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Upper Dolpo Trek - 18 Days

  • Restricted Area Trek , Nepal
  • 18 Days
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • USD 4295 USD 3895
  • 5375m
Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

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Autumn & Spring

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Overview And Highlights

Embarking on 18 days Upper Dolpo Trek takes you to the gem yet least explored destination in West Nepal. The word "Dolpo" comes from Dolpa, a remote northwest district in mid-west Nepal, on the shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri. 

Upper Dolpo Trek is famous for Shey Phoksundo Lake, BonPo religion, ethnic & nomadic people, languages, culture, and eye-catching natural aesthetics. Shey Phoksundo National Park is a realm for jeopardizing fauna witnessed only by lucky foreheads. Wolf, snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep, and Himalayan musk deer are aboriginal to this outlook. Furthermore, you'll experience the thrill of crossing Jeng La, a 5,110-meter-high Himalayan Pass.

The beautiful geography of the Himalayas, lying in the rain shadow region, also allows you to trek Upper Dolpo during the rainy season. Trekking here in spring and autumn are the best times of the year for ultimate adventure.

Being remote and close to the Tibetan plateau, almost everything here is far from the touch of modernism. Moreover, the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and culture are still intact as they were some hundreds of years ago. The prominent attraction of 15 days of Upper Dolpo Trekking also includes visiting 11th-century Shey Gompa. It translates to Crystal Monastery in Tibetan, which people in Dolpo consider the spiritual heart of the region.Thus, trekking the off-beat trails of Dolpo can be an enchanting, self-reflecting, and peaceful walk of your life.

Apart from a beautiful freshwater lake and endangered wildlife, Upper Dolpo Trek is a fantastic junket to behold elegant mountains. During this trek, the famous mountains you'll see are Mt. Dhaulagiri, Churen Himal, Norbung Kang and Mt. Kanjirowa.

The Upper Dolpo Trek is a remote and challenging trekking route located in the Dolpa region of Nepal, in the western part of the country. This trek takes you through rugged terrain, high passes, ancient villages, and pristine landscapes that are relatively untouched by modernity. Here is some information about the Upper Dolpo Trek:

Location: Upper Dolpo is situated in the Dolpa district of Nepal, bordering Tibet. It is part of the Shey-Phoksundo National Park, renowned for its natural beauty and cultural significance.

Duration: The Upper Dolpo Trek typically takes around 25 to 28 days to complete, including both the trekking and acclimatization days. It's a challenging trek due to its remote location and high altitude.

Permits: Like many trekking routes in Nepal, the Upper Dolpo Trek requires permits. You'll need to obtain both the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Shey-Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit. These permits can be arranged through a registered trekking agency in Kathmandu.

Altitude: The trek reaches high altitudes, with passes over 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness.

Phoksundo Lake: One of the deepest lakes in Nepal, renowned for its stunning turquoise waters.
Shey Gompa: A historic monastery nestled in the remote Himalayas, known for its spiritual significance and breathtaking views. Remote Villages: Encounter traditional Tibetan Buddhist villages and interact with the friendly locals, experiencing their unique culture and lifestyle

.High Passes: Cross challenging high passes such as Kang La Pass (5,360 meters) and Saldang La Pass (5,200 meters), offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Unique Flora and Fauna: Explore diverse ecosystems ranging from alpine meadows to arid landscapes, home to rare wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard and blue sheep.

Accommodation and Facilities: Accommodation along the Upper Dolpo Trek full camping in remote areas where tea houses are not unavailable. Facilities are limited, so trekkers need to be self-sufficient and prepared for rustic conditions.

Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable, and the views are clear. However, even during these seasons, be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.

Difficulty: This trek is rated as challenging due to its remote location, high altitude, and rugged terrain. Trekkers should have prior trekking experience and be physically fit to undertake this adventure. 

Guide trekking: Due to the remote and challenging nature of the Upper Dolpo Trek, it's highly  recommended to go with an experienced Trekking guide and Register trekking agency who can provide support, logistics, and ensure safety throughout the journey. Remember that trekking in remote areas like Upper Dolpo requires careful planning, preparation, and respect for the local culture and environment. It's an adventure of a lifetime for those seeking a truly immersive Himalayan experience.

Upper Dolpo,Shey Gompa Trek- Highlights

  • Visit Shey Phoksundo Lake, the turquoise freshwater lake in Dolpo.
  • Cross Jeng La, Nagdala La, and Mauri Lagna, three adventurous high passes in Dolpo.
  • Panoramic mountain scenery that includes Dhaulagiri, Kanjirowa, and Churen Himal.
  • Unblemished Tibetan lifestyles, culture, Shey Gompa, and ethereal beauty of Dolpo.

Day to Day Itinerary

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1 hour, 150 meters)

The 18-day Upper Dolpo Region Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. You'll have breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu before flying to Nepalgunj. The flight time will be 50-60 minutes. During the flight, you'll see some beautiful mountains to the north, including Dhaulagiri.

You'll settle in at a hotel in Nepalgunj for lunch, dinner, and overnight accommodation

: Flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal (20 minutes). Trek to Chhepka (2,838 meters, 5-6 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

With early breakfast, you'll take the flight to Jumla Airport. This scenic 20-minute flight offers a glimpse of the beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

After landing at Jumla airport, you'll get a trek briefing and prepare for the walk.

