Trekking in Nepal - Gorakh Upper Dolpa

Trekking in Nepal - Gorakh Upper Dolpa

Upper Dolpa is truly a hidden gem of Nepal with its Tibetan style villages, stunning barren landscapes, and picturesque mountain peaks. The region holds a centuries old culture untouched by the modern world. The trail requires crossing of the three high passes  Nagdalo La (5350m), Shey La (5000m) and Jeng La (5110m)involve long climbs and long descents. The trekking in this region is very challenging, but it is highly rewarded with the most stunning landscapes, spectacular mountain
views and an insightful cultural exposure.

It’s a hidden gem filled with cultural impressions – Tibetan style villages, barren landscapes, mountain peaks, and fertile rice terraces. It’s expensive but also fantastic. The mystique and uniqueness of the Upper Dolpa region was manifested by Peter Matthiessen in ‘The Snow
Leopard’ written in 1979.

  • 22 days – 1,900 trekkers/year
  • The secluded Shey Phoksundo lake and the Shey Gomba monasteries
  • High and secluded Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan plateau
  • Superb view of the Kanjirowa Himal mountain

Trek Information

Trekking Difficulty:/ Level 3 – Medium difficulty
Remoteness:/ Very Remote
Pricing:/ High (#USD spent/day)
Best Season:/ March-May and October-November
Accommodation type:/ Camping
Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter.
Max elevation: 5,250 m, Kang La Pass Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too remote and too cold. Crossing the Kang La Pass is likely not possible.