Dolpo Trekking


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Best Season:
September - November/ March - May
Per Day Hiking:
6-7 hours
Hotel/Lodge/Tea Houses
Private vehicles

Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire district was closed to trekkers until 1989 when the southern part of Dolpo was opened to organized trekking groups. Our trekking adventure begins with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We then fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal from where we begin our trek in the Dolpo region which was made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book – The Snow Leopard. Nepal’s first English subtitled movie on Dolpo, The Caravan, was also a huge success and was also nominated for the Oscar Award in the best foreign language film category. On our 28-day trek we pass through interesting villages, trekking routes and meet fascinating people. We also cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. From Shey Gompa, we follow the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route and return back to Jhuphal as our trek ends. The trek indeed takes us into the wild west of Nepal.


Upon arrival, a representative from Mountain Leaders will receive you at the Airport and transfer to the hotel. Depending upon your arrival time, we will arrange for activities for the day. In the evening, you will enjoy the welcome dinner alongside a lovely cultural performance program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and start a day with full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the old palace square. Next we will proceed to Swayambhunath temple- one of the oldest Buddhist Shrines .We will then processed to Visit Pashupatinath- the holiest Hindu temple and Boudhanath- one of the biggest and holiest stupas. After spending the early hours we’ll move towards Bhaktapur and Patan where you can explore living museum and palaces. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Today you will fly to Nepalgunj. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

Today you will fly to Juphal. It will take approximately 45 minutes by flight. Upon arrival in Juphal you will continue through terraced fields to the Bheri river and the narrow canyon and you will reach village called Dunai. Overnight stay at village of Dunai.

Early morning after breakfast, you will cross the suspension bridge following the trail past the new hospital. You will pass through an area which is overgrown with marihuana will then continue by crossing the river and reach the Hanke- It is also entrance to the Phoksundo national Park.

Today we will headed towards Sulighat passing through the jungle up to the grassy slope high above the river. We can observe the lifestyle of local people. After 5-6 hours finally we reach Sulighat. Overnight stay in Sulighat.

On this day, we will start our trek towards Phoksundo Lake . First we will cross the river and follow the path high above the water. We will then passes through birch forests to the upper reaches of the Phoksundo Khola and continue our trek to the village and after a short walk we will reach Phoksundo Lake. Overnight stay at tented camp.

Today we take rest at Phoksundo Lake.We are free to enjoy the beauty of surrounding are of the lake. We can go for short hiking to the village. On the way you can observe Buddhist monastery. We will then return back to Phoksundo lake. Overnight stay in Phoksundo lake.

Today we will follow the trail and go steeply down to the valley to enter the flood plain of the Phoksundo Khola. Finally we reach Phoksundo Khola and stay overnight.

Today we will cross through a glacier valley and heads to north. We will then continue to the vertical cliffs and rock formations and at the confluence of the Phoksundo khola there is another old wooden bridge. From here you will climb over rocks and rushes down the steep valley. We will then climb to the another valley where you can see the Kang La, the pass will lead you to Shey Gompa. Overnight stay at Tented camp.

Today we will proceed to reach the top of the Kang La. We will then descend steeply to the valley and make a long trek by crossing the river. Finally we reach Shey Gompa. Overnight stay at Tented camp.

Today we have rest in Shey Gompa. You can go for short hiking around Shey. We can observe mountain sites .Overnight stay in Shey Gompa.

Today we will descent to NamdunaGaun via saldang la. We can see the the pasture grazing upon the meadows. We can also observe the monastery with red stone structure. Overnight stay in NamdunaGaun.

Today after leaving NamdunaGaun we will leads to climb a steep slope .we can see saldang below on a plateau high above the Nam Khongmala.Saldang is the largest village of the Dolpa. You can observe lifestyle of local people. After exploring village we will stay overnight in Saldang.

Early morning after breakfast, we will follows the Nang Chu river and passes through a small settlement of Tiling and Lurigaon. After crossing the panzang river we will reach Yangze Gompa which is the old monastery. Overnight stay in Yangze Gompa.

Today first we return back to Saldang village and follow the river passing through Namdo village and we will continue our trek for another 2 hours and we will reach Sibu. Overnight stay in Sibu.

Early morning after breakfast, we will continue following Nam Khong khola and then trail leads to a steep climb to the bottom of Jeng- la phedi. Overnight stay in Jeng la Phedi.

After breakfast, we will climb for about 2 hours towards the Jeng la. We can see the view of Mt. Dhaulagiri. You can also enjoy the green valley in high mountains. We will walk towards Tarap Chu. It is consists beautiful ten villages with Gompas and chortens. Overnight stay in Tokyo Gaon. You can also observe Tokyo monastery here.

Today we will follow the trail to the downhill of TarapChu in a plain valley. On the way you can see green lush and desert mountains similar to Tibet and ladakh Himalaya. We will then reach to Dho tarap village. This village is a small settlement of Tibetan and magars. Overnight stay in Dho Tarap.

Today we will have rest in Dho Tarap. You can observe unique culture and lifestyle of local people here. You can also visit Buddhist Gompa and Bon Gompa. Overnight stay in Dho Tarap.

After breakfast, we will headed towards Tarap khola. We can observe the herds of blue sheep. We will then reach Lang khola and Tarapchu for overnight stay.

On this day, we trek down to the Tarap khola. We will walk alongside the river and came across the shepherds from Dolpo .we will then passes through bridges and around 4 hours finally we reach Khani gaon beside the Tarap khola. Overnight stay in Khani gaon.

Early morning after breakfast, we will follow through lalberi village and passes through forest and you will reach old fortress town known by the local people as Dzong. After spending hours in walking finally we will reach Tarakot. Overnight stay in Tarakot.

Today we will follow the river side of Bheririver. We will then walk over 7 meters above the river and we reach Dunai. Overnight stay in Dunai.

Today we will trek back to Juphal. It is our last camping of the journey.

Today we will fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj. From here we will drive to Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Today the rest of the day is free so you can go for shopping or visit near Thamel area. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Early morning after breakfast, you will be transferred from hotel to the Tribhuvan international airport where you depart to your destination to home.

What are included?

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Government Licensed city tour guide (English speaking) in Kathmandu .
  • All meals and accommodation during trekking.
  • Government licensed trekking guide.
  • Porter to carry luggage.
  • TIMS Permits.
  • Government tax.

What are not included?

  • Travel Insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu .
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Any International and Domestic air fare and tax.
  • Tips for guide, driver and other staff.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like any hard and soft drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone expenses, etc.
  • Personal trekking equipments.
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.
  • Anything not included in the cost includes section.

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