Upper Dolpo Circuit Trekking - 27 days

Entire Circuit of Upper Dolpo, a part of Great Himalayan trail

Trip Facts

Max-Altitude 5,350m/17,548ft at Nangdo La Pass Transportation Private Vehicle and Flight
Grade Adventurous Accommodation Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Tented Camps during Trekking
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) During Trekking Best Season Spring (March, April, May) & Autumn (September, October & November)
Communication Sattelite Phone. also available Internet Access in some places Group Size Minimum 02 for private trip/ any size for group joining

Trip Highlights:

  • Mysterious land beyond the gigantic Himalaya, Dhaulagiri measuring 8172 m, a 7th highest peak in the world.
  • Located inside largest National park of Nepal, Shey Phoksundo with the pristine Lake Shey Phoksundo.
  • Leaving the massive sparkling Himalayas behind the back is obviously a worth of 27 days.
  • Famous destination as rain shadow, unique vegetation, culture and Buddhist monasteries.

Trip Introduction:

Upper Dolpo, a mysterious land behind the gigantic Himalaya, Dhaulagiri measuring 8172 m. height and is a 7th highest peak in the world. It is assumed as a hidden trekking destination of Nepal as there are lots of things to be explored in the category of its natural beauty, people, lifestyle, culture and its tranquility. The traditions and way of life have intact in Dolpo region since decades. The culture, Buddhist monasteries, life style of people, traditions has been untouched by modernism still so; it appeals to be a famous attraction point.

The first trek was held in 1990 by British tour operator in the lower Dolpo from Pokhara to Jomsom. But nowadays the route has been well scheduled as it starts from downhill walk through terraces and passes wild remoteness, the stunning mountain scenery, massive Himalayan ranges leaving behind, and incredible beauty of rain shadow landscapes,  crystal clear lakes, wild flowers, Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, rare birds,  isolated villages, innocent peoples, and most, the unique  Himalayan culture. With the embrace of Adventure Mountain Nepal Trekking and Climbing, Upper Dolpo Circuit Trekking covers Juphal, Chhepka, Rechi, Ringmo Village, Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, Khomas Village, Chharkabhot and many other beautiful places within 27 days full package trip itinerary.

Outline Itinerary: 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft altitude) and transfer to Hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel or Resort as per your request.
Meal includes: Breakfast. In general we prefer BB plan for your stay in cities so you can choose varieties of tastes in different restaurants around the city.

Day 02: Guided tour around world’s Heritage sites of Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj (45 min flight)
Accommodation: Tea House available
Meal includes: Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m/8,118ft altitude) & trek to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft altitude) (45 min flight & 3 Hrs walk)
Accommodation: Tea House available
Meal includes: Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka (2,838m/9,308ft altitude) (6-7 Hrs walk)
Accommodation: Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes: Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 06: Trek from Chhepka to Rechi (2,940m/9,643ft altitude) (5-6 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 07: Trek from Rechi to Ringmo Village (3,733m/12,244ft altitude) (5-6 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 08: Rest and acclimatization at Ringmo. Free exploration
Accommodation:
Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 09: Trek from Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola (3,750/12,300ft altitude) via Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,808ft altitude) (6-7 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 10: Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Campsite (4,717m/15,471ft altitude) (5-6 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 11: Trek from Campsite to High Camp (4,900m/16,072ft altitude) (4-5 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 12: Trek from High Camp to Shey Gompa (4,343m/12,245ft altitude) via crossing of Nangda La Pass (5,350m/17,548ft altitude) (7-8 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 13: Full day excursion around Shey Gompa
Accommodation:
Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 14: Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung (4,806m/15,763ft altitude) (6-7 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 15: Trek from Namgung to Saldang (3,770m/12,365ft altitude) (4-5 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 16: Trek from Saldang to Khomas Gaon (4,060m/13,316ft altitude) (7-8 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 17: Trek from Khomas Gaon to Mendo (3,950m/12,956ft altitude) (5-6 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 18: Trek from Mendo to Rapka khola (5,205m/17,072ft altitude) (7-8 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 19: Trek from Rapka Khola to Chharkabhot (4,110m/13,480ft altitude) (6-7 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 20: Trek from Chharkabhot to Norbulung (4,750m/15,580ft altitude) (6-7 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 21: Trek from Norblung to Sangda Phedi via crossing of Niwal Pass (5,120m/16,793ft altitude) (7-8 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 22: Trek from Sangda Phedi to Sangda (3,940m/12,923ft altitude) (6-7 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 23: Trek from Sangda to Dhagarjun (3,840m/12,595ft altitude) (5-6 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 24: Trek from Dhagarjun to Jomson Jomsom (2,730m/8,954ft altitude) (4-5 Hrs walk)
Accommodation:
Tea House available (Can choose Tea House or Camp accommodation)
Meal includes:
Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 25: Fly to Pokhara. Sightseeing, boating or free for any other personal activities
Accommodation:
Hotel/Resort
Meal includes:
Breakfast

