Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

Upper Dolpo circuit trek is one of the untouched and unexplored trekking trails of Nepal.

Trip Facts

duration Duration 20 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty Extreme
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5400m
Average Group Size 6-10
trip-code Trip Code UDCTAH
trip-code Area Dolpo Region
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation Tea Houses
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Trip Highlights

  • Explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley.
  • Walk through the untouched and unexplored trekking trails in Nepal.
  • Witness the amazing landscape throughout the trek.
  • Scenic flight to Juphal and back to Nepalgunj.
  • Experience the unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the locals.
  • View the amazing Shey Phoksundo Lake.

Route Map

Trip Overview

The Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek in Nepal is considered to be one of the least explored and lesser-known trekking routes. The Dolpo region is a popular tourist destination known for its adventurous excursions. It is located in the far-western region of Nepal. During your journey, you will encounter multiple high trekking passes that are located at an altitude exceeding 5,000 meters above sea level. The entire trek takes place within the Dolpa district, also known as Dolpo, which is located within the Shey Phoksundo National Park. The Dolpo region of Nepal is located far away from modern development, nestled within the wilderness dominated by mountain deserts. This remoteness adds to its rarity and preciousness.

In the remote and undiscovered upper Dolpo region, you have the opportunity to witness the simple lifestyle of the local people. This serves as a great example of the harmonious coexistence between humans and nature. Dolpo is known for its distinctive trans-Himalayan topography, which includes breathtaking natural attractions that draw visitors from around the globe. Dolpo is one of the few places where you can see the true Bon-po religion which is considered the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism. The ancient tradition of adorning oneself with antique accessories and practicing sky burial, where the deceased are left for vultures to consume, continues to be observed by some people in Dolpo. The Upper Dolpo exists to connect people with raw nature and provide an unforgettable adventure in the highlands of Nepal. It allows individuals to experience the untamed wilderness, push their limits, and become immersed in the beauty of nature.

Because it's a restricted area, the paths leading to the Upper Dolpo circuit are undeveloped and relatively secluded. There are 12 stunning national parks in Nepal, with Shey Phoksundo being one of the largest and most mysterious. This region offers a multitude of sights and experiences, including captivating natural attractions and a local population deeply rooted in the centuries-old Bon-Po religion. If you want to see how people from other cultures live and see stunning natural landscapes up close, this tour is for you. Upper Dolpo is one of the few remaining regions in the world where people continue to lead simple and traditional lives. Seasonal farming is still practiced, with domesticated cattle being moved to higher ground during the summer.

The trails to the Upper Dolpo circuit are untouched and mostly isolated as it is considered a restricted area. The Shey Phoksundo National Park is one of the biggest national parks among 12 gorgeous national parks in Nepal. The eye-catching turquoise color of the Shey Phoksundo Lake attracts thousands of travel enthusiasts as it is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal. The trail is not as developed as other trekking trails meaning you don’t have many options for accommodation. During your trek, you will have the opportunity to spend your nights at local lodges and comfortable camping tents. Camping is a necessary part of the trekking experience. This trek is perfect if you want to experience the different cultures and raw natural beauty. Upper Dolpo is one of the few places where you will witness the old and rustic lifestyle of the locals. Farming, and moving the domesticated livestock to upland pastures in summer are still practiced.

The culture is remarkably preserved by the people here as centuries-old monasteries and Gompas still stand, and the cultural heritage retains a living pre-Buddhist religion that is active in the everyday life of the people, along with its religious monuments. Besides that, the main attraction of the Upper Dolpo circuit trek is Shey Phoksundo Lake. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal situated at an elevation of 3,589 meters above sea level.

Major attractions of the Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

Upper Dolpo is in the far-western region of Nepal, certainly a mythical place straight out of story books. The untouched routes of Upper Dolpo take you into one of the most remote areas of the Himalayas. The ancient salt trading routes of far west Nepal and Tibet opened a new way to experience the Himalayan desert of Nepal. This almost magical place has several names given by its visitors according to their experience. Some like to call Dolpo a magical region of the frozen desert, some call it piercing blue skies and some call it the Shangri-La of unnamed peaks.

