Trip Facts:

Tour Name  : Upper Dolpo Trek
Tour Code: BATE NEP 016
Grade : Strenuous
Max Elevation : 5,460m/17,913ft
Accommodation : Hotel/ Tent
Meal : Bed & Breakfast in cities and Full Board during the trek
Transport   : Flight or Private Vehicle
Trek Days : 22 Days
Total Days  : 28 Day

Trip Summary:

Isolated until 1989, the Dolpo area is hard to match for its surreal beauty and stunning charm. Situated at the rain-shadowed side of the Himalaya, this region is part of remote area requiring special permit by the Government of Nepal. The rugged scenery shows dramatic views, compared to similar altitude elsewhere in the kingdom. There are no lush green hills fed by monsoon but a thrilling hardcore landscape, guarded by impressive peaks, striving for heaven. The Dolpo region offers visit to ancient and isolated villages, immortal to time. It provides you with sites of spectacular lakes, authentic Buddhist monasteries and plentiful wildlife (including Blue sheep, mountain goat, jackal, wolf and snow leopard). In case you are seeking for some overwhelming and impressive panorama, Dolpo won’t disappoint you.

Trek begins with warm traditional welcome and quick safety briefing followed by comprehensive trip briefing next day, introduction to your guide and entertain last minutes questions.

27 Nights 28 Days 16 Apr, 17 Apr, 18 Apr, and more
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

Kathmandu Portion:

  • 4 nights in reputed 3 star Hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary in Kathmandu
  • Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • 1 professional English speaking guide
  • Private transportation during sightseeing
  • All entrance fee during sightseeing


Nepalgunj Portion:

  • 01 night in Hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary in Nepalgunj.



  • All the necessary airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • Air fare:  Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jhapal – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu  


Trek Portion:

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in tented camp during trek as per the itinerary
  • Expenses of cargo for food supply and climbing equipment
  • All meals during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee)
  • Professional licensed Trekking guide
  • Assistant-guides depending on number of clients
  • Porter (max weight 12kg per client)
  • All camping equipment and arrangement
  • Extra porters for carrying food supply
  • Insurance for Nepali staff
  • National park fee
  • Restricted permit fee
  • Nepali staff daily wages
  • Fully loaded medical kit box
  • Trekking Duffle Kit Bag


What is NOT included in the tour

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel insurance (must cover expenses of rescue service including helicopter)
  • Personal Gears: ( all trekking gears are easily available on rent and buy in Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu  and Nepalgunj
  • Liquor beverages (soft and hard drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. laundry, phone call etc.
  • Gratuity for staff
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Services not mentioned herein
What makes this tour special


  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, & Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
  • Trek through parts of Nepal that few visitors ever see
  • Possibility of sighting Snow leopards in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentration parks in the world
  • Watch over the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo
  • Visit Shey Gompa, an 800-year-old monastery at the base of Crystal Mountain, immortalized in Peter Matthiessen's “The Snow Leopard”
  • Witness the yearly harvesting of  Yarchagumba—a weird caterpillar fungus highly sought after for its medicinal qualities
  • Enjoy every day delicious authentic Nepali, Tibetan, Newari, Indian and continental cuisines prepare by our Chef.

Outline Itinerary:





  Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

  Hotel (BB)


  Tour briefing and half day sightseeing of world heritage sites

  Hotel (BB)


  Fly to Nepalgunj: 1 hr

  Hotel (BB)


  Fly to Jhuphal and trek to Dunai: 45 mins flight, 2-3 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Ankhe : (2896m/9499ft), 5-6 hrs 

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Sulighat: (3500m/11483ft), 5-6 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3611m/11849ft), 4-5hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Acclimatization day at Phoksundo Lake

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Phoksundo Khola: 4-5 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang: (4360m/14300t), 6-7 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Shey Gomba via Kang-La pass:5-6 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Acclimatization day Shey Gomba

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La, 6-7 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Saldang: (3620m/11874ft), 4-5 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Yangze Gomba: (4960m/16267ft), 4-5 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft): 6-7 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft): 5-6 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Tokyu Gaon via Jeng La pass: 5-6 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Dho Tarap(4,040m/13,251ft): 4-5 hrs

  Camp (AP)


  Acclimatization day at Dho Tarap

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft): 6-7 hours

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Khanigaon(3,150m/10,332ft): 4-5 hours

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft): 4-5 hours

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to  Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft): 5-6 hours

  Camp (AP)


