Upper Dolpo Trek- 30 Days

Upper Dolpo Trek is the toughest of the Dolpo treks, a thrilling trek for expert trekkers.  This trek crosses more than eleven mountain passes of the Himalayas, seven of them higher than 5000m. The difficulty of the route is well compensated by the forbidding beauty of the mountains and gentle hospitality of the people.  The Upper Dolpo Trek starts at Juphal and follows the same Inner  Dolpo Trek trail up the Suligad River gorge to Phoksundo Lake, 3600m. We cross a 5000 meter pass leading to the sacred Shey Ghompa monastery.  From here on you are unlikely to encounter any other trekkers. Instead, we share the trail with laden yak caravans travelling to or from Tibet. 

Upper Dolpo Trek cross Saldang-La, 5515 m pass on the way to the village of Saldang.  into the even more remote regions: Khomagaun, Shimen and Tinkyu from where we head into the enchanted Panzang valley, the heart of Dolpo.   After reaching the beautiful, high altitude village of Charkha, we enter the no-man’s-land of eastern Dolpo where spend the next five days crossing the high barren plateau and clambering over high passes.  There are no villages in this area, and only scattered traces of yak caravans that pass this route.  One extremely difficult challenge is when we have to cross two high passes on the same day.  We pray for good weather on this day!  

Our trek ends in Jomsom from where we catch our flight back to Pokhara.

NOTE:  Since the route beyond Saldang has been travelled so little, with the exception of yak caravans, there are many discrepancies about the names of places and high passes and elevations. This description is based on our experience in this wild and wonderful land.

Upper Dolpo  Trekking with safety and comfort

You can rest assured that your safety and comfort are our priorities. As a safety precaution, we always carry emergency equipment:

• Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)/Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness)

• Comprehensive medical/first aid kit

• Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls can be placed for $3 USD per minute.

If you have any queries regarding your travel, please don't hesitate to contact our office staff. We are happy to help you in any way we can. You can book a trip simply by sending us an e-mail at  info@annapurnafoothills.com or aftreks@gmail.com


Trip Highlights


  • Phoksundo Lake, 3600m
  • Shey Gomba Monastery and Crystal Mountain
  • 11 high passes, of which 7 are over 5000m
  • villages of the Drokpa people
  • ultimate Himalayan scenery
  • extreme physical challenge in remote Himalayan wilderness



Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj, 150m: 1.5 Hours

Day 4 : Fly to Jhupal & trek to Dunai, 2850m: 2-4 Hours

Day 5 : Trek to Ankhe, 2896m: 5-6 Hours

Day 6 : Trek to Sulighat, 3500m: 5-6 Hours

Day 7 : Trek to Ringmo via Phoksundo Lake, 3660m: 4-5 Hours

Day 8 : Rest Day at Phoksundo Lake, 3660m

Day 9 : Trek to Phoksundo Khola, 4000m: 4-5 Hours

Day 10 : Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang, 4420m: 6-7 Hours

Day 11 : Trek to Shey Gompa via Kang-La pass, 5360m: 5-6 Hours

Day 12 : Rest day at Shey Gompa

Day 13 : Trek to Namduna Gaun, 4800m: 6-7 Hours

Day 14 : Trek to Saldang, 3620m: 4-5 Hours

Day 15 : Trek to Dora Sumna, 3770m: 3-4 Hours

Day 16 : Trek to Nisal Gaon Village, 4200m: 5-6 Hours

Day 17 : Trek to Chanpola Goth near Shimen Village, 4250m: 5-6 Hours

Day 18 : Trek to Tinje Village, 4180m: 6-7 Hours

Day 19 : Trek to Rapka, 4550m: 6 Hours

Day 20 : Cross Chharka La, 5015m, trek to Chharka Village, 4300m: 7 Hours

Day 21 : Exploration day at Chharka Village

Day 22 : Trek to Norbulung, 4750m or Molum Sumna, 4860m: 6 Hours

Day 23 : Cross Higher Sangda La, 5515m, trek to Sangda Phedi, 5100m 6-7 Hours

Day 24 : Cross Lower Sangda La, 5035m, trek to Sangda Village, 3800m: 6 Hours

Day 25 : Trek to Dhagarjun Village, 3280m: 7-8 Hours

Day 26 : Trek to Jomsom, 4 Hours

Day 27 : Fly to Pokhara

Day 28 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Tourist Bus

Day 29 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 30 : Departure from Nepal

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
13 December, 2019 11 January, 2020 US $5400 per person Available
25 March, 2020 23 April, 2020 US $5400 per person Available
12 April, 2020 11 May, 2020 US $5400 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Fully Organzied Camping Services during the Trek.
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Restricted Area Permit, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • All ground transfers.
  • All government and local taxes.


Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.


Why Trek to Upper Dolpo to Jomsom with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions in Dolpo for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

The best seasons for trekking in Upper Dolpo are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late October).  A  trek in May and June is ideal however you should plan for some contingency days as  the flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal may be affected by monsoon weather. 

Temperatures on the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5C, and during the day will climb to around 25C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15C to 20C.

You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom is a Camping Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

Tented camping in Upper Dolpo is sure to be a great outdoors holiday.  Our cook will assure you will enjoy delicious and hygienic food during the trek to keep you healthy and strong.  Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Three generous meals a day, tea/coffee, hot Tang and high energy snacks are included in the package. 

Annapurna Foothills Treks logistics are well organized and of excellent quality.   Besides your two person sleeping tents*, we provide dining tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs and even toilet AND shower tents!  (*Some companies claim 3-person tents, but the tents are all fixed size 2 person tents.  If you wish to have your own tent, you can pay for a single supplement, an additional USD300$)


Sherpa Support Staff:

Annapurna Foothills Treks has a capable support staff with ample experience in organizing camping trips.   The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Drinking Water on the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek.  While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day.  As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.


The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

  • We either take Gamow OR oxygen in case of
  • Satellite phone (personal calls charged USD $3/minute)
  • First Aid Kit

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.


It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule.  Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, make sure your policy specifically covers alpinism, otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 30 Days

Price : US $5400 p/p

Trip Grade : Very Strenuous

Maximum Height:5515m

Minimum Height:600m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group Size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:- May and September- November

Permits:Phoksundo National Park Fee and TIMS card

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:1 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:Fully Organized Camping Trek

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