Nepal’s Himalayan desert is rich in geography, history, and culture. Both the landscapes and the culture are very breathtaking. Notwithstanding its otherworldly scenery, Dolpo is well-known for its catchy rhyming namesake festival and lake (Shey Festival and Shey Phoksundo, respectively). The Dolpo region is a popular destination for adventurous individuals from around the world who are seeking to experience the untouched beauty of nature and challenge themselves by conquering the high trekking passes in the area. Here are some of the highlights and must-sees along the Upper Dolpo Circuit that you won't want to miss.

Juphal Airport - Gateway to Dolpo

Juphal is a renowned village located in the Dolpo district of Nepal. It serves as a vital link between the rural Dolpo region and urban areas such as Kathmandu and other developed parts of Nepal. It is worth noting that Dolpo has only one domestic airport, which is located in this particular place. Juphal lies at an elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level which is the average elevation in this region. It is also the trek starting as well as the ending point for the lower as well as the upper Dolpo circuit trek. There are no direct flights from Kathmandu to Juphal. To reach Juphal, one must first travel to Nepalgunj and then take a connecting flight, as Juphal is located in the far western region of Nepal. The flight experience in Nepal is truly remarkable, offering breathtaking views as you soar over the vast plains and ascend to the stunning alpine landscape. From your window, you will be captivated by the sight of countless majestic mountains stretching out before you.

Upper Dolpo - Inner Dolpo

Upper Dolpo, located in Nepal, is renowned for its extreme remoteness and isolation from the outside world. This region remains untouched by modern development and offers a unique experience for those seeking a truly off-the-grid adventure. Situated in the northwest side of Kathmandu people live here with the basic facilities available. Accessing this region is a challenge as it lies inside the restricted areas in Nepal to protect its raw nature and ancient traditions and culture. Located near the Tibetan border, the Upper Dolpo region offers a captivating journey where you can witness the cultural influence in various aspects such as architecture, religion, culture, and the way of life of the local people.

The landscape of Upper Dolpo differs significantly from the Lower Dolpo and other regions of Nepal. The landscape in this region is primarily characterized by dry and cold mountain deserts. There are selective vegetations present, and you can expect to encounter high trekking passes that are over 5000 meters in elevation. Furthermore, the area is dotted with an endless chain of snow-capped mountains. In addition, it is worth noting that the residents of the upper Dolpo region are known for their warm and welcoming nature, always ready to assist any traveler who happens to visit. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of the locals. Upper Dolpo is well-known for outstanding views of the landscape, valleys, and terrain.

Shey Phoksundo National Park

Shey Phoksundo National Park lies in the mid-western part of Nepal in the Dolpa and Mugu districts. Shey Phoksundo National Park is one of 12 majestic national parks in Nepal. With an area of 3,555 square kilometers, it is the largest national park in Nepal. Established in 1984 the elevation starts from 2,130 meters. Similarly, the highest elevation of the Shey Phoksundo National Park is 6,885 meters above sea level. The topography of the area is diverse, featuring both striking alpine forests and arid cold deserts. The reason for this is because of its high elevation, which has an average altitude of 3,000m. The Shey Phoksundo National Park is divided into two parts: Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo. The lower Dolpo region is known for having a higher concentration of human settlements and better facilities compared to the upper region. Further, the lower Dolpo boasts a lush alpine forest environment with vibrant greenery. On the other hand, the upper Dolpo presents a contrasting landscape and environment. 

In addition, the Shey Phoksundo National Park is widely recognized as a magnificent sanctuary that supports a diverse range of flourishing flora and fauna. The climate and weather conditions in this area are ideal for supporting the growth of wild animals and valuable vegetation in abundance. The national park is home to several medicinal herbs such as Jatamasi, Yarsagumba Panchaunle, and Chimailo. These herbs have been widely used in local medication and even in medical science. Similarly, some of the rare species of animals can also be seen inside the national park. These animals include majestic Snow leopards, Blue sheep, Ghorals, Yaks, and Himalayan Black bears.

