Nepal Holiday Treks and TOurs

Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal

28 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Jhuphal and Jhuphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Best Season
(March, April, May) and (September, October and November)
  • Tourist stander hotel in Kathmandu B/B plan
  • Camping trip, sleep in a tent during the trek
# time Meal plan during the trek and 3 times tea or coffee during the trek.
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route


    • Explore deepest Shey Phoksundo Lake of Nepal and  visit Shey Gompa
    • Cross through three passes (Cang Mara La Pass, Nagdala La, and Tyonta)
    • Experience diverse landscapes of the upper Himalayas including lush forests, barren cliffs, alpine meadows, and pristine lakes
    • Experience the Nepali wilderness and lives in such scarcity
    • Visit ancient monasteries, gompas, and temples
    • Takes you through remote villages, high mountain passes, deep Georges, and beautiful valleys
    • Interact with the local people and witness pristine Buddhist culture and lifestyle


Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal

Upper Dolpo trekking in Nepal provides unique and challenging isolated region trekking experience for adventure enthusiasts seeking a remote path adventure. It is a high- altitude area with rugged landscapes, beautiful valleys, high mountain passes and deep Georges. The region was opened for trekking in 1989, but it still remains relatively untouched by modern development.

Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the major highlight of this trek. It is the deepest lake of Nepal and regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes as well as popular destination for photography and meditation. The lake is also surrounded by waterfalls such as Rup Gara waterfall, Phoksundo waterfall, Tshowa waterfall, Suligad waterfall, and lush green woods. Similarly, it is an amazing turquoise blue lake surrounded by breathtaking snow- capped mountains such as Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Kanjiroba Himal, and Ganesh Himal.

Furthermore, Shey Gompa is another popular pilgrimage place for Tibetan Buddhists with great religious significance in the upper Dolpo region in Nepal. It is believed to be around 800 years old ancient monastery founded by Luri Gompa, allowing you to explore monk’s daily life, stunning paintings, and sculptures.

Overall, upper dolpo  region is rich in bio- diversity. Therefore exploring its wildlife and its rich culture add more glamour in the trek. Along the trek, you will interact with the Tibetans who have a distinct culture and way of life and also witness some of the animals and bird species that may be found in the upper region area include blue sheep, snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan Tahr, and Himalayan monal. 

1) Foods and Accommodation

The accommodation in the mountains and remote villages are generally modest and basic. The room, shower and rest rooms are available in a twin- shared basis. The mountain teahouse provides rooms with just a bed, pillow, and blankets but the view is spectacular from the rooms. 

Teashops and lodges usually provide plentiful and delicious foods which suits the preferences of various trekkers such as Nepali foods, Indian, Italian, Tibetan and Continental food. All the foods will be cooked by the local cook by using local vegetables so the taste would be very local.

2) Travel Insurance 

Any trek in Nepal, including the Upper Dolpo Trek in Nepal, needs travel insurance. The trek includes high-altitude trekking, which may be physically challenging and dangerous. Travel insurance can cover you financially in the event of an accident, a medical emergency, a flight cancellation or delay, or lost or stolen luggage. When buying travel insurance for the Upper Dolpo trek in Nepal, ensure that it covers high- altitude trekking and emergency helicopter evacuation, as these can be expansive without insurance. 

3) The ideal season for visiting

Spring and autumn season is considered the best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo trek in Nepal. As these seasons allows you best experience and offer you with stunning glimpse till the end of the journey.

Spring Season (March- May)

It is the pre- monsoon period when nature regenerates its lost beauty. You can explore a wide variety of flowers blooming making colorful hills such as magnolia, Nepalese national flower Rhododendron and other variety of wildflowers. Similarly, these season offer relatively stable weather, mild temperature, and clear views of the surroundings.

Autum Season (September- November)

The temperatures are mild, the weather is relatively unchanged, the clear skies provide astonishing mountain views, and the day time walking temperature are also the most pleasant overall. However, the high mountains are still cold and lower elevations are warm. You will witness colorful hills as the leaves of trees are turn into yellow, orange, red, and brown pleasing to the eyes.

