Upper Dolpo To Jomsom Trek

28 Days from US$ 4890pp*

Trip Code: HDTS100

Trip Grade
  • Activities: Trekking & Walking
  • Max. Altitude: 5550m/18,210ft - Jungben La
  • Group Size: 04 - 12
  • Trip Seasons: April – June /September/October

This itinerary is designed to give you a hint of what is possible. We can adjust this trip to suit your specific requirements.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit ancient palaces, temples and spiritual places in Kathmandu.
  • Visit Buddhist and Bon Po (shamanistic pre- Buddhist) monasteries.
  • Explore Pine forests and the aquamarine hued Phoksundo Lake.
  • Trek upon high, arid plateau cut by deep gorges
  • Encounter wildlife such as blue sheep, marmots, eagles, lammergeyer, Langur monkeys and large variety of birds and elusive snow leopard.

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We’ve created a spectacular trek that immerses you in the full wonder of Dolpo’s extraordinary landscapes, with a mix of fantastic cultural encounters all along the way.

Upper Dolpo is remote region of Western Nepal known for the Shey Phoksundo National Park and the last remaining Tibetan culture, remnants of a place immortalized by Peter Matthiessen in his book, The Snow Leopard. He writes “the Land of Dolpo, all but unknown to Westerners even today, was said to be the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture left on earth…. which has its roots not only in a historical or cultural past, but within the innermost being of man”. Upper Dolpo trek is an entry into a fabled land, a unique tapestry of colorful Buddhist motifs, views of soaring peaks, ancient and tranquil villages, rare wildlife like the Blue Sheep, Langurs among others.

Upper Dolpo Trek begins at Juphal following the trail to Dunai and the eye-snapping Phoksundo Lake to reach the Kang la Camp, leading to Shey Gompa monastery and the famed Crystal Mountain. In this incredibly photogenic region, you can meet the people of Upper Dolpo who are traditional nomads living in the shadow of their Karma, guided by nature and their surroundings. With a rich history that begins with the advent of the great Guru Rimpoche, Dolpo’s landscapes and its innate serenity are infectious, and they permeate through our entire trek. The grand moment of your adventure is the trek across the stunning Jungben La mountain pass located at 5550m/18,210 ft, where you can see the distant mountain ranges, endless specks of clouds, and experience a wondrous Himalayan silence. Upper Dolpo Trek is an extreme one of twenty days where we take the path that Peter Matthiessen once took. A path that takes us into the otherworldly land of mountaintops wreathed in clouds, plunging valleys, remote villages ringed with snow and sand- a land as mysterious as Peter Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard.

Day by Day

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

  • Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Trek Preparation

  • Day 03 Fly to Nepalgunj (150m/490ft) –1 hrs

  • Day 04 Fly to Juphal –Trek to Dunai (2,475m/8,120ft) –3 hrs

  • Day 05 Trek to Chhepka (2,540m/9,320ft) – 6 hrs.

  • Day 06 Trek to Jharna Hotel (3,000/9,846ft) - 6 - 7 hrs.

  • Day 07 TREK TO Phoksundo Lake (3,641m/11,945 ft) – 5 hrs.

  • Day 08 Explore: Phoksundo Lake | Rest Day |

  • Day 09 Trek ToLar Tse (4200m/13,779ft.)- 7 hrs.

  • Day 10 TREK TO Kang La High Camp (4,710m/15,420 ft)

  • Day 11 Trek to Shey Gompa (4,400m/14,435 ft) via Kang-La (5,380m/17,650 ft) – 7 hrs.

  • Day 12 Explore Shey Gompa: Rest Day !

  • Day 13 Trek to Namgung Gompa(4,433m/14,545 ft) via Sela-La (5095m/16,720 ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

  • Day 14 Trek to Saldang(4,000m/13, 125 ft) -5 hrs

  • Day 15 Trek to Khoma Village (4,200m/13, 780 ft) – 6 hrs

  • Day 16 Trek to Shimen Village (4, 260m/13, 975 ft)– 5 hrs

  • Day 17 Trek to Tinje Village (4, 180m/13, 715 ft) – 7 hrs.

  • Day 18 Trek to Yak Kharka (4,750m/15, 560 ft) – 6 hrs

  • Day 19 Trek to Chharka (4, 300m/14, 100 ft) via Chharka-La (5, 015m/16, 455 ft) – 7 -8 hrs.

  • Day 20 Rest Day: Explore Chharka Village

  • Day 21 Trek to Norbulung (4,750m/ ft) – 7 hrs

  • Day 22 Trek to Ghaldang Ghundung Camp (4, 247m/13, 934 ft) Via Niwa-La (5, 120m/16, 790 ft) & Jungben-La (5,550m/18, 210 ft) – 8 hrs.

    • Trek to Ghaldang Ghundung Camp (4, 247m/13, 934 ft) Via Niwa-La (5, 120m/16, 790 ft) & Jungben-La (5,550m/18, 210 ft) – 8 hrs.
  • Day 23 Trek to Sangda (3, 775m/12, 385 ft) – 7 hrs

  • Day 24 Trek to Phalyak (3, 175m/10, 415 ft) – 7 hrs

  • Day 25 Trek to Jomsom (2, 670m/8, 760 ft)- 6 hrs

  • Day 26 Fly to Pokhara (827 m (2,713 ft) / Kathmandu

  • Day 27 Fly to Kathmandu (Spare Day)

  • Day 28 Final Departure | Fly back home

    • Final Departure | Fly back home

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Trip Info


  • International and domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle and check - in assistance.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Pokhara with breakfast based on double occupancy
  • Guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Applicable entrance fees for the activities as mentioned
  • Restricted Area Permit for Upper Dolpo costing US $ 810
  • Welcome dinner with live Nepalese culture program at Bhojan Griha.
  • Fully camping trek inclusive of 2 men tents, dining tent and table & seating chair, toilet tent
  • English speaking trekking guide, supporting Sherpas and necessary porters, cook and necessary kitchen equipment and provision of all means on the trek
  • Insurance & clothing for trekking staff
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal, Jomsom – Pokhara - Kathmandu with an extra 5 kg luggage allowance and cargo charges
  • Comprehensive Pre-Trip Information.


  • Nepal visa fee (check latest travel to Nepal link)
  • Lunch & Evening meals in the cities: Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Pokhara
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, bar bills
  • Applicable incurred cost due to cancelled or delayed flights
  • Optional tipping or gratuities for guide, driver, porterage and baggage handling, room services.
  • Tipping

Dates and Price

Trip Information:

  • There is an alternate itinerary that reverses the route from Jomsom to Upper Dolpo. If you are interested, please request itinerary on our contact page.
  • Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang (Lo – Manthang): Another extremely challenging and logistically difficult trail that follows the popular Upper Dolpo Circuit Route and come across the many high mountain passes over 5000m. The trail enters further north to Tibet border crossing two remote high passes to Lo – Manthang of Upper Mustang, Nepal.

Flights: Jomsom & Juphal

Flights to/from these destinations are Short Take-Off & Landing(STOL), depending on the weather. Delays or cancellations occur due to weather, poor visibility or high winds.


Logistic challenges and extra cost to obtain the Restricted Area Permit.

Thuraya Satellite phones for organizing logistics and medical evacuations. Keep updating location onto Google Map on daily basis so your family and friends can track your progress on the trek.

Tour cost and dates are subject to change. International airfare to Kathmandu and return not included. 

Currently there are no fixed departure dates for this trip. Please click the button below for the inquiry or you can also book this trip as a private departure with your desired dates.

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