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Upper Dolpo To Jomsom Trek

26 Days

Trip Highlights

  • An iconic gem hidden away from the bustling world
  • Trek from Lower Dolpo to Jomsom via Upper Dolpo
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake, Shey Gompa & several villages
  • Cross several high passes and finish at Jomsom

Upper Dolpo To Jomsom Trek Located in the middle of the Tibetan Plateau in the north, Dolpo has nurtured a long-standing relationship with its neighboring land, fostering a harmonious blend of Tibetan Buddhist culture and the ancient Bon religion, a precursor to the modern practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The isolated area was opened to hikers in 1989, but few people have seen its timeless lifestyle and culture retain much of its mystery. An iconic gem hidden away from the bustling world, Upper Dolpo fascinates with its awe-inspiring contrasts and mesmerizing grandeur. Few have set foot on this sacred ground, as gaining access requires special permission, rendering it an area shrouded in mystery. This is an exciting trek full of adventure through one of the most remote regions of Nepal. The Upper Dolpo To Jomsom trek is like nowhere else on the planet and is a special area of unsettling contrasts and stunning beauty.

Our journey from Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is a 26 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu journey in clockwise direction starting from Jhupal and ending at Jomsom. We start our trek with a flight to Nepalgunj and next morning take another flight to Jhupal. Jhupal serves as the starting point of the trek and our trek will formally begin from here. From Jhupal we head north and trek for the first days through lower Dolpo to Dunai, deep blue Phoksundo Lake, waterfalls, high mountain passes and finally the royal villages of Shegompa and Dolpo. She Phoksundo is the Upper Dolpo region. We follow an old trade route over the high pass to the famous She Monastery next to Crystal Mountain. En route, we are treated to magnificent views of revered peaks like Kanjiroba, Annapurna Range, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri as we conquer remote mountain passes offering breathtaking panoramic views.

The trek crosses several passes with Jugben La at 5,550m/18,040ft being the highest pass. We enjoy more Himalayan landscapes with mountain views as we pass the eastern crossing passes and finally reach the airport in Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district. From there we schedule our return to Pokhara and stay overnight in Pokhara. The next morning we return to Kathmandu after a 7-hour drive. Our Upper Dolpo To Jomsom Trek is a special trip that allows you to unleash your adventurous spirit and immerse yourself in the wonders of Upper Dolpo. Unlike other trekking areas in Nepal, this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will definitely take you back in time. This transformative journey promises to unlock the secrets of an untouched land, where the magnificence of nature is intertwined with the mysterious tapestry of ancient cultures. Join us and create memories that will last a lifetime, as you step into a world untouched by time. However this four-week trek includes crossing multiple high passes above 5000m and is a fully camping-based trek. Physically challenging due to the higher elevation, involves daily trekking of approximately 6–8 hrs. Unlike other famous trekking regions of Nepal, Dolpo is still considered off the beaten so a basic sense of adventure is required on this trek. Previous experience of trekking is not required but you need to be fit and comfortable walk.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport [1,350m/4,430ft] and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [150m/495ft]
Day 3: Fly to Juphal [2,480m/8,135ft] and trek to Dunai [2,160m/7,085ft]
Day 4: Trek from Dunai to Chhepka [2,600m/8,530ft]
Day 5: Trek from Chhepka to Jharana Hotel [3,170m/10,400ft]
Day 6: Trek from Jharana Hotel to Phoksundo Lake [3,650m/11,980ft]
Day 7: Exploration day at Phoksundo Lake
Day 8: Trek from Phoksundo Lake to River Bed Camp [3,660m/12,005ft]
Day 9: Trek from River Bed Camp to Nangdala High Camp [4,120m/13,515ft]
Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa [4,400m/14,435ft] via Nangdala Pass (5,240m)
Day 11: Rest, Explore and Acclimatization Day [4,400m/14,435ft]
Day 12: Trek to Namgung Gompa [4,200m/13,780ft] via Shey La Pass (5,100m)
Day 13: Trek from Namgung Gompa to Saldang [3,970m/13,025ft]
Day 14: Trek from Saldang to Komas Gaon [4,120m/13,515ft]
Day 15: Trek from Komas Gaon to Shimen [4,200m/13,780ft]
Day 16: Trek from Shimen to Tinje [4,180m/13,715ft]
Day 17: Trek from Tinje to Yak Kharka [4,700m/15,420ft]
Day 18: Trek to Chharka [4,300m/14,110ft] via Mola Pass (5,030m)
Day 19: Trek from Chharka to Norbulung [4,750m/15,580ft]
Day 20: Cross over Niwas La pass (5120m) & Jungben La pass ( 5550m) and then to Ghok [4,200m/13,780ft]
Day 21: Trek from Ghok to Sangda [3,780m/12,401ft]
Day 22: Trek from Sangda to Phalyak [3,170m/10,400ft]
Day 23: Trek from Phalyak to Jomsom [2,700m/8,860ft]
Day 24: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara [822m/2700ft]
Day 25: Drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (takes about 7 hours by Tourist bus and 25 minutes by flight)
Day 26: International Departure

Special Note:
If this itinerary does not suit your needs or you want to customize it, Tell us about your trip requirement. At your request, we offer you. We’ll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.

Price Details For Trip

  • The cost of this trek depends on the group size.
  • The can be different request numbers of Guide and Porters.
  • The cost depends on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • The cost depends on Mode of transportation (Private Car, flights or tourist bus)
  • Please contact us for up to Date, Cost and the Duration.

Cost Inclusion

  • Kathmandu International/Domestic Airport, pickup/drop on arrival/departure.
  • Accommodation at tourist category hotels for 2 nights in Kathmandu.
  • Necessary transportation on private basis.
  • Domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation at tourist category hotels for 1 nights in Pokhara.
  • Twin sharing accommodation hotel in Nepalgunj with Breakfast.
  • All camping logistical arrangements for your comfort
  • Guide and camping staff / Cook and kitchen staff
  • Freshly prepared meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with boiled water, tea, coffee etc.
  • Twin sharing tent for accommodation during the trekking
  • Full support camping crew with porterage
  • Camping and kitchen equipment (transportation from Kathmandu to Juphal and Jomsom to Kathmandu with staff)
  • All required permits for Upper Dolpo - Jomsom Trek
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card)
  • Trekking map of this route for groups.
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses.
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high-altitude medications.
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare and Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. (“Except farewell dinner" in Kathmandu)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason).
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and trekking gear.
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs for involved trekking staff.
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included" above will be counted as excludes.

Equipment list

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  • Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
  • Baseball cap
  • Thermal Balaclava
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlight with spare batteries

Upper Body:

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Baselayers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweaters/Pullovers
  • Waterproof GoreTex Jacket
  • Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
  • Primaloft or light down jacket

Lower Body:

  • Thermal
  • Inner-wears / Baselayers
  • Undergarments
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex pant
  • Trekking Trousers/Pants
  • Down or Primaloft pant


  • Warm socks (4 pairs of thin socks and 4 pairs of thick socks)
  • Gore-Tex Trekking Boots
  • Camp Shoes


  • Liner Gloves
  • Primaloft Mitten
  • Down Mitten


  • Sleeping bag
  • Backpack 40-50 litres
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre X 2
  • Multi-tool knife
  • Inflatable sleeping mattress (For additional comfort)
  • Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape
  • Reading materials notebooks and pens
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries


  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport-size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Toiletries and hygiene:

  • Quick-drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

Trip Map

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Upper Dolpo To Jomsom Trek

Trip Facts

  • 26 Days
  • Challenging
  • 5,500m/18,040ft.
  • June to September
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Fully Camping
  • 2 Person

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