Upper dolpo to Jomsom

Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Upper dolpo to Jomsom trek is wilderness and off the beaten isolated areas, opened in 1982 for all foreign travelers. The main highlighted of Dolpo is the home of Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Phoksundo National Park and as well as Shey Gomba.

Dolpo to Kagbeni or to Jomsom trek located under the protected area of trans Himalayan region of Nepal and takes us to superb Phoksundo lake with beautiful flora and fauna. It is situated in the Karnali region of Nepal and needed special permits from the government of Nepal.

As the trek has is challenging and cross some of the high adventures passes so we recommend this trek only for experienced trekkers. Splendid Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is a very dry and unproductive area so the people are living with a very difficult life but they were very humble and friendliness with their smiling face.

Moreover, dolpo to Jomsom trek combine with the sightseeing of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range holds brilliant scenery. The trek leads you through several unique villages, beautiful hidden treasures with brilliant landscapes, high adventure passes to Jomsom via Mushi La pass about 16,448 feet.

Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake of Nepal which is situated in this region. For the last few years, it is going very popular trek in western Nepal . The trek is a strenuous walk along the Dolpo hidden valley. Beautiful Lakes, People lifestyle, Buddhist Monasteries, Tibetan plateau, and the traditional culture are the main attraction of this route.

The local inhabitants still earn their livelihood by trading commodities like salt, cotton, barley, and rice in Tibet. Dolpo trek can be done in any time starting mid-April until early November throughout the year.


Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek itinerary details.

It is a particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for tailor-made itinerary.

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 2 Dolpo Restricted area trek permit arrangements.

We need your original passport with Nepal’s Visa to prepare Lower and Upper Dolpo restricted area permit. It takes some hours for official formalities to complete permits. We fix for meeting time each other. You will introduce with your guide. Your guide will brief details of this trek.

Day 3Kathmandu to Nepalganj city flight. Transfer to hotel.

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj (roughly about 1 hour by flight). And then transfer to Hotel.

Day 4 Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight (2,490m) again. Trek to Dunai (2150m/7,031 feet), 2 hours

Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal by 35 minutes. As soon as you reach at Juphal, shopping and other entire things managements and after Lunch, start trek roughly about two hours to Dunai village then overnight at Tent Camp.

Day 5 Trek to Chhepka (2670m/8,731 feet), 6 hours.

Cross the steel suspension bridge following the trail through Thulo Bheri river valley. Walk along with Suli Gaad to Raktang (2,260 m). Again, cross the west bank & trek to Jyalhasa. Keep walking upstream to another bridge to the east bank to Ankhe Khola. Trail through ups & downs to Rahagaon & Parela to the high ridge above. After descending on a rocky path, we reach at Chepka village where we stay overnight.

Day 6Trek to Renje (3,010m/9,843 feet) village [ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREA]

Climbing over a small ridge, cross to the west side to avoid a large ridge & descend to the east side along the riverside to the rocks. The trails make several ups & downs through the forests to a bridge to the Renje village where we stay overnight.

Day 7 Trek to Ringmo / Phoksundo Lake (3,730m/12,197 feet), 7 hours.

Ascend over a ridge and descend to a wooden bridge & then continue its ups & downs along the valley to Suli Gaad. A wooden bridge leads to the western bank of the Phoksundo river, the trails follow the west bank of the river. Trek to Sumduwa, cross the bridge & climb through a forest of big cedars to Palam village. From the ridge, you can see the spectacular views of Phoksundo Lake and 655 feet high waterfall. A steep descent trail in birch forests to the upper you will be in Ringmo village. Cross a bridge & follow a trail north to the Phoksundo Lake.

Day 8 Day to discover Phoksundo lake and its surrounding !

You will explore Lake and Gompa and then overnight at same place. Phoksundo lake is almost 4.8 km long, 1.8 km wide and is said to be 650 meters deep. It is known for its aquamarine color-a greenish blue similar to a special Tibetan turquoise. There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the waters brilliantly clear. If you toss a rock in, you can watch it for a long time as it sinks to the bottom.

