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Upper Dolpo Trek

Trip Description

Introduction to the trip

The Upper Dolpo trek is one of the restricted treks located in the far western region of Nepal. This trek takes to the isolated region of the western part of Nepal, which has amazing landscapes along with the beauty of Tibet. It was open to foreigners after 1989 only. It is characterized by a semi-arid topography with a deep narrow hidden valley that offers a rolling semi-desert highlands. Hence, the trek gives the vibe of Tibet to most of the foreigners. Also, the local culture and tradition of this place are influenced by the Tibetan people.

Trip Overview

The Upper Dolpo trek gives the trekkers the feels of the beautiful, spiritual, and mysterious hidden valleys of western Nepal. This area is located in the Himalayas rain shadow area of Dhaulagiri. As it lies in one of the most isolated regions of Nepal, it is the most preferred destination. The visitors can get to see the beautiful and technical high passes along with the steep trail that goes through the forests along with the beautiful sceneries of the waterfalls.  

The trek beings after a short flight from Nepalgunj. It starts at Juphal. You need to be very cautious while you start the trek as most of the time, the area remains restricted. The trekking trail moves up to the Phoksundo National Park and takes you to the beautiful monasteries, striking valleys of the region, and geographical diversities too. It also takes you through the Phoksundo Lake too. You can witness the beauty of the flora and faunas of Nepal. The popular animals found in the region are Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, goral, and thar. The trek goes through the Tarakot valley, Phoksundo Lake, Tarakot Village, Shey Gompa, Kangla Pass, Jeng La Pass, Saldand La Pass, Dho Tarap, and various other monasteries and landscapes. It also takes you to the crystal mountain sceneries along with the barren landscape, which offers a beautiful impression of the trekking journey.

Cost for Upper Dolpo Trek

The Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the most expensive treks in Nepal. You need to take the permit from the Nepal Government before you plan the trek as well. Due to this, your estimated cost for the trek can cross over $500. Because the area is remote and you cannot find any tea houses and restaurants in the journey, your fooding and accommodation cost will be covered by us.

Best Season for the Upper Dolpo Trek

Talking about the best season for the trek, the best time to trek to Upper Dolpo is during the months of April to May, which falls in the spring of Nepal, and during the months of October to November, which falls during the fall in Nepal. At this time, the temperature is pleasant. You can also witness the clear sky, and there is a relatively low chance of snow at the high altitudes. However, trekking to the season during the winter season is almost impossible as the trekkers need to face snow, which is almost difficult to pass.

Trek Difficulty Level

Talking about the difficulty of the Upper Dolpo Trek, this trek is one of the most difficult treks of Nepal. With more than three passes above 5000 meters, it makes it difficult for the trekkers to trek to the region. Also, the trekkers need to spend many nights at the height above 3500 meters. The trek requires trekking for more than 6 hours a day for more than two weeks. Hence, it is one of the most challenging treks. The climatic condition can turn.


In conclusion, Upper Dolpo Trek is a lifetime experience that the trekkers love to explore. As the trek leads you from the beautiful green valleys to the snow-capped Himalayas, the travelers surely enjoy the trek. Although the trek was not so popular in the past, the popularity is growing in recent days. In the past, the trekking route was not so crowded. However, in the present day, people have started to trek to this region. For this trek, you need to choose a right climatic condition as well as a proper guide. As this trek is a trek in the restricted region of Nepal, you need to make sure you have permits as well. Choose an experienced guide and trek to the far western region of Nepal.


Highlights of the Trek

  • Shey Phuskondo Lake
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park
  • Shey Gompa (800-year old Monastery)
  • Big hunt for Yarchagumba
  • Crystal Mountain sceneries



We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

Start Date Availability Trip Cost Booking
2024-07-17 Guaranteed USD 1200 Book Now

USD 1200

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Trip At Glance

Destination Nepal
Difficulty Difficult

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