From Jhupal, you'll trek down to Kalagauda and Thuli Bheri river before stopping for lunch at Dunai. After crossing Dhim Bridge, you'll enter the Shey Phoksundo National Park region.

The trail progresses along the Phoksundo River and along villages like Kageni, Jutung, and Shangta. Further ahead, you'll cross a bridge over the confluence of Phoksundo River and Maiba River, trek further to the north and stop at Chhepka.

You'll settle in for overnight accommodation at a local tea house here.

Trek from Chhepka to Amchi Hospital (3,110 meters, 6 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trek starts after breakfast at Chhepka. You'll walk along the serene pine, oak, and birch forest. As you trek further, the trail gets uneven as you ascend and descend. Four hours of walking takes you to a popular camping place, Rechi. Here, at a local tea house, you'll stop for lunch.

After a few more rest and a slow walk, Rechi takes you to Amchi Hospital after two hours of leaving. You'll then settle in at a tea house for overnight accommodation.

Trek from Amchi Hospital to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3,660 meters, 6 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

You'll start the trek a bit early, trek slow, and reach Ringmo in 6 hours.

After leaving Amchi Hospital, you'll trek for two hours and reach Phoksundo waterfall, the highest waterfall in Nepal. Once you reach Ringmo, you'll get the first glimpse of Phoksundo Lake.

Ringmo is a beautiful small village at an altitude of 3,660 meters. Decorated in Chortens, prayer flags, and Mani walls, Ringmo is a cultural hub in Phoksundo.

Here, you'll settle in at a tented camp for overnight accommodation.

Acclimatization at Ringmo.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

On this day, we stop at Ringmo for acclimatization. Hence, you'll visit Phoksundo Lake viewpoint and Ringmo village to adapt to the altitude. During the day, you'll stroll around the town and learn more about their lifestyles, culture, and warm hospitality.

There's also a famous 900-year-old Bon monastery, Tshowa, a statue of Bon founder Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche.

Overnight at the tented camps at Ringmo.

Trek from Ringmo to Chunemba (3,630 meters, 5 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Leaving Ringmo for Chunemba saw us entering a restricted area of inner Dolpo. You'll trek along the Demon Trail, a popular trail shown in the movie Himalayan Caravan. From here, the trail ascends to a lush pine forest. You'll get a wholesome glimpse of Mt. Norbung Kang.

Trekking further by crossing several streams takes you closer to Chunemba. You'll get a picturesque glimpse of Kanjirowa Himal.

You'll settle in for overnight accommodation at tented camps in Chunemba.

Trek from Chunemba to Snowfield Camp (4,400 meters, 7 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The trek gets more challenging as you leave Chunemba. You'll trek through narrow rocky walls, gorges, and long, steep climbs.

After a 7 hour long walk, you'll reach Snowfield Camp. This place got its name after a famous writer, Peter Mathieson, who quoted it in his book "The Snow Leopard".

Here, you'll settle in for overnight accommodation at tented camps.

Trek from Snowfield Camp to Shey Gompa via Kang La (5,375 meters, 6 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After leaving Snowfield Camp, you'll trek for three hours to Kang La (Ngadra La), which sits at 5,457 meters. The trail throughout the year remains more rugged and snow-occupied. You'll get a splendid view of mountains and terrains from the top.

You'll descend steeply from the top for an hour before walking on less steep sections. Buddhist prayer flags, chortens, and other stuff decorate the region.

Shey Gompa is a small village with few houses and monasteries. For overnight accommodation, you'll settle in a tented camp.

Trek from Shey Gompa to Namgung via Shey La (5000 meters, 6 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast at Shey Gompa, you'll trek to Namgung via Shey La. You'll walk along a valley and plains before climbing to 5000 meters at Shey La. From the top, you'll get a beautiful glimpse of Kanjirowa Himal.

From the top, you'll descend to Namgung, also known as Luri Gompa.

You'll settle in at tented camps for overnight accommodation at Namgung.

Trek to Sibu from Namgung via Saldang (4,060 meters, 8 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

The 10th day of your Upper Dolpo Trek is among the longest walking days on the entire trek. The trail past Namgung progresses along the Namgung River. The trekking to Saldang can get challenging due to the uneven terrain. At Saldang, you'll have lunch and rest.

The trail progresses along the Namgung River, multiple settlements, and ultimately to Sibu.

At Sibu, you'll settle in for overnight accommodation at tented camps.

Trek from Sibu to Lagmo Che (4,570 meters, 4 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Trek to Lagmo Che is an easy walk of just four hours. Also, the trekking route is easy.

You'll trek through the beautiful landscape, following the river. You'll reach Raka Village and stop for rehydration. Further trekking from this village takes you to a sizable inhabited valley. You'll stop here for lunch.

During the walk, you may glimpse Blue Sheep and Wild Goats.

Before reaching Lagmo Che, you'll trek on some steep sections for two hours. It's also a resting spot before climbing Jeng La.

As usual, you'll settle in at tented camps at Lagmo Che.

