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destination Dolpa
duration 25 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Dolpa
max altitude 5360m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season March-May, Sept-October


Dolpo Trek is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups.

Dolpo region appears in historical records since the 8th century. The region lies in Shey Phoksundo National Park in the western part of Nepal, between the Tibet plateau and the Dhaulagiri range. The Dolpa is divided into two parts Upper Dolpa and Lower Dolpa but the entire district was closed to all trekkers until 1989. The region is normally adherents of "Bon" and has preserved its Tibetan culture in fairly pure form. Our trekking to Dolpa is connected by the place named 'Jufal' after taking a short flight from Nepalgunj airport. Juphal is a starting and ending point of Upper Dolpa Trek.

Dolpa was the location for the Oscar-nominated movies "The Himalaya" and “The Caravan” and for the German documentary Dolpo Tulku. The trek to the Upper Dolpa consists of passes through many mountain ranges of Annapurna, Kanjiroba, and Dhaulagiri and also passes through beautiful villages, trail route and meet fantastic people. The beauty of the vast Phoksundo Lake during the trek gives lifetime memory. Despite less accessibility in this region and tourism restrictions for the more remote parts, Dolpa is still a popular destination for trekking tourism.

Exploring villages of ancient Bon and Buddhist cultural villages as the journey continues over a high Kang-la pass to reach our destination at Crystal monastery of Shey Gompa, here with fascinating time then heading back to Jhupal through more lovely villages of Saldang-Tokyu-Dho Tarap and Tarakot with a short drive from Dunai the major town of Dolpo region.

A sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu through Nepalgunj concludes this fabulous Upper Dolpo trek & Crystal Monastery trekking with excellent guidance and service of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking.

Key Features Of Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Upper Dolpo Trek through parts of Nepal that very few trekkers ever see.
  • Visit 800 years oldest Shey Gompa, Monasteries of the base of Crystal Mountain, immortalized in Peter Matthiessen's "The Snow Leopard."
  • The Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentrations in the world.
  • Thrilling High passes; Khang La, Saldang La, and others.
  • Desert and landscape and striking valleys as: Dho, Saldang and Tarakot.
  • Views of Dhaulagiri and Tibetan peaks.


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One night.
3-star Hotel

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a Sherpa Expedition & Trekking signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Note: Either on this day or the next day, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

4 to 5 hours
Guest House

Morning optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest full of World Heritage Sites, the Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old Royal Palaces courtyard; after the tour back to the hotel for an afternoon flight to Nepal Far South West at Nepalgunj city. Nepalgunj located close to UP state of India border, during 50 mins flight excellent views of Mountains, at Nepalgunj in a nice hotel for the overnight halt.

3 to 4 hours.
Guest House

Starting with early breakfast and then connect the flight to Jhupal in Dolpo, on reaching Jhupal meet our trekking/camping staff, and then a short drive to Dunai for an overnight stop. Dunai an interesting and major town of Dolpo districts with time to explore its markets of shops and stores.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

From Dunai, morning walk leads to cross over Thulo Bheri River with a climb above a ridge leading to Phuksumdo River valley, with wonderful views of Kagmara peak, walk leads downhill passing many scattered farm villages lined with walnut trees. Then walk close to a stream at Dhera, a small cattle herders settlements continue with a short climb to Rahagaon village of Hindu Thakuri people. The walk continues downhill into forest reaching at Ankhe for the overnight stop, Ankhe a small village and entrance to Shey Phuksumdo National Park.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

After Ankhe village a short climb and then descend into a forested area to reach a river bank. From here a climb to the ridge top with great views, and then downhill to cross a small bridge at Ryajik village, trek further to Sumdu near Sulighat village for an overnight stop.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

Morning leads towards our first destination at Phuksumdo Lake after crossing streams, following Pungmo Khola downhill into pine and birch trees to reach upper side of Phokshindo Khola after short stops continue to walk to Ringmo village. An interesting and attractive Tibetan like a village with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls. From here short walk to Phuksumdo Lake for overnight camp by the turquoise Phuksumdo Lake.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House

A wonderful spot for free and rest day, relax and enjoy beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Kagmara, explore interesting Ringmo village and walk around the lakeside.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

From this scenic place starts morning walk towards higher upper Dolpo area to our next highlight and destination, walk contours around rocky ledge above the river bank on unsteady path, then approaching western side of the lake into a summer pasture which opens up into a wide plain of Phuksumdo Khola to stop for overnight by the river.

