Overview of Inner Dolpo Trek
“Trekking along the tropical forests comprising pine trees savor the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and encounter the Bonpos at Ringmo. Traverse through high passes and witness the sacred Shey Gompas before coming across the ancient trading hub Dho- the perfect trek to see the whole of Dolpo, Inner Dolpo Trek” This is one of Nepal’s classic mountain treks.
The route is most demanding as we traverse heights in excess of 5350 m and some of the most remote territory in Nepal. As we trek through the heart of Dolpo we are also presented with a variety of both scenery and people. From Magar villages with lush green paddy fields surrounded by dense jungles in the south of Dhaulagiri to Bhotia fortress hamlets and gompas (monasteries) amid barren, windswept hills, this trek shows how much more Nepal has to offer than the popular trails to Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. The hills along the way are sparsely populated and the trails through them are peaceful and quiet.
Crossing a series of high passes, the journey also takes in Shey Gompa and the exotic villages set amidst the arid, remote highlands of Dolpo, making this a classic trek. Inner Dolpo Trek is one of our best sellers treks that extends to the far-flung wilderness of western Nepal.
Undoubtedly, Inner Dolpo Trek caters to some of Dolpo’s most intriguing highlights. The highlights of Inner Dolpo Trek with Explore Dolpo also include natural paradise like Phoksundo Lake, unique cultural encounters so often as we traverse through villages of different ethnical tribes and religious devotees. Some of the oldest and most important monasteries like Shey Gompa are also exciting trek highlights and the pain that every trekker would love to endure while crossing 5000m+ passes like Nangdala and Shey La lifetime experiences of Inner Dolpo Trek.”
Detailed Itinerary for Inner Dolpo Trek
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m)
You arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you’ll also be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the vibrant streets and preparing for the upcoming trek.
Day 02:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight
Today, you fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a city in the southwestern region of Nepal. Upon arrival, you check into a hotel and rest, preparing for the next leg of your journey.
Day 03:Nepalgunj to Juphal (2475 m) flight and Juphal to Dunai (2140m)/ 3hrs.
In the morning, you take a scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal, a small airstrip in Dolpo. From Juphal, you begin your trek towards Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpo. The trail takes you through terraced fields, charming villages, and lush forests.
Day 04:Dunai to Chhepka (2687 m)/ 6hrs
Leaving Dunai behind, you also trek along the banks of the Bheri River, which accompanies you throughout your adventure. The trail meanders through terraced fields, charming villages, and dense forests, offering a delightful blend of natural beauty and cultural encounters.
Eventually, after a rewarding day of trekking, you reach the charming village of Chhepka. Nestled amidst the mountains, this small settlement also welcomes you with its serene atmosphere and warm hospitality. You also have the chance to explore the village, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Dolpo.
Day 05:Chhepka to Chunuwar / Amchi Hospital (3000 m)/ 6hrs
Leaving Chhepka, you follow a trail that meanders through dense forests, alongside gurgling rivers, and across picturesque suspension bridges. As you trek deeper into the heart of Dolpo, you are also greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and pristine valleys. The trail presents a mix of uphill and downhill stretches, challenging your endurance and rewarding you with breathtaking panoramas at every turn.
As you continue your journey, the trail leads you to the Amchi Hospital, a significant landmark in Dolpo. This hospital, run by traditional Tibetan doctors known as Amchis, provides healthcare services to the local communities using traditional Tibetan medicine practices. It serves as a vital resource for the people of Dolpo, who have limited access to modern medical facilities due to their remote location.
Day 06:Chunuwar / Amchi Hospital to Phoksundo Lake (3600m)/ 5-6hrs
Beginning at Chunuwar, you embark on a trek that winds through picturesque valleys, lush forests, and charming traditional villages. The trail gradually ascends, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the tranquil beauty of the Dolpo region.
After several days of trekking, you arrive at the awe-inspiring Phoksundo Lake. This deep turquoise gem also nestled amidst the towering cliffs is a sight to behold. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and adorned with prayer flags, the lake exudes a sense of serenity and grandeur.
Day 07:Phoksundo Rest day
Today is dedicated to exploring the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake and its surroundings. You can hike up to the nearby monastery or venture around the lake, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance and capturing the stunning natural beauty through your lens.
