The Dolpo Trek takes place in a beautifully restive area of Nepal. Only open to foreign trekkers and mountain climbers since 1989, it remains relatively untouched and thus is known for its pristine beauty and rugged charm.
Many years ago, both farmers and nomads from Tibet became the only people to settle in this hidden land, which means that even today it is one of the least habited places on earth. In fact, according to Legend, it is one of the only ‘hidden valleys’ to be explored by Guru Rinpoche, and is now seen as a refuge for devout Buddhists and those with an exceptionally pure mind.
During your trek to this mysterious land, you can expect to explore one of the most adventurous trekking routes in Nepal. After landing in the bustling Capital, you will take 2 flights to Jhuphal (Dolpo) and begin your adventure with a trek to Dunai. From here you will continue on your journey for 3 days before reaching the stunning Phoksundo lake and taking time to marvel at its crystal clear waters. After some rest, you will then go on to see some of the highest and most renowned mountains in the Himalayas. However, it is not just nature that you can expect to be amazed by. This trek is packed full of culture – with many visits to infamous Gompas and remote villages peppered throughout, this trek allows you to immerse yourself in the ancient traditions that shroud the region.
As with all of our treks, The Dolpo trek is fully customizable and can be done as either a teahouse or a camping trek. Due to the lack of exposure to high altitude on this trek, it is not considered a strenuous trek and is suitable for trekkers for the majority of the year.
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Day 1: On arrival, you will land in Kathmandu airport, where our friendly team will great you and take you to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, you are free to take a rest, or if you are itching to start exploring, you can spend the rest of the day soaking in the atmosphere of the Capital. You will then have dinner and an overnight stay in a highly recommended hotel in the city center. Dinner and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2: After a delicious breakfast, today you will have the opportunity to see some of Kathmandu’s most famous UNESCO-listed world heritage sights, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Once you return you will meet your guide and begin preparation for your trek.Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: We will set off early and take the one hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, lying right on the Nepal-India border, in a huge hot city located in Mid Western Terai. The journey itself is memorizing as you travel through Narayangarh, Hetauda, Bharatpur, Butwal. Then on arrival, you are free to spend the day exploring the area before spending the night.
Breakfast and overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Nepalgunj.
Day 4: From Nepalgunj we will take another short 45-minute flight to Jhuphal (Dopo), flying over the stunning landscapes made up of both The Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. From here we will finally begin trekking, with a 2-3 hour hike to Dunai, on the bank of The Thuli Bheri River.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 5: Today is our longest trek yet, climbing for 5-6 hours from Dunai to Ankhe. Along the way, you will cross suspension bridges, pass by ridges and through valleys, walk alongside canyons and rivers, and battle through dense forest. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 6: Today is another long trek yet, climbing for 5-6 hours from Ankhe to Sulighat.You will trek along a path that passes through forests and streams, before following the rocky trail by the river to pass through Ryajik and reach Sulighat. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 7: Our final trek before our first rest day, has you trekking from Sulighat, along the valley and onto the junction of the Phoksundo and Pungmo Rivers. We then follow the Pungmo River until we reach our beautiful destination of Phoksundo Lake, where our 4-5 hour trek will come to an end. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 8: We will take today to rest and acclimatize at the beautiful Phoksundo Lake. The lake is at an altitude of 3611 meters, and after exploring the majestic waters, you can visit Ringmo village and a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, as you explore the culture of the region. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 9: After a good rest we are back on the trail, and trekking for 4-5 hours to Phoksundo Khola. The trail follows the Shey Phoksundo Lake from the west, and leads you to the rocky hills, before passing through lush grassland to reach our final spot for the day, Phoksundo Khola. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 10: From Phoksunds Khola we will make our way over 6 – 7 hours to Phoksundo Bhanjyang – our longest day of walking. You will walk through a glacial valley before reaching the junction of The Phoksundo river. Then, after crossing a bridge, we will walk north-east and begin our uphill climb to the top of a steep George, where we will be able to see the Kang-La pass. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 11: From Phoksundo Bhanjyang, we make the steep climb to Shey Gompa, going along the Kang-La pass along the way. The Kang-La Pass is at an altitude of 5,360 meters and has fantastic views of valleys, mountains, and canyons. The strenuous walk continues on the descent from the pass, as we cross rivers and pass through meadows before reaching Shey Gompa. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 12: After a strenuous day of trekking, we take a well-deserved rest and acclimatize at the Shey Gompa camp. Take in the culture and explore the area, which hosts the most famous monastery in Upper Dolpo, and attracts hundreds of Buddhists every year. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 13: We resume our trek from Shey Gompa, making our way to Namduna Gaun.We begin by trekking through a Juniper Forest that leads us to a rocky canyon. From here we hike to the top of Saldang La along, before finishing our 6-7 hour journey by descending to Namduna Gaun – where we can visit the Namgung monastery, perched on the northern wall of a ridge. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 14: We begin from Namduna Gaun by ascending barren hills until, after 4-5 hours, we reach Saldang Village, stretching through a slope above The Namga River. Surrounded by terraced fields, this is the largest settlement in Inner Dolpo, hosting around 600 people. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 15: It’s week 3! This morning we will set off early from Saldang and begin the 4-5 hour journey to the Yangze Gompa. We start by following the Nang Chu river to Tiling, and Lurigaon village. We then continue onto Yangze village, where we will end the day by exploring the Yangze region, complete with the Bon-Po monastery, and Panzang river. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 16: From the Yangze Gompa we make our way up to Sibu – another strenuous trek of 6-7 hours. We start by retracing our path back to Saldang village and taking
the trail that leads to Namdo village, stretching over 5 km. We can visit the Namdo monastery near The Nam Khong river, before continuing for two more hours to reach Sibu. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 17: Starting at Simbu we make our way to Jeng-La Phedi. A beautiful spot to rest for the night. The Nam Khong river will lead us past yaks herds, and to a junction of two small streams. We will then begin a difficult upward climb to the base of The Jeng La pass, where we will rest for the night. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 18: Via Jeng la Paa, we will trek from Jeng-la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon for 5 -6 hours. The day has a strenuous start, with a 2-hour hike to the top of Jeng La Pass. From here we can witness stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif, before descending towards The Tarap Valley. Here we will find a stream, which will lead us to our overnight spot in Tokyu village. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 19: On our final day of trekking before our next break, we take it easy and walk through a broad valley as we make our way from Tokyu to Dho Tarap. This easy trek allows us to visit several chrotens along the way. On arrival at Dho Tarap, we can relax before our rest day. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 20: Today is time for a well-deserved rest day at Dho Tarap – explore and recover! This is one of the highest settlements in the world. Located right at the junction of trails that lead to Mustang, Jomsom, and Tibet, it’s inhabitants consist mainly of Magars and Tibetans. There are many many Buddhist shrines to explore – including the infamous Bon Gompa above Dho Tarap. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 21: After a rest, we are refreshed and ready for the 6-7 hour trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola (Kamakharka). We start by descending towards a valley that we follow as it becomes a gorge. We then pass through forests of junipers and before reaching the junction of Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola, on the way to Kamakharka, where we can rest for the night. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 22: Today we set off from Tarap Khola and make our way to Khanigaon. Trekking alongside the gorge of Tarap Khola, be warned that it can become narrow, so you may have to cross the river with a jump – making our journey to Khanigaun a truly exciting one! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 23: A steep climb today from Khanigaon to Tarakot, but the sights to see make it truly worth it! We begin on the trail to Lalberi village, pass through a forest, descend to a gorge, trek alongside a river, and finally reach Tarakot. After 4-5 hours of walking, we can relax in Tarakot – a small town that was once the capital of the Tichorung Kingdom and is still packed with history and things to do. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 24: From Tarakot we continue on to Dunai for another 5-6 hour trek. Start the morning by following the Bheri River, passing through several gorges, villages, and bridges before reaching Dunai. Dunai is the district headquarter of Dolp, with almost 3000 residents, and wonderfully developed facilities. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 25: For our final day of trekking we just have a short 2-3 hour journey to make from Dunai to Jhuphal. We start by continuing along the Thuli Bheri trail. We’ll pass through Dhupichaur, Rupgad, Kalagaonda, and Motipur before finally ending our trek in Juphal and reflecting on our achievements. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 26: Is it time to begin our journey back to Kathmandu, and take two short flights – first from Jhuphal to Nepalgunj, and then on to Kathmandu. Rest at the hotel or continue the excitement by further exploring the Capital before our farewell dinner. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 27: It’s time to fly home! Say goodbye to Nepal and your fellow trekkers! A member of our friendly team will take you to the airport.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with an overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- At least two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in whole trekking
- Fly from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jhuphal – Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu
- Trekking map
- An experienced Government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc
- Personal trekking equipment
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Underwear (4)
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Shorts (2)
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Water bottles (2)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Small wash towel
- T-shirts (2)
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
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