Blossom Expeditions

Dolpo Circuit Trek

Upper Dolpo is an unspoiled and remote trekking destination in far-west Nepal between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri mountain range. The Dolpo district was only opened up to foreign visitors in 1989. On the Upper Dolpo Circuit trek you will encounter mystical beauty, rich Tibetan culture, beautiful, ancient monasteries and the nomadic lifestyle. Because it is a restricted trekking area, a special trekking permit is required. The permit cost is U.S. $500 for 10 days for person and then $50 per day per person for each additional day.

Because of the remoteness, many high passes and low levels of development in this district, very few people visit this region. The spectacular landscape, mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo Lake, traditional Tibetan settlements and their culture, mountain views, wildlife and ancient Buddhist monasteries are the main attractions.

The trek begins in Juphal and ends in either Juphal or Jomsom. To reach to Juphal, we have to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then on to Juphal.

Trip Facts

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Moderate to Strenuous
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29 days
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Trip Mode::
Fully Camping
Mid April to early November
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Days Programs
1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m.)
2 Preparations day
3 Fly to Nepalgunj an hour
4 Fly to Jhuphal (2475m.) and trek to Kagani  (2413m.)  45 mins flight, 3-4 hours Trek
5 Trek to Rainchi (2940m.) 5-6 hours
6 Trek to Phoksundo Lake (3,611m) 4-5 hours
7 Acclimatization and rest at Phoksundo Lake
8 Trek to Sallaghari (36300m.) 5-6 hours
9 Trek to Nangdo la (Kangla La Pass) high Camp (4717m.) 5-6 hours
10 Trek to Shay Gumpa (4160m.) via Nangdo La Pass (5360m.) 6-7 hours
11 Rest Day
12 Trek to Namduna (Namgung) Gaun (4430m) via Saldang La (5010m.)  6-7 hours
13 Trek to Saldang (3,620m.) 4-5 hours
14 Trek to YangjerGumba (3760m.) 4-5 hours
15 Trek to Shimengaon (3870m.) 5-6 hours
16 Trek to Tinjegaon (4150m.) 6-7 hours
17 Trek to Yak Kharka 6-7 hours
18 Trek to Tokyu (4240m.) via Choila Pass (5051m.) 7-8 hours
19 Trek to DhoTarap (3940m.) 4-5 hours
20 Rest Day
22 Trek to TarapKhola (Kamakharka) (3,800m)  6-7 hours
23 Trek to Khanigaon(3,150m.)  4-5 hours
24 Trek to Tarakot (2,537m.)  4-5 hours
25 Trek to Dunai (2,140m.)  5-6 hours
26 Trek to Juphal (2475m.) 2-3 hours
27 One Extra day we might needed
28 Fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu 
29 Free Day
30 Departure to Home