Shey Phoksundo Lake - Hidden jewel of Phoksundo

Shey Phoksundo Lake's striking turquoise hue is a major draw for tourists from across the globe. The lake is known for its unique Y-shape and mesmerizing color that varies with each season. The lake's colors are believed to change due to the impact of lightning strikes. The oligotrophic lake changes its color from green to sharp turquoise blue color according to seasons. This lake is not only a popular attraction, but it also holds significant religious value for the locals.

Shey Phoksundo is one of the most popular as well as beautiful lakes in Nepal. It is situated at an elevation of 3,589 meters above sea level. The maximum depth of Phoksundo Lake is 145 meters making it the deepest lake at such a high altitude around the globe. It is a freshwater lake and no aquatic life has been recorded in this lake. The icy cold water from the Himalayas is collected by Shey Phoksundo Lake. Similarly, the aquamarine blue color of the lake attracts many tourists. Meanwhile, if you observe them then you can notice that this lake changes its color according to the amount of ambiance of light.

High Trekking Passes of Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

The upper Dolpo circuit trek has some of the most difficult and high trekking passes in Nepal. The Upper Dolpo region is known for its stunning high passes that reach elevations above 5000m, offering a challenging and awe-inspiring experience for trekkers. During this trek, you will encounter several thrilling passes that you must cross to complete the journey. The highest pass of the upper Dolpo circuit trek is Neng la Pass situated at an elevation of 5,402 meters above sea level. Traversing the passes can be physically demanding, as you will need to walk uphill toward the summit. Crossing these difficult passes requires both technical skills and good physical health. To successfully cross these passes, it is important to begin early in the day. The wind tends to intensify significantly afternoon, making it extremely challenging and potentially dangerous to proceed through.

Nagdalo La Pass /Kang La Pass (5,320m/17,553 ft )

Nagdalo La Pass is located at an elevation of 5,350 meters/17,553 ft above sea level. Shey Gompa can be reached by crossing Kang la Pass, also known by its alternative name. It is the first pass that you will encounter during the trek. If you walk along the bank of the Tuk Kyaksa Khola, you will eventually reach High Camp. From there, you can continue to the Nagdalo la pass. During your past days, you must begin early because the wind at the pass becomes extremely strong after midday, making trekking extremely uncomfortable.  From the summit, one can behold breathtaking vistas of the mountain range and the picturesque villages nestled below.

Neng La Pass (5,368m/17,612 ft)

Upper Dolpo boasts numerous high trekking passes that exceed 5000m in elevation, making it one of the most challenging regions for trekking. Neng la Pass is a high pass that you will cross during your upper Dolpo circuit trek. It is situated at an elevation of 5,368 meters above sea level. Furthermore, it serves as the highest point along your upper Dolpo circuit trek. You will encounter this pass on the 11th day of your trek. This pass connects the villages of Bhijir and Saldang. From the summit, one can behold breathtaking vistas of the majestic mountain ranges and the charming Saldang village.

Jayanta La Pass (5,220m/17,126 ft)

Jayanta La Pass is the final pass that you will cross during your Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek. It is located at an elevation of 5,220 meters above sea level. To cross this pass and reach Dho Tarap, it will be necessary for you to stay overnight at the high camp. Passes are typically open during specific seasons, which are generally from April to October or November. This is because it is extremely difficult to traverse the passes during heavy snowfall. On the other hand, during the remaining months of the year, crossing this pass can be quite challenging. When crossing the pass, it is important to stay hydrated and be cautious of your steps. Even a small mistake can have serious consequences.

