Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek

Trip Level
Moderate Strenuous
Max Altitude
5100 meter
Trip Duration
30 Days


Upper Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan region in West Nepal and during the course of the trek we will visit many Buddhist and Bönpo (shamanistic pre Buddhist) monasteries. Up until 1996 foreigners were not allowed access to this region so the culture has largely been unaffected by tourism. Of particular interest is Shey Gompa, this is revered as one of most important in Upper Dolpo where twice a year pilgrims make a kora (or circuit) of Crystal Mountain known as a younger brother of Mount Kailash in Tibet.

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom itinerary visits a remote region of Nepal, instead of following the more popular Dolpo Circuit we head further north to an area very close to the Tibet border and then walk out on the challenging trail to Jomsom along The Great Himalaya Trail. After Jomsom we will fly to Pokhara ( the city lf beautiful lake) and fly to Kathmandu.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and hotel transfer

  • Day 02: Fly to Nepalganj, Overnight at hotel

  • Day 03: Fly to Juphal, trek to Dunai (2,000m)

  • Day 04: Buffer day in case of any delays flying to Juphal

  • Day 05: Trek to Chhepka (2,840m)

  • Day 06: Trek to Amchi Hospital (3,110m)

  • Day 07: Trek to Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake (3,700m)

  • Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day at Phoksumdo Lake

  • Day 09: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake North Camp (3,630m)

  • Day 10: Trek to Lar Tsa Camp (4,200m)

  • Day 11: Trek to Snowfields Camp (4,650m)

  • Day 12: Rest & acclimatization day at Snowfields Camp

  • Day 13: Cross Kang La (5,380m), trek to Shey Gompa (4,400m)

  • Day 14: Exploration day at Shey Gompa (4,400m)

  • Day 15: Cross Saldang La (5,060m), trek to Namgung (4,430m)

  • Day 16: Trek to Tora Sumda (4,000m)

  • Day 17: Trek to Mischagaon village (4,200m)

  • Day 18: Trek to Chanpola Goth near Shimen village (4,250m)

  • Day 19: Trek to Tinje village (4,180m)

  • Day 20: Trek to Rapka (4,550m)

  • Day 21: Cross Chharka La (5,015m), trek to Chharka village (4,300m)

  • Day 22: Exploration day at Chharka village

  • Day 23: Trek to Norbulung (4,750m)

  • Day 24: Cross higher Sangda La (5,515m), trek to Sangda Phedi (5,100m)

  • Day 25: Cross lower Sangda La (5,035m), trek to Sangda village (3,800m)

  • Day 26: Trek to Pangling (2,900m)

  • Day 27: Trek to Jomsom

  • Day 28: Fly to Pokhara & Kathmandu

  • Day 29: A spare day in Kathmandu

  • Day 30: Transfer to Airport for you flight back

Cost Details

  • Arrival and departure transfer to/from Kathmandu airport
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal,Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu) including airport tax
  • All the necessary paper work such as national park entry fees, special trekking permit for Lower/Upper Dolpo/Jomsom
  • High quality tents and  camping equipments (Sleeping tent/ Dining tent / Kitchen tent / Toilet tent / mattress and Kitchen untensils )
  • Full board meals (B.L.D.) during the trekking period with hot tea and coffee
  • All the trekking crews (guide, sherpa, porter, helper, cook) salary / accommodation / food and Insurance
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan and Guest house in Nepalgunj.
  • Supported staffs and camping ransfer by bus from Nepalgunj and by plane from to Juphal,Jomsom-Kathmandu by surface
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
  • Nepal visa fee
  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Extra cost on natural disaster and unforseen circumistances
  • Any personal expenses
  • Extra night hotel Nepalgunj due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather
  • Tips to trekking crews

Equipments Checklist

    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen


    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)



Departure Dates

No fixed departures.