6 to 7 hours
Guest House

Morning walk leads on a good path around northern area of Phuksumdo Khola and then climb up to reach a ridge top, offering incredible views of the wide green valley overlooking at Kang-La pass which leads to Shey Gompa, here overnight stop on nice green pasture.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

Starting the day towards our destination at Shey Gompa the high lights of this trip continue to walk with a climb on stone and rocky path over Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, the highest point of the adventure. The top offers superb views of snow-clad peaks including Dhaulagiri mountain range. After the top descend to the base of the hill by the river then across cattle herder camps, then continue towards Buddhist prayer monument Chortens and Mani on reaching Shey Gompa located below Crystal Mountain, regarded as Holy Mountain with an old monastery.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

A fascinating place for rest day around the high mountainous area, in complete harmony of nature and monks chanting, a tour of Shey Monastery also known as Crystal Monastery, this area is well described by Peter Matthiessen in his classic novel “The Snow Leopard.

6 to 7 hours
Guest House

From here journey continues through a walled canyon, as the trail meanders atop Saldang-la, offering views of Dhaulagiri peaks, then downhill to grazing area and end the walk at Namduna Gaon for an overnight stop.

4 to 5 hours.
Guest House

After this village walking on dusty and dry terrain, leading to the steep climb to reach overnight camp at Saldang, another impressive and large village of Dolpo area, situated higher side of the windswept plateau.

4 to 5 hours.
Guest House

From here, morning walk follows river Nang chu all the way with short ups and down then passing Tiling and Lurigaon a cattle herders settlement. Continue to walk to our overnight camp at Yangtze village with an old Gomba of pre-Buddhist Bon-Pa culture.

6 to 7 hours
Guest House

Morning walk leads back on the same path to reach main route close to Saldang village, then taking northwest direction to Sibu and beyond, walk follows the river through farm fields, and into Namdo village, another large village with an old monastery, from here walk leads to pasture land at Sibu for an overnight stop.

5 to 6 hours
Guest House

After nice stop around summer grazing area walk follows Nam Khong Khola for short period, and then encountering yaks and mules laden caravan on route to Tibet, where trade with Tibet still exist since past hundreds of years and then reaching a nice flat area for an overnight stop at the bottom of Jen-la pass.

6 to 7 hours
Guest House

From the camp of Jeng-la pehdi, morning starts with a steep climb to reach atop Jeng-la pass, with fantastic views of Dhaulagiri mountain range, from here a long descend to Tarap valley, one of the largest and longest valley of Dolpo areas which is about 20 k.m. which stretches all the way to Tarap Chu River. After a good walk for hours reaching at Tokyogaon for the overnight stop. This is one of the most lovely and interesting villages of inner Dolpo; consist of more than ten villages with nice tended farm fields and old monasteries.

4 to 5 hours.
Overnight at tent.

After Tokyu-gaon, morning walk starts with downhill towards Tarap Chu on a wider green valley, this is one of the scenic valleys with many Sheppard’s settlements tending and grazing Yaks and Sheep. The walk continues to our overnight camp at Dho Tarap, this is another interesting village with mix tribes of Tibetans origin and Magar hill tribe people.

6 to 7 hours.
Guest House

Today, longest walk but on a nice gradual path within the valley, which later forms into a narrow gorge with little vegetation of bushes of juniper and wild rose. On this area chance of spotting Blue Sheep and other mountain animals, the walk continues reaching a confluence of two rivers Tarap Chu and Lang Khola for overnight stop by the river.

4 to 5 hours
Overnight at tent.

Morning walk continues following Tarap River and through a gorge, involves some adventure walk over some broken bridges caused by monsoon floods, and might lead to cross a chilly river on foot sometimes. After an adventurous moment walk finally ends for the day to camp by the Tarap- Khola close to Kharigaon a temporary cattle herders shelters.

4 to 5 hours.
Overnight at tent.

Starting morning walk around lower Dolpo through Lalberi village and then into a small wooded area, following the river all the way to Tarakot. Tarakot a large and interesting village steeped with past glorious history of the Malla period and well maintained terraced farm fields, including old fortress (Dzong or Kot) guarding the village. Tarakot village with famous old Sandul Gomba located at the junction of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu River where the overnight camp is set.

6 to 7 hours.
Guest House.

After a great time at Tarakot, our last day walk takes to Dunai and then with a short drive to Jhupal for the flight back to Kathmandu. The morning starts following spread out villages a, walking on a much wider trail with few short uphills into a valley and downhill towards Thulo Bheri River valley to reach Dunai town. From here time permitting with lunch stop then a jeep drive to Jhupal to make the day shorter. Last night in Dolpo celebrates the night among fellow staff and porters.

45 minutes.
3-star Hotel

As per the flight time to Nepalgunj board on the small aircraft for a short flight to Nepalgunj, and then connect to another flight to Kathmandu on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels.

One night.
3-star Hotel

A free and leisure day in Kathmandu after an adventurous journey and tough trekking, on this day if the interesting book for a sightseeing tour around places of interest in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur or Patan with rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

25 minutes. None

Today, last day in Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Upper Dolpo & Crystal Monastery Trekking, as per your time for an international flight, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking staff transfer you to the airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.