Day 26: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Accommodation:
Hotel/Resort
Meal includes:
Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Day 27: Farewell, departure transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.
Meal includes:
Breakfast

Remember: This itinerary outline can be easily changed as per your duration of stay, purpose of holiday and your preference. Cost of the package also depends upon Deluxe, Standard, Budget and your group size. You can easily feel free to CONTACT US any time for any queries.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft altitude).
Land at Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel or resort by our tour representative. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Relax.
Accommodation: Hotel or Resort as per your preference.
Meal includes: Breakfast.

Day 02: Guided tour to Kathmandu’s World Heritage sites
Early morning breakfast at hotel. Our guide will pick you up from hotel for sightseeing of World Heritage Sites. Actually there are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and we arrange sightseeing spots according to your choice, you have to choose only 3/4 spots for a day since it is not possible to visit all places in a single day – at least 2/3 days requires to have sightseeing tour of all heritage sites in Kathmandu. World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu are; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple, Pashuapatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Changu Narayan Temple. In the evening we again can have pre trek discussion.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu to Nepalganj (45 min. flight)
Today we take 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, situated in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj is an intriguing Terai town that features the different culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the neighborhood market, villages and mini-zoo.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal includes: Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,475m/8,118ft altitude) & trek to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft altitude- 45 min. flight & 3 Hrs. walk)
Today we again take a flight to Jhupal after breakfast. The town is flawlessly situated in the Himalayan foothills, with perspectives of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna crests to its north. Here, we will start our trekking voyage. We stroll through terraced fields to the Bheri River and its thin crevasse. Proceed with the trail to Dunai, which is the authoritative headquarter of the Dolpo area. In evening we investigate the residential area and camp there for the night.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal includes: Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 05: Trek: Dunai to Chhepka (2,838m/9,308ft altitude- 6-7 Hrs. trek)
Today we begin our trek by traversing Thulo Bheri Khola and go via the right side of the river towards Sulighat. We make a stop at Sulighat to enlist at the National Park office. After permit checks, we proceed with our trek along the left bank of the river going through the Raktang village. Later, we cross a huge tributary, Ankhe Khola and after that one hour of the climb. Land at Chepka.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes: Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 06: Trek: Chhepka to Rechi (2,940m/9,643ft altitude- 5-6 Hrs. trek)
We take the trail crossing the Suli Khola from its west bank and come back to its east bank. We proceed on our trail going through thick woods then cross a tributary and after that climb to achieve an open grass plateau. Later, we take the level trail for some time before progressively going down to a river to reach Rechi.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes: 
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 07: Trek: Rechi to Ringmo Village (3,733m/12,244ft altitude- 5-6 Hrs. trek)
From Rechi proceed on the trail going via gompa and a school. Our trail from that point proceeds with the right bank of Phoksundo Khola. We now begin on the trail climbing through cedar and pine woodland that swings north, going through the little winter settlement of Polam. We climb additionally up the ridge with great scenes of turquoise Lake Phoksundo. Later our trail drops through birch forest then climb a simple slope to achieve Ringmo Village.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 08: Acclimatization and sightseeing day at Ringmo.
Today we will spend the day meandering around Ringmo. It is a conventional Tibetan village with old gompas. Here you can buy some local handicrafts. Phoksundo Lake is another feature of Ringmo and the entire Dolpo district. The lake is Nepal’s second biggest and deepest lake which gives a great relaxation moment while investigating Ringmo.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 09: Trek: Ringmo to Phoksundo Khola (3,750/12,300ft altitude) via Phoksundo Lake (3,600m/11,808ft altitude- 6-7 Hrs. trek)
Today we trail in the most astounding areas. We begin our trek proceeding on the west side of the lake and slowly climb towards the hill with great Phoksundo Lake perspectives and beautiful town. After a tough adventurous trek, the trail plunges to the Phoksundo Khola floodplain having a magnificent campground.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 10: Trek: Phoksundo Khola to Campsite (4,717m/15,471ft altitude- 5-6 Hrs. trek)
Today the trail goes towards the mouth of the canyon. We cross the river a few times. Then we proceed our trek as the slope facilitates and as the canyon broadens. From that point, we trek for around an hour to touch base at the Campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 11: Trek: Campsite to High Camp (4,900m/16,072ft altitude- 4-5 Hrs. trek)