Day 08:Phoksundo to Sallaghari (3630m)/ 5-6hrs trek
As you continue your descent from Phoksundo, the trail takes you through picturesque landscapes adorned with rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields. Finally, you reach Sallaghari, a serene and scenic spot where you can relax and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.
Day 09:Sallaghari to Nangdala HC (4717m)/ 5-6 hrs trek
Your trek also begins as you leave Sallaghari behind and start ascending towards Chisopani, Khutumsang and Tharepati. The trail winds through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, providing glimpses of the majestic Himalayan peaks in the distance.
The trail also passes through alpine meadows and rhododendron forests, leading you to the scenic village of Tharepati. Rest and rejuvenate amidst the serene mountain vistas.
Day 10:Nangdala HC to Shey Gompa (4343m) crossing Nangdala pass (5350m)/ 5-6hrs
Starting from the High Camp, the trail ascends steeply, testing endurance and offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks. As trekkers conquer the challenging pass at an elevation of 5350m, they reward them with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding valleys and towering mountains.
Descending from the pass, the trail meanders through rocky terrain and winds its way towards Shey Gompa, a sacred Buddhist monastery nestled amidst barren landscapes.
Day 11:Shey Gompa to Namgung Gompa (4360m) crossing Shey La Pass (5100m)/ 6-7hrs
As you bid farewell to Shey Gompa, an ancient monastery nestled amidst barren mountains. When you ascend towards the Shey La Pass, the trail becomes steep and demanding, testing your endurance and perseverance. Along the way, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks and the vast expanse of the Dolpo region.
Upon reaching the majestic Shey La Pass, at an elevation of approximately 5,100 meters, a sense of accomplishment fills the air as you stand amidst the pristine wilderness.
Descending from the pass, the trail leads you through rugged terrain, scattered with colorful prayer flags and yak herds, until you finally arrive at Namgung Gompa, a secluded monastery surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas.
Day 12:Namgong Gompa to Saldang (3770m)/ 4-5hrs
Starting from the ancient Namgung Gompa, perched on a hillside, you descend through barren terrain, crossing high suspension bridges over deep gorges and following the meandering path along the Nang Chu River. As you trek, you are greeted by stunning vistas of towering mountains, vast valleys, and traditional Tibetan-style villages.
The trail gradually ascends, leading you through picturesque hamlets adorned with colorful prayer flags and ancient chortens. The unique Bon culture of the Dolpo region is palpable as you encounter friendly locals, their livestock, and the traditional way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries.
Eventually, you arrive at Saldang, a captivating village known for its rich cultural heritage and traditional mud-brick houses. The journey from Namgung Gompa to Saldang is an immersive experience that allows you to connect with the raw beauty of nature and witness the fascinating lifestyle of the Dolpo people.
Day 13:Saldang Day hike to Yangjer Gumba (4590m)
The trail takes you through rugged terrain, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As you ascend, you’ll pass by traditional Tibetan-style houses and encounter friendly locals going about their daily lives.
Arriving at Yangjer Gompa, a majestic Buddhist monastery perched on a hillside, you’ll be greeted by serene surroundings and a sense of tranquility. Explore the monastery’s intricate architecture, vibrant prayer flags, and ancient artifacts, while soaking in the spiritual ambiance.
Day 14:Saldang to Komash Village (4060m)/ 6 hrs trek
Starting from Saldang, a picturesque village known for its traditional Tibetan culture, the trail winds its way through barren hillsides, ancient chortens, and rocky terrain. As you trek deeper into the valley, you’ll encounter captivating vistas of towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and pristine streams.
Finally, you reach Komash Village, a hidden gem tucked away in the mountains, where you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, warm hospitality, and untouched beauty of this remote Himalayan region.
Day 15:Komash Village to Shimen (3850m)/ 6hrs walk
Starting from Komash Village, nestled amidst picturesque hills and terraced fields, you embark on a trail that winds through lush forests, charming villages, and meandering rivers. As you ascend, the scenery transforms, revealing panoramic views of majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls.
After traversing diverse terrain and encountering the natural wonders of the region, you also reach Simen, a tranquil village known for its serene ambiance and breathtaking vistas. This trek also showcases the beauty of Nepal’s countryside and offers a rewarding adventure for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Day 16:Shimen to Tinje (4110m)
Beginning in Simen, you traverse through lush forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, immersing yourself in the local culture and hospitality. As you ascend, you are greeted with breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys. The trail leads you through narrow mountain passes, crossing suspension bridges over roaring rivers, and encountering cascading waterfalls along the way.
