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Fitness Level: : levels
Group Size: : 2 to 15 people
Max-Altitude: : 5190m
Duration: : 18 Days
Walking Days: : 13 Days
Activity: : Trek
Best Period: : MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
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We will be staying at Manaslu hotel, Hotel Tibet or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu:  and guesthouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

Discovery Mountain Trek can offer advice and recommendations about health requirements but it is the individual responsibility of each trekker to acquire any necessary documents and medical care. The information on the technical sheet provided is indicative, it is your responsibility to check with the authorities concerned for the exact requirements for your chosen destination at the time of travel. If you do not obtain any necessary medical consultations or travel documents and are not allowed to enter a country, or suffer personal injury or death as a result, we have no liability to you for any cost, loss or damage which you suffer nor will we refund you the cost of any unused portion of your travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to comply with the regulations and procedures of police, customs and health at all times throughout your trip.

The best time to travel in Nepal is in spring (February to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful Guide and crew member who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of Discovery Mountain Trekking Guide’s are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain Trek only employs local Staff, who have knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region.

We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. International Porters Progress Group.

Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile in the mountain region. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain Trek employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain Trek, therefore, enforces a number of do and don’t. Please talk to your trek Guide to avoid environmental impacts.

It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain Trek trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, one day we take rest in somewhere which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain Trek inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.

1 sleeping bag: -10° or -15° (*)
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

A cap or sunhat
2-pair of thermals
Suitable shorts
Walking trousers
Thick walking socks
Warm gloves
Hat and scarf
A pair of high rise walking boots
Lightweight waterproof over trousers
Discovery Mountain Trek’s down Jacket (*)
Discovery Mountain Trek’s half T-shirt (*)
Long sleeve thermal tops and full-length long johns
A light fleece or equivalent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
A breathable windproof, water proof jacket (Gore-Tex…)
A pair of sandals or equivalent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
Long-sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material.

1 medium shoulder bag: 50-70 liter cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables,

Tissue /toilet roll
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Female hygiene products
Anti-bacterial hand wash
1 compass or GPS (optional)
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Water purification tablets or water filter
Small personal first-aid kit simple and light
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.

Booking Terms
booking your trip with Discovery Mountain Trek accept with terms and conditions of sale. Every trekker is required to complete the form of registrations. At the time of registration, Trekker’s are expected to pay a deposit 25% of total cost to complete your booking. Please note the trip cost is required to make in advance as per the company policy, this deposit help us to make confirm reservation of Hotels in City, domestic flights and all other trip arrangements for final trip booking. Along with deposit we need detailed name lists of participants, same as passport, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, passport number, passport issue, expiry dates and profession. You need to send us passport copy, photo identity and e-ticket by e-mail for all trips in Nepal.

Cancellation Policy
If any reason you have to cancel your trip, we Discovery Mountain Trek require written confirmation of your decision. The amount you have paid to us will be refunded according to the following terms:

  • Cancellation more than 35 days before your departure date: $80 will charged
  • Cancellation more than 35 to 19 days before your departure, deposit 25% will charged
  • Cancellation more than 18 to 10 days before your departure date: 50% will charged
  • Cancellation more than9 to 05 days before your departure date: 75% will charged
  • Cancellation less than 4 days before your departure date: 100% of the total will charged

I reserve the right to revise pricing rates declared under any circumstances, or on the pressure of various external factors that are further than our control, for instance changes in exchange rate, government action etc. But, I declared forth effort to keep on the present rate. In case of minor increase in flights fares, hotels or other related factors, we don’t revise the cost of the trip which was already confirmed and booked by deposit.

Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain Trek. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Bad weather in mountain regions can cause domestic flight delays, particularly in the Everest, Lukla, Jomsom, phaplu, Kanchenjunga and any other remote mountain regions in Nepal



  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking guide, government-license holder
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag to be returned after trip complete
  • 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Domestic flight from Ktm-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Napalgunj-Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara with guide & private vehicle
  • Discovery Mountain’s duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map
  • All meals breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork & permits ACAP and TIMS
  • Medical kit carried by your trekking assistant guide
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance for all Nepalese staff
  • Assistant – 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide
  • Porter service- 2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All government and local taxes


  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Special permit for upper Dolpo 500$ par person
  • Single supplement room in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery charge extra porters
  • Beverages soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, desserts, hot and cold shower
Date of departure Date of return
05/03/2024 22/03/2024
15/03/2024 02/04/2024
05/04/2024 22/04/2024
11/04/2024 28/04/2024
19/04/2024 06/05/2024
15/09/2024 02/10/2024
25/09/2024 12/10/2024
07/10/2024 24/10/2024
11/10/2024 28/10/2024
15/10/2024 01/11/2024
07/11/2024 24/11/2024



 The Upper Dolpo Trekking program from Discovery Mountain Trek takes to the remote regions of Dolpa district in western Nepal. Dolpa is untouched by signs of modernity – lacking even the basic infrastructure. There are no motorable roads for miles and miles of terrain. The barren and sometimes rocky trails are preferred for adventurous trekking. Lying inside Shey-Phoksundo National park, the habitation of this region is sparse. But a brighter side of this trek is that it offers a complete sense of serenity, isolation, and quietness.