We begin following the trail that ascensions the switchback to the left of the heavenly waterfall. Keep on climbing over the waterway valley which widens to an enormous basin. There are numerous flat territories in the basin, later we proceed to the base of the long bending tail. Reach High Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 12: Trek: High Camp to Shey Gompa (4,343m/12,245ft altitude) via crossing of Nangda La Pass (5,350m/17,548ft altitude- 7-8 Hrs. trek)
Begin early today towards the challenging Nangdala La Pass. We take the trail that is over free slate-scree, ascend steeply we reach to the top of the pass. From there we can view a wide valley. Slowly plunging the trail now continue on a simple inclination down to the valley. Encounter sheep and yak herds during the descending trail. Reach to the red painted walls of Shey Gompa.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 13: Full day sightseeing around Shey Gompa
Today spend the day to unwind and for full day sightseeing around Shey Gompa. Visit Kagyupa gompa and additionally the hermitage of Tsakang. It is the holiest valleys in Dolpo. It is normal to spot snow leopard and blue sheep around there. The killing of any animal is strictly prohibited in Shey Gompa.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 14: Trek: Shey Gompa to Namgung (4,806m/15,763ft altitude- 6-7 Hrs. trek)
We leave Shey Gompa today and travel east into Sephu Khola Valley. Our trek is over a rising trail over the loose land till the highest point of the Sela La Pass at 5095 m. On reaching the highest point of the pass we start the down trail into a shallow valley and then we go through a waterway to reach the little Namgung village.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 15: Trek: Namgung to Saldang (3,770m/12,365ft altitude- 4-5 Hrs. trek)
We follow the ascending trail on a hill along dusty desolate mountains. Following 3-4 hours of a hard climb, we start to view Saldang Village underneath us on a plateau high over the picturesque Namga Khola river. The village extends for almost two kilometers on an incline and comprises of five villages having around eighty well-built houses. It is also a trade route to Tibet.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 16: Trek: Saldang to Khomas Gaon (4,060m/13,316ft altitude- 7-8 Hrs. trek)
Today we head northeast toward the trekking path to Khomasgaon. Our trail heads through few white-washed villages, painted chortens, long mani walls, and ancient gompas along the Nagon Khola. On reaching Chagaon, we take the trail towards the left and traverse the stream. Proceed to northeast through a small track to land at Khomasgaon.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 17: Trek: Khomas Gaon to Mendo (3,950m/12,956ft altitude- 5-6 Hrs. trek)
After breakfast, we leave Khomasgaon and proceed with our trek that goes through the conventional towns and mani walls. Trekking here and there through the valley we reach Mendo.
Accommodation: Tea Houses are not available – Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Full Board – Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 18: Trek: Mendo to Rapka khola (5,205m/17,072ft altitude- 7-8 Hrs. trek)
Today we investigate the less-beaten trails of Upper Dolpo area during our trek. Enjoy the stunning scenes and the one of a kind culture of Upper Dolpo that doubtlessly gives mysterious encounter to the trekkers. After a long and great trekking day, we will land at Rapka.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 19: Trek: Rapka Khola to Chharkabhot (4,110m/13,480ft altitude- 6-7 Hrs. trek)
After breakfast, we trek over the trail that climbs gradually towards Chharka La Pass at 4920 m. On reaching its top we go down en-route the side of the valley to reach Chharka Village arranged at Barbung Khola bank.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 20: Trek: Chharkabhot to Norbulung (4,750m/15,580ft altitude- 6-7 Hrs. trek)
Today our trail descends to the stream. Then we proceed on the trek through the right fork southwards moving all through the side valleys on rough tracks. We land into a major meadow where the valley narrows. Ascend further to reach Norbulung.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 21: Trek: Norblung to Sangda Phedi via crossing of Niwal Pass (5,120m/16,793ft altitude- 7-8 Hrs. trek)
We begin to take the trail that ascends to a yak field – Molom Sumna. Then we make a climb before crossing over the knolls to achieve the Sangda La. From that point, we make a long and difficult last ascend for the intersection of Sangda La called Niwal Pass. Later, gradually trek to land at Sangda Phedi.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 22: Trek: Sangda Phedi to Sangda (3,940m/12,923ft altitude- 6-7 Hrs. trek)
After breakfast, we move to a lower Sangda La at 4990 m. Later go down to the Sangda Ghunsa village. Again, descend from there for the intersection of Chalung Khola at 3750 m. before climbing trail towards the lofty switchbacks and after that trail down to a stream. Finally, the trail upwards takes us to a small settlement of Sangda.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 23: Trek: Sangda to Dhagarjun (3,840m/12,595ft altitude- 5-6 Hrs. trek)
Today we trail up the slope and spend our day making high navigates, crossing nine ridges till the last peak at 4280 m. We at that point go down into the Kali Gandaki Valley crossing along high hills then trail down to the Dhagarjun village.
Accommodation: Tented Camps
Meal includes:
Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 24: Trek: Dhagarjun to Jomson Jomsom (2,730m/8,954ft altitude- 4-5 Hrs. trek)
We trail to a ridge at 3360m from Dhagarjun preceding the last climb on an adventurous loose trail to reach Jomsom. It is an essential center for Mustang and Upper Mustang Treks with the airstrip. On successfully reaching Upper Dolpo Circuit it’s time for celebration for completing our trek.
Accommodation: Tea House or Camp accommodation as per your preference.
Meal includes:
 Dinner, Breakfast, & Lunch