Best Time for Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek

The best time for the Upper Dolpo visit is during September and October which is the ideal time for trekking and other adventurous activities. During these months of the year, there is a minimal chance of rainfall, which makes your walk easier and more enjoyable. The weather is perfect at this time of the year, with warm temperatures during the day and a bit chilly in the morning and evening. The weather is appealing, with a clear sky that offers endless opportunities to view the never-ending mountain chains and the surrounding landscapes. After October, the chances of snowfall increase significantly, making walking more challenging. Furthermore, the routes to high passes are closed due to the snow during this time. Due to this, trekking becomes extremely challenging during these months of the year.

If you are interested in going on a trek in the mountains and want to experience the lush greenery of the area, then May and June are considered to be the best time to visit. During these months of the year, one can witness the magnificent blooming of rhododendron flowers throughout the lower region of the forest. During these months of the year, one can witness breathtaking views of lakes, waterfalls, mountains, and valleys. The alpine forest in the lower Dolpo region offers breathtaking views, with an abundance of wildflowers and native vegetation to be found.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu Arrival. [1400m/4593 ft]

Your Arrival Time (?)Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program. If your arrival is late after 5 PM we will meet the next morning during breakfast.

Extra activity that you can participate in upper Dolpo circuit trek, let us know your preference in advance so we can schedule the program accordingly and book as needed.

  • Everest Mountain Flight (It is a 1-hour flight (scheduled at 6:30 AM) with a breathtaking view of the mountain range.) (USD 250 PP)

  • Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu. (USD 400 PP)

  • Everest Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu with Kala Patthar Landing. (USD 1100 PP

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals N/A
transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing, Trek Preparation.

At. 09:00 AM: Have your morning meal and get ready for your cultural tour, you will devote your full day to cultural sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley. Explore the Pashupatinath temple devoted to Lord Shiva which is famous for its awe-spiring and amazing pagoda architecture. Visit Boudhanath stupa, where you will be welcomed by the divine smell of incense and the cooing and grunting of the pigeons. After arriving at the Boudhanath stupa the divine aura will declare peace among people's souls. You can also enjoy the rooftop view of the entire place while sipping aromatic coffee and yummy food.

Pay a visit to the ancient Buddhist complex Swayambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey temple. At last you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient palace of the Malla kingdom. Kasthamandap, Gaddi Baithak, Kaal Bhairav Statue, Hanuman Dhoka Palace, and several other Pagodas are the things to explore around durbar square. If you need anything for your upcoming trek you can do shopping at Thamel. 

duration 6-8 Hours
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis
Day 03

Fly to Nepalgunj. [150m/492 ft]

At. 09:30 AM: Wake up and have breakfast at the hotel. Your trekking guide will receive you and take you to the Kathmandu airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. The duration of the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is about 45- 50 minutes. Upon reaching Nepalgunj you will be transferred to the hotel.

At. 01:00 PM: After completing your checking-in and short refreshment you can visit a nearby market to explore local people, food, culture, and attractions.

duration 3-4 Hours
trip-accomodation Hotel Batika
trip-meals B
transportation Flight and Drive
Day 04

Flight to Juphal, Trek to Shyanta [2520m/8267 ft]

At. 07:00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, you will move towards the Nepalgunj airport for your flight to Jhuphal. The duration of the flight to Jhuphal from Nepalgunj is about 45 minutes.

Upon reaching Jhuphal you will meet your further team (porters) for the trek and move towards Shyanta. You will stay overnight at Shyanta village situated at an elevation of 2,520 meters above sea level. There are only a few villages throughout the trail and Shyanta village is one of them. You can find decent local lodges with basic amenities. Overnight at a comfortable local lodge.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 17 KM
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 05

Trek to Samduwa. [3040m/9973 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the lodge and start today’s trek. You will walk through the beautiful and well-maintained trail inside the Phoksundo National Park admiring the beauty. During this day you will walk through the peaceful path to reach Samduwa.

