Upper Dolpo trek map, cost to visit Upper Dolpo Nepal

Upper Dolpo trek map, cost to visit Upper Dolpo Nepal 28 Days US$4258

About upper Dolpo trek

Upper Dolpo trek stands out as one of the alluring trekking trails in Dolpo region Nepal. Trek offers the intact and unparalleled feel of genuine adventure stuff. Upper Dolpo has immerged out as an idyllic trekking destination to savor the remote and erotic walking experience in the vicinity of great Himalayan range.

Upper Dolpo trek is not easy and requires a lot of stamina and endurance.  Upper Dolpo jurney is a great way to experience the beauty and serenity of the Himalayas. The trek takes you through some of the most remote and untouched regions of Nepal. The trek is best suited for experienced trekkers who are looking for a challenging adventure. The trek is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Nepal and the unique culture of the Dolpo people. If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime, then the Upper Dolpo trek is the perfect trek for you.

Trip Fact


Dolpo, Nepal


28 Days



Group Size

Min 2 to Max 16 Persons

Max altitude

Nagdalo La 5350m / 17552 feet

Best time

April to November


Trekking & Sightseeing


Organize Camping


3 Meals a day (BLD)


Flight, Drive & Hiking

Start from

Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal

End at

Jufal - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

Upper Dolpo trek overview

Upper Dolpo trek is known for its rugged terrain, stunning landscapes, and unique culture. Most beautiful and remote landscapes discovery trek start in Juphal and follows the trail along the Suligad River, villages, passing through Phoksundo Lake in Shey Phoksundo National Park.  Walking trail follow beautiful valley, high passes, alpine forests Ancient Shey Gompa, and Saldang village, where you can experience the unique Nature, culture and traditions of Dolpa Nepal.

Situated to the western part of Nepal in the middle of Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri massif, Upper Dolpo make up the upper section of Dolpo region and is immensely celebrated as a land beyond the Himalayas. The trail boasts most impressive and remote display of nature that is amusingly endearing. Upper Dolpo trekking itinerary to visit Dolpo Nepal

The sparsely vegetated appearance of the region is treasured with rain shadow landscapes, unscathed Trans-Himalayan ranges, serene forests, and eye-popping snow giants. The proximity of the region with Tibetan border has imprinted affluent cultural and religious influence on the people who largely follow Tibetan Buddhism “Bon Po”.

The cultural demonstration of the people is genuinely fascinating and vibrant. The exclusive natural spread of Shey Phoksundo National Park has enriched the natural touch of this trek. You can also explore the variety of flora and fauna including rare wildlife of the region which essentially includes blue sheep, musk deer, mountain goat and leopards.

Upper dolpo trek to Shey Gompa begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and again to Jhupal, continue walking throw lower Dolpo to upper Dolpo trek route. Best time of the year to visit Dolpo Nepal is the months of summer and monsoon season.

This region requires special permit to trek because it is controlled by the government. Upper Dolpo trek permit cost US $500 per person for first 10 days then after US$ 50 each day. Independent trekking is not allowed, in this way all require permits manage by local travel agency Nepal.

Is Upper Dolpo trek right for you?

The trail offers the mesmeric view of Shey Phksundo Lake, Shey Gompa and great Himalayan panorama of Kanjiroba and Dhaulagiri massif. During this trek, we will also be passing through the three high altitude passes of the region namely Kagmara La (5115 m), Baga La (5190 m), and Numa La (5159 m). Shey Gompa trek trail is a bit strenuous so you need to have a proper physical fitness and some prior trekking experience. 

Lets explore Isolated Upper Dolpo trek to visit Shey Gompa in Upper Dolpo Nepal. We organize Upper Dolpo trek in the best time of the year in camping basic with our professional and amiable trekking guides. However, we can arrange a separate one if the provided one doesn’t allure you. For further information on Upper Dolpo trek map, please feel comfortable to mail us.

Upper Dolpo trek highlights

  • Discover the bon, Buddhist cultural, natural and geographical mysteries of lower to upper Dolpo Nepal.
  • Explore most significant monasteries like Shey Gompa, many others Buddhist and bon Gompas in inner Dolpo Nepal.
  • Catch a view of variety of wildlife, vegetation, birds including elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, musk deer & Himalayan Tahr etc.
  • Observe the nomadic life of Dolpo pa people, their culture, tradition and architecture preserved in Dolpo area of Himalayas.
  • Follow the footsteps of ancient trans-Himalayan traders, yaks, mules, horses and sheep’s caravan to Tibet of China.
  • Visit medieval villages like Dunai, Ringmo, Saldang, Dho Tarap, Tarakot, Chharka Bhot, the highest human settlements in the world.
  • Witness the pristine Phoksundo lake, the deepest lake of Nepal in Shey Phoksundo national park.
  • Enjoy amazing mountain views, while hiking in rain shadow area of isolated Karnali region of Nepal.
  • Experience the practice of bon po religion, influences by Tibetan Buddhism by Dolpo pa in remote part of Nepal.
  • Get an insight into wilderness of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, ridges, barren desert, yak pastures etc.

Upper Dolpo trek itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

After arrival in Kathmandu Airport (TIA) Nepal, our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At hotel he/ she will give short briefing about program agreement and day to day plan. Check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel.

Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

After breakfast, full day sightseeing journey in Kathmandu valley start with private vehicle and professional guide. There are many sights to see in Kathmandu Nepal. Among of them guide takes you to the selected destination like Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square etc. Kathmandu sightseeing trip covers major historical, and cultural monuments that beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. The city is full of history and culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After city tours, we will drive back to hotel and conduct Pre-trip meeting. You spent rest of the time for gear shopping, packaging, exploring streets of Thamel and sample local food.

Today we will transfer you to airport 3 hours before scheduled flight to depart from Kathmandu or back home after amazing trip to Himalayas. “Have a safe journey! hope to see you again in future”

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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu Nepalgunj
  • Round trip flight from Nepalgunj to Jhupal to Nepalgunj
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj BB basic
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Accommodation at organize camping tent during Dolpo trekking period
  • Professional English speaking guide service trained by government of Nepal
  • Trekking staffs to carry your backpack & camping equipments
  • All necessary paperwork, special permits (SPNP, TIMS) and local taxes
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require
  • Airport transfer to depart Nepal


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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Where is Dolpo located?

Dolpo district located in Karnali Province, in mid-western part of Nepal bordered by Tibet. It is one of the remote travel destination known for its stunning landscapes, unique culture including high plateaus, deep valleys, and rugged terrain.

How to reach upper Dolpo Nepal?

In fact, Upper dolpo is one of the isolated region of Nepal. Walking and helicopter flights are two main ways to reach Upper Dolpo area. Lower dolpo accessible by road and flight then need to walk to explore the Upper Dolpo Nepal.

Why is Dolpa famous?

Amazing Dolpa famous for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and untouched wilderness. It is a unique and untouched attraction of Himalayas offer an unforgettable hiking experience.

How difficult is upper Dolpo trek?

Upper Dolpo trek is one of the challenging journey of Himalayas because of its high altitude, remote location, difficult terrain and long walking duration. So we advise all travelers to prepare for this trip carefully. It is important to be in good physical and mental condition to complete the trek.

How much is upper Dolpo trekking permit?

Upper mustang permits fee USD500 per person for the first 10 days after 10 days USD 50 per person / each additional days. In addition, need to purchase Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit, also it costs NPR 3000 per person per entry.

How high is upper Dolpo trek?

Highest point that travelers reach during upper dolpo trek is Nagadolo la 5350 meters / 17552 feet above sea level. Upper Dolpo trekking is a great way to experience natural beauty of Himalayas, people, culture and local way of life etc.

What is the upper Dolpo trek cost?

Upper Dolpo trek cost may vary depend on several aspects like length of the trek, means of transportation, group size, level of comfort, guide and trekking agency that you choose. General guideline is to pay in between $3,500 and $7,000 for a 27-30-days trek. Upper Dolpo trekking is a relatively expensive adventure compare to other destinations.

What is upper Dolpo trek difficult level?

The difficulty level of Upper Dolpo trek is challenging because of its High altitude, remote location, uneven terrain and irregular weather etc. Trip offers stunning scenery, unique cultural experiences and a chance to see untouched parts of Nepal.

What is upper Dolpo trek best time of the year?

The best time for trek to Upper Dolpo is March to May in spring and September to November in autumn season. During these month pleasant weather makes great time for trekking with clear skies, mild temperatures. Upper dolpo lies in rain shadow area of Himalayas possible to trek during summer / monsoon season as well typically from April to October.

What are the main attractions of upper Dolpo trek route?

The main attractions of upper Dolpo trek are Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa, Saldang vilage, Crystal Mountain, high passes, Natural diversity, wildlife and rich culture etc. Upper Dolpo Trek provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in unique culture, traditions of Dolpo pa, their warm hospitality and glimpse into a world untouched by modernity.

Is upper Dolpo one of the most remote treks in Nepal?

Yes, Upper Dolpo is a tranquil remote region provide an ideal setting for introspection, personal reflection, and reconnect with nature. it is still relatively untouched by tourism, offers a true wilderness experience.

Who are Dolpo people of Nepal?

Dolpo people are an ethnic group native to the Dolpo region of Nepal. They are known as Dolpo-pa, the highest-living ethnic groups in the world. People, culture and lifestyle of dolpo influences by the Tibetan Buddhism and preserved in pure form due to its isolation. Dolpo people mainly depends on farming and animal husbandry, beside that they are skilled traders engaged in trade between Tibet and Nepal since ancient time.

How is camping trek in upper Dolpo?

Upper Dolpo trek is a rewarding camping trek in Nepal. Trail takes you through unspoiled regions of the country exploring spectacular scenery, snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and high-altitude meadows. Upper Dolpo camping trek, immersing you in the pristine natural beauty of Karnali region. You’ll wake up to breathtaking sunrises over snow-capped peaks, traverse through verdant valleys, and camp under the starlit sky, surrounded by the tranquility of Himalayas.

How to prepare for upper Dolpo trekking?

Upper Dolpo trekking route takes to the most breathtaking scenery in the country. To explore this unique destination hikers, need careful preparation physically, mentally, equipment’s and acclimatize well while trekking. We request all travelers to start cardio exercises and strength training at least 3-4 months in advance to make memorable trip.

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