Day 25: Flight to Pokhara. Boating, sightseeing or free for any other personal activities
Today take an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Transfer to hotel after landing at Pokhara airport. Spend rest of the day touring around the lovely valley of Pokhara. The impression of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) over the peaceful Fewa Lake makes this place genuinely mystical. You can opt for boating at Fewa Lake, touring around the city and its sacred places to spend your day at Pokhara.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meal includes: Breakfast

Day 26: Drive: Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, leave Pokhara to take a drive of four to five hours to return Kathmandu. We will drive along Prithvi Highway which offers picturesque hilly crisscross streets through the banks of Trishuli River. Amid our drive, we will go through roadside market towns and beautiful villages also have a chance to watch the lifestyle of locals.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meal includes: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Day 27: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport.
After breakfast, transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Way back to home with the cherished memories of your adventure.
Meal includes: Breakfast

Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by private vehicle including Airport Pick up & Drop
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu & 1 night in Pokhara with BB Plan (3 star category Hotel/Resort)
  • A day guided sightseeing tour in world heritage sites of Kathmandu including private vehicle, experienced city tour guide, all entrance permits
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Organized camping accommodation during the entire trekking as per mentioned in itinerary
  • All required camping equipment and kitchen team
  • Three meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the entire trek as per mentioned in itinerary
  • A duffel bag, Trekking Map and trekking pole
  • National Park/Conservation Area fee
  • Dolpo Restricted Area Fee (USD 500 per merson)
  • An experienced government certified Trekking Guide
  • Required numbers of experienced porters
  • Staff’s foods, salary and insurance
  • General first Aid Kid
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with entire Adventure Mountain Trekking Team
  • All government taxes and applicable paperwork

Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare
  • Personal Travel Insurance (essential for high altitude trekking)
  • Lunch and Dinner in city as per itinerary
  • Personal expenses (bar, laundry, personal shopping, internet usages during the trek, hot shower during the trek, battery charge during the trek etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • TIPS for Staff
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