Geographically, the trekking region is this program lies somewhere between the western lake of Rara and the easter hunting reserve of Dhorpatan. The trails bordered by Dhaulagiri and Churen Peaks are not frequented by travelers. In the north lies the expansive plateau of Tibet. The people here share much of their culture with the Tibetan ones, which is why trekkers often mistake this region to be a Tibet. In addition, the barren and windswept landscape resembles closely that of Tibet – validating this perception.

On this trek, you will see the closely knit culture of the people, see the traditions they practice – all in a landscape that seems exotic. This 3,500 square kilometers of unspoiled area was opened for trekking in the late eighties. The magical beauty of Dolpo instills in you a sense of isolated beauty. And since this is categorized under “Restricted Trekking”, you will need special permits to travel in this region. Discovery Mountain Trek will take care of the paperwork while you can focus on the trek itself.

You will need a very good level of stamina to go on this trek. It is best visited in monsoon and also in the summer when the skies are clear, offering better chances of seeing close-up views of the peaks. Avoid late autumn and winter as snowfall will make some passes impassable. It is a beautiful trek with lots of high-altitude passes, isolated hamlets, expansive valleys, majestic mountains, and beautiful people. You will travel through ancient monasteries, time-worn villages, intricate nature, and challenging terrains, and to top it all off, you will be staying at the shores of the famous Lake Phoksundo.



After arriving in Kathmandu, Discovery Mountain Trek will pick up you from the airport and take you to your hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Discovery Mountain Trek. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture.


We start our visit in the morning of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, . back to the hotel and transfer to domestic airport for 50 minutes scenic flight to Nepal’s South West region at Nepalgunj close to the border of India, where the temperature are warm of sub-tropical climate on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to respective hotels.


Morning a short drive from the hotel to Nepalgunj airport for the connecting short scenic flight to Jhuphal which takes about 40 mins, on the flight super panorama of Dhaulagiri mountain range, on reaching Jhuphal, our field and trekking crews will meet and then with a short drive on the jeep track road to Dunai for overnight stop, Dunai a moderate size and a headquarter town with Government administrative of Dolpo region.

DAY 4 : DHUNAI – ANKHE (2895M) 6/7H TREK

We start our trek after breakfast with the first day walk by crossing a suspension bridge and then leading towards North West with a climb to the banks of Thulo Bheri Valley, after a while it leads to a ridge at Phoksumdo river valley at 2,499 meters, with magnificent views of Kagmara Peak, then walking on the path with a long downhill through several scattered houses and walnut groves near to a stream, then reaching at Dhera a small winter settlements of cattle herders, from here climbing to Rahagaon village inhabited mostly by Thakuri, a Hindu tribe of people of the Western Himalaya mid hills, after Rahagaon walking downhill towards a dense forests, reaching at Ankhe for overnight camp, this small place is the main entrance to Shey Phoksumdo National Park, afternoon at leisure for short walk around this nice area.

DAY 5 :ANKHE - SUMDU (3505M) 6/7H TREK

Morning from Ankhe starts with short ups and downhill walks into a forest and then to river side, then climbing to a ridge leaving behind the forested area high above the river, after the ridge top descending back to forest area to another riverbeds. From here walk leads to an upstream then crossing a small bridge near Ryajik village, after this village walking further towards our overnight camp at Sumdu near Sulighat village with time for short visit around this nice small village.


Today our walk leads to one of the highlight of this trip to a beautiful emerald Phokshumdo lake, starting the morning walk into the valley of Phokshumdo and Pungmo Kholas (streams) confluence, after crossing the western side of Phokshumdo Khola, and then following the Pungmo Khola west bank, after a nice and pleasant rest stops, walk leads on the downhill path through birch and pine forests towards upper side of Phokshumdo Khola, and then finally reaching at Ringmo village, this is one of the interesting and attractive village with mud plastered chortens and Mani (prayer) walls, from this nice village a short walk towards the enchanting, turquoise and emerald colored Phokshumdo Lake, overnight camp near the bank of this beautiful lake.


An important and necessary rest day at Ringmo and Phokshumdo Lake for acclimatization before heading higher area, this is an ideal spot for free day around this place one take an optional walk or visit the Ringmo village and its old interesting Buddhist Monastery along with stunning views of surrounding landscapes and snow capped mountains.


After an enjoyable and interesting time at Ringmo village and Phokshumdo lake, today’s walk leads to other side of Dolpo area towards east by an alternative way crossing few passes, starting the morning walk on a pleasant and gradual trail and then leading to an uphill climb to cross over Baga-la at 5,070 meters, with steep climb for about 03 hours to reach the top of the pass, the top offers overwhelming panorama of Phoksumdo lake and Kagmara peaks, after a great scenery walk leads to a long descend to our overnight camp to phedi, meaning base or a bottom of the hills.


