The northern part of Dolpo is usually called upper Dolpo and the main goal of trekking here is Shey Gompa. It is without doubt one of the wildest and most remote trekking routes in Nepal - and one, which only the truly adventurous should consider. From Kathmandu either we take a flight into Dubai in central western Nepal via Nepaljung or a bus drive to Beni and trek all the way to this region. You then commence trek up the Phoksumdo Valley through tiny villages and yak summer grazing lands, all the while with the beautiful Kagmara Peak in sight ahead.

Through deep dark forests and wide river canyons, you soon reach the village of Ankhe - entrance point for the Shey Phoksumdo National Park. High ridges and deep gorges draw you on until at last, you see the great Phoksumdo Lake, and towering above its western shores the 6612m Kanjiroba Peak, one of the most dramatically beautiful sights in the Himalaya. On your rest day here you will visit the Phoksumdo Gompa - a centuries-old temple dedicated to the ancient Shamanistic Bon Po religion, the antecedent of Tibetan Buddhism which is still alive and well in these remote parts of the Himalaya. There is a possibility of sighting the rare blue sheep.

The return necessitates some high pass crossings - the Baga La 5900m and the Numa La 5360m - but the scenery is spectacular, notably the view of the Dhaulagiri Massif from atop Numa. You then follow the valley of the Tarap. The Chu through forests of blue pine and juniper, then up and across narrow gorges to eventually return to Dunai and Juphal from where you fly back to Kathmandu. This is an exceptional trekking to take what true Himalaya wilderness trekking can offer.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m.

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet our representative and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.

Begin excursion with tour guide by visiting world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Evening briefing about your trip and meet trek staffs.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj 780m. 1.20hrs.

Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Nepalgunj. Arrive and drive to the hotel in the city.

Day 04: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai 2840m. 3 hrs.

Transfer to airport and fly up Juphal 2335m and trek further to Dunai bazaar administrate headquarter of the Dolpo region. Evening; walk around the village.

Day 05: Trek to Chhekpa 2930m. 6 hrs.

The trail first follows Veri river then enters the Phoksundo river valley with the views of Kagmara Peak up the valley.

Day 06: Trek to Sunduwa 3410m. 6 hrs.

The trail enters the Shey Phoksubdo National PParkfollowing the river bank and through forest crossing some up and down hills.

Day 07: Trek to Phoksundo Lake 3500m. 4 hrs.

The trail follows the Phoksundo and Pungmo Khola to reach the picturesque village of Ringmo with a beautifl chortens and mani walls then a short walk to the shores of Phoksundo Lake.

Day 08: Phoksundo Lake.

An exploration day around the lake and villages of Ringmo, people, monastry and enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty.

Day 09: Trek to Forest Camp 3600m, 5 hrs.

Walk along the shore of the lake towards rocky ledge along the western bank then the west edge following a lush meadow crossing the river and reach the forest camp.

Day 10: Trek to Seula Phedi 3710m, 6 hrs.

The trail first follows the river passing the forest and ascends toward the Seula Phedi for the camp.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa 4500m. 5hrs.

The trail ascends towards the Kang-La pass 5300m through the forest crossing small stream. After the great views at the pass, descend steeply to the valley floor following a long meandering along the banks of the river and cross the river several times eventually a red chorten Shey Gompa appears.

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa.

A day is spent here for an exploration of the Shey Gomba a crystal monastery standing above the confluence of Kangjunala and Yeju Nala River. Shey Bomba is famous for its ancient pre-Buddhist culture the Bon Po.

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka 4700m. 6hrs.

A pleasant walk after a wonderful time at Shey gomba bring to the yak Kharka through the rocky and grassy trail.

Day 14: Trek to Saldang 3610m. 5 hrs.

The trail begins with ascend along the long traverse and dusty barren mountains eventually picturesque and the largest Saldang village of the inner Dolpo area just above the Nam Khongmala.

Day 15: Trek to Komache 3920m. 6 hrs.

The trail begins along the fairly gradual path with few ups and downs slope passing nag Chu river and few villages along the way then reah to Komache village.

Day 16: Trek to Simen 4200m. 6 hrs.

The trail follows the river bed passing through terraced fields, stupas, chortens, heaps of mani stones and a Chaiba monastery and continue further to the Simen village.

Day 17: Trek to Tileje 4300m. 6 hrs.

The trail follows small stream first then ascends through the forest and interesting small villages and finally reach the beautifull village of Tilje.

Day 18: Trek to Yak Kharka 4540m. 6 hrs.

The trail goes through the bush forest crossing the river and ascends toward the Yak Kharka for the over night.

Day 19: Trek to Molala base camp 4890m. 5hrs.

The trail ascends toward through the forest and rocky mountains until the Base Camp of Molala It is a complete walk into the wild and remote part during the trek.

Day 20: Trek to Dho Tarap 4060m. 5 hrs.

The trail ascend to the top of mountain crossinbg Molala pass 5200m then follow the eastward downhill course of Tarap Chu in a plain valley with patches of lush verdant grass then reach to the beautiful village Dho Tarap.

Day 21: Rest day.

After passing some of the difficult section and passes; a day is spent here to relax and explore the valley and its surroundings of the inner Dolpo.

Day 22: Trek to Tarap Khola 3810m. 7 hrs.

The trail descends towards a wide Tarap valley along the juniper bush and wild rose just above the tree line then reach to Tarap Khola where the Tarap Chu and the Lang Khola joins with Tarap River.

Day 23: Trek to Khanigaon 3200m. 5 hrs.

The trail continue descends along the Tarap River and between the valley’s narrow and deep gorge eventually after crossing few times the river the camp site Khanigaon appears.

Day 24: Trek to Tarakot 2540m. 5 hrs.

The trail passes the Lahini village and beautiful landscape with forest until descending to another gorge following the river then reach to Tarakot which stands on the south sides of Bheri River.

Day 25: Trek to Dunai 2125m. 6 hrs.

The trail follows the Bheri River gorge along with pine forest and an easy walk brings Dunai Bazaar.

Day 26: Trek to Jhuphal, 2-3 hrs.

A short distance trek brings to Juphal aside of the river with a mall airstrip.

Day 27: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepaljung.

Fly to Nepalgunj and catch onward flight to Kathmandu on the same day. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 28: Kathmandu.

A full day at leisure for your own activites. Evening emjoy the fare farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with the live culturl program hosted by Holiday Mountain Treks.

Day 29: Departure.

Transfer to airport and fly back to home with great experience of the trip.

Cost Details

  • We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and as much as possible while in Nepal and let them just to enjoy the holiday.
  • Arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotels, sightseeing tours, domestic flight/ground transportation as per the program, airport transfer.
  • Accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag.
  • Cost for a First Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide, cook, sherpa, assistances, Porters.
  • Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag.
  • All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits.
  • All government and local taxes where applicable.
  • Welcome & farewell dinner.
  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges with the domestic flight.
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency rescue and medical expenses.
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters.
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures if required.
  • Tips for the trekking crew.
  • Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required.



Departure Dates

No fixed departures.

Trip Review

Aida, Aneta, Dime and Ivan

The trek and command Abir prepared for us was perfect for our purpose and needs. Great landscape and friendly people, very helpful. The trek fulfilled all our expectations as it was diverse both culturally and with regards level of difficulty. Dolpo is amazing and still to explore where only a few foreigners visit. We would strong Abir’s service his company to all our friends and as well to those who read this.

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