Trek from Lagmo Che to Tokyo via Jeng La (5,110 meters, 7 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

To cross Jeng La, we'll start the trek early after breakfast. Two hours from Lagmo Che takes you to the top of Jeng La, a 5,110 meters high pass in the region. From the top, you'll get a fantastic panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Moreover, other elegant peaks make your sightseeing awe.

Further down from Jeng La, take you to Tarap Valley, where you'll have lunch.
From Tarap, you'll reach Tokyu in two hours. It's the highest human settlement in the world. This place houses the statue of Maitreya, the second Buddha to many.

Overnight camping at Tokyu.

Trek to Sisaul Village (3,750 meters) via Dho Tarap (4,080 meters, 6 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, you'll resume the trek from Tokyu to Dho Tarap and Sisaul Village. The first landmark you'll notice is Crystal Mountain School. From here, you'll trek 30 minutes further to Dho Tarap Village. Here, you'll stop for lunch.

After leaving Dho Tarap, you'll descend to the Tarap River. Gradually, the green forest starts appearing. The landscape now gets lush green and lively. Further, a two-hour walk takes you to Sisaul Village.

Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

Trek from Sisaul Village to Laina Odar (3,370 meters, 8 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

It's a long day of walking on the trail. However, it will be a more leisurely walk as you descend rather than ascend.

Three hours of serene walk from Sisaul takes you to Nawarpani. Here, you'll stop for lunch and some good rest.

Further down, you'll trek through the pine forest and to Laina Odar.

From here, you'll start accommodating in local tea houses.

Trek from Laina Odar to Lingdo (2,390 meters, 5 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

You'll start the trek after breakfast at a tea house in Laina.

From Laina, you'll descend to Laisicap at 2,772 meters. Past Laisicap, you'll trek along lush forests and cliffs. You'll get the fresh air and the touch of liveliness while trekking through the beautiful pine forest.

Before reaching Lingdo, cross a suspension bridge over the Thuli Bheri River. The trail further descends and gets more manageable.

Settle in for overnight accommodation at a guest house in Lingdo.

Trek from Lingdo to Dunai (2,140 meters, 5 hours)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

On this day, you'll trek for five hours from Lingdo and reach Dunai, the headquarters of Dolpa district.
The trekking route is uneven, with ascents and descends. However, the trekking starts getting more accessible as you near the end of the trek.

Overnight at a guest house in Dunai.

Trek from Dunai to Jhupal (4 hours, 2,475 meters)

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

On this day, you'll return to Jumla, where you've started the 18-day-long Upper Dolpo Trek. You'll leave Dunai VDC, cross a suspension bridge, and check out the Shey Phoksundo National Park area.

You'll stop for lunch at Dangiwada. Two more hours of walking from here takes you to Jhupal.

At Jhupal, you can enjoy some comfort of a hot shower, warm meals, and good drinks.

Overnight at a guest house at Jhupal.

Fly from Jhupal to Nepalgunj (35 minutes). Fly to Kathmandu (1 hour).

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

To end this trek, you'll first take a morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj.

After reaching Nepalgunj, you'll have lunch.
You'll take a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu in the afternoon.

Upon reaching Kathmandu airport, you'll get a hotel transfer on a private vehicle.

With this, your 18 days of Upper Dolpo Trekking end.

What Is Included ?

  • Domestic Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • permit and all needed document
  • Round Flight ( Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu)
  • Upper Dolpo Trekking Guide and necessary staffs.
  • Upper Dolpo Special trekking permit
  • A cook and kitchen supporter.
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc.
  • Upper Dolpo trek Camping charges.
  • Trekking insurance for trekking Guide and Entire staff
  • First Aid kit, including Oximeter and pulse meter checked.
  • An arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (Pay first and claim later with your insurance if policy cover.). If in case of worst case only.
  • Satellite Phone for Upper Dolpo Trek
  • Company certificate after the successful trek
  • Assistant guide group size of more than 8 people in a group.

What Is Excluded?

  • Nature of personal expense
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Satellite Phone calling charge.
  • Tips for Trekking Guide ,Cook and Entire Staff

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Route Map

Route Map


Before planning the Upper Dolpo Trek with us, you must know a few things.

First, it's more camping and less tea house-based trekking. Hence, you may not have access to hot water shower, internet, and electricity services at many places during the trek.

Second, it's off-beat trekking. It means that only a few trekkers plan this trek for various reasons. Thus, if you love to trek in utmost peace with no trekkers en route, this trek is for you. It'll be a great time to be close to nature, self-reflect, and enjoy every aspect of Dolpo.

Third, it's an expensive trek. Being a restricted region, the entry permits are costly. Additionally, the trek is a camping trek, which will be expensive.

Furthermore, it's challenging yet gratifying trekking. Thus, for novice trekkers, trekking here can be extremely difficult. However, for experienced trekkers, it'll be one of the best treks.

The best time for the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, which offer the most favorable weather conditions and optimal trekking experiences. Here's a breakdown of the two main trekking seasons:

Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times to trek in Upper Dolpo. During this season, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and blooming rhododendrons adding color to the landscape. The trails are also less crowded compared to the peak autumn season. Spring is an excellent time for photography, as the views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks are usually unobstructed.