Day 9 Trek to Phoksundo Khola (North camp) (3,730m/12,197 feet), 7 hours

From Ringmo village, the trek ascend and descend through the narrow trail on the corner of the lake. The trek continues above the lake on an up-and-down trail to pine forest, then makes a steep climb descent to the westernmost edge of the lake. Where the Phoksundo Khola enters the lake, there is a lush meadow that opens up into a long valley. We walk Continue through the valley following Phoksundo Khola avoiding thorn bushes. Finally, we fix our camp here for tonight.

Day 10 Trek to Snowfield Camp (4,625m/15,124 feet), 6 hours.

We ascend slowly but gradually throughout the day and reaches the bottom of Kang La pass. The camp has been mentioned in the bestselling book of Peter Mathiesson, ‘The Snow Leopard’. The name Snowfield Camp to the campsite comes from the Peter Mathiesson book.

Day 11 Kang La pass (5,345m /17,478 feet).

Trek to Shey Gompa (4375m /14,306 feet), 7 hours.

An early start is followed by a long uphill ascend over the Kangla hill top. The view from pass offers awesome. Than we descend down hill walking cause the trail leads to the bottom of the river and rest of the day is spent following the river. The day ends at Shey Gompa, also famous by the name Crystal Monastery.

Day 12 Rest day at Shey- Gompa to explore around.

Rest day for acclimatization but you can use the day hiking visiting shey gomba and on a top hill to get best view.

Day 13 Sela Bhanjyang Pass (5,075m/16,595 feet) and trek to Namgung. (4430m / 14,486 ft), 6 hours .

Another tough day begins after walking a long steep climb to the top of Sela Bhanjyang is rewarded with views of Mustang Valley and some of the mountains of Tibet and the Kanjiroba Mountain Range. A drop again leads to a riverbed and a more easy terrain in afternoon finally leads to Namgung village where we fix our camp to stay overnight.

Day 14 Trek to Saldang. (3,980m/13,015 feet), 6 hours.

A steep climb for the most of morning ends at Saldang. Saldang is one of biggest settlements of the region. Ironically, this one of the most remote village of country is home to one of the biggest star “Thinle” of the country. Thinle was the main character of the academy award nominated movie ‘Himalaya’.

Day 15 Extra Days / weather contingency.

There are often many internal flights during the trek and these extra days are in case of flight cancellations or delays. If on schedule, these days can be used to discover around the many valley of Dolpo that are located in isolated Dolpo and almost unexplored by Nepal visitors.

Day 16 Trek to Khoma Gaon (4,100m/13,407 feet), 6 hours.

. On the beginning of journey , we ascend than after changes into a descent later in the morning as the trail drops once again to the river. The trek ascend uphill to Khoma La 14,928 ft and then drops down to Khoma Gaon. We fix our camp here to stay overnight.

Day 17 Trek to Mendo (4,000m/13,080 feet), 7 hours.

The trail drops to the river than and walk alng the riverside. Yet another drop follows a climb to a top of a ridge and ends at a green valley of Shimen. Than walkign of some hours later we reach at Mendo where we fix our camp to stay tonight.

Day 18 Trek to Tinje Gaon (4,110m/13,440 feet), 6:30 hours.

Trek continues to follow the river towards south and passes through small villages, chortens and mane walls before reaching Tinje village. The village / gaon was also one of the major points of ancient Tibetan trade route.

Day 19 Trek to Rapka. (4,535m/14,830 feet), 7 hours.

An easy hiking day continues to head south of the valley. Later in the day, the trail starts to undulate and passes through narrow valleys before reaching the wide valleys of Rapka.

Day 20 Cross Chharka La (5,030m/16,448 feet) and trek to Chharka (4110m/13,440 feet), 8 hours

A tough day again to cross over Chharka la located at an altitude of 16,448 ft above sea level. After crossing Chharkha La, a long descent finally ends at Chharka village.