  Trek to Jhuphal: 2-3 hours

  Camp (AP)


  Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu

  Hotel (BB)


  Rest day at Kathmandu

  Hotel (BB)


  Holiday extension or final departure

































Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft):

Arrival in Kathmandu greeted by Basanta Adventure representative and transferred to Hotel which is usually a walking distance to any good restaurants and shops. We will be given a short briefing on hotel facilities and safety as well as a short introduction to the area.  Next day there will be a comprehensive trip briefing. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)

Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites:

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you are fully prepared for the trip, introduce guide and any last-minute questions would be answered. We then visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath one of the revered holy temple of the Hindus, this temple is also known for its cremation ceremonies that take place next to the holy river Bagmati. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)

Day 03: Fly to Nepalganj (164m/540ft), 1 hr:

We fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj, which lies in the southwest part of the Terai, right on the border to India. After checking into our hotel we might visit the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple to honor Goddess Kali. Nepalganj is known for its local bazaars, which have goods with cheap price rates. Here, not only do we see people from all over Nepal, but also people from Tibet and India; they all come here for trade. O/N Hotel in Nepalganj

Day 04: Fly to Juphal 2475m/8120ft, Trek to Dunai (2140m/7022ft), 2 – 3 hrs:
We take an early morning flight to Juphal. Dolpo flights are always scheduled early in the morning. This is because high winds in the Thulo Bheri Valley begin around 10 am, making later flights impossible. Warm welcome by rest of the trekking crew upon arrival in Juphal, we start out on the short walk from Juphal to Dunai. We walk downhill through meadows and past a few houses to the small hotels at Kala Gaura (2090m). From here we follow the river trail upstream to Dunai. We camp near Dunai and explore this bustling little hill town for the rest of the afternoon. O/N Camping in Dunai (AP)

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,896m/9,499ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

We leave Dunai and cross a suspension bridge and turn to the west following a trail past a hospital. The trail ascends up the side of the treeless, Thulo Bheri valley before entering Phoksundo river valley. During the walk we get to the view of Kagmara Peak up the valley. We pass through walnut groves, Dhera and Rahagaun villages, walk down dense jungles and finally reach Ankhe. O/N Camping in Ankhe (AP)

Day 06: Trek to Sulighat (3500m/11483ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

Our trail ascends and descends along a wooded riverbank and climbs on a steep trail. The ups and downs can be a bit monotonous, but there are several streams along the way that offer a chance to cool off. The trail eventually leaves the forests and passes through a grassy slope high above the river. We trek downhill on a trail surrounded by lush forests before reaching a cliff followed by a dizzying drop on a wobbly stone staircase to the river bank. We continue trekking until we reach Sulighat where we spend the night. O/N Camping in Sulighat (AP)

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m/11,849 ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

We continue our journey along the valley floor to the confluence of the Phoksundo and Pungmo rivers. After crossing a bridge, we walk on the western bank of the Pungmo Khola. The trail passes through a cedar forest before reaching Palam village. From here we trek up to a ridge and enjoy distant views of Phoksundo Lake and a spectacular waterfall, one of the highest in Nepal. Next, our trail descends through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola, and then to the picturesque Ringmo village with its mud-plastered chortens and mani walls. From here it is a short walk to the shores of the Phoksundo Lake. O/N Camping in Phuksundo Lake (AP)

Day 08: Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake:

Today will be a well deserved rest day for acclimatization at Phoksundo Lake. During the day we can embark on a short hike to the village of Ringmo and it’s Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. During our short walks, we also get a chance to get acquainted with the local culture. The Dolpo people wear homespun clothing that is sometimes dyed a maroon color and they favor Tibetan-style somba or dhocha (boots with upturned toes) for foot wear. Both men and women often wear religious amulets and strings of coral, amber and turquoise. O/N Camping in Phoksundo Lake (AP)

Note: Offer Lungta or prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with our Guide. Offering prayer flag in high passes and sacred sites is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Buddhist culture.

Day 09: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3,507m/11,502ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

Our trail moves around the top western end of the Phoksundo Lake as it contours on a rocky ledge along the lake’s western bank. This unsteady trail suspended on a gangway of wood supported on pegs driven into crevasse in the rocks, signals the remoteness of the area we are about to enter. At the westernmost edge of the lake the path leads through a lush meadow that opens up into the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Then we walk through the valley, crossing the river and avoiding the occasional boggy marsh underfoot and then coming on the bank of the river to the overnight camp. 