Autumn (September to November): Autumn is another popular season for trekking in Upper Dolpo. The weather is typically dry and stable, with clear skies and comfortable daytime temperatures. The autumn months offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and the visibility is excellent for trekking and sightseeing. Autumn is also the harvest season in many villages, providing opportunities to experience local culture and festivities.

Both spring and autumn offer excellent trekking conditions, but there are some differences to consider:

Spring: The trails may be wetter in the spring due to melting snow and occasional rainfall, especially at higher elevations. However, the landscape is lush and green, and the temperatures are moderate, making for pleasant trekking conditions.

Autumn: The weather is typically drier and cooler in autumn, with clear skies and stable conditions. The trails are also less muddy compared to the spring season. However, autumn is a busier time for trekking in Nepal, and popular routes like the Upper Dolpo Trek may experience more crowds and competition for accommodations.

Ultimately, the choice of when to trek in Upper Dolpo depends on your personal preferences, availability, and tolerance for crowds. Both spring and autumn offer fantastic trekking experiences, so you can't go wrong with either season.

Yes. Trekking to the Upper Dolpo region is demanding and challenging. The most arduous sections during this trek are crossing high passes like Kang La and Jeng La. These passes are over 5000 meters in altitude. Also, there are a few days where you'll trek for more than 8 hours.

Having said this, if you have some high-altitude trekking experience, you can comfortably complete Upper Dolpo Trekking. Also, for novice trekkers, proper physical fitness and a positive mindset are necessary to complete this highly rewarding trek.


On this trek, you'll reach an altitude of 5,375 meters at Kang La. Also, you'll cross two other passes over 5000 meters. Thus, you may get altitude sickness while trekking at such an altitude. However, with precaution and preventive measures, you won't get altitude sickness.

Drinking 3 liters of water/fluid daily on the trek is best. Also, consuming adequate meals prevents you from getting altitude sickness.


Yes. Travel insurance is necessary if you're considering Upper Dolpo Trek in 2024. With travel insurance, you'll get helicopter evacuation on time during emergencies. Also, the travel insurance compensates your hospitalization bills, medication expenses, loss and damage of personal stuff and more.

Please note that we don't purchase travel insurance for you, nor does the trek cost you pay us include the insurance fee.

Upper Dolpo Trek is a mixed style of trekking, tea house, and camping trekking. Until Shey Phoksundo, you'll be accommodated in local tea houses. However, after leaving Phoksundo, you'll start accommodating tented camps set by our trek team. During camping, you'll get the best available meals and other amenities.

Once you reach Sisaul Village and to Jhupal, you'll get guest houses and tea houses for accommodation.


Yes, you can customize the Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary to some extent, depending on your preferences, time constraints, and trekking experience. While there are established routes and typical itineraries for the Upper Dolpo Trek, experienced trekking agencies and guides can often tailor the itinerary to suit your needs. Here are some ways you might customize your trek:

Duration: The standard Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary typically takes around 10  days to 20 days  to complete. However, you can adjust the duration of your trek based on your available time and fitness level. You might choose to shorten or lengthen the itinerary accordingly.

Route Variations: There are various route options within the Upper Dolpo region, each offering unique landscapes and cultural experiences. You could work with your trekking agency or guide to customize the route to include specific highlights or areas of interest.

Rest Days and Side Trips: Depending on your preferences and fitness level, you might incorporate rest days or side trips into your itinerary to explore nearby villages, monasteries, or natural attractions. This can add depth to your trekking experience and allow for cultural immersion.

Camping vs. Teahouse Trekking: While camping is common in remote sections of the Upper Dolpo Trek, some portions of the route have teahouses or guesthouses available for accommodation. You can choose to prioritize camping for a more remote and wilderness experience or opt for teahouse trekking for added comfort and convenience.

Acclimatization Days: Proper acclimatization is crucial when trekking at high altitudes. You may choose to incorporate additional acclimatization days into your itinerary to allow your body to adjust to the altitude gradually.

Logistics and Support: Customizing your itinerary also involves arranging logistics such as transportation to and from the trekking trailhead, hiring guides and porters, obtaining necessary permits, and organizing meals and accommodations. Experienced trekking agencies can assist with these logistical details and tailor their support to your specific needs.

When customizing your Upper Dolpo Trek itinerary, it's essential to consider factors such as your trekking experience, fitness level, altitude tolerance, and personal interests. Working with experienced guides and trekking agencies can help ensure that your customized itinerary is safe, enjoyable, and aligned with your preferences.

The Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is a captivating and challenging trekking route situated in the remote and rugged terrain of the Dolpa region in Nepal. This trek offers trekkers a unique opportunity to explore pristine wilderness, ancient Tibetan culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Key highlights of the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek include:

Phoksundo Lake: The trek takes you to the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest and most spectacular alpine lakes in Nepal. Its crystal-clear turquoise waters set against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks create a truly enchanting sight.

Shey Gompa: The trek often culminates at Shey Gompa, a revered Tibetan Buddhist monastery nestled amidst the high Himalayas. It holds significant religious and cultural importance and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Remote Villages: Along the trekking route, you'll encounter remote and traditional Tibetan villages inhabited by friendly locals who follow age-old customs and traditions. These villages provide insight into the unique way of life in the high Himalayas.

