Embark on an incredible 27-day trek from Dolpo with its authentic Tibetan culture. Pass local villages, vast meadows, and beautiful scenery throughout. Enjoy food prepared by a trekking chef. Food that will nourish your tired muscles after a hardy hike every day.
Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek – Juphal to Juphal Culinary Tour
- Per Person Min 4 persons
- Private Tour Min 2 people
Book this Nepal trek and get a complimentary one hour Trekker’s’ massage after the trek is over. The masseuses will be from a marginalized community. This is part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Juphal to Juphal, Upper Dolpo circuit trek
The ethereal part of Western Nepal, known as Dolpo, is cut off from the outside world by high passes, and only a few trekkers will ever visit this place. Our exceptional trek leaders will bring you into this remote, rare world of the old Bon and Buddhist area.
We will follow ancient trails to the remote high-altitude villages where the people still live as their ancestors did as barley farmers and semi-nomadic yak herders wearing traditional handspun wool robes and boots. However, this is changing quickly as they have started visiting cities, and change is inevitable. Many of the villages in Dolpo still practice Bon, the religion that predates Buddhism. It is still one of the few places that practise this ancient religion.
This tough, rugged, and remote trek brings many rewards, including the astounding beauty of Phoksundo Lake, and visits many monasteries that are several centuries old. Our journey consists of crossing several high passes above 5,000 meters and camping above 4,000 meters for several nights.
We have consistently designed this trek to allow time to acclimatize. This area is so remote that we might only see a few other trekking groups if any. This remote trek is one of the few places in the world that is still possible. However, with the Government of Nepal’s plan to join all District headquarters by road, this will soon change.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in culinary trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, exciting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete gastronome adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and brought to your hotel.
Day 02: We obtain the permits and fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 03: Morning flight to Jhupal and trek to Kagani 2300m. 3-4 hours. O/N at Tented Camp.
Day 04: Trek to Raichi (2,940m). 5-6 hours walk. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Ringmo/Phuksundo Lake (3,733m). 5-7 hours walk. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 06: Rest, acclimatize, and explore. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Lekhi Dhunga (3700m). 6-7 hours walk. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Nangdala or Kang La Phedi (4,700m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 09: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,160m), 7-8 hours walk. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 10: Trek to Namgung Gompa (place of interest) 4430m. 6-7 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Saldang Village (most beautiful village). 3980m. 5-6 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 12: Rest day in Saldang. Visit Yangsher Gompa. 6 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 13: Saldang Village – Durki Khola. 4790m. 5-6 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Thurki 4580m Via Jungla pass 5121m. 6-7 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Dho Tarap 4040m. 4 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Toltol 3500m. 5 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 17: Trek to Laini Odar. 3300m. 5-6 hours. Overnight Tented Camp.
Day 18: Trek to Tarakot 2600m. 4-5 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 19: Trek to Dunai for lunch and drive to Juphal for 90 minutes. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 21: A free day in Kathmandu. Optional city tour. The group's final evening together.
You will be brought to the airport three hours before your international flight.
- 4-night hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis.
- 1-night hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast.
- Domestic flights Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal and return airfare.
- All airport transfers
- 17-night camping trek (fully catered)
- All permits for the trek
- All camping gear and kitchen utensils
- One expert trek leader or Hire Raj along with a local assistant
- Trekking Chef
- All meals (the best and healthiest food in the whole of the Himalayas)
- Pack animals to carry all gear and food on the trek
- One satellite phone in case of emergency
- Insurance for crew and pack animals
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
A Responsible promise
Despite the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves at the moment, we don’t want you to give up your holiday – and we want you to be able to book your trip without any worries.
To provide additional security for your booking, we have introduced a new rebooking and cancellation policy so that you can easily rebook or cancel your trip free of charge if the worst comes to the worst.
Free Cancellation With the Responsible Promise 100% Money-Back Guarantee
For new bookings made between May 10th 2021, and December 31st 2022, you may cancel your complete package (activities, hotels, tours, excl. flight) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure and get 100% of your money back. However, to stay flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Complete flexibility on your booking
Stay flexible with our new rebooking service until shortly before your departure. For new bookings made between May 10th and December 31st, 2021, you may rebook your package (activities, hotels, tours) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure (subject to availability). Rebooking is only allowed once, and you must inform us 30 days before your planned departure. Any additional costs incurred due to changes in your schedule or upgrades, such as additional fees in high season or upgrades to your accommodation, will still apply. To remain flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Most of our clients have completed their treks from 3 years old to some in their 70s with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travelers?
You are safe as long as you are respectful of the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
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What is the food like on the trek?
The Benefits of using trekking poles.
What do I need to know about high altitudes?
High altitude myths.
How to trek safely?
For more articles, you can go to our blogs.