Upper Dolpo to Jomsom


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Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek Summary

    1. Trip Duration: 27 Days
    2. Trip Grade: Adventure grade
    3. Highest Altitude: 5,300m / 17,389 feet
    4. Trek Hours: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2 – 12 People
    6. Best Time: April, May, June, July, August, September
    7. Trip Mode: Tent Accommodation
    8. Meals on Trek Route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Jeep / Plane / Bus


The Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek is a wilderness and in wilderness isolated area, opened in 1982 for all foreign travelers. Travel to Dolpo territory is the home of Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Phoksundo National Park and as well as Shey Gompa.

Dolpo to Kagbeni or to Jomsom trek located under the protected area of the 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 is challenging and crosses some of the high adventures passes so we recommend it only for experienced trekkers. The splendid hike from Dolpo to Jomsom Trekking is a very dry and unproductive area so the people are living a very difficult life but they were very humble and friendly with their smiling faces.

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

Shey Phoksundo lake is the deepest lake in Nepal which is situated in this region. For the last few years, it is going a very popular trek in western Nepal . Beautiful Lakes, People’s lifestyles, Buddhist Monasteries, the Tibetan plateau, and the traditional culture are the main attraction of this route.

Local inhabitants still earn their livelihood by trading commodities like salt, cotton, barley, and rice in Tibet. Its a strenuous walk along the Dolpo hidden valley. Dolpo trek is a difficult hike in Nepal, possible to explore at any time starting from mid-April until early November throughout the year.

How much is the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (local trekking agency) ranges between US$ 4110 to US$ 4800. But of course, the Dolpo to Jomsom trek cost will vary according to the travel members you are traveling to and the service you choose.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers, especially after covid-19. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It’s a standard trip package price for 28 days hike in Upper Dolpo to Jomsom route. If you are 2 campers from Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek cost US$ 4375 for 28 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for Upper Dolpo to Jomsom treks.

Price Per Person for 4 weeks Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek Package.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 4800
2 PersonUS$ 4375
3 PersonUS$ 4325
4 to 6 personUS$ 4225
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 4190
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 4110

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Upper dolpo to Jomsom Trek itinerary details.

It is a particular route 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 it quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 DayArrival at Kathmandu valley. Dolpo Restricted area trek permit arrangements.

arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will pick you up and drop you at your hotel in Thamel. Set all financial things and we need your original passport with Nepal’s Visa to prepare the Lower and Upper Dolpo restricted area permit. It takes some hours for official formalities to complete Dolpo hiking permits. We fix for meeting time for each other to introduce our guide and brief you on Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trekking information.

2 DayKathmandu to Nepalganj city flight. Transfer to hotel.

Take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj, with a travel time of approximately one hour. Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel for check-in.

3 Day Nepalgunj to Jhupal flight (2,490m/8,169 feet) again. Trek to Dunai (2,150m/7,031 feet), 3 hours

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

4 Day Trek to Chhepka (2,670m/8,760 feet), 6 hours.

Cross the steel suspension bridge following the trail through the 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 on the east bank of Ankhe Khola. Trail through ups & downs to Rahagaon & Parela to the high ridge above. After descending on a rocky path, we reach Chepka village where we stay overnight.

5 DayRenje Trekking (3,010m/9,876 feet) village [ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREA]

Climbing over a small ridge, cross to the west side to avoid a large ridge and 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.

6 Day Phoksundo Lake Trek (3,730m/12,238 feet), 7 hours.

Ascend over a ridge and descend to a wooden bridge & then continue its ups and 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 river. Trek to Sumduwa, cross the bridge, and 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 are in the Ringmo village. Cross a bridge and follow a trail north to Phoksundo Lake.

7 Day Day to discover Phoksundo lake and its surrounding.

You will explore Lake and Gompa and then overnight at the 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.

8 Day Trek to Phoksundo Khola (North camp) (3,730m/12,238 feet), 8 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.

9 Day Snowfield Camp Trek (4,625m/15,174 feet), 6 hours.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a rest day for acclimatization, and consider spending your time hiking to Shey Gompa. Trek to the top of a hill for an unparalleled view, making the most of your day in the stunning surroundings.

12 Day Sela Bhanjyang Pass (5,075m/16,651 feet) and trek to Namgung. (4,430m/14,486 feet), 6 hours.

Another tough day begins after riding a long steep climb to the top of Sela Bhanjyang and 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 the afternoon finally leads to Namgung village where we fix our camp to stay overnight.

