Upper Dolpo Trek

Facts of the Trip

Duration: 20 Days Days

Highest access: 0m

Grade: Moderate

  • Upper Dolpo Trek
  • Facts of the Trip
  • Upper Dolpo Trek Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Upper Dolpo Trek to Dolpo Shey Gompa Trek takes you 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.

Trekking Name:Upper Dolpo Trek
Hotels in Kathmandu:
Budget Hotel, start to 5 stars Hotel as per Guest’s request
Mountains Lodges (Guest House) or provided tent
Land transportation (Car, Van, Local bus, Tourist Bus)
Domestic flights:
Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu
You can explore the Magnificent view of the Phoksundo Lake, high valleys of lower Dolpo experiencing Himalayan wide-ranging views, uncharted parts of Nepal as well as Dolpo Shey Gompa , cultural and life style of the fascinating  Dolpa’s inhabitants.
Dolpo region
Best Season:
Mar - May & Sept – Nov
Walking hours:
per day 5 to 7 hours
Group size:
2 to 14 members or (we can organize solo travelers private group & Family group as well)
Minimum Altitude:
Dunai (2,150m)
Maximum Altitude:
Numula pass (5238m)
20 Days
Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport altitude 1,350 m, Welcome program by Himalayan Magic Treks and direct transfer to hotel on Bed & Breakfast
Day 02
Permit preparation day + Free day in Kathmandu overnight Hotel on Bed  & Breakfast
Day 03
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by plane 55 minutes to get there overnight at Hotel on Bed & breakfast
Day 04
Flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal 25 Minutes altitude 2,350m, trek to Dunai 3.30 hours altitude 2,150m   overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 05
Trek to Tarakot 5/6 hours 2537m 6/7hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 06Trek to Laini Odar 5/6 hours3370m overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 07
Trek to Newarpani 3475m 5/6hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 08
Trek to Langna 3898m 5/6hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 09
Trek to Dho Trap 3944m 4/5hours overnight at camp(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 10
Rest at Dho-trap visit to rinbo Bumpa Gumpa,typical village overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 11
Trek to Numala base camp 4440m 6/7hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 12Trek via to Numula pass 5238m then down to Bagala base camp 4631m 7/8hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 13
Trek via Bagala vanjyang 5240m then down to Bagala Bc Yak kharka 3982m 7/8hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 14
Trek to Ringmo village Phoskundo Lake 3833m 4/5 hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 15
Trek to Chhepka 2838m 6/7hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 16
Trek to Dunai 2140m 4/5 hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 17
Trek to Juphal 2475m 4/5hours overnight at camp (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 18
Fly back to Nepalgunj overnight at Hotel with full board (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Day 19
Fly to Kathmandu 45 minute  Evening will take together Dinner with Typical Nepali culture overnight at Hotel on Bed & breakfast
Day 20
Departure to Airport for your onward destination, Services End of Himalayan Magic Treks

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 gift.
  • 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.