Extended upper Dolpo circuit trek is one of the untouched and unexplored trekking trails of Nepal. Situated in the mid western part of Nepal very few visitors explore this part of Nepal. Only 250 visitors are allowed to visit this hidden gem of Nepal in a year. Filled with beautiful himalayan glaciers, Phoksundo lake, waterfalls it is one of the most amazing trekking trails of Nepal. Similarly, you will reach the Annapurna region after exploring the upper Dolpo.
Besides that during your extended upper Dolpo circuit trek you will pass through some of the ancient gompas and the rural villages. Similarly, you will also pass through some of the high passes and witness marvellous views of the mountain ranges and the valleys from the top. Astonishing Dhaulagiri massif and the extraordinary Shey Phoksundo national park are also the main highlights of this trek.
Camping is required for the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. Meanwhile, you will also get to experience the culture and traditions of the locals. Similarly, we will also taste the local food and the warm hospitality of the locals. We will try to taste the local food as much as possible. Because you can also get to taste the new cuisines throughout the trek. Besides that, using the local food and the local equipment will help the locals financially and help in raising the living standard.
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- Witness the heart melting Phoksundo lake.
- Marvellous views of the mountain ranges, villages and valleys.
- Taste the local food and experience the culture, tradition and daily life of the people.
- Walking through the untouched and unexplored trekking trails of Nepal.
- Explore the vintage monasteries.
- Witness the amazing landscape throughout the trek.
The upper Dolpo circuit trek is a dream trip of every trekker. It required a long vacation as well as perfect planning to explore this extended version of upper Dolpo to Mustang trek. We have crafted this trip to get an ultimate experience of treks, camping and high passes in the Dolpo region. But we highly recommend the trekkers to gain some other trekking experience before choosing this extended upper Dolpo circuit trek to Kagbeni of Mustang.
Facts of Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek
4-9 hours per day
5,550 meters above sea level
Jungben La Pass
Shey Phoksundo National Park
Annapurna Conservation Area Project
Moderate to Strenuous
Type of Trek
Tea House and Camping Trek
Trek Starting Point
Trek Ending Point
Best Time to Travel
Phoksundo Lake is situated inside the Shey Phoksundo national park of Nepal. It lies in the mid western part of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 3,589 meters above sea level the maximum depth is 145 meters. Because of that it is also known as the deepest lake of Nepal as well as around the globe.The icy cold water from the glaciers are collected in the Phoksundo lake. Because of that the water is always freezing cold.
There are about 20 ancient monasteries that surround the Phoksundo lake. Besides that the aquamarine blue colour of the lake is the main charisma of this lake. Spread in 191 square kilometers, The volume of the water is 409,000,000 cubic meter. Besides that the outlet of the lake forms Nepal’s highest waterfall with a height of 167 meters.
High Passes During Extended Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek
There are various high trekking passes during the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. These passes are the main reason that makes the trek difficult. In total there are about 9 passes that you will cross during the upper dolpo circuit trek. Among them Jungben La Pass is the highest pass situated at an elevation of 5,550 meters above sea level. Similarly, Nang La Pass is the lowest pass with an altitude of 4,375 meters above sea level.
Numa La Pass
Numa la pass is the first pass that you will be crossing during the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. You will cross the pass after Tokyo and can reach Danigar after crossing the pass. However, you will stay overnight at Numa la base camp to cross the pass on time. The elevation of the Numa la pass is 5,309 meters above sea level.
Baga La Pass
After crossing the Numa la pass you will stay overnight at Danigar. The next day you will cross Baga la pass with an elevation of 5,169 meters above sea level. Although situated at a lower altitude than Numa la pass, it is difficult to cross. Baga la pass is open to cross during the months of April to November only. It is almost impossible to cross this pass in other months of the year. You can reach Baga la phedi for the overnight stay after crossing the Baga la pass.
Kang La Pass
Kang la pass lies at an elevation of 5,350 meters above sea level. Also known by the name Nagdalo la pass, you will reach Shey Gompa after crossing this pass. Walking through the bank of the Tuk kyaksa khola you will reach High camp and then to the Kang la pass. Marvellous views of the mountain ranges as well as the beautiful villages can be seen from the top.
Neng La Pass
Neng la pass lies on the way to Bhijier from Saldang. It is also one of the toughest passes of the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. Situated at an elevation of 5,368 meters above sea level, marvellous views of the mountain ranges and the valley can be seen from the top. Besides that, astonishing views of the Saldang village can also be seen while crossing the pass.