13 Day Saldang Trek (3,980m/13,058 feet), 6 hours.

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

14 Day Extra Day / 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 the many valleys of Dolpo that are located in isolated Dolpo and almost unexplored by Nepal visitors.

15 Day Khoma Gaon Trek (4,100m/13,452 feet), 6 hours.

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

16 Day Mendo Trek (4,000m/13,124 feet), 7 hours.

The trail drops to the river and walks along the riverside. Yet another drop follows a climb to a top of a ridge and ends at a green valley of Shimen. Then walking some hours later we reach Mendo where we fix our camp to stay tonight.

17 Day Tinje Gaon Trekking (4,110m/13,485 feet), 7 hours.

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

18 Day Trek to Rapka. (4,535m/14,879 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.

19 Day Cross Chharka La (5,030m/16,503 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.

20 Day Acclimatization day or Excursion around.

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

21 Day Trek to Norbulung (4,750m/15,585 feet), 6 hours

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

22 DayTrek to the bottom of Sangda La (4,800m/15,749 feet), 6 hours.

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

23 Day Niwar Pass (5,130m/16,831 feet) and Sangda La (5300m/17,331 feet), and trek to Sang, 7 hours.

The day to Sangda Phedi includes the crossing of two passes and is one of the hardest days of the entire 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. The long descent finally ends at Sangda Phedi.

24 Day Lower Sangda Trek (3,710m/12,172 feet), 6 hours.

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

25 Day Dhagarjun Trek (3,210m/10,532 feet), 6 hours.

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

26 Day Jomsom hiking. (2,720m/8,924 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 airstrips. Jomsom is a town located at an altitude of about 8,830 ft, the administrative headquarters of the Mustang District in Nepal. It spreads over both banks of the Kali Gandaki River.

27 Day Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara then to Kathmandu

Today you will have a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu in the same day. During the flight, you will have almost the best mountain flight to experience the complete Annapurna massive including the tallest Mountain Manaslu including the 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. And our trip ends. Wish you a wonderful journey.

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How much does Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek cost?

Hike to Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek price US$ 4375 is a standard trek price per person on double occupancy basis. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with breakfast. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek package trip Includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private taxi/car transfer.
  • 2 Nights double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Tent camping accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
  • 25 Breakfast, 25 Lunch, and 25 Dinner during the trek serve with TEA/COFFEE prepared by our expert cook.
  • All the essential camping and kitchen types of equipment for trekking routes.
  • Lower Dolpo Special trekking permit issued by Immigration of Nepal.
  • Upper Dolpo Special trek permit [US$ 500 per person] issued by Immigration of Nepal.
  • Annapurna conservation entrance permit fee.
  • TIMS permit for Upper Dolpo trekking.
  • Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal & from Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu trip with tax.
  • An experienced English-speaking local trekking guide.
  • Required supporting local porters and donkeys to carry food and luggage.
  • Food / Salary/accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trek staff.
  • Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
  • All the required domestic airport and hotel transfers.
  • Dolpo to Jomsom trek map and trek completion certificate – keep as a souvenir.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity), and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Upper Dolpa to Jomsom package trek excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
  • Personal nature expenses, any types alcoholic drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Monastery – monuments entrance fees and donation.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].

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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 with 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 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 a 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 Tent accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

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

Answer: At tent camping trekking, our professional cook prepares a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry, bread, soups, fresh vegetables curry rice.

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

Answer: As you are camping or trekking, we provide you with a 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 no hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water. So, we serve aqua-purified water. Normal water is available at the campsite.

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

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

Question: Are there any communication facilities?.

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 Dolpo to Jomsom hiking trail, 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 are the payment terms?

Answer: We recommend booking your trip with us as early as possible. While we strive to accommodate last-minute bookings, a 15% advance deposit is required to secure your reservation. This deposit allows us to make all necessary arrangements for your trip however, the remaining payment can be settled upon 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 of 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 gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles on Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just 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 your 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 inhabitants of Snow Leopard with much other wildlife.

Notes for Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trekkers!

The above itinerary is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical, and natural conditions may change the 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 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, trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek Review

Best Agency, Excellent service

May 12, 2017

Great trek, run by competent people, a special guide called SOM Shrestha and Kamal Khatri and a nice carrier. Fantastic landscapes and unforgettable encounters. Gokyo Treks is the right agency to make a trek in Nepal!!! Thanks at all!. – Cristiano Lissoni, Milano, Italy.

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Cristiano Lissoni, Milano, Italy.

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Christiano for the time to review your trek with us. We hope to welcome you again for your trip in the Himalayas again.

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