Upper Dolpo Trek

Facts of the Trip

Duration: 28 Days

Highest access: 5350mm

Group Size: Min 2 to Max 14

Location: Dolpo Conservation Area

Grade: Challenging/Adventure

Best season: March-May & Sept–Nov

Culture: Cultural program with Special Dinner

Transportation: Flight/Private vehicle

Accommodation: Hotel /Camping

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + Tea or Coffee

  • Upper Dolpo Trek
  • Itinerary:
  • Cost Info

Our Upper Dolpo Trek short and finest program to higher part of Dolpo Shey Gompa , Numla-Bagla passes into inaccessible, pristine far western region of Nepal. It lies in the most extraordinary high altitude valleys in the Himalayas with wide-ranging views extend as far as the Tibetan Plateau. Being one of the undeveloped and spectacular corners of the Himalayas regions of Nepal, this trekking trail had been successfully explored by some anthropologists and geographers.

Trekking in Dolpo region was closed until 1989 however; southern part of Dolpo was opened as trekking trail. Immortalized in Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard “and David Snellgrove's “Himalayan Pilgrimage” contributed to the mystique and appeal of Dolpo. Since 10th century Dolpo has been the homeland for Tibetan inhabitants. When this area was part of the western Tibetan region of Ngari but time has been changed now people live, cultivate their land, trade livestock, salt and follow traditions, heard their flocks that have been held since time immemorial. The praise movie “Himalaya” is the poignant portrayal of striking land. The Upper Dolpo Trek offers us centuries some of the old Buddhist monastery, Gaze over the turquoise waters of Lake Phoksundo, rare wildlife, Bonpo tradition, knit with shaman influences are still part of their daily life.

Trekking towards Dolpo region start from Jumla and pursue the trail to Shey Gompa Via Shey-Phoksundo National Park  in the Dolpo trek of mid-western Nepal behind the massif view of the Dhaulagiri to the Tibetan Plateau. We descend to the magnificent view of thePhoksundo Lake and cross the high valleys of lower Dolpo experiencing Himalayan wide-ranging views, uncharted parts of Nepal.  Dolpo region has still conserved Eco- system encircling a wild and glorious variety of plants, wildlife, containing the blue sheep and Snow Leopard. The inhabitants are Tibetan stock still leading the primitive life.

Trip info:


We give our first priority to our guest to serve them at superior level that is what making us today Himalayan Magic Treks. For the accommodation we have been providing star hotels in Katmandu and even normal guest house according to the guest demands and needs. During the trek we provide standard Guest House (Lodges) with sound environment and hygienic food for the guest to make their trip happening and healthy. Being one of the rising destination in the world. Dolpo region collecting many tourist for the remote area in High Himalayas so, there obviously better Lodge and facilities in compared to previous times. Since, Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek is camping trek we provide comfortable dining, kitchen, crew, restroom tents and sleeping materials like mattress, Sleeping bags etc. We provide twin tent for our guests.

  • Meals:

We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Katmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the camping trek. we get to eat from Continental, Indian and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc. Our camping cook are well trained and certified from Nepal Academy of Tourism and hotel Management.

  • Our Team:

Being homeland of Himalayas, it’s obvious to have challenging routes, High altitude problems, Weather and other conditions; any of those situations is big enough to ruin your trip. Leading around the steeply hills and rocky routes is not a job of common climbers and trekkers. Himalayan Magic Treks have been providing native leaders and staffs working in this field perfectly since long years to overcome tough challenges and make your trip a golden memory. They are trained and well certified by the Government of Nepal. All of our staffs have received emergency guidance in Himalaya’s and have knowledge of first Aid for our guest. We never compromise giving safety to our staffs, therefore we provide insurance and medical services during the trek and compensation when they need especially to Porters, Kitchen member and other.

  • Field Staffs:

we are  very much concern about the comfort of our guest and whenever it is about the staffs in the field. When we are on trek trekking through challenging route we need proper number of workers like Guide, Porter, Assistance guide, Camping members and other staffs. We provide 1 assistance guide with every 4 - 9 guests and 2 assistance guide with 10 guests. We do need strong and portable Porters to carry our weights, We provide 1 porters for 2 guest depending on guest stuffs and we allow only 25 kg for porters. We have professional and expert Guide, Leader and City guide in the field and can speak proper English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other required. We can also manage any other staffs as per your demand.      

  • Equipment’s:

We believe equipment does matter to make your trip easy and comfortable. Caring excessive quantity of equipment doesn’t make your adventure more interesting but the drawback. So, we request you to carry only selected and needed one and save your extra expenses for other need in trek though we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day back pack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipment's which you most carry during the trek.


Liner socks, Trekking shirts short sleeve, Thermal underwear, fleece sweaters lightweight, one heavier Easy drying long sleeved base layer shirts, woolen blends trekking socks, pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms

Outer layers

down vest, wind/rain proof over layer - jacket and pants, peak hat, headband, Warm winter hat, lightweight thermal layer hat, pair gloves, down jacket, Pair trekking boots, pair down booties Great for keeping feet warm in tent and while sleeping and for in the tent. Pair flip flops (for late night bathroom runs)

  • Safety & Security:

Security is our primary concern! From your beginning day (we will be there to pick you up with our staffs and identity) to departure date (airport drop services) we are always there to help you. We have proper remedial services during the trek with professional staffs; first aid kit, oxygen bag and Helicopter service for emergency rescue whenever trekkers get physical Loss or altitude sickness. We have focused more on acclimatization days to get rid of altitude sickness too.

  • Best Season to Trek in Nepal:

Autumn (September - November) and Spring (March - May) is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly clear and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season. 