Nang La Pass
Nang la pass lies at an elevation of 4,375 meters above sea level. It is among the lowest passes among all the passes of the extended upper dolpo circuit trek. You will cross this pass to reach Simi gaon from Khoma gaon.
Mola pass is situated at an elevation of 5,027 meters above sea level. It is one of the difficult passes of the upper Dolpo region of Nepal. You will reach Chharka Bhot after crossing the pass from the Kharka village. Situated at a high altitude the path to the top is rocky. Besides that the slippery path during the snowfall makes it impossible to cross in the winter. Because of that Mola pass is open from March to November only.
Niwas La Pass
Niwas la pass is yet another challenging pass that you will cross during the trek. Situated at an elevation of 5,120 meters above sea level, it is also one of the high passes around the upper Dolpo region. You will reach the Ghalden Ghuldon khola camp after crossing the Niwas la pass.
Jungben la pass is another high pass of extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. It lies at an elevation of 5,550 meters above sea level. It is also the highest pass that you will cross during the whole trek. Astonishing views of the himalayas, glaciers and the valleys can be seen from the top of the Jungben la pass.
Bhima Lojun La
Bhima lojun la pass is the lost pass of the extended upper dolpo circuit trek. It lies at an elevation of 4,460 meters above sea level. Although being the lowest pass, there is still a high chance of getting the Acute Mountain Sickness. Our skilled guide will make sure of your safety and security throughout the trek.
Shey Phoksundo National Park
Shey Phoksundo national park is the biggest trans himalayan national park of Nepal. With an area of 3,555 square kilometers it is one of the isolated hamlets of Nepal. Shey phoksundo national park is situated in the Dolpa and Mugu districts of Nepal. Similarly, it lies in the mid western region of Nepal. Open to tourist since 1989, the headquarter is in Palam, Dolpa.
Snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, himalayan tahr, himalayan black bear, jackal etc are some of the endangered animals found inside the national park. Other popular himalayan herbs include Yarsagumba, Panchaunle, Jatamasi and many more. Similarly, the buffer zone is spread over 1,349 square kilometers.
Best Time for Extended Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek
Extended upper Dolpo circuit trek is one of the toughest treks in the mid western part of Nepal. The starting point of the trek is Juphal and the trek ends at Jomsom of Mustang region. Besides that, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and then another flight to Jhuphal. Similarly, after completing the trek you will take a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom and then to Kathmandu.
The best time for the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek is during the months of April and May. The weather is clear and marvellous views of the valleys, glaciers and the lake can be seen during these months of the year.
Another best time to go on an extended upper Dolpo circuit trek is during the months of September and October. The chances of snowfall is very low during these months of the year. Because of that it makes an ideal month to explore around the upper Dolpo region.
Travel Insurance is one of the most important things you must do before any travel or the trek. Most of the trekkers ignore this important part of the trek and face many difficulties. Travel insurance ensures that the travel is fruitful and safe.
Travel insurance not only acts as a safety net against the risk of incurring unforeseen medical expenses but also safeguards against other travel related emergencies that could spoil your trip. Meanwhile, here are few reasons about why you need to check your travel insurance before you travel any destinations
- Saves you from unforeseen medical expenses.
- A friend in an unfamiliar territory.
- Covers your personal liabilities.
- Travel related emergencies.
- It is a mandatory requirement before any travel.
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you the details of your trek program.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
At 08:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Besides sightseeing, you can do required shopping for your trek.
Flight to Nepalgunj
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast your guide will receive you and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. The duration of flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is about 50- 60 minutes. Upon reaching Nepalgunj you will be transferred to the hotel. You can also add Bardia National Park during this day.
Flight to Juphal, Trek to Dunai
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will move towards the Nepalgunj airport to take a flight to Jupjal. The 35-40 minutes of scenic flight will take you to the Dolpo airport. You will start your trek. Dubai is one of the commercially developed villages of the lower Dolpo region and Nepal. You will stay overnight at a local teahouse.
Trek to Tarakot
At 08:00 AM: the hike to Tarakot is an easy walk. There is very less uphill climb for the day. Tarakot lies at an elevation of 2,600 meters above sea level. Tarakot lies on the bank of Thuli Bheri river. Similarly, throughout the day you will walk near the Thuli Bheri river to reach Tarakot village.
Trek to Laina Odar
At 08:00 AM: During the starting of the day you will descend downstairs and cross the river through the wooden bridge. You will again walk on the bank of Thuli Bheri river and reach Laisicap situated at an elevation of 2,775 meters above sea level. After a few minutes of walk from Laisicap the trail goes upwards until you reach Laina Odar for the overnight stay.