Day 21 Acclimatization day ! Excursion around.

The day can be used as rest day to prepare for the final few passes of the trek.

Day 22 Trek to Norbulung (4750m/15,533 feet), 6 hours

The trail goes along the rivers and crossed on suspension bridges throughout the day towards the south of the valley. Then it keeps heading south of valley for most of the latter stages of trek. A final climb leads to Norbulung ending the day.

Day 23Trek to bottom of Sangda La (4,800m/15,696 feet), 6 hours.

Once again the trek starts to achieve higher elevation as the trek now enters the final stages. Few passes separates Dolpo region from Kali Gandaki Valley and Sangda La is one of them. The day’s trek ends at the bottom of Sangda La.

Day 24 Niwar Pass (5,130m/16,775 feet) and Sangda La (5300m/17,331 feet), and trek to Sang, 7 hours.

The day to Sangda Phedi includes crossing of two passes and is one of the hardest day of the trek. The trail climbs up Niwar Pass and then crosses Sangda La pass again however as you are on the pass, it offers stunning views of the valleys and some of the most beautiful mountains. Long descent finally ends at Sangda Phedi.

Day 25 Trek to Lower Sangda (3,710m/12,132 feet), 6 hours.

The trek enters passing several tiny rivers throughout the day. More mountains of Kali Gandaki Valley starts to open up near Lower Sangda and the region also have huge number of Blue Sheeps.

Day 26 Trek to Dhagarjun (3,210m/10497 feet), 6 hours.

An easy ascent in the morning soon turns into gradual drop and turns steeper with the day. This final descent also provides the view of Kali Gandaki Valley as the day ends at Dhagarjun.

Day 27 Trek to Jomsom. (2,720m/8,895 feet), 6 hours.

The downhill continues as the trek enters Kali Gandaki Valley and drops all the way down to the Kaligandaki river. The trek now continues on the dusty secondary roads following the river south towards Jomsom air strips. Jomsom is a town located at an altitude of about 8,830 ft, administrative headquarters of Mustang District in Nepal. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.

Day 28 Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara than to Kathmandu

Today you will have a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu in a same day. During the flight, you will have almost best mountain flight to experience the complete Annapurna massive including the tallest Mountain Manaslu including holy Mountain Fishtail. On your arrival in Kathmandu, our guide or one of our representative will pick you up and takes you to the hotel.

Day 29 Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek cost?

Hike to Upper dolpo to Jomsom trek cost is USD 4,298 is standard trek price per person on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN). AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek Cost Includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • Twin sharing tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek days prepared by our expert cook.
  • All the essentials camping and kitchen equipment.
  • An experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • Required supporting local porters and donkeys to carry foods and luggage.
  • Lower dolpo Special trekking permit issued by Immigration of Nepal.
  • Upper dolpo Special trek permit issued by Immigration of Nepal.
  • Annapurna conservation permits and their fees.
  • Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & from Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu trip with tax.
  • Food / Salary / accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trek staffs.
  • Gokyo Treks and Expedition company kit bag.
  • Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
  • All the required airport and hotel transfer.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any types drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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We can organize private Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight detail and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: Actually for this kind of trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?

Answer: During the tented camping trekking, our professional cook prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: As you are in camping trekking, we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Dolpo Trekking?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the local lodges here will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Lower Dolpo Trek?

Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on express Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls on Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek Highlights

  • Discover Shey-Phoksundo Lake, challenging Mushi La 5,030m, Shey la 5,010m passes.. etc
  • Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition.
  • Old Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition, Experience the vast array of wildlife inhabiting the region
  • Believed to be a inhabitants of Snow Leopard with many other wildlife.

Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek Note:

The above itinerary is subject to change due to the condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek special ?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Trip Price : USD 4,298 Per Person

    1. Duration of trek: 28 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Adventure grade
    3. Altitude: 5,300m/17,331 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-12 People
    6. Best Time: Oct -May
    7. Trip Mode: Tented Accommodation
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

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