Dolpo Exploring Trek

September 16, 2017

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Dolpo exploring treks is a complete exploration and discovering of Dolpo region of Nepal.Dolpo Exploring Trek, offers an excellent experience of Dolpo region and winds through the Lower Dolpo and hidden amazing Upper Dolpo.

Tour Details


 Rarely visiting Barbung valley

High passes, village and wild camping

Dolpo Pa culture and in touch with preserved Bon and Buddhism

Remote Northern corner of  Upper ‘Mischa Gaon’

Dolpo’s oldest Monastery Yangjer Gompa

Sacred and revered ‘Crystal Mountain and Shey Gompa’

Trip Facts

Trek Grade: Challenging

No. of Trekking days:

Accommodation: Camping during trek and Hotel (Kathmandu and Nepalgunj)

Maximum Altitude:  5350m

No. of High pass above 5000 plus: 4

Trip Type: Expedition Style Trekking


Trip Introduction

 Dolpo exploring treks is a complete exploration and discovering of Dolpo region of Nepal. This trek offers an excellent experience of Dolpo region and winds through the Lower Dolpo and hidden amazing Upper Dolpo.

Dolpo exploring trek starts after a scenic mountain flight to Juphal from humid and hot Nepalgunj city and trek 3 hours is Dunai. Leaving the Dunai we follow the Thuli Bheri River to the east via Tarakot and Lasicap the trail enters to the Barbong Khola valley. Exploring and trekking in remote and isolated Barbong Valley, then crossing Chanla pass 5078m the trail conjoins to a beautiful important valley ‘Dho Tarap’.

Beyond the Dho Tarap the trail leads to the north crossing Choila Pass, we enter to wonderful valley of Upper Dolpo ‘Panzang Valley’ following the Panzang Khola we pass Tinje and Phalwa and Shimen village, and from here our trail  further heading to North along the Chanpola Goth and crossing Muri La pass to Northern frontier of Upper Dolpo Mischa Gaon. After Mischa Gaon once again we descend to Panzang Khola and we set camp at Nisal Goan. Visiting Yangjer Gompa at Nisal, our trail returns to Saldang and crossing Neng Pass to another beautiful hidden village Bhijer.

Next to the Bhijer, our awaited destination sacred and revered valley of Dolpo Shey Gompa and Crystal Mountain. A day exploring the century-old Buddhist monastery  ‘Tsakang Gompa and Gomache Gompa’ we come across our last pass Kang La 5350m to outstanding and one of the most amazing Lake of  Nepal ‘Phoksundo Lake’.

Two more days of the trek, descending down from Phoksundo Lake ends our Dolpo Exploring Trek to Juphal and fly out to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in TIA Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight 1hrs.

Day 3 Nepalgunj to Juphal by flight 35 minutes and 3 hours trek to Dunai 2140m

Day 4 Dunai to Tarakot 2540m 6 hrs.

Day 5 Tarakot to Musi Khola 2875m 7 hrs

Day 6 Musi Khola to Kakot village 3210m 7 hrs

Day 7 Kakot village to Pimri village 3350m 6 hrs.

Day 8 Pimri vaillage via Seri village to Gumjyan 3800m 7 hrs.

Day 8 Gumjyan to Chapchyu 4200m 6 hrs.

Day 9 Chhapchyu to Chanla Base Camp 4500m 7 hrs.

Day 10 Base Camp via Chanla pass 5378m to Dho Tarap (3944m) 7 hrs.

Day 11 Dho Tarap rest and exploring day

Day 12 Dho Tarap to Yak Kharka (4500m) crossing Choila Pass (5051m) 8 hours

Day 13 Yak Kharka to Tinje village (4500m) 7 hours

Day 14Tinje village to Chanpola Gotha (3900m) 8 hours

Day 15Chanpola Goth to Musi village (3850m) 7 hours

Day 16 Musi village to Nisal village (3800m) 6 hours

Day 17Nisal village to Saldang village (3770) 7 hours

Day 18 Saldang village to Base Camp (4250m)  crossing Neng La (5368m)  Pass 7 hours

Day 19 Base Camp to Bhijer (3850m) 7 hours

Day 20Bhijer to Tora/Tata (3920m) 4 hours

Day 21 Tata to Shey Gompa (4160m) 8 hours

Day 22 Shey Gompa rest and exploring day

Day 23 Shey to Kang La base camp (4500m) via Kang La pass 5350m

Day 24 Kang La Base Camp to Phoksundo North Bank (3650m) 7 hours

Day 25 Phoksundo North Bank to Phosundo(3640m) 4 hours

Day 26 Phoksundo to Chhepka (2838m) 8 hours

Day 27 Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 8 hours

Day 28 Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 29 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 30 Depart from Kathmandu to Home

Practical Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.



We bring a satellite phone for group size above 4 pax for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The days starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess of tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.


While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.


In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes. September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day. In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5 and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C. At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.

Trekking Gear

This is high altitude camping trek, and you have to bring following list of gear. For more detail about trekking gear check at Trek Gear Info.

  • Boots – the single most important item to pack – comfortable, sturdy hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (easy to rent in Nepal) – needed for both camping and teahouse treks as teahouses usually only provide blankets
  • Dufle bag for your porter and Backpack  for you
  • Lightweight shoes or sandals for changing into at night.
  • Cotton Socks  and thick wool socks
  • Loose cotton trouser/Calf length skirt
  • T-shirts/long sleeved shirt
  • Cosy shirt for the evenings
  • Thermal underclothes are a necessity
  • Warm lightweight sweater/fleece
  • Hat (sun and night), Gloves or Mittens, Scarf
  • Lightweight Wind Jacket (optional)
  • Rain gear a simple plastic poncho is adequate for most seasons
  • Down Jacket depending on trek and season (easy to rent in Nepal)
  • Daypack (for daytime needs if a porter is carrying your main pack)
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and Quick dry towel
  • Flash light for midnight toilet trips and power cuts
  • Moisture cream for your skin, and lips
  • Water bottle with carry strap
  • Water purification Filter/Iodine
  • First Aid Kit essentials
  • Camera, batteries, spare, film if needed
  • Nepali rupees – even if you have paid for on an all-inclusive trek, you may still want to buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs, and maybe donate to a women’s group or other local organization and Monasteries along the way!


Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils.

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee



Dolpo Exploring Trek Map