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Upper Dolpo Trekking

Dolpa is the most remote and least developed isolated corner of Nepal, situated in the Trans Himalayan region of Mid- West Nepal inside the Shey- Phoksundo National Park, behind the Dhaulagiri massif. Geographically Upper Dolpo is a part of the Tibetan Plateau and is generally dry, cold and sparsely vegetated which is unlike most other parts of the Nepal Himalayas. It has fascinating villages and is still a land of mystery, scenery and peace. Time has stood still here for centuries as the inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done since time immemorial. The ecosystem encompasses a wild and wonderful variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and snow leopard. As the most remote and least developed district in Nepal, this trek is reserved. for those with a true sense of adventure.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing / Cultural Day In Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Day 4 Nepalgunj - Jumla
Day 5 Jumla - Gothi Chaur
Day 6 Gothi Chaur - Naphuknona
Day 7 Naphuknona - Bheri River Valley
Day 8 Bheri River Valley - Hurikot
Day 9 Hurikot - Garpung Khola
Day 10 We start the trek following the river upstream.
Day 11 A big day crossing the Kagmara La (5100m). Taking a packed lunch, follow the Right Bank off the river for a short way until the path becomes slightly obscure below a steep climb. Reaching the top of this, the angle eases off slightly and the pass is no more than an hour and a half away. The pass is marked in the traditional Tibetan way with hundreds of prayer flags, and the view is quite stunning. The short climb to the summit of Kagmara RI (5370m) takes no more than half an hour, but the extra view is well worth it. The mountains of Tibet and Mount Everest in the distance form just part of this impressive panorama, which is dominated by the Dhaulagiri massif and the Annapurnas. The view to the south and west of the Kagmara Lekh and the Kanjiroba Himal is equally impressive. All in all a very special spot. There is no need to leave in a hurry, as the campsite is a mere hour below the pass on a flat grassy clearing by the river (3450m).
Day 12 On our 1990 reconnaissance trip, Himalayan blue sheep and wild fox ware seen from the camp as well s numerous birds of pray. A big descent, over 1200 meters, leads through an idyllic valley to the village of Pungmo. Camp is made by the Choten the entrance to the village.
Day 13 A rest day if you wish, but the spare day is to give everyone the chance to visit the important Gompa above Pungmo. There are in fact two Gompas as we have entered a region where both 'Bon' and 'traditional' Buddhism are practiced. Chotens become very confusing s one dictates an anti- clockwise passing whilst the other clockwise. However, the lams of both Gompas are willing to show you around for a small donation. To reach them, look out for a wooden bridge below the village. Cross this to the opposite bank of the river and follow the path up through the pine forest past a Choten. The path becomes quite exposed as it cuts across a cliff to reach the sanctuary
Day 14 Today's destination is the village of Ringmo by the beautiful Phuksumdo Tal (lake). Keeping to the left side of the river, descend for one hour to a military camp (31d50m) at the junction of the Pungmo and Phuksumdo Rivers. Turns left immediately after the camp and follow a delightful path by the Phuksumdo River to a grassy clearing for lunch. The afternoon's walk up to Ringmo is very rewarding as huge rock walls guard the upper valley and it is not until some prayer flags are reached at 3800m that the lake can be seen. Equally impressive is the huge waterfall falling down from the Phuksumdo River. From the prayer flags, a pleasant half an hour's walk leads to the village of Ringmo and camp is made on the opposite side of the village (3700m). Crossing the bridge in the village and turn left to reach the lake.
Day 15 A rest day in Ringmo camped by the beautiful clear waters of Ringmo Lake. The nearby monastery is worth a visit.
Day 16 The final part of the trek sets out to explore the hidden valley of Tarap, one of the last bastions of Tibetan culture in Nepal. An easy day involving a couple of hours walks in the morning to a Yak grazing pasture by the Manduwa Khola. The path skirts along lodges hacked out of cliffs for the Yak caravans from Dolpo. The views down the Suli Gad and across to the Kagmara Lekh are particularly impressive. The campsite is in a lovely spot (3900m) below Kang Taiga (5916m).
Day 17 Today is a very strenuous day crossing thee Basic Bhanjyang (Bagar La) (5200m). It is also one of the most fascination of the trek as we cross the watershed of the main Himalayan onto the dry Tibetan plateaus. Following the river to begin with, the path turns north up the first obvious side valley and climbs steeply to the pass, which marked by a choten and the usual prayer flags. The views to the east and north are one of complete contrast to those of the previous two weeks trekking. The mountain is orange and brown stretching out into Tibet to the north. The pass is often windy and the descent is party rapid to the river below and our camp (4650m). The road to shey and saldang is clearly etched out of the landscape by the tracks of thousands of Yaks that have made the journey south over the centuries the lifeline of Dolpo. At this point we are only three hours from the village of Shey, but access is not permitted.
Day 18 The Tarap Valley is today's destination and despite the climb to the Numla La (5350m), the walk into this beautiful and wild Tibetan landscape is one of the highlights of the trek. A four to five hour climb leads to the pass and the view is indeed stunning. Dhaulagiri I am the prominent feature, with the rolling Tibetan hills and the Kanjiroba Himal to the west equally impressive. For an excellent 3600 panorama, climb the small peak to the left of the pass. The path descends gradually into the Tarap Valley. In two to three hours the Champa Gompa is passed on the left and camp is made a little further down the valley in the first village (4300m).
Day 19 A long day. Due to the opens of the Tarap Valley, the sun hits the tent early, giving a spring feel to the morning. The mornings walk passes through the villages off Clumaga and Kakar, both extremely interesting with many Choten, again both Bun-Po (the ancient pre-Buddhistic religion) and Choba (orthodox Buddhist). There are two Gompas in Dho, Guru Bumba (Chob) and above the village Scipcha Gompa (Bon). Leaving Dho (a name given to the last village but actually meaning the upper collection of villages), the Tarap Khola is followed for two hours, at first on its left bank, to a bridge where lunch is taken. This is the last flat ground for three to four hours as the valley becomes narrow with deep goes crossed by innumerable small bridges. However, it is an extremely well made path, one of the finest gorge paths in the Himalayan, offering an entertaining afternoon's walk. A small campsite by a large campsite by a big cave.
Day 20 The path through the gorge continues to impress, switching from the riverbank to way up the cliff side on some amazing constructions! After a long morning's walk (look out for Musk Deer), a large clearing by the river is reached. This is Lahini and marks the end of the gorge. The path Kanigaon (2700m) where we camp.
Day 21 From the check post, head east for a few hundred yards to a well mad bridge which is crossed to the left bank of the Barbung Khola, into which the Trap Khola now flows. This river is followed for three hours to the village of Tarakot where we stop. Rest afternoon.
Day 22 Another easy day, continuing along the Barbung Khola through a beautiful alpine valley to the Hindu village of Dunai. Four hours walking. Camp by the new 'Blue Sheep lodge'.
Day 23 The final day's walk continues along the river to a tea shop by the side of the path (One and a half hours) which marks the start of the climb to the Juphal airstrip. The path climbs steadily, passing through the village of Juphal to the airstrip. Camp is made outside the RNAC office.
Day 24 We take the flight to Nepalgunj, for an afternoon's rest before flying on to Kathmandu the following day. The views from the lake of the Annapurnas are famous throughout Nepal.
Day 25 Free day in Kathmandu