Trek to Toltol
At 08:00 AM: The trail to Toltol from Laina Odar is one of the difficult parts of the trail. You will have to walk uphill as well as the down hill several times before reaching Toltol. Similarly, you will pass through several villages such as Lamachaur, Chhyugar and Nawarpani before reaching Toltol for the overnight stay.
Trek to Dho Tarap
At 08:00 AM: Dho Tarap is one of the most important as well as the popular village of the Dolpo region. There are numbers of houses as well as the local teahouse as well as the lodges for the accommodation as well as for the fooding. You will have to walk upward for almost the whole day to reach Dho Tarap. Similarly, you will also hae to descend in few of the places. You will pass through Ghyamgar, Sisal, Langa Camp and Mirbubane khola dovan before finally reaching Dho Tarap.
Trek to Numa La base Camp
At 08:00 AM: Numa La Pass is the first pass that you will be crossing in the Extended Upper Dolpo circuit trek. Inorder to cross the pass on time you will stay overnight at Numa la base camp. The walk to Numa la base camp from Dho Tarap is a complete uphill walk. Similarly, you will also pass through one of the most popular villages, Tokyu, during your way to Numa la base camp.
Trek to Danigar
At 06:00 AM: Today we will start early so that we can complete the pass on time. Few hours after the sunrise the wind starts blowing in this region which makes it difficult to cross the pass. Marvellous views of the valleys can be seen from the top of the pass. Numa la pass lies at an elevation of 5,309 meters above sea level. After crossing the pass we will stay overnight at Danigar.
Trek to Baga La Phedi
At 06:00 AM: Today also we will start the day early as we will be crossing the Baga La pass. Baga la pass is another high pass of the Dolpo region of Nepal. Baga la pass lies at an elevation of 5,169 meters above sea level. Similarly, it is open during the months of April to November only. After crossing the pass we will reach Baga la phedi for the overnight stay.
Trek to Ringmo
At 08:00 AM: Today is one of the most interesting days of the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. During the starting of the trek you will ascend for about half an hour and start descending towards Yak Kharka. After that the trail goes down and is also easy compared to the last two days. Before reaching the suspension bridge to Ringmo you can witness astonishing views of the Phoksundo waterfall. This waterfall is about 167 meters in height and is one of the highest waterfalls of Nepal. Upon reaching Ringmo you can witness the jaw dropping view of the Phoksundo lake.
Ringmo and Lake Exploration
At 08:00 AM: You deserve a rest day after the hard climb of the Baga la pass and the Numa la pass. During this day you will walk through the caravan trail and reach the top to witness the astonishing Phoksundo lake. You can also explore some of the monasteries around. There are about 20 monasteries surrounded by the Phoksundo lake. You can choose among them or also can interact with the locals and experience their tradition and culture.
Trek to Forest Camp
At 08:00 AM: Keeping the memories we will move forwards leaving the Phosuno lake. However we will get a close view of the Phoksundo lake from Phoksundo camp. Meanwhile, we will have to climb a hill and then descend downhill in order to reach Phoksundo camp. After that we will walk on the bank of Phosundo khola to reach Lower forest camp. The trail to the lower forest camp is easy and the distance is about 3 kilometers.
Trek to Low Camp
At 08:00 AM: Walking on the bank of Phoksundo Khola we will reach Lar Tsa. It is the meeting point of Phoksundo khola and Tuk Kyaksa. The trail to Lar Tsa is easy however, you will have to ascend and descend a few times. Leaving Phoksundo khola behind we will move towards lower camp walking on the bank of Tuk Kyaksa Khola. During the day we will cross Tuk Kyaksa Khola a few times before finally reaching Low camp for the overnight stay.
Trek to Shey Gompa
At 08:00 AM: The trail to Shey Gompa is one of the challenging parts of the extended upper dolpo circuit trek. During this day we will cross Kang La pass situated at an elevation of 5,350 meters above sea level. Kang la pass is also known by the name Ngdale la pass. After crossing the pass we will walk on the bank of Hubalun Khola to reach Shey Gompa for the overnight stay.
Trek to Bhijer
At 08:00 AM: Shey Gompa is also one of the popular villages of the upper Dolpo. Situated at such a high altitude it lies on the bank of Sephu and Tartan Khola. After breakfast we will leave Shey gompa and move towards the campsite. You will have to climb the hill as well as descend the hill a few times before finally reaching Bhijer village for the overnight stay.
Trek to Saldang
At 08:00 AM: Neng la pass situated at an elevation of 5,368 meters above sea level separates the Bhijer village and Saldang Village. The trail goes upwards until you reach the pass. Meanwhile, after reaching the top the trail to Saladang is a complete downhill walk.
