Dolpo Trek

15 Days
Why Join the Dolpo Trek

Join the Dolpo Trek for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of Nepal’s most remote and untouched regions. Dolpo, made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book “The Snow Leopard,” offers pristine landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and stunning Himalayan vistas. This trek appeals to adventurers seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path journey. Traverse through deep valleys, dense forests, and high passes while encountering traditional villages and monasteries that have retained their centuries-old charm. The Dolpo Trek promises solitude and a deep connection with nature, making it ideal for those seeking an authentic and unforgettable trekking experience.

Dolpo Trek Preparation

Preparing for the Dolpo Trek requires careful planning due to its remote location and challenging terrain. Start by assessing your fitness level as the trek involves long days of walking on rugged trails, with several high passes to cross. Begin a fitness regimen several weeks before departure, focusing on cardiovascular endurance and leg strength. Pack appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, waterproof clothing, a comfortable backpack, and a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures. Consider bringing trekking poles for stability on steep ascents and descents.

Acclimatization is essential as the trek reaches high altitudes, with passes exceeding 5,000 meters. Plan acclimatization days along the route to allow your body to adjust to the altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Stay hydrated throughout the trek by drinking plenty of water and avoid alcohol to aid acclimatization. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation in remote areas.

Choose Us for Your Dolpo Trek Partner

Choose us as your Dolpo Trek partner for a well-organized and unforgettable adventure. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of the Dolpo region, ensuring your safety and enriching your journey with local insights. We offer personalized itineraries tailored to your preferences, whether you seek a challenging trek or a more leisurely exploration. Our priority is your comfort and enjoyment, with carefully selected accommodations, meals, and support throughout the trek.

Dolpo Trek Permits

To undertake the Dolpo Trek, you’ll need specific permits. This includes the Restricted Area Permit for Dolpo, which costs USD 500 for the first 10 days and an additional USD 50 per day thereafter. Additionally, an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card are required. Ensure permits are obtained through a registered trekking agency before your departure.

Dolpo Trek Difficulty

The Dolpo Trek is considered challenging due to its remote location, high altitudes, and rugged terrain. The trail includes steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and crossings of high mountain passes. Altitude sickness can be a risk, especially when crossing the high passes. It’s essential to be in good physical condition and have prior trekking experience in similar environments. Our experienced guides will assist you throughout the trek, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

Travel Insurance for Dolpo Trek

We strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance when joining our trek. This insurance should cover medical emergencies, including evacuation and treatment costs in remote areas, trip cancellation protection against unforeseen events disrupting your travel plans, and coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged items during the trek. Travel insurance provides peace of mind, ensuring you’re adequately protected throughout your adventure.

Best Time to Explore Dolpo Trek

The best time to undertake the Dolpo Trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and favorable temperatures for trekking. Avoid the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and slippery trails. During the winter months (December to February), the trek may experience snowfall and extremely cold temperatures, making certain sections more challenging.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodation during the Dolpo Trek ranges from basic teahouses to camping in remote areas. Teahouses provide simple yet hearty meals, including traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, and soups. Camping involves setting up tents in scenic locations, with meals prepared by our experienced staff. Be prepared for rustic accommodations and embrace the simplicity of mountain life.

Trekking Gear Required

Essential trekking gear for the Dolpo Trek includes:

  • Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support
  • Warm clothing layers (thermal wear, fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layers (jacket and pants)
  • Comfortable backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0 to -15 degrees Celsius)
  • Trekking poles for stability on steep terrain
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Water purification tablets or filtration system
  • Personal toiletries and basic first aid kit


The Dolpo Trek is a stunning and remote trekking route located in the Dolpo region of Nepal. Known for its pristine natural beauty, ancient Tibetan culture, and picturesque landscapes, the Dolpo Trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for adventurous trekkers.

Dolpo Trek is considered a challenging trek, as the region is geographically remote and relatively untouched by modern development. The trek requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Due to its remote nature, trekking in Dolpo usually involves camping and carrying all necessary supplies for the duration of the trek.

To undertake Dolpo Trekking, it is advisable to go through a reputable trekking agency in Nepal that can provide experienced guides, necessary permits, and logistics support. The best time to visit Dolpo is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable and the views are stunning.

