with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks to the north. On arriving at Juphal our trekking staffs will receive you, who have walked all the way from Nepalgunj with the camping gear and food supply taking 5-6 days. Here at Juphal a short 2-3 hrs walk from the airstrip leads to our overnight camp at Dunai village. Our first day adventure begins with an hour downhill walk through the village below the airstrip, then leading through the terraced fields to the Bheri River and the narrow gorge taking 2-3 hours to camp at Dunai. This is a much larger village or small township, with a new hospital and it is administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Here we have ample time for leisure walk around the village.
Trek to Tarakot (2,850m), 5-6 hrs walk
This day, trek leads through many small streams and follow the Bheri and Barbung River in a tremendous gorge with pine trees and an ingenious path built about seven meter above the river, after a good walk coming to Tarakot where colorful terraced fields greets us. Tarakot is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fort. Tarakot was a capital before Gorkha dynasty. The famed Sandul Gompa lies farther east from Tarakot and at the junction of Barbung khola and Tarup chu (river). The village stands on a hillock to the south of Bheri River at one time supervised collection of tolls for the trading caravans. Overnight camp is made by the river about 150 m below the village, near the police post or we climb a steep ridge for an hour to the village on a spur, where there are chorten in a Gompa on the edge of grassy plateau, with a solitary tree. We settle camp for overnight.
Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m), 3-4 hrs walks
Our route from here follows the Tarap chu river upstream, crossing by bridge and crossing the same river twice. The path leads through the farm terraces and rural villages of Sahartera and winding gradually towards a small settlement of Kola after 3-4 hrs of good morning walk. From this place descend with few ups to reach our overnight camp at Khani gaun with another 2 hrs of trek and overnight camp near by the village backyard.
Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m), 4-5 hrs walks
The trek continues walking up the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it, at others rising high above on a trail built out from steep slopes. On the way we are likely to encounter people from Dolpo herding their flocks of sheep and goats to lower pasture for the winter. During the route there is many possible campsites by the river. The walk is quite exciting as the valley becomes narrow gorge that in some places you can jump from one side to another. Sometimes the path vanishes for a while, making our own path across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. In some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed by the monsoon flood, and we may opt to cross the cold torrent on foot and overnight at camp by the river near before Kamattarka village.
Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m), 4-5 hrs walk
Today, as our continuing our journey we start our walk pleasantly and with most scenic landscapes and will reach at Yak Kharka. We will have lunch at the middle of the way. Camp will set up as before and we overnight at tented camp at Yak Kharka.
Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m), 5-6 hrs walks.
Our morning walks begins with a gradual up leading us at Kamattarka at the confluence of the Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, a stream flowing from the east. After few hours of good morning walk leaving the narrow gorge, from here the path leads just above tree lines for juniper bush and wild rose, typical of dry inner Himlayan valleys. Another 3 hours or more walk brings us to the village of Dho Tarap surrounded by an irregular stone wall. At Dho, thirty -four houses are divided into three groups and built in a randomly way. In this Valley both Bon Po and Chaiba sects reside together. Tarap is also inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who have lived here for many generations and overnight Camp by the village yard.
Rest day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
Well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing today and chance to make friends with the locals who have hardly seen westerners for ages. The Dolpo people wear home spun clothing that is sometimes dyed maroon and they favour Tibetan style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. The people of the region are both Bon po and Nyingmapa of Buddhist sect. The Buddhist Gompa is nearby to the camp while the Bon Gompa (pre Buddhist) is about half an hour's walk
Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m), 5-6 hrs
After a wonderful time here at Dho Tarap, our journey continues towards upper Tarap valley, the walk follows in this plain valley with patched of lush verdant grass on both sides of the river, which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. The trek on this pleasant track leads by the Tarap Chu up stream all the way. Tarap is certainly a dream valley with vast plains in high mountains extending twenty kilo meters along the river Tarap Chu, having ten villages with cultivated fields of barley, buck wheat, wheat and potato. After 3-4 hrs of good walk in this perfect tranquility coming to the village of Tokyu, it has a monastery belonging to the Chiba sect. After a break here our walk continues farther up this valley climbing up the rough track for almost another three hours to reach our overnight camp beneath the Numa-La and overnight camp on the pasture field.
Trek below Numala Pass (4665m), 4-5 hrs
Today, we start our trek after breakfast with scenic view but gaining high altitudes and feel short breathing. We will have short day but feel little hard during the walk. Even a great day at the high altitude and we'll reach at the camp for overnight.
Cross Numala (5,190m), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs
This is one of the long and difficult days during the trekking. Today we cross the highest pass during this trek where you may feel difficult but can be seen a great view takes 6-7 hrs and after top at Numala we will descends another bottom part known as Phedi and overnight.
Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m) and camp, 5-6 hrs
The trek contineous with after crossing of Numa La pass at 5,190m, the track leads to steep climb all the way to the top ridge of Numa La with great views of the surrounding landscapes scenery of valleys, mountains including north face of the Dhaulagiri massif along with other distance snow capped peaks. after a glorious moment at the pass, almost three hours of downhill walk takes to Palungtang or farther for the overnight camp just before Baga-la or Basi-La Pass, depending upon the duration of walk and fitness of the people, if everybody is all right and on time, our trek might leads over the Baga-La to camp on the other side of this pass making it easier for the next day.