From this camp, morning walk leads to another pass at Numa-la at 5,190 meters, the highest spot of this awesome trip, walk leads to a climb on the nice grassy slopes for about three hours then reaching the top of Numa-la with impressive views of snow capped mountains from Dhaulagiri mountain range to Kagmara peak and looking down at beautiful valleys and surrounding dramatic landscapes, after an enjoyable moment descend to the base of this high pass, then with few hours of good walk on the gradual path to our overnight camp on the summer pasture fields and meadows.

DAY 10 :PHEDI – JENG-LA (5095M) – TOKYU GAON (4205M) 6/7H TREK

After being few days in total isolation away from the village, today’s walk leads to an interesting village at Tokyu Gaon, one of the largest village of this region, starting the morning with a steep climb for near two hours at the top of Jeng – la with panoramic views of snow capped mountains looking at the North Face of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif range of peaks, after enjoying the awesome scenery, walk leads to a long descend towards Tarap valley, which is one of the longest beautiful green valley extending near about 20 k.m. distances along the Tarap Chu River, with more than 10 villages with well tended farm fields with monasteries and chortens, then walking on a pleasant trail after completing the downhill portion to reach our overnight stop at Tokyugaon a wonderful village with an old interesting monastery, afternoon with ample time to visit the village and the monastery or just relax and interact with the locals.


From this nice village, morning walk follows on the downhill path towards Tarap Chu into a wide valley, around this picturesque valley with temporary settlements of local cattle herders, the people here belongs to both Bon Po and Chaiba sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Mahyana) living together in friendly harmony. Then with a good nice walk on this beautiful valley reaching at Dho Tarap for overnight camp, afternoon with time for local visit around this interesting village which is inhabited by Tibetans origin people and with mostly Magar hill tribe.


On the long day walk but with moderate and gradual trail with few short climb and down hills, morning starts with a descent into a wide valley which further narrows into a gorge. Following the path with sparse vegetation of juniper and wild rose bushes which is typical in this dry barren area of inner Himalaya climate and arctic temperate zone, around this place chances of spotting some wild life including herds of blue sheep’s, after a great enjoyable walk reaching at the junction of Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, flowing from Tarap River beyond east, source of the river from the glacier of North West Dhaulagiri Himalayan range of mountains. After a nice and pleasant walk reaching to a beautiful grassy field a meadow or a summer pasture which is called Kamekharka, the word Khaka meaning shelter or shades of the Sheppard’s.


After a nice morning in this wonderful surrounding, walk leads towards Tarap River and into a gorge, rising above from the path built on steep slopes. This narrow gorge offers some challenge and with an adventure as the path in some places with damaged broken bridge by river floods, and sometimes wading across the chilly river on foot, after some adventure and excitement this fine day walk reaches at Tarap- khola near Kharigaon for overnight camping.


This exotic journey carry’s on reaching at lower Dolpo area through Lalberi village and then back into tree lines on the trail following the river again downstream to Tarakot village, this picturesque village with a nice terraced cultivated fields and an old fortress around this village- town’. (over hundred years ago, before the Gorkha dynasty, this beautiful was the capital and had Dzong meaning Fort). Tarakot village houses the famous Sandul Gompa, located at the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chum after an interesting detour and with a visit of Tarakot village, walking down from the village to our overnight camp near by the river just below the village close to a monastery at the edge of a grassy plateau, with an interesting solitary tree.


This remarkable and finest journey slowly comes to an end at Jhupal, the gateway to Dolpo and many other destination on this far west region, starting this final days walk to Dunai following several scattered farm villages and cattle herders shades and huts, then leading to a gradual uphill to a valley and then with a descend to the other side on the barren treeless landscapes at Thulo Bheri valley at Dunai area, from here walking past a hospital to cross the new suspension bridge then finally reaching at Dunai town, a large town area with an administrative headquarter of Dolpo zone, to make this walk shorter and to reach Jhupal on time to check with our flight taking a jeep ride for an hour drive on the dirt rough road to Jhuphal for the last and final overnight stop of this impressive journey at Jhupal with time for short walk around this village.


Early morning, depending upon the flight time get in a small plane Dronier or Twin Otter or similar type for a short scenic flight of 40 minutes to Nepalgunj with awesome panorama of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri range of mountains, on reaching at Nepalgunj depending upon the connecting flight to Kathmandu, with few hours of rest and refreshment at Nepalgunj, then connect the flight to Kathmandu which takes almost 5 minutes with sweeping panorama of mountain range from the plane, then finally concluding this fantastic journey in Kathmandu, on arrival transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.


Today after breakfast we will start visit you to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. you visit the historic Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.


Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Discovery Mountain Trek will take you to airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight to on your way home.