Finally, you arrive in Tinje, a tranquil village nestled amidst towering peaks, where you can unwind, interact with the friendly locals, and relish in the serenity of the untouched natural beauty that surrounds you.
Day 17:Tinje Village to Yak Kharka
Leaving the picturesque Tinje Village behind, the trail also meanders through rugged terrain, revealing breathtaking vistas of towering peaks and cascading waterfalls. Trekking along ancient trails, you traverse enchanting forests of pine and juniper, occasionally crossing pristine streams on sturdy suspension bridges.
As you ascend, the landscape also transforms into alpine meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers, offering a serene backdrop for encounters with local wildlife. The trail also leads you to the enchanting Yak Kharka, a high-altitude grazing pasture surrounded by majestic mountains, where you can rest, savor the crisp mountain air, and relish in the tranquility of the Himalayan wilderness.
Day 18:Yak Kharka to Tokyu (4240m)
Starting from Yak Kharka, the trail meanders through alpine meadows, where yaks graze peacefully, and offers panoramic views of towering snow-capped peaks. As you ascend, you’ll pass through remote villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and prayer flag-adorned trails, immersing yourself in the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture.
The journey leads you to Tokyu, a traditional village nestled amidst majestic mountains, where you can witness the unique lifestyle of the locals and marvel at the centuries-old monasteries that dot the landscape.
Day 19:Tokyu to Dho Tarap (3944m) Rest day
Leaving Tokyu, you traverse rugged terrains, cross high passes, and descend into scenic valleys. The trail offers panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, pristine alpine meadows, and cascading waterfalls. As you venture deeper into the valley, you pass through remote villages, where the traditional Tibetan culture comes to life.
The path meanders along the turquoise waters of the Tarap River, leading you to the enchanting village of Dho Tarap. Surrounded by towering mountains, Dho Tarap is adorned with ancient monasteries and rustic stone houses, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Dolpo region.
Day 20:Dho Tarap to Naworpani (3475m)
Starting from the ancient village of Dho Tarap, nestled amidst towering peaks and traditional Tibetan-style houses, the trail meanders through barren hillsides, picturesque valleys, and remote settlements. As you traverse the challenging terrain, you encounter charming villages like Tokyu and Chharka, where you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and hospitality of the locals.
The trail offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, pristine rivers, and expansive meadows, showcasing the untouched beauty of this remote region. Finally, after days of trekking, you arrive at Naworpani, a serene camping site surrounded by serene landscapes, providing a tranquil retreat in the heart of the Himalayas.
Day 21:Naworpani to Lashicap (2775m)
Starting from Naworpani, you embark on a challenging trail that leads you through dense forests, terraced fields, and charming villages.
As you ascend, you are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and majestic Himalayan peaks. The path meanders through rhododendron forests, crossing pristine rivers and cascading waterfalls. Along the way, you encounter diverse wildlife and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature.
Finally, you reach Lashicap, a stunning vantage point that offers breathtaking vistas of the snow-capped mountains and verdant valleys below.
Day 22:Lashicap to Dunai 6hrs
Starting from Lashicap, you embark on a trail that winds through picturesque valleys, terraced fields, and charming villages. As you trek, you are surrounded by breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. The trail presents both ascending and descending sections, offering a mix of challenging terrains and serene stretches.
Finally, you reach Dunai, a vibrant town in the Dolpo region, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly inhabitants, and reflect on the incredible beauty of the journey you have just completed.
Day 23:Dunai to Juphal and take flight to Nepalgunj
Today, you retrace your steps from Dunai to Juphal, enjoying the last moments in the remote Dolpo region. From Juphal, you also take a flight to Nepalgunj, where you spend the night.
Day 24:Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight
Finally, you fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu, where you can relax, reflect on your incredible journey, and celebrate the completion of the Inner Dolpo Trekking trip.
Day 25:Depart Kathmandu.
Your Inner Dolpo Trek trip also comes to an end. Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight, filled with unforgettable memories of the stunning landscapes and rewarding trekking experience.