Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo

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Luxury Trek Upper Dolpo Nepal 2023 “Get a direct entry to the elevated village of Yangzer in Dolpo, ride a Pony through the great landmarks of Dolpo and enjoy the luxury of trekking in Nepal’s most remote regions of wildwest Dolpo- Luxury Pony Trek in Dolpo” Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that seamlessly blends the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas with the comfort of luxury accommodations. Situated in the remote and restricted region of western Nepal, Upper Dolpo is a hidden gem that promises a unique and off-the-beaten-path journey. Flying…

Luxury Trek Upper Dolpo Nepal 2023

Get a direct entry to the elevated village of Yangzer in Dolpo, ride a Pony through the great landmarks of Dolpo and enjoy the luxury of trekking in Nepal’s most remote regions of wildwest Dolpo- Luxury Pony Trek in Dolpo”

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that seamlessly blends the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas with the comfort of luxury accommodations. Situated in the remote and restricted region of western Nepal, Upper Dolpo is a hidden gem that promises a unique and off-the-beaten-path journey.

Flying on a helicopter to the isolated highland village of Dolpo, seeing through Dolpo’s most fascinating highlights riding a Pony is one of our most luxurious treks in Dolpo. This luxury trek in Dolpo caters many amazing aspects of the region seen during long and strenuous treks in Dolpo.

The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Juphal, where you will immediately captivate by the mesmerizing landscapes. This trek is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, as you traverse through lush forests, rugged canyons, and ancient monasteries that provide insight into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

This trek is especially design for those travelers who have dreamt of seeing the best of Dolpo but are willing to skip weeks of trek. So, this Luxury Dolpo gives you an easy access to the highland of Dolpo and takes you to the most interesting places of Dolpo including the fabled Shey Gompa and Nature’s pride- the Phoksundo Lake.

This Luxury Trek in Nepal is considered easy in terms of walking but when it comes to elevation, the trek goes as high as Kang La Pass 5240m– hence it is considered a moderate trek.

Trip Highlights

The Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo is a journey that promises a blend of adventure, cultural exploration, and the comfort of upscale accommodations. Some of the trip’s most remarkable highlights include:

  1. Remote and Untouched Landscapes: Upper Dolpo is a secluded and restricted region of western Nepal, offering trekkers a chance to explore pristine and untouched landscapes. The rugged terrain, deep valleys, and towering peaks of the Himalayas create a breathtaking backdrop throughout the journey.
  2. Shey Phoksundo Lake: One of the main highlights of the trek is the visit to Shey Phoksundo Lake, a mesmerizing alpine lake renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush forests, the lake provides an ethereal and serene experience.
  3. Shey Gompa: The ancient Shey Gompa, perched dramatically on a rocky hillside, is a significant cultural and spiritual site in Upper Dolpo. The monastery’s history and the unique Buddhist practices of the region offer a glimpse into the traditional Tibetan way of life.
  4. Luxury Accommodations: Unlike typical treks, this journey offers luxurious lodges and deluxe campsites equipped with modern amenities. After a day of trekking, travelers can relax in comfort, enjoying cozy beds, hot showers, and gourmet meals.
  5. High Mountain Passes: The trek includes traversing high-altitude mountain passes, such as Kang La Pass (over 5,000 meters), which present challenging but rewarding experiences. These passes offer breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  6. Cultural Immersion: Interacting with the warm and friendly locals allows trekkers to immerse themselves in the rich culture and traditions of Upper Dolpo. The region’s unique Tibetan-influenced culture and festivals provide a cultural experience unlike any other.
  7. Wildlife Spotting: Upper Dolpo is home to a variety of wildlife, including elusive snow leopards, Himalayan vultures, and blue sheep. Trekkers may have the opportunity to spot some of these rare and fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
  8. Scenic Flights: The trek begins and ends with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Juphal and back. The flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayan landscapes, providing a thrilling start and conclusion to the adventure.
  9. Ancient Monasteries and Chortens: Throughout the trek, trekkers encounter ancient monasteries, chortens (Buddhist stupas), and prayer flags, adding to the cultural and spiritual ambiance of the journey.
  10. Photography Opportunities: The entire trek is a paradise for photographers, offering countless opportunities to capture the beauty of the Himalayas, landscapes, wildlife, and unique cultural aspects of Upper Dolpo.
  11. In summary, the Luxury


Today, we will board a helicopter from the Kathmandu Airport and fly to the elevated village in Dolpo Yangzer 4599m. The flight throughout from Kathmandu to Yangzer is full of surprises. The landscapes change every couple of minutes.