 O/N Camping in Phoksundo Khola (AP)

Day 10: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (3,910m/12825ft), 6 – 7 hrs:

For an hour or so we walk on a trail that leads us along the level path through a glacial valley which heads due north. At the confluence of the Phoksundo Khola and another mountain stream, there is an old wooden bridge. From here, we walk towards the north-east. A long climb brings us to a sheep meadow where our trail veers up a steep ravine. A hard climb to the top brings us to yet another valley where we can see the Kang-La pass. We set up our camp near the pass in a place that Peter Matthiessen christened 'Snowfields Camp'. During our trek today we also get to admire the views of Chhamlang peak 6 (6739m) and peak 7 (6105m). O/N Camping in Phoksundo Bhanjyang (AP)

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500m/14,760ft) via Kang-La pass (5,360m/17,581ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

In the morning, we ascend on a steep trail littered with slate towards the pass. The climb to the top of the pass is quite strenuous. From the top of Kang-la pass we get excellent views of the large valley dissected by a gushing river. We descend to the valley floor on a steep trail. Next, we walk on a meandering trail along the banks of a river, crossing and re-crossing it several times. There are mud caves lining the hills overlooking the river.  We also pass through meadows where we see grazing yaks, hundreds of sheep and domestic mountain goat (Chyangra). After crossing a quaint log bridge we reach the Shey Gompa compound where we will be spending the night. O/N Camping in Shey Gompa (AP)

Day 12:  Acclimatization and rest at Shey Gompa:

Shey Gompa was built in 1655 and the monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. To the east of the gompa is Crystal Mountain which is one of the strangest mountains, as its contorted cliffs are laced with quartz and embedded with a rich variety of marine fossils. Today is another well-earned rest day for acclimatization. We spend the day hiking around Shey village which is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture, the Bon Po. In Dolpo the ancient Tibetan way of life combines animism with the teaching of Buddha. O/N Camping in Shey Gompa(AP)

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaun (4,800m/15,744ft) via Saldang La (5,200m/17,056ft), 6 – 7 hrs:

We begin the day by following a pleasant trail amidst juniper trees which descends into a grey, stony canyon. Then the path begins to zigzag over bare rocks and coarse eroded soil until it eventually brings us to the top of Saldang-la pass. The subsequent descent towards the north is long and tiring but grazing yaks and sheep, and nomadic tents made from yak hair is a comforting sight. In Namduna Gaun we visit Namgung monastery. The red stone monastery is built against the backdrop of a cliff on the north wall of a gorge. O/N Camping in Namduna Gaun (AP)

Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3,620m/ 11,874ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

We leave the village and climb up a slope and begin a long walk along dusty barren mountains. After 3-4 hours of hard climb, we begin to see Saldang Village below us on a plateau high above the Namga Khola stream. It has a picturesque appearance. Saldang is the largest village of the inner Dolpo area. The village stretches for nearly two kilometers on an open slope and consists of five villages having about eighty well-built houses with nearly six hundred people. It is a prosperous village not only agriculturally but also for its strategic location on a trade route to Tibet. O/N Camping in Saldang (AP)

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960m/16,267ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

From Saldang, we walk further north along the Nagon Khola (river) on a wild and barren terrain. We begin our walk on a fairly gradual path with few ups and downs. On the way, we pass through Marang and Ki villages. Next, we cross a tributary of Panzang River and walk towards the east and cross the river again before reaching Yangze gompa which houses an old Bon-Po Monastery. O/N Camping in Yangze Gompa (AP)

Note: Offer Lungta or prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with our Guide. Offering prayer flag in high passes and sacred sites is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Buddhist culture.

Day 16: Trek to Sibu (4,560m/14,957ft), 6 – 7 hrs:

From Yangze, there are two trails that connect to Sibu. To save time we will retrace the path back towards Saldang village, which will be much easier and shorter than the other route. From Saldang we walk along a river and pass through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery, then pass through the Namdo village, which is also prosperous, with about sixty houses having nearly 400 inhabitants. It stretches for more than 5 km on the high slopes to the left of Nam Khong Khola. The Namdo monastery is located near the river bed. Our journey continues further down the river for another two hours to camp near a small settlement of Sibu. O/N Camping in Sibu (AP)

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la Phedi (4,900m/16,072ft), 5-6 hrs:

We walk along the Nam Khong Khola for a while and pass by caravans with yaks that are moving towards the Tibetan border. After turning east and walking for a while, we arrive at a confluence of two small streams. Next, the steep trail ascends to a grazing area below the Jeng La pass (4,900m/16,072ft). Our camp will be set up in this beautiful meadow. O/N Camping in Jeng la Phedi (AP)