High Mountain Passes: The trek traverses several high mountain passes, offering exhilarating vistas of rugged landscapes, deep valleys, and towering peaks. Crossing these passes presents both physical and mental challenges but rewards trekkers with unparalleled views.

Flora and Fauna: The Dolpo region is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including rare wildlife such as snow leopards, blue sheep, and Himalayan tahr. Trekkers may also encounter a variety of bird species and alpine vegetation along the trail.

Cultural Immersion: Throughout the trek, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich Tibetan culture and traditions of the Dolpo region. Interactions with locals, visits to monasteries, and witnessing traditional festivals provide cultural insights and memorable experiences.

Overall, the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is an adventure of a lifetime, offering trekkers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and wilderness exploration in one of the most remote and pristine regions of Nepal.

The duration of the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek can vary depending on several factors, including the chosen route, the trekker's pace, acclimatization needs, and any side trips or rest days incorporated into the itinerary. Typically, the trek takes between 18 to 22 days to complete.

Here's a rough outline of the duration:

Standard Itinerary (18-22 days): The most common itinerary usually takes around 18 to 22 days to complete. This includes trekking from the starting point to Shey Gompa and then returning via the same route or a loop via different villages and passes. It allows for acclimatization and exploration of key attractions along the route.

Extended Itinerary (21-25 days): Some trekkers may opt for a more extended itinerary, which includes additional side trips, rest days, or exploration of nearby areas. This allows for a more leisurely pace, deeper immersion into the local culture, and more time for photography or relaxation amidst the stunning landscapes.

Trekkers should consider their fitness level, experience, and preferences when choosing the duration of the trek. It's essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization, as the trek involves high altitudes, which can pose health risks if not approached cautiously. Additionally, flexibility in the itinerary is advisable to account for unexpected weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances along the trekking route.

The best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons.

Spring (March to May): This season is characterized by stable weather conditions, warmer temperatures, and blooming rhododendron flowers along the trail. The days are longer, providing ample daylight for trekking. The mountain views are typically clear and stunning during this time, making it an ideal period for trekking.

Autumn (September to November): Another excellent time for the trek, autumn brings clear skies, mild temperatures, and favorable weather conditions. The monsoon season has passed, leaving the landscapes lush and green. The visibility is excellent, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

Both spring and autumn seasons are popular among trekkers for their favorable weather conditions and stunning natural beauty. However, trekkers should be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at higher altitudes, and occasional weather fluctuations even during these optimal seasons. It's advisable to check weather forecasts and plan the trek accordingly to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


Yes, a special permit is required for the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek. Since this trek passes through restricted areas in the Dolpa region of Nepal, trekkers need to obtain a "Restricted Area Permit" from the Nepalese government. Additionally, trekkers also need to acquire a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which is a mandatory registration system for trekkers in Nepal.

The Restricted Area Permit is obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal, and trekkers typically need to provide certain documents, including a copy of their passport and visa, along with passport-sized photographs. The permit fee varies depending on the duration of the trek and the specific regulations set by the Nepalese government.

It's crucial for trekkers to ensure that they have all the necessary permits and documents before embarking on the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek, as failure to do so may result in legal penalties or restrictions during the trek. Additionally, trekking agencies or guides can assist in obtaining the required permits and ensuring compliance with local regulations.

Yes, prior trekking experience is highly recommended for the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek. This trek is considered challenging due to its remote location, rugged terrain, high altitude, and unpredictable weather conditions. Trekkers should have experience in trekking at high altitudes, preferably in similar remote and challenging environments.

Having prior trekking experience will help trekkers navigate the terrain, understand the demands of high-altitude trekking, and manage potential risks such as altitude sickness and harsh weather conditions more effectively. Additionally, familiarity with basic trekking skills, such as using trekking gear, reading maps, and navigating trails, will enhance the overall trekking experience and safety.

The altitude reached during the Upper Dolpo Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek varies throughout the journey. The highest point typically reached during the trek is Shey Gompa, which stands at approximately 4,500 meters (14,763 feet) above sea level. However, there are other high passes and points along the route that may reach similar altitudes or slightly lower. It's essential for trekkers to acclimatize properly to the high altitude to avoid altitude sickness and other related health issues.


Yes, there are several health risks associated with the Upper Dolpo Trek, primarily due to the high altitude, remote location, and challenging terrain. Some of the main health risks include:

Altitude Sickness: The Upper Dolpo Trek involves trekking to high altitudes, with some sections reaching over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), can occur when ascending to high elevations too quickly without proper acclimatization. Symptoms of AMS include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. It's essential to acclimatize gradually, stay hydrated, and descend if symptoms worsen.

Cold-Related Illnesses: The Upper Dolpo region can experience extreme cold temperatures, especially at higher altitudes and during certain times of the year. Hypothermia and frostbite are significant risks for trekkers, particularly if they are not adequately dressed for the conditions. Proper clothing, including layers, insulated jackets, hats, gloves, and sturdy boots, is essential for staying warm and preventing cold-related illnesses.

Dehydration: Trekking at high altitudes and in cold, dry conditions can lead to increased fluid loss through respiration and sweat. It's crucial to stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the trek, even if you don't feel thirsty. Dehydration can exacerbate altitude sickness and other health issues.