Trek to Shimen
At 08:00 AM: After crossing the Nagon Khola we will move towards the Khoma village. The trail to Khoma village is an uphill walk in the beginning and then moves downwards. The trail again moves uphill and then the easy walk. After reaching the Nang La Pass situated at an elevation of 4,375 meters above sea level. You will move downhill to reach Shimen village.
Trek to Tinje
At 08:00 AM: The trail to Tinje village is mostly an uphill walk. Meanwhile, you will also have to descend small hills a few times before reaching Tinje. Some of the villages that you will pass by during the day include Mendo, Pu Gompa, Somangaon and Targaon. Similarly, you will walk on the bank of Panjyan khola throughout the day to reach Tinje village.
Trek to Kharka
At 08:00 AM: Tinje is also one of the popular villages of the upper Dolpo trek. Although there are very few households you can always taste the local cuisines. Leaving the Tinje village behind we will move on the edge of Keheng khola to reach Kharka. The trail today is uphill but not so steed uphill. You will gradually gain altitude and reach Kharka situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level for the overnight stay.
Trek to Chharka Bhot
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast we will move towards the Mola pass. It is one of the toughest passes around the region and lies at an elevation of around 5,027 meters above sea level. After reaching the peak you can rest for a while and capture moments. After that we will descend downhill to reach Chharka Bot for the overnight stay.
Trek to Nulung Kharka
At 08:00 AM: Chharka Bhot lies at an elevation of 4,320 meters above sea level. After thawing breakfast we will leave Chharka bhot and move towards Chharka Tulsi Khola Camp. After reaching the camp we will cross the river and start moving towards Nulung Kharka. The trail to Nulung Kharka is an uphill walk. Nulung Kharka lies at an elevation of 4,990 meters above sea level. We will stay overnight at Nulung Kharka.
Trek to Ghak
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast we will start our trek. Today we will be crossing the Niwas la pass situated at an elevation of 5,120 meters above sea level. Although situated above 5,000 meters we don’t have to climb steep uphill to reach the pass. However before reaching the pass we need to climb a small rocky hill. The trail goes downhill. After that you will cross the Bhei Khola and move towards Ghalden Ghuldun. About 2 hours of uphill as well as downhill walk will take you to Ghak village.
Trek to Santa
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, we will move towards Jhyause. It is a small place located at an elevation of 4,195 meters above sea level. At the beginning of the day we will walk uphill and then descend downhill. After that we will again take an uphill walk and then descend downhill before reaching Jhyause. After that there are no such steep walks to reach Santa. However you will walk short uphill and downhill several times before reaching Santa for the overnight stay.
Trek to Kagbeni
At 08:00 AM: The walk to Kagbeni is one of the most interesting parts of the extended upper Dolpo circuit trek. The trail is also easy and there is no steep climbing included. However during the beginning of the day you will have to gain some altitude after that the trail is easy and then descends downhill before reaching Kagbeni. Similarly, before reaching Kagbeni you will cross a bridge over Kali Gandaki river and enter the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Trek to Jomsom
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, we will walk on the bank of Kaligandaki river to reach Jomsom. Jomsom lies at an elevation of 2,720 meters above sea level and is one of the most popular tourist destinations. From Kagbeni motorable roads are also available to reach Jomsom. Besides that, Jomsom is one of the biggest village you will see throughout the trek.
Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara
At 08:00 AM: Jomsom Airport is the only airport around the area. Only a few flights are available for Jomsom from Pokhara. Besides that the flights are operated before 10-11 Am only. As the heavy wind blows after that which makes it impossible to operate flight. Upon reaching Pokhara you will take another connecting flight to Kathmandu. We will pick you from the Tribhuvan domestic airport and transfer you to the hotel. We will meet in the evening and have a farewell Nepali dinner together.
Note: One can extend his/her stay in Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway of Annapurna region, interested trekkers may choose to visit some short treks near Pokhara.
Breakfast at the hotel and you will have free time. You can also visit some of the popular places or can buy the souvenir or the gifts to your family, friends or the loved ones. 3 hours before the flight we will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is extended upper Dolpo circuit trek to Kagbeni?
This is one of the most difficult treks in Nepal, it includes 9 high passes of the upper Dolpo region above 5000m, which requires a good trekking experience and physical fitness. But it could be an ultimate challenge to everyone.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Flight (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Juphal, Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Private vehicle throughout the sightseeing at Kathmandu.
- 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj as per the trek itinerary.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
- All necessary paperwork. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English speaking licensed trek guide.
- Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
- Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
- Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
- Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.