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4209m/13809ft) via Jeng La pass (5,090m/16,695ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

We get up early in the morning and set forth on today’s trek. It will take us two long hours to reach the top of the Jeng La pass from where we get remarkable views of the north face of the Dhaualgiri massif. From here we descend on a rough trail to the Tarap Valley, a fascinating valley with vast plains in high mountains that extends twenty kilometers along Tarap Chu river. We camp close to the monastery at Tokyu. O/N Camping in Tokyu Gaon (AP)

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,040m/13,251ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

We trek downhill on a plain valley with patches of lush grass on both sides of the river which is completely different from other parts of inner Dolpo. There is also a marsh which is a common feature in the Desert Mountains of Tibet and the Ladakh Himalaya. Both the Bon Po and Buddhist sects are practiced in the valley. After a short trek, we reach Dho Tarap). O/N camping in Dho Tarap (AP)

Day 20: Rest Day at Dho Tarap:

We spend today resting and strolling in the village of Dho Tarap which is surrounded by an irregular stone wall. Our walks will help us get acquainted with the local culture of the area. At Dho, about 40 houses are divided into three clusters and built in a haphazard way inhabited by few Tibetans and mostly Magars who are a hill tribe of Nepal. While here, we can visit a Buddhist Gompa which is closest to our campsite or we could embark upon a 40-minute walk and visit a Bon Po Gompa.  O/N camping in Dho Tarap (AP)

Day 21: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka) (3,800m/12,464ft), 6 – 7 hrs:

From Tarap we descend towards a wide valley which eventually narrows into a gorge. We walk along juniper and wild rose bushes just above the tree line. On our trek we see herds of blue sheep and by the afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, a stream that joins with Tarap River from further east. We will make our camp on a nice meadow also known as Kamakharka and spend the night.  O/N camping in Tarap Khola (AP)

Day 22: Trek to Khanigaon (3,150m/10,332ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

We continue walking down the gorge of the Tarap River, at times alongside it. During our walk we pass by the local people who will be taking their herds to lower pastures for the winter. This will be one of the most exciting days of this trip as the valley becomes so narrow in a deep gorge that in some places we can jump from one side to another. Sometimes there is no trace of a path and we may have to walk across stone slabs fitted on logs in between the walls which act as a bridge. The gorge also provides unexpected adventure and thrills. At some places, the bridges are either damaged or washed away and we may be forced to cross the icy torrent on foot. Finally, we reach our camping spot beside the Tarap Khola at Khanigaon where we spend the night. O/N camping in Khanigaon (AP)

Day 23: Trek to Tarakot (2,537m/8,321ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

From the camp we follow a trail that takes us to the village of Lalberi. Our trail then passes through a lush forest, descends into another gorge and continues to follow the river again. After reaching Tarakot, we can visit Sandul Gompa which lies about 8 km east of the village at a juncture of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu. The monastery stands on a hill to the south of Bheri River. Today we camp by the Tarap Chu river about 150 meters below Tarakot, near the police post.  O/N camping in Tarakot (AP)

Day 24: Trek to Dunai (2,140m/7,019ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

We begin our trek on a trail behind the Bheri River before crossing a bridge near the Lawan village. Our trail will continue alongside the big Bheri Rriver ascending until the Byas Gadi. From here the trail moves towards the west on a relatively easy trail.  We cross the river again near the Lochakhola Gaon and ascend to Dunai for an overnight stay. Today’s trek will mostly be on a wonderful gorge with pine trees. O/N camping in Dunai (AP)

Day 25: Trek to Jhuphal, 2 – 3 hrs:

From Dunai, we trek along the Bheri River enjoying the beautiful landscape. On the way, we pass through Dhupichaur and Rupgad villages as well as a temple. We continue trekking via Kalagaonda village and Motipur village before reaching the small airstrip. This will be our last night with trekking crew except trekking Guide, this is best time to tip the staff (not compulsory but it’s a customary), an impromptus little ceremony and always enormous Sherpa smiles. Then something of a party is inevitable. Try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N camping in Jhuphal (AP)

Day 26: Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu:

We take the earliest flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Nepalgunj, we return to Kathmandu on the next available flight. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to our hotel. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

Day 27: Free Day in Kathmandu:

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

Day 28: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today holiday extension for another tour or transfer to the airport for final departure. Tour concludes.