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Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek

Upper Dolpo Jomsom Trek

Facts About Trip


23 Days


Moderate to Hard

Best month

May, June/July/August & September

Maxi Elevation

Nangdalo La pass (5,350 m)

Group size

Four people in group


Camping services



Starts From

Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & Dolpo

End at

Jomsom to Pokhara

Overview And Highlights

Upper Dolpo Trekking is a challenging but rewarding experience, one that takes trekkers through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring landscapes in the world.

Upper Dolpo is a hidden valley located in the Himalayas of Nepal and is said to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions on earth. Trekking through Upper Dolpo provides visitors with stunning views of the Himalayas, as well as an opportunity to experience the local culture and traditional way of life.

The trek is located in the remote region of Far West of Nepal with one of the recent popular trekking destinations of Nepal, Shey Phoksundo National Park. Likewise, it lies at the north of the Dhaulagiri Range along the Tibetan borders.

Similarly, the Upper Dolpo Trekking can take you at a maximum elevation of 4,530 meters to 5,115 meters. As the trek lies in one of the remote areas of Nepal, this trek is considered as one of the longer treks in Nepal requiring 20 days to complete the complete trek.

However, the major rewards you will receive with the trek are to experience the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, old monasteries, Lake Phoksundo, wildlife, and nature.

Upper Dolpo Five High Pass Trek

This trek is one of the five passes adventure trek in Nepal, Nangdalo La pass (5,350 m), Sela (Gelu) La (5,094m), Mo La Pass ( 5,027m), Jungben La (5,550m), during the 23 days Dolpo circuit.

Throughout the journey, you will have to cross Five different challenging high passes over 5,000m & Three moderate-high passes, Nangdalo Pass (5,350m), Sela (Gela) La Pass (5,094m), Mo La Pass (5,027m), Niwar Pass (5,110m), Jungen La Pass (5,550m) and three lower passes are Khoma Pass ( 4,660m), Shimen Pass (4,260m), Bhima Lojun La Pass (4,460m).  Similarly, multiple nights would be inside the camp above 3,500 meters.

Upper Dolpo Trekking Route

One of the famous rising treks of Nepal, the Upper Dolpo Trekking Route starts from Juphal in Dolpo district and the first step begins by traveling to Nepalgunj which can be both reached by flight or road.

If you choose to fly towards Nepalgunj, you can again have a flight towards Juphal and began your trek from Day 1. This trekking route is unlike any other trekking route of Nepal as usually other routes include dense forest while Dolpo provides a different landscape with the remote region, untouched cultures, and vegetation.

Permits and Regulations for Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek is a strictly protected area that requires an expensive permit to enter. Likewise, you will also require a permit for lower Dolpo.

This trek was opened for tourists only since 1989 as the region was a restricted area and belonged to the Shey Phoksundo National Park.

Similarly, there are several types of permits to trek in Upper Dolpo such as Lower Dolpo

Restricted Area Entry Permit, Shey Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit, and Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Entry Permit.

Talking about the permit cost, these three restricted are:

Lower Dolpo Restricted Area Entry Permit: USD 20 Per Person Per Week

Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit: USD 30 Per Person

Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Entry Permit: USD 500 Per Person for 10 days

Best Season of Trekking

As the trek lies in a rural area with very limited facilities and hotels, the best time for trekking is during Spring (April to May) and Autumn fall (October to November).

There is very little chance that you can plan and execute your Upper Dolpo trek during winter as the trekking routes will be completely covered by snow.

Also, due to less facility for that reason, trekking in winter will be close to impossible.

Accommodation and Meals

Hoping to get deluxe accommodation and good meals during this trek will be a big mistake as due to the harsh landscape and tough trail, transportation of food and other supplies is not often.

However, you will find some basic lodges and teahouses along the trek where you will be provided with their local foods and sleep in their traditional house.

Therefore, it is advised to carry food and other essential supplies during the trek and adapt yourself to rest on their local accommodation until the trek continues.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives at the airport will help you transfer to your hotel check-in.

Official work issuing the special permit and preparation for the trek, overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel.

Today, you have a full day’s rest in Pokhara and visit around the city. If you have limited time, you may fly Pokhara to Kathmandu or drive Pokhara to Kathmandu at the same time. This is also possible in the itinerary. 

Flight back to home from Nepal after successful adventure trip of UPPER DOLPO TREK with unforgettable memories in life.

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: All government taxes and Dolpo National Park entry fees
  • Entry fees: Upper Dolpo special permit fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Guide & porter for camping trek services: Required number of experienced English-speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation).
  • Accommodation services: 20 nights TENT CAMPING accommodation during the trek on camping services.
  • Wages: 25 days for camping crews (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Wages: 24 days guide wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/insurances/equipment
  • Flight: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Dolpo
  • Flight: Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Transportation: Necessary ground transportation depends on your services requested via tourist bus or private transport
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to be returned after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Light for a night by Battery or “generator” as a group size
  • Digital pulse Oximeters for high altitude check
  • Crampons: Snow walking crampons in mountains if necessary
  • Map: Upper Dolpo trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Medical support in Upper Dolpo Trekking:

Emergency first aid kit carried by the support staff

Camping equipment on trekking:

We always provide every guest holiday trek with high qualities equipment: good qualities tent, Gas stove for food preparation, toilets tent and papers, kitchen tent with necessary utensils, Dining tent (for eating), table and chairs as a group, hand clean up towel and soap with tap water, Ice ax and sable.

