Upper Dolpo Trek

Duration: 26 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Transport: Car / Hiace / Bus and Flight
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner in Trekking
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 2+

Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the unspoiled trekking routes in the world. Upper Dolpo was opened only in 1989 for foreigners to control tourist flow in order to minimize the damage in Culture and the environment. It is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal. Dolpa or Dolpo situated in mid-western Nepal in Karnali State, lays between Tibet and Dhaulagiri range. Customs and Traditions are very much similar with Tibet so Upper Dolpo known as a Tibet of Nepal.

Dolpa is the least developed district of Nepal out of 77 districts. Upper Dolpo Trek is famious for its high passes trail. It is a region of mystical beauty and it is known for best trail of adventure among travelers. Enthralling deepest lake of Nepal - Shey Phoksundo lake, typical villages and lifestyle of the people in least developed region, centuries-old Buddhist monasteries, peaks, wildlife are main attraction of the region. Holy Mountain Crystal Mountain is also another pilgrim destation among Buddhist people in the world. Special Permit (USD 500 for 10 days and other USD 50 Each day after 11th day) charged to enter to Upper Dolpo and there should be at least two people in the trekking group to get the permission.

The journey of Upper Dolpo Trek starts with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (45 min flight) and next morning we again fly to Jhupal (35 min flight) and another day we start our trek. Summer and monsoon season are best season for this trek since the winter seasons are very difficult to operate the trek due to heavy snowfall.

Upper Dolpo trek can be done in 18 days to 30 days as per customer’s requirement. This itinerary is a best proposal for our clients if you wish to customize it as you wish please feel free to contact us.


  • Adventurous lodge trek or camping trek in the remote Himalayan region
  • Visit ancient monasteries 
  • Beautiful View of Mountains
  • Explore beautiful Sey Phoksundo Lake 
  • Observe Tibetan culture closely 
  • Oppertunity of Living like a Local in trans Himalayan region
  • Explore mid-western region of Nepal
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal 
  • Oppertunity to reach above 5350 m from sea level (Kang La & Jyagla pass)


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After your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our airport representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a rest or explore the streets of Thamel nearby your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a short pre-trip meeting and introduce you with your tour and trekking guides, who will brief you about the preparations to be done for the trip.

    After breakfast, at around 9am, our guide and driver will pick you from your hotel and you will go for the sightseeing of famous UNESCO world heritage sites around the valley.

    Pashupatinath (World heritage site)

    The world famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest and oldest Hindu temple in the world. This temple is located 5km east from the city center at the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath area is widely decorated by various ornaments dedicated to Lord Shiva. As followed by the Hindu Culture, the cremation of the dead is done in Pashupatinath area by the side of the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

    Swyambhunath: Monkey temple (World heritage site)

    Swyambhunath, also named as the monkey temple because it is surrounded by the monkeys all over the area. Famous for people following both Hinduism and Buddhism, this temple not only provides the cultural and religious aspects but also offers various arts, architecture and the magnificent view of the Kathmandu valley from the western side of its hillock. Swyambhunath Stupa is imprinted by the eye of Lord Buddha, which stands for peace and knowledge.

    Bouddhanth (World heritage site)

    Bouddhanath is the oldest and the largest stupa in the valley, which was built during the Licchhavi dynasty in the 5th century around 2500 years ago. Its old name is ‘Khasa’ but later it was changed to Bouddhanath by the government. You will find many Buddhist pilgrims and monks from Tibet and various places going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Patan Durbar Square (World heritage site)

    Patan Durbar Square is situated at the center of the Lalitpur city. The main attraction of Patan Durbar Square is the ancient royal Palace, where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. There are many temples and idols in this area. You can also explore the Newari lifestyle, food, and culture in the square and visit museums that contain many ancient items that have a lot of historical significance.

    Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu

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                                                      What to Expect

                                                      • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
                                                      • 3 Star or above hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
                                                      • All transportation for the trek
                                                      • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal round flight ticket 
                                                      • Local lodge/tea house accommodation in mountain.
                                                      • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters.
                                                      • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters.
                                                      • Breakfast in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj
                                                      • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
                                                      • Douffle Bag, Sleeping Bag, Warm Layers (Returnable)
                                                      • Shepherd Holidays' T-Shirt
                                                      • Certification
                                                      • First Aid Kit.
                                                      • Maps.
                                                      • Service charge and government taxes.
                                                      • Dolpo entry fee.
                                                      • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu.
                                                      • International Airfare
                                                      • Nepal Entry Visa 
                                                      • Meals in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj (besides breakfast).
                                                      • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
                                                      • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee.
                                                      • Tips for guide and porter.
                                                      • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary.
                                                      • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.).
                                                      • Other thing which is not mentioned in Inclusion section