4) Guide and Porter

It’s always suggested to trek with a knowledgeable experienced licensed guide or join a trekking agency to assure safety and utilize your time in a best way. As they are highly experienced and familiar with terrain, prompt in safety performance and always carry essential safety equipments, first aid kids and gear to enhance your trip experience without compromising on safety.  

5) Altitude Sickness

Generally altitude sickness occurs when you travel to a high altitude too quickly. Headache, nausea, tiredness etc are the symptoms occur when your body tries to adjust to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. When it comes to this illness, one should be pro-active and notify the guide as soon as possible.

6) Fitness/ Experience

Physical fitness level, health, and medical required for upper Dolpo trekking. The trekking trail of upper Dolpo is a challenging still adventurous with rewarding experience. You will be regularly hiking for around 6 hours on average depending on the destination. So, this trek is not recommended for trekkers who are suffering from chronic ailments or have heart or lung diseases. It is better to avoid this trip.

However, all the trekkers having an average level of fitness can easily complete this trek. If you have any kind of previous trekking experience or regular exercise it will be an added advantage but not compulsory.

7) Permits

It is a restricted area that was opened for trekking in 1989. As it is restricted area, special permits are required to visit this region which can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. 

1 Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Permit 

2Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit.

These permits can be obtained from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj or Dunai (starting point of the trek) respectively.

Important Note

Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you and mountains are calling you.

This trip is fully customization. Importantly, this trip is available on both a fixed departure and a private group basis. Moreover, we can also customize the trip as per your needs, please contact us at Whatsapp (+977-9843770916) or email us at Let us know how we can help you, and we will do our best to give you the best customer service you’ll get anywhere else.

Furthermore, Nepal holiday treks and tours Pvt. Ltd. is a reputable and reliable company serving relentlessly in the field of tourism to fulfill the dreams of diverse adventure seekers around the globe into reality where they can feel most alive. So, we recommend you to reserve seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful and unforgettable trip experience.

Trip Itinerary

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    • Pick up and Drop From international Airport to the hotel by private vehicle
    • 4 Night tourist Hotel in Kathmandu B/B Plan
    • Domestic flight from kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Jhuphal and Jhuphal to Nepalgunj to kathmandu
    •  Pick up and drop from Domestic airport to hotel and vice versa
    • special Trekking permits for Dolpo region
    •  Experienced English speaking government License holder Trekking Guide
    • Accommodation in the tent during the trek
    • stay in a tent and camping During the trek
    •  3 times Meals a day,  lunch, dinner and breakfast with 3 cups of tea or coffee during the trek
    •  Insurance, daily wages, equipment, meals and accommodation for
      guide and porters
    • All taxes and company service charges
    •  Medical support kit box
    • Equipment ( sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking pole)
    • One porter for two guests
    • porter for extra kitchen staff and cook During the trek
    • after trekking Farewell Dinner (Nepali Cuisine )

Doesn't Include

      • International airfare and visa fees
      • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
      • Personal expenses of bar and beverage bills, wifi, hot shower, bottle of water, extra porters, laundry or any other things which are not mentioned by the company 
      • Your trekking gears and extra nights in a certain destination
      • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue
      • Tips for your guide and porters                        
      • Entrance fees during the sightseeing
      • Extra expenses due to any event such as strikes, weather conditions, or flight delays 

    Equipment List

    Waterproof daypack

    Small waterproof bags

    Flash or torch light


    Trekking poles

    Sleeping bag

    Water bottles


    Sun hat

    Warm down jacket

    Woolen hat and scarf

    Windproof jacket

    Trekking socks

    Raincoat and rain trousers


    Antibacterial hand wash

    Travel towel

    Small personal power bank

    Camera and batteries

    Trekking shoes 

    Sun lotion

    Other required equipment’s 

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