Samduwa is a small village settlement. Samduwa lies at an elevation of 3,040 meters above sea level surrounded by scenic nature. As you go to the higher elevation you will notice fewer trees and more of an arid landscape, nonetheless, you will enjoy the view. Overnight stay at a lodge.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 16 KM
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

Trek to Ringmo Village. [3640m/11942 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: The trail today includes a long and steep climb of about 2 hours. Mesmerizing views can be seen from the top. The best part of the day is that you can witness one of Nepal’s highest waterfalls. The waterfall is about 167 meters high. Similarly, it is called the Phoksundo waterfall. However, locals also call it the Sulighat waterfall.

Besides that from the pass, you can also view the breathtaking Phoksundo lake from a distance. The bright turquoise color is easily noticeable from a distance. Further, the path goes down and gets closer to the river. Once you complete the uphill trail, you will reach Ringmo village where you will stay overnight. You will stay at a local lodge.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 8 KM
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

Trek to Lower Forest Camp. [3670m/12040 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: You can also add an extra day to explore the Phoksundo lake if you wish to. There are various places to stop by during your day at Ringmo village. The trek to the lower forest camp is more challenging than on other days. The lower forest camp lies at an elevation of 3,670 meters above sea level.

Similarly, you will pass through dense forests and beautiful traditional villages on the way. Your porter and other team will move ahead of you to set the camping tents and prepare food for you as you will spend your night in comfortable tents. Stay at the lower forest camp for an overnight stay.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

Trek to Lower Camp. [4450m/14599 ft]

At. 09:00 AM: Have breakfast and pack up pre-made lunch for the day. The trek to Lower Camp is easy as on other days. You will gradually gain altitude during the day. (Drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness) You will walk on the bank of  Tuk Kyaksa Khola (river). Have your packed lunch during a day break and continue your walk towards lower camp.

As you reach your destination you will get some light snacks and hot tea. Explore the surrounding area as your dinner gets prepared or simply rest and enjoy the moment. There are no hotels around so you will stay overnight at the tented camps.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 9 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Trek to Shey Gumba. [4360m/14306 ft]

At. 06:00 AM: You will get up early and start your hike towards Shey Gumba. You will have to walk uphill from the beginning of the day. After two hours of walking, you will reach a high camp situated at an elevation of 4,460 meters above sea level. You will further walk uphill until you reach the top.

From the pass above 5,000 meters, you can witness marvelous views of the valleys. Explore the ancient monastery and the surrounding area. Although there is a monastery there are no accommodation facilities meaning you will stay at a camping tent. Spend some time at the Gompa (Monastery) and descend down to your camping site.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 14 Km
descent 4360m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 10

Trek to Namgung. [4090m/13418 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: You will begin your journey to Namgung right after breakfast. Today's hike includes both an uphill and a downward portion of trail. The descent is a little rough on the knees, but the reward is well worth the effort. Today's destination is Namgung, which you'll reach by traveling across the Saldang-la pass.

While walking you can see snow capped peaks around you but there is no vegetation and you will walk through rocky and deserted trails. You will stay at a tent today too as there are no settlements. You will be surrounded by the rocky hills with little to no vegetation.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 12 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 11

Trek to Saldang. [3770m/12368 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will move towards Saldang. Saldang is one of the popular villages of the upper Dolpo. The trail goes uphill until you reach the top from where you get the Marvelous views of the Sladang and the nearby village. You will descend downhill to reach the Saldang village situated at an elevation of 3,770 meters above sea level, where you will spend your night.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 8 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 12

Trek to Rhakyo. [4150m/13615 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: During the first few minutes of the trek, you will descend downhill until you reach Nagaon Khola. After that, you will start walking uphill. The trail to Rhakyo is both smooth and rugged. Walking through the trails you will reach a gumba decorated with praying flags and thousands of mani stones.

After collecting the memories and capturing the moments you will start walking toward Rhakyo. Walking beside the Nagon Khola you will reach a small forest before reaching the Rhakyo village.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 14 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 13

Trek to High Camp. [4590m/18011 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Rhakyo is a small village in the middle of nowhere and you can also interact with the locals. After breakfast, you will start the walk. The trail today is an uphill walk only. You will gradually gain altitude until you reach the high camp.

