upper dolpo



Trip Summary

The Upper Dolpo trek takes you deep into one of the least developed region of Nepal, immortalised by Peter Matthiessen’s book The Snow Leopard. Located in themid-West region of Nepal, Upper Dolpo is a magical part of the Himalaya. Bordering Tibet to the North and Upper Mustang to the East, the area was only opened to tourists in the 1990s, and is striking in its ecological diversity. From dramatic Himalayan passes to the serene Phoksundo Lake, and passing through several charming villages, this trek is characterized by the astounding beauty of the landscape it passes through.

Trip Duration19 days


Best SeasonSeptember – November, March - April

Maximum Altitude5,300m

Departure from/Return toPokhara

Minimum Group Size2 people

Price$3600 per person*

* The price is based on a group of two people and is valid as of February 2018. This may be subject to fluctuations in exchange rates and supply costs.

Please email pokharamountaintiger@gmail.com for all booking inquiries


Day 1: Meet in Pokhara and drive to Nepalgunj

Day 2: Fly to Juphal, trek to Dunai

Day 3: Trek to Chepka

Day 4: Trek to Ringmo

Day 5: Rest day/day hike to Phoksundo Lake

Day 6: Trek to Phoksundo Khola

Day 7: Trek to Phoksundo Khola Pass Camp

Day 8: Trek to Shey Gompa

Day 9: Rest day Shey Gompa

Day 10: Trek to Namgung

Day 11: Trek to Saldang

Day 12: Trek to Chagon

Day 13: Trek to Pass Camp

Day 14: Trek to Tokyu

Day 15: Trek to Ghyamgar 

Day 16: Trek to Laisicap

Day 17: Trek to Dunai

Day 18: Trek to Juphal, return flight to Nepalgunj

Day 19: Drive back to Pokhara


It is possible to extend this trek by five days and return via Upper Mustang. It is also possible to start and finish the trek in Kathmandu, flying directly to Nepalgunj. Please email pokharamountaintiger@gmail.com for more details.

What’s Included

  • All meals during trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner) cooked on campfire by experienced cook
  • All accommodation during trek (camping, two per tent)
  • All meals and accommodation in Nepalgunj (local teahouse)
  • Lunch at roadside restaurant during journeys to and from Nepalgunj, lunch in Juphal on outward and return journey
  • Boiled and filtered drinking water throughout
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porters (carrying a maximum of 12kg baggage per trekker)
  • Cook
  • All staff costs (including salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation)
  • Rental of down sleeping bag
  • Rental of tent and ground mat (carried by porter, excluded from 12kg baggage allowance)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Medical kit (carried by guide)
  • Trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Restricted area permit ($500 per person for the first ten days, then $50 per person per day thereafter. 

What’s Excluded

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment (rental can be arranged)
  • Tips for guides
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses (please note, some teahouses charge extra for access to wifi, use of a power socket to charge electrical devices, use of a heater, and hot showers. These costs are not included in the package price)
  • Meals and accommodation in Pokhara

Physical condition / prior experience

You need to be in reasonable physical condition to join this trip. You will be required to walk up to 5-6 hours per day whilst carrying a small day pack.


"After two treks with a guide from Pokhara Mountain Tiger, I can highly recommend the services of Neema and his agency. My guide/porter was extremely trustworthy and friendly... They were quick and competent to answer my messages. Neema organised my trekking permits and the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom as well. Everything was perfect and very friendly."

Hans Fürer

“This was my first trekking experience and also my first time in Nepal. I cannot speak highly enough of the excellent care and support I recieved from my guide... Nepal is a wonderful country: come and see for yourself!”

Anjela Prentice

In 2007, I trekked the full Annapurna Circuit. Neema was my guide, porter, translator, cultural interpreter, and friend. Trekking with Neema was a delight. Neema’s knowledge of the trails was invaluable. I highly recommend him to take care of youl. He is friendly, funny, and super experienced. Have a great trek!

Bellingham, Washington, USA



Pokhara: 977-61-466306
Kathmandu: 977-9818296246



Just south of Hallan Chowk, between Safeways and Mike's Breakfast. Click here for map.
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