Summer (June - August) and Winter (December - February). Though Summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around Mustang, Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek.

  • Experience & Fitness:

Trekking in Nepal for Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek does not require past experience, though we have challenging route in Everest compared to Annapurna our itinerary suggests to walk comfortable distances. Trekking in Himalayas always takes us to challenging altitudes and rocky routes, demands proper rest time and acclimatization to sustain their strength. We always have both listed properly in our itinerary. However certain training like Running, Skipping and other workout will definitely help you in roots. 

  • Acclimatization:

Altitude sickness is a significant risk when trekking on any trails above about 2,500m. However good health, proper care and drinking plenty of water will definitely help you to prevent from altitude sickness. Every trekkers needs to be familiar with the heights so, for this we have life saving acclimatization days during the trek, peak climbing and expedition. We also provide certain medical support for your relief and emergency rescue through helicopter whenever guest require.

  • Eco Friendly: 

We only leave foot prints! Himalayan Magic Treks is very much concern agency on environment pollution and Global Warming. We are always serious and genuine towards our garbage during the trek especially in Camping type. We collect all the rubbish and deposit it to proper place to protect our environment. We also partake in every program conducted in KEEP Kathmandu Environmental Education Project. We also suggest all travelers to protect our environment and Stop Global Warming. 

  • Helping Hand

Profit oriented is not only our priority! we have been helping some of ours very villagers from different corners of Nepal to sustain their social life and help them with education and required materials. We are always looking forward for interested candidates in this field to give helping hand to support and inspire them for their better beginning and good future. If you are interested please contact us: info@himalayanmagictreks.com.

  • Note:

We have tailor-made program for Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek. Days in the itinerary are always flexible, can be increased & decreased depending on your holiday and time schedule. Trekking in Everest around the Himalayan region goes through unexpected complication like natural and health challenges resulting chances in the itinerary for your security during the trek by our professional guides and leader to take you to final point safe and sound so, please cooperate with your guide for you protection.

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport altitude 1,400 m, Welcome program by Himalayan Magic Treks and direct transfer to hotel on Bed & Breakfast
Day 02Permit preparation day + Free day in Kathmandu overnight Hotel on Bed  & Breakfast
Day 03Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by plane 55 minutes to get there overnight at Hotel on Bed & breakfast.
Day 04Flight to Jhupal 2,475m 35 minute Trek to Suli Ghat (2,282m) 3/4 hours overnight at Camp
Day 05Trek to Chhepka  (2,838m) 5/6hours Overnight at Camp.
Day 06 Trek to Reche (2,940m) 5/6 hours overnight at camp..
Day 07Trek to Ringmogaon Phoksundo Lake (3,641m) 3/4 hours overnight at camp.
Day 08Exploring Day, Overnight at Camp.
Day 09Trek to Forest camp (4,400m) 6/7 hours overnight at camp.
Day 10 Trek to Kangla pass Base camp (4,800m) 4/5 hours overnight at camp.
Day 11
Trek to Via Nangdalo Kangla pass (5,350m) Down to Shey Gompa (4,160m)7/8 hours overnight at camp.
Day 12
Trek to Via Sela (Gelay) La Bhanjyang pass ( 5,094m) Down to Namgung (4,430m) 6/7 hours overnight at camp.
Day 13
 Rest day  for acclimatization Overnight at Camp.
Day 14
Trek to Saldang(3,770m) 3/4hours Overnight at Camp.
Day 15
Trek to Yangjer Gumpa (3,750m) 6/7 hours we visit this monastery and Stupa also old heritage monastery   overnight at camp.
Day 16
Trek to Shimen Gaon (3,850m) 6/7 hours  overnight at camp.
Day 17
Trek to Tingje Gaon (4,110m) 6/7 hours overnight at camp.
Day 18
Trek to Rakpa (4,210m) 6/7 hours overnight at camp.
Day 19
Trek to Via Mola Chakra Bhanjyan (4,302m) Down to Chakra Village 4,380m 7/8 hours overnight at camp.
Day 20
Trek to Nulungsumdkharka (4,987m)5/6 hours overnight at camp.
Day 21
Trek to Molum Sumda (4,860m) 5/6 hours overnight at camp.
Day 22
Trek to Via Niwar pass (5,120m0 Tuche-la, Sangda Bhanjyang (5,185m) Down to Sangda Phedi (4,190m) 6/7 hours overnight at camp.
Day 23
Trek to Sangda Gaon (3,710m) 5 hours overnight at camp.
Day 24
Trek to Phalyak Gaon (3,175m) 5/6 hours overnight at camp.
Day 25
Trek to Jomsom (2,720m) 4/5 hours Overnight at Camp
Day 26
Early morning Domestic flight to Pokhara 20 minute and Hotel with BB plan.
Day 27
Drive back to Kathmandu overnight Hotel on Breakfast / Bed plan Evening together farewell dinner with Typical Nepali Culture overnight at Hotel
Day 28
Departure, From Kathmandu to your onward destination.

The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size duration of days and Services required please contact us via our email info@himalayanmagictreks.com with your Details to Obtain a Quote.

Cost includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicles
  • All Ground Transportation
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
  • Accommodation in star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide and Necessary porter during the trek.
  • All Government local Taxes
  • National park Fees
  • (TIMS)Trekkers  Information Management System
  • First Aid kit and general equipment for Porter.
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Duffle Bags refundable to protect your Luggage
  • All Field Staff insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per Demand.
  • Tour Certificate
  • Company T-Shirt as a Souvenir
  • farewell dinner with typical Nepali Restaurant

Cost excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects. we Advice you to take out personal Travel Insurance.
  • Tips and Gratuities.