Upper Dolpo

Circuit Info:

Upper Dolpo is a high-altitude culturally Tibetan region in the western Himalaya of Nepal. The inhabitants of Dolpo region are mainly Tibetans, therefore, the region is rich in ethnic Tibetan culture and arts. The Upper Dolpo trekking initiates at the north-west region behind the Dhaulagiri massif, towards the Tibetan plateau. The abundance of Himalayan wildlife, including, Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and rare Snow Leopard, makes it an Eco-trek destination as well.


Chosen as the prime location for the 1999 Oscar Nominated film Himalaya, it is one of the remotest and least exposed areas of northern Nepal. It offers rare opportunities to explore many unseen parts of the region. Referred as "The Forbidden Kingdom" in its own term, it happened to be closed for foreigners. It is now only possible to enter Dolpo through an expensive and restricted area permit.

Upper Dolpo has been mentioned by David Snelgrove in his book titled "Himalayan Pilgrimage," more recently by Peter Matthiessen in "The Snow Leopard" and in "Stones of Silence" by George Schaller.

Upper Dolpo trekking begins from Juphal (2,285m/7496ft). The trail passes though numerous gigantic mountain ranges, over the Numa La pass (5,190m/17,028ft), till you reach Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village inside the Phoksundo National Park. After a day rest, one can continue on the trail crossing different passes to Jumla -where the trek concedes.


  • Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
    Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation
    Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
    Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (Dolpo), trek to Dunai (2,850m/9,348ft)
    Day 05: Trek to Tarakot (2,850m/9,348ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 06: Trek to Khani Gaon (2,543m/8,341ft), 3-4 hrs walks
    Day 07: Trek to Tarap Khola (3,450m/11,316ft), 4-5 hrs walks
    Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (3800m/12,464ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 09: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,090m/13,415ft), 5-6 hrs walks
    Day 10: Rest Day at Dho Tarap for acclimatization
    Day 11: Trek to Tokyu Gaun (4200m/13776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 12: Trek below Numala pass (4665m/15301ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 13: Cross Numala (5,190m/17,023ft), and camp at Phedi , 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 14: Trek and cross Baga La (5,070m/16,630ft) and camp, 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 15: Trek to Ringmo (3,600m/11,808ft), 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 16: Rest Day at Ringmo & for a hike to Phoksundo Lake (3730m/12234ft)
    Day 17: Trek to Pungmo village (3170m/10397ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 18: Trek below Kagmara La, 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 19: Cross the Kagmara-la (5,115m/16777ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 20: Trek to Hurikot village(3600m/11808ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 21: Trek to Chaurikot(3060m/10036ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 22: Trek to Chorte Gompa (3200m/10496ft), 5-6hrs walk
    Day 23: Trek to Gothi Chaur (2,700m/8856ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 24: Trek to Jumla (2,370m/7773ft), 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 25: Fly from Jumla to Kathmandu with brief stop at Nepalgunj
    Day 26: Leisure at Kathmandu
    Day 27: Departure from Kathmandu

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