Injuries: The rugged and remote terrain of the Upper Dolpo region increases the risk of injuries such as sprains, strains, and falls. Trekkers should be cautious while hiking, especially on uneven or rocky trails, and wear appropriate footwear with good ankle support. Carrying a basic first aid kit is also advisable for treating minor injuries.

Food and Water Safety: In remote areas where sanitation and hygiene standards may be lower, there is a risk of gastrointestinal illnesses from contaminated food or water. Trekkers should take precautions such as drinking only purified or boiled water, avoiding raw or undercooked foods, and practicing good hand hygiene.

Sun Exposure: At high altitudes, the intensity of UV radiation is higher, increasing the risk of sunburn and sun-related skin damage. Wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat can help protect against sunburn and reduce the risk of eye damage from glare.

It's essential to be aware of these health risks and take appropriate precautions before and during the trek. Consulting with a healthcare professional and obtaining travel insurance with coverage for medical emergencies is recommended for anyone planning to undertake the Upper Dolpo Trek or any high-altitude trekking expedition.

Accommodation options include full camping. Teahouses and homestays are not  available in villages along the route, while camping is necessary in some remote areas where lodging facilities are scarce.
Accommodation options during the Upper Dolpo Trek are limited compared to more popular trekking routes in Nepal. Here are the main types of accommodation you can expect.

Camping trekking only: In many parts of the Upper Dolpo region, especially in the more remote and higher-altitude areas, camping is the only option for accommodation. Trekkers must bring their own camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, and cooking equipment. Camping allows for greater flexibility in terms of where you stop for the night, but it also requires careful planning and self-sufficiency.

100% No  possible to trek independently, it's strongly recommended to Register Trekking Company  hire an experienced guide and porter familiar with the area due to the remote and challenging nature of the trek.

Remote and rugged terrain: Upper Dolpo is one of the most remote and least developed regions in Nepal. The trails can be challenging to navigate, especially for those unfamiliar with the area.

Limited infrastructure: Facilities such as guesthouses, teahouses, and even villages are sparse along the trekking route. This means you would need to be fully self-sufficient, carrying your own camping gear, food, and supplies for the duration of the trek.

Altitude and acclimatization: Portions of the trek reach high altitudes, increasing the risk of altitude sickness. Going with an experienced guide who knows how to manage altitude and acclimatization is crucial for safety.

Permit requirements: Like many trekking areas in Nepal, Upper Dolpo requires permits for entry, and these permits can only be obtained through registered trekking agencies. Going independently might result in difficulties obtaining the necessary permits.

Cultural and language barriers: The local people in Upper Dolpo have their own distinct culture and language. A guide can help bridge the cultural and language gaps, enhancing your experience and facilitating interactions with locals.

If you're determined to trek independently, make sure you're well-prepared, experienced in remote trekking, physically fit, and have thoroughly researched the route and necessary permits. However, for most trekkers, especially those without extensive experience in remote and high-altitude trekking, joining a guided trekking group or hiring a local guide is strongly recommended for safety and enjoyment.

Essential items include trekking gear suitable for high-altitude and varying weather conditions, warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bag, first aid kit, water purification tablets, and high-energy snacks. It's also crucial to pack light but include all necessary items for the remote journey.

The Upper Dolpo Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. It takes you through remote and rugged terrain in the far western region of the country, where the landscapes are stunning but the conditions can be harsh. The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, navigating through deep valleys, and enduring unpredictable weather conditions.

The altitude is a significant factor to consider, as portions of the trek reach elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). Altitude sickness can be a risk for trekkers who are not properly acclimatized. Additionally, the remoteness of the region means that facilities and services are limited, and trekking routes may be less well-defined compared to more popular trails like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit treks.

Overall, the Upper Dolpo Trek requires a high level of physical fitness, endurance, and preparation. Trekkers should be experienced hikers and be prepared for long days of walking in challenging terrain. It's also advisable to go with an experienced guide or join a guided trekking group to ensure safety and navigation in this remote area.

The Upper Dolpo Trek is a challenging and remote trekking adventure in the far western region of Nepal. It takes trekkers through the stunning landscapes of the Dolpo region, known for its rugged terrain, ancient Tibetan culture, and pristine natural beauty. Here's an overview of the Upper Dolpo Trek:

Location: The Upper Dolpo region is located in the northwestern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. It is one of the most remote and least developed areas in the country, characterized by high mountain passes, deep valleys, alpine meadows, and traditional Tibetan villages.

Duration: The Upper Dolpo Trek typically takes around 3-4 weeks to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace. It is a long and challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness, as well as experience in high-altitude trekking.


Remote Wilderness: The trek takes you through some of the most remote and pristine wilderness areas in Nepal, far from the beaten path of more popular trekking routes.

Cultural Immersion: Upper Dolpo is home to traditional Tibetan Buddhist villages and monasteries, where you can experience the unique culture and way of life of the local people.

Scenic Landscapes: The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, turquoise lakes, and rolling hillsides dotted with yak herds.

Shey Phoksundo National Park: The trek passes through Shey Phoksundo National Park, home to the stunning Phoksundo Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Nepal. The park is also known for its diverse flora and fauna, including rare wildlife such as snow leopards and blue sheep.