To trek to Everest Base Camp you do not need to be a super athlete nor a mountaineer but a few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Nepal, will enhance your experience. It will not be more enjoyable spending the trip of a lifetime struggling to walk the trails every day when a little sensible preparation before you arrive would make the trails so much more rewarding.


There are varieties of choices of western and Asian foods dishes or a mixture of both in all the major destinations you visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as well as regular tea and coffee breaks on both tea-house style or camping treks where food is freshly prepared daily. During our tea-house trek we offer a selection of tea-houses. Most teahouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Of course it depends on the season and destinations you choose. But most tea-houses offers pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.

Best time

Everest Base Camp trek can be done in Autumn (Sept-Nov) when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals (Dashain and Tihar) are marked during this season The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Or in Spring ( March - Mary) which is particularly lovely as the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers and still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. The temperature is quite moderate and the mountain views are excellent.


There are varieties of choices of western and Asian foods dishes or a mixture of both in all the major destinations you visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as well as regular tea and coffee breaks on both tea-house style or camping treks where food is freshly prepared daily. During our tea-house trek we offer a selection of tea-houses. Most teahouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Of course it depends on the season and destinations you choose. But most tea-houses offers pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.

Medical Info

Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. The number one rule is don't consume the water including ice.

Medical Kit:

  • 1. A simple but adequate medical kit can be most useful without taking much space in your baggage. The following is recommended as tried and true list of items.
  • 2. Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever.
  • 3. Antihistamine - useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites and stings or to help prevent motion sickness.
  • 4. Antibiotis - useful especially while trekking well off the beaten track but they must be prescribed.
  • 5. Kaolin preparation ( Pepto - Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets.
  • 6. Rehydration mixture - for treatment of servere diarrhoea.
  • 7. Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar "dry" spray - for cuts and grazes.
  • 8. Calamine lotion - to ease irritation from bites or stings.
  • 9. Bandages and band - Aids - for minor injuries.
  • 10. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer
  • 11. Insect repellent, sun block, suntalotion, chapsticks and water - purification tablets.
  • 12. Throuat lozenges (Strepsils).
  • 13. Moleskin.
  • 15. Sulamyd 10% eye drops.
  • 16. Acetarninophen (Paracetamol)
  • 17. Antacid tablets.
  • 18. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
  • 19. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Equipment list

  • 1. Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, " walk then in" to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • 2. A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
  • 3.Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  • 4. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • 5. Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters - can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • 6. A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
  • 7. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft. Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • 8. A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  • 9. pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
  • 10. 1 lightweight long sleeved - shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • 11. A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item. A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • 12. A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  • 13. 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 14. 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
  • 15. "Underwear" normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
  • 16. Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking - Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
  • 17. Water bottle.
  • 18. Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • 19. 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • 20. Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • 21. Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • 22. Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • 23. Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.

Cost (How much does it cost?)

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Camping Trekking Routes Days Grade Max. Altitude Season
Dhaulagiri Trekking 18 - 25 D 5300 m Apr - May , Sep - Nov
Mustang Trekking 25 B 5135 m Apr - Nov
Upper Dolpo Trekking 26 - 28 D 5400 m Apr - Nov
Kanchenjunga Trekking 22 - 29 D 5400 m Apr - May , Sep - Nov
Manaslu Trekking 22 - 24 D 5135 m Sep - Nov , Apr - Aug
Makalu Base Camp Trekking 18 - 22 C 5000 m Sep - May
Ganesh Himal Trekking 14 - 19 C 4070 m Oct - May
Rara Lake Trekking 10 - 11 B 3710 m Mar - Dec
Simikot Trekking 7 -14 D 5600 m Sep - Nov , Apr - Aug
Siklish Trekking 7 - 8 A 2000 m Sep - May
Rolwaling Trekking 19 - 21 C 5310 m Oct - May