The cities turn into green hills and deep gorges through, which raging Himalayan Rivers flow and gradually we enter the barren region of West Nepal, where the peaks soar to to skyline in North.

On our arrival at Yangzer, we will explore around the village and tour around the Gompa of the same, which is considered one of the most religiously Gompas of entire region.

Witness the cultural difference, which is so contrast to the culture in Kathmandu at Yangzer and eventually think for while- do these two places are in the same country? Overnight in the camps at Yangzer.

Today, we will begin the Luxury Pony Trek in Upper Dolpo. Before beginning the trek make sure you are comfortable to ride a Pony. We will exit out of Yangzer with a gradual downhill climb to Nagao Khola, cross it over a bridge and wind through the barren regions of Dolpo, where the absolute peacefulness prevails.

Following trail on the bank of Nagao Khola (River) we tread on almost leveled trail and cross pass several yak herder’s camps and pasture lands to slide down to Saldang. Stroll through the fascinating cultural village capturing the photographs for a while in Saldang and let your Ponies be fed.

The views of the Tibetan hamlet include mani walls and stupas. Down the village lanes and around tilled barley fields, we reach our campsite in Saldang, which lies just above historic Saldang Gompa. Saldang Village covers the largest the area largest village in the Nangkhang region of Dolpo.

Among few options to explore around Saldang, first one is to hike to some of the northern villages north of Saldang.
During autumn, we have a feast for our eyes as the highland hamlet is in the full swing harvesting season.

Today the Luxury Pony ride takes you to yet another culturally fascinating village in Dolpo,

Namgung Gompa. Explore the Gompa in the Village and capture the mesmerizing landscapes and appealing culture of Upper Dolpo.

Enjoy the lunch at Nmagung and then head towards Shey Gompa. The landscapes during this part of the trek are typical Dolpo landscapes- barren and enchanting.

Then we begin to climb up towards the top of Shey La Pass, which is almost two hours of pony ride. The acme of Shey La Pass west of Shey, rewards us with the magnificent views of Mustang to the East, Tibet to the North and Kanjiroba,

Kagmara and Riu Dhukta, or the Crystal Mountain, to the West. The final push downhill from the pass, which is almost an hour of ride to Shey Gompa. Overnight in a camp at Shey.

The Luxury Pony Trek in Upper Dolpo now exits out of Upper Dolpo, and enters into the region of mystical lake. For this we and our ponies have to cross the Kangla pass .

The ride to the top of Kang La Pass is along the graveled trail uphill for 2-3 continuous hours. However, all the efforts our ponies put to come up to the top of pass rewards us with wonderful views.

The eyefeasting views from the Kang La Pass includes Cyrstal Mountain, the mountains in Tibetan territory and the mesmerizing landscapes of Dolpo.

We also have views of the peaks Shey Shikkar and Kang Chunne, both just over 6000 meters, before descending steeply down to the High Camp of Kang La Pass. Overnight in the camp at Kang La High Camp.

The Luxury trek in Dolpo on a Pony today slides down the pass to Sallghari- the forest camp the major camping site during the trek other way around. Beyond Sallghari our Pony walks through the forest trail for quite a while.

Then it begins to walk along the trails beside Phoksundo Khola- the river that feeds water to Phoksundo Lake. Cross passing a Damside of Phoksundo Lake, the Trek now enters the most treacherous trails of Dolpo that hangs on the cliff right above the lake.

Then we arrive to Phoksundo Lake at the end of the day. We settle our camps at the lake shore, enjoy the lunch and set off to explore around Phoksundo Lake on our own

The sixth day of Luxury Pony Trek in Dolpo continues with the exploration around the lake. We would walk to the hill from where the water in Phoksundo Lake exits out in a form of high cascading waterfall.