The high camp is situated at an elevation of 4,590 meters above sea level. You will spend your night at the tent as accommodations are not available throughout the trail. Overnight at a tented camp.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 11 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 14

Trek to Dho Tarap. [3945m/12942 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Breakfast at the campsite and then you will start your trek. First few hours of the trek you will walk uphill until you reach the top of the pass. You can rest for a while and capture gorgeous pictures. After the pass, the trail to Dho Tarap is quite easy. Though the hiking distance is quite long.

You will descend downhill. It might be a bit hard on your knees but it is easier than ascending. Before reaching Dho Tarap you will reach Tokyu village and then witness Gagar Takmar village from a distance. Once at the destination you can rest your bags and explore the village area. You will spend your night at a local lodge and taste local food. Enjoy your stay.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 20 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 15

Trek to Nawarpani. [3738m/12263 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Dho Tarap is one of the civilized villages of the upper Dolpo circuit trek. There are many beautiful traditional houses and other facilities available here. The trek to Nawarpani is one of the easiest of all the trekking days. You will walk on the bank of Tarap Khola until you reach Nawarpani. You will also pass through the beautiful village of Tol Tol before reaching Nawarpani for an overnight stay at camp.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 20 Km
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 16

Trek to Khanigaon. [2950m/9678 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Walking through the bank of the Tarap Khola you will reach Chhyugar in a few hours. After that, you will leave the Tarap Khola and move towards the trail. Meanwhile, before reaching the Lain Odar you will again meet the Tarap Khola and move towards the Khani Gaon. Before reaching the village you will descend downhill and climb for a few minutes finally reaching the village of Khanigaon.

As you lose the elevation you will come across trees and vegetation. You can see seasonal local crop fields near the village area and might as well taste organic fruits and vegetables if you travel in harvest season. Overnight stay at teahouse.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 15 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 17

Trek to Dunai. [2140m/7020 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Walking beside the Tarap Khola you will cross a small bridge before reaching a small village. From there you will walk further on the bank of the Thuli Bheri and reach Takakot. Takakot is a small village and you can also explore the gumba in this area. From Takakot the trail goes downwards until you reach Dunai. People are very hospitable and interesting here. You can interact and pass your time by learning and knowing about their day to day lifestyle. Overnight at local lodge or tea house.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 23 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 18

Trek to Juphal. [2475m/8120 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: You will leave the teahouse after breakfast and head for the Juphal. The path to Juphal is quite level at first, but the final hour of the ascent is much more strenuous than the one you may recall from the first day of the excursions. Located at an altitude of 2,475 meters, Juphal is a great place to see the stars. Once you arrive, you can spend the day wandering around the village or chatting with the residents.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 11 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 19

Flight to Nepalgunj, Back to Kathmandu.

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj from Juphal. This is a wonderful 35-45 minute flight over the Himalayan foothills, with fine views of the main peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the north. You will then catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

Once you reach Kathmandu airport our office representative will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your respective 3-star hotel. Spend your free time however you like and In the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali Dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell.

duration 3-4 Hours
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation Flight and Drive
Day 20

Departure, Farewell!

You will be free until your flight time, we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hours before your flight. you will get to the airport 3 hours before your flight time. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are more than happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10 Km
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis

Trip Guide

The information about the Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.

Travel insurance: Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation in case of trekking. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended. 

Medical emergency: If you face any serious medical emergency during your trekking program you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which the traveler’s insurance company will cover. While trekking to Nepal's highlands, you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc. For such a situation, your guide carries a well-equipped first aid kit, ensuring nothing happens to you. 

High-altitude sickness: During your trek, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 3000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of getting altitude sickness also slightly increase. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Walking slowly and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.

Do’s and Don’t: 

  • Select the ideal time to travel. 

  • Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization. 

  • Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.

  • Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)

  • Carry all the necessary paperwork (National Park permit, and TIMs).

  • Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.

  • Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.

  • Respect the culture and people of the area.

  • Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.

  • Don’t litter, put trash in its place.

Packing List Suggestions

Having a good backpack and necessary gear makes trekking easier. It becomes more important if you are trekking at higher elevations. If you are wondering about what to pack for trekking to the highlands of Nepal, then you can check our complete guide on Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist.

While making a backpack, it is important to include clothing, essential items, and a first aid kit. In difficult times, a good backpack can be life-saving. 

Why with Altitude Himalaya: Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our standard service, including a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best time for the Upper Dolpo circuit trek?

    The best time for the upper dolpo circuit trek is during the months of March, April, May, September and October. Because of the rain or the monsoon season in Nepal it is not suitable to go on a trek for upper dolpo in the months of June, July and August. Similarly, because of the snowfall it is difficult to cross most of the passes and is not suitable during the months of November to February.

  • What about the clothing and the dress requirement during the trek?

    This is one of the toughest treks of Nepal. Besides that the weather condition also may change from time to time. Because of that you will need to pack all of your basic equipment and clothes. Some of the basic things you will need to pack includes Trekking boots, warm socks, warm jackets, sweat t-shirt, gloves, raincoat thermowares and flexible trousers.

  • What about the meals during the trek?

    Throughout the trek we will provide you all the 3 meals in a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. During most parts of the trek we will have our 3 meals at the local tea house or the lodges. Meanwhile, while moving towards the passes there are no local tea houses or the lodges because of that we will carry our packed lunch.

  • How long do we walk each day?

    Normally, 6-7 hours of walk is required every day. However, you will also walk 3-4 days also in some of the days. Similarly, while crossing the pass you will also need to walk 8-9 hours per day too.

  • Communications options during the Upper Dolpo circuit trek?

    You may lose communication in various parts of the trek. Satellite phones may work in all parts of the trek. Phone networks which work well in other parts of Nepal do not work here. Some of the popular networks around here include Hello Nepal, Sky Nepal, Namaste and Ncell.

  • What permits required for Upper Dolpo circuit trek?

    Upper Dolpo is one of the restricted areas in Nepal. Only about 250 trekkers can enter the upper Dolpo in a year. You will need a special permit as well as the lower Dolpo permit as well to trek in upper Dolpo. Besides that you will also need Shey Phoksundo national park permit to enter the largest national park of Nepal.

  • What kind of hotels and lodges can we expect during the Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek?

    Upper Dolpo is one of the isolated parts of Nepal. There are very few teahouses and lodges available throughout the trek. Besides that, camping is also required in different places. Similarly you will get 2 star hotel accommodation during your stay at Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. You can also upgrade your hotels at Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

Services Includes

  • All airport transfers and sightseeing on a private basis. 

  • Domestic flight transfer (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Juphal, Juphal to Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • A 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

  • Lodge or Tea house accommodation at the available points during the trek.

  • Comfortable Tented accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Lunch and dinner from the trek starting day to trek ending day.

  • All necessary paperwork. (Restricted area permit, National park permits, and TIMS card)

  • An English-speaking, experienced, and government-licensed trekking guide.

  • Required number of porters, kitchen staff, and mules during the trek. 

  • A well-equipped medical kit with necessary medications throughout the trek. (carried by the guide)

  • One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.

  • All government and local taxes.

  • Guide and Porter, cook’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.

  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.

  • Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • Sufficient amount of mineral water during your sightseeing program in Kathmandu.

  • A farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee. (Approx. USD 50 Per Person)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.

  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30-day Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)

  • International flight ticket.

  • Travel health insurance. (highly recommended)

  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Recommended)

  • Hot shower/sweets/mineral water/ any alcoholic beverages. 

  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the included section.

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20 Apr, 2024
09 May, 2024
US $ 4150 save 100 US $ 4050
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20 Days USD 4900 / Person


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