Cost Includes

  • Airport - hotel -airport pickup and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • Four nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per the category.
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj on BB Plan as per the category.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking period.
  • Local fresh fruits where available.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse/tent camp.
  • Upper Dolpo Trekking map, one in a group.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by City Tour Guide with entry fees and Transportation.
  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
  • Trekking porter /Sherpa to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, types of equipment, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight Tickets/ ground transport for Clients and Trekking Crews.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
  • All necessary paper works and Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permits fee.
  • Trekking Permits for Upper Dolpo Restricted Area.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All government taxes and our service charges.
  • Farewell Dinner before departure.
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Any extra activities and items not mentioned in “our services section”.



  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries


  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants


  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)


Getting There & Away

Western Nepal is remote, making access more difficult than other parts of Nepal. First, you have to get to Nepalgunj, on the plains, and then to Juphal in Dolpo district.
Most people fly to Nepalgunj from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. From Nepalgunj, you then fly to Juphal. (It isn’t possible to fly directly to Juphal from Kathmandu, although expensive charter flights can be arranged from Pokhara.) Most organized tours will fly from Kathmandu. Keep in mind that the airport at Juphal is no more than a tiny mountain airstrip, where bad weather can often delay flights.
Nepalgunj is also accessible by road, but it is a long trip from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Roads are improving throughout Western Nepal, but Juphal is currently several days’ walk from the nearest road-head.

Permits & Regulations

Permits for Upper Dolpo are expensive and strictly enforced. You also need to purchase a permit for Lower Dolpo, which you pass through on your way to Upper Dolpo. On top of that, only 250 foreigners are permitted to enter Upper Dolpo each year.

Lower Dolpo: $10 USD per week

Upper Dolpo: $50 USD per day (10-day minimum)

There is also an Rs. 1000 entry fee to the Shey-Phoksundo National Park. As it’s mandatory to trek with a guide on an organized tour in Upper Dolpo, your tour operator will arrange all permits and these fees are generally included in the total cost of your trip.

Best Season

Like much of Nepal, the best time to visit Upper Dolpo is the spring (April to May) and the fall (October to November) when temperatures are pleasant, skies are the clearest, and there is minimal chance of snow at high altitudes. Late/early snow can affect this trek in April and November, making some passes impossible to cross. Phoksundo Lake, Shey Phoksundo National Park


Trekking in Upper Dolpo is considered strenuous. There are steep ascents, three passes above 5000 m., several nights spent above 3500 m. and some long trekking days of six hours or more. The fact that this is a camping trek adds to the physical challenge and discomfort of trekking in Upper Dolpo, and rest days are recommended.
This is not a beginner’s trek or one to attempt if it’s your first time in Nepal. But it will be a worthwhile challenge for experienced trekkers and repeat visitors to Nepal alike!

Accommodation & Meals

Most treks in Upper Dolpo are fully-catered camping treks given accommodation and food supplies are hard to come by along the trail. (Upper Dolpo is known to have food shortages.) Some basic teahouse/lodge accommodation is available in some villages, but shouldn’t be relied upon.
It is advised to take as many food provisions when trekking in Upper Dolpo (and anywhere in Western Nepal, in general). If participating in an organized trek (essential in Upper Dolpo), your food needs will be taken care of. It is still important to be mindful of the fact that restocking provisions can be challenging for guides and porters in this region, and that resources are scarce.


Juphal to Lake Phoksundo
There are also shorter variations of the Upper Dolpo trek that you can take. One shorter variation is to trek from Juphal to Lake Phoksundo and back, which takes around eight days. Other variations connect Dolpo to Mustang and/or the Annapurna region, to the east.

Upper Dolpo to Annapurna Traverse

The Upper Dolpo to Annapurna Traverse, via Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve, would add about a week onto the Upper Dolpo trek. There is a three-day stretch during which you pass no settlements at all.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek

The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek is another variation. Jomsom is in the Lower Mustang region of Nepal, and also has a strong Tibetan-influenced culture. It is in the rain-shadow of Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, offering a different view of the Annapurna Himal.

Dolpo to Rara Traverse

Yet another variation is the Dolpo to Rara Traverse via Shey Gompa. It is around the same length as the regular Upper Dolpo trek, but diverges at Shey Gompa and ends at Rara Lake, in Jumla and Mugu districts. This is the largest lake in Nepal, and renowned for its abundant birdlife.
Looking out from one of the passes in Dolpo

What to Bring

As with other treks in Nepal, it is essential to have sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof outer layer and other clothing that can be layered and put on/off as the weather requires. Because trekking in Upper Dolpo can only be done with a guide, you will not need to bring your own tents or other specialist equipment. However, you should check whether your tour operator provides sleeping bags.



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2 Pax USD 3,250
3 Pax USD 3,150
4 - 6 Pax USD 3,050
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,900
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,800
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,700
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