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I have to say we are so extremely pleased that we made the choice to go with The Mountain Company, the whole trip has been just amazing
Sue Charter (UK) | Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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  • Juphal STOL airstrip
  • Cantilever bridge over Suli Gad river
  • Phoksumdo Lake
  • Bonpo gompa overlooking Phoksumdo Lake
  • Ringmo village
  • Shey Gompa
  • Walking to Chumemba
  • Chorten near Dora Sumda
  • Mani wall
  • Boys in Yangur village
  • Upper Dolpo
  • Ploughing with yaks
  • Approaching Chharka La
  • Dhagarjun village and Mount Nilgiri

Upper Dolpo to Jomsom - GHT

Our 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.

Upper Dolpo has been referred to as the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture with the landscape and Buddhist religion of this region more like Tibet in pre Chinese times than of the rest of Nepal. This region has a vast and rugged landscape inhabited by a hardy, enterprising folk who live in some of the highest villages in the world.

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 was first written about by David Snelgrove in his book titled "Himalayan Pilgrimmage" and more recently by Peter Matthiessen in "The Snow Leopard". This region was used as the location for Eric Valli’s superb film “Himalaya”.


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 30 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 people
  • Cost: 2018 - £4,595 (US$5,995 or €5,495) includes Upper Dolpo permit costing US$810 and internal flights in Nepal of US$1,000
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to Kathmandu, Pokhara & Juphal and at the end of the trek from Jomsom to Pokhara & Kathmandu (the total cost of internal flights in Nepal is US$1,000).
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room in Kathmandu at Hotel Tibet,  Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Ganjong and in Pokhara at Hotel Trek O’Tel, Hotel Mount Kailash or Hotel Landmark
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our three person Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Dolpo region from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
  • SPOT gps tracker with daily check ins published on SPOT Adventures map website
  • Restricted area permit for Upper Dolpo costing US$810
  • Complimentary Upper Dolpo trekking map
  • Financial protection insurance from International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel and trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips, an appropriate amount for Upper Dolpo trek would be around GBP165 (US$220) from each person into a group tip fund for distribution to the local crew. 
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • May 5th to June 3rd 2018
  • September 29th to October 28th 2018
  • May 4th to June 2nd 2019
  • September 28th to October 27th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Fly to Pokhara 
  • Day 3Private charter flight to Juphal, trek to Dunai (2,000m) 
  • Day 4Buffer day in case of any delays flying to Juphal 
  • Day 5Trek to Chhepka (2,840m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Amchi Hospital (3,110m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake (3,700m) 
  • Day 8Rest and acclimatisation day at Phoksumdo Lake 
  • Day 9Trek to Phoksumdo Lake North Camp (3,630m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Lar Tsa Camp (4,200m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Snowfields Camp (4,650m) 
  • Day 12Rest & acclimatisation day at Snowfields Camp 
  • Day 13Cross Kang La (5,380m), trek to Shey Gompa (4,400m) 
  • Day 14Exploration day at Shey Gompa (4,400m) 
  • Day 15Cross Saldang La (5,060m), trek to Namgung (4,430m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Karang (4,050m) 
  • Day 17Trek to Mischagaon village (4,200m) 
  • Day 18Trek to Chanpola Goth near Shimen village (4,250m) 
  • Day 19Trek to Tinje village (4,180m) 
  • Day 20Trek to Rapka (4,550m) 
  • Day 21Cross Chharka La (5,015m), trek to Chharka village (4,300m) 
  • Day 22Exploration day at Chharka village 
  • Day 23Trek to Norbulung (4,750m) or Molum Sumna (4,860m) 
  • Day 24Cross higher Sangda La (5,515m), trek to Sangda Phedi (5,100m) 
  • Day 25Cross lower Sangda La (5,035m), trek to Sangda village (3,800m) 
  • Day 26Trek to Dhagarjun village (3,280m) 
  • Day 27Trek to Jomsom 
  • Day 28Fly to Pokhara & Kathmandu 
  • Day 29Spare day in Kathmandu 
  • Day 30Fly back home 
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