Trek to Ringmo (3,600m), 6-7 hrs
Morning trek conducts with a steep climb to reach the ridge top of Baga-La at 5,070m, which offers fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes and of the distant snow capped peaks of Kanjirowa Himal range, after a great moment here our walk leads to a descend for 2 hours through the pine forest, on leaving the forest behind the country and the vegetation changes for pasture field and alpine shrubs most of the way to Ringmo on the gradual slopes with few ups and downs as we reach our final destination at Ringmo and the crystal serene lake of Phoksundo.
Rest day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m):
The nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery is well worth a visit, as is the village of Ringmo. A walk part way round the lake is also very enjoyable and relaxing. This is a great day exploring the lake areas and with a great views overnight at camp.
Trek to Pungmo village (3170m), 4-5 hrs
Your day start after a night at this wonderful campsite besides the clear waters of the lake we retrace out steps back down to Sumlo from where we will follow the trail north west up the Pungmo Nala to the small B'on village of Pungmo. We fix the camp there near the village after a half-day's walk. Having lunch ample of time to explore the village and the enthusiastic can visit the Bon monastery about two hrs walk up the hillside across the river from here.
Trek below Kagmara -La, 5-6 hrs
Walking from Pungmo the trail leads up the valley along the left bank to cross it about two hours from here to the right hand bank. Views of the Kangchunne and Kanjeilarwa peaks are very nice along today' walk. The valley is well forested with Juniper and birch and wild animals like the musk deer inhabit this area. Further up the valley blue sheep might be seen on the mountain slopes. The trail climbs steadily turning westward once above tree line and keeping high above the river. Camp is made on same level ground below the Kangmara pass.
Cross the Kagmara-La (5,115m), 4-5 hrs
An early start climbing steadily uphill to the pass at an altitude of 16100 ft; from here the summits of Kagwara. Then towards the south is visible nearby and many other peaks of the range also are visible. Views west towards the Sisne and Patrasi Himal and northwards to Kanjiroba are striking. The trail descends steeply towards the west and a long downfall walk will bring us to a small campsite below the peak of Kagmara Valley. The river we have been following this afternoon is called Garpung River.
Trek to Hurikot village(3600m), 5-6 hrs walk
Our trek following the Garpung Khola high above it along the right bank the trail turns north above the confluence with the Jagdulla Khola to descend down to the army check post. After crossing the Jadulla khola to the right bank here the trail follows well forested valley to the village of Huyrikot where camp is set up for the night.
Trek to Chaurikot (3060m), 5-6 hrs walk
Today crossing the stream coming off the Jagdull Lekh the trail goes up along the ridge to the northwest to climb Barbarey Lekh Pass at an altitude of about 3810m. This is a longish gradual climb and the pass itself is along ridgeline quite unlike most passes. Views north towards the Kanjiroba Himal are very fine from here. Descending into a dense forest of pine, spruce, fir and oak camp is made in a forest cleaning beside of the river flowing down the valley.
Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m), 5-6hrs walk
Today the trek leads over the camp below Barbarey Lekh follow the trail downstream through oak and pine forest to the village of Chorte another small settlement of newly established village. We set camp on fine meadows past the village.
Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m), 4-5 hrs walk
We following the Tila stream the trail run below the villages of Munigaun and the Kurigaun to climb up a side stream coming down from the left just short of Guthigaun climbing steadily the sheep farm at Guthichaur. This is our camping place for today.
Trek to Jumla (2,370m), 6-7 hrs walk
Our last day of trekking begins by slowly and gradually dropping down a really lovely valley from high alpine pastures, through magnificent forests and eventually into a fertile well farmed valley. It has pretty little villages such as Padmara and the track is not too steep and following the same river all the way down to Jumla. This makes a nice circuit and avoids having a repeat part of the outward trekking. On reaching Jumla rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the busy market town.
Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
Early morning 30 minutes sweeping wonderful flight to Nepalgunj, overlooking stunning views of the snow capped peaks. On arrival at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight schedule to Kathmandu. If it's in the afternoon we will have time, few hours for refreshment in the comfort of the Hotel at Nepalgunj. We then connect with flight back to Kathmandu and received and transfer to your hotel.
Departure from Kathmandu
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!!
- Kathmandu International airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 Nights hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within B.B Plan.
- Domestic flights Kathmandu - Nepaljung – Juphal – Jumla - Nepaljung -Kathmandu as a round fare.
- Applicable domestic airport taxes.
- All land transfer as per given itinerary.
- Dolpa controlled region permits by Nepal Immigration.
- Shey - Phoksundo National Parks entry permits fees.
- Tented accommodation with all cooking equipment during the trekking days.
- Food ( Bf, Lunch, Din) each day serve with hot drinks while on trekking days
- Fluent English speaking license holder local Mountain Trekking Guide.
- Professional cook, Sherpas, Kitchen Staffs and necessaries porter as upon the group size.
- All program according to itineraries on full board.
- Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurances for all the Nepali trekking staffs
- After trek, you will get an attractive gift souvenir from Gokyo Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and other city area.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments & clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.