Challenging Passes: The trek includes challenging mountain passes such as Kang La Pass (5,360 meters) and Jeng La Pass (5,090 meters), which offer panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Logistics: Due to its remote location and rugged terrain, the Upper Dolpo Trek requires careful planning and preparation. Trekkers typically arrange the trek through experienced trekking agencies or guides, who handle logistics such as permits, accommodations, transportation, and support staff (e.g., guides, porters).

Overall, the Upper Dolpo Trek offers a truly unique and unforgettable trekking experience for those seeking adventure, cultural immersion, and stunning natural beauty in one of Nepal's most remote and untouched regions.

The maximum altitude reached during the Upper Dolpo Trek is typically around 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) at Kang La Pass. Kang La Pass is one of the high mountain passes trekkers cross during the trek. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and is a challenging but rewarding part of the trek. Crossing Kang La Pass requires proper acclimatization and physical fitness due to the high altitude and steep ascent and descent.

The most difficult pass along the Upper Dolpo Trekking route is generally considered to be the Kang La Pass. Kang La Pass is located at an altitude of approximately 5,360 meters (17,585 feet) above sea level. Crossing Kang La Pass involves a steep ascent followed by a descent on the other side, and the altitude and terrain can pose significant challenges for trekkers.

The ascent to Kang La Pass is demanding, requiring a steady climb over rocky and sometimes icy terrain. Trekkers must also contend with the effects of high altitude, including decreased oxygen levels and potential symptoms of altitude sickness. Additionally, weather conditions at such high altitudes can be unpredictable, with the possibility of snow, strong winds, and rapidly changing weather patterns adding to the difficulty of crossing the pass.

Despite its challenges, reaching the summit of Kang La Pass rewards trekkers with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the rugged landscapes of the Upper Dolpo region. However, it's essential for trekkers to be adequately prepared, acclimatized, and physically fit before attempting to cross Kang La Pass or any other high mountain passes along the Upper Dolpo Trekking route.

Restricted Area Permit: Upper Dolpo is designated as a restricted area by the Nepalese government, which means that trekkers need a special permit to enter. The cost of the restricted area permit for Upper Dolpo is USD 500 per person for the first 10 days, with an additional USD 50 per person for each additional day thereafter.

Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit: The Upper Dolpo Trek passes through Shey Phoksundo National Park, so trekkers are also required to obtain an entry permit for the park. The cost of the entry permit is NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 30) per person for foreigners.

Please note that permit fees and regulations may be subject to change, so it's essential to check with the appropriate authorities or a reliable trekking agency for the most up-to-date information before planning your trek. Additionally, these permit fees are for the permits required to enter the Upper Dolpo region legally. Other expenses, such as guide and porter fees, transportation, accommodations, and meals, should also be factored into your trekking budget.

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Shey Phoksundo Lake is indeed a stunning destination within the Dolpo region of Nepal. Here's a virtual tour of this remarkable natural wonder:

Location: Shey Phoksundo Lake is located within Shey Phoksundo National Park in the Dolpa District of Nepal, in the remote western part of the country. It lies at an altitude of approximately 3,611 meters (11,849 feet) above sea level.

Scenic Beauty: The lake is renowned for its mesmerizing turquoise-blue waters, surrounded by rugged mountains, cliffs, and lush forests. The color of the lake changes with the sunlight and angle of view, creating a breathtaking sight that captivates visitors.

Cultural Significance: Shey Phoksundo Lake holds significant cultural and spiritual importance for the local Tibetan Buddhist communities inhabiting the region. It is believed to be sacred, and pilgrims often visit the lake to perform rituals and prayers.

Remote Wilderness: Accessing Shey Phoksundo Lake requires a trek through the remote and pristine wilderness of Dolpo. The trek to the lake offers trekkers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayan landscape, passing through traditional villages, alpine meadows, and ancient monasteries along the way.

Phoksundo Waterfall: Near the lake's western shore, the waters of the Phoksundo Lake cascade down in a magnificent waterfall, adding to the scenic beauty of the area. The waterfall is a popular spot for trekkers to pause and admire the natural splendor of the region.

Trekking to Shey Phoksundo Lake: The trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake is typically a part of the longer Upper Dolpo Trek or the Lower Dolpo Trek. Trekkers can choose from various trekking routes and itineraries depending on their preferences and available time. The trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake is known for its challenging yet rewarding terrain, high mountain passes, and opportunities for cultural immersion.

Visiting Shey Phoksundo Lake offers a chance to experience the raw beauty and tranquility of one of Nepal's most remote and pristine natural wonders. Whether trekking through the rugged wilderness or simply admiring the view, the turquoise waters of Shey Phoksundo Lake leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Crossing Jeng La, Nagdala La, and Mauri Lagna are indeed adventurous endeavors and highlights of trekking in the Dolpo region of Nepal. Let's explore each of these high passes:

Jeng La Pass (5,090 meters / 16,700 feet): Jeng La Pass is one of the high mountain passes along the Upper Dolpo Trekking route. Situated at an altitude of approximately 5,090 meters, crossing Jeng La Pass offers trekkers panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the rugged landscapes of Dolpo. The ascent to Jeng La Pass can be challenging, involving a steep climb over rocky terrain, but the stunning vistas from the top make it a rewarding experience.

