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Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

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Dolpo captures the feeling of Nepal‘s Wild West, with its Central Square and local taverns serving local apple raksi. The trek follows an old trade route east crossing several passes (3,840m) before reaching the fortress town of Upper Dolpa. From here, the trail turns northward approaching wide grassy valley of Dhorpatan (2,760m), Lake Phoksundo (3,650m/ ), the sparkling turquoise lake set below Shey Gompa with its hilltop fortress and Tibetan-like inhabitants. The azure colored lake will be a memorable sight indeed.

Once lakeshore, you can day hike to a near by ridge top for views of the western Himalayas. The hardy people of Dolpa inhabit these ancient scattered villages you will encounter along the way. Some still practice the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, Bon, in their centuries old monasteries. The landscape is full of Himalayan wildlife such as, the protected blue sheep and musk beer that reside in this remote national park.


Day Itinerary Altitude  Accommodation
01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel 1,350 m Hotel
02 Kathmandu 1,350 m Hotel
03 Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel 200 m Hotel
04 Fly to Juphal(2490m) and Trek to Dunai (one and a half hr walk) 2,030 m Camp
05 Dunai to Chepka (6/7 hrs trek) 2,670 m Camp
06 Chepka to Range 2,960 m Camp
07 Range to Phoksundo Lake 3,730 m Camp
08 Phoksundo Lake to Chunimba 3,630 m Camp
09 Chunimba to Las -Tsa 4,120 m Camp
10 Las- Tsa to Mendok Ding 4,610 m Camp
11 Mendok Ding to to Shey Gompa. It takes 8 hrs. The route follows the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, then turns north towards the peak of Riwa Drugdra (Crystal Mountain) 4,410 m Camp
12 Excursion Around Shey Gompa 4,410 m Camp
13 Shey Gompa to Sela Machung La(5060m), camp after descending the pass 4,530 m Camp
14 Crossing over Langmosia (5150m) and Khyung La (5163m) and camp 4,150 m Camp
15 Trek over Num La pass(5318km) to Tok-Khyu 4,920 m Camp
16 Tok-Khyu to Do Tarap 4,020 m Camp
17 Do Tarap to Cheur 3,510 m Camp
18 Tarakot to Dunai 2,030 m Camp
19 Dunai to Juphal 2,490 m Camp
20 Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj 1,350 m Hotel
21 Kathmandu 1,350 m Hotel
22 International departure

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration : 22
  • Arrival Date: Kathmandu
  • Departure Date: Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : 4,920 m
  • Difficulty : Moderate To Strenous
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  • Season : Spring / Summer / Autumn
  • Destination : Nepal
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