Dolpo Trek offers a unique opportunity to explore a remote and culturally rich region of Nepal, providing an unforgettable adventure for trekkers seeking a challenging and off-the-beaten-path experience.


Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will pick you and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time. Buy all the stuff for the trekking.

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. The flight takes about 1.5 hours. Explore Nepalgunj in the afternoon. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Take a morning flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal, which offers scenic views of the Himalayas. Begin trekking towards Tripurakot. The trek takes about 4 hours. Overnight in Tripurakot.

Trek from Tripurakot to Kaliban, which takes approximately 6 hours. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way. Overnight in Kaliban.

Continue trekking to Kaigaon Village, a remote settlement with stunning views. Trekking duration is around 7 hours. Overnight in Kaigaon Village.

Trek from Kaigaon Village to Toijem, passing through the Phoksundo National Park Post. Enjoy the wilderness and unique flora and fauna of the park. Overnight camping.

Continue trekking towards Kagmara Base Camp, surrounded by impressive mountain scenery. Enjoy the challenge and beauty of the trek. Overnight camping.

Cross the challenging Kagmara Pass (5115m) and descend to Yak Kharka Camp. This is a demanding day with spectacular panoramic views from the pass. Overnight camping.

Descend from Yak Kharka to Pungmo Village, a picturesque settlement in the Dolpo region. Trekking duration is approximately 4 hours. Overnight in Pungmo Village.

Trek from Pungmo Village to the stunning Phoksundo Lake, renowned for its deep blue color and surrounding cliffs. Trekking duration is around 5 hours. Overnight near Phoksundo Lake.

Enjoy a well-deserved rest day at Phoksundo Lake. Explore the area, take photographs, and relax amidst the serene surroundings.

Trek from Phoksundo Lake towards Chhepka, passing through picturesque landscapes and local villages. Trekking duration is approximately 6 hours. Overnight in Chhepka.

Continue trekking back towards Juphal, enjoying the final leg of your journey through Dolpo. Trekking duration is about 6 hours. Overnight in Juphal.

Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Enjoy your last evening in Kathmandu.
Farewell Dinner at evening with local food. Overnight at same hotel.

Departure involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • • Airport Pick up and drop services
  • • Accommodation during trek
  • • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) single items each day during trek
  • • Trekking Permits
  • • Experienced guide and porters
  • • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Juphal and Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu transportation
  • • First Aid Box
  • • Seasonal fruits

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Extra meals and drinks during the trek/road journey/hotel accommodation
  • • Travel Insurance and Rescue in case of emergency
  • • Donation and monuments fee
  • • Battery charge, hot shower, Wifi service in trekking
  • • Trekking Gears
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Dolpo Trek is considered a challenging trek, as the region is geographically remote and relatively untouched by modern development. The trek requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Due to its remote nature, trekking in Dolpo usually involves camping and carrying all necessary supplies for the duration of the trek.

What is the best time of year to do the Dolpo trek?

The best time to trek in Dolpo is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally clear and stable during these months, offering excellent visibility and pleasant temperatures.

Do I need prior trekking experience to do the Dolpo trek?

While prior trekking experience is beneficial, the Dolpo trek can be undertaken by fit and adventurous individuals with determination and preparation. It’s important to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges of high-altitude trekking.

What is the highest altitude reached during the trek?

The highest altitude reached on this trek is at Kagmara Pass, which stands at 5115 meters (16,797 feet) above sea level. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential for tackling this high altitude.

Are permits required for the Dolpo trek?

Yes, permits are required for the Dolpo trek. You will need a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card and a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter the Dolpo region. Your trekking agency can assist in obtaining these permits.

What kind of weather can I expect during the trek?

Weather in the Dolpo region can be unpredictable, especially at higher altitudes. Days are generally sunny with cool temperatures, but evenings and mornings can be cold. Be prepared for potential rain or snowfall, especially in the shoulder seasons.

What essential items should I pack for the Dolpo trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm layers, waterproof clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and high-energy snacks. A detailed packing list can be provided by your trekking agency.

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Dolpo Trek