We can enjoy the magnificent view of Kanjiroba just at the backdrop of Phoksundo Lake. We would also walk around the lake, which manifests its unique features.

Like it changes its colors with the sunlight of different times of the day and the lake is devoid of life. We will also hike up to the village of Ringmo (a Bon village), which lies just above the lake for a short cultural exploration. After the whole day of exploration around Phoksundo Lake we walk back to our camps.

The Luxury Pony Trek in Dolpo ends today. Enjoy the views of the Phoksundo Lake and its vicinity just before you board the helicopter. The helicopter will fly back to Kathmandu. On your arrival at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel.

What's Included

  1. Permits and Entry Fees: The trekking agency usually covers the cost of special permits required to enter the restricted region of Upper Dolpo.
  2. Accommodations: Luxury lodges or deluxe campsites with modern amenities such as comfortable beds, hot showers, and gourmet meals are included in the package.
  3. Meals: Full-board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek are generally provided. Meals may be a combination of local and international cuisines.
  4. Experienced Guides: Professional and knowledgeable trekking guides with expertise in the region accompany the group throughout the trek.
  5. Support Staff: The trek typically includes a team of porters or yaks to carry the trekking equipment and luggage, making the journey less burdensome for trekkers.
  6. Airport Transfers: Airport transfers to and from Kathmandu’s international airport are usually included in the package.
  7. Internal Flights: The cost of the domestic flight from Kathmandu to Juphal (and vice versa) is often included.
  8. Safety and First Aid: The trekking agency provides necessary safety equipment and first aid kits for emergencies.

What's Excluded

  1. International Flights: The package generally does not include international flights to and from Nepal.
  2. Travel Insurance: Travelers are responsible for obtaining their travel insurance, including trekking and emergency medical coverage.
  3. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature, such as extra snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and tips for guides and staff, are typically not included.
  4. Extra Accommodations: Any additional hotel stays or services before or after the trek are usually not covered.
  5. Emergency Evacuation: If there is a need for emergency helicopter evacuation during the trek, the cost is generally not included in the package.
  6. Medical Expenses: Any medical expenses incurred during the trek are typically not part of the package.
  7. Optional Activities: The cost of optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary is usually excluded.

Trip Information

The Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo is an exclusive and high-end adventure that takes you through the remote and restricted region of Upper Dolpo in western Nepal. Known for its pristine natural beauty, ancient monasteries, and unique cultural heritage, this trek offers a rare and off-the-beaten-path experience for travelers seeking both adventure and luxury.

Trip Duration: The duration of the Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo typically ranges from 17 to 21 days, depending on the specific itinerary and side excursions.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather conditions and clear skies, ensuring the best views of the Himalayan peaks and the surrounding landscapes.

Trek Difficulty: The Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo is considered a moderately difficult trek. While the luxurious accommodations provide comfort after each day’s trek, the trail itself can be challenging due to its high-altitude passes and rugged terrains. Participants are advised to have a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience.

Permits and Regulations: Upper Dolpo is a restricted area in Nepal, and trekkers require special permits to enter. As part of the luxury trek package, the trekking agency will handle the necessary permits and paperwork on behalf of the travelers.

Luxury Accommodations: The trek offers upscale accommodations in the form of luxurious lodges and deluxe campsites. These accommodations are well-appointed with modern amenities such as comfortable beds, hot showers, and gourmet meals. Despite being in a remote region, the luxury facilities ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay during the trek.


  • Breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba ranges.
  • Exploring ancient monasteries, including the revered Shey Gompa.
  • Visiting the magnificent Shey Phoksundo Lake, one of Nepal’s deepest and most pristine alpine lakes.
  • Immersing in the unique culture and traditions of the local people in Upper Dolpo.
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities, including snow leopards, blue sheep, and various bird species.

Guides and Staff: The Luxury Trek in Upper Dolpo is accompanied by experienced trekking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s culture, history, and natural surroundings. Additionally, a support team of porters and staff members ensures a smooth and comfortable journey for the trekkers.

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