Nagdala La Pass (5,350 meters / 17,553 feet): Nagdala La Pass is another high mountain pass along the Upper Dolpo Trekking route, located at an altitude of around 5,350 meters. Crossing Nagdala La Pass requires trekkers to navigate steep and rocky terrain, with the pass offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and deep valleys below. The pass is a significant milestone for trekkers, marking the transition between different landscapes and ecosystems in the Dolpo region.

Mauri Lagna Pass (5,550 meters / 18,208 feet): Mauri Lagna Pass is one of the highest passes in the Dolpo region, situated at an altitude of approximately 5,550 meters. Crossing Mauri Lagna Pass is a challenging and adventurous undertaking, as trekkers must contend with high altitude, steep inclines, and potentially adverse weather conditions. However, the sense of accomplishment and the awe-inspiring views from the pass make it a memorable experience for those who undertake the journey.

Crossing these high passes in Dolpo requires careful planning, proper acclimatization, and physical fitness. Trekkers should be prepared for the altitude and the challenging terrain, as well as fluctuations in weather conditions. However, the opportunity to experience the raw beauty and remote wilderness of the Dolpo region makes crossing these adventurous high passes a truly unforgettable adventure for trekkers.

The Dolpo region of Nepal offers stunning panoramic mountain scenery, including views of prominent Himalayan peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Kanjirowa, and Churen Himal. Here's what you might expect to see:

Dhaulagiri Range: Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, with its main peak reaching an elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet) above sea level. The Dhaulagiri Range is visible from various vantage points in the Dolpo region, presenting a majestic backdrop against the rugged landscape. The snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri and its neighboring summits dominate the horizon, creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring panorama.

Kanjirowa Himal: Kanjirowa Himal is a subrange of the Himalayas located in the Dolpa District of Nepal. The range includes several prominent peaks, with Kanjirowa Himal itself rising to an elevation of approximately 6,883 meters (22,579 feet). The jagged ridgelines and glaciated peaks of Kanjirowa Himal offer a breathtaking sight, especially during sunrise and sunset when the mountains are bathed in golden light.

Churen Himal: Churen Himal is another subrange of the Himalayas located in the Dolpo region of Nepal. The range is characterized by its rugged and remote terrain, with numerous peaks exceeding 7,000 meters (22,966 feet) in elevation. Churen Himal presents a formidable and pristine landscape, with snow-clad peaks, deep valleys, and glacial lakes contributing to its panoramic mountain scenery.

From vantage points along trekking routes in Dolpo, such as the Upper Dolpo Trek or the Lower Dolpo Trek, trekkers can enjoy sweeping views of these iconic Himalayan peaks. Whether trekking through high mountain passes, crossing alpine meadows, or resting beside turquoise lakes, the panoramic mountain scenery of Dolpo leaves a lasting impression on all who venture into this remote and untouched wilderness.

Yes, exploring the Dolpo region of Nepal offers the opportunity to encounter unblemished Tibetan lifestyles, rich culture, visit iconic monasteries like Shey Gompa, and immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of the landscape. Here's what you might experience:

Tibetan Lifestyles and Culture: The Dolpo region is home to communities of Tibetan descent who have preserved their traditional way of life for centuries. Trekking through Dolpo allows you to encounter these communities, interact with local villagers, and gain insight into their customs, traditions, and beliefs. You may have the chance to visit Tibetan-style villages, witness daily activities such as herding yaks and weaving, and participate in cultural events and rituals.

Shey Gompa: Shey Gompa is one of the most iconic monasteries in the Dolpo region and holds significant religious and cultural importance. Located at the base of Crystal Mountain (known locally as "Shey Phoksundo"), Shey Gompa is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and is renowned for its ancient murals, intricate sculptures, and spiritual atmosphere. Visiting Shey Gompa offers the opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, observe monks in prayer, and admire the monastery's architectural and artistic features.

Ethereal Beauty of Dolpo: The Dolpo region is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, characterized by pristine landscapes, rugged mountains, deep valleys, and crystal-clear lakes. Trekking through Dolpo allows you to immerse yourself in this ethereal beauty, with opportunities to explore alpine meadows, cross high mountain passes, and marvel at panoramic views of snow-capped peaks. Highlights include the turquoise waters of Phoksundo Lake, the dramatic scenery of Kang La Pass, and the remote wilderness of Upper Dolpo.

Remote and Untouched Wilderness: Dolpo is one of the most remote and least developed regions in Nepal, offering trekkers the chance to experience pristine wilderness far from the crowds and commercialization of more popular trekking routes. Trekking in Dolpo allows you to disconnect from the modern world, reconnect with nature, and experience a sense of tranquility and solitude amidst the untouched landscapes.

Overall, exploring Dolpo offers a unique and unforgettable journey into a world of unspoiled natural beauty, ancient traditions, and spiritual richness. Whether trekking through the rugged terrain, visiting traditional villages, or contemplating the grandeur of Shey Gompa, Dolpo leaves a lasting impression on all who venture into its enchanting realm.

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