Inner Dolpo Trek

September 16, 2017

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A great adventure holiday trip, Inner Dolpo trek (Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek) is one of most exotic classic mountain treks of Nepal.
Trip Detail

Highlights of Trip

-Lush vegetation, wooden and suspension bridges

-Stunning Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo Bon village

-High passes arid landscape, sculpted gorge, and sheer side canyons

-Exotic villages and Dolpo Pa culture

-Century old Bon and Buddhist Monasteries

Trip Facts

Trek Grade: Moderate

Number of Trekking Days: 26 days

Accommodation Type: Camping and Hotel

Maximum Altitude:  5716m

No. of High pass above 5000 plus: 5

Trip Type: Trekking

Inner Dolpo Trek (Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek) takes you in the least explored, discovered, most remote and alluring Northwestern corner of Nepal. The footstep to this remote corner of Nepal traverses across the high passes, barren arid landscape, rocky and stony trails, sculpted gorges and beautiful villages with handful beautiful smiling and friendly people.

Inner Dolpo Trek (Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek) begins after the scenic mountain flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal airstrip followed by adventure trek to North through lush vegetation of Shey Phoksundo National Park to miraculous color changing Phoksundo Lake and Ringmo Bon village.

A day exploring around the lake and village, visiting Bon monastery and getting acclimatization on this spot, we resume the trek across the notorious Kang La pass 5350m to revered valley of Upper Dolpo Shey Gompa. Shey Gompa is the famed Himalayan pilgrims and it is spiritual heart of Upper Dolpo, known to be a younger brother of Mt.Kailash and habitat of an elusive Himalayan big cat ‘Snow Leopard and its prey ‘Blue sheep’.

After the Shey Gompa, we enter to the inner part of Dolpo crossing Shey La pass 5095m and the trail winds through the Nakhong valley’s exotic villages Saldang, Nisal and Yangjer Gompa, Komash and Panzang valley’s exotic village Shimen, Phalwa and Tinje.

On our return route from Tinje village crossing the Choila pass 5051m to the upper Dolpo’s major trading center Dho Tarap valley.As long we come across the high passes, exotic villages, and sculpted gorges, we also visit the century old Bon and Buddhists monasteries and witness the authentic Dolpo Pa culture along the trail.

At the end, we round off this adventure holiday trekking with descending through impressive Tarap gorges along the Tarap Khola to Tarakot, return to Juphal and fly out to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodation 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 tents),

+ 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


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 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.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01  Arrival in Kathmandu TIA and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel

Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475m) and trek to Kageni/ Dunai (2140m)  3 hours.

Day 04: Dunai to Chhepka (2687m) 6 hours

Day 05: Chhepka- Chunuwar / Amchi Hospital (3000m) 6 hours

Day 06: Chunuwar / Amchi Hospital  to Phoksundo Lake (3600m) 5-6 hours

Day 07: Phoksundo Rest and exploring day

Day 08: Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3630m) 5-6 hours trek

Day 09: Sallaghari to Nangdala HC 4717m 5-6 hours trek

Day 10: Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa( 4343m) crossing Nangdala pass (5350m) 5-6hours

Day 11: Shey Gompa to  Namgung Gompa (4360) crossing Shey La Pass (5100m)  6-7 hours

Day 12: Namgong Gompa to Saldang (3770m) 4-5 hours

Day 13: Saldang to  Day hike to Yangjer Gumba (4590m) 7 hours

Day 14: Saldang to Komash Village 4060m 6 hrs trek

Day 15: Komash Village to Shimen (3850m) 6hrs walk

Day 16: Shimen to Tinje (4110m) 5 hours

Day 17: Tinje Village to Yak Kharka  (4300m) 7 hours

Day 18: Yak Kharka to  Dho Tarap (4240m) 7 hours

Day 19: Dho Tarap (4240m) Rest and Exploring day

Day 20: Dho Tarap to Chhegur Cave (3441m) 6 hours

Day 21: Chhegur Cave to  Tarakot (2537m) 6 hours

Day 22: Tarakot to Juphal (2475) 8hours

Day 23: Fly out from Juphal to Nepalganj and Kathmandu

Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 25: Depart Kathmandu



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