Accommodation and meals Upper Dolpo Trekking:

During camping treks, an expert cook accompanies us and serves the best local dishes with different items on our plates. Both food and accommodation during camping treks are our responsibilities. We serve three meals on camping treks.

Breakfast Verities:

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, boil water/different kinds Tibetan bread, toast, omelet fried or scrambled, boil an egg, porridge, muesli, cornflake, chapatti, jam, honey, pinner butter, rice pudding, pancake, butter, salami, sinoman role.


Juice, tea (black/lemon/coffee), boil water/ sandwich, potato cheaps, different items bread, vegetable, macaroni, chaumin, fried/boil potatoes, plan chapatti, black beans.


Different items Soup, popcorn, prawn, cookies, papad/ local Nepali verities food (Daal/rice/vegetables/meat/pickle), pizza (vegetable/mushroom/chicken), burger, pasta, chicken meat, can meat, veg/non-veg momo, spagity, noodles, tuna fish, sasit, spring role.


tea, coffee, milk, chocolate, boil water, cake, pie, seasonal fruits, tin fruit, mango, apple, banana.


we serve with boil water drink along the trek either you can make tea or coffee for a day trip. It should be better to bring a good quality water bottle for the trek.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu 
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • city visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein
  • Personal trekking equipment

Travel Insurances: –

Travel Insurances are compulsory for clients trekking or climbing with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergency.

Additional Information

Nepal has four Climatic Seasons Spring:

Spring: March-May

March/April/May months are called the spring season which is the best for holidays in most of the Himalayas of Nepal. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and warmer. The weather forecast will be 20 to 25 degrees till the 3,500m during the daytime. And at night time and in the morning will be colder. But above the 4,500m will be -10 to -15 degrees cold in the morning and at night. Some time will be rainfall in these months. This is the best season for blooming the rhododendron flower in the mountain which is our national flower. There will be many different kinds of natural flora and fauna in the mountain which makes this season beautiful and attractive for tourists in mountains. The tourist comes for trekking/peak climbing and expedition during this season. This is one of the perfect seasons to visit Nepal Mountain to see and take the experiences of walking and climbing mountains.

Summer: June – August

We called the monsoon months June/July August because of the heavy rainfall in Nepal. Mostly July/August and till mid-September. It’s still possible to do the trek in Mid June which isn’t heavy rain yet. During the monsoon time is difficult to do the trek in mountains and the sky and the weather isn’t visible and difficult to walk during the heavy rain and scare with flooding. Mostly, It’s difficult to do the trek in the Everest region because the flight is not on time. Sometimes, It will take a few days long wait to fly Lukla or long waiting to fly to Kathmandu were lots of chances of missing an international flight. So, During these months, It’s idle to choose dry places for trekking in Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek, and Upper Dolpo Trek. These are the recommended trekking for holidays by Peace Nepal Treks (p Ltd and also we provide our best services for our customer.

Autumn: September – November

Mid-September to Mid December is the best season for mountain holidays in Nepal where ever can choose in the mountain as your timing frame and the budget. We have many different kinds of trekking/peak climbing and Expedition services packages for you. This is one of the most outstanding seasons with a beautiful clear sky and the temperatures will be moderate. These months are the feast and festival time were the biggest Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival fall. And also have a long holiday from government and people have time to visit shortly in holidays and to meet friends and relatives around. There is no heavy long rainfall but there is a clear sunny day and warmer on these days. So for it, Nepalese people also visit for short holidays around and the International people come for trekking and peak climbing expedition for long or short holidays. Most of the popular trekking regions will be full of trekkers and quite busy times. Like, mostly busier trekking regions will be the Annapurna region/Everest region and the Langtang region. But there are several less crowded trekking holidays places in Nepal, such as Manaslu circuit trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Naar Phu Trek, etc.

Winter: December – February

December to February are the winter season in Nepal. This season isn’t idle to visit long trekking high altitude trek. This is the season of snowfall in the mountain region above the 4,500m and the temperature will be -30 degrees below which is too frozen and the people of hotel lodges also not staying these months in the higher mountain and they moved to a nearby city or in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. So these months are good to visit short trekking route a week or 10 days only around the Kathmandu city, Ghorepani poon hill, Nagarkot visit, Chitwan National park, Bardia National park, Pokhara city or staying local village homestay, etc. But the sunrise and sunset will be very visible and attractive these months. So the short best trekking is good to visit in Nepal.

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different trekking regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek. Nepal for all seasons. 

Check-list of personal equipment:

This equipment for holidays is a guideline to make easier for your holidays in Nepal. You can choose and take the equipment as your holiday’s timing frame longer holidays or in shorter holidays. It’s depending on the higher elevation of the mountain region, challenging walking of trek harder or moderate. And the peak climbing or in Expedition. However, the guideline will help you to carry and bring the right equipment for your holidays. We always suggest bringing your most important equipment from your country and also can buy in Kathmandu many different brands of product or Nepali product get in cheaper than another popular brand. We say, not too much worried about the trekking gears if you left or did the mistake to bring with you which can buy in Kathmandu easily. This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the trekking, our porter carries 20kg in total between two members and one person makes about 10 to 12kg trekking luggage where you will be carrying your small day pack with your important camera drinking water during the daytime.

trekking_equipments list for trekkers

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

The following equipment is required during the Climbing period